• Tension builds up as US prepares to strike N'Korea, deploys U.S. aircraft carrier, deadly fighter jets

    09/Apr/2017 // 19574 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 9, 2017: (DGW) A U.S. aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed towards the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, a U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN.

    The move of the USS Carl Vinson is in response to recent North Korean provocations, the official said.

    It is not uncommon for aircraft carriers to operate in that area, and the U.S. regularly deploys military assets, such as aircraft, to the region as a show of force.

    In fact the Carl Vinson was in South Korea last month for military exercises.

    Earlier this week, North Korea launched a Scud extended-range missile, which U.S. officials said exploded in flight.

    The regime also has recently conducted several missile engine tests as it works to improve its ballistic missile technology.

    The Carl Vinson is moving from Singapore towards the peninsula the official said.

    North Korea had warned the United States on Tuesday of “merciless” attacks if an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson, which is joining in the Korean Peninsula, provokes any attack.

    Reuters first reported the move of the group. (NAN)


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  • BREAKING: North Korea close to building the bomb!

    09/Feb/2016 // 330 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 9, 2016: (DGW) - There are strong  evidence and indications that the hermit kingdom of North Korea is on its way to building the bomb, US intelligence boss James Clapper has warned.

    The warning follows the launching by North Korea of a long-range rocket  listed under the banned missile technology. DailyGlobeWatch gathered that the country has restarted its nuclear reactor at Yongbyong in September last year  with enough plutonium to produce nuclear weapons.

     Pyongyang, reports say,  is also on its way to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, it would be recalled that it carried out its first nuclear test in January this year.

    Expressing worry, fear and concern, Mr Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea is bent on developing a long-range nuclear-armed missile capable of hitting the United States.

    Yongbyong nuclear reactor, experts and analysts say, when fully operational is capable of producing the bomb per year which will require about 4kg of plutonium with an explosive force of 20 kilotons, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered.


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  • N. Korea cites Kadhafi's 'destruction' in nuke test defence

    09/Jan/2016 // 214 Viewers

     

    SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has defended its latest nuclear test, saying the fate of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moamer Kadhafi in Libya showed what happened when countries forsake their nuclear weapon ambitions.

    It also warned South Korea, which resumed high-decibel propaganda broadcasts across the inter-Korean border in response to Wednesday's test, that its actions were driving the divided peninsula to "the brink of war".

    A commentary published by the official KCNA news agency late Friday said Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test was a "great event" that provided North Korea with a deterrent powerful enough to secure its borders against all hostile forces, including the United States.

    "History proves that powerful nuclear deterrence serves as the strongest treasured sword for frustrating outsiders' aggression," the commentary said.

    North Korea said the test was of a miniaturised hydrogen bomb -- a claim largely dismissed by experts who argue the yield was far too low for a full-fledged thermonuclear device.

    The KCNA commentary said the current international situation resembled the "law of the jungle" where only the strongest survive.

    "The Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the Kadhafi regime in Libya could not escape the fate of destruction after being deprived of their foundations for nuclear development and giving up nuclear programmes of their own accord," it said.

    Both had made the mistake, the commentary argued, of yielding to Western pressure led by a United States bent on regime change.

    Asking North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons was as pointless as "wishing to see the sky fall", it said, adding that the entire country was proud of its "H-bomb of justice".

    The defiant message came as the international community scrambled to respond to North Korea's latest test.

    While UN Security Council members discuss possible sanctions, world leaders have sought to build a consensus on how best to penalise leader Kim Jong-Un's maverick state.

    South Korea on Thursday took its own unilateral action by switching on giant banks of speakers on the border and blasting a mix of propaganda and K-pop into North Korea.

    The same tactic, employed during a dangerous flare-up in cross-border tensions last year, had seen an infuriated Pyongyang threaten artillery strikes against the loudspeaker units unless they were switched off.

    At a mass rally held Friday in Pyongyang' Kim Il-Sung square to celebrate the test, senior North Korean ruling party official Kim Ki-Nam said Seoul was once again playing with fire.

    "The United States and its puppets have wasted no time in driving the situation on the peninsula to the brink of war, resuming their psychological warfare broadcast," Kim said.

