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A library dedicated to documenting President Trump’s tweets is opening around the corner from Trump Tower in New York.


The Daily Show is unveiling the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library at 11am on Friday.

The pop-up exhibit will be at 3 West 57th Street in Manhattan, not far from Trump Tower, Comedy Central announced Tuesday. 

“Donald Trump is basically running the entire country with his thumbs,” Trevor Noah said.

“We have to make sure these tweets are collected in a setting that they deserve, a place where every American can come and appreciate them,” Noah added.
It will feature some of the president’s better known one-shots, organized around such categories as “SAD! A Retrospective” and “The Commander-In-Tweet.” 
The ‘Daily Show’ will highlight Trump’s insults and contradictions and allow “verified survivors” to remember being on the receiving end of his social media outbursts.
The exhibit runs Friday-Sunday, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Below are some of Trump’s tweets:

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American Airline passengers were horrified after staff on a plane allegedly dragged a ‘half-naked’ dying woman down the aisle of the aircraft after she suffered a heart attack, witnesses said.

Those aboard the Boeing 737 from Dallas to Minneapolis-St Paul said Theresa Hines, 48, had fallen ill in the toilets.
Crew noticed Ms Hines had been in the cubicle for some time after they gave landing instructions for everyone to return to their seats.
When she woman did not emerge, they discovered that she had collapsed.
But passengers say that emergency responders did nothing to cover Ms Hines’ modesty as they dragged her from the back of the aircraft to the front exit.
Art Endress, who was seated close to the bathroom where she is believed to have suffered a fatal attack, told the Star Tribune : “The EMT was out of line.”
The 63-year-old research engineer added: “The flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on her.”
Mr Endress said Ms Hines was naked from the waist down,
But another passenger, Dave Sampsell, rubbished these claims and said: “She was not half-naked. Her pants were unfastened, but I saw nothing that any of the airline of EMT staff did inappropriately.”
American Airline officials said Ms Hines was wearing a shirt and underwear at the time and that their focus was getting her medical help.
The patient , from Carrolton, Texas, was then pulled past 150 passengers on a portable stretcher.
Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines , told the Star Tribune that flight crews “do what they can when a passenger is in medical distress”.
They then “hand over the responsibility for the passenger to the local first responders and stand clear of the situation. We let them do their work.”
Mr Endress said that after realising Ms Hines had been in the bathroom for around 45 minutes, the crew asked passengers if any doctors or nurses were on baord.
A doctor, three nurses and other passengers are said to have tended to her.
After landing, Ms Hines was immediately removed from the plane where paramedics were waiting.
She was taken to the jet bridge where emergency services spent around one hour attempting to resuscitate her, but Ms Hines sadly passed away.
In a statement the airline said: “We are deeply saddened by this event and our thoughts and prayers go out to our passenger’s loved ones.
All other travellers were kept on the plane while medics tried to resuscitate the Ms Hines.
When they were eventually let off, a piece of tarpaulin was erected to cover her.
It is believed she died after suffering a heart attack.
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The founder and General Overseer of the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has been filmed asking his church members to give a thousand dollars or naira for every year each of them has lived on earth.

He said: “So if you’ve lived on earth 35 years, you give $35,000 (or Naira). If you’ve lived on earth 60 years, you give $60,000 (or Naira).”
During a church service, the man of God, who is worth between 6 and $10 million, according to Forbes, described the offering as “the seed of Glorious expectation”.
Kingsway International Christian Center is located in the United Kingdom with branches in Nigeria.
According to a video which has gone viral on social media, Mr. Ashimolowo said: “For every year you have lived on earth, I want you to give a N100… No sorry, a 1000 naira.
“If you have lived on earth for 35 years, you give N35,000. You have lived 60 years, you give N60,000.
“Those who are paying in dollars to the left while those paying in naira to the right.
“Thousand dollars to the left, thousand naira to the right, those that are doing the both, to the middle.
“Get out of your seats.”
The video was shared by Nigerian On Air Personality, OAP, Daddy Freeze, with the caption: “Nigerians, their IQ of 67 and their men of God. Come and give a thousand dollars for every year you have lived?”
“Can you show me anywhere in the Bible where Jesus used this ‘fund raising’ approach? I remember 5 loaves and 2 fishes but 1000 dollars?”

The Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque in Al Mushrif, a district in the capital Abu Dhabi, was on Wednesday renamed ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’ — Arabic for ‘Mary, the mother of Jesus’.

The change was ordered by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions”.
Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, thanked Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed for his “wise directives in carrying out this initiative that set a shining example, and a beautiful image of the tolerance and coexistence enjoyed by the UAE”, according to a statement carried by WAM.
Mohammad Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, also thanked Shaikh Mohammad for this initiative.
He added that since the days of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE has always been keen on tolerance and peaceful coexistence “that is based on justice and brotherliness among all those living in the UAE”.
Al Kaabi added that this was the same approach followed by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Shaikh Mohammad, as people from more than 200 nations are living in comfort and security in the UAE.
Special figure
Just steps away from the newly-renamed mosque is St Andrew’s Church, an Anglican parish.
Its senior chaplain, Reverend Canon Andrew Thompson, said that he was “delighted” with the news.
“We are delighted that we are celebrating something that we have in common between both our faiths,” he told Gulf News.
“Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is of course a holy, special figure in our communities. She is a woman who symbolises obedience to God. We look forward to growing in deeper understanding with our neighbours, and we celebrate with them the new name of the mosque.”
Generous gesture
The senior pastor of the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi also hailed the news.
“His Highness Shaikh Mohammad has made another generous gesture of religious tolerance in renaming the mosque,” said Jeramie Rinne.
“The UAE continues to set the pace in this region for peaceful coexistence and cooperation. We are very encouraged and feel blessed to be a part of this nation.”
Amid sectarian conflicts and regional chaos, the UAE has been seeking to boost its national values of tolerance of other faiths.
The Catholic Bishop Paul Hinder, head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, whose office is only a few meters from the former Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed mosque is delighted about the new name Mariam, Umm Eisa (Mary, Jesus’ Mother) Mosque.
“As Joseph, her spouse, is the patron of the neighbuoring cathedral, we have now a corner of the Holy Family,” the bishop said. He Swiss bishop hails the wise decision of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed as a sign of tolerance towards all those who venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a particular way.
“She is in a prominent way present in the Bible as well as in the Quran, and constitutes an important bond between Christians and Muslims,” said Bishop Hinder, who is based in Abu Dhabi.
“She is ‘full of grace’, a sign of God’s special election of womanhood and His love for all humanity,” he added. “The bishop is convinced that such a strong sign given by His Highness the Crown Prince will contribute to peace and mutual understanding not only in our country, but in the whole region.”
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The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has dispelled allegations that Mrs Aisha Buhari did not see her husband, President Buhari in London during her recent visit stressing that the allegation was false and malicious.

In a statement by its Chairman, Mr Austin Braimoh and Secretary, Mr Cassidy Madueke, the group said that the insinuation was “a tissue of lies aimed at ridiculing the President, his office, wife and officials working with him“.
It described the report as mischievous, malicious and wicked and was capable of bringing the office of the president to disrepute.
The group said that it was shocking that the medium descended so low to the point of “being a harbinger of fake news“.
“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari met and spoke with the 81 released Chibok girls before embarking on the second medical mission to London.
“It is evident that he spoke at the airport with officials of state before taking off; both events were televised nationwide,’’ it said.
It said that it was, therefore, most uncharitable for a media outfit to claim that the president lost his memory before travelling and could not adduce any fact to its claim.
The group said that the attack on the first family had got personal, adding that it unfortunate and dangerous “because the visit of the president`s wife was a family affair’’.
It wondered the sources that gave the information when it was obvious that the president`s wife met and spoke with her husband.
According to the group, the president`s wife even came home with the cheering news that her husband`s health has improved and that Nigerians should keep praying for his full recovery.
It said that it was unfortunate that the media organisation relied on information gathered from its “so-called sources and could not speak with the president`s image makers before publishing’’.
It advised that embarking on high level fabrications of news should not be the hallmark of media organisations.
It maintained that the presidency remained one as evidenced by the freehand given to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to run the country while the president was away.
“The claim that a cabal or a few officials working for Buhari is holding the presidency to ransom is far from the truth,’’ the group stressed.
It urged the media to stick to the ethics of journalism in order to eschew malicious and tendentious reports.

