• Two arrested in Austria over suspected links to Paris attacks

    16/Dec/2015 // 272 Viewers

    Austrian police have arrested two people with suspected links to the Paris attacks, prosecutors said Wednesday, with an Austrian newspaper reporting the two are French citizens posing as refugees.

    "Two people coming from the Middle East were arrested at the weekend," Robert Holzleitner, a spokesman for prosecutors in the western city of Salzburg, told AFP.

    "Indications of a possible link to the Paris attacks are currently being investigated."

    He said the two were arrested in a centre for refugees in Salzburg "on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation".

    The Kronen-Zeitung daily reported online that the two men are French and entered Austria in October together with members of the cell who carried out the November 13 attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people.

    The newspaper said they had been posing as refugees and had fake Syrian passports, having travelled up from Greece through the Balkans into Austria along with hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving in recent months.

    Three of the nine Paris attackers have yet to be identified, including two of the three suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium, who appear to have used fake passports to sneak into Europe.

    Holzleitner declined to comment on the nationalities of the two arrested in Austria or give any more details. The Austrian interior ministry and police also declined to comment.

    The Kronen-Zeitung, without citing sources, said that the information leading to the arrests came from an unspecified foreign intelligence agency, and that the two men had Algerian and Pakistani roots.

    The tabloid also said that the two had been waiting in Salzburg, a city popular with foreign tourists, for orders to carry out more attacks.

    French arrest

    News of the Austrian arrests came a day after a 29-year-old man with suspected links to the Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group was arrested in a housing estate in the eastern Paris suburb of Villiers-sur-Marne.

    Six counter-terrorism judges are overseeing the investigation – an unprecedented number for France – and the probe has seen 2,700 police raids and 360 people placed under house arrest.

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a total of 334 people had been arrested since the attacks, of whom 287 were held for questioning, and that over 400 weapons had been seized.

    Eight men have been arrested in Belgium, where the attacks are thought to have been organised, and one man has been detained in Turkey on suspicion of scouting the Paris concert hall, bars and restaurants where the attacks took place.

    Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French citizen who is thought to have played a key logistical role, is still on the run and subject to an international arrest warrant.

    Abdeslam was also registered as having been in Austria on September 9 after being stopped in a routine traffic check in a car with Belgian number plates with two other men, Austrian authorities said on November 17.

    Abdeslam told police he was "on holiday" in Austria.

    He also travelled to Hungary before the attacks where he "recruited a team" from unregistered migrants passing through, Hungarian officials said on December 3.


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  • VIDEO: Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, President, NIDO Europe, to break silence on planned deportation of over 12,000 Nigerians from GERMANY

    16/Feb/2017 // 1232 Viewers


    PARIS, FEBRUARY 16, 2017: (DGW) THE President of the Nigerians In the Diaspora Organization, (NIDO) Europe, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, is to break his silence on the planned deportation of over 12,000 Nigerians from Germany.

    The presenter of the programme resident in Zurich, Switzerland on getting the news of the planned deportation reached out to NIDO Europe President, Hon. Gbandi to air his views on the planned action by the German authorities and what he has done so far for or against the move knowing full well the harsh and intolerable condition at home and the position of the Nigerian government.

    Watch the video below and send in your contributions on this planned course of action by the German government.


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    Delta State-born Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, President, NIDO, Europe

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  • : Russia does not interfere in other countries' internal affairs - Foreign Minister Lavrov declares in Germany

    16/Feb/2017 // 703 Viewers


    PARIS, FEBRUARY 16, 2017: (DGW) RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country does not interfere in other countries' internal affairs, Reuters has reported.

    He made this declaration on inquiry on Thursday during foreign ministers' meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tilerson about the recent turmoil in Washington in Bonn, Germany.

    “You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries,” Lavrov said.

    He spoke days after U.S. President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of his key national security adviser Michael Flynn amid questions about his conversations with Russian officials.

    He said the two countries had “plenty of issues” to discuss, and said he hoped to establish the “parameters of our future work.”

    The first meeting of the U.S. and Russian foreign mi

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  • Breaking News: President Erdogan deposed in coup!

    16/Jul/2016 // 2416 Viewers


    Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan is reportedly seeking asylum in Europe, as a military coup continues in Turkey, U.S. military sources tell NBC News. 

    Erdoğan's presidential jet was allegedly denied landing rights at Istanbul's airport, before heading out of the country. He was then denied asylum in Germany, according to NBC, before heading to London.

    Addressing Turkey via Facetime, Erdoğan asserted declared, “I am president,” and vowed to crush the opposition forces. He also said "This country can't be managed from Pennsylvania," directly linking the coup attempt to U.S.-based exiled imam Fethullah Gülen.

