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Tuesday, May 1st, 2018


TRUMP is “very happy” with Chief of Staff Kelly – Sanders

John Kelly Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg BLOOMBERG – President Donald Trump is happy with John Kelly as his chief of staff, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, countering reports that tensions between the two could lead to his departure. “Both the president and the chief of staff are very happy with his position that he currently holds, which is chief of staff to the president at the White House,” Sanders said in a briefing Tuesday. The statement came a day after NBC cited unnamed officials saying that Kelly had madeRead More

ENERGY: Oil report for May 1, 2018

OILPRICE.COM – U.S. federal subsidies for renewable energy, which includes biofuels as well as renewable electricity generation, has declined by 56 percent since 2013, dipping to $6.7 billion in 2016. – Renewable energy receives about 46 percent of total energy subsidies. – A great portion of the federal support in 2010 came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the “stimulus” program following the financial crisis. Market Movers • The U.S. EPA granted a biofuels waiver to the Carl Icahn-backed CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), which will save theRead More

AFRICA: When Peace Agreements fail: Lessons from Lesotho, Burundi, DRC

A UN-SADC meeting on implementation of the DRC 31 December agreement (Photo: MONUSCO/Michael Ali). AFRICA CENTRE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES – Conflicts in Africa often reflect a breakdown of peace agreements that have been methodically dismantled by politicians intent on evading checks on power while oversight is weak. Vigilance is vital as early progress is not a guarantee of long-term success. Many of the conflicts in Africa today are resumptions of earlier conflicts. These conflicts, therefore, reflect a breakdown, to some degree, of previously negotiated peace agreements. A review of theRead More

EGYPT amasses troops on Israel border to strike Daesh

Egypt’s Army Reportedly Amasses Troops on Israeli Border for Anti-Daesh Campaign© AFP 2018 / STRINGER SPUTNIK – Cairo is planning to strike at Daesh (ISIS) militants concentrated in Egypt’s sparsely populated Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel from the southwest. Haaretz has reported that the Egyptian military has informed Tel Aviv about its buildup, with troop concentrations reported on the Egyptian side of the border near Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Last week, Hamas, a militant group which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization, deployed several hundred fighters along theRead More

MOROCCO severs ties with Iran over terror funding

FILE – The Polisario Front soldiers drive a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon during sunset in Bir Lahlou, Western Sahara, Sept. 9, 2016. VOA – RABAT — Morocco will sever diplomatic ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario Front, a Western Sahara independence movement, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday. Morocco claimed Western Sahara after colonial Spain left, but Polisario fought a guerrilla war for independence for the Sahrawi people until a U.N.-backed ceasefire. Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the IranianRead More

NIGERIANS returning to homes, farms as Boko Haram fades – Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a news conference with President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 30, 2018. VOA – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says life in the country’s northeast is improving, as the threat of Boko Haram militants recedes and people return to their homes and farms. In an interview late Monday with VOA, Buhari said many Nigerians who fled the northeast at the height of the Boko Haram insurgency have gone back home and are cultivating their farms with the helpRead More

UGANDA: Police officers jailed 14 years for killing suspect in jail

The convicts being led to the cells after court proceedings. PHOTO BY SIMON PETER EMWAMU  Two police officers to spend 14 years in jail over murder DAILY MONITOR – Two officers convicted of murdering a suspect in a police cell have been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment each. However, four civilians convicted of the same offence were given a sentence of 14 years imprisonment each. While delivering his judgment in a case whose hearing started in 2014, Mr David Batema, the resident Judge for Soroti, said the two police officers,Read More

TECHNOLOGY: Youtube stars being paid to promote academic cheating

BBC- Media captionThe YouTubers selling cheating: ‘Get an A on your paper – and you don’t even need to do it’ YouTube stars are being paid to sell academic cheating, a BBC investigation has found. More than 250 channels are promoting EduBirdie, based in Ukraine, which allows students to buy essays, rather than doing the work themselves. YouTube said it would help creators understand they cannot promote dishonest behaviour. Sam Gyimah, Universities Minister for England, says YouTube has a moral responsibility to act. He said he was shocked by the natureRead More

FACEBOOK launches new dating feature

Match Plunges After Facebook Announces New Dating Feature BLOOMBERG – Match fell more than 10%, its worst drop since November 2016, after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is launching a new set of opt-in tools for dating, Bloomberg News reports. Zuckerberg, speaking at the company’s F8 conference in San Jose, California, said Facebook had a responsibility to keep building. Developing story…. —— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: May 01, 2018 at 03:04PM

AFRICA: Thomas Sankara, the upright revolutionary – VIDEO

DW- Dubbed the “African Che Guevara,” Thomas Sankara led a revolution in the former Upper Volta, reinventing the state as Burkina Faso. Even though he was murdered only years later, his influence lasts until today. When did Thomas Sankara live? Born in 1949, Captain Thomas Sankara took power during the revolution which started on August 4, 1983. With his comrades in arms, he renamed the Upper Volta, a name inherited from the French colonial power, into the Democratic and Popular Republic of Burkina Faso, which means “the land of uprightRead More