Saudi Arabia will allow direct entry to travellers from Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt and India from Dec. 1, lifting a requirement that they first spend two weeks outside the six countries, state news agency SPA said on Thursday.
Citing an interior ministry official, the agency said travellers would have to quarantine for five days in government-approved accommodation after arriving, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
An official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior stated that it is a reference to what was previously announced regarding the temporary suspension of direct entry from some countries to the Kingdom, which requires spending 14 days outside it before entering, for reasons related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The source stressed, according to what was reported by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the importance of adhering to the application of all precautionary and preventive measures adopted.
He explained that all procedures and measures are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom, according to the developments in the epidemiological situation globally.
Mrs. Bianca Wife of former Biafran activist, Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Bianca spoke during the 10th year memorial lecture in honour of her late husband which held in Owerri, the Imo state capital on Friday, urged Buhari to consider the plea made by some Igbo leaders during their recent visit to the State House, Abuja, asking for Kanu’s release.
According to her, Kanu’s release would demonstrate Buhari’s magnanimity, adding that the clamour for secession is a direct consequence of perceived inequality in distribution of resources and political appointments in the country.
Kanu’s release will further buttress President Buhari’s commitment to healing the wounds inflicted by the sense of marginalisation felt by the Igbo nation,” she said.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Kanu was first arrested in 2015, but disappeared while on bail in April 2017. More than a year later, he surfaced in Israel.
His social media posts during his absence outraged the government, which said his comments sparked attacks on security forces in southeastern Nigeria.
Security agents produced him in court in Abuja on June 29 after detaining him in an undisclosed country. His lawyer alleged he was detained and mistreated in Kenya.
However, the East African nation has denied involvement.
Since June, he has appeared in court twice. His next date in court is January 19 and 20 next year.
Following the activities of the controversial Hisbah group in the North, a recent report from oneworldnews reporter has disclosed how the Islamic group has arrested a group of youths in Warawa town in Kano state for reportedly playing a ‘Whot game’.
The report has it that the Hisbah operatives accused the young boys of wasting their time playing the card game when they can do something reasonable and productive with it. In the light of this development, I now find it imperative to suggest that Hisbah may be drawing the North back to the stone age without being aware of it.
Recall that the group had banned stylish haircuts by youths in the North while describing them as immoral, to show the seriousness of the verdict Hisbah has been arresting youths with such haircuts and shaving them off manually. The situation where they ventured to arrest a barber for giving his customer the kind of haircut they view as immoral isn’t left out of the topic.
Similarly, the group had also banned the playing of music by disk jockeys (DJs) in events like child naming or wedding ceremonies, as well some patterns of dancing which they regard as a sin. Now, considering the above-stated facts you may begin to wonder if all these weren’t brought forth by civilization and human evolution, hence you would agree with him that the group may unknowingly be drawing the North back to the stone age through their numerous strict laws.
NigeriaPresident: Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to always comply with the nation’s Highway Code and stop abusing roads so that they can serve the nation through their designed life.
Buhari in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Boade Akinola, spoke Friday while inaugurating the 304km Sokoto-Tambuwal-Kontagora-Makera Road.
The president, who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said his administration was committed to delivering on its promise to give Nigerians good and quality road networks.
The president was quoted to have listed the abuse to include overloading of vehicles and trucks, spilling of petroleum products and converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places.
Earlier, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, listed other roads that would soon be commissioned across the country to include section II covering 142.2 x 2 (dual) Kilometers between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi states; section III covering 106.3 x 2 Km between Azare and Potiskum, connecting Bauchi and Yobe states; Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road covering 24 Km connecting Benue and Cross River states and Nnewe-Uduma-Uburu Road covering 26.27Km with 14Km spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi states.
The Senator representing Kebbi Central and Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Adamu Aliero, said that since the construction of the road in 1973, it had not undergone any major repair to the extent that it became a death trap.
The Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi, said the rehabilitation of the road was very crucial to the socio-economic development of the people and the neighbouring ECOWAS states.
