The internet allegations that PLA [People’s Liberation Army] Su-35 fighter planes have crossed the Taiwan Strait are false.

Taiwan’s defense ministry refuted China’s assertion Tuesday that Su-35 fighter planes crossed the Taiwan Strait ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, as the Communist country planned a series of military drills and other activities in reaction to the California Democrat’s visit.

Cyberattack on Taiwan’s presidential office site as Pelosi visit approaches.

Chinese state media stated that two Su-35 fighter planes had flown over the Taiwan Strait, which separates the self-governing island from mainland China, only seconds before Pelosi and five other Democratic members of Congress landed in Taipei at 10:45 p.m. local time.

The internet allegations that PLA [People’s Liberation Army] Su-35 fighter planes have crossed the Taiwan Strait are false.

Please refer to our official website for the accurate message, Taiwan’s National Defense Ministry tweeted.

In the meantime, we encourage netizens not to disseminate it and firmly denounce this heinous behavior.

In a subsequent tweet, the ministry verified that 21 Chinese aircraft had approached the southern area of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone before returning.

Earlier, Taipei’s defence ministry said in a statement that it was fully aware of any actions near Taiwan and would mobilize forces as needed in response to “enemy threats.

Beijing has repeatedly warned Pelosi not to visit the island country that it claims as its own, while US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on Monday that the US will not be frightened by Chinese “saber-rattling.

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Femi Fani-Kayode has lashed out at the Nigerian government for pampering terrorists.

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has lashed out at the Nigerian government for pampering terrorists rather than killing them like the Americans are doing.

Fani-Kayode was reacting to US’ killing of the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda leader.

President Joe Biden had said on Saturday, at his direction, the United States successfully conducted an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed the emir of al-Qa’ida: Ayman al-Zawahiri.

He said the United States continued to demonstrate its resolve and capacity to defend the American people against those who sought to do them harm.

Reacting to this development, Fani-Kayode said the Americans killed Osama Bin Ladin, AbuBakr Al Baghdadi and now Ayman Al Zawahiri, while giving the US kudos for a job well done.

He lamented that in Nigeria, terrorists were not killed, but that they were being begged, paid, appeased and rewarded with chieftaincy titles.

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Peter Obi, is not in support of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities Datti Baba Ahmed.

Vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Datti Baba-Ahmed, has said that the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not in support of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities.

Baba-Ahmed made this known when he appeared on Trust TV’s Daily Politics on Monday. He noted that those allegations are unsubstantiated.

Baba-Ahmed added that before he agreed to be Obi’s running mate, he did all the investigations he could and nothing linked the former Anambra State governor to IPOB.

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China warns that if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan it will be a big interference into Asia affairs.

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Chinese warplanes have repeatedly violated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

A new U.S. strategy for countering Chinese aggression in the Pacific region has been outlined by a top official in President Joe Biden’s administration.

Chinese warplanes have repeatedly violated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in recent months, with Beijing considering the island a breakaway province.

Tension is also sky high in the South China Sea where Beijing’s territorial claims overlap with those of no fewer than six of its neighbors, resulting in regular confrontations.

Ely Ratner, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, discussed the situation in a speech this week to the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington D.C.

He outlined increased Chinese belligerence in the South China Sea, with Australian aircraft on legal operations targeted with lasers and chaff.

In a separate incident, Chinese warplanes “unsafely” intercepted a group of Canadian aircraft, which were acting on behalf of the U.N. Security Council.

Ratner explained: “These are not isolated incidents.

Over the last five years, the number of unsafe PLA Chinese People’s Liberation Army] intercepts, including U.S. allies and partners operating lawfully in international airspace in the South China Sea, has increased dramatically with dozens of dangerous events in the first half of this year alone.

In my view, this aggressive and irresponsible behavior represents one of the most significant threats to peace and stability in the region today, including in the South China Sea.

Ratner went on to outline the U.S. plan to respond, based on close cooperation with regional allies and enhanced intelligence capabilities.

Tensions between China and the U.S. are running high. Beijing is furious at reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan, with Chinese President Xi Jinping warning Biden against “playing with fire” during a two-hour call on Thursday.

Over the past few years, the U.S. has been working increasingly with the Quad grouping, which also contains India, Japan and Australia, in a bid to contain what it calls Chinese aggression.

Beijing, meanwhile, has accused the United States of provocative behavior.

“It is clear to us all who exactly poses the biggest threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea and the Asia-Pacific,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a news conference on Thursday when asked about the presence of a U.S. carrier in the South China Sea.