     

     

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  • China launches first commercial rocket to space

    09/Jan/2017 // 257 Viewers

                                 Chinese newly launched commercial rocket

    A Chinese rocket successfully sent three satellites into space in the country’s first commercial mission, a media report said on Monday.
    The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) blasted off from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in central Gansu province at 12:11 pm (0411 GMT) with three satellites.

    The media report stressed that one of the satellites is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, disaster prevention and relief purposes.

    It added that the other two satellites would test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and data exchange.

    Report says a rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is responsible for the mission.

    Experts say the successes of Chinese space programmes are significant for China’s one-party rulers to garner support from the population and to boost international prestige.

    In 2011, the U.S. Congress ruled that Chinese astronauts would not be allowed on the International Space Station because of national security concerns.

    The China National Space Programme aims to launch the core module of China’s own manned space station in 2018 with a goal of completing the station by 2022,’’ it noted.


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  • BUHARI tongue-tied as CHINA humiliates NIGERIA, throws out $2.9bn loan request

    09/Jan/2017 // 1579 Viewers

     

    The Chinese government, has withheld the $20 billion concession loan earlier promised to Nigeria, until after due verification, a Presidency source confirmed, on Monday morning.
     
    A top Presidency source, who is privy to the development, disclosed in a report, that the Federal has expressed disappointment that the money was withheld.
     
    Chinese Analysts, have however predicted that the current economic downturn in Nigeria, would dent the country’s credit worthiness.
    Recall, that in 2015, China had at a Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, pledged $60 billion assistance to countries on the continent, including Nigeria, to develop and grow their infrastructure, and human development capacities.
     
    According to the Presidential source, government immediately swung into action, after President Muhammadu Buhari’s return from a visit to China, as well as, the follow-up visit of the Budget and National Planning Minister, Udo Udoma, to immediately fulfill the conditions for accessing the loan.
     
    Reacting to the loan rejection, the source said: “The Chinese government was advised by its Economic Experts who visited Nigeria for physical assessments, to exercise caution, citing the shrinking economy, and falling value of the naira as reasons.
     
    “They also alluded to high risks in diverting the loan to projects not specified in the agreement, and requested a direct monitoring of the projects, in addition to the need for full compilation of all current trade agreements between the two countries, till date.
     
    “A team of Experts from China Exim Bank, had also expressed fear of possible mismanagement of the funds, and requested an overhaul of some of the priority areas presented by the Federal Government, for closer study on their viability and sustainability.’’
     
    The Chinese Financial Experts, it was further learnt, expressed reservations about some areas the Federal Government was keen on investing the loan, saying they did not fall in line with the FOCAC vision.

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  • Breaking: Pakistani teen burnt alive by her mother for choosing own husband

    09/Jun/2016 // 177 Viewers

     

    A Pakistani mother on Wednesday burnt her 16-year-old daughter alive for marrying a man of her own choice, before shouting on the street to neighbours that she had killed the teen for bringing shame on her family.

    It was the third so-called "honour killing" in the South Asian country in as many months, and a rare example of the crime being carried out by a woman.

    Zeenat Bibi, 16, was set on fire by her mother Perveen Bibi in the eastern city of Lahore a little more than a week after the couple had acquired their marriage licence, police said.

    "Perveen Bibi killed her daughter Zeenat Bibi by burning her alive around 9:00 am on Wednesday," Haidar Ashraf, a senior police official told AFP, adding the teen had married a man named Hasan Khan on May 29.

    Khan's ethnicity -- he is an ethnic Pashtun, while Zeenat was a Punjabi -- was the main cause of the family's disapproval, according to the woman's family.

    Zeenat's husband Khan told local TV station Geo News that the pair had eloped, but he had reluctantly allowed her to return to her family home after they promised they would hold a celebration and not harm her.

    He said: "After living with me for four days following our marriage, her family contacted us and promised they would throw us a proper wedding party after eight days. Then we would be able live together.

    "Zeenat was unwilling to go back to her home and told me that she would be killed by her family, but later agreed when one of her uncles guaranteed her safety.

    "After two days, she called me and said that her family had gone back on their word and asked me to come to get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed."

    Ashraf, the police official, said Perveen and other family members had confessed to the crime and that police had seized kerosene oil from the scene.

    - Family defiant -

    At the victim's two-bedroom family home in a low-income southern neighbourhood of the city, Perveen's family remained defiant.

