UN sacked a top official after condemning the rocket fired against Israel.

A senior United Nations official lost her job after condemning the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for indiscriminate rocket fire against Israel in the recent flareup between Israel and the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Sarah Muscroft served as the head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory before losing her position.

Muscroft’s public rebuke of the PIJ rocket fire had noted that the safety of all civilians is paramount.

Relieved to see a ceasefire agreed upon, ending hostilities impacting both Palestinians and Israeli civilians.

Such indiscriminate rocket fire of Islamic Jihad provoking Israeli retaliation is condemned. The safety of all civilians is paramount the ceasefire must be upheld, Muscroft had tweeted.

Muscroft’s condemnation met with a backlash from pro-Palestinian social media activists.

Yara Hawari, a self-described Palestinian academic, writer and senior policy analyst, called Muscroft’s comment a disgusting distortion of reality from the head of OCHA in Palestine.

The Israeli regime admits to conducting what it calls pre-emptive attacks which started with firing a missile at a residential building. Well done, Sarah, you’ve managed to be more Israeli than the Israelis.

Following the backlash, Muscroft issued an apology.

One of my previous tweets was ill-informed and I have deleted it. I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All civilians everywhere must be able to live in peace, she tweeted.

Despite her apology and the erasure of her earlier tweet, Muscroft was fired and her Twitter account was closed down.

Hillel Neuer, executive director for UN Watch, a human rights NGO and a U.N. watchdog that reports on the absurdities of the international body, observed that nothing appeases the angry Twitter mob.

Muscroft’s groveling [sic] apology for having rightly condemned the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization firing 1,100 rockets aimed at Israelis, of which 200 misfired into Gaza killing their own people failed to appease the angry mob. They never do. Now she deleted her account, Neuer tweeted.

Neuer noted that a similar occurrence took place last year, when an official of UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, made a factual point about the precision strikes of the Israel Defense Forces on Hamas.

Likewise, last year, UNRWA’s Matthias Schmale said IDF strikes on Hamas were precise. Hamas protested, so UNRWA fired him.

UNRWA Deputy Chief Leni Stenseth met with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, ‘affirmed her solidarity’ and called Schmale’s words ‘indefensible, Neuer tweeted.

The U.N.’s policy is crystal clear: any official who dares to publicly defy the false narrative of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will be removed, he said.

Schmale’s employees and the Gaza-based Hamas terror group perceived his comments after last May’s conflict as praise for the IDF.

After being fired, he was reassigned to work for the U.N. in Nigeria. NPR asked Schmale later whether he regretted his comments, and even after being fired, Schmale appeared apologetic about what he had said.

Yes and no. The controversial interview you are referring to on Israeli television happened a day after the war stopped. So I was tired, you know; I had given, I think, 70 interviews by then, and I wish I had put the points I was trying to make more clearly.

I don’t think the substance of what I said was wrong, but I should have articulated it more clearly, he said.

What I had in mind was one image, he said.

There was one house leveled to the ground in a sea of houses. You can hardly put a millimeter between the houses. The remaining houses around this one that was bombed were more or less intact.

It’s incredible how they could take down a house in a sea of houses with such precision, Schmale told NPR.

But in that house were 10 civilians, eight children and two women, including five children who went to one of our schools. So how could anyone think that I was justifying that by calling that a precise strike?

Meanwhile, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres protesting Muscroft’s dismissal and referred to Schmale’s case as well.

This norm effectively grants the Palestinian players and the local U.N. staff an ‘unwritten veto’ over U.N. statements, and stands in clear contradiction with the basic principles of objectivity and neutrality that the UN claims to hold, Erdan said.

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Ukraine president admit Russia making progress in Donbas region.

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The relationship between the past the present and the future.

Life is like a movie theater, where everyone take his part, what matters is your role, did you play your path wisely or foolishly coz your role determines your result, whatever we’ve left out on the lawn comes back to haunt us.

It’s easy to get faded out being busy, but the question is busy doing what!!?

Bola Ahmed Tinubu not different from Buhari says popular Nigeria pastor.

According to report, the Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, has disclosed that what Nigerians are going through in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not be different from what they will experience in 2023 if the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu wins the election.

According to Giwa, the absence of Tinubu during the signing of the peace pact by all the presidential candidates in Abuja was a pointer that his running mate, Kashim Shettima, will be the one running the affairs of the country.

The pastor stated this in Akure, Ondo State.

Tinubu’s absence during the signing of the peace pact should be an indication to Nigerians that when elected, he will not be different from Buhari. You could imagine when Buhari was elected, he visited London hospitals on many occasions.

So, it is unfortunate that somebody who wants people’s sympathy to become the next president of the nation was not present when the presidential candidates signed the peace pact.

