• BREAKING: Obama declares full-scale war as ISIS kills 38 disabled children in Libya

    14/Dec/2015 // 1019 Viewers


    PARIS, DECEMBER 14, 2015: Irked by the killing of 38 disabled  children in Libya on Monday President Obama of the United States has declared a full-scale war on the Islamic State militants. A visibly angry Obama made the declaration after extensive consultations in the briefing room with senior Pentagon officials.

    Speaking further, the President said the time has come for a decisive action to rid the world of the vermin. He charged the senior Pentagon officials to map out a strategy as a matter of urgency to combat the IS militants on all fronts adding that some key IS leaders have been killed in US combat operations.

    Said Obama in a statement, “Hunting down and taking out these terrorists, training and equipping Iraqi and Syrian forces to fight ISIL on the ground, stopping ISIL’s operations by disrupting the recruiting, financing and propaganda, and finally persistent diplomacy to end the Syrian Civil War so everyone can focus on destroying ISIL,” Obama said.

    He charged the US coalition partners in the region to do more to rid the menace the IS group poses to society.


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  • BREAKING: BRITON jailed over plan to kill DONALD TRUMP

    14/Dec/2016 // 1078 Viewers

     Michael Sandford pleaded guilty for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function

    A British man has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison over his attempt to grab a gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump.

    Michael Sandford, 20, pleaded guilty in September to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

    He was accused of grabbing a policeman’s gun at a rally in Las Vegas in order to shoot at the candidate.

    His mother says “he is remorseful over what he did”.

    Sandford, of Dorking, Surrey, had faced up to 10 years in prison over the alleged assassination plot.

    The court heard that he could be eligible for release in four months’ time, at which point he will be deported to the UK.

    The defence team said their client is autistic and suffers seizures and obsession-compulsion anxiety.

    After Sandford was arrested, he told officers he had planned to shoot the billionaire Republican candidate.

    He failed to pull the weapon from an officer’s holster, the court heard.

    His mother said that she had lost contact with her son after he left home to travel around the US in 2015.

    He had previously shown no interest in politics, and she was unable to explain why he would want to shoot Mr Trump.

    According to court documents, Sandford, who was homeless and living in the US illegally having overstayed his visa, told the Secret Service that he had driven from California to Nevada with the goal of shooting Mr Trump.

    The papers detail how he had been plotting the attack for around a year and had gone to a gun range in Las Vegas the day before the attack to learn how to shoot, firing 20 rounds from a 9mm Glock pistol.

    He reportedly told an officer that he had expected to die in the attack but that he also had tickets for a later Trump rally in Arizona in case he needed a second chance.

    Judge James C Mahan described the incident as “a crazy stunt”.

    “You have a medical problem,” the judge told Sandford, adding that it is “nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.”

    “I don’t see you as evil or a sociopath,” the judge said, wishing Sandford luck as he rose to leave the courtroom.


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  • There was no phone call between TRUMP, BUHARI after all, facts emerge as US remains silent on official websites

    14/Feb/2017 // 5783 Viewers


    PARIS, FEBRUARY 14, 2016: (DGW)  THE reported telephone conversation between the US President  Mr. Donald Trump and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is being called in question in certain quarters as no mention is made of the telephone call in any of US official website nor the US president personal Tweeter handle.

    The observation was made and reported by Daily Trust newspapers headquartered in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja.
    According to the report, the USA is yet to record the conversation on its website or make mention of it on its social media accounts.
    There is no mention of the telephone conversation on official accounts of the US government such as @USAgov, @WhiteHouse and others.
    Twitter-friendly Donald Trump is yet to acknowledge the conversation on his official handle, @realDonaldTrump and the official account of the president of the USA, @POTUS.
    Trump via @realDonaldTrump tweeted about the visit of 45-year-old Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau while the last tweet of @POTUS was the joint statement by President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
    Although, The United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria,@USEmbassyAbuja, has failed to acknowledge the phone conversation, it is celebrating basketball greats like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and others in commemoration of Black History Month.
     In contrast, The official accounts of the president of Nigeria, @NGRPresident; the government of Nigeria, @AsoRock; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, @GeoffreyOnyeama and more than five media aides of Buhari (Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, Tolu Ogunlesi, Bashir Ahmad and Lauretta Onochie) have made mention of the phone conversation.

