recent articles.en-usRssConvicted Nigerian fraudster James Ibori wins £1 from UK governor James Ibori was illegally held in immigration detention, a UK court rules.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:41:09 -0400 Asked Intel Chiefs to Disavow Russian Collusion With His Campaign President Donald Trump asked two of the country's top intelligence chiefs to publicly disavow possible Russian collusion with his election campaign, but the officials considered the request to be inappropriate and refused, U.S. media reports say.Trump made separate appeals in March to Daniel Coats, the national intelligence director, and to Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, according to U.S. news accounts citing current and former U.S....Tue, 23 May 2017 11:36:19 -0400 Bond actor Roger Moore dies | News James Bond star died aged 89 in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:35:51 -0400 of the Manchester Arena attack | UK UK has been hit by one of the worst attacks in the last 50 years.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:34:50 -0400 Korea on Trajectory to Nuclear-Armed ICBM: US Intel Official Korea is on a clear path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the United States, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told a Senate hearing on Tuesday."If left on its current trajectory the regime will ultimately succeed in fielding a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States homeland," Stewart said in testimony."While nearly impossible to predict when this capability will be operational,...Tue, 23 May 2017 11:15:25 -0400 Aims to Connect Online Ads to Real-World Sales already monitors your online shopping - but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in real-world stores as part of its latest effort to sell more digital advertising.The offline tracking scans most credit and debit card transactions to help Google automatically inform merchants when their digital ads translate into sales at a brick-and-mortar store.Google believes the data will show a cause-and-effect relationship between online ads and offline sales. If it...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:51:28 -0400 Opens Probe into Ex-Minister's Role in Kasai Violence in Congo have opened an investigation into whether a former government minister may have played a role in inciting violence in the turbulent Kasai provinces.Attorney General Flory Kabange Numbi announced Tuesday he was opening a probe into Clement Kanku, who was one of the people being investigated by a U.N. team killed earlier this year. The development comes after a story by The New York Times cited an audiotape of Kanku allegedly condoning the violence, at one...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:49:00 -0400 Bond Actor Roger Moore Dies at 89 actor Roger Moore, best known for his movie role as James Bond, has died at the age of 89."It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," his children said in a statement Tuesday. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."A private funeral will be held in Monaco according...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:48:34 -0400 Renews Call for Hungary to Engage With Besieged School U.S. State Department is repeating its call for Hungary to “engage directly” with a university founded by billionaire George Soros which may have to leave Budapest because of recent amendments to the law on higher education. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the U.S. government wants Hungary to suspend the implementation of the new “discriminatory, onerous requirements,” which she says threaten academic freedom and independence. Nauert said...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:47:52 -0400 Growing China May Ease Informal South Korea Sanctions Korea’s recent election of liberal politician Moon Jae-in as the country’s new president has triggered a shift in China’s approach to relations with Seoul.After months of harsh criticism of South Korea’s decision to deploy a U.S.-made missile defense system and the enactment of harsh economic sanctions, Beijing appears to be changing its tact.Its opposition to South Korea’s deployment of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system has not gone...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:31:07 -0400 - Al Jazeera's interactive news hour | News every day at 15:00 GMT, our interactive news bulletin gives you the opportunity to engage with our team directly.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:30:34 -0400 Men Publicly Caned in Indonesia police in Indonesia publicly caned two men Tuesday for having consensual gay sex.The men received more than 80 lashes each, inflicted by hooded men inside a mosque in the city of Banda Aceh as hundreds of people watched, many of them recording the scene on mobile phones."The convicts will be returned to their family after being caned publicly as the caning is considered a social sanction," Yusnardi, head of the Sharia police force in the conservative province of...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:18:07 -0400 dreams of playing in English Premier League international Frank Acheampong reveals that he dreams of moving from Belgium to play in the English Premier League.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:06:11 -0400 Forces Continue to Suffer Battlefield Casualties Taliban attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 11 government soldiers and wounded as many others, while a major insurgent offensive on a remote western district has triggered deadly clashes.A Defense Ministry statement said Tuesday the overnight Taliban assault targeted the military base in Shawali Kot district in the Kandahar province, saying ensuing clashes lasted several hours.  Officials claimed at least a dozen assailants were killed.A...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:02:24 -0400 Bomber an ‘Evil Loser’ President Donald Trump responded to the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Tuesday, calling the attackers and other terrorists “evil losers.”"So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers," he said while standing in Bethlehem next to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name. I will call them,...