It pointed out that false reports were capable of putting the country on the edge, particularly now that it was making steady, but significant progress on all spheres of development.
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered asylum to the former director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey.

Putin said that Comey’s release of records of his conversations with President Donald Trump equated to being an activist, like former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who lives in Russia under asylum.
If Comey, who was fired by Trump, continues to be persecuted, “we will be ready to provide him political asylum,” Putin said on national television.
NAN reports that on June 8, Comey accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russia.
Trump dismissed Comey on May 9 and the administration gave differing reasons for the action.
Trump later contradicted his own staff and acknowledged on May 11 that he fired Comey because of the Russia probe.
Asked at a U.S. congressional hearing why he was fired, Comey said he did not know for sure.
“Again, I take the president’s words. I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he decided to fire me because of that.”
Comey earlier told the Senate Intelligence Committee in the most eagerly anticipated U.S. congressional hearing in years that he believed Trump had directed him to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser as part of the Russia investigation.
He would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice.
Comey said the administration had told lies and defamed him and the FBI after the president dismissed him.

(dpa/NAN)
Police have confirmed  Wednesday’s killing of Mrs. Lipolelo Thabane, 58, the wife of incoming Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Tom, two days before her husband’s inauguration.


The incident has raised the fears of another wave of political violence in the southern African mountain kingdom.

Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe said Lipolelo was traveling home with a friend when both women where shot by an unknown assailant in the town of Masana, just outside the capital, Maseru.
Molefe said Lipolelo died on the scene while her friend was taken to a nearby hospital. Molefe said the motive of the shooting was unknown and that investigations were ongoing.
Lesotho, which has been on a political knife-edge since an attempted coup in 2014, held elections last week, the third in five years, after then-prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no-confidence vote in March.
Thabane’s All Basotho Convention won 48 parliamentary seats, compared with 30 won by Mosisili’s Democratic Congress.
Thabane and Lipolelo had been living separately since 2012 after Thabane filed for a divorce which had yet to be granted by the courts.
Thabane’s office was unreachable for comment.
However there are indication that the Lipolelo is an estranged wife of the Prime Minister, who was either trying to stage a come back or make claims on her husband.
There had been no love lost between her and her husband’s current wife.
These facts were reflected on social media reports which have gone viral in less than 24 hours after her death.
Mpatsi reports that that news had it that Mme Lipolelo Thabane was a threat to first-lady benefits hence her killing. heart breaking.
Public Eye said the Lesotho Estranged wife of PM Thabane, Lipolelo Thabane, sought legal remedy to stop his traditional wife from accessing money.
Public Eye Lesotho also in a tweet quoted the woman as saying: “ I love my husband & yearn our mutual restoration of conjugal rights, consortium, marital rights & privileges.”
Mathe V.K. Ntsekhe said: ”Let’s be clear on one thing: Mme Lipolelo Thabane had her reasons & right to want to claim benefits of being a first lady!”
Chriselda Lewis tweeted that Lipolelo Thabane’s killing comes on the eve of her estranged husband Tom Tabane’s inauguration.
Suntosh Pillay Tragic and shameful! Lipolelo Thabane has been shot dead on the eve of her husband Tom’s inauguration as Prime Minister of
olwetu @xzoif May she rest in peace 🙏🏾 “@IOL: @xzoif Her name is Lipolelo Alice Thabane”

(Reuters/with NAN report)
A talented Nigerian auto engineer has manufactured a vehicle with locally sourced materials in Imo State.


Facebook user Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha took to social media to show off the vehicle built by an engineer from Imo.

According to Mr. Iwuoha, the vehicle was named Biafrakwezuonu 2017 model..
He captioned the pictures: “BIAFRAN AUTO—ENGINEER MANUFACTURES MADE IN NIGERIA VEHICLE WITH LOCAL RAW MATERIALS IN IMO STATE. PICTURES SHOW THE ENGINEER WITH CITIZEN IKENNA SAMUELSON IWUOHA AND THE VEHICLE (BIAFRAKWEZUONU 2017 MODEL)”

A baby was dropped from Grenfell Tower by a desperate mother as the building was engulfed in flames, a witness said.

