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Former spy chief accused of murder of Gambia’s opposition leader


The former Head of the Gambian National Intelligence Agency, was recently charged before a Banjul court for the assassination of an opposition youth leader who died in detention in 2016. Yankuba Badjie and the Director of Operations, Sheikh Jeng, along with eight other officers were charged.   The charges were part of attempts by President Adama Barrow to re-establish democracy ...

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Mexico warns of retaliation if the US imposes unilateral tax

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Texas agricultural producers say if the White House slaps a tariff on Mexican products, the state’s farmers and ranchers — as well as Texas consumers — could suffer from a Mexican retaliation against U.S. exports.   Recently, President Donald Trump said the border wall he promised to build between Mexico and the United States could be paid for by placing ...

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Hundreds of Coptic Christians Flee Sinai After Series of ISIS Murders


The largest community of Christians in the Middle East is in the crosshairs of the Islamic State.   Recently an Islamic State video was released with a call for the targeting of the Coptic Christian community in Egypt, which included the testimony of a suicide bomber who struck a church in the cathedral compound in Cairo in December that killed ...

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$9.7m found in former NNPC boss home in Kaduna


EFCC has released photos of the recovered vault containing $9.7 million found in the Kaduna home of former Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu.   According to a statement released this afternoon, the antigraft agency said a special operation conducted by its operatives on 3rd February 2017 on a building belonging to the former NNPC boss in Kaduna, yielded ...

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Canadian citizenship applications decline after processing fees triple


A sharp fee increase has helped fuel a dramatic drop in the number of immigrants applying to become Canadian citizens, according to immigration advocates.   In the first nine months of 2016, there were 56,446 applications filed for citizenship, a decrease of nearly 50 percent from the same period a year earlier, when 111,993 applications were submitted.   The figures ...

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Canadian border flooded with refugees moving from the US to Canada

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police apprehended 22 refugees over the weekend as they tried to cross the border into Canada from the U.S illegally.   The nearly two dozen individuals were apprehended late Saturday near Emerson, Manitoba, which borders North Dakota and Minnesota. But while the tiny town of 671 has traditionally accepted refugees with open arms, residents are growing ...

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Canadian Prime Minister visits Trump’s White House

US President Donald Trump(L) greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the White House Monday, becoming the third world leader to meet with President Donald Trump face to face. The two leaders couldn’t be more different. “Because as we know, relationships between neighbors are pretty complex, and we won’t always agree on everything. But because of our deep abiding respect for one another, we’re ...

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Trump Signs Order to Withdraw from TPP

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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will start to unravel the behemoth trade deal he inherited from his predecessor, as he signed an executive action to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.   That executive action sends signals to Democrats and leaders in foreign capitals around the world that Trump’s rhetoric on trade during the campaign is turning into ...

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Millions march at protests against new US President


Millions of people from all over the world have marched in opposition to the agenda and rhetoric of President Donald Trump. In the United States, people packed into the country’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington, as hundreds of other marches happened across America. A city official in Washington said the turnout estimate was of 500,000 people, more than ...

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Trump inauguration: President vows to end ‘American Carnage’

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President Donald Trump has painted a bleak picture of a broken country after being sworn in as US president. He spoke of abandoned factories, rampant crime, and a failed education system, pledging that his presidency would bring about change. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” President Trump said on the steps of the Capitol. Thousands of ...

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From refugee to cabinet member: Canada’s new Minister of Immigration

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Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, is the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, the Member of Parliament for York South-Weston, in Ontario. He was sworn into office on January 10, 2017. Mr. Hussen arrived in Canada as a teenage refugee from Somalia, via Kenya, in 1993. A lawyer and social activist, Mr. Hussen served on several community organizations, including having ...

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Obama’s Farewell Speech – Democracy Needs Us


President Obama said farewell recently to a nation he helped transform during his eight years in the White House. Riding high in the polls but just days away from handing over the reins to a Manhattan mogul who has vowed to dismantle much of his legacy, Obama chose to make his final address as commander-in-chief in the city where he ...

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How Ottawa Can Start an Innovation Revolution in Canada


“Government is a big buyer with many complex challenges. Entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to these problems should have a shot at solving them, don’t you think?” This question was asked this fall by federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger in a speech she gave to celebrate Small Business Week in Ottawa. But can the government actually do ...

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