(CALIFORNIA) LATEST: Pegasus Software Report: Almost a dozen US diplomats working in Uganda have reportedly had their iPhones hacked by the spyware, in the first case of the malware created by Israeli company NSO being used against US government targets #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.11: Apple has alerted eleven US diplomats either working in Uganda or on matters concerning the East African country that their phones had been penetrated by Pegasus, Reuters and the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

#AceDailyNews UPDATE Apple reveals which diplomats were hacked by Pegasus Software: The hack took place over the “last several months,” said Reuters, adding that the phones targeted had foreign numbers. NSO, the firm behind Pegasus, has maintained its malware cannot work on iPhones with US numbers according to RT News & Apple Insider News

Apple reveals which diplomats were hacked by Pegasus

Israeli firm’s Pegasus spyware used to attack U.S. diplomats’ phones, first confirmed use against American officials https://t.co/pSbr8zL9O1— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 3, 2021

While the State Department and Apple did not officially comment on the report, NSO issued a statement reacting to the allegations.

“Once the inquiry was received, and before any investigation under our compliance policy, we have decided to immediately terminate relevant customers’ access to the system, due to the severity of the allegations,”said NSO spokesperson Oded Hershkovitz. 

Apple sues Israeli company behind Pegasus spyware

While the company has not received “any information nor the phone numbers, nor any indication that NSO’s tools were used in this case,” at this point, they are ready to “cooperate with any relevant government authority and present the full information we will have,” Hershkovitz added.

NSO has close ties with the Israeli defense and intelligence communities, and the Israeli Defense Ministry must approve export licenses for their products. Historically, the company’s clients have included Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Mexico.

Targeting US officials would be a serious breach of the rules, the Israeli embassy in Washington said in a statement on Friday.

“Cyber products like the one mentioned are supervised and licensed to be exported to governments only for purposes related to counter-terrorism and severe crimes,” an embassy spokesperson said. “The licensing provisions are very clear and if these claims are true, it is a severe violation of these provisions.”

The United States National Security Council did not directly comment on the accusations, but issued a statement on Friday saying they have been “acutely concerned that commercial spyware like NSO Group’s software poses a serious counterintelligence and security risk to US personnel.”

This is why the “Biden-Harris Administration has placed several companies involved in the development and proliferation of these tools on the Department of Commerce’s Entity List,” the NSC added.

The US blacklisted NSO in October, citing Pegasus revelations. Apple has since sued to block NSO from accessing their devices, software, or service.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.11: 2021:

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(BEIJING) #Coronavirus Report: China says it will deliver another 1 billion doses of #COVID19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $US10 billion ($14 billion) in the continent over the next three years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.01: In a speech via video link at the opening of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Mr Xi said 600 million doses would be donations and 400 million doses would be provided through other means, such as joint production by Chinese companies and relevant African countries.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to media news China’s Xi Jinping pledges another 1 billion #COVID19 vaccine doses for African nations: The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid growing concern over the spread of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which was first identified in southern Africa.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is seated beside a Chinese flag as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly.
The vaccine diplomacy push comes as China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which finances major infrastructure in mainly developing nations, has slowed during the pandemic.(AP: UN Web TV)

“We must continue to fight together against COVID,” Mr Xi told the summit, adding that China would send about 1,500 medical workers to Africa.

“We must prioritise the protection of our people and close the vaccination gap.” 

Beijing has donated millions of doses of its home-produced Sinopharm vaccine to African countries since the start of the pandemic. 

China's Xi Jinping at Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
Beijing has promised to send about 1,500 medical workers to Africa in addition to the vaccine doses.(Reuters: Cooper Inveen)

Mr Xi said a China-Africa cross-border yuan centre would be set up to provide African financial institutions with a credit line of $US10 billion, without giving further details.

China will provide $US10 billion of trade finance to support African exports, create a zone for trade and economic cooperation and build a China-Africa industrial park, he said.

The announcement comes amid criticism of China’s infrastructure-for-commodities deals that some experts say saddle countries with unsustainable debt.

Democratic Republic of Congo is currently reviewing a $6 billion deal with Chinese investors over concerns that it is not sufficiently beneficial to Congo.

The Belt and Road Initiative — in which Chinese institutions finance major infrastructure in mainly developing nations — has slowed: Chinese bank financing for infrastructure projects in Africa fell from $US11 billion in 2017 to $US3.3 billion in 2020, according to a report by international law firm Baker McKenzie.

During a four-nation tour of the region last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington was pushing for cleaner deals without unsustainable debts.African leaders slam bansSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa is calling on countries to “immediately and urgently” reverse travel bans following the discovery of the new coronavirus variant Omicron.