Pedestrians look up towards Grenfell Tower, a residential block of flats in west London on June 14, 2017, as firefighters continue to control a fire that engulfed the building in the early hours of the morning.

Shaken survivors of a blaze that ravaged a west London tower block told Wednesday of seeing people trapped or jump to their doom as flames raced towards the building’s upper floors and smoke filled the corridors.

One woman lost two of her six children when trying to escape a burning London apartment block early on Wednesday morning while others tried to throw their children to safety, witnesses said.
Six people have died and police expect the death toll to rise further after a blaze swept through the 24-story apartment block in central London.
Bystanders and residents reported scenes of panic.
“Everyone was in shock, everyone was fleeing, screaming,” Michael Paramasivan, a resident of the block, told BBC radio.
“I spoke to a lady that lives on the 21st floor. She has got six kids. She left with all six of them. When she got downstairs there was only four of them with her. She is now breaking her heart,” he added.
A bystander, Samira Lamrani, said she saw a baby thrown from a ninth or 10th-floor window.
“People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming,” she told London’s Evening Standard newspaper.
“The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby. Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby,” Lamrani continued.
Another witness, Tamara, told the BBC she also saw people trying to throw their children to safety.
“There’s people, like, throwing their kids out: ‘Just save my children, just save my children!’,” she said.
“There’s people at their windows: ‘Help me, help me, help me!’ You can see the fire go into the house and into the last room that they’re in, and just engulfing their whole apartment.”
Reuters was unable to verify the witness accounts.
The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, has expressed shock at the acquittal of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.


Mr. Sagay, septuagenarian professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said it was incredible Mr. Saraki got absolved and, therefore, advised the federal government to appeal the ruling.

The CCT on Wednesday cleared Mr. Saraki of false asset declaration, charges brought against him by the federal government. The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, ruled that the prosecution failed to establish prima facie case against Mr. Saraki, thereby upholding a no-case submission made by the defendant’s counsel, Kanu Agabi.
“I was shocked myself by the ruling,” Mr. Sagay told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening. “The amount of evidence amassed against him (Mr. Saraki) was considerable; so, I am surprised it was said no prima facie had been made against him. It’s shocking that’s all I can say.”
The federal government arraigned Mr. Saraki before the CCT in September 2015, shortly after he defied his party, All Progressives Congress, to contest and win the National Assembly leadership.
As if he was sure he would lose at the CCT, he had exhausted all avenues, up to the Supreme Court, to avoid the trial, which, however, resulted in his favour on Wednesday.
“From the simple analysis of the evidence of the prosecution, we find it difficult to accept the seriousness of the witnesses. All the evidences were so discredited, unreliable that no reasonable court will attach probate value to them.
“Since the essential ingredients of all the charges were not proved as required by law, this tribunal has no option to discharge and acquit the defendant in view of the manifestly unreliable evidence of the prosecution witnesses,” said Mr. Umar, whom Mr. Saraki had several times accused of bias.
However, Mr. Sagay disagreed with Mr. Umar.
“”If you look at this case, the prosecution was very organised. Evidence was brought out very clearly. In fact, I would say mountains of evidence. So, nobody can blame poor prosecution in this case. So, what is the problem? A Nigerian factor? We don’t know,” said. Mr. Sagay.
In the wake of the ruling, many Nigerians criticised the CCT and expressed sentiments Mr. Saraki’s acquittal made mess of the much vaunted Buhari anti-corruption war.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had, in a leaked letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the outcome of the Saraki trial was key to the assessment of the administration’s anti-graft war.
Speaking further in his interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night, Mr. Sagay held back comment on the country’s judiciary, but said the anti-corruption war required “serious review”.
“It is a thing that will be under a very serious review to assess the whole anti-corruption fight; to see who is for it; who is subverting it.”
He dismissed views Mr. Saraki’s trial was politically motivated in the first place, saying “a crime is a crime”.
“What I say is this: do not commit a crime so that no one will politically motivate your trial. Be clean. Who can come after me now politically? Nobody can charge me politically no matter how politically motivated he is against me, because I have nothing.”