That should tell Nigerians that if Tinubu is elected as president of Nigeria, we should forget about Nigeria because he is not the one who is going to rule but the Fulani.

The Fulani are the ones who told him to pick his running mate, Kashim Shettima as a Muslim. So, if Tinubu becomes the president, he will be dancing to their tunes.

I’m still waiting and Nigerians are still waiting to listen to what they are going to use to campaign. We are still waiting to listen to Tinubu on what he is going to use to campaign.

He gave us Buhari and we have tested him and we know what we are currently experiencing under his administration, so we are still waiting for what he will use to campaign for the next election.

I have said it, none of them can be a good leader. Nigeria needs total restructuring or the country breaks up.

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Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo alleges that 18 Governors behind Peter Obi.

About 18 sitting governors are behind the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said. This was revealed in a statement made available to news channels on Wednesday, by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

He said apart from the unnamed governors, a number of the country’s past leaders were also backing Obi’s candidature.

He disclosed that the governors cut across different political platforms, adding that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other political parties, were already afraid of the development.

Ohanaeze, while hailing the courage and the determination of Nigerians who are trooping out in the different parts of the country in support of Peter Obi, urged that the momentum be sustained.

This is a movement to take back Nigeria from the days of locusts, greedy and selfish politicians.

It is a movement to rescue the country from adversity, economic slump, ASUU strike, insecurity and corruption. “Nigerians have demonstrated readiness to take back their country through the ballot box and it behoves on the INEC to make the votes count, he said.

The Ohanaeze scribe while reviewing the ‘Obidients’ rally held across the country, stated that the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and others are startled by the soaring popularity of the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, especially after the Obidients’ Independence Day rallies across the country cutting across ethnicity and religious lines.

The mammoth crowd took the different cities of the country by storm.

As we speak, about 18 Governors from the North and the South, cutting across party lines, are behind the scenes putting up structures for Obi to win the 2023 election. In addition, some former Presidents and elder statesmen are in support of Obi’s candidature.

They are all convinced that Obi has something different from all the other candidates.

We are glad that for the first time in the recent past, Nigerians are united in the dethronement of misgovernance in Aso Rock. They are determined to make a political change through the ballot box with a third force presidency.

This is the first time we are seeing such a strong political movement in Nigeria that is not being sponsored by politicians, rather the masses own the project.

You have seen the mass movement across the country and beyond; you have seen even children, the persons with special needs, the aged, everyone is part of this movement.” He reiterated his call on the INEC not to truncate the will of the people.

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China has threatened nuclear war with US if Ukraine NATO membership get approved.

China warned the U.S. could face grave consequences including nuclear war if Ukraine were allowed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

According to Daily Mail, China said all European countries will tremble under the shadow of a possible nuclear war.

In that case, there will be no security for anyone, not for Ukraine, and not for the world. Instead of pursuing resolutions to end the conflict, Washington has, over and over again, displayed that the US is charging toward the other direction, fanning the flames of war.” China was quoted.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has renewed his call to be let into the alliance as Russia announced a bid to annex four regions in Ukraine.

Asked about Zelensky’s request to fast-track Ukraine’s NATO membership, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said last week that this moment is not the right time and the application should be taken up at a different time.

China called for the Western alliance to withdraw from Eastern Europe entirely.

The recent threat comes in a string of fiery warnings from China, with others aimed at the U.S.’s support of Taiwan amid Beijing’s encroachment on the territory.

China and Russia have sought to ally themselves as a bulwark against the West.

US Congress has passed a temporary funding measure that included another $12 billion for Ukraine, bringing the total to $66 billion.

Biden previously supported Ukraine’s NATO bids but has backed down since the invasion. He did issue a warning to Russian forces if they were to try to mess with any bordering NATO-aligned countries.

America’s fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory. Every single inch, Biden said.

Vladimir Putin ignited new fears of nuclear war when he said he was not bluffing when he said Russia was prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend its territory.

Putin also said any country that wants to live by the rules of the United States is a political masochist.

Announcing that he was annexing four Ukrainian regions, Putin said Russia would use all the power and all the means at its disposal to defend its new lands from attacks by the West or Ukraine and to help liberate the world.

The Russian despot, speaking in front of his cronies in Moscow, declared that millions of people had opted to become vassals of Russia after staging sham referendums in which gun-toting troops went door-to-door with clear glass ballot boxes in order to force people to vote.

They are our people, forever, he said, to a standing ovation inside the Kremlin’s grand Georgian Hall before calling on Ukraine and its Western allies to abandon hopes of re-taking them, repeating a threat to use all forces to defend the new territories.

Putin said the West wants to see Russia as a colony, an unfree society.