President Nana Akufo-Addo Friday commissioned a US$13 million cocoa processing plant expansion of the Cargill Cocoa Processing Company in the Tema Free Zones enclave.
The investment is expected to increase the company’s cocoa-grinding capability by 20 per cent to match growing consumer demands for cocoa powder.
The expanded facility will bolster the company’s annual production capacity to 90,000 tonnes and support hundreds of new direct and indirect jobs.
At the commission ceremony, President Akufo-Addo commended the company for expanding its production capacity when many companies in the world were rather cutting down production.
Over the past decade, your contribution to the growth of the Ghanaian economy in terms of investment and export is worth celebrating, having increased your initial investment of US$100 million in 2008 to US$130 million in 2021, he said
The President said the expansion of the plant underscored the importance of the private sector in the government’s Ghana Beyond Aid vision.
To achieve the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, the Government, he stated, had focused on laying a strong foundation for economic transformation by restoring macro-economic stability, stimulating the private sector through business regulatory reforms and restructuring the financial sector to ensure easier access to finance.
We also embarked on an ambitious industrial transformation programmes such as the One District One Factory initiative and the Planting for Food and Jobs programme aimed at accelerating the structural transformation of our national economy from moving away from dependence of raw material export to value adding economy.
President Akufo-Addo urged other investors to take advantage of the business friendly climate in Ghana and invest in the country.
He gave the assurance that Ghana would continue to create and maintain the conducive investment environment that not only guarantees the safety of Investments, but good returns as well.
Harold Poelma, President of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, explained that the project, which was sparked by the growing global demand for cocoa, also supports the company’s long-term commitment to continuously invest in the cocoa sector and create more opportunities within the value chain.
This kind of investment can serve as an engine to jump-start new economic activities, Poelma said. It’s part of our ongoing effort to build sustainable, local agri-food businesses, diversify revenue streams and support a thriving cocoa sector.
The plant expansion project, Mr Poelma said, aligned with the government of Ghana’s vision to accelerate economic progress through agricultural industrialization whilst improving the welfare of farmers and solidifying the country’s position as one of the world’s largest producers of cocoa.
Cargill has been buying cocoa from Ghana for over 40 years and in 2008 opened its state-of-the-art cocoa processing facility in Tema.
The company now has over 330 permanent and contracted employees processing cocoa products to service food and confectionary customers locally and around the world.
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin on Saturday leaves Ghana to Dubai for medical check up after the 2022 budget was rejected.
He had allegedly presided over the rejection of the budget after the majority walked out.
In a letter issued and signed on behalf of the Clerk of Parliament to the Head of Mission of Ghana Embassy in UAE, it stated that “I have been directed by the Clerk to Parliament to inform you about the arrival of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, in Dubai to undergo a medical review.
The speaker is traveling with his wife and another relative.
The statement said the Speaker will be accompanied by the following: Alice Adjua Yornas, his wife, Dr. Prince Kofi Pambo, head of medical at Parliament house, Patience Bagbin, speaker’s secretariat and Justice Norvor, his aide.
It added that Mr. Speaker and his delegation will depart Accra on Saturday, 27 November 2021 at 18.50 hours and arrive in Dubai at 6.20 hours on flight EK788 the next day.
They will depart Dubai on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 at 7.35 hours and arrive in Accra the same day at 12.05 hours on flight EK787″.
The statement added that It would be appreciated if arrangements are made for Mr. Speaker and his delegation to be met on arrival and due courtesies extended to them.
Under the directives of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has ordered the disbursement of housing loans, plots of lands and houses and the exemption of 10,032 low-income Emirati retirees and families of deceased mortgagors in Abu Dhabi from loan repayments, worth a total of Dhs10 billion.
The housing package, which coincides with the UAE’s 50th National Day celebrations, reflects the leadership’s commitment to ensuring social stability, and enabling citizens to raise strong, stable families that will benefit the future of the UAE. It brings the total value of loans and exemptions in 2021 to Dhs13.1 billion, benefitting 12,531 beneficiaries.