Asked to advise the government on what next to do, Mr. Sagay said: “obviously it (Saraki’s acquittal) has to be appealed against for the sake of the judicial system. The whole thing sounds incredible.”

Premium Times
Nigeria’s Prof. Lawrence Folajimi Awosika has been re-elected as Chairman of the United Nation’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), for a five-year term.

The 68 year-old Nigerian from Ondo State  will chair the panel till 2022.

Awosika polled 154 out of 157 votes to emerge Chair of the prestigious 21-person UN scientific body.
CLCS is the UN body that decides what portions of the seabed can be exclusively mined for natural resources such as oil, precious metals and minerals.
Awosika, first elected into the Commission in 1997 as a member, was elected chairman  in 2012.
Fielding candidates for CLCS would require the country’s permanent mission to the UN, in this instance, Nigeria’s Permanent Mission. The Mission  mobilised support for Awosika.
Awosika’s  achievement would also improve Nigeria’s future “diplomatic leverage,” according to a person familiar with UNCLOS proceedings.
Apart from signalling prestige, a membership of the commission allows Nigeria to gauge the scientific strength of claims by countries to parts of the seabed that, like territorial waters, are often hard to demarcate.
Such information is privy only to participants, NAN gathered.
Awosika  was a one-time Director and Head, Marine Geology, Geophysics Department of the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research.
He holds a BSc in Geology from Howard University Washington DC., USA; MSc Geology with specialty in geophysics from George Washington University Washington DC., USA and PhD in Applied Geophysics from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife.
He was born on 27 July 1949 in Ondo and attended Aquinas College Akure Ondo State Nigeria 1964-1968, where he made a Grade One in the  West African School Certificate.
Awosika’s resounding victory to lead the Commission  is seen as a ‘feather’ for Nigeria and Africa, as no black or African has ever won the chairmanship of the Commission, according to information obtained by NAN.
The Nigerian UN official is seen as uniquely aware of the geography and geology of Nigeria’s terrain.
Hence his re-election was strongly supported by the Federal Government to consistently and effectively oversee the progressive position of the country’s CLCS.
NAN reports that the Commission had 21 vacant seats and based on geographical spread, five seats were allocated to the African Group – Madagascar, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon and Angola.
However, Africa was later given an additional seat because there is a “floating seat” that goes to either Africa or Western Europe or Latin America and the Caribbean Group.
As the regions already had their candidates filled, that “floating seat” went to Africa, making a total of six candidates for the continent.
NAN also reports that Awosika’s re-election was not without an a challenge as Ghana made initial frantic efforts to contest the seat with Nigeria by fielding a candidate.
However, negotiations skills were deployed by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria while the African Union also waded in to avoid embarrassment for Africa.

Consequently, Ghana withdrew its candidature following AU’s mediation thereby allowing the Nigeria’s candidate for the seat a smooth sail by being returned unopposed.

The Sokoto State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mani Katami, on Tuesday said the state government was sponsoring a 90-man contingent of Islamic clerics to Saudi Arabia with N91 million.

Katami made the disclosure in Sokoto, while addressing clerics travelling to the Holy Land to perform the lesser Hajj.
The commissioner said that each of the benefiting clerics was entitled to a Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA) of N250, 000.
He urged the clerics to pray for the healing of President Muhammadu Buhari.
”This is to enable him to come back to Nigeria to continue with the good work he is doing for the country.
”The clerics are also going to pray for sustainable peace, unity and socio-economic prosperity of Nigeria,” Katami said.
The commissioner advised the clerics not to engage in any act capable of tarnishing the image of the country while in the Holy Land.

Sheikh Maidamma Shagari, who spoke on behalf of the clerics, lauded the state government for the gesture.
PM News
The International Criminal Court chief’s prosecutor Wednesday called for the “immediate arrest and surrender” of Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, who was reportedly set free by a militia in Libya.


An arrest warrant issued by the Hague-based ICC against Seif in 2011 “remains valid and Libya is obliged to immediately arrest and surrender Mr Gaddafi… regardless of any purported amnesty law in Libya,” Fatou Bensouda said.

