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Iran yakasirishwa kuhusishwa na Al-Qaeda

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Waziri wa Mambo ya nje wa Iran Mohammad Jawad Zarif ametaja madai hayo kuwa ya “kufikirika” wakati akimtuhumu Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Marekani  Mike Pompeo kwa “uchochezi wa vita”, ambaye anadai kwamba makao makuu mapya ya shirika la kigaidi la Al-Qaeda ni Iran.

Katika taarifa iliyotolewa kwenye akaunti yake ya Twitter, Waziri wa Mambo ya nje wa Iran Zarif alijibu madai ya Pompeo ya kuhusisha Tehran na Al-Qaeda.

“Nilikuwa mkurugenzi wa CIA. Tulidanganya, tulidanganya, na tuliiba,” Pompeo alisema katika hotuba katika Chuo Kikuu cha Texas A&M mnamo Aprili 2019.

Zarif alitumia usemi huo wa Pompeo na kusema kuwa walidanganya na hakuna asiyejua kuwa shambulizi la Septemba 11 lilitokea katika vituo vinavyopendwa na Pompeo Mashariki ya Kati na sio Iran.

Zarif amekanusha madai ya Pompeo na kusema kuwa ni “ya kufikirika”.

Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Marekani Pompeo ametangaza kuwa wamejumuisha viongozi 5 wa al-Qaeda nchini Iran kwenye orodha ya “Magaidi Maalum wa Ulimwenguni”, wakidai kwamba Iran imetoa idhini ya kuanzisha vituo vipya vya ugaidi. Pompeo alidai kwamba Iran ilikuwa “makao makuu mapya” ya Al Qaeda.

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Buhari approves N6.45billion oxygen plants for COVID-19 treatment

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Ministries, Departments, Agencies, MDAs, and business enterprises to grant access to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to their systems for the purposes of tax collection.

The President issued the directive on Thursday at the First Annual National Tax Dialogue organized by the FIRS in Abuja.

Buhari also ordered the FIRS to “immediately put all measures in place to fully implement programmes to stamp out Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in all of its ramifications and generally automate its tax processes.”

He urged the FIRS to fast-track its digitalization of the tax collection process.

“I have directed all government agencies and business enterprises to grant FIRS access to their systems for connection. We all are now living in a fast digitalising world.

“As such, business transactions are continually being migrated from “brick and mortar” locations to digital places.

“However, It is necessary for tax authorities to adopt digital means to efficiently track taxable transactions for the purpose of collecting taxes.

“We also made necessary amendments to the FIRS Establishment Act in the Finance Act 2020 in order to provide the necessary legislative framework for adopting technology in tax administration,” he said.

Speaking also, the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, revealed that the FIRS would match on to digitalize the tax process fully.

He also thanked the President and all other stakeholders that worked together to implement the necessary laws for their continued support to the service.

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Newspaper front pages from around the world, Thursday 21 January 2021

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The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States dominated newspaper headlines across the world. After a turbulent four years in office, which culminated in the insurrection at the US Capitol two weeks ago, Donald Trump has finally left the White House.

Newspapers celebrated a new dawn for the people of America. We take a look at how the major publications reported on the historic event.

NEW YORK TIMES – ‘DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED’

The New York Times front page depicted newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden embracing his wife Dr Jill Biden, after he was sworn in yesterday. Four stories on the front page looked at Donal Trump’s departure from the White House, Kamal Harris being sworn in as Vice President of the US and the heavy security arrangements at the ceremony.

WASHINGTON POST – A SOMBER TURN TOWARDS THE PRESIDENCY

Joe Biden’s inauguration took on a more sombre tone in the Washington Post, as the new president paid homage to the 400 000 Americans who have died of COVID-19.

LOS ANGELES TIMES – BIDEN INAUGURATED

The LA Times played things straight down the line, and acknowledged Kamala Harris’s historic moment.

WALL STREET JOURNAL – BIDEN CALLS FOR UNITY

The Wall Street Journal focused on Biden’s call for unity in the US.

THE GUARDIAN – ‘DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED’

The Guardian’s striking front page picture of Biden’s inauguration speech.

DAILY MAIL – DON’S GONE – LET’S GO, JOE!

The Daily Mail as always has a bit of fun with the juxtaposition of Donald Trump leaving and the Bidens moving in.

THE CITIZEN – ‘DEMOCRACY’S DAY’

The Citizen in the US hailed ‘democracy day’ across its front page, with a list of Biden’s top priorities.

NEW INDIAN EXPRESS – DAY OF DEMOCRACY, SAYS PREZ BIDEN

The New Indian Express list the challenges Biden immediately faces in office.

CHINA DAILY – CHINA-US RELATIONS LIKELY TO IMPROVE

In China, Biden’s inauguration was not more important than the 2022 Olympic Games.

JAPAN TIMES – A NEW CHAPTER

Meanwhile, in Japan, Biden’s inauguration was worthy of a picture and caption on the front page.

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