China’s imports from Africa, one of its key sources of crude oil and minerals, will reach $US300 billion in the next three years, Mr Xi said, adding that the two sides would cooperate in areas such as health, digital innovation, trade promotion and green development.

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, also speaking via video link, thanked China for its support and said African economies should be able to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines.

Discussions at the World Trade Organization on a temporary TRIPS waiver to make COVID-19 vaccines and treatments available to allneeded to be finalised, he said, while criticising the travel curbs imposed on South Africa.

Travel bans have been imposed worldwide on people travelling from southern Africa after the World Health Organisation last week announced a new COVID-19 variant of concern, dubbed Omicron.

Lower vaccination rates linked to increased risk of variants emerging

A female nurse in protective clothing stands over a man sitting writing on a clipboard
Advisers to the World Health Organization held a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks.(AP: Denis Farrell)

For months now, experts have been warning of the risk that dangerous new variants pose for developing countries with lower vaccination rates.

More than a dozen nations across Africa and the Middle East, as well as Australia’s nearby neighbour Papua New Guinea, have vaccinated just 1 or 2 per cent of their populations.

The End COVID For All campaign, backed by leading health and charity groups, has called on the Australian government to prioritise sharing the vaccine to lower income countries to reduce the risk of variants emerging.

“More than 19 low-income countries have such low rates of vaccination, that on current rates they would not vaccinate 70 per cent of their populations until after 2030,” a report published by the group last month stated.

“Without rapid, widespread vaccination to slow mutation there is a significant risk that variants will not respond to existing vaccines or boosters.”

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#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Dec.01: 2021:

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(BRUSSELS) European Union Report: On Wednesday is set to unveil a multibillion-euro plan aimed at bolstering the 27-nation bloc’s worldwide infrastructure and influence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: Although the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, does not present the project as an attempt to counter China’s massive infrastructure initiative seeking to connect Asia with Africa and Europe, the German ambassador to the EU said the so-called Global Gateway “has the potential to turn the EU into a more effective geopolitical player.”

#AceDailyNews says the EU is set to unveil massive worldwide infrastructure plan on Wednesday with what is expected to mobilize up to 300 billion euros ($341 billion) in public and private funds by 2027 according to – Nov. 30, 2021 at 6:14: AM:

“For many partner countries, the offer of a rules-and-values-based cooperation at eye level will be an attractive alternative to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative,” Michael Clauß said.

China’s program aims to develop markets and new trade routes connecting China with the rest of the world by weaving a network of ports, bridges and power plants that will yield diplomatic clout and global power.

Asked whether the 27-nation EU is trying to counter China’s influence with its plan, commission chief spokesman Eric Mamer dodged the question.

“We know that infrastructure communications are essential elements of modern life, and the commission is therefore intent on ensuring that we can cooperate with our partners across the globe in this area constructively,” Mamer said.

The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, but they are also economic competitors and strategic rivals. As Beijing has become more assertive in recent years, the bloc has struggled to balance its commercial interests with a country that it has human rights concerns about and sees as “a systemic rival.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in September that the goal is to invest in quality infrastructure, citing a new underwater fiberoptic cable connecting Brazil to Portugal and future investment in Africa to create a market for green hydrogen. The plan also will favor investment in the health, education, climate and digitalization sectors.

Von der Leyen also pledged that the Global Gateway will be in line with high labor and environmental standards.

“There are 25 million people out there, who are threatened or coerced into forced labor,” she said. “We can never accept that they are forced to make products — and that these products then end up for sale in shops here in Europe. So we will propose a ban on products in our market that have been made by forced labor.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Nov.30: 2021:

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(AFRICA) JUST IN: Companies owned by family and friends of former DRC President Joseph Kabila had millions of dollars of public funds funnelled through their bank accounts, according to Africa’s biggest data leak #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: The money was transferred to the companies’ accounts at the Congolese arm of the BGFI bank.

#AceDailyNews BBC Africa Report: Millions transferred to Joseph Kabila allies bank accounts in Africa’s biggest data leak #BBCAfricaEye investigation will be available online to watch from 29 November.

By Africa Eye
BBC World Service

Joseph Kabila in 2018
Joseph Kabila was president of DR Congo from 2001-2019

The leak included more than three million documents and information on millions of transactions from the BGFI (Banque Gabonaise et Française Internationale) bank, which works in several African countries and France. Online French investigative journal Mediapart and the NGO Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) obtained the information.

Millions of dollars in cash were then taken out of the accounts.

Mr Kabila was president at the time of the bank transfers. 

He has declined to respond to our questions over the transfers.

BBC Africa Eye had access to the evidence, as part of a consortium called Congo Hold-up, co-ordinated by the media network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC).

The investigation raises questions about who benefitted from the money transfers and possible conflicts of interests.