    The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and its affiliates such as APCUkingdom are also commenting on the event via the social media.
    However, Daily Trust reported that a certain agent of the USAgov, who identified him/herself as Rachell G, in a chat noted that the event is not yet recorded on the website of the government and as such cannot provide further information on the details of the conversation.
    "I understand you would like to know if President Donald Trump spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari. I am unable to find information on government related websites. This does not mean it never happened or it did happen. However, it has not been recorded on U.S. government website. I apologize for any inconvenience."

    However, this silence is being interpreted in many quarters if there really was any of such telephone conversation since it has failed to appear in the official sites of the USA  owing to previous conflicting reports emanating from the Presidency about Buhari's vacation in the United Kingdom.



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  • JUST IN: President TRUMP didn't speak to President BUHARI - Finally, White House Chief Strategist, Stephen K Bannon confirms

    14/Feb/2017 // 9846 Viewers


    PARIS, FEBRUARY 14, 2017: (DGW) In our unbending desire to confirm the purported telephone conversation between Donald Trump with Mr. Buhari, we eventually this evening got a call through to Stephen K. Bannon, a White House Chief Strategist and our findings are that no such call took place between the president of the most powerful country in the world, the USA and the president of the most populous country in Africa.

    It had been widely reported in the Nigerian media that there was actually telephone conversation between the two leaders.

    Our team in our resolute bid to find out the truth had earlier today visited the US Embassy here in Paris and we were told point blank they are yet to be notified of such contacts between US and Nigeria.

    As our curiosity continues, we eventually got a call through to the White House this evening and luckily got through to Stephen K. Bannon who did not mince words debunking the ''official'' rumour being circulated in Nigeria and Nigerian print and electronic media.

    An obviously angry Bannon retorted on the phone that no such conversation took place and hung up unceremoniously.

    His words, ''What is the hullabaloo about my boss calling your president? I don't know....., I don't, we are not aware if there was such arrangement and if a call like that was ever made, Trump did not tell me or anyone'', he hung up abruptly.

    But back home, Presidency still insists with all the emphasis at its command that there actually a telephone conversation between the two leaders and that the conversation was, as a matter of fact, cordial thus leaving everyone in doubts.

    For the avoidance of doubts, call this number now to confirm and ask for extension to Mr. Bannon's office: +1 202-456-1111

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  • Trump to suspend immigrants from Nigeria, other countries with proven terror history from US

    14/Jun/2016 // 2212 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 14, 2016: (DGW) US presidential hopeful Donald Trump in reaction to the deadly attack on a Florida nightclub has restated the need to review American immigration policy when he becomes the president, other things being equal.

    Donald Trump declared that immigrants from countries with a proven history of terrorism against the US or its allies  will be suspended from entering the United States until his administration takes steps to prevent such threats.

    His words:

    “When I’m elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we fully understand how to end these threats,” Trump said in New Hampshire. 

    “We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer.”

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  • WikiLeaks set to nail Hillary says will publish more Hillary Clinton emails

    14/Jun/2016 // 632 Viewers


    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says that the whistleblower organization will publish more emails Hillary Clinton sent and received on her private email server while Secretary of State.

    “We have emails pending publication, that is correct,” Assange told U.K. television on Sunday. The Wikileaks founder was speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has lived since July 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where is he wanted for rape allegations dating back to 2010.

    Assange did not indicate when or how many of Clinton’s emails he would leak, the Guardian says.

    The FBI is currently investigating whether the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s handling of classified information violates federal law and State Department procedures. In May, the State Department’s Office of Inspector General released a 78-page report that harshly criticized Clinton’s email practices.