The package forms part of the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, and doubles the number of housing loans for UAE nationals, to mark the 50th National Day celebrations.
A vigilance group in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Thursday carried our a suprise raid on the camp of terrorists believed to be members of the Islamic State West Africa Province that recently infiltrated some parts of the state, killing 13 of them.
Sani Kokki, Co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, who made this known in Minna on Friday, said members of the vigilance group acted on a tip-off.
Acting on show of surprise about the presence of these heartless, murderous and demonic terrorists group in their various enclaves; the brave, courageous, determined and fearless local vigilantes swung into action, Kokki said.
He stated that the terrorists, who had a battle with members of the group, were eventually subdued while some escaped.
Thirteen terrorists were killed in the raids that were carried out in different terrorists’ camps. While three terrorists were eliminated in their camp somewhere around Chukuba axis, (Kwaki/Chukuba) Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area, about 10 others met their waterloo at Sarari area in the same (Kwaki/Chukuba) Ward of Shiroro LGA.
He also revealed that some members of the terrorist group escaped with gunshot injuries, while assorted weapons were recovered from them.
Brett Rowans, 34, from Indiana was charged to court on Thursday after he stabbed another guest at a Thanksgiving celebration, according to local reports and police records.
Rowans’ girlfriend tried to intervene, and he allegedly threatened to kill her, according to the outlet. Meanwhile, the host was busy preparing the turkey for the doomed holiday meal.
He spent the remainder of Thanksgiving locked up on charges of intimidation and battery committed with a deadly weapon, court records show. He was held on $750 bond, according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.
There was a recent report in the social media that appeared to unsettle Governor David Umahi and caused his admirers some concern. What really happened?
The social media post credited to our Governor is fallacious and fabricated and mischievously orchestrated to blackmail a high rising reputation and track record of the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency David Umahi. Let it be known that the matter has been addressed, that the Governor never at any time before, during or immediately after, commented anything in that regard. That has been debunked by the necessary authorities. We are not surprised by that fabrication because that has been the trend in recent times. Knowing fully well that the Governor has done exceedingly well, anywhere you go they are talking about the Governor of Ebonyi state. For those who think they are playing politics , that the only way to cast aspersions on the name, reputations and track record of the Governor is by sponsoring fake news that he said what he didn’t say. We wish them well, members of the public are aware of the truth and we want to charge every member of the public to beware of these kind of people. We are aware that they are not stopping. But by the power of God, there’s no way all those their orchestrations will in anyway be anything negative on the side of our government
The result in Anambra, did it surprise you? You can see that in the South-east we have two APC states, Ebonyi and Imo states. One would have thought that the two governors would rally round Andy Uba to close the gap and now have APC win three states. What went wrong?
For me it is a question of the will of the people of Anambra State. Everybody will do their best, political parties will try to do everything within their reach to maneuver but at the end of the day one party will win and in this case APGA has won in Anambra state. For us we wish them well we believe in the credibility of Professor Chukwuma Soludo even though he’s not a member of APC, we wish him well. We can only charge him to know that South-east has a lot at stake in ensuring the security, peace of our nation. We need to do our beat in getting all the leaders to speak in one voice. The south east governors forum, under his Excellency, Chief David Umahi have been doing a lot in galvanizing the support, solidarity and conscience of the people of the south east in ensuring that we get all and sundry within the nation to appreciate the need to concede presidency to the south east. Apart from that, even the yearnings of those who profess IPOB needs to be addressed. This is the doings of the leaders in the South-east and so all there’s for us to have peace, to be properly positioned in the helm of affairs of the nation, as governors in the South-east we need to be together in this, all hands need to be on deck in achieving this.
You talked about peace and security. At a point it seemed that this election wasn’t going to hold , but at the last minute IPOB reviewed its sit-at-home order, with prevalence of peace which made it possible for election to hold, how can we build on this in the South-east as a whole going forward?