High-value cash withdrawals

The managing director of BGFI’s DR Congo subsidiary, BGFI Banque RDC, from 2012 to 2018 was Francis Selemani, Joseph Kabila’s foster-brother. 

Mr Kabila’s sister, Gloria Mteyu, owned 40% of BGFI’s DR Congo operation, which was set up in 2010.

One privately owned company, Sud Oil, was shown to have received nearly $86m in public funds from November 2013 to August 2017. 

These include at least $46m from the DR Congo banking regulator, BCC, $15m from the state mining company Gécamines, and $1.3m from the country’s electoral body, Ceni. 

The only information the BBC found from the leak concerning these payments was an invoice for just over $1m from Ceni to Sud Oil for petroleum products. 

The electoral commission, Ceni, paid Sud Oil $1m for petroleum products

The BBC found no evidence Sud Oil was trading in petroleum products at the time.

Mr Selemani’s wife, Aneth Lutale, owned 80% of Sud Oil and Mrs Mteyu owned the remaining 20% from 2013 to 2018.

Millions of dollars were transferred out of Sud Oil’s BGFI accounts to other private companies’ BGFI accounts. Some of these were owned by relatives or business associates of Mr Kabila, who was president from 2001-2019. 

One of these companies, Kwanza Capital, was majority owned by Congolese businessman Pascal Kinduelo, with Sud Oil taking a minority stake. Mr Kinduelo was chair of BGFI Bank RDC at the time. 

Mr Kinduelo was also a former owner of Sud Oil, before transferring ownership. 

The investigation found the bank allowed many high-value cash withdrawals from Sud Oil accounts, including one for $6 million. By law a maximum of $10,000 is allowed to be withdrawn in cash per day. This limit can only be breached for specific, documented purposes, such as national emergency or defence reasons. 

BBC Africa Eye found no evidence in the leak that correct procedures were followed in these instances. These cash withdrawals from Sud Oil accounts totalled at least $50 million covering a four-year period. Once the money was withdrawn, it is believed to have become untraceable. 

Audit found firm ‘very high risk’

Our investigation was only able to establish that Sud Oil, for the period 2013 to 2018, had one employee, managing director David Ezekiel, and a small office in the capital Kinshasa as its address. In October 2013 Sud Oil purchased a real estate complex in the capital for $12m, basing the company there. 

It also had a contract with BGFI Banque RDC to provide new vehicles to several of its senior management, including Mr Selemani. It charged $70,000 to provide his four-wheel drive car. 

BBC Africa Eye found no evidence of any other business activities. 

The investigation had access to an internal BGFI audit, completed in July 2018, heavily criticising the bank’s DR Congo operation. The audit was never meant to be made public. 

It gave a score of “very high risk” for the DR Congo subsidiary. It also referenced a lack of integrity and transparency in the declaration of conflicts of interest and compliance in its operations with clients.

The audit named Mr Selemani as having at least 16 declared conflicts of interest, including links to private companies holding accounts at the bank. It also highlighted several high-value transactions by Sud Oil.

Two weeks after the report was complete, Mr Selemani was moved to a new role at BGFI’s head office in Gabon. He reportedly received $1.4m on leaving BGFI Banque RDC. He is reported to have left BGFI in November 2018. 

Sud Oil changed ownership in 2018 and Kwanza Capital was closed down the same year. Mrs Mteyu is understood to have given up her 40% stake in BGFI Banque RDC.

BBC Africa Eye contacted BGFI, Joseph Kabila, Francis Selemani, Aneth Lutale, David Ezekiel and Gloria Mteyu over the information contained in the leak. None responded to our questions. We also contacted Pascal Kinduelo, who declined to respond. 

Gecamines and BCC did not reply to the BBC’s requests for a response. 

The head of Ceni at the time of its dealings with Sud Oil, Corneille Nangaa, declined to comment on the payment, citing parliamentary confidentiality rules. Mr Nangaaa added that a new management team was now in place at the electoral body.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.20: 2021:

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(CAPE TOWN) JUST IN: International best-selling author Wilbur Smith has died at his home at the age of 88, his publisher has announced #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.15: He gained widespread recognition following the publication of his debut novel When the Lion Feeds in 1964: The book, which told the story of a young man growing up on a South African cattle ranch in the shadow of the Zulu wars and the gold rush, quickly became a bestseller.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Africa News Report: Wilbur Smith: Popular Zambian-born author dies aged 88: He passed away on Saturday afternoon with his wife, Niso, by his side, a statement published on the Wilbur Smith Books website said: Smith’s 49 published books have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide:

Zambian-born author Wilbur Smith, seen here in France in 1997

It was a tale based partly on his own experience – Smith told the BBC in an interview in 2013 that at the age of 13 he shot dead a lion that had attacked cattle on his father’s property.