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:44:20 -0400 Beats Chinese Champion in Ancient Board Game of Go computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday, earning praise that it might have finally surpassed human abilities in one of the last games machines have yet to dominate. Google's AlphaGo won the first of three planned games this week against Ke Jie, a 19-year-old prodigy, in this town west of Shanghai. The computer will also face other top-ranked Chinese players during the five-day event. AlphaGo beat Ke by a half-point, "the...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:36:53 -0400 Care Ranks Near Top of CEO Pay Trends, Again checks have remained healthy for executives in the health care industry. A year after earning the highest compensation of any industry, health care remained close to the top in 2016. The typical CEO in the industry made $12.9 million, just a touch below their counterparts in industrial goods. A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.Top paid:1. Industrial goods, median compensation of...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:33:39 -0400 Bombing Coincides with Thai Military Rule Anniversary bomb blast at the military training hospital in central Bangkok this week coincided with the third anniversary of the rise to power of the present military leaders in the May 2014 coup.The 2014 coup brought an end to months of street protests against the civilian government led by Yingluck Shinawatra, with the junta promising early elections.Monday’s bomb blast in a reception room of the hospital left 25 people injured, some seriously, from shrapnel wounds and broken glass.The...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:27:16 -0400 Fetes Itself with Massive 70th Anniversary Bash Cannes Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary by bringing together an array of stars, filmmakers and former Palme d'Or winners. On Tuesday, Cannes gathered more than 100 big names from across cinema to pose for a photo together. Eleven Palme d'Or winners were flanked by a riser full of actors and directors who are previous or current participants in the French festival. Among those in attendance were Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton, Nicole...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:12:57 -0400 Deadline for Greece Set After Another Stalemate for a breakthrough in negotiations for cash-strapped Greece were dashed again and another deadline was set.Greece once again failed to get approval from its European creditors to receive the next batch of bailout loans that it needs to meet a debt repayment hump this summer. It also failed to secure an agreement on the sort of debt relief measures it can expect to get when its current bailout program ends next year. Without the loans, Greece faces another brush with...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:55 -0400 Astronauts Tackle Urgent Station Repairs astronauts made urgent repairs at the International Space Station on Tuesday, three days after a critical relay box abruptly failed.The 250-mile-high replacement job fell to commander Peggy Whitson, the world's most experienced female astronaut. She now ties the record for most spacewalks by an American - 10.Even though a second relay box managed the data load just fine after Saturday's breakdown, NASA scrambled to put together a spacewalk in...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:29 -0400 Fate of Kenya's Somali Refugees Overshadowed By General Election[RFI] Refugees gather in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, in Garissa County, Kenya unchr.orgTue, 23 May 2017 08:42:39 -0400 JK - a Malaria-Free Africa Within Sight[Citizen] Former Tanzanian President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete Interview.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:34:43 -0400 Fall Army Worm Attack in Africa an Opportunity to Rethink Inorganic Pesticide Use[The Aspen Institute] Farmers are reacting to an infestation of an insidious pest - the fall army worm - by indiscriminately spraying their crops with whichever combination of chemical fertilizers are available. The pest is ravaging staple food crops like maize, rice, wheat and millet in eastern and southern Africa and threatening food security of millions of people.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:31:20 -0400 Europe Beckons for U17 Trio[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -They may be out of the tournament, but the national Under-17 soccer team players won many a heart at the 2017 Africa Youth Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon for the artistic way they approached the game.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:29:50 -0400 Luxurious Tourist Resort Set to Boost Business in Zanzibar[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -US-based hospitality company, Marriott International, yesterday inked an agreement with hotel investors in Zanzibar to build a luxury villa resort on the Indian Ocean Archipelago.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:25:30 -0400 Why New Tanzania Investments Centre Boss Has His Hands Full[Citizen] The days of "build it, and they shall come" are well and truly over. There was a time when Tanzania could afford to be the lone Cinderella in the stormy sea that is the Great Lakes region. There was a time Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere could lecture world leaders on the travails of all ills, including the IMF and World Bank, Cold War and Apartheid. Mwalimu could because he had moral standing, and the world would listen.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:21:30 -0400 Search for Second Bus Rapid Transit Operator Launched Afresh[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The Dar Rapid Transit Agency has renewed its the search for the second operator on the bus rapid transit system after initially failing to find an investor.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:18:46 -0400 Africa: Are Isis Returnees a Risk for South Africa?