The issue of violence, destruction of lives and properties in the south east. Has been a very serious concern to everyone. I think with the way and manner the election was held in anambra state, there was minimal case of attack, I think it goes to show that there’s hope. It showed that process of engagement which the South-east leaders started will help a lot. So I will encourage further engagement processes with the traditional rulers and all and sundry, to talk to the agitators to ensure that they lay down their arms to see how we can move forward and engage constructively on a round table because it’s better to jaw jaw than to war war. JP Clark said that all are casualties of war, so but I believe there’s a sign of hope based on what happened in Anambra election. Hope in the sense that IPOB people are not bandits or terrorists after all, they have a mission, agitation, leadership, people they can talk to. It goes to show that if continue to talk to IPOB people, they will listen to the voice of reason and peace. We have to continue to engage them in this manner. They’ve shown responsiveness in anambra election. I think Ultimately we will get them to appreciate the need to ensure peace in the south east. The Governors of South-east are doing their best . I can say that all that is needed is for those agitating to really come to a round table and submit whatever is the cause of the agitations, whatever is the issue, to the leaders to see how it can be addressed.
In terms of security, what’s the very first thing you expect soludo to do as a Governor
As Governor of Anambra state, it’s expected that Professor Soludo will have synergise with the leaders of South-east, the governors forum, provide his own positive thoughts, not cheap thoughts on how to bring about peace in the South-east. He’s expected to provide job opportunities to ensure that there’s robust development in Anambra state. Job opportunities that will be available to the common masses. Anambra is very sensitive, a state where our fore fathers, the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe came from, it’s expected that he will rise beyond ethnic sentiments, cheap popularity to ensure that we maintain one nation where there’s love and peace. For him to speak together with other leaders to ensure that South-east is made to have opportunity of producing the next President.
Recently, the Governor mentioned that he will begin commissioning projects in the state, when will he start that?
Our Governor is very methodical, systematic. Started in 2015, laid foundations even invited Mr. President to commission some of the projects. Today we have a lot of projects that has been completed, we have got a lot of projects that has made Ebonyi a reference point, a flagship of excellence. For instance, among the 36 states of the federation, Ebonyi ranked first, in network of roads apart from Lagos and Abuja, Ebonyi state has got 13 flyovers getting to 14 making it the highest after Lagos and Abuja, Ebonyi state has got a shopping mall that’s said to be the biggest in Africa, it has got a brand new government house that’s much more beautiful than any other state owed government house in Nigeria. Ebonyi has got an emerging international airport, the construction is going smoothly and it’s part of what we expect Mr President to see and appreciate. I think that the coming of the President will help let the whole world know what the Governor has done. He will commission these projects for them to be put into use by the people of Ebonyi state.
Do you have a date in mind?
The Governor will speak on this.
On the presidency in 2023, recently the North said it is ready to negotiate. This provides a very strong opportunity for your Governor to come forward, however Ohaneze called on all the South-east men and women who have interest to contest for 2023 presidency to come forward, the only person who has come forward so far is Anyim Pius Anyim former Senate President and he happens to come from same state with your governor, do you think that his declaration will diminish your governor’s ambition?
Let me say that Nigerians are getting wiser, and democracy can only be said to be thriving if we do things differently at this point in our history. I tell you we need to look at the track records, the performance indices of every leader. Whether in the past or immediate, it’s very critical. Without sounding rude I want to say that the whole of Ebonyi state if we are looking at what leaders have done you cannot see a single trace of what former Senate President, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation did for Ebonyi state let alone South-east.
I don’t want to talk about issues of complicity and conspiracy that under development of South-east by those who held positions at the national level. Let me say that the people of South-east knows who is a performer they know who can make all the difference. All we need is to show the entire Nigeria that the best can come from South-east. And if you look at what has been done in Ebonyi state within the short time in the history of governance, you can be sure that if you are looking at who will transform Nigeria , Ebonyi state Governor will provide all the leadership. I can tell you that whether or not he has shown interest, the people of Ebonyi and South-east are praying for him. And when the chips are down, God will hear our prayers and bring him out.
