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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

 

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

AFROASIA NEWS ONLINE / FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson’s decision to reject the deal left the Justice Department no choice except to file a civil-rights lawsuit. “The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for the city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep themRead More


After 28 years, Secret Service posts warning: No guns in White House

AFROASIA NEWS / WASHINGTON — The signs appeared at the White House around the time of a winter storm that closed down much of the federal government for three days last month: “WARNING: Weapons Prohibited.” Posted right outside guard shacks with metal detectors, the signs threaten fines and prison time for something that most White House visitors probably consider common sense: Don’t bring a gun into the White House. So why the signs? “The signs were put up literally because we have to by law,” said Dave Iacovetti, the deputy assistant director of publicRead More


Flint water crisis victims increasingly turn to courts but face big obstacles

AFROASIA NEWS / NEW YORK / Thousands of people in Flint, Mich., are turning to the courts to seek compensation for the contamination of their water supply. But, despite clear evidence of widespread lead exposure, they face formidable legal obstacles and long waits for any money they ultimately might receive, according to experts. Ten separate lawsuits, including several class-action suits, have been filed so far in federal, state and county courts, as well as in a special court established by Michigan to hear claims against the state. The remedies soughtRead More


On patrol with Uganda’s controversial ‘crime preventers’

AFROASIA NEWS ONLINE / Kampala – As night falls in Uganda’s capital Kampala, some 240 members of a vast volunteer “crime preventer” force parade outside a police station. “Attention!” shouts an officer as the men stand stiff-backed, before marching off in single file to help guard the city until dawn. The volunteers are on patrol ahead of presidential polls on February 18, but rights groups have criticised the force, which they see as the enforcer of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni, who hasRead More


Tunisia makes $500m from Ben Ali, allies’ assets

AFROASIA NEWS ONLINE / Tunis – Tunisia has made nearly half a billion dollars from the sale of assets confiscated from ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his allies, a minister said on Wednesday. In the months following Ben Ali’s flight to Saudi Arabia after the January 2011 revolution that ended his rule, the cash-strapped country seized hundreds of businesses, properties, luxury cars and jewellery belonging to him, his family and his allies. “Since 2011, we made around 1.5 billion dinars [of which] around 1 billion [$500m] wentRead More


UN wants to send experts for Burundi mass graves probe

AFROASIA NEWS / New York – The United Nations wants to send independent forensics experts to Burundi to help authorities investigate allegations of mass graves in the strife-torn country, a senior official said on Wednesday. After a government security crackdown in December, witnesses came forward with accounts of at least nine mass graves in and around Bujumbura including one in a military camp where more than 100 bodies were allegedly buried. Corpses were allegedly dumped in grave sites by police who had carried out raids in Bujumbura, arresting and shootingRead More


19.9 women suffer genital mutilation in Nigeria – Unicef

AFROASIA NEWS / Abuja – The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has lamented the high rate of female genital mutilation in Nigeria, disclosing that at least 19.9 million women have gone through the procedure in the country to date, Nigerian Pilotreports. In a statement issued by the organisation, female genital mutilation (FGM) was described as an extremely harmful traditional practice documented in 29 countries across the African continent. Ratidzai Ndhlova, Nigeria’s representative for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), described the act as an “extreme form of violence againstRead More


Mandela’s grandson embraces Islam

AFROASIA NEWS / CAPE TOWN – The grandson of former South African late president Nelson Mandela has married Rabia Clarke in a traditional Muslim Nikah ceremony held in Cape Town. He converted to Islam two months ago, the Muslim News has reported. Nkosi Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela released the following statement Sunday evening. “I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on 6 February 2016. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming meRead More


KP Ehtisab Commission chief resigns

AFROASIA NEWS / OUR STAFF REPORTER / PESHAWAR – Director General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Ehtisab Commission Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Khan resigned over differences with provincial government after approval of the amendment in draft ordinance of KP Ehtisab Commission Act 2014. The KP government has approved to amend the draft ordinance which will make it mandatory to seek the permission of the government before arresting any accused on charges of corruption. The director general termed the amendment an attempt to curtail his powers and clip his wings to arrest any corruptRead More


Pakistan 3rd cheapest state in world: Report

AFROASIA AFP/ ISLAMABAD – A new global report on the cost of living index for the year 2015 has revealed that Pakistan is the third cheapest country in the world. A recent study conducted by Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries, has ranked Switzerland as the costliest country to live in. The Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution. The report showed that efforts of Pakistan’s current governmentRead More


Pak, Qatar PMs see display of JF-17, Super Mushshak

AFROASIA NEWS / OUR STAFF REPORTER / ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Prime Minister of Qatar Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani witnessed the scintillating aerial display of PAF JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak aircraft at Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force and Major General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem, Chief of General Staff, Qatar Armed Forces were also present at the occasion. Senior government and military officials of both countriesRead More


PM youth loan scheme impresses Queen Maxima

AFROASIA NEWS / Our staff reporter/Agencies / February 11, 2016 ISLAMABAD – Netherlands Queen Maxima along with senior PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif visited First Women Bank Limited in Islamabad Wednesday. Queen Maxima and Maryam Nawaz were briefed by Ms Tahira Raza, President First Women Bank Limited on the opportunities of financial services for the people especially women entrepreneurs. Maryam Nawaz and Queen Maxima also interacted with the female beneficiaries of the bank under the umbrella of PM youth business loan. So far 156 loans worth Rs 187 million have beenRead More


Iraq says risk to Mosul Dam affecting anti-IS drive

AFROASIA NEWS / BAGHDAD – The risk of Iraq’s largest dam collapsing and unleashing a huge wave onto Mosul is affecting plans to retake the city from militants, an adviser to the premier’s office said. The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to recapture the city, the largest urban centre in the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Concern has grown that a failure of the unstable dam, which is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of the city, could wipe outRead More


Netanyahu’s wife abused household staff

AFROASIA NEWS ONLINE / JERUSALEM – Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive working environment at the Israeli prime minister’s official residence, a labour court ruled on Wednesday. Allegations of mistreatment levelled by Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Jerusalem home, were dismissed by the Prime Minister’s Office as “evil, skewed gossip” when the civil lawsuit was filed in 2014. But the court, in its 40-page decision, said testimony by Naftali and other former household employees about Mrs Netanyahu’s alleged abusive behaviourRead More


قطرکے سرمایہ کار پاکستان کے توانائی شعبے میں سرمایہ کاری کرسکتے ہیں، وزیراعظم

دوحا: وزیراعظم نواز شریف کا کہنا ہے کہ قطر کے سرمایہ کار پاکستان کے توانائی شعبے میں سرمایہ کاری کرسکتے ہیں۔ دوحا میں وزیراعظم نواز شریف سے قطرسرمایہ کاری اتھارٹی کے سربراہ شیخ عبداللہ محمد الثانی نے ملاقات کی۔ اس موقع پر وزیراعظم نواز شریف کا کہنا تھا کہ پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری کے لئے سرمایہ کاروں کو مختلف مراعات دی جارہی ہیں اس لئے قطر سرمایہ کاری اتھارٹی بھی اس سے فائدہ اٹھاتے ہوئے توانائی کے شعبے میں سرمایہ کاری کر سکتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں سرمایہRead More