Friday, 25 May 2018

North Korea still open to talks with US as Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong-un after scrapping summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed railway that connects Koam and Dapchon, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency Credit: Reuters
North Korea said on Friday it was still open to talks with the US despite Donald Trump's threat of military action after cancelling their June 12 summit in Singapore.

Pyongyang described the US president's decision to pull the plug on the highly anticipated meeting as "extremely regrettable".

"The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected for us and we cannot but find it extremely regrettable," Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister, said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency.

"We again state to the US our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem," Kim added.

The US president said on Thursday the American military was “ready if necessary” to react with its allies should North Korea take any “foolish or reckless acts”.

By Our Foreign Staff.
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Friday, 18 May 2018

Otedola: Billionaire businessman pours cold water on governorship rumours.

Femi Otedola has denied stories that he intends to run for the office of Governor of Lagos.

Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola has denied nursing plans to run for the office of Governor of Lagos State.

The rumours assumed lives of their own after Otedola opened a Twitter account and hopped on a Molue bus in suburban Lagos—all in the space of three months.

Video footage of Otedola in a Molue immediately went viral, fueling speculations that it was a carefully orchestrated populist stunt from the billionaire ahead of the 2019 electioneering season.

Fake Twitter accounts have also been opened in Otedola's name. It was from one of those cloned and parody accounts that it was announced he will be running for political office.

But Otedola has come out to pour cold water on the rumour mill.

“My attention has been drawn to a news piece where false information from a parody account was posted. I am a man of the people and I will always be on the side of the masses but I am stating clearly via this medium that I am not running for office”, he tweeted.

By Jude Egbas.
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Senate report shows oligarch gave Trump a 'sizable gift'.

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WASHINGTON — The day after a fateful 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian-led delegation and top Trump campaign officials, the influential Russian oligarch who had requested the session sought to deliver a “fairly sizable” birthday gift to the Republican presidential candidate, according to previously secret testimony released by a Senate committee Wednesday. 

The delivery of the birthday present — a large painting along with a personal note from the benefactor, billionaire businessman Aras Agalarov — is among a wealth of new details about the now notorious June 9, 2016, meeting contained in the 2,500 pages of transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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By Michael Isikoff and Dylan Stableford.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

North Korea says may reconsider summit with Trump, suspends talks with South.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea threw next month's unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearization. 

Related Searches North South KoreaNorth Korea Cancels TalksNorth Korea And South Korea MeetingNorth Korea TrumpNorth Korea Summit The North's official KCNA news agency said earlier on Wednesday Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in the first sign of trouble in what had been warming ties. 

Citing first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan, KCNA later said the fate of the U.S.-North Korea summit, as well as bilateral relations, "would be clear" if Washington spoke of a "Libya-style" denuclearization for the North. 

"If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit," Kim Kye Gwan said, referring to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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By Christine Kim and Josh Smith

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Jared Kushner returns to spotlight in Israel.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as senior White House adviser Jared Kushner delivers a speech during the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, made a rare public appearance on Monday when he spoke at the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. 

According to a White House source, Kushner was a driving force behind moving the embassy from Tel Aviv, following the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. And his high-profile role at the ceremony seemed to send a clear signal that Kushner remains the face of Mideast policy in spite of a recent downgrade to his status at the White House.

By Hunter Walker.
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Romney: Jeffress wrong man to give Jerusalem embassy prayer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate candidate Mitt Romney of Utah says a prominent Baptist minister shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he's a "religious bigot."

In a tweet Sunday night, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee criticized Dallas minister Robert Jeffress for his remarks about Jews, Mormons and Islam.

Romney said, "Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew,' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.' He's said the same about Islam."

The liberal group Media Matters reports on its website that Jeffress made the remarks cited by Romney in a 2011 speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit.

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Obasanjo: Ex-President warns Nigerians to never forget PDP's years of bad governance.

Olusegun Obasanjo (left), the late Umaru Musa Yar'adua (right) and Goodluck Jonathan all served as Nigeria's president on the platform of the PDP between 1999 and 2015 (The Cable)
He said Nigerians should never forget that the party set the country on a course of ruin.

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerians to never allow themselves to forget the years when the People's Democratic Party (PDP) badly mismanaged the country so as to prevent the same 'ugliness' from rising again.

While speaking at a press conference on Thursday, May 10, 2018, the former president, who led Nigeria between 1999 and 2007 on the platform of the PDP, said Nigerians may accpet the party's recent apology but should never forget that the party set the country on a course of ruin.

In March, PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus,  tendered an unreserved apology to Nigerians for the party's failure to live up to expectations during its 16 years reign before the 2015 presidential election which was lost to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives' Congress (APC).

"The PDP was in power for 16 years and as expected, we made mistakes. We are sorry for our mistakes and when we return, we shall make this country better," he said.

While speaking on Thursday, Obasanjo said the party's apology is incomplete because it still has alleged sinners holding leadership positions without consequence.

By Samson Toromade.

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Trump fumes at Homeland Security head over immigration.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a heated cabinet meeting this week, railing against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.

Trump, who has growing increasingly frustrated by a spike in apprehensions at the border and other legal setbacks, blamed Nielsen Wednesday for failing to do enough to stop them, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Nielsen, one person said, tried to explain the issues were complex and that the department's powers were limited by a slew of legal restrictions. She told the president her team was doing everything it could, but the president was left unconvinced.

By Jill Colvin.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Take your own advice, Mrs. Trump. Be best.

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What’s going on behind that stage smile and those unreadable eyes? What thoughts run between the banal lines you’re handed to read?

That’s what I was wondering this week, Mrs. Trump, as I watched you face the cameras, still twirling like a model, seen but barely heard.

And I was thinking: I wonder if this woman realizes how much power she really has.

I’m probably the last person who should be offering advice here — I get that. I’m sure you don’t remember the only time we met, many years ago, in the Trump Tower apartment, where your husband did all the talking and all the preening, and even in the back of the stretch limo and all through dinner I didn’t hear you say a word. I’m guessing that was just every night of the week for you.

I don’t pretend to know much about the life of a first spouse, and truthfully I’ve never found it all that relevant. We ought to care about what happens in the Situation Room, not the residence.

By Matt Bai.

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