This man, when we had issues in Ebonyi, we had no development or infrastructure for 19 good years, God raised him for us, he started by bringing him onboard as state party chairman, he became a Deputy Governor consecutively and when he became, he became one of the best hands of his boss. To the extent his boss promised him that he was going to be a Governor after him, before enemies stepped in. But eventually God crowned him and he became the first Deputy Governor in history to become governor when the establishment said no. As it is he has shown that he can be the best in any position he’s given. If he has the opportunity he will make a great difference in the whole of Nigeria.
We know that Anyim is PDP, your Governor is APC. Don’t you think Anyim’s declaration is going to affect his chances?
I have said earlier that the people are wiser, they know those that were there before and never performed. Instead they have issues of scandals and corruption. They had opportunities of developing their zones, even attracting projects they had to pocket it.
So it boils down to performance?
Yes it’s very critical, and people are wiser. It’s not about coming early to dance . People know those who are dancing well or not. Nigerians must appreciate that at this point in our history, that the best thing to do is to forget about sentiments of brother or sister. They should look at performance, somebody that can help to make Nigeria work again. From the records of Governor Umahi, if he is given the opportunity the people of Nigeria will rejoice.
How far is he reaching out to the other regions of the country? To build some kind of alignment that will take him to his destination.
Governor Umahi is a bridge builder by nature, he’s a nationalist. He believes in one Nigeria. I want to say that when God speaks and directs him, he will do the needful. I think that the wise men are beginning to see somebody from Ebonyi state as the only person from the south east that can give us the best pride of place as a nation and that’s Umahi. We are praying for him to show interest, because he will always tell you that he’s really settled about ensuring how to deliver Ebonyi state into a very prosperous state, to make it as a hub of economy of south east. We are praying that as soon as possible God will direct him to show interest.
We always believe in prayer, but there will be a time when people will begin to see him as a reluctantly aspiring president. Which means that he’s waiting for people to direct him to come. sometimes they say you need to take it by force. Is there any inkling that in the next quarter the Governor will declare for presidency?
I think that the character and personality of the Governor needs to be discovered by the Nigerian people. I also think that in the history of governance especially the presidency hasn’t been a thing of struggle or fighting. It’s been a thing of coming together in a round table looking at the track record of people and thinking that this person can do it better. I only can tell our people that Governor Umahi can do it better than those who have shown early interest. Even the 1979 presidential system and 1999 presidential system of government, presidency has always been chosen and not by personal struggle. I think at this point we should look at the best hands based on track records. Others may have money and contact, but I think that Governor Umahi is an unbeatable candidate should be chosen by the people.
In event that he doesn’t get the presidency, will he be ready to serve as Vice President?
I don’t have any answer. He’s rounding up his eight years mandate with the people of Ebonyi. He has his convenant with God. Whatever God directs him we will know. Governor Umahi will be the best hand to handle Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Unknown gunmen have warned that Monday sit–at–home continues in Anambra State, saying that anybody propagating it has been canceled would pay dearly for there unwise decision.
The warning was written in several papers and scattered in an uncovered dirty gasket on which was placed a freshly severed human head.
They also warned Anambra Governor-elect, Charles Soludo, saying Soludo, be warned’, Presidents General and traditional rulers, we will visit you, among others.
The gang also warned Nnobi residents for allegedly not obeying the sit-at-home order and market masters in Anambra threatened to deal with them over the collection of levies in the Afor Nnobi market and other markets in the state. They also left some phone numbers for those who would want the information to contact them.
The coffin was placed at Nnobi Junction Roundabout, and laid beside it was the lifeless body of their victim, a motorcycle operator in the area, while the head was identified as that of a suya fryer at Ichida Junction beheaded same Thursday night.
Sources said the unknown gunmen arrived Nnobi at 10.15 p.m Thursday night, November 25, in three Hilux vehicles, divided themselves along Nkor, Nnewi, Awkaetiti and Nnokwa axis of the junction and started shooting sporadicallyinto the air.
It was gathered that the gunmen beat up some passengers on motorcycles and injured others, shouting as they drove about the town, saying that sit-at-home continues Monday and threatened to deal with anybody saying otherwise.