Indeed, the novelist’s personal life resembled that of many of his buccaneering protagonists; he was a big game hunter, a scuba diver and also a licensed pilot.

Smith was also “a believer in deep research”, the statement from his publisher says, and the success of his first book allowed him the “opportunity to travel far and wide in search of inspiration and adventure”.

We are sorry to announce that the beloved, global bestselling author Wilbur Smith passed away unexpectedly this afternoon at his Cape Town home, with his wife Niso by his side. https://t.co/vHT7uIiwu1pic.twitter.com/fh91Z11G86— Wilbur Smith (@thewilbursmith) November 13, 2021

In a biography on his website, Smith describes his interest in weaving “chunks of early African history” into his work. “I wrote about black people and white. I wrote about hunting and gold mining and carousing and women.”

Born in January 1933 in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, he devoured tales from Rider Haggard and John Buchan as a child. 

Smith, who was named after US aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright, detailed more of his own life in his memoir On Leopard Rock, released in 2018.

Other bestsellers include The River God and The Triumph of the Sun.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.15: 2021:

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(POLAND) Lawmakers Parliament Report: “On November 2, President Andrzej Duda signed a law of October 29 on the construction of a barrier at the state border,” the head of state’s office said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.05: Both chambers of the Polish parliament supported the draft law last week. The new special law envisages construction of a modern high barrier, equipped with video surveillance and motion detection systems, worth more than 1.6 billion zlotys (more than US$400 million). The project will be implemented beyond standard tender procedures in an streamlined mode. The project is invested by a senior official of the Polish Border Guard Service.

#AceDailyNews says according to a Ukraine News Report: Poland’s Duda signs special law on building “wall” on border with Belarus, Russia, Ukraine after a number of illegal migrants from Middle East & Africa attempted to enter the country: That’s according to the Office of Poland’s President, Ukrinform reports

Poland’s Duda signs special law on building

The law enters into force on the day of its publication in the Bulletin of Laws.

Government spokesman Piotr Mueller said on Wednesday, November 3, that construction works would begin in a few weeks, expected to be completed in a few months.

It is reported that several hundred illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa attempt to penetrate the Polish-Belarusian border every day. Warsaw has accused Minsk of deliberately creating migration pressure on the common border as part of Minsk and Moscow’s hybrid efforts targeting Poland and the EU in general.

Since early September, a state of emergency has been enforced in Polish settlements close to the border with Belarus. Poland’s border guards regularly report provocations at the border on the part of Belarusian security agencies.

(C)UKRINFORM 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.05: 2021:

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(WEST AFRICA) JUST IN: Nine people have died in an attack on a village in the Lake Chad area that is plagued by violence led by jihadist groups, a local governor and an NGO said on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: The region borders Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon and fighters from Boko #Haram and a rival splinter group, the #IslamicState in West Africa Province (ISWAP), have used it for years as a haven from which to attack troops and civilians.

#AceDailyNews says that according to reports militants have attacked a village, murdered nine people & set fire to Chad Villagers in Jihadist Assault,” AFP, September 22, 2021:

“Elements from Boko Haram attacked Kadjigoroum and killed nine people and set fire to the village” on Sunday night, regional governor Mahamat Fadoul Mackaye told AFP by telephone.

Chadian authorities use the Boko Haram label to refer to both militant groups.

The head of a local NGO confirmed the attack and death toll at the village, asking not to be identified….

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.01: 2021:

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(AFRICA) Marburg Virus Report: Guinea health officials have confirmed West Africa’s first case of the virus a highly infectious disease in the same family as that causes #Ebola #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.12: Marburg virus disease is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads between humans through the transmission of bodily fluids…..

#AceHealthDesk says BBC Africa reports over Marburg Virus a man who died in Guinea found to have disease bringing the total to 200-cases since 2005 according to The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus needed to be “stopped in its tracks” with 146 potential cases…..

By Vivienne Nunis
Africa correspondent, BBC News

Close up of Marburg virus
The Marburg virus was first detected in the city of Marburg in Germany in 1967

Cases are extremely rare with the last major outbreak in Angola in 2005.

It is a severe, often fatal illness that causes fever and bleeding disorders.

Samples taken from the patient in Guinea, who has since died, were tested in the country’s laboratories, and returned a positive result for the Marburg virus.

It was identified in Guéckédou, the same region where recent Ebola cases were found in an outbreak which is now over.

The WHO’s Africa director Dr Matshidiso Moeti said the virus had the potential to “spread far and wide”.

But she praised “the alertness and the quick investigative action by Guinea’s health workers”.

Efforts are now under way to find people who may have been in contact with the man who died.

Four high-risk contacts, including a health worker, have been identified, in addition to 146 others who could be at risk, expert Dr Krutika Kuppalli, who has been following the case, told the BBC. 

