Saturday, 3 December 2016

Trump-Taiwan call: China lodges protest

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                                 This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Taiwan"s President Tsai Ing-wen
China's foreign ministry says it has lodged a complaint with the US after President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwan's leader in a phone call.

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. US policy set in 1979 cut formal relations with Taiwan.

Mr Trump's transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted "close economic, political, and security ties".

The US is Taiwan's most important ally and provides Taiwan with sufficient weaponry to defend itself.

China said it had lodged a "solemn representation" with Washington.

According to the state news agency Xinhua, China urged the US "to cautiously, properly handle Taiwan issue to avoid unnecessary disturbance to Sino-US relations".

Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed the call as a "petty trick" by Taiwan, Chinese state media said.

What happened?

Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the US election.

His team said that the US president-elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan last January.

No US president or president-elect has spoken directly to a Taiwanese leader for decades.

Following media reports pointing out the risks of angering China, Mr Trump tweeted: "Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."

The White House has said Mr Trump's conversation does not signal any change in US policy. US media reported that the White House learned of the call only after it had happened.

Mr Trump's spokeswoman said he was "well aware" of US policy towards Taiwan.

The split between China and Taiwan goes back to 1949, when the Republic of China (ROC) Kuomintang (KMT) government fled the mainland to Taiwan after being defeated by the communists under Mao Zedong. The KMT held China's seat on the UN Security Council and was, for a while, recognised by many Western nations as the only Chinese government.

But in 1971, the UN switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Only a handful of countries now recognise Taiwan's government.

Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, expressing its support for Beijing's "one country, two systems" concept, which states that Taiwan is part of China.

But despite the cut, the US remains, by far, Taiwan's most important friend, and its only ally.

The Taiwan Relations Act promises to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons. It says that any attack by China on Taiwan would be considered of "grave concern" to the US.

China has hundreds of missiles pointing towards Taiwan, and has threatened to use force if it formally declares independence.

President Tsai, Taiwan's first female leader, led the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide victory in the January 2016 election.

The DPP has traditionally leaned towards independence from China. President Tsai's administration does not accept the "One China" policy.

Car thief caught at Ojota

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A car thief was caught Friday 2 december at Ojota, he stole a car key, phones and money worth 70,000. All the items were recovered except the money because he wasn't arrested on the scene but was suspected after he left the scene, caught and was taken to his house where all the stolen items were recovered except the money. He is still at Ogudu Area H. More photos after the cut...

                                  Car thief caught at Ojota
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                                     Car thief caught at Ojota

                                     Car thief caught at Ojota

                                     Car thief caught at Ojota

                                      Car thief caught at Ojota

Chapecoense plane crash: Bodies of Brazil Football Team Head Home

                                Funeral employees cover a casket, decorated with a Chapecoense soccer team logo, containing the remains of a team member at San Vicente funeral home in Medellin, Colombia, Friday, 2 December 2016.
The bodies of 71 people killed in a plane crash in Colombia that devastated a Brazilian football team are being returned home, as the team's home town prepares for a memorial service.

More than 100,000 people are expected to turn out for a ceremony at the team's stadium in Chapeco later.

Just six people survived Monday's crash outside Medellin, where Chapecoense were due to play a regional final.

Brazilian President Michel Temer is due to greet the planes at the airport.

But he is not expected to go to the ceremony at the stadium, reportedly amid concerns about protests taking place. Fifa's Gianni Infantino will be attending the service.

As the bodies were taken to the airport in Medellin on Friday, hundreds of people lined the road to pay their final respects.

The remains of the Paraguayan crew member Gustavo Encina were handed over to his family in Paraguay.

Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call

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                                US President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: 19 November 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken directly with the president of Taiwan - breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut.

Mr Trump's transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted "close economic, political, and security ties" between the US and Taiwan in a phone call.

The move risks angering China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reportedly dismissed the call as a "petty trick" by Taiwan.

Mr Trump tweeted that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the US election.