Seif al-Islam, the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed Libyan dictator, was said to have been released on Friday by a militia that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya.
The group, which had held Seif al-Islam for more than five years, said he had been set free under an amnesty law promulgated by a parliament based in the country’s east during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
But the prosecutor general’s office in Tripoli, where a rival UN-backed administration is based, said the amnesty could not apply to Seif al-Islam because of the severity of his crimes, saying he was still wanted for a 2015 conviction.
Bensouda said the world war crimes court is now “verifying” Seif al-Islam’s whereabouts.
She called on Libya, the UN Security Council and “all other relevant” countries “to provide my office with any relevant information in their possession.”
The ICC also called for the arrest and surrender of Libya’s former security chief Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, who is wanted on similar charges as Seif for his role in attempting to quash the 2011 revolt against slain strongman Kadhafi.
The ICC in April unveiled an arrest warrant for Khaled.

“It is imperative for both suspects to be apprehended and immediately surrendered to the custody of the ICC so that their guilt or innocence can be established…for justice to be done, and seen to be done,” Bensouda said.
AFP
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday evening had a consultation session with Leaders of Thought from the South Eastern region of Nigeria at the State House in Abuja over eviction notice issued to Igbos living in the North.


Speaking during the meeting, the acting president said: “One thing is clear – violence and war are terrible things. They are easy to start but near impossible to end. Indeed you’re all aware of the Igbo proverb that says that “A man who rushes into battle does not realize that battle entails death.” We are witnesses to the unspeakable devastation that war continues to inflict across the world. No one who has seen the horrors of war – even just on television – would wish it on their worst enemy.

It is also clear that wars sometimes start, not with bullets, but with words. Hateful, incendiary speech, opening floodgates of blood. The tongue, like the pen, is often mightier than the sword – because it is what pushes the sword into action. When we throw words like stones in a marketplace we do not know who or what it will hit.”

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Seventy-five Ghanaian illegal immigrants in the United States of America have been deported.


They arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra on Wednesday, morning in handcuffs.

They had applied for asylum in the USA but their applications were rejected and were subsequently deported.
Ten other Ghanaians who had also applied for asylum but their applications were not successful are also expected to be deported soon. They are waiting their deportation documentation.
One of the deportees, by name Awudu, told Accra based radio station, Peace FM that he was part of a group of Ghanaians who went to watch the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but managed to stay back after the tournament, and later went to the USA to seek asylum.
He said he was detained in California for a period but later moved to Arizona and then to New York before his deportation.
The deportees were screened on arrival Wednesday morning by Immigration and Police.
In April this year, the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P Jackson, said about 7,000 Ghanaians living illegally in the US were being processed for deportation.
“In fact, about 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process. And we are not apologetic about that,” Mr Jackson told journalists in the Brong Ahafo Region.

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The Nigeria Union in South Africa on Wednesday accused two communities in that country of ordering Nigerians to quit the territories.


President of the union, Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, said the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province gave Nigerians till Thursday to leave the place.

Anyene also said the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the area.
He said the grievance of the South Africans was that Nigerians were responsible for some social vices such as illicit drug trade and prostitution.
Anyene said: “The Nigeria union held series of meetings with the affected communities as well as police and local authorities on the recent threats to Nigerians.
“We have also written reports on these incidents and sent to the Nigerian Mission and the South African police.
“We recommended interventions before the June 16 deadline to the mission and we are waiting for their response.
“The union is worried that any incident involving non -South Africans are attributed to Nigerians.”
Anyene said a Ugandan man, who allegedly raped a girl in Kwazulu Natal Province, was described as a Nigerian in the media.
“The union believes that the Early Warning Unit set up by Nigerian and South African governments has not been effective.
“We are yet to have any meeting since the ministers of the two countries met.
“Since then, there have been sustained media propaganda against our people here,” Anyene added.

NAN

Led by Kwara State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ishola Fulani-Balogun, residents of Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday took to the streets and Emir of Ilorin’s palace to celebrate the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki of false assets declaration charges by the the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).


Photo credit: Engr. Baba Idris, Saka Olawale, Babatunde Babamale, Twitter
Senate President Bukola Saraki has said Nigerians must celebrate the fact that “we are building a country where the innocent need not be afraid.”


The Code of Conduct Tribunal Wednesday said Mr. Saraki has no case to answer after dismissing all 18 charges of false assets declaration brought against him by the federal government.