    In March, Wikileaks set up a public, searchable Hillary Clinton email database, which archives 30,322 emails and email attachments sent to and from Clinton between June 2010 and August 2014.

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  • Breaking: Read President Obama’s Speech Criticizing the Muslim Ban

    14/Jun/2016 // 350 Viewers

    President Obama spoke about the fight against the Islamic State, the Orlando shooting and Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States in a forceful speech after his National Security Council meeting Tuesday. “Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently?” he said. “Are we going to start subjecting them to…

    President Obama spoke about the fight against the Islamic State, the Orlando shooting and Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States in a forceful speech after his National Security Council meeting Tuesday.

    “Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently?” he said. “Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminate them, because of their faith? We heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this?”

    Here is a full transcript of the speech.

    I just met with my National Security Council as part of our regular effort to review and intensify our campaign to destroy the terrorist group ISIL. Our meeting was planned before the terrible attack in Orlando, but obviously that tragedy, the awful loss of life, shaped much of our work today.
    In all of our efforts, foremost in our minds is the loss and the grief of the people of Orlando, those who died, those who are still recovering, the families who’ve seen their loved ones harmed, the friends of ours who are lesbian and gay and bisexual and transgender who were targeted.
    I want to remind them that they are not alone. The American people and our allies and friends all over the world stand with you and are thinking about you and are praying for you.
    As Director Comey has said, we currently do not have any information to indicate that a foreign terrorist group directed the attack in Orlando. It is increasingly clear, however, that the killer took in extremist information and propaganda over the internet. He appears to have been an angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized.
    OBAMA: As we know all too well, terrorist groups like ISIL have called on people around the world and here in the United States to attack innocent civilians. Their propaganda, their videos, their postings are pervasive and more easily accessible than we want.
    This individual appears to have absorbed some of that and during his killing spree, the shooter in Orlando pledged allegiance to ISIL.
    As I’ve said before, these lone actors or small cells of terrorists are very hard to detect and very hard to prevent.
    But across our government at every level, federal, state and local, military and civilian, we are doing everything in our power to stop these kinds of attacks.
    We work to succeed 100 percent of the time. An attacker, as we saw in Orlando, only has to succeed once.
    Our extraordinary personnel, our intelligence, our military, our homeland security, our law enforcement have prevented many attacks and saved many lives and we can never thank them enough.
    But we are all sobered by the fact that despite the extraordinary hard work, something like Orlando can occur.
    In our meeting today, Director Comey updated us on the investigation in Orlando. Secretary Johnson reviewed the measures we continue to take on behalf of our homeland security.
    Secretary Carter and Chairman Dunford reviewed the military campaign against ISIL and I want to thank Secretary Lew and his team here at treasury for hosting us and for their tireless efforts to cut off the money that ISIL relies on to fund its terror network.
    At the outset, I want to reiterate our objective in this fight. Our mission is to destroy ISIL. Since I last updated the American people on our campaign two months ago, we’ve seen that this continues to be a difficult fight, but we are making significant progress.
    Over the past two months, I’ve authorized a series of steps to ratchet up our fight against ISIL. Additional U.S. personnel, including special forces in Syria to assist local forces battling ISIL there, additional advisers to work more closely with Iraqi security forces and additional assets, including attack helicopters and additional support for local forces in northern Iraq. Our aircraft continue to launch from the U.S.S. Harry Truman, now in the Mediterranean. Our B-52 bombers are hitting ISIL with precision strikes. Targets are being identified and hit even more quickly. So far, 13,000 airstrikes.
    This campaign at this stage is firing on all cylinders and as a result, ISIL is under more pressure than ever before. ISIL continues to lose key leaders. This includes Salman Abu
    Shabib (ph), the senior military leader in Mosul, (inaudible), who plotted external attacks, Shaker Wahib, ISIL’s military leader in Iraq’s Anbar Province, and Maher al-
    Bilawi, the top ISIL commander in Fallujah.
    So far we have taken out more than 120 top ISIL leaders and commanders. And our message is clear, that if you target American and our allies, you will not be safe. You will never be safe.
    ISIL continues to lose ground in Iraq. In the past two months, local forces in Iraq with coalition support have liberated the western town of Rutba and have also pushed up the Euphrates River Valley, liberating the strategic town of
    Hiit and breaking the ISIL siege of Haditha.
    Iraqis forces have surrounded Fallujah and begun to move into the city. Meanwhile in the north, Iraqi forces continue to push up the Tigris River Valley, making gains around (inaudible) and now preparing to tighten the noose around ISIL in Mosul.
    (Inaudible) told ISIL has now lost nearly half of the populated territory that it once controlled in Iraq and it will lose more.
    ISIL continues to lose ground in Syria as well. Assisted by our special operations forces, the coalition of local forces is now pressuring the key town of (inaudible), which means the noose is tightening around ISIL in Raqqah as well.