The discovery of the coffin, the corpse and the severed head on Friday morning threw the town into confusion and caused a stampede at the Afor Market which starts early in the morning and caused traffic gridlock at the junction.
The corpse and the severed head were removed by ambulance from Fatima Hospital, Awka-Etiti at 7.45 am while some onlookers put fire on the coffin containing the warning papers.
The General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry International (EBOMI), Prophet Isa El-Buba, yesterday, said the Presidency should be zoned to the South in 2023.
El-Buba, who spoke in his office in Jos, said common sense demands that a southerner succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that whoever would emerge should be a Christian.
He also declared that he does not recognise the new Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Yakubu Sanda, noting that his emergence did not follow due process.
According to him, it has become the norm in Nigeria to impeach a speaker by just six members of the House, insisting that before the impeachment of Abok Nuhu Ayba, rumours were flying around that he would be impeached.
He said If you want to impeach, nobody stops you because the governor has the power to influence decisions and what goes on in the House. But you must follow the due process. By 6am on that day of the purported impeachment, the six members came to the House to do the hatchet job of illegal impeachment.
As far as I am concerned, Abok Nuhu Ayuba is still the authentic speaker of the House. That purported impeachment has over-stretched the capability of the security agencies in the state. Some of the members should have drawn the attention of the governor to the issue making the round and asked him to intervene.
I do not recognise Yakubu Sanda as the speaker of the House. It was a kangaroo impeachment at play. As it is now, there are two groups. We have Abok group and Sanda group. I urge the governor to listen to the stories of the groups and do the needful. A platform should not be created to destabilise the state.
El-Buba disagreed with Sheikh Gumi’s suggestion that the Federal Government should build schools for children of terrorists, adding that to do something to goad the terrorists was not acceptable.
On the proposed increase of fuel price from next year, El-Buba urged the government to look inward and put its house in order, pointing out that removing fuel subsidy would bring untold hardship to the people.
He stated that the removal of fuel subsidy was uncalled for, adding that people around the Presidency has not done well in advising the government.
Government has the power to fix price but the government is all about people and it should do the needful in that regard. This removal of subsidy will affect the masses and immediately this is done, food prices will skyrocket but there is no increase in their wages and salaries.
Japanese and Russian foreign ministers discussed bilateral relations and regional issues during a telephone call on Thursday.
Hayashi Yoshimasa said he attaches “great importance” to Japan-Russia relations and intended to exchange views with Sergey Lavrov for “developing overall bilateral relations in a mutually beneficial manner in a broad range of fields, such as politics, economy, and culture, including the issue of concluding a peace treaty,” Japan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Negotiations on a peace treaty, joint economic activities on the Four Northern Islands, economy, people-to-people exchanges, and security were among topics the two ministers discussed.
Hayashi and Lavrov also exchanged views regarding regional situations, including Ukraine and Belarus, as well as North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities.
Lavrov congratulated Hayashi on his appointment to the office.
NATO foreign ministers will discuss the most pressing security issues, including the Russian military buildup near Ukraine and the migration crisis on the Belarus border in their upcoming meeting next week, the NATO chief announced on Friday.
The top diplomats of NATO countries will meet in Riga, Latvia, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
The ministers will discuss Russia’s continuing military buildup in and around Ukraine which is “unprovoked and unexplained, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters.
It raises tensions and it risks miscalculations. Russia must show transparency, reduce tensions and de-escalate, Stoltenberg said, adding that NATO keeps its defense and deterrence strong while remaining open for dialogue.
He said the ministers would also talk about the migration crisis on the border with Belarus, which he called “a cynical exploitation of vulnerable people to put pressure on our allies Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.”
Stoltenberg on Sunday will travel to the Lithuanian capital and then to Riga together with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Close cooperation between NATO and the European Union is essential to counter this hybrid campaign, which aims to destabilize our countries, Stoltenberg said.