Reacting to the ruling, Saraki in a statement said: “Today, June 14, 2017, the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted me on a case of false declaration of assets, which started in September 2015. 
“You would recall that at the beginning of the trial, I maintained that I will clear my name. The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position. With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts and our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice. 
“I thank the Almighty Allah, the ultimate Judge and the repository of all powers. He alone has brought about this victory. I am immensely grateful to all my colleagues in the National Assembly for their abiding support. All through my trial, they demonstrated their strong conviction about the choice we all decided to make two years ago. I thank members of my family for their unflinching support. I thank all friends and supporters back home in Kwara State and across the length and breadth of our country for their prayers and their sacrifices. My gratitude also goes to all members of my legal team for their tireless efforts to ensure the cause of justice is served.
“After undergoing the crucible of a tortuous trial, my vindication today calls for celebration.  It is my belief however that if there should be any celebration at all, it should be a celebration of the hopes that this judgment gives us as citizens that despite all the challenges that we face as a country, we are well on our way to building a country where the innocent needs not be afraid. I therefore urge all my supporters to refrain from any unbridled triumphalism. The challenges that our country faces today are enormous and do not allow for wanton celebration. Instead, we should all reflect on the significance of this moment and what it meant for our democracy.
“On a personal note, I harbour no grudge against anyone, regardless of the role they might have played in the persecution that I had endured in the last two years. I believe that If my trial had in anyway given hope to the common man that no matter the forces arraigned against him, he can still get justice in our courts, then my tribulation had not been in vain. 
“Once again, I thank my colleagues in the 8th Senate for standing firm. Regardless of the distraction of my trial, we have achieved more as legislators than the previous Senates. Now that this distraction is over, we can even achieve so much more. We must now proceed from here with greater vigour to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians and show that this 8th Senate can indeed play a central role in improving the quality of lives of our people. 
“Lastly, I thank all the gentlemen of the press for your abiding interest in this case, which I believe had contributed in no small measure in ensuring that truth and reason ultimately prevailed.”
Ethiopia government has launched an Online Entry Visa Application and Issuance (E-Visa) for citizens of 39 countries.

Ethiopian Airlines said that the policy was launched by Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs.
Of the total, only the citizens of the South Africa are eligible from the African continent, while Kenya and Djibouti are exempted because their citizens do not need a visa to enter Ethiopia.
The majority of those eligible for the E-Visa are European countries.
China, North Korea, South Korea, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Israel, Kuwait, Mexico and the US are also on the list of eligible countries for the initial phase of the E-Visa service.
The service is provided only to those seeking a tourist visa.
It was not yet clear whether the E-Visa was applicable to those who use the Ethiopian Airlines only or not.
The press statement from Ethiopian Airlines stated that the E-Visa would be processed and issued on a single Web page where applicants apply and pay online.
The Director Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, Mr Gebreyohannes Teklu, was quoted as saying: “Now international visitors to Ethiopia, from countries provisioned for visa upon arrival, will make use of this service. Moreover, we have set up separate counters to process the visas of travellers under electronic travel authorisation.”
Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorising them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival.
The press statement also explained that the E-Visa project was part of a new national initiative to transform the Ethiopian tourism sector.

To get your e-visa, click HERE

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four of his aides were shot as they practiced for the Congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.


Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is said to have used his belt as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding from Scalise’s leg. Brooks said five were injured as the gunman, who has not been named, fired more than 50 rounds from a rifle.

The shooter was arrested. Alabama congressman Gary Palmer was also at the game but was not hurt. 
Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is the Republican majority whip in the House of Representatives – the congressman responsible for counting votes and maintaining party discipline.
The Louisianan, a father of two, is counted among conservatives in Congress who tend to back President Donald Trump’s more controversial initiatives, including calling his famous travel ban a ‘prudent’ measure. he endorsed Trump unreservedly last year.
Scalise came under fire in 2014 for remarks he made in 2002 at a conference run by a group that he later learned was a white supremacist organization.
The infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who founded the group, blasted Scalise as a ‘sellout’ for apologizing.
The Congressional baseball game is an annual tradition pitting members of the Democratic and Republican parties against each other.
The game is set to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park.  

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