The systems in place in Guinea and neighbouring countries to control recent Ebola outbreaks are being taken up again in response to the Marburg virus.

In Africa, outbreaks and sporadic cases have been reported in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, the WHO says.

More than 200 people died from the Marburg virus outbreak in Angola in 2005.

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: Gunmen in Nigeria have kidnapped at least 140 schoolchildren in the north-west of the country, police say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: At least eight people were also abducted from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria early on Sunday morning.

#AceDailyNews says that BBC Africa is reported that Gunmen have seized at least 140-schoolchildren in Kaduna state the students were seized in the middle of the night, on Thursday leaving belongings behind them

BBC Africa

Two nurses and a 12-month-old child were among those seized, said a hospital worker.

There has been a recent spate of abductions from schools and universities for ransom. 

On Monday, reports emerged of another mass kidnapping from a school near Kaduna city, about 80km (50 miles) south-west of Zaria.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Bethel Baptist School told the BBC that 140 schoolchildren had been seized by a large group of armed men who arrived on motorbikes and broke down the fence.

In a statement, police said gunmen “overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel where they abducted an unspecified number of students into the forest”.

A total of 26 people – including a female teacher – had been rescued, the statement said.

A local Christian leader said there were 180 students in the school, only 20 of whom had been accounted for so far. However, he said some of them may have escaped: but why are schoolchildren are being abducted in Nigeria

Police said gunmen involved in the hospital attack in Zaria, thought to be from local criminal groups, opened fire on a police station in the city. While they were engaged in the shootout, another group attacked the hospital as motorcycle bandits keep terrorising northern Nigeria

“The attack on the police station was a distraction whilst another group attacked the dormitories of the health centre workers,” a local resident told AFP news agency. 

The group escaped with the victims into a nearby forest. 

A hospital worker, who asked not to be named, told BBC Hausa that the gunmen had abducted at least 12 people, including three children under the age of three and a teenager. 

A local government official said troops were stepping up efforts to find the victims. 

More than 1,000 students have been taken since December and nine have been killed. More than 200 students are still missing, some of them as young as three.

Authorities say recent attacks on schools in the north-west have been carried out by bandits, a loose term for kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other armed militia operating in the region who are largely motivated by money. 

Since the well-publicised abduction in 2014 of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok secondary school by Boko Haram Islamist militants in Borno state, more armed groups have resorted to mass abduction of students.Nigeria child abduction: Kidnappers demand millions for a child’s life and there is NO end in sight to wave of kidnappings

Analysis by Mayeni Jones, BBC News, LagosOnce again the northern state of Kaduna finds itself in the eye of Nigeria’s kidnapping storm.These latest attacks are shocking, particularly the hospital one as it involves at least one infant, but this is not the first time a hospital has been targeted.

In late April, armed gunmen took two female nurses from a hospital in Kajuru area of Kaduna state. Schools and universities in the state have also been repeatedly targeted by kidnappers since March. The Baptist school attacked on Monday morning is the fourth educational institution that’s been stormed by armed gunmen in the state in five months. State Governor Nasir El Rufai told the BBC that he believes kidnappers have come to Kaduna from other states, because he’s been vocal about his decision not to engage with kidnappers in any way.But now even he has succumbed to pressure from the kidnappers – he recently withdrew his son from a local school where he had enrolled him to promote confidence in public schools.

He told the BBC that he’d decided to take his son out to protect other pupils. This latest move will embolden his critics who say his tough stance is counter-productive.However, kidnappings continue to take place, both in states where governors engage with kidnappers, and in states where they don’t.With few economic prospects for many young Nigerians, and with security forces struggling to stop the wave of abductions, it’s hard to see how this kidnapping crisis will stop.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.06: 2021:

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(NAMIBIA) #Coronavirus Report: President Hage Geingob has said his country is facing a “dark and sombre moment” as coronavirus deaths and cases rapidly increase #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.01: The president announced new restrictions to stem the rise in cases: These include extending a night-time curfew and stopping movement between the country’s regions: Addressing the nation, Mr Geingob said that 513 Namibians had died from the virus in the last 15 days.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk#COVID19 in Namibia: Mortuaries at capacity as an average of 15 people per million are dying every day in the country a higher number than Seychelles (13 per million) and Tunisia (7.5 per million), and among the worst rates in the world, according to the Our World in Data website.

Man with a mask near a car
Namibia’s president has urged people to stick to new restrictions to help fight the spread of the virus

The health system is stretched and the country’s mortuaries “have reached maximum capacity”, Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

The southern African nation is currently experiencing the worst daily death rate on the continent and are looking to how are vaccine shortages being tackled in Africa?

This is a huge blow for a country of just 2.5 million. 