The Russian president said westerners have made the leap from issuing sanctions to conducting terror attacks in a hostile speech delivered from the Kremlin, the seat of the government of Russia.

Putin further said the West sabotaging Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines was an attempt to destroy the European energy infrastructure and added that those who profit from it have done it without naming a specific country.

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Nigeria: Soldiers reportedly shot three protesters dead in Ughelli North Delta state.

A protest, yesterday, by youths of Otowodo community in Ughelli North Council of Delta State, against alleged raids by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has led to three deaths and over 20 trucks set ablaze by irate youths.

In coordinated protests, youths in Ughelli and Warri led protests against the EFCC operations in the area.

But the protest in Ughelli took a violent dimension when, according to an eyewitness, soldiers were invited to quell the protest.

In the process of dispersing the angry protesters, soldiers reportedly shot three of the protesters dead.

The protesters responded by setting ablaze trucks loaded with different merchandise, parked along the road in the Otowodo axis.

At time of sending this report, bellows of smoke from burning trucks still fill the air. Calls put across to the Ughelli North Council Chairman, Godwin Adode, to react to the incident, were unanswered.

An eyewitness, who spoke with The Guardian yesterday, said: Many youths gathered this morning at Otowodo junction to protest EFCC’s frequent harassment.

They said the boys were Yahoo boys. As the protest was going on, soldiers arrived and started shooting to disperse the protesters.

In the confusion, three of the protesters were killed, the youths then went haywire and began attacking and robbing people. They attacked drivers of trucks caught in the gridlock and set fire to their vehicles.

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Central Bank of Pakistan to probe suspected FX manipulation by banks and exchange companies.

Pakistan’s central bank will soon complete an investigation into alleged manipulation by commercial banks of foreign exchange operations in the country, an official said on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s rupee has fluctuated wildly this year, particularly recently, hitting record lows against the U.S. dollar last month before suddenly rising in recent days, leading authorities to suspect manipulation by banks and exchange companies.

The investigations are being carried out by the regulator and results might come soon,” the chief spokesperson for the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Abid Qamar, told Reuters.

He said he could not give an exact date for the completion, but said the probe had started some time back during the tenure of the previous finance minister.

The rupee is currently at around 223.94 to the U.S. dollar, down around 20 per cent in 2022. It had lost 27 per cent at one stage, hitting a low of 220 on Aug. 31.

A parliamentary committee on Tuesday directed the SBP to take appropriate action against all banks and exchange companies involved in volatility in the exchange rate in recent weeks.

In 16 sessions up to Sept. 22, the rupee lost close to 9 per cent against the dollar. Since then, it has gained about 7 per cent, without any changes in economic fundamentals.

The rupee gains coincided with the return of Ishaq Dar as finance minister for his fourth stint. Dar has strongly favoured intervention in currency markets and has come down hard on exchange speculation in the past.

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Tesla investors worried over Elon Musk backoff on Twitter buyout deal.

Elon Musk’s change of heart over his buyout deal for Twitter Inc was greeted with a wave of price target boosts on the social media company’s stock, although Tesla investors feared that the billionaire was spreading himself too thin.

Musk, who sold over $15 billion worth of Tesla Inc shares earlier in the year to fund the deal, had threatened to abandon the takeover, citing a large number of fake accounts and inviting a lawsuit from Twitter to close the deal at the original offer price of $44 billion.

While there was no insight into another round of potential stock sale from Musk, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives warned that the Tesla CEO’s interest in closing the deal would weigh on the company’s shares.

We see lingering impacts from Musk stock sales as a drag dissipating but the big worry is Musk juggling too many balls at the same time, Ives said.

We see minimal benefit for Musk owning Twitter for Tesla investors going forward.”

Musk also heads spacecraft manufacturing company SpaceX and is a co-founder of neurotechnology company Neuralink and The Boring Company.

Twitter shares, which closed at their highest level since April, were down about 2 per cent on Wednesday, while Tesla fell nearly 6 per cent.

At least three analysts raised their price targets on Twitter stock to match Musk’s offer price after he showed renewed interest in buying the company on Tuesday.

Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley Wealth in Boston, estimated that Musk may need to sell an additional $2 billion worth of shares, but said it would be hard to know if he would sell more shares ahead of the company’s quarterly results.

Tesla is expected to report its quarterly results on Oct. 19.


Musk, a self-described “free speech absolutist” and a prominent Twitter user, has been critical of the social media platform. He has called out the micro-blogging platform for not doing enough on free speech, while criticizing its content moderation policies.

In July, Musk said he could walk away without penalty because the number of bot accounts were much higher than Twitter’s estimate of less than 5 per cent of monetizable daily active users.

Bots are automated accounts and their use can lead to overestimations of how many people are on the service, a key factor in determining ad rates and the overall value of the service.