The NATO ministers will also examine the security situation in Afghanistan, Ukraine and Georgia, as well as NATO’s role in promoting stability and security in the Western Balkans region amid rising tensions between Serbia and Kosovo and the separatist ambitions in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb entity, the Republika Srpska.
NATO’s next Strategic Concept and the alliance’s contribution to international arms control will also be addressed.
Belgium on Friday recorded the first case of the most recently detected coronavirus variant from southern Africa, the country’s health minister announced on Friday.
Speaking at a news conference, Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said an unvaccinated traveler had carried the new B.1.1.529 variant, entering the country, testing positive on Monday.
Caution is necessary, but don’t panic, he said in a public warning.
According to the Belgian public broadcaster RTBF, the traveler was a young woman who traveled to Egypt and transited through Turkey.
She claimed she did not have any contact with anyone from the southern African region and started to develop symptoms 11 days after she arrived in Egypt.
The new heavily mutated variant, which might be able to evade vaccines, was detected in South Africa.
Britain suspended flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe as of Friday noon.
The country registered 25,367 new COVID-19 infections on Monday which is the highest daily number since the beginning of the pandemic, the public health institute Sciensano said in its weekly report on Friday.
An average of 16,762 people tested positive for the virus every day on Nov. 16-22, which is an increase of 48% from the previous week.
To stem the rise of COVID-19 cases, the Belgian government announced new measures for the upcoming three weeks.
Nightclubs and discos have to shut, while restaurants, bars, and cafes are obliged to close at 11 p.m. every night and a maximum of six people can sit at the same table.
Private parties will also be banned, but funerals and weddings can still be organized.
A pastor has told a female member of his church that her son, who is an armed robber, will be killed within the week.
This statement was filmed and the video is now making the rounds online.
While prophesying in church, the pastor asked the woman if any of her children has a gun. The woman replied in the affirmative. He then asked her if that child is a security operative but she said he isn’t.
The pastor then told the woman that her son is an armed robber and will be killed within the week.
The pastor pointed out that the woman is aware that her son robs people and she stores the proceeds for him in her bank account.
The woman pleaded with the pastor to cancel the prophecy and pray instead that her son will drop his gun and stop robbing people.
But the pastor told her that God has decided to make him drop his weapon by eliminating him.
A 30-year old woman, Fatima Lawali who allegedly specialised in supplying arms and ammunition to bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states has been arrested with 991 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition in Zamfara
The suspect was arrested at Gada Biyu area of Bungudu Local Government Area as she was conveying her deadly goods from Dabagi Village in Sokoto for delivery to one Ado Alero, a notorious bandit kingpin who been terrorising Zamfara and neighbouring states.
Zamfara Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ayuba Elkanah disclosed this at a news conference in Gusau on Friday
The police boss added that the Lawali was arrested on Oct. 25 at about 09.30 pm. by the command’s police tactical operatives in collaboration with FIB/STS.
Elkanah further said that the suspect, upon interrogation, Lawali confessed to the crime and had provided information that made the police to swing into action.
This, he said, had led to recovery of a large quantity of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp at Gwiwa village in Kaura Namoda LGA.
The command also said that it had succeeded in arresting several gangs of bandits and their collaborators through the operatives in the Police Tactical Team from FIB/STS Force Headquarters, Abuja.
He attributed the feat to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba, through the deployment of Police Tactical Team from FIB/STS Force Headquarters, Abuja, headed by DSP Hussaini Gimba.
This, the police commissioner said, was owing to the IGP’s commitment to restoration of peace and security to Zamfara.
He added that the tactical team was working in collaboration with the operatives of command in the ongoing police operations across the state.
The operations led to serious gun battle with the bandits where unspecified number of bandits were fatally injured, with others escaping with possible gunshot wounds,” Elkanah said.
He added that 10 assorted AK-47 rifles, with magazines containing 143 rounds of live ammunition, were recovered from the scene.
The police commissioner also said that another suspect was arrested in Gusau, based on intelligence that he had been collaborating with other notorious bandits in Maradun and Bungudu council areas.