[ISS] With significant progress in the retaking of Mosul - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's last major stronghold in Iraq - and continued losses in Syria, many of ISIS' foreign fighters are returning home.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:16:04 -0400 Climate Change and Adaptation Finance[IRIN] Paris -This is the second in a series of three fact files that is part of a special project exploring the impact of climate change on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and ZimbabweTue, 23 May 2017 07:52:53 -0400 Bomb Designed to Maximize Casualties bomber who struck a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, killing 22 and injuring 59 Monday night, set out to kill and maim as many of the music fans — many of them teenagers and children — as possible, say British police.The device that exploded as concert-goers started exiting Europe’s largest indoor arena was a ‘nail bomb’ that sent metal shards ripping into the bodies of the music fans. Security expert Will...Tue, 23 May 2017 07:46:58 -0400 Get to Know the Nominees for Post of Director General, WHO[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Three candidates vying for the post of Director General of World Health Organization were selected by the WHO Executive Board and presented to World Health Assembly that is going on in Geneva.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:41:36 -0400 Africa: 'I Would Have Killed Myself' - Free App Puts Care At Rape Survivors' Fingertips[Bhekisisa] In Diepsloot, Bhekisisa's Vimba! app is helping rape survivors access life-saving care and treatment.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:16:30 -0400 signs new Monchengladbach deal international winger Ibrahima Traore extends his stay with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach until 2021.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:08:03 -0400 Kayihura, Muhoozi to Face Uhrc Over Torture At Nalufenya[Monitor] Kampala -The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence boss, Col Abel Kandiho, are expected to appear at the Uganda Human Rights Commission offices today to explain allegations of torture against suspects.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:06:22 -0400 clinch first U20 World Cup point picked up their first point at the Fifa under-20 World Cup after a 1-1 draw with England in Jeonju on Tuesday.Tue, 23 May 2017 06:34:03 -0400 World Bank Offers Uganda Shs870 Billion Loan[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda is to receive credit worth $240m from the World Bank after the financial institution officially lifted suspension of lending to Uganda.Tue, 23 May 2017 06:31:57 -0400 Coup Rumours Reflect Rising Distrust in Buhari's Absence[African Arguments] Coup? Don't even dare.Tue, 23 May 2017 06:23:46 -0400 Preachers of Prosperity - Faith As Business[Deutsche Welle] Five centuries ago, Martin Luther reformed the Christian church to prevent the marketing of religion. But in Africa, the debate over blending God and money is a very timely one.Tue, 23 May 2017 06:06:02 -0400 end of an era for the Latin American left? | Venezuela this web extra special, we ask OAS chief Luis Almagro and a panel of Latin America political commentators.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:54:28 -0400, Palestinian Leaders 'Ready to Reach for Peace' President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are “ready to reach for peace.” Trump made the remark alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech at the Israel Museum. Trump had held talks with Netanyahu on Monday and met him again on Tuesday after a brief visit to the West Bank for a one-hour discussion with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “We know that peace is possible if we put aside the...Tue, 23 May 2017 05:45:43 -0400 'I Stopped a Police Bullet, and I Want Justice'[Nation] When we visit Kijabe Mission Hospital on a cold Monday afternoon, we find David Warui in a rollercoaster of thoughts.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:41:53 -0400 kills Palestinian 'attacker' ahead of Trump trip | Palestine News by local media as Raed Ahmad Rdaydeh, 15-year-old allegedly attempted to stab border officer at checkpoint.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:29:02 -0400 'Massive' Load-Shedding Looms in Zim As Zesa Fails to Settle $80m Debt to Eskom[News24Wire] "Massive" load-shedding could begin as early as next week in Zimbabwe - because the cash-strapped authorities still haven't settled an $80 million debt to Eskom, the Herald reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:28:50 -0400 Independents Stand Up to Parties in Epic Polls Battle[Nation] Aspirants vying as independent candidates across the country have a steep mountain to climb in their contest against candidates fronted by the bigger parties.Tue, 23 May 2017 04:29:36 -0400's ex governor Ahok drops blasphemy appeal | Indonesia News 'Ahok' Purnama withdraws appeal, his family says, but challenge filed by prosecutors is still going ahead.Tue, 23 May 2017 04:19:38 -0400 Swazi Drug Shortage Crisis Deepens[Swazi Media] Parliamentarians in Swaziland have given the government seven days to sort out the drugs shortage crisis crippling public health facilities in the kingdom.Tue, 23 May 2017 04:13:21 -0400 Pastor Talks to 'God' On the Phone During Service[Ghana Star] A pastor has claimed to have a direct phone number to heaven, after a video of him talking on the phone during a church service emerged. "I actually have a direct line which I can call Him on and get instructions on how to proceed," Pastor Paul Sanyangore of Victory World International has been quoted as saying.Tue, 23 May 2017 04:10:14 -0400 Africa: Why Museveni Chose Tanzania for Oil Pipeline[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni yesterday dropped strong hints on why he chose Tanzania over Kenya as the exit route for its oil pipeline.Tue, 23 May 2017 03:51:41 -0400 Authorities Seize Ex-President Jammeh's Bank Accounts[Deutsche Welle] Gambia's justice minister has claimed that former leader Yahya Jammeh stole around $50 million from state coffers via a state telecoms company. Jammeh was forced to step down in January after 22 years in