South Africa, which has the continent’s highest number of total deaths from coronavirus – just over 60,000 – has a daily death rate of three per million.

Everyone in Namibia has either buried a close relative who has died from Covid or knows someone who has, said the health minister, who was speaking after the president.

“Our country is literally in an existential struggle against this pandemic. We are in a fight for our very lives,” Dr Shangula added.

Coronavirus cases have trebled since the beginning of June and the situation is likely to continue to get worse until mid-August at the earliest, the president told Namibians.

Hospital capacity has been increased and the country is taking steps to boost the supply of medical oxygen. Last week, Dr Shangula told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that the country’s oxygen reserves had been exhausted………….Less than 5% of Namibians have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine…………The vials that the country received have almost all been used up but more deliveries are expected in July and August, the health minister said.The country has now set aside $34m (£25m) to buy more doses……..Grim game of dominos.

Samantha Granville, BBC News, Windhoek: Walking around the capital, Windhoek, I see a tale of two cities. Half of the people I encounter are conscientious about hygiene and social distancing, while the other half act as though the virus doesn’t exist. And even though the government has implemented restrictions, there’s some confusion. You have to use sanitiser before going into the shops, but there is no limit on how many people can enter. You can’t buy or be served alcohol in shops or cafes on certain days, unless the restaurant is in a hotel. So these rules are baffling some and they are getting worried. I spoke to one woman whose family lost six members in the past two weeks, leaving her and her two-year-old nephew alone. She says the virus is treating her community like a game of dominos: once one person is knocked down, you are just waiting for your time.Another man told me he doesn’t believe the vaccine will actually work, despite scientific evidence that it does. He is refusing to let his family get the shot, even though he knows several people who have died from the virus.While there are mixed feelings on how to stop the spread of the virus in Namibia’s capital, one thing is for sure: people are angry about further lockdown restrictions and wish the government would have done more, sooner.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: July.01: 2021:

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(BURKINA FASO, Africa.) Jihadists Report: #IslamicState & al – #Qaeda during the last seven days at least 17,500 displaced and 45-people killed in attacks #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The crisis continues in Africa, while the woke world shows little concern. In a little over one week in Burkina Faso, over 17,500 people “have been forcefully displaced from their homes” and 45 people murdered by expanding Islamic State and al-Qaeda jihadists:

Burkina Faso: At least 45 people murdered, over 17,500 displaced in jihad onslaught from #IslamicState and al- #Qaeda While the focus on the West remains curbing “Islamophobia,” “the security situation in the Sahel region is fueling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world.” ‘And it’s all about the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the region and ultimately the spread of Sharia globally’

“UN says armed attacks in Burkina Faso displace over 17,500 in past 10 days,” Reuters, May 7, 2021:

More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the past 10 days due to a series of attacks by unidentified armed groups that have killed 45 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Attacks by jihadist armed groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the West African Sahel region have been rising sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, with civilians bearing the brunt.

The UNHCR report said gunmen had carried out a series of attacks in three separate regions, burning down houses and shooting civilians dead. The assailants also ransacked health centres and damaged homes and shops.

“Clearly one of the reasons is to cause mayhem and to torment civilians,” UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told a briefing in Geneva.

The security situation in the Sahel region is fuelling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world, he said.

Security sources told Reuters on Monday that armed assailants had killed around 30 people in an attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso. read more

Last week, two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were killed in an armed ambush by suspected militants during an anti-poaching patrol near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina Faso. read more

“The trends we see only point to more violence to come,” Cheshirkov said.

The violence in Burkina Faso has displaced more than 1.14 million people in just over two years….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.16: 2021:

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(IRAQ) #Yazidi Auctions Report: #IslamicState in Iraq and the Levant) is still holding and selling captive women as slaves, and now some of these slave sales are being carried out on the dark web.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: Pakistani rape gangs in Britain are an extension of such practice:

Iraq: ‘#AceNewsServices posted about these acts and sex slaves of the Islamic State were being auctioned off in Saudi Arabia, and the practice goes far beyond Saudi Arabia’

Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa:

“Murphy’s Law: ISIL Slaving Survives”, Strategy Page, April 17, 2021:

ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is still holding and selling captive Iraqi Yazidi women as slaves, and now some of these slave sales are being carried out on the dark web. These are internet sites that are deliberately kept from being found and listed by Internet search engines, like Google. All manner of secretive business takes place on the dark web, much of it of a criminal nature. Access to dark web sites is difficult to obtain, but once the web ID is known the owners and users can sometimes be tracked down. At the very least the server (hard drive holding the web site data and connected to the web) can be seized or forced to disconnect because it is now known. Dark web sites are used by smugglers, especially people smugglers who are moving or literally selling captive women. In one early 2021 incident Turkish police were notified that a seven-year-old Yazidi girl was being offered for sale. Families often continue searching for enslaved children and have found that dark web auction sites will often offer women or girls. The slavers don’t care if kin of their captive made the highest bid just to get a child or young girl back. In this case the relatives contacted Turkish police to assist, fearing that they might robbed by the kidnappers when they went to deliver the money and get the girl. Police staked out the pickup location and arrested the Iraqi men who had captured the girl and brought her to Turkey to sell her for a higher price via a dark web auction.

Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa.

Islamic conservatives are responsible for most of the surviving slavery and they are now assisted by criminal gangs that specialize in moving illegal migrants to Western countries. Some of these migrants are enslaved women being sold into prostitution….

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.25: 2021;

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FRANCE: ‘ Paris regrets loss of Russian Arms Market ‘

#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:Exclusive Interview:June.14: While France is taking a hard anti-Russian stance due to the Ukrainian crisis, other European nations are busy signing new billion-dollar contracts with Russia, said Philippe Migault, a military expert from the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

' Paris Regrets loss of French Arms Market '
‘ Paris Regrets loss of Russian Arms Market ‘

Since French companies don’t have access to the two main global arms markets – the United States and China – they face fierce competition for markets in the Middle East and Asia.

That is why voluntarily losing the Russian market, one of the most promising and emerging arms markets in the world, is a silly move on behalf of the French government, Migault told Sputnik France in an exclusive interview.

“We risk regretting this very soon,” the military expert said.

France had the opportunity to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia; however, Paris complied with Washington’s pressure and decided to cancel the $1.3 billion contract.

France went against its own idea of economic patriotism, highly regarded during the current economic crisis, by abandoning the Mistral deal. Economic patriotism requires the support of exports and the protection of jobs, but France did the exact opposite by cancelling the arms deal

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Impact of the support of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy for Tunisia’s parliamentary reform

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – 19 November 2014 / PRN Africa /–UK funded WFD programme designed to support Tunisia’s new institutions and the foundations that underpin a stable democracy. 

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), sponsored by the UK Government’s Arab Partnership Fund, has recently completed a three year programme (2011—2014) to support Tunisia’s democratic transition by enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of the country’s parliament – known as the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). The programme also strengthened the Tunisian political parties’ ability to engage with citizens.

The programme was designed to support Tunisia’s new institutions and the foundations that underpin a stable democracy: the drafting of inclusive legislation, a reformed constitution, the formation of multiple parties, robust oversight of legislation, democratic processes to pave the way for free and fair elections and good governance.

Asked about the programme’s achievements, Nejib Jeridi, Director of WFD’s programme in Tunisia said the Tunisian NCA, political parties and CSOs had benefited most from being offered a platform to effectively interact with each other, the training on drafting the constitution, policy papers and electoral regulation.

Similarly, he added, there was a focus on best practices to follow in order to build engagement between CSOs and the NCA. Tunisian political parties in particular have benefited through cross-party work with UK counterparts on developing stronger internal structures and processes that help increase the participation of women and young people.Overall, WFD’s project had a considerable positive impact in Tunisia.

We asked a number of NCA members and members of the civil society who had benefited from the project for their assessment of its impact.

This is what they had to say: 

“I learnt discussion techniques, dealing with opponents and the importance of debating using examples.” Said Moufida Marzouki, Member of the Social Affairs Committee, and the Administrative Reform & Anti-corruption Committee Ferjani Doughman, Chair of the NCA Finance Committee, felt that WFD support was tailored to the Tunisian context and the particular needs of the NCA such as the work on “the inclusion of articles related to the audit of the budget in the Constitution”.

Hela Hammi, Member of the NCA Bureau, felt that the skills she had learnt during WFD training sessions enabled her to effectively debate articles in the draft Constitution and she was “happy when I eventually convinced my fellow MPs to vote for my opinion”. 

“I learned drafting policy papers, and will work on the drafting of a policy recommendation paper aiming to push the government to review its policies regarding the legal situation of the agricultural real estate (in Sidi Bouzid).” Was the view of a representative of Civil society, who had participated in a workshop in Kairouan.

Another representative of civil society who had attended a workshop in Gafsa said “Such workshops are the best support for networking and cooperation between the various associations and organisations. We have our own vision in my CSO on the legal framework governing the environment and natural resources, and I’ll try to implement this vision through the formulation of a policy recommendation paper for the purpose. The acquaintance between associations that share the same goals will create channels of communication that we will aim to activate in future projects.” 

SOURCE UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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‘ WHO SAY TEN OF THOUSANDS OF EBOLA VACCINES COULD BE AVAILABLE FOR TESTING BY JANUARY ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 21 – Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either under-way or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December.

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‘ US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES GLOBAL TERRORISM ALERT TO ALL AMERICAN’S TRAVELLING TO ABROAD ‘

The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for Americans travelling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters.

