Trump to announce China trade sanctions.

Trump to announce China trade sanctions.

President Donald Trump is poised to unveil sanctions against China Thursday for the “theft” of US intellectual property, a White House official said, teeing up a second potential confrontation in as many months. Spokesman Raj Shah told AFP that Trump will announce actions following an “investigation into China’s state-led, market-distorting efforts to force, pressure, and steal US technologies and intellectual property.” According to his schedule, released by the White House on Wednesday evening, he will sign “a Presidential Memorandum targeting China’s economic aggression.” Beijing has already warned the Trump administration against the move, urging him not act “emotionally.” It is just weeks since Trump short-circuited White House deliberations and announced a raft of sanctions on foreign-produced steel and aluminum off the cuff. That move prompted the resignation of top economic advisor Gary Cohn, a global stock market selloff, legal disputes and threats of retaliatory measures. On Wednesday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned that the prospect of a trade war was a growing threat to the...
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AU urged to suspend Cameroon for alleged torture of 47 political activists, others.

AU urged to suspend Cameroon for alleged torture of 47 political activists, others.

Lagos based rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) yesterday urged the African Union (AU) to suspend the rights of membership of Cameroon from the AU to put pressure on its government to end alleged torture and ill-treatment of 47 political activists. The group in an open letter to the African Union Chairperson and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, urged him to “urgently call an Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to suspend the rights of membership of Cameroon from the AU. According to SERAP, the suspension will put pressure on the Cameroonian government to end alleged torture and ill-treatment of political activists forcibly returned to Cameroon by the Nigerian authorities, enforced disappearances, politically motivated trials, and gross and systematic violations of citizens’ human rights in the country. The organization also urged the AU to “maintain targeted travel sanctions and asset freezes against the authorities until they meet specific human rights and good governance benchmarks as well...
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Sierra Leone leader defends presidential candidate, record.

Sierra Leone leader defends presidential candidate, record.

Sierra Leone’s outgoing leader has defended the presidential candidate widely seen as his handpicked successor on amid accusations of personal interference, and hit out at opponents of an election day vehicle ban. The West African nation goes to the polls on Wednesday to choose a replacement for Ernest Bai Koroma, who is stepping down after 10 years as president, along with a new parliament. Koroma told AFP at a rally Saturday in the western town of Kambia that Samura Kamara, the candidate of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), would not act as “his master’s voice”, adding: “He is definitely going to be himself.” The president is staying on as party chairman after stepping aside, leading to accusations he wants to retain control of the APC from behind the scenes via his former foreign minister. Koroma also defended his record, admitting he was “not saying we got it all right” with an economy hit by the twin blows of Ebola and slumped commodity prices,...
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FRSC To Embark On “operation Show Your Driving Licence’’ In Lagos .

FRSC To Embark On “operation Show Your Driving Licence’’ In Lagos .

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclosed that 56, 767 driving licences were yet to be collected by their owners. Omeje who disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) urged the owners of the licences to collect them as the command would soon embark on “Operation Show Your Driving Licence.’’ He added that the corps would embark on the mission across all units of the command. “We are embarking on this assignment so that motorists will come to our office to collect their driving’ licences. “We have no backlog of new driving licences in Lagos State. “There are 56,767 licenses yet to be collected by their owners. “We have sent SMS to their owners that their licences are ready for collection but they ignored responding to our our messages,’’ the FRSC boss said. Omeje frowned at the attitude of some road users driving without valid licences saying that such licences...
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Neymar goes under the knife, misses Real Madrid clash.

Neymar goes under the knife, misses Real Madrid clash.

Brazilian superstar Neymar will undergo surgery on his fractured foot in Brazil as early as Thursday, ruling the world’s most expensive footballer out of Paris Saint-Germain’s do-or-die Champions League clash with Real Madrid. The 26-year-old suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday. PSG said Wednesday that Rodrigo Lasmar, the surgeon with the Brazilian national squad, will carry out the operation with several Brazilian media outlets reporting that the surgery would take place as early as Thursday. Radio Tupi said Neymar, his father and surgeon Lasmar left Paris Wednesday night for Belo Horizonte’s Mater Dei Hospital where the operation is set for Thursday according to O Globo newspaper, one of Brazil’s leading dailies. Website UoL also reported the surgery would take place in the southeastern Brazil city but said it was scheduled for Sunday. On Tuesday, the Brazilian’s father had claimed the player...
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Deadly church shoot-out after five South African police killed.

Deadly church shoot-out after five South African police killed.

Seven suspects accused of killing five South African policemen were shot dead by officers late on Friday in a bloody gunfight outside a church, according to investigators. The shoot-out erupted when police hunted down the armed gang that is alleged to have stormed a police station in Eastern Cape province and killed five officers and a retired soldier on Wednesday. “The group which uses a church as a hiding place was cornered inside the church premises,” the Hawks police investigative unit said in a statement. “A gun battle between suspects and police ensued which left seven suspects dead and a task force member injured in the legs.” It added that 10 other suspects were arrested, while some escaped the scene near Ngcobo, the town where the policemen were killed. Local media said the shoot-out had occurred outside the Mancoba Seven Angel’s Ministries church in Nyanga village. The gang had stolen weapons from the police station. Attacks on police are common in South Africa, but the killing of...
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