    In short, our coalition continues to be on offense. ISIL is on defense and it has now been a full year since ISIL has been able to mount a major successful offensive operation on either Syria or Iraq.
    OBAMA: As ISIL continues to lose territory, it also continues to lose the money that it is — that is
    itslife blood.
    As a result of our strikes against its oil infrastructure and supply lines, we believe that we’ve cut ISIL’s revenue from oil by millions of dollars per month. In destroying the storage sites where they keep their cash, we’ve deprived ISIL of many millions more.
    Thanks with great work of Secretary Lew and many others here today and working with nations and financial institutions around the world, ISIL is now effectively cut off from the international financial system. Cutting off ISIL’s money may not be as dramatic as military strikes, but it is critically important and we’re seeing the results.
    ISIL’s cash reserves are down, it has had to cut salaries for its fighters, it’s resorting to more extortion of those trapped in its grip. And by ISIL’s own admission, some of its own leaders have been caught stealing cash and gold. Once again, ISIL’s true nature has been revealed. These are not religious warriors, they are thugs and they are thieves.
    In continuing to push on this front, I want to mention that it is critical for our friends in the Senate to confirm Adam Szubin, my nominee for under secretary of Terrorism and Financial intelligence. Adam has served in Democratic and Republican administrations. Everyone agrees he’s eminently qualified. He has been working on these kinds of issues for years.
    It’s now been more than a year since I nominated him. More than 420 days and he
    stillhas not been given a full vote. There is no good reason for it. It is inexcusable. So it’s time for the Senate to do its job, put our national security first and have a vote on Adam Szubin that can lead our financial fight against ISIL and help keep our country safe.
    ISIL’s ranks are shrinking as well. Their morale is sinking. As one defender — as one defector said, ISIL is not bringing Islam to the world and people need to know that. Thanks to international efforts, the flow of foreign fighters, including from America, to Syria and Iraq has plummeted. In fact, our intelligence community now assesses that the ranks of ISIL
    been reduced to the lowest levels in more than two and a half years.
    Even as we continue to destroy ISIL militarily, we’re addressing larger forces that have allowed these terrorists to gain traction in parts of the world. With regard to Iraq, this means helping Iraqis stabilize liberated communities and promote inclusive governance so ISIL cannot return.
    With regard to Syria, it means our continued support for the fragile cessation of hostilities there. The cessation of hostilities has not stopped all or even most of the hardship on the Syrian people, the hardship on civilians. And the Assad regime has been the principal culprit in violating the cessation of hostilities.
    ISIL and al-Nusra, which is Al Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, also continue to terrorize Syrians. But as fragile and incomplete as the cessation is, it has saved lives and it has allowed the delivery of some life-saving aid to Syrians who are in desperate need. And as difficult as it is, we will continue to push for a political process that can end the civil war and result in a transition away from Assad.
    Beyond Syria and Libya — beyond Syria and Iraq, ISIL is also losing ground in Libya. Forces of the Libyan Unity Government are going after ISIL in their stronghold in Sirte and we’ll continue to assist the new Libyan government as it works to secure its country.
    Lastly, here at home, if we really want to help law enforcement protect Americans from home-grown extremists, the kind of tragedies that occurred at San Bernardino and that now have occurred in Orlando, there is a meaningful way to do that. We have to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war that let them kill dozens of innocents.
    OBAMA: It is absolutely true, we cannot prevent every tragedy. But we know that consistent with the Second Amendment, there are common sense steps that could reduce gun violence and could reduce the lethality of somebody who intends to do other people harm. We should give ATF the resources they need to enforce the gun laws that we already have.
    People with possible ties to terrorism, who are not allowed on a plane should not be allowed to buy a gun. Enough talking about being tough on terrorism.
    Actually be tough on terrorism and stop making it easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons.
    Reinstate the assault weapons ban, make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us. Otherwise, despite extraordinary efforts across our government, by local law enforcement, by our intelligence agencies, by our military — despite all the sacrifices that folks make, these kinds of events are going to keep on happening. And the weapons are only going to get more powerful.
    And let me make a final point. For a while now, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize the administration and me for not using the phrase “radical Islam.” That’s the key, they tell us. We cannot beat ISIL unless we call them radical Islamists.
    What exactly would using this label would accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to try to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this?
    The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.
    Since before I was president, I have been clear about how extremist groups have perverted Islam to justify terrorism. As president, I have called on our Muslim friends and allies at home and around the world to work with us to reject this twisted interpretation of one of the world’s great religions.