His team said that the US president-elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan in January's elections.

It is highly unusual for a US president or president-elect to speak to a Taiwanese leader directly.

Buhari surprises Biafra Agitators: ''Perish the thought of Biafra''

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 To ethno-cultural militant groups calling for the break-up of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has these words for them: Nigeria will not disintegrate.

President Buhari stated this on Thursday during a meeting with the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa.

He said the question of carving another country out of Nigeria was misplaced.

 According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President insisted that efforts should be geared towards harnessing the potential of the country instead of calling for a division of the country.

“The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult.  From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people. We should concentrate on these and be very productive,” the President said.

Addressing specific issues raised in the address by the traditional rulers, the President gave assurance that the South-East would also benefit from the new railway system being put in place by his administration.

 On their request for more representation for the South-East in his government, the President said that he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the South-East”, on account of which, he gave the region’s four out of five states senior ranking ministers in the federal cabinet.

Buhari used the occasion to appreciate the good work of the ministers from the region, saying that they were doing very well for the country.

 He appealed to the traditional rulers from the South-East to persuade their people to give his government a chance and to continue to serve as beacons of culture and tradition of their people.

 The President assured the delegation that kidnapping and cattle rustling, which he described as “unfortunate,” would be the government’s next target, now that “we have managed to calm down the North-East.”

 Taking note of the commendation for his administration’s war against corruption and insecurity by the traditional rulers, Buhari expressed frustration at the endless nature of some ongoing trials, citing some of the cases as going far back to the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“We are asking the judiciary to clean itself. Nigerians are tired of waiting. They want some actions,” he said.

The President said he hoped that the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation would come to some form of agreement by which specially designated courts would give accelerated hearing to some pending corruption cases, arguing that “we want Nigerians to know we are serious.”

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick, dissociated the monarchs from the ongoing clamour for Biafra Republic.

Dick said they were committed to the nation’s unity.

He, however, called the President’s attention to some of the demands being made by the agitators.

He said, “On the issue of the agitation by some of our youths like IPOB and others for Biafran Republic, we have continued to engage and preach to them that every problem of the nation can be best resolved through peaceful dialogue and respect for the rule of law.

 “While we assure Your Excellency of our total belief in one united and indivisible great nation of ours called Nigeria, we also want to call the attention of the Federal Government to some of their mentioned grievances for serious considerations.

 “Their agitations include neglect of the South-East in the Amnesty Programme, deplorable state of federal roads and other infrastructure in the South-East, relegation of oil producing states of the South-East in NDDC projects and programmes, exclusion of the South-East in key federal appointments; and anti-nationalistic treatment of Igbo people by other Nigerians.”

 They also called the President’s attention to the activities of kidnappers and cattle herdsmen posing serious security challenges to the people of the region.

 Buhari’s comment on Nnamdi Kanu’s detention not binding on court –Judge

Meanwhile, Justice Binta Nyako of  a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari was only expressing his personal opinion when he said last year December that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, could not be granted bail.

The judge said this in her ruling on the bail applications filed by Kanu and his co-accused persons.

President Buhari, had in his first presidential media chat, in December 2015, said the likes of Kanu and the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who was accused of spearheading the diversion of over $2bn meant for arms procurement, could not be granted bail because of the gravity of the offences they had committed.

 Though Justice Nyako refused to grant bail to Kanu and his co-accused persons, she pointed out while alluding to the issue of Buhari’s comment raised in the application filed by defence lawyers that the President was entitled to his personal opinion. Continue Reading

See Neymar's bold confession of faith

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Breaking: Aliko Dangote to become Nigerian President - Cleric

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Archbishop George Amu, former Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has revealed that Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote will be Nigeria's  president one day. He said the the emergence of Dangote as Nigeria's president will shock the world as much Trump did.
According to him, the similarities of Trump and Dangote is that they are both successful business men and this is why God want to use them to save their country respectively.
Archbishop George Amu

The Archbishop recalled speaking to journalists during his 75th birthday celebration about the victory of Trump. He said God revealed to him that Trump would win the election and has in the same manner revealed that Dangote would be Nigeria's president but he is not sure if he would succeed Buhari.