The Police Tactical Operatives of the Zamfara state police command along with operatives from FIB/STS Force Headquarters, Abuja led by DSP Hussaini Gimba, had earlier paraded the suspect in Gusau.
The state police commissioner Mr Ayuba Elkanah said the suspect was arrested in Gusau based on intelligence.
He said the suspect has been collaborating with notorious bandits such as Lawali Na’eka, a ring leader operating in Maradun LGA and one Almeriya, a notorious bandits’ kingpin operating in Bungudu local government.
The suspect, however, said he did that based on the agreement that he would get his share out of the stolen cows adding that he didn’t get any thing from the deal even before he was arrested.
He said he lived in Azara in Nasarawa state even though he was a native of Zamfara, adding that he was happy that he was arrested because he knew that what he was doing was bad.
I would be happy if the the police command would allow me to go and meet those cattle rustlers in the forest to plead with them to return the rustled cattle.
I seek for the forgiveness of those who were hurt in the cause of my bad actions. I must confessed that I have become a sheep in wolf clothes,” the suspect said.
Turkish parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop attended on Friday the opening ceremony of the 143rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Madrid, Spain.
Sentop, who holds the term presidency of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Member States and Asian Parliamentary Assembly will also attend the opening reception.
King of Spain Felipe VI gave a speech at the opening of the General Assembly, which had high-level participation from more than 170 member parliaments.
In an interview to Spanish daily El Mundo, Sentop said relations between Turkey and Spain have entered a path that turns into a versatile, developing and comprehensive partnership.
He also talked about the issues in Eastern Mediterranean and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on Turkey.
Recalling a recent high-level meeting between Turkish and Spanish officials in the capital Ankara on Nov. 17, Sentop said “signing of bilateral agreements in many fields is an indication that we have reached an important stage in our relations.
The effects of our strengthening economic relations will not only be limited to the field of the economy but will have impact on every field,” he added.
It is normally extreme pleasure to the female party to have her genital stimulated with an organ as soft as the tongue during intimacy with a loved partner. While this act may be quite pleasurable, it is important to note a common health condition that may come with it.
The tongue is an organ positioned in the mouth, the same place where saliva is. Saliva is known to contain several microorganisms that help in breakdown of foods.
Vagina dysbiosis occurs when there is an imbalance in the microorganisms present in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis also known as BV is a condition that occurs when the unhealthy bacteria in the vagina trumps over the healthy ones. This is usually the cause of awful smell from the vagina.
When the tongue is used to stimulate the genitalia, saliva is also introduced and there is a possibility this bacteria could be present in the saliva at the time, when an infected saliva is made to get in contact with this delicate part of a woman’s body, it could get it infected, leading to such an effect to take place.
This bacterium is usually linked with gum disease and dental plaque, thus, someone who is suffering from any of the aforementioned should best avoid getting into oral intimacy with a female as it can lead to infection of her private organ resulting to an imbalanced pH which would lead to bacterial vaginosis.
Bacteria vaginosis is usually not a threatening medical condition but can lead to pregnancy complications such as preterm labor, low baby weight.
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American singer Alicia Keys will take centre stage on Dec.10 as our first global music artist to perform in the Infinite Nights series as she ‘unlocks’ her new double album, “Keys.”
This global livestream will be broadcast live and will feature Alicia Keys performing a bespoke show at Expo 2020.
Celebrating 20 years of outstanding musical success, Alicia Keys will perform a combination of her biggest anthems as well as “unlock” a selection of new material from her new album.
Aligned with Expo’s subtheme of Opportunity, which strives to unlock the potential of individuals and communities to shape the future, Keys’ concert promises to deliver uplifting messages with a human touch.
This dazzling new show will be streamed live to millions of fans around the world, with many ways for you to be part of it.
Visitors wishing to attend Alicia Keys’ ‘Infinite Nights’ show are advised to arrive early at Al Wasl Plaza.
The concert will also be live streamed on VirtualExpoDubai.com, Expo TV on YouTube, Expo 2020’s Facebook page and Oculus VR (Virtual Reality).