    There has not been a moment in my 7.5 years as president where we have not able to pursue a strategy because we didn’t use the label “radical Islam.” Not once has an adviser of mine said, “Man, if we use that phrase, we are going to turn this whole thing around,” not once.
    So someone seriously thinks that we don’t know who we are fighting?
    If there is anyone out there who thinks we are confused about who our enemies are — that would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we have taken off the battlefield.
    If the implication is that those of us up here and the thousands of people around the country and around the  world
    who are working to defeat ISIL aren’t taking the fight seriously? That would come as a surprise to those who spent these last 7.5 years dismantling Al Qaida in the FATA, for example — including the men and women in uniform who put their lives at risk, and the special forces that I ordered to get bin Laden and are now on the ground in Iraq and in Syria.
    They know full well who the enemy is. So do the intelligence and law enforcement officers who spend countless hours disrupting plots and protecting all Americans — including politicians who tweet and appears on cable news shows.
    They know who the nature of the enemy is. So, there is no magic to the phrase “radical Islam.” It is a political talking point. It is not a strategy.
    OBAMA: And the reason I am careful about how I describe this threat has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with actually defeating extremism.
    Groups like ISIL and Al Qaida want to make this war a war between Islam and America, or between Islam and the West. They want to claim that they are the true leaders of over a billion of Muslims around the world who reject their crazy notions.
    They want us to validate them by implying that they speak for those billion-plus people, that they speak for Islam. That’s their propaganda, that’s how they recruit. And if we fall into the trap of painting all
    Muslimsas a broad brush, and imply that we are at war with the entire religion, then we are doing the terrorists’ work for them.
    Now, up until this point, this argument of labels has mostly just been partisan rhetoric, and sadly, we have all become accustomed to that kind of partisanship, even when it involves the fight against these extremist groups.
    That kind of yapping has not prevented folks across the government from doing their jobs, from sacrificing and working really hard to protect the American people.
    But we are now seeing how dangerous this kind of mind
    set and this kind of thinking can be. We are starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we are fighting, where this can lead us.
    We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States to bar all Muslims from immigrating to America. And you hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complacent in violence.
    Where does this stop? The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer — they were all U.S. citizens. Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminate them, because of their faith?
    We heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this?
    Because that’s not the America we want. It does not reflect our Democratic ideals. It won’t make us more
    safe, it will make us less safe, fueling ISIL’s notion that the West hates Muslims, making Muslims in this country and around the world feel like, no matter what they do, they’re going to be under suspicion and under attack.
    It makes Muslim-Americans feel like their government is betraying them. It betrays the very values America stands for.
    We have gone through moments in our history before when we acted out of fear, and we came to regret it. We have seen our government mistreat our fellow citizens, and it has been a shameful part of our history.
    OBAMA: This is a country founded on basic freedoms, including freedom of religion. We don’t have religious tests here. Our founders, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, are clear about that.
    And if we ever abandon those values, we would not only make it a lot easier to radicalize people here and around the world, but we would have betrayed the very things we are trying to protect.
    The pluralism and the openness, our rule of law, our civil liberties, the very things that make this country great. The very things that make us exceptional. And then the terrorists would have won and we cannot let that happen. I will not let that happen.
    You know, two weeks ago I was at the commencement ceremony of the Air Force Academy and it could not have been more inspiring to see these young people stepping up dedicated to serve and protect this country.
    And part of what was inspiring was the incredible diversities of these cadets. We saw cadets who are straight applauding classmates who were openly gay.
    We saw cadets born here in America applauding classmates who are immigrants and love this country so much they decided they wanted to be part of our armed forces.
    We saw cadets and families of all religions applaud cadets who are proud, patriotic Muslim-Americans serving their country in uniform ready to lay their lives on the line to protect you and to protect me.
    We saw male cadets applauding for female classmates who can now serve in combat positions. That’s the American military. That’s America. One team. One nation.
    Those are the values that ISIL is trying to destroy and we should not help them do it. Our diversity and our respect for one another, our drawing on the talents of everybody in this country, our making sure that we are treating everybody fairly, that we are not judging people on the basis of what faith they are or what race they are or what ethnicity they are or what their sexual orientation is.
    That’s what makes this country great. That’s the spirit we see in Orlando. That’s the unity and resolve that will allow us to defeat ISIL. That’s what will preserve our values and our ideals that define us as Americans. That’s how we are going to defend this nation and that’s how we are going to defend our way of life. Thank you very much.