    Naseem Bibi, Perveen's younger sister, told AFP: "After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl and started beating herself on her chest, shouting: 'People! I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name.'"

    "My sister declared a long time ago she would not allow her daughter to marry a Pashtun," she said.

    The victim's sister Shazia also blamed Zeenat for defying her mother, but said she had urged her mother to cut ties with her instead of killing her.

    Perveen's husband died several years ago and her relationship with her daughters had deteriorated, according to Shazia.

    "Our mother became distressed because of her daughter's disobedience and because she felt there was no man in the house to rein her in."

    Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour.

    "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" -- a film telling the story of a rare survivor of an attempted honour killing -- won an Oscar for best documentary short in February.

    Amid publicity for the film, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to eradicate the "evil" of honour killings but no fresh legislation has been tabled since then.


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  • North Korea party congress pushes nuclear weapons expansion

    09/May/2016 // 278 Viewers

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) has said the country will only use nuclear weapons if attacked (AFP Photo/)


    North Korea's first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years formally endorsed leader Kim Jong-Un's policy of expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, as South Korea on Monday dismissed his proposals for military talks and improved ties.

    The congress, which opened on Friday, has largely been seen as an elaborate coronation for the 33-year-old Kim, securing his status as supreme leader and confirming his legacy "byungjin" doctrine of twin economic and nuclear development.

    On Sunday, the thousands of delegates to what is technically North Korea's top decision-making body, adopted a report submitted by Kim the day before to simultaneously push forward economic construction and "boost self-defensive nuclear force both in quality and quantity."

    It also enshrined a policy of not using nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is threatened by another nuclear power, and of working towards the eventual reunification of the divided Korean peninsula.

    "But if the south Korean authorities opt for a war... we will turn out in the just war to mercilessly wipe out the anti-reunification forces," said the document published by the North's official KCNA news agency.

    Reiterating the North's long-held argument that its push for a nuclear deterrent was forced by US hostility, the congress said the nuclear weapons programme would move forward "as long as the imperialists persist in their nuclear threat."

    Presenting his report to the congress in a marathon three-hour speech on Saturday, Kim said Pyongyang wanted better relations with previously "hostile" nations and proposed military talks with South Korea to ease tensions on their heavily fortified border.

    - 'Propaganda' -

    The government in Seoul dismissed his remarks, including a vow to pursue global denuclearisation, as meaningless propaganda.

    "There is absolutely no sincerity in talking about the necessity of military talks ... while calling oneself a nuclear weapons state and launching nuclear and missile provocations," defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-Gyun said.

    Moon said the party congress had only served to reaffirm North Korea's intention to develop its nuclear arsenal, and added that Seoul would continue to counter those ambitions with sanctions and pressure.

    The South Korean Unification Ministry was equally dismissive, describing Kim's remarks on improving North-South ties as a "propaganda act with no sincerity."

    North Korea has carried out four nuclear tests -- two of them under Kim's leadership.

    The North said its most recent test in January was of a powerful hydrogen bomb, although experts questioned the claim given the relatively low yield.

    There is growing concern that Pyongyang may be on the verge of conducting a fifth test, with satellite imagery showing activity at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

    - Securing power -

    Kim was not even born when the last party congress was held in 1980 to crown his father, Kim Jong-Il, as the heir apparent to founding leader Kim Il-Sung.

    When his own turn came, following the death of Kim Jong-Il in December 2011, the new young leader quickly set about cementing his power base and securing his legitimacy as the inheritor of Kim family's ruling dynasty.

    One of his earliest moves was to adjust his father's "songun", or military first policy, to the "byungjin" policy of economic-nuclear development.

    The nuclear half of that strategy had dominated the run-up to the party congress, starting with a fourth nuclear test in January that was followed by a long-range rocket launch and a flurry of other missile and weapons tests.

    Some observers had predicted that the congress might switch the focus to the economic side of the equation, and Kim did unveil a five-year economic plan -- the first of its kind for decades.

    But his report to the congress offered few details of the plan's policies or targets beyond general ambitions to boost production across all economic sectors, with a particular focus on energy production.