power.Tue, 23 May 2017 02:55:24 -0400 After Ariana Grande Concert in Britain Kills 22 police say at least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion Monday night outside a concert venue in Manchester, England."We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe at this stage the attack last night was conducted by one man," Ian Hopkins, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said Tuesday.Hopkins said investigators believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, and that he died at...Tue, 23 May 2017 02:48:11 -0400 Trump Budget Spares Old Age Programs, Slashes Many Others Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within 10 years by slashing many social programs, including those that help the poor pay for food and medical care, called food stamps and Medicaid.Officials outlined some details of the president's first proposed spending plan ahead of its official release Tuesday.  A president's budget has to be approved by Congress, so the final form is often quite different from what the chief executive submits. ...Tue, 23 May 2017 02:45:20 -0400 Elections a Big Test for Hun Sen go to the polls early next month to elect more than 12,000 district officials, but the ballot is also shaping-up as a showdown between the two major parties amid threats of civil war and a crackdown on political dissent in the lead-up to national elections slated for the middle of next year.For Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party believe the communal poll on June 4 will provide an important litmus test of their popularity, which has been under...Tue, 23 May 2017 01:33:26 -0400 Many Cambodians, June 4 Commune Elections Are About Change 2001, Cambodian authorities forced Sar Neang and his family from their home in the center of Phnom Penh  to make way for a government-backed development.That experience with Prime Minister Hun Sen's government prompted Neang to embrace politics. He's the current deputy chief of the Khmuonh commune in Sen Sok, a district in the capital that is undergoing rapid growth.Today, he's campaigning to become commune chief in the closely watched June 4 commune elections....Tue, 23 May 2017 01:32:42 -0400 Farmers Say Maize Imports Won't End Food Crisis[Nation] Farmers have dismissed the importation of maize to stabilise the rising prices of flour as a scheme to flood the local market with cheap produce.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:46:16 -0400 Uncle to Be Charged With Murder of Kanu Candidate's Children[Nation] The directorate of criminal investigations has taken over the case in which a Kanu candidate's children were killed in cold blood.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:39:40 -0400 of Ousted South Korean President Begins South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied all charges against her at the opening of her trial Tuesday in Seoul.She faces charges of bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life. Park was impeached in December by parliament and in March fired by the country's top court following revelations of her involvement in a massive corruption scandal centered on her friend of 40 years and bringing...Tue, 23 May 2017 00:35:41 -0400 Kills 7 Al-Qaida Militants in Yemen Raid U.S. military says it killed seven militants from al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen during a counterterrorism raid.U.S. Central Command said during the raid Tuesday in Marib Governate U.S. forces used airstrikes and small arms to kill the militants at a compound associated with AQAP."Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP," said a CENTCOM...Tue, 23 May 2017 00:33:26 -0400, Pope Seek to Patch Up Differences During Vatican Meeting President Donald Trump stops at the Vatican Wednesday for a meeting with Pope Francis. It is the last of Trump’s visits to the seats of the world’s three Abrahamic religions. The first two – Saudi Arabia and Israel – were filled with symbolism, ceremony and history. But as VOA White House correspondent Peter Heinlein reports, this one will be shorter, less formal, and possibly more awkward.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:26:00 -0400 Israel, Trump Touts Peace, Slams Iran President Donald Trump visited Israel on Monday, where he reaffirmed Washington's close ties with Israel, slammed mutual rival Iran, and spoke optimistically about the possibility of peace with the Palestinians. VOA White House correspondent Steve Herman reports from Jerusalem.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:26:00 -0400 Security Helps Aid Access in Southwest Somalia famine struck Somalia in 2011, the southwestern town of Baidoa was under al-Shabab control. Humanitarian agencies could not access people in need. Today, the town is under government control, and the improved security situation has meant better access to aid for tens of thousands of people. In Baidoa for VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:26:00 -0400 Creates Food Shortages in Niger northeast Nigeria, parts of Niger are suffering through food shortages, caused in part by the Boko Haram insurgency. No famine has been declared, but for many people, hunger and malnutrition are a reality. VOA Correspondent Nicolas Pinault went to Diffa, Niger, to assess the situation.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:20:00 -0400 Mosul Neighborhoods Held by Islamic State Could be Hardest to Recapture last few Iraqi neighborhoods held by Islamic State in Mosul may be the hardest to retake as the militants put up fierce resistance to hold on to what has been their main stronghold in Iraq for almost three years. Iraqi forces backed by the U.S. have fought to recapture Mosul since October. Despite the hard battle ahead, officials and observers are confident of a victory in the coming days. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:20:00 -0400 Benefits of Exercise, in Pill Form positive impact of exercise is old news. There really is no downside, mentally or physically, to getting up and moving around in any form from taking walks to lifting weights. But what if a pill could give you all those benefits. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:19:00 -0400