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  • Apostle Suleiman storms US in style for a conference (See photos)

    14/Mar/2017 // 1749 Viewers


    PARIS, MARCH 14, 2017: (DGW) THE founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle John Suleman who has been in the news for weeks now arrived Washington DC for a conference a few hours ago.

    The conference which is billed to start today is tagged‘Help From Above’ conference which is billed to start today.

    He was pictured on arrival at the airport before joining his convoy to his destination.

    See photos below:

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  • UN alarmed about Boko Haram ties to IS

    14/May/2016 // 448 Viewers

    Boko Haram was named in the latest Global Terrorism Index as "the most deadly terrorist group in the world" in 2014 (AFP Photo/)

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Friday said it was alarmed by Boko Haram's ties to the Islamic State Group and threw its support behind a Nigerian-led regional summit to confront the threat.

    The 15-member council said in a statement that it welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari's "crucial initiative" to hold the summit on Saturday, which will be attended by regional leaders and French President Francois Hollande.

    The council statement was drafted by the United States as a show of support for Buhari on the eve of the meeting.

    The summit should help develop "a comprehensive strategy to address the governance, security, development, socio-economic and humanitarian dimensions of the crisis," said a council statement.

    The council expressed "alarm at Boko Haram's linkages with the Islamic State" and voiced "deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region."

    Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS last year and Nigerians have been reportedly fighting in lawless Libya, as well as having ties with Al-Qaeda-linked groups in the wider Sahel.

    US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond are among the senior foreign dignitaries expected in Abuja on Saturday.

    The council renewed its call for regional countries Cameroon, Chad and Niger in a multinational joint task force to "further enhance regional military cooperation and coordination" to root out Boko Haram.

    It demanded that Boko Haram "immediately and unequivocally cease all violence and all abuses of human rights" and "release all those abducted" including the 219 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Nigeria in April 2014.

    Boko Haram was named in the latest Global Terrorism Index as "the most deadly terrorist group in the world" in 2014. An estimated 20,000 people have been killed since 2009.



