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Man with snails, ‘prekese’ in luggage from Ghana detained at JFK Airport

– – A man was detained briefly last week after arriving at JFK Airport with luggage full of snails, dried beef, turkey berry, carrot, oxtail, medicinal leaves and prekese, a traditional African spice and medicinal plant product. Customs officials found the items in the man’s luggage when he arrived on a flight from Ghana. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists were however concerned about the giant African snails found in the luggage. They considered the snails highly invasive, consuming at least 500 types of plants, wreaking havoc on tropical and…

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to take historic role as WTO boss

– – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to take up the role of the first woman, and first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization. In October 2020, she secured 104 out of 164 votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy but the USA under former president Trump opposed her candidacy. That forced the General Counsel…

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US imposes sanctions on al-Shabab over military base attack

– – The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior leaders of Islamist militant group al-Shabab responsible for an attack on a military base in Kenya. In January one US military service member and two contractors were killed when the militants attacked Camp Simba on Manda Island. The attack was the first attack launched by al-Shabab on US forces in Kenya. In a statement the US State Department said it had designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. “The Department of State has designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and…

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Biden presidency offers reset for US-Africa business ties

– – The election of a new US president gives countries in Africa a chance to press the reset button on economic ties with the United States, according to Stephen Hayes, a former president of the Corporate Council on Africa, a body in Washington DC that encourages American businesses to invest in the continent. He thinks that Joe Biden will adopt a new approach and breathe new life into US-Africa relations. “I think there’ll be an upgrading and far more activity towards Africa, because people who come in are far…

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Donald Trump ‘will not concede defeat’, says his lawyer

– – The lawyer to President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has said that he will not concede defeat in the US election. Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday. CBS News reported that the president’s attorney disclosed at a press conference Donald Trump won’t concede defeat. I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020 “He’s not going to concede when at least 600,000 ballots are in question,” Giuliani said in Philadelphia on Saturday.…

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Who are the Proud Boys sparking controversy in America?

– – During the first US presidential debate on Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump did not condemn white supremacist groups and their role in stoking violence in American cities this summer. “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by … Somebody has got to do something about antifa and the left,” he said, sparking a social media storm of support from the right-wing group. When the debate’s moderator, journalist Chris Wallace, asked Trump if he was willing to condemn “white supremacists and militia groups,” Trump answered: “Sure, I’m willing to do that,…

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Eritrea accuses CIA of attempting to overthrow the govt

Eritrea’s government has said that it’s investigations uncovered evidence of a US plot to overthrow the government in Asmara in 2011. A statement released by the ministry of information said it has got hold of “confidential documents” used by the conspirators. In the statement Eritrea also accused Israel of helping to demonise Eritrea globally. It claimed Israel’s spy agency, Mossad was engaged in spreading false information that suggested that Eritrea was collaborating with terrorist organisations based in the Middle East. The Eritrea government said there is enough evidence to show…

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Why U.S. is worried about Russia, China presence in Africa

Africa for centuries has been a place where the world’s super powers like to deepen their presence hoping to secure some of it’s territories and resources. That led to slavery and colonization and their impact have been devastating for years and do not seem to have ended just yet. Since the beginning of the 20th century when most African countries started fighting for their independence from colonial rule, there has been a shift in how super powers like Europe, America, China and Russia engage Africa. There have been efforts to…

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Veteran US Democrat politician Elijah Cummings dies

Veteran US Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, who was heavily involved with the Trump impeachment inquiry, has died at the age of 68. His office said he died due to “longstanding health challenges”. As chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, he had instigated several investigations into the Trump administration. He also clashed with administration officials over healthcare and immigration. During a hearing earlier this year, Mr Cummings accused the Department of Homeland Security of having an “empathy deficit” over its treatment of children at migrant detention centres. President Donald…

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Champion Coleman defends himself over missed doping tests

Christian Coleman defended himself against criticism over his three missed doping tests after his stunning win in the World Championships 100m final. The 23-year-old blew away his rivals to win his first major title in 9.76 seconds – the sixth-fastest time ever. His win came just weeks after he avoided a ban for missed tests over a technicality. He said: “It’s sad when people say the things they say when they don’t really know me.” Dreams of winning gold in Doha appeared more distant in August, when the US Anti-Doping…

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