As Musk looks to cut costs, fix problems related to bot accounts and find new ways to monetize the service, he will also have to take on the additional challenge of navigating an uncertain economic environment.

Musk’s task would be tough in normal times, but has the added burden now of taking on this challenge into a deteriorating, uncertain macroeconomic backdrop Rosenblatt Securities analyst Barton Crockett said.

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Taiwan Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said China has destroyed Tacit agreement.

China has destroyed a tacit agreement on military movements in the Taiwan Strait by crossing an unofficial median line running down the waterway, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Wednesday (Oct 5).

While acknowledging the end of the tacit understanding on the median line, Chiu told Taiwan’s parliament Taiwan would react if China crossed its red line.

He did not say what Taiwan’s red line was but suggested it included Chinese aircraft, including drones, flying into Taiwan’s territory. He did not identify the median line as a red line.

China, which views the democratically governed island as its own territory, mounted large-scale drills including firing missiles over Taipei in August to show its anger over a visit to Taiwan by United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Chinese military activities near Taiwan have continued since then, though at a much reduced level, and Chinese military aircraft are routinely crossing the median line, which had for years acted as unofficial barrier between the two sides.

The median line was supposed to be a tacit agreement for everyone, Chiu told a parliament committee meeting.

That tacit agreement has been destroyed.

China never officially recognised the line that a US general devised in 1954 at the height of Cold War hostility between Communist China and US-backed Taiwan although the People’s Liberation Army had largely respected it.

The Taiwan Strait is about 180km wide and at its narrowest, the median line is about 40km from Taiwan’s waters.

Some Taiwan officials and security analysts have said it would be difficult for the island to defend the median line without raising the risk of dangerous escalation.

Chiu said China’s crossings of the median line indicated a new way of doing things, which Taiwan would resist.

They want to build a new normal but we do not change We will stand firm when they come. We do not give in.

For years, China tacitly acknowledged the unmarked median line but in 2020 a foreign ministry spokesman stated it did not exist.

China says its armed forces have a right to operate around Taiwan as it is Chinese territory.

Taiwan rejects China’s sovereignty claims, saying as China has never ruled Taiwan, only the island’s 23 million people have the right to decide their future.

Speaking to reporters earlier on Wednesday, Chiu said extending compulsory military service beyond four months was a matter of urgency, but the ministry was still in talks with other government agencies to work out details.

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We won’t rely on any one for our defense, Taiwan president vows.

In a recent interview, Taiwan won’t rely on others for its defence, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday (Oct 5), while welcoming a US commitment to the democratically governed island’s security amid what she called Chinese encroachment on its sovereignty.

Tsai’s remarks, pre-recorded and delivered to a US audience at a forum in Washington, come after US President Joe Biden pledged in September to defend Taiwan in the event of any unprecedented attack by China.

In her address to the Washington-based Global Taiwan Institute think tank, Tsai thanked the Biden administration and the US Congress for upholding the US commitment to Taiwan’s security, and for recent US military arms sales.

But we will not depend on others to come to our own defence, Tsai said.

That is why I want to reiterate that Taiwan is fully committed to protecting our security and maintaining our democratic way of life. We’re also working to adapt our defence strategy to the changing threats we face.

Though the White House has said Biden’s pledge did not signify a change in US policy, critics argue he may have undercut intentionally or not a US stance of not taking a position on Taiwan’s independence.

China, which views Taiwan as its own territory, mounted large-scale military drills to display its anger over an August visit there by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Chinese military activities have continued since then, though at a much reduced level, and Chinese military aircraft are routinely crossing the median line in the Taiwan Strait, which had for years acted as an unofficial barrier between the two sides.

Taiwan, which strongly objects to China’s claims, reported on Wednesday that eight Chinese fighters flew across the median line.

Tsai said those operations encroach on Taiwan’s sovereignty and threaten peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

We know from history and current events that threats against any one country or region translate directly and indirectly to increasing threats against its neighbours, she said.

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Obidient movement mega rally cause traffic gridlock in Lagos State.

Thousands of supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, under the aegis of the fast-growing ‘Obidient Movement’ converged on strategic parts in Lagos.

From National Stadium, Surulere to Lekki, and from Ikeja to Festac area of Lagos, many of the supporters on Saturday morning were seen holding the posters of the LP candidate and his vice, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, who had branded vests as they marched around and moved to the bridge leading.

The rally caused both human and vehicular traffic around the Stadium axis, from Alaka and Teslim Balogun Stadium and down to Ojuelegba.

Noting that the use of the stadium would avert unintended lockdown, The Third Force Movement, in a statement by Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, said without the approval the Organisers cannot stop Nigerians from using other venues like Gani Fawehinmi Park or Lekki Toll Gate.

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