United Nation’s, Amina Mohammed Fingered In a US$300 Million Worth Wood Racket Laundered Into China

Amina J. Mohammed, the United Nations deputy secretary-general, is accused of signing thousands of certificates authorizing the shipment of vast quantities of illegal woods . The report  states that, In January, weeks before assuming her current job, Ms Mohammed spent her final days as Nigeria’s environment minister doing something that has outraged International Environmental activists. There’s a ban in force on the export of rosewood, the endangered resource said to have been authorised illegally by the top and one of the most senior UN Chief from Nigeria . The certificates…

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Queen Elizabeth to face trial over fraud

The Britain’s main opposition party, Labour Party, on Monday called for a public inquiry after the Paradise Papers identified Queen Elizabeth II and a donor to the ruling Conservatives as users of controversial offshore tax avoidance services. Labour Party’s chancellor, John McDonnell wrote on Twitter on Monday, “In spite of government claims of cracking down on tax dodgers, #paradisepapers confirm tax avoidance is clearly continuing. “The PM or the chancellor need to explain how this scandal has been allowed to go on so long and what action is to be taken…

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Liberia’s election delay divides already tense nation 

The extraordinary delay in electing Liberia’s new leader amid claims of electoral fraud is entrenching existing divides between the candidates and outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as voters wait nervously for a resolution. The Supreme Court will decide on Monday the fate of a presidential runoff vote originally scheduled for November 7, either by setting a new date or prolonging it indefinitely until a legal complaint by the opposition Liberty Party is resolved. The runoff, to be contested by former international footballer George Weah for the Coalition for Democratic Change…

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Anti-IS forces converge on Syria border town

Syrian and allied forces converged Saturday on holdout Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, the jihadists’ very last urban bastion following a string of losses. On Friday, Russian-backed Syrian regime forces took full control of Deir Ezzor, which was the last city where IS still had a presence after being expelled from Hawija and Raqa last month. The borders of a “caliphate” that three years ago spanned territory in Iraq and Syria roughly the size of Britain further shrank on the group’s surviving fighters…

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Red Cross apologise for losing $5m of Ebola funds to fraud

The Red Cross has confirmed that more than $5m (£3.8m) of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Auditors found overpriced supplies, salaries for non-existent aid workers and fake customs bills. The disease, which raged between 2014 and 2016, claimed at least 10,000 lives. It required a massive humanitarian operation costing hundreds of millions of dollars to bring it under control. Africa Live: More on this and other news stories Nigeria’s Ebola heroes go unpaid How Ebola changed the world As Ebola…

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Forbes names Merkel as world’s most powerful woman for 7th time

  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named the world’s most powerful woman for the seventh time in a row by Forbes magazine, the publication announced on Thursday. “Merkel this year won a hard-fought election that saw the far-right Alternative for Germany party creep into the Bundestag. “She’ll have to continue to hold tight to the EU rudder as she faces oncoming storms from Brexit and the growing anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe,” Forbes said in a statement. British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took second place in the ranking, while Hillary Clinton,…

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Morocco’s King Fires Ministers For Slow Progress

Morocco’s king has dismissed several ministers and top officials “for failing to improve the economic situation in a region” amid protests. Morocco’s King Mohammed IV dismissed the ministers of education, planning and housing and health, as well as other officials, after an economic agency found “imbalances” in implementing a development plan, state news agency MAP reported, citing a palace statement. According to an official investigation committee set up by the king in June a large-scale development program in Al Hoceima launched in 2015 were lingering due to delays. Protests erupted…

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Odinga Calls For Boycott As Kenyans Vote Today

Kenyans are filing out today to cast their ballots in the re-run presidential election, following the Supreme court annulment of the first vote conducted on 8 August. The fresh election however may end a major fiasco if supporters of the opposition leader,  Raila Odinga heeded his boycott call. Odinga, who has withdrawn from the race,  has urged Kenyans to stay at home  and “hold vigils and prayers away from polling stations or just stay at home”. The election is the chaotic climax of a two-month political drama that began when…

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Harvey Weinstein Faces Losing CBE Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Harvey Weinstein could be stripped of his CBE following allegations of sexual assault made against the Hollywood producer, the BBC understands. The removal of the honour is believed to be being “actively considered” by the government’s Honours Forfeiture Committee for the first time. He was awarded an honorary CBE for outstanding contribution to the British film industry in 2004. Bafta has already suspended Weinstein’s membership. A Cabinet Office spokesman said forfeiture action “is confidential” and he could not comment on whether a specific case was being considered by the committee….

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Coca-Cola To Invest $90M In Kenya

Soft drinks maker, Coca-Cola, says it plans to invest up to 90 million dollars in Kenya over three years through 2018 to increase its product range in the region. In a statement on Tuesday in Nairobi, the company said the wider range of soft drinks in the country would begin in 2018 but did not give details of the range of products Coca-Cola, which is the leader in the Kenyan soda market with brands like Coke and Fanta, said it had invested a total of 17 billion  dollars in Africa…

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