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Nigeria President Buhari Congratulates Fayemi On Ekiti Election Victory

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday congratulated his former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on winning the Ekiti State governorship election held on Saturday.

“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” the President Muhammadu Buhari said.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa: “These are acts of criminality. When we were involved in our struggle we said the South Africa that we are fighting for is the South Africa which will regard everyone who lives in South Africa on the basis of equality, respect for human rights.”

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Muhammadu Buhari and Kayode Fayemi

Nigeria President Buhari Congratulates Fayemi On Ekiti Election Victory

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday congratulated his former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on winning the Ekiti State governorship election held on Saturday.

“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” the President Muhammadu Buhari said.

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela

100 Years After Mandela’s Birth: Obama Leads Festivity

South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth this week with a flagship speech by former US president Barack Obama and an outpouring of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader. Obama will set the tone for the celebrations with a speech in Johannesburg on July 17 that aides say will be his most important public address since leaving the White House in 2017.

“It gives him an opportunity to lift up a message of tolerance, inclusivity and democracy at a time when there are obviously challenges to Mandela’s legacy around the world,” his aide Benjamin Rhodes said.

Ayodele Fayose - Nigerian Headline News

Ekiti Gov. Fayose: Nigeria ‘Security Agencies Are Bias’

Fayose alleged that policemen were reported to be supervising ballot snatching as well as providing cover for those engaged in the distribution of money on the election day. According to him, all attempts to personally report the alleged incidents to police high authorities were rebuffed.

Kayode Fayemi - Nigeria News Headline

Kayode Fayemi: Ekiti State ‘Election Process Smooth’

Kayode Fayemi who arrived his Polling Unit 009 in Isan Ekiti at 10.20am accompanied by his wife and members of his household, promptly took his place on the queue, but one of the Presiding Officers approached and offered him the opportunity to cast his vote immediately. However, Fayemi weighed the option for a while and consulted with his wife. Thereafter, he asked the voters, if they would permit him to vote ahead of them. Their response was an overwhelming, ‘yes’. After casting his vote.

Asia-Pacific

Narendra Modi - INDIAN NEWS - INDIA HEADLINE STORIES

India PM Modi Mocks Congress For Standing Only With Muslim Men

“Is there any place for the dignity and the rights of Muslim women? They have stalled legislation in Parliament, and they do not allow Parliament to run,” Modi said.

“These dynastic parties are toiling to oust Modi. I want to tell them that there are still four or five days left for the Parliament session to begin. Meet the victims of talaq and halala, ask them about their plight, and then put your point of view in Parliament,” he said.

Russia S-400 air defense system

‘This Is US Law Not UN Law’: India Vows to Buy Russian S-400

Refusing to bow to the threat of potential sanctions, Sitharaman said that the 39,000 crore ($5.7bn) deal to purchase five S-400 units has nearly been finalized. “Our defense relation with Russia has endured several decades and we have conveyed this about it to a US Congressional delegation which visited India recently,” Sitharaman told a group of reporters at her office in South Block.

“We have told the US Congress delegation that this is US law and not a UN law,” India’s defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman noted, apparently referring to a US federal bill that was implemented in 2017.

Rohingya Families - Myanmar

Rohingya Families Connect Through Letters

Inside a bamboo shelter on Bangladesh’s eastern coast, 58-year-old Sait Banu held a dog-eared note from her husband. “If you find a good match for my daughter Una Jamin, you can arrange her wedding,” he urged her in the letter. “Don’t worry, there is no problem in jail.”

Nawaz Sharif - Pakistan News

Pakistani Sharif and Family Trials to Take Place In Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi

According to a copy of the orde, the notification read: “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (b) of section 16 of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 (XVIII of 1999), the federal government is please to specify the Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi, to be the place where the Accountability Court-I, Islamabad shall sit for trial of References No. 18/2017 and 19/2017 against Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and others.”

Europe

Donald Trump with Theresa May - UK and US News

Donald Trump to UK PM Theresa May: ‘Sue the EU’

Theresa May said Trump’s self-declared “brutal” option in the Brexit negotiations was to sue Brussels, shedding light on his mysterious suggestion that has hung over their talks and his four-day visit to Britain.

“He told me I should sue the EU. Sue the EU,” May told BBC television.

Gerry Adams - Former Sinn Fein Leader

Gerry Adams House in Belfast Attacked With Explosive

An explosive device was thrown at the home Gerry Adams in Belfast overnight, the former Sinn Fein leader said on Saturday, saying the attack may have been carried out by Irish nationalist militants opposed to Northern Ireland’s peace deal. Gerry Adams later said he was willing to meet with dissident nationalists and pro-British groups involved in violence in east Belfast in a bid to end recent street violence.

Donald Trump in Scotland

Anti-Trump Rally Awaits Donald Trump in Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport by a British government representative.

A major anti-Trump rally is planned in Edinburgh on Saturday after a mass protest in London Friday that organisers said drew more than 250,000 people.

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Trump On Brexit: ‘Too Bad What Is Going On’

Donald Trump, a long-time supporter for Brexit, said he had advised Theresa May to leave the EU in a different way but was ignored.

“I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me. She wanted to go a different route. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. And that is fine. She should negotiate the best way she knows how. But it is too bad what is going on.”

