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Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, holding off a surge from rival Pete Buttigieg and making him the favorite to become the Democratic presidential nominee. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden were vying for fourth place as final results came in. The two could not attain the 15% threshold required to win pledged delegates, nationwide and in both of its congressional districts.

The victory gives Sanders an early boost in the push for the Democratic presidential nomination after he left the Iowa caucuses with the second-most pledged national delegates in the field. The process now enters a series of generally larger, more diverse states, where the Vermont senator has outperformed Buttigieg and Klobuchar in polls.

“Let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he told supporters as news outlets started to project his victory.

Sanders and Buttigieg are expected to be awarded the same share of New Hampshire’s 24 delegates: nine each. Klobuchar is projected to win six. Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar appeared to perform well with late-deciding voters.

The U.S. Departments of State and Justice has sent two letters which confirmed the choice of The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to manage the $308,460,329 Abacha loot.

The Department of Justice on its part noted that an agreement was reached with the Federal Government that the NSIA should administer the funds to ensure transparency and accountability.

Other terms included in the agreement are financial review by an independent auditor and monitoring by an independent civil society organization with expertise in engineering and other areas.

The agreement also precludes the expenditure of funds to benefit alleged perpetrators of the corruption or to pay contingency fees for lawyers.

According to the letter from the Department of Justice, “Gen. Abacha and his cronies robbed Nigerians of vast public resources and abused the U.S. and international financial systems to launder their criminal proceeds.

The Department of Justice further stated that “the United States is also continuing to seek forfeiture of over $177 million in additional laundered funds held in trusts that name Abacha associate … and his relatives as beneficiaries.”

Under the agreement signed between, the U.S. governments and Nigeria, the U.S. will transfer 100 per cent of the net forfeited assets to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to support three critical infrastructure projects in Nigeria that were previously authorized by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian legislature

The complaint for the recovery of the loot, the Department of Justice said “alleges that Gen. Abacha, his son Mohammed Sani Abacha, their associate and others embezzled, misappropriated and extorted billions from the government of Nigeria and others, then laundered their criminal proceeds through U.S. financial institutions and the purchase of bonds backed by the United States.”

TOPSHOT – President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives at the US Capitol Building on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The United State Senate acquitted Donald Trump of his impeachment trials which brought an end to the impeachment saga that has been on ground since the House of Representatives launched its inquiry into some action taken by Trump last September.

Trump was denied the full support of Republicans as Mitt Romney became the first senator in US history to vote to convict a president from his own party. Democrat fell far short of the two-third majority required to remove Trump from office. Senator voted 52 to 48 to acquit him on the abuse- of -power allegation and the 53 to 47 to clear him of obstruction.

The white House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “throughout this wholly corrupt process, President Trump successfully advanced the interests of the United State and remained focused on the issues that matter to Americans.”

“He spent his time achieving real victories for the people of this country, and the the Democrats – once again – have nothing to show for their fraudulent schemes” said Grisham.

The third impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history concluded one of the most bitter episodes in recent memory in Washington — marked by partisan fighting over what constitutes a fair trial, furious debates over the propriety of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and outsized pressure on a small core of Republican senators who held considerable sway in whether the trial would subpoena key witnesses from the Trump administration who had defied calls to appear before the House during its investigation.

Romney vote robbed the president of the unified GOP opposition against impeachment that he had enjoyed and repeatedly boastred of since the inquiry began in september.

He called Trump’s demand to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter a “flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values.”

In a July 25 phone call with Zelensky that he has repeatedly described as “perfect,” Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate not only the Bidens but a discredited theory that it was Ukraine rather than Russia that attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, announced today that he desires a closer relationship with both the United State and China, on his meeting with the US President Donald Trump on a potential free trade agreement.

“We don’t want to be forced to choose. We want to work with everybody, and we think there is an opportunity for everybody,” Kenyatta told the audience at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council think-tank.

“Kenya, is bent on securing its economic future and can benefit from closer partnerships with both the US and China”, Kenyatta said. While there has been a rise in tourism and growing investment, the East African nation needs to boost exports to create jobs at home for millions of young people. 

Kenyatta’s meeting with Trump is especially pertinent as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which allows sub-Saharan African countries to export thousands of products to the US without tariffs or quotas, is set to expire in 2025.

John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, in 2018 announced plans to expand US economic ties with African nations to counter what he called aggressive efforts by China and Russia to expand their influence there.

“Kenya can have several best friends – the United States, China, Great Britain, the European Union and others. They need to do what is best for them to progress their economy, build their infrastructure and push the country forward,” said Johnnie Carson, a former US ambassador to Kenya.

Kyle McCarter, the current US envoy to Kenya, told Reuters that he viewed Kenya as an important strategic partner in Africa and looked forward to expanded trade in coming years.

“I don’t believe that a deepening of trade between our two countries … threatens anything,” President Kenyatta said.

The US imposed the visa restrictions on Ghana in February 2019 after the West African nation refused to accept the return of 7,000 Ghanaian nationals that it wanted to deport.

It was during Akufo-Addo government’s terrain where they failed to issue travel documents to over 7,000 Ghanaian citizens awaiting deportation from the United States.

Limitations were also placed on the validity and the number of entries on new tourists and business visas for all Ghanaian Executive and Legislative branch employees, their spouses and their children under 21 years to a one-month single entry.

As of Friday, January 17, 2020,The United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section 243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. Visa processing will return to the normal procedures.

The validity period and number of entries on new tourist and business visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative branch employees, their spouses, and their children under 21 will revert to receiving the normal validity, based on reciprocity, which is currently five years with multiple entries. 

All pending non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees (A3 and G5) of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States that were received during the visa restrictions will now be processed.

This follows the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validating and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final orders of removal in a manner consistent with international standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, of which Ghana is a Member State.