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Sunday, April 15th, 2018


INDONESIA: Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off Indonesia: USGS

RT – An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the richter scale struck offshore Indonesia in the Moluccas sea at approximately 2:30 am local time (1930 GMT) Monday according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The quake struck 53 miles (85.3 km) northwest of Ternate at a depth of 22.7 miles (36.5 km) below the seabed, a relatively shallow depth, making it potentially far more dangerous. No tsunami warning has been issued thus far. The USGS initially reported it as a 6.1 magnitude earthquake before downgrading it to a 5.9 soon after.Read More

US: Former Ailing former First lady Bush declines further medical care

HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday. “Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release. McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroidRead More

JOBS: 6 reasons recruiters say they’ll toss your resume in the trash

“Even if you’re the CEO, you don’t need a five-page CV,” THE LADDERS – Most professionals nowadays know that a clear (and proofread) resume can help them move along during the job application process. But what if you think you submitted the most perfectly edited resume with loads of experience and you still don’t make the cut? It turns out that there are plenty of smaller mistakes that make recruiters reconsider adding you to the “yes” pile. Six of them weighed in on the problems they see with resumes allRead More

CANADA: Freezing rain storm blankets Ontario

More than 40,000 without power in Southern Ontario as freezing rain coats region2nd wave of spring storm passing through, police urge residents to stay home and off roads CBC News · More than 40,000 Hydro One customers were without power in southern Ontario on Sunday as parts of the province were hit by another round of freezing rain. Environment Canada issued freezing rain warnings across southern Ontario and parts of southern Quebec early Sunday because of a spring storm that could make driving a lot more difficult for the restRead More

SYRIA: US to impose sanctions on Russia for supporting Assad

US to Impose Sanctions on Russia Over Support of Assad – Envoy to UN Haley SPUTNIK – Following a massive US strike on Syrian targets on April 17, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said during UN Security Council meeting that Washington was “locked and loaded” to conduct news strikes against the war-torn Middle East country. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CBS that Washington was preparing new sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s support of the Syrian government, adding that the measures would be announced on Monday.Read More

SOUTH SUDAN rebels release 7 aid workers

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan’s rebels said on Sunday they had released seven aid workers detained for nearly three weeks in the country’s Central Equatoria region on accusations of spying for the government. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters the workers were released to a U.N. delegation near the border with Uganda and Ugandan police witnessed the handover. South Sudan has been gripped by conflict since 2013 after a disagreement between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar deteriorated into a military confrontation. The war has killedRead More

SOMALIA: Al-Shabab defector ‘given $15,000 reward’

AFP The militants are also known to give money to entice government soldiers to defect NAIROBI (BBC) – Somalia’s south-western regional administration has given $15,000 (£           NAIROBI (BBC) – Somalia’s south-western regional administration has given $15,000 (£10,000) to an al-Shabab defector, local media reports. He was reportedly an official in the Islamist militant group and came over to the government’s side in January. He arrived in the regional capital Baidao in a vehicle with a machine-gun mounted on the back, which he handed over to the authorities.Read More

SOMALIA – UAE tensions escalate after plane stopped in Puntland – VIDEO

AL JAZEERA – Local media says Emirati military instructors refused to have their heavy baggage checked at Bosaso airport in Puntland. Somali officials reportedly grounded a United Arab Emirates plane in Somalia after Emirati military instructors on board refused to allow a search of their baggage. Last week, the Somali government had seized almost $10m in sealed bags from a UAE Royal Jet at Mogadishu International Airport. RELATED UAE plane blocked from leaving Somalia’s Puntland regiontoday These incidents reflect the frosty relations between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi since June lastRead More

ANGOLA: ex-president’s son planned to steal $1.5bn – officials

Jose Eduardo dos Santos appointed his son to head Angola’s $5bn oil-fuelled sovereign fund in 2013 [FILE: Herculano Coroado/Reuters] AL JAZEERA – Jose Filomeno dos Santos planned to siphon off $1.5bn when he ran Luanda’s sovereign wealth fund, government says. The son of Angola’s former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, planned to siphon off $1.5bn when he ran the oil-rich country’s sovereign wealth fund, the finance ministry said. Jose Filomeno dos Santos, nicknamed “Zenu”, is accused of “fraud, misappropriation of funds, money laundering and associating with criminals”. The $1.5bn figureRead More

RACISM: Two blacks arrested for going into WHITES only @StarbucksCanada @Starbucks

Two black men arrested for the crime of waiting for a friend at StarbucksAdd ‘getting coffee while black’ to all the other things African Americans sometimes aren’t allowed to do. At any given time, just about anywhere in the world, friends hang out at the local coffee joint. And if one friend shows up first, the other might order a coffee — or might just hold off until the other person arrives. That run-of-the-mill behavior seems hardly worth remarking on. It certainly shouldn’t get you arrested. But that’s exactly whatRead More