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Philippine business bankrolls Duterte’s anti-drug crusade

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG MANILA — Five months since formally assuming power and launching a deadly anti-narcotics campaign that has claimed around 5,000 lives, President Rodrigo Duterte on Nov. 29 inaugurated the country’s largest drug rehabilitation center at a military camp north of the capital. The 10,000-bed facility can only accommodate a fraction of more than 700,000 methamphetamine users who ...

Turkey’s Erdogan in power until 2029? It’s possible

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could stay in power until 2029 after a right-wing opposition party offered their backing to a proposal to amend the constitution and allow his presidential term to be extended. If realized, Erdogan could serve as leader of the country for a total of 26 years since he became the prime minister in 2003. ...

North Korea slams ‘Obama and his lackeys’ in furious response to sanctions

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korea has furiously criticized United Nations sanctions, accusing Security Council members of being puppets of the United States. The defiant statement Thursday came as both South Korea and Japan announced further restrictions on the state, including on visits by foreign missile and nuclear experts. The Security Council voted unanimously on November 30 to impose their ...

Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s ‘Teflon President’ escapes party backlash

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Africa President Jacob Zuma has received the backing of his party just weeks after a damning reportinto top-level government cronyism.PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMBA IS KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPTED LEADERS IN OUR MODERN ERA. There had been speculation that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party would hold a vote of confidence on ...

Syria rebels vow to adopt guerrilla tactics as Assad forces seize two thirds of east Aleppo

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Faced with almost certain defeat in the city of Aleppo, Syrian rebel groups have promised to continue their war by adopting the guerrilla tactics of assassinations, armed raids and roadside bombs. The four-year battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is likely to end in the next few weeks as Syrian regime forces either advance ...

PRESEDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TESTED CHINA’S TEMPERATURE ON TAIWAN

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG WHO KNOWS WHERE WE GO FROM HERE? Mr. Trump is a man who acts, speaks and judges according to his own world. He gives no regard to what other politicians display in the world arena. He would be the first US President to walk over what his predecessors regarded as norms or traditions in carrying out ...

Nigerian officers killed 150 peaceful protesters, Amnesty report claims

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Nigerian security forces have killed at least 150 people in a series of attacks against the largely peaceful pro-Biafra secessionist movement, according to a report by Amnesty International. The report finds “overwhelming evidence that Nigerian security forces committed gross human rights violations” at a number of public gatherings in the country’s southern region since August 2015. ...

British photographer David Hamilton found dead in Paris, as his alleged rape victims say he has escaped justice

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG British photographer David Hamilton has died in Paris on Friday night at the age of 83 after committing suicide, according to police sources. Mr Hamilton,who had lived much of his life in France and whose works had appeared in high-end fashion magazines, was found unresponsive in his home by a neighbour who alerted emergency services, the sources ...

Missing maverick pilot found safe in South Sudan

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Amaverick 72-year-old British pilot taking part in a vintage air rally turned up in South Sudan on Saturday after going missing for a second time when the event arrived in Kenya. Maurice Kirk is one of about a dozen pilots flying vintage biplanes across Africa, but has repeatedly fallen foul of organisers for failing to stick ...

S. Sudan army commander says ready for any option to end war

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG November 23, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan army (SPLA) chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong said his troops are ready for any option to end war in the country. S Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is received by Chief of General Staff of the SPLA Paul Malong Awan at the airport in Juba. “As soldiers, we are ...