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  • Trump names Republican Reince Prebus as Chief of Staff, vows crackdown on undocumented immigrants

    14/Nov/2016 // 778 Viewers


    New York (AFP) - President-elect Donald Trump named anti-establishment firebrand Steve Bannon his top strategist and top Republican Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff Sunday, blending pragmatism with a rabble-rousing edge in the first appointments of his new administration.

    Trump's choices came as he reaffirmed plans to immediately deport or jail as many as three million undocumented immigrants, in his first television interview since his election.

    Millions were expected to tune in to Trump's full interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" for clues on how the populist billionaire will govern, and how far he intends to convert his strident slogans into hard and fast policy.

    Trump's two sides -- the practical dealmaker and the anti-establishment provocateur -- were on display in his appointments of Bannon, the CEO of right-wing, conspiracy-mongering Breitbart website, and Priebus, a seasoned Republican operative with close ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

    "Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again."

    The appointments to Trump's inner circle are seen as key to setting the tone of an administration led by a 70-year-old political novice.

    Since Tuesday's shock election triumph, Trump had appeared to tone down his rhetoric, notably suggesting he might be willing to reconsider a pledge to scrap President Barack Obama's signature health reform.

    But he made clear in excerpts of Sunday's interview that he still intended to crack down on the undocumented, focusing on people with criminal records.

    "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people -- probably two million, it could be even three million -- we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate," Trump said.

    Experts estimate there are as many as 11 million foreigners living illegally in the United States, many of them Central and Southern Americans long-established in the country.

    - 'Swing for the fences' -

    Trump also said he stood by his pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border -- although he said it could include some fencing.

    His stance stood in opposition with comments by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Sunday the focus under a Trump administration would be on securing the border, not rounding up immigrants.

    "We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump's not planning on that," Ryan told CNN.

    But Newt Gingrich, a member of Trump's inner circle, said he would advise the president-elect to "swing for the fences."

    "This is a city which if you don't shove it as hard as you can while you have momentum, it will just surround you. I mean, the swamp doesn't want to be drained. And the swamp will just suck you in if you let it," he said on CBS's Face the Nation.

    Since his election on the back of an incendiary anti-immigrant campaign, thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets daily, worried that Trump will put his rhetoric into practice.

    The billionaire's Trump Tower residence in Manhattan was picketed for four straight days, with similar protests across the United States.

    The tower has been a hive of activity as the real estate mogul huddles with his transition team, tackling the colossal task of filling cabinet posts and hundreds of top government jobs ahead of his January 20 inauguration.

    - 'Hold him accountable' -

    Democrats have been despondent in the wake of an election they were certain of winning, but vowed Sunday to oppose Trump -- despite now being locked out of power not only in the House and Senate, but now in the White House as well.

    "Our job now is to hold him accountable," said Bernie Sanders, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic nomination race.

    "If Mr. Trump has the courage to take on Wall Street, to take on the drug companies, to try to work forward, go forward to create a better life for working people, we will work with him, issue by issue.

    "But if his presidency is going to be about discrimination, if it's going to be about scapegoating immigrants or scapegoating African-Americans or Muslims, we will oppose him vigorously," Sanders declared.

    An ABC News/Washington Post poll out Sunday shows that 74 percent of Americans accept Trump's election as legitimate, but that number fell to 58 percent among supporters of his defeated rival Clinton.

    Trump has shown some willingness to soften his more strident positions. His U-turn on Obamacare -- he now says he may simply amend a law he once branded a "disaster" on the stump -- was prompted by his White House meeting with the outgoing president earlier this week.

    He told CBS and The Wall Street Journal he may maintain some of the program's more popular elements, such as a ban on insurance companies denying coverage because of so-called pre-existing health conditions.

    Asked by the paper whether he would, as threatened, name a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, Trump deflected, saying his priorities were "health care, jobs, border control, tax reform."

    Not long ago Trump was leading crowds in chants of "Lock her up!"

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