Middle East

Gaza, Palestinians Protest Against Israel - Palestine News

Israel Unleashes Biggest Strikes on Gaza After Ceasefire With Hamas

Israel unleashed its biggest air strikes on the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war Saturday, killing two Palestinians, while dozens of rockets targeted Israel, but Hamas said a ceasefire had been reached late in the day. Thick plumes of smoke rose over parts of the Gaza Strip as Israel hit dozens of targets it said belonged to militants, including a high-rise building allegedly used by Hamas as a training facility with a tunnel underneath.

Hassan Rouhani - Iran News

US Isolated On Iran Sanctions – Iranian President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the United States was more isolated than ever over sanctions against Iran, even among its allies, in remarks carried live on state television. “Today, we are in conditions in which the United States is more isolated than ever over the sanctions issue. America’s illegal actions … have even isolated it among its own allies as we just saw,” Rouhani said, referring to protests held in Britain against the visit of President Donald Trump.

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Official: Iran, Russia to Stand By Syria

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said: “We hope that the cooperation between Iran and Russia will be a model for cooperation among Iran, China, India and some of the major East Asian countries, helping publicly realize a strategic vision to develop relations with the eastern countries.”

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Syrian Air Defenses Repel Israeli Attack

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported late on Wednesday that Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at Syrian army positions located close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights causing only material damage.

“The aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions,” said a Syrian military source.

USA, Americas, Canada

Jack Guy Lafontant - Haiti

Embattled Haiti PM Jack Guy Lafontant Resigns

Several hundred protesters marched on Saturday in Port-au-Prince demanding the departure not just of Lafontant, but also of Moise.

“It’s not just a question of changing the prime minister, because day by day, the people are still suffering from more misery, unemployment, insecurity, hunger,” said Fleurette Pierre.

Donald Trump in Scotland

Anti-Trump Rally Awaits Donald Trump in Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport by a British government representative.

A major anti-Trump rally is planned in Edinburgh on Saturday after a mass protest in London Friday that organisers said drew more than 250,000 people.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Questionable Claims of Victory

Donald Trump’s head-spinning 28 hours at the NATO summit in Brussels before visiting Britain reaffirmed a familiar pattern for the salesman-turned-president, who left a chaotic trail behind and whose self-proclaimed accomplishments abroad proved once again to be more show than substance. In the space of eight hours, Trump had moved from doubting the utility of the mutual defense alliance and provoking an extraordinary emergency session of its members to declaring the pact stronger than ever.

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US to UN: Cut Off Oil Products to North Korea

The United States is asking the UN Security Council to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after finding that Pyongyang had violated restrictions on those imports, according to documents seen by AFP on Thursday.

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Rohingya Families - Myanmar

Rohingya Families Connect Through Letters

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Pakistani Sharif and Family Trials to Take Place In Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi

Liu Xiaobo - Hong Kong News

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Books

Fractured Continent Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West By William Drozdiak

Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West By William Drozdiak

“Europeans and Americans alike would benefit from heeding Drozdiak’s warning: That European unification may go into reverse and unravel due to blinkered nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic.” –Politico Europe

“…fascinating…” –International New York Times

Red Notice How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy By Bill Browder

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy By Bill Browder

“A sizzling account of Mr Browder’s rise, fall and metamorphosis from bombastic financier to renowned human-rights activist … Reads more like a financial thriller than a real-life story.” (The Economist).

“The story of Sergei Magnitsky’s life and death is a shocking true-life thriller, and Bill Browder was the man to write it.” (Tom Stoppard).

Records of the Emirates 1820–1960 12 Volume Hardback Set Including Boxed Genealogical Table and Maps Primary Documents, 1820-[1960] By P. Tuson

Records of the Emirates 1820–1960 12 Volume Hardback Set Including Boxed Genealogical Table and Maps: Primary Documents, 1820-[1960] By P. Tuson

In these 8000 pages Archive Editions presents a key selection of facsimile original British government documents detailing the history and development of the United Arab Emirates from 1820 to modern times.

Our Scots Noble Families By Tom Johnston

Our Scots Noble Families By Tom Johnston

Interesting reading for anyone wondering about Scottish history. They seem all to have started on the road to nobility by stealing land from rivals and the people. Remember Burns song which includes ‘ a parcel o’ rogues in a nation’?

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Rohingya Families - Myanmar

Rohingya Families Connect Through Letters

Inside a bamboo shelter on Bangladesh’s eastern coast, 58-year-old Sait Banu held a dog-eared note from her husband. “If you find a good match for my daughter Una Jamin, you can arrange her wedding,” he urged her in the letter. “Don’t worry, there is no problem in jail.”

Liu Xiaobo - Hong Kong News

Today in History: Hong Kong Remembers Liu Xiaobo

A veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Liu died from liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for “subversion” on the mainland. Dozens of pro-democracy campaigners gathered outside China’s liaison office in the semi-autonomous city, ahead of a larger public memorial event due to take place in the evening.

Farida Khalaf - Iraq Headlines News

Farida Khalaf: The Abducted IS Victim Sobbed Uncontrollably

Farida Khalaf said: “I will never forget the day Daesh came and they gathered us in the school and separated us from our families, that will never leave my mind. I was in their captivity and I know how difficult it is to be there, a day feels like a year. We prayed every day that the day would pass without beating or torture or rape.”

Anne Frank

Why Anne Frank’s Family Failed to Immigrate to US

The family of Anne Frank, the world famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America’s restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. “I am forced to look out for emigration and as far as I can see USA is the only country we could go to,” Otto Frank wrote in English to a friend in the United States in 1941.