In a new “worldwide caution” issued on Friday, the department said terrorist groups continue to plot strikes against Americans and U.S. interests in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

It said authorities believe there is “an increased likelihood” of reprisal attacks from Islamic State militants since the U.S. and its coalition partners launched military action against the group in Iraq and Syria.

The alert replaces an existing warning issued in April and also notes the growing threat of kidnapping perpetrated by terrorists.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ CDC EBOLA STANDARDS FOR PROTECTING HEALTH WORKERS ARE WEAK SAYS AID GROUP ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 16 – CDC Ebola standards weaker than Africa’s, says aid group U.S. standards for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola are weaker than those widely used in West Africa, according to the leader of a group treating victims of the virus in Liberia.

Aid group leader: Africa's Ebola standards higher than CDC's

Aid group leader: Africa’s Ebola standards higher than CDC’s

“We’re not comfortable with CDC’s procedures,” Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, told The Hill.

When Samaritan’s Purse health workers treat patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy and hold safety meetings every day.

In U.S. hospitals — such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which has had three cases of Ebola — workers don’t have to hose down their gear and are told it’s OK for gloves to expose their wrists.

“If you slip, and you touch your skin on the wrist, you’re going to get Ebola,” said Isaacs, who has worked on-the-ground disaster relief in countries like Haiti, the Philippines and Bosnia.

“Can we trust CDC? They said they were going to stop it in its tracks, but I don’t know.” 

By Sarah Ferris @ The Hill

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‘ WORLD FOOD DAY CELEBRATES FAMILY FARMING TO END HUNGER AND POVERTY ‘

#AceWorldNews – October 16 is World Food Day with events taking place across the globe to focus on the importance of the family farm in ending hunger and poverty.

'UN Promotes Family Run Farms on World Food Day '

‘UN Promotes Family Run Farms on World Food Day ‘

In large parts of the world small holder farming families are the norm and with more than 805 million hungry people world wide, the UN says they play a vital role in food production.

For example upwards of 70 per cent of people in Sub-Saharan-Africa rely directly on small farms for their livelihoods and helping them grow and earn more from their farms will contribute to the wealth and survival of communities.

World Food Day was first launched by the United Nations in 1981.

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AFRICA: ‘ International Aid Agency OXFAM Plans to Triple its Ebola Prevention Programme in Sierra Leone ‘

#AceNewsServices – AFRICA – October 16 – In LONDON on the , 13 October 2014 / PRN Africa / — International agency Oxfam is planning to triple its Ebola prevention programme in Sierra Leone and needs at least £10 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the disease, it said today at the donor conference in London.

It will be significantly stepping up its water and sanitation supply to Ebola treatment centres and community care centres, supply of hygiene materials and boosting its mass public information campaign.

Oxfam has already helped over half a million people by providing water supplies at treatment and isolation centres, hand washing facilities in community areas, hygiene kits to communities (soap, bleach etc), supplying of personal protective clothing for those front line community health workers and training of community health workers. The agency has also been running public information campaigns about how people can best protect themselves from catching the disease.

David MacDonald, the regional head for Oxfam response, said: “The need to break the spread of Ebola is absolutely key. Right now infection rates are accelerating and we have no option but to rapidly increase our work. We work on prevention to stop the disease spreading. We also need to think of the illnesses that are being ignored – treatable illnesses like diarrhoea, malaria and cholera.

“Ebola is consuming whole communities. We are seeing them absolutely torn apart as a result of the disease. Many areas have been forced into quarantine – the streets are completely deserted.”

The agency is calling for a concerted international effort to stop Ebola and is calling for military logistical support.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there could be 1.4 million cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia by 20 January 2015. More than 6,500 people have been infected with Ebola, and over 3,000 have died.

The Ebola outbreak started in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and cases have spread to Nigeria and Senegal. The UN says it needs nearly US$1 billion to stop it spreading and so far only US$345 million has been given.

Oxfam works in six districts in Sierra Leone, and are also boosting prevention programmes in six urban areas in Monrovia, Liberia; Senegal; Gambia and Guinea Bissau.
As well as providing the pipes and tanks for the treatment and isolation units, Oxfam will also continue to provide protective equipment like face masks, boots, gloves, chlorine, soap, hand sanitiser, mops and aprons to teams that treat Ebola and teams that bury the dead.

It will also continue to distribute hygiene kits to people in vulnerable areas and build hand-washing pumps.

Oxfam has started radio programmes to spread messages about how to avoid catching Ebola and what to do if it spreads to your community.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has come at the worst possible time with farm workers unwilling to grow food and food becoming increasingly expensive in local markets.

SOURCE: OXFAM INTERNATIONAL

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue

The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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