     

     


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  • BREAKING: Nigerian man, CHUKWUEMEKA IBE, Romanian accomplice bag life imprisonment for drugs in CAMBODIA (See photo)

    09/May/2017 // 842 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 9, 2017: (DGW) Nigerian man, Chukwuemeka Ibe, aged 35 has been arrested for hard drugs and sentenced to a life in prison by a Cambodian court on Tuesday.

    Also arrested is his Romanian accomplice, Adrian-Calin Varadi aged 40 Romanian  who transported the substance identified to be cocaine to him from Brazil.

    Mr Chukwuemeka Ibe was to make an onward delivery of 4.96 kg of the drugs to Thailand before he was swooped on the country's anti-drug crack squad in his hotel room.

    Both were charged with “illegally transporting the drugs” a crime which carries the death penalty and in rare cases life imprisonment

    “The court decides to sentence each of them to life in prison and to fine them 40 million riel (10,000 U.S. dollars) each,” the verdict said.

     


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  • Nigerian bags World Scrabble title, in first for Africa

    09/Nov/2015 // 302 Viewers

    AFP/File | Wellington Jighere cruised to victory in the World Scrabble Championship with a series of high-scoring words such as "fahlores", "avouched" and "mentored"

     

    SYDNEY (AFP) - 

    Cowboy-hat wearing Wellington Jighere from Nigeria crushed his English opponent 4 - 0 at the World Scrabble Championship in Australia to become first African to bag the word game's global title.

    Jighere was among more than 120 competitors who travelled to Perth for the World English-language Scrabble Players' Association Championship, which culminated in Sunday's best-of-seven final against England's Lewis Mackay.

    "He had to battle for four days to emerge on top but once he got there -- maybe he was a little fresher, or got a bit of luck -- everything fell into place for him and he won four-nil," Adam Kretschmer, one of the organisers of the event, told AFP of Jighere's effort.

    The Nigerian used such high-scoring words as "fahlores", "avouched" and "mentored" as he puzzled his way to victory.

    "It is the first time that an African has won in these world championships," Jighere told The Guardian after the win.

    But he conceded that: "Nigel is still the master. It just happens that today was my day."

    It was a reference to New Zealander Nigel Richards who dominates English-language Scrabble, with three world championships, five North American titles and 11 wins at the prestigious King's Cup in Thailand, sponsored by the Thai royal family.

    Richards stunned the francophone world in July when he also won the game's French version even though he doesn't speak the language and only spent nine weeks studying the official Scrabble dictionary.

    A trained engineer, Richards reportedly began playing Scrabble at 28 at the request of his mother, who was frustrated that his photographic memory was making their card games too one-sided.

    But he proved dazzling at the word game, even though he favoured mathematics at school and was never much of an English student.

    A rival New Zealand Scrabbler once said Richards was "like a computer with a big ginger beard", while Malaysian tournament organiser Michael Tang has called him "the Tiger Woods of Scrabble".

    On Facebook, Jighere admitted that the Perth tournament -- in which each player had played 32 games over four days before the finalists were decided -- had been exhausting.

    "I really must endeavour to rest now," he posted late Sunday.

    "I've not slept well in about a week. The fact that I was able to perform in spite of the sleeplessness still baffles me. It only goes to prove that God was deeply involved in this matter."

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  • North Korea executes army chief of staff - South Korean media

    10/Feb/2016 // 412 Viewers

     

    Reuters: North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.
    The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test.
    A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Ri had been executed. The source declined to be identified, given the sensitivity of the matter.
    Ri, who was chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) General Staff, was executed this month for corruption and factional conspiracy, Yonhap and other South Korean media reported.
    Yonhap did not identify its sources. The source who told Reuters the news declined to comment on how the information about the execution had been obtained.
    South Korea's National Intelligence Service declined to comment and it was not possible to independently verify the report.
    The North rarely issues public announcement related to purges or executions of high-level officials.
    A rare official confirmation of a high-profile execution came after Jang Song Thaek, leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and the man who was once considered the second most powerful figure in the country, was executed for corruption in 2013.
    In May last year, the North executed its defence chief by anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, the South's spy agency said in a report to members of parliament.
    The North's military leadership has been in a state of perpetual reshuffle since Kim Jong Un took power after the death of his father in 2011. He has changed his armed forces chief several times since then.
    Some other high-ranking officials in the North have been absent from public view for extended periods, fuelling speculation they may have been purged or removed, only to resurface.


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