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  • Breaking: 190 reportedly killed as Turkish coup fails

    16/Jul/2016 // 1339 Viewers


    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Forces loyal to Turkey's president quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left at least 161 people dead and 1,440 wounded Saturday. Authorities arrested thousands as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason."

    The chaos came amid a period of political turmoil in Turkey — a NATO member and key Western ally in the fight against the Islamic State group — that critics blame on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule. Staying in power by switching from being prime minister to president, Erdogan has shaken up the government, cracked down on dissidents, restricted the news media and renewed fighting with Kurdish rebels.

    The government has also come under pressure from the millions of refugees in Turkey who have fled violence in neighboring Syria and Iraq, and a series of bloody attacks in Turkey blamed on the Islamic State group and Kurdish rebels.

    Erdogan was on a seaside vacation when tanks rolled into the streets of Ankara and Istanbul. He flew home early Saturday and declared the coup to have failed.

    "They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge," Erdogan told large crowds after landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.

    The uprising appears not to have been backed by the most senior ranks of the military, and Turkey's main opposition parties quickly condemned the attempted overthrow of the government. Gen. Umit Dundar said the plotters were mainly officers from the Air Force, the military police and the armored units.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 161 people were killed and 1,440 wounded in the violence, and 2,839 plotters were detained. A source at the office of the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government rules, said the toll of 161 "excludes assailants" — which could mean the death toll is much higher.

    Yildirim described the night as "a black mark on Turkish democracy" and said the perpetrators "will receive every punishment they deserve."

    Turkey's NATO allies lined up to condemn the coup. President Barack Obama urged all sides to support Turkey's democratically elected government. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and called for the Turkish people to respect democracy.

    There have long been tensions between the military — which saw itself as the protector of the secular Turkish state — and Erdogan's Islamic-influenced AKP party.

    Government officials blamed the coup attempt on a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan has often accused the cleric and his supporters of attempting to overthrow the government. Gulen lives in exile in Pennsylvania and promotes a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.

    Gulen, however, said he condemned "in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey" and sharply rejected any responsibility for the attempted coup.

    "Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force," he said. "I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly."

    "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations," he added.

    Still, the government pressed ahead Saturday with a purge of judicial officials, with 2,745 judges being dismissed across Turkey for alleged ties to Gulen. Ten members of Turkey's highest administrative court were detained and arrest warrants were issued for 48 administrative court members and 140 members of Turkey's appeals court, state media reported.

    The coup attempt began late Friday, with a military statement saying forces had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."

    Fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul. Soldiers backed by tanks blocked entry to Istanbul's airport for a couple of hours before being overtaken by pro-government crowds carrying Turkish flags, according to footage broadcast by the Dogan news agency.

    The military did not appear unified, as top commanders went on television to condemn the action and order troops back to their barracks.

    Erdogan, appearing on television over a mobile phone, had urged supporters into the streets to defend his government, and large crowds heeded his call. People faced off against troops who had blocked key bridges over the Bosporus that link the Asian and European sides of Istanbul.

    By early Saturday, the putsch appeared to have fizzled, as police, soldiers and civilians loyal to the government confronted coup plotters.

    In images broadcast on CNN-Turk, dozens of soldiers walked among tanks with their hands held up, surrendering to government forces. Discarded gear was strewn on the ground. Some flag-waving people climbed onto the tanks.

    NTV television showed a Turkish colonel and other soldiers on their knees being searched and taken into custody at military headquarters. The Hurriyet newspaper, quoting investigators, said some privates told them they were not even aware they were part of a coup attempt but thought they were on military maneuvers.

    Colonels and generals implicated in the rebellion were fired and loyal troops rescued the military chief who had been taken hostage at an air base on the outskirts of Ankara, the capital.

    A Blackhawk military helicopter with seven Turkish military personnel and one civilian landed in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, where the passengers requested asylum, according to Greece's defense ministry. While Turkey demanded their extradition, Greece said it would hand back the helicopter and consider the men's asylum requests.

    Fighting continued into the early morning, with the sounds of huge blasts echoing across Istanbul and Ankara, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex. Television footage showed broken glass and other debris strewn across a lobby leading to the assembly hall.

    CNN-Turk said two bombs hit near the presidential palace, killing five people and wounding a number of others.

    Turkey is a key partner in U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, and has allowed American jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in nearby Syria and Iraq. A coup against the democratically elected government could have made it difficult for the United States to continue to cooperate with Turkey.

    Erdogan's Islamist government has also been accused of playing an ambiguous — even double-sided — role in Syria. Turkey's renewed offensive against Kurdish militants — who seek more autonomy and are implacable foes of IS — has complicated the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group.

