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Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘big mistake’ on migrants

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a “big mistake” by allowing more than one million migrants into Germany. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany. Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy goals in an ...

Gambia President-elect Barrow ‘to stay in Senegal until inauguration’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow is to remain in Senegal until his planned inauguration on Thursday, state media in Senegal say. The move was requested by West African leaders after a summit in Mali, Senegalese news agency APS said. President Yahya Jammeh is currently refusing to step down until the supreme court can hear his challenge ...

Brazil prison riot: ‘At least 27 dead’ in Natal violence

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENGAt least 27 people have died during a 14-hour riot in a Brazilian prison, police said. The revised death toll is three times what was initially reported, and could increase further, the sources said. On Saturday afternoon, violence erupted between members of rival gangs at Alcacuz prison, starting a riot which lasted until a dawn raid the ...

Ahmed Hussen: From Somali refugee to Canada’s parliament

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Ahmed Hussen came to Canada from Somalia as a refugee. Now he’s the new minister of immigration. Along with thousands of compatriots, Ahmed Hussen fled war-ravaged Somalia for a better life in Canada. Hussen’s journey took him from Mogadishu to Toronto and then on to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where the former Somali refugee was named this ...

CIA head John Brennan warns Trump to watch his tongue

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has warned US President-elect Donald Trump to avoid off-the-cuff remarks once he takes office. He said spontaneity was not in the interests of national security. Mr Trump is known for regularly making broad pronouncements on issues of national importance on his Twitter feed. Mr Brennan also said that Mr Trump did ...

Kim Jong Un says North Korea close to testing ICBM

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. “Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding,” Kim said in a televised address on ...

President Kiir says ready for positive working relations with new UN chief

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Sudan President Salva Kiir expressed readiness and optimism of forging new working relations with the new Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, saying his administration appreciate and wants to enhance better working relations with the new leadership “Sometimes situation creates misunderstanding, it creates confusion but with leadership, these challenges can be turned into ...

Fort Lauderdale ‘chosen by suspect’ for airport attack

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The suspect in Florida’s deadly airport shooting travelled to Fort Lauderdale specifically to carry out the attack, authorities say. George Piro, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, said that Esteban Santiago, 26, had been questioned at length overnight. Five people died in the attack and eight were wounded. Authorities say Mr Santiago, an Iraq ...

US tanks arrive in Germany to help Nato defences

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The largest shipment of US brigades since the fall of the Soviet Union is arriving in northern Germany. The first of the 87 tanks and 144 military vehicles were being unloaded in the port of Bremerhaven on Friday. The equipment and 3,500 US troops are to be deployed along Nato’s eastern frontier. The deployment aims to ...

Thailand floods: 12 dead as record rainfall persists

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG At least 12 people have died and many villages been submerged after heavy rains caused severe flooding in southern Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with water levels reaching “roof-high” in some areas, Thailand’s interior ministry said. Transport services, including flights, have been disrupted and rescue efforts are under way to reach those ...

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