During his address, Ratner noted the Ukraine war shows the capabilities small U.S. allies can have against much larger hostile states.

He said: “Without question, bolstering our partners’ self-defense capabilities in the South China Sea, and across the region, is a task of foremost importance for the Defense Department.

“Department of Defense is taking an increasingly proactive approach in looking at new options to support these efforts.

We’ve seen reminders in Ukraine that smaller nations can outmaneuver larger aggressors through smart investments in self-defense technologies, anti-aircraft weapons and other anti-access/denial capabilities.

A key part of the U.S. strategy involves closer intelligence-sharing with American allies.

Ratner commented: “We’re doubling down on our efforts to build a common operating picture with our partners that will allow them to better detect and counter illicit activities in their territorial waters.

Our new Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness…which we launched at the Quad Leaders Summit in May, is just one way that we’re doing so.”

As an example of the U.S. working with allies in the region, Ratner noted that last fall two U.S. carrier groups combined with a British carrier strike group, and a Japanese destroyer, to conduct joint exercises in the Philippine Sea.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group recently trained with the Indian navy and air force whilst transiting the Indian Ocean.

Ratner explains the U.S. policy is based on maintaining peace through strength.

He stated that: We do not seek confrontation or conflict.

We say that publicly, we say that privately.

Our primary interest is in upholding the order that has for decades sustained the region’s peace.

And while we will always stand ready to prevail in conflict, it is the primary responsibility of the Department of Defense to prevent it and deterrence is the cornerstone of our strategy.

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Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari call for international collaboration in tackling insecurity.

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Nigeria: Gunmen, numbering about 30, abducted the entire occupants of three buses in Abia state.

Scores of passengers were reportedly abducted on weekend, by kidnappers suspected to be herdsmen, who blocked the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway between Leru junction and Ihube axis.

It was gathered that the gunmen, numbering about 30, abducted the entire occupants of three buses.

The bandits said to be heavily armed were said to have attacked a team of soldiers drafted to the scene following a distress call.

They reportedly set the military van on fire and wounded two soldiers before herding all occupants of three buses they abducted into the bush.

He said the bandits took advantage of the evening rain on Saturday to block the highway, causing gridlock that stretched to Leru junction as commuters mistook them for policemen on the roadblock.

According to him, some of the commuters who had alighted to verify the cause of the gridlock took to their heels when the bandits opened fire on a military van that came to save the situation.

He said some people sustained bullet wounds as motorists abandoned their vehicles and scampered for safety.

Kidnapping for ransom has assumed a nightmarish dimension around the vicinity since after the abduction of the Prelate of Methodist Church, Dr Samuel Uche, and two clerics on his entourage.

Contacted, Commissioner for Information, Abia State, Eze Chikamnayo, who also doubles as the Secretary of Umunneochi Security Committee, recently inaugurated by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to tackle the menacing security challenges in the area, confirmed there was an abduction in the area weekend.

He, however, said the incident took place at the Imo State side of the expressway, and begged for more time to be able to give accurate information on the casualty figure.

His words: ”It happened at the expressway between Ihube and Umunneochi. In Umunneochi proper, there has been a mass reduction in the number of such incidents but they have migrated to the border between Umunneochi and Imo State.

But Umunneochi Security Committee worked very hard. We are putting checkpoints and we have strengthened our vigilante, and have potentially repelled them.

I think it’s a sign of victory for us that they have left Umunneochi LGA and migrated further towards the express. They are at the boundary between Abia and Imo, precisely at Ihube.

Efforts to get a response from the Army were unsuccessful as the Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Lt. Innocent Omale, said he was in a conference when he was contacted.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Abia State, Geoffrey Ogbonna, did not pick up calls put across to him, but the Zonal PPRO in charge of Zone 9, Israel Jack Rabin, said the zone was not yet aware of the incident as his office had not received any situation report concerning such.

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Labour party presidential candidate vow never to abandon Nigeria should war breakout.

It was learnt that the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has vowed not to abandon Nigeria if war should break out.

Obi said even if he was out of the country during a war, he will find a way to return because he prefers to die in Nigeria, than live free in another man’s country.

The Labour Party’s presidential candidate made the comments in a virtual interactive session with more than 1,000 members of his foremost support group, the Peter Obi Support Network.

He told the gathering that even though he has everything he needs to obtain resident permits and citizenship rights in any part of the world he wishes, he has deliberately avoided taking any resident permit from any other country of the world because he believes that Nigeria is the “only country I have.