    Fadi Hakura, a Turkey expert at the Chatham House think tank in London, said it was not clear who was behind the attempted coup, but it appeared to have been "carried out by lower-ranking officers — at the level of colonel."

    "Their main gripe seems to have been President Erdogan's attempt to transform his office into a powerful and centralized executive presidency," Hakura said. "I think in the short term this failed coup plot will strengthen President Erdogan, particularly in his drive to turn his office into a strong and centralized executive presidency."

    Turkey's military staged three coups between 1960 and 1980 and pressured Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, a pious Muslim mentor of Erdogan, out of power in 1997. - Yahoo News

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  • ‘Economy needs urgent fix, Nigerians are hungry’

    16/Jul/2016 // 689 Viewers


    A Niger Delta group, Urhobo Monitoring and Development Group, on Saturday called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fix the country’s ailing economy from sliding into total collapse.

    Prince Kingsley Oberuruaria, National President of UMDG, told journalists that Nigerians are hungry noting that the economy needs proactive measure to prevent it sliding into eminent ‘recession.’

    Oberuruaria stressed that there was nothing wrong for a government to wedge war against corruption but the same attention should also be accorded to the nation’s dying economy where the average Nigerian can hardly afford a meal per day at present.
    The group said it has observed that the APC-led federal government was not doing enough to tackle the economy which it reminded the government that hunger knows no political or religious affiliations.

    It also expressed reservation with the ongoing diversification into economy and other sectors saying that the Niger Delta region was being ignore in that directive.

    “Fighting corruption is good but the revival of the economy needs greater attention in this present time where the average Nigerian can barely afford a meal in the present circumstances. The truth is that Nigerians are hungry and you don’t need a soothsayer to know”, UMDG boss added.

    It added that effort to know what the government was doing so far to raise living standard of Niger Delta, it said, “We observed that the government diversification is mainly concentrated in the north, nothing so far in the south especially oil-rich Niger Delta.

    “The renewed militancy should not be excused for our exclusion. We have not heard anything about the revival of Delta Steel Company Aladja since President Buhari took over. Government needs to support the full take off of EPZ Ogidigbe. All these should be the palliatives to appeals the people of the region.”

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  • Breaking News: British MP, Jo Cox dead after attack near Leeds

    16/Jun/2016 // 1028 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 16, 2016: (DGW) The death of a  British Member of Parliament Jo Cox who was shot by an  unknown gunman on Wednesday near Leeds. Cox reports say was attacked outside the meeting with constituents and died of her injuries shortly afterwards.

    However, police sources say they are only working on the assumption that it is a lone incident and a firearm has been  reportedly recovered from the scene of the incident but said they have not yet been  able to establish any motive behind the cold-blooded murder.

    She died after being shot and stabbed severally, police sources confirmed. Fellow lawmakers while condemning the dastardly act  said she enjoyed a good relationship with her colleagues in the parliament and wondered who could have risen to take her life.

    Meanwhile, the police have arrested a certain man at the scene of the incident who is presently undergoing interrogation, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered.

    Details shortly ..


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  • Denmark the happiest country in the world, Burundi most miserable - 2016 World Happiness Report

    16/Mar/2016 // 466 Viewers


    New York (AFP) - Denmark, closely followed by Switzerland, is the happiest country in the world while crisis-torn Syria and Burundi are the most miserable, according to a global ranking released Wednesday.


    The 2016 World Happiness Report seeks to quantify happiness as a means of making societies healthier and more efficient. The United Nations published the first such study in 2012.

    As with last year, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden round out the top 10, making small or medium-sized countries in Western Europe seven of the top 10 happiest countries.

    Denmark, which was ranked first in the 2013 version of the report but lost that honor to Switzerland in 2015, now reclaims its title as happiest country on Earth.

    Burundi was the most miserable, followed by war-ravaged Syria, Togo, Afghanistan and six other countries in sub-Saharan Africa -- Benin, Rwanda, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania and Madagascar as the least happy of 157 countries.

    The report compared data from 2005 to 2015 showing that Greece, which suffered enormously from the global recession and now faces a crippling migrant crisis, had the highest drop in happiness.

    The United States, where sharp polarization has been exposed in the 2016 presidential election campaign, out-ranked several Western European countries to be 13th most happy nation, up two spots from last year.

    Germany was 16th, Britain 23rd and France 32nd. A string of Middle Eastern kingdoms -- Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain -- out-ranked Italy, which came in at number 50, and Japan, which took the 53rd spot.

    China, the world's most populous country, was ranked 83rd and India, the world's largest democracy, came in at 118.