He said no newspaper carried his prediction about Trump's win and he asked his children to post the revelation on Facebook but they refused. He added:
“I even told my children to circulate the information on their Facebook but they declined. The same God, who revealed Donald Trump’s victory in the US, has also declared His intention to install Dangote as the future President of Nigeria.”

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna reportedly set wedding date

Rob Kardashian and his fiancé,

Rob Kardashian and his fiancé, Blac Chyna have reportedly set a wedding date in 2017. According to exclusive reports by InTouch magazine, the couple who just welcomed a baby girl, Dream Kardashian, have set their wedding date for July 17, 2017 for a very special reason.

Fayose hails judgement releasing Shi'ite leader, El-Zakzaky, Says; "Judiciary must save Nigerians from tyranny"

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                                Fayose hails judgement releasing Shi'ite leader, El-Zakzaky, Says; "Judiciary must save Nigerians from tyranny"

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has hailed the Federal High Court, Abuja judgement, ordering the release of the leader of the Shi’ite Muslim sect, Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, as well as payment of payment of N50 million damages awarded against the Department of State Service (DSS).
The governor, who had called for the release of El-Zakzaky two weeks ago, however said he won't be surprised if the federal government does not obey the judgment, adding that;


"The judgement will be for posterity even if in their usual style of impunity, those holding power in Abuja ignore the judgment."He called on men of the judiciary to save democracy in Nigeria as well as Nigerians from tyranny b being courageous and firm even in the face of intimidation, harassment, blackmail and character
assassination by those whose desire is to muscle opposition and turn Nigeria to as one party state.

In a statement issued on Friday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose reiterated his earlier call on the International Criminal Court (ICC),
Amnesty International and other world bodies to investigate extra judicial killings in the country in the last 15 months, especially the murder of over 300 Shi'ite Muslims in Zaria and killing of over 150 Biafra activists.

He said under international human rights law governing the use of firearms during policing operations, the intentional use of lethal force is only permitted when strictly unavoidable, to protect life.

Governor Fayose noted that the detention since last year December, of El-Sakzaky, after the murder of over 300 of his followers was inhuman and wicked, saying; "the DSS claim that El-Sakzaky was being detained to protect him is not only laughable but barbaric. How can you keep someone in detention for 12 months and claim that you are protecting him? Against what?"

The governor, who described the APC led federal government as law breaker, noted that "the kind of impunity against the law of Nigeria being witnessed now has never happened before. Even the military still obeyed court judgements but here we are with a democratically elected government that holds our constitution with contempt."

"I congratulate Justice Gabriel Kolawole and the entire judiciary for once against giving Nigerians hope that democracy can still survive and rule of law can still be sustained.

"The judiciary must remain steadfast in its uphold of the rule of law, so as to save Nigerians who are now being held by the jugular by those who do not want anyone that is not in the same political camp with them to exist," he said.

See what was found in Jesus Christ's tomb after opening it for the first time in 500 years

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For decades debate has raged over whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem really is the site of the most famous miracle of all.

The shrine is supposed to contain the tomb where Jesus Christ ’s body lay for three days after his crucifixion.
Jesus Christ
The tomb has been sealed in marble since at least 1555 – and possibly centuries longer – to protect it from pilgrims who kept stealing pieces as holy relics.

But over the preceding centuries the churchhad been destroyed and rebuilt so many times there were doubts about what it contained.

Now the tomb’s marble lid has been removed for the first time in five centuries – revealing a miraculous discovery.

There, unseen for half a millennium, was the limestone shelf where Christ’s body is thought to have been placed.

The researchers also discovered a second grey marble slab no one knew existed, engraved with a cross they believe was carved in the 12th century by the Crusaders.