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Kasisi ‘anayepinga vita dhidi ya madawa ya kulevya’ ashitakiwa kwa fitna

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Kasisi wa kikatoliki nchini Ufilipino anatarajiwa kuifikishwa mahakamani akishitakiwakwa makosa ya ” kuhamasisha umma kuuasi utawala ” kuhusiana na madai ya njama ya kumpindua madarakani rais Rodrigo Duterte.

Padre huyo, Father Flavie Villanueva ni mkosoaji mkubwa wa “vita dhidi ya madawa ya kulevya”, vya rais Duterte ambayo alivianzishwa Julai Julai 2016.

Tangu mapambano dhidi ya biashara ya mihadarati yaanzishwe nchini Ufilipino, maelfu ya watu wameuliwa na polisi.

Padre Flavie Villanueva ameshutumiwa pamoja na watu wengine 10 kwa kuwa miongoni mwa watu walioandaa misururu ya video zilizosambazwa kwenye mitandao ya kijamii ambazo serikali ilisema ziliichafua sifa ya rais Duterte.

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Russian corona vaccine registered in Iran

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Russian corona vaccine registered in Iran

As Zarif said, Iran has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and plans to both import it and produce it, giving the Middle East’s worst-hit country a tool to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“The Sputnik V vaccine was yesterday also registered and approved by our health authorities,” Zarif said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Tuesday.

“In the near future, we hope to be able to purchase it, as well as start joint production.”

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Tinubu gave me N2m to fuel my car – Sunday Igboho

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Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, has revealed that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, gave him the sum of N2 million to fuel his car after visiting him.

Igboho disclosed this during an Instagram Live Chat with media mogul, Dele Momodu, on Tuesday.

According to him, he met Tinubu during the build-up to the Ondo State governorship election, which involved a former Governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko.

Igboho claimed that another former Oyo State governor, Rasheed Ladoja, told him that Tinubu wanted to see him at his Bourdillon residence in Lagos.

He then travelled to meet with Tinubu, who persuaded him not to support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, because the party impeached Ladoja as governor in 2006.

Tinubu then doled out N2 million for him to fuel his vehicle back to his base.

Igboho denied making his money from thuggery, adding that he is a businessman, who is into cars.

Tinubu gave me N2m to fuel my car – Sunday Igboho

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Biden suspends some sanctions on Yemen’s Houthis

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The administration of US President Joe Biden has suspended some sanctions imposed on Yemen’s Houthi movement by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Treasury Department announced yesterday that it would exempt certain transactions involving the Houthis from sanctions. These were imposed after the Houthis were designated as a foreign terrorist organisation in the final days of the Trump administration.

According to a statement issued by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the exemption will expire on 26 February. However, the Treasury’s exemptions do not reverse Pompeo’s designation.

The movement formally known as Ansarallah forms part of the de-facto government based in the capital Sanaa, which controls most of Yemen’s densely populated areas. The National Salvation Government (NSG) only has diplomatic ties with Iran and Syria.

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The sanctions imposed on the Houthis took effect a day before Biden was inaugurated despite being widely criticised by aid organisations, analysts and even some senior US officials who argued that the move would hinder humanitarian efforts and UN-brokered peace talks.

The suspension comes amid mounting calls for Biden to reverse the designation and follows a statement by 22 aid organisations working in Yemen which said that it will cause “delays and uncertainty” in their ability to provide aid, and make it more difficult to operate in the war-torn country. The signatories include the Mercy Corps, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee.

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Yemen to protest against the designation and sanctions imposed on the Houthis. Protesters also rallied against the ongoing US-backed, Saudi-led aggression. Protests were held across 24 major areas of Sanaa and 14 other provinces. A “Global Day of Action for Yemen” also took place online with support from various activists around the world.

US approves all deals involving Yemen’s Houthis for one month

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