    The authors said six factors -- GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption -- explain almost three-quarters of the variation across different countries.

    The report compared levels of happiness in 2005-2007, before the onset of the global recession, with 2013-2015, the most recent three-year period for which data from a Gallup World Poll is available.

    Of the 126 countries for which comparable data was available, 55 had significant increases in happiness and 45 had significant decreases, the report found.

    Among the top 20 gainers were Thailand and China, eight countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe, seven in Latin America, two in sub-Saharan Africa and Macedonia in the Balkans.

    The 20 largest losers of happiness included Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East; Japan and India in Asia; and Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Greece in Europe -- all hard hit by the economic crisis.

    Ukraine, where the east has been roiled by a pro-Russian insurgency since 2014, has also fallen into the group of 10 largest happiness declines.

    Iceland and Ireland offer the best examples of maintaining happiness in the face of economic crisis due to high degrees of social support, the report found.

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  • Terror: IMF Paris office under attack as letter bomb exlpodes

    16/Mar/2017 // 676 Viewers


    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) employee was injured on her arms and face on Thursday when a letter bomb posted to the world lender’s Paris office blew up as she opened it, police said.
    The explosion was caused by a “fairly homemade” device, the French capital’s police chief, Michel Cadot, told reporters.
    Cadot said there had been recent telephone threats, but that it was not clear whether these were linked to the incident at the IMF’s offices.
    A police source said the woman who opened the letter suffered burns on her face and arms but that her life was not in danger.
    Separately, at least two people were injured in a shooting at a high school in the small southern French town of Grasse, a police source said.
    France, which is in the middle of a presidential campaign ahead of elections in six weeks’ time, has been hit by attacks by Islamist groups in the past few years that have killed scores of people. The country is still in a state of emergency with army units on patrol in Paris.
    A militant Greek group, Conspiracy of Fire Cells, claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb mailed to German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Wednesday, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Paris bomb.
    The IMF has been involved in discussions between Greece and its international creditors on disbursing new loans to Athens under a bailout programme.
    The French president, François Hollande, said French authorities would do all they could to find those responsible.
    The IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde, condemned the explosion as “a cowardly act of violence”.
    “I reaffirm the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate. We are working closely with the French authorities to investigate this incident and ensure the safety of our staff,” she said.

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  • ICC to investigate Russia-Georgia war

    16/Oct/2015 // 253 Viewers

    The prosecutor for the world’s only permanent war crimes court Tuesday formally requested to open the tribunal’s first inquiry into alleged abuses by Russia, by probing its 2008 war with Georgia.

    In her request to a three-judge panel, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said a preliminary investigation had found evidence of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russian, Georgian and pro-Russian South Ossetian forces during the brutal, but swift, 2008 conflict.

    Bensouda asked for permission to open an investigation into allegations of abuses from 1 July to 10 October 2008.

    The initial inquiry had found “killings, forcible displacements and persecution of ethnic Georgian civilians, and destruction and pillaging of their property, by South Ossetian forces,” Bensouda said.

    There were also “attacks against Georgian peacekeepers by South Ossetian forces; and against Russian peacekeepers by Georgian forces”.

    On the night of August 7-8, 2008, Georgia’s then Western-backed president Mikheil Saakashvili launched an offensive to reclaim the breakaway region of South Ossetia only to see Russian forces sweep into Georgia instead.

    After winning the brief war, Russia officially recognised South Ossetia—along with another breakaway Georgian region Abkhazia—as independent states. Together the two regions comprise some 20 percent of Georgian territory.



    ICC prosecutors estimate some 13,400 and 18,500 ethnic Georgians were forcibly displaced and “that the ethnic Georgian population living in the conflict zone was reduced by at least 75 percent.”

    Bensouda said that pro-Russian South Ossetian separatist forces had carried out alleged crimes with “particular cruelty and on discriminatory grounds.”

    Some 5,000 homes were destroyed, between 51 and 113 ethnic Georgians killed and “victims were typically intimidated and humiliated, and forced to watch their homes being razed to the ground,” Bensouda wrote in her filing to the court.

    More than 24 villages in the Kurta, Tighva and Eredvi municipalities in South Ossetia were reportedly entirely or partly destroyed in order to forcible expel ethnic Georgians, she said.

    The preliminary investigation has also been examining the alleged killing of 10 Russian peacekeepers by Georgian forces.

    Established in 2002 as the world’s only permanent independent body to try war crimes, the Hague-based ICC has opened investigations in eight countries, all in Africa.

    Georgia is a state party to the founding Rome Statute of the ICC, which therefore has jurisdiction over crimes committed on its territory. Russia is not a signatory to the court.


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