UN Envoy Order Murders of Gaddafi Supporters To Be Investigated

The UN envoy to Libya has called for an investigation into the murders of 12 men said to be supporters of Libya’s former leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi. The 12 are reported to have been killed soon after their release from prison in the capital Tripoli.

The murdered men were accused of taking part in the assassinations and torturing of anti-government protesters way back in 2011, under the then leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

The bodies of the 12 men were found in various parts of Tripoli, a day after their release.

According to the families of the victims, a look at the bodies showed that all had been beaten and shot in the chest and head.

Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Support Mission in Libya said on Monday June 13 that he was “utterly shocked” by what he referred to as “vile crime”.

He called for the killings to “be thoroughly and independently investigated”.

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Wife of Orlando Shooter could Face Charges

The wife of the assassin, Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, could face charges in connection to the attack.

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According to sources quoted by Fox News and Reuters, prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate Noor Salman, wife of gunman Omar Mateen.

Noor Salman is reported to have told police she tried to talk her husband out of attacking the Pulse nightclub.

Prosecutors quoted by Fox News said they were seeking to charge Noor Salman as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder, as well as with failure to warn authorities about the impending attack.

Fox quoted a source as saying; it was possible that Mateen had called his wife Noor Salman from inside the club while the killings were taking place.

 

Shooting at Gay Club in Florida Leaves over 50 Dead And 53 Wounded

Fifty people are now known to have died in Saturday’s shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and a state of emergency has been declared, the city’s mayor Buddy Dyer has said.

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The gunslinger, named by officials as Omar Mateen, was killed after taking hostages.

Apart from the over 50 people already confirmed dead, 53 others are said to have sustained injuries in the shooting at the Pulse club that called itself the hottest gay nightclub in the city.

The recent shooting at Orlando is said to be the worst mass shooting in recent US history. Police described the shooting as an act of terrorism.

Orlando Police report that officers entered the Pulse Club about three hours after the shooting unfolded and killed the gunman, who had taken hostages.

According to Orlando Police Chief John Mina, the attack began at 02:00 (06:00 GMT) and a police officer on duty at the club exchanged gunfire with the gunman.

The police report that the shooter appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him.

An FBI spokesman said they were investigating whether the attacker was a “lone wolf”.

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I just finished recording another episode of ze podcast– The Tchassa Kamga Show (yeah…really generic name…don’t judge me). My heartfelt gratitude to all who listened to the first episode. It was an almost unanimous observation that the pilot was way too long and that I may need to structure my thoughts for the subsequent episodes. In […]

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Bishops Who Fail to Report Sex Abuse on Children Could be Removed-Pope Francis

In addressing the issue on sexual abuse on children by some priests, Pope Francis announced Saturday that bishops who fail to report cases of sex abuse of children and vulnerable adults could be removed from office.

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Over the years, it has been said that the Catholic Church has not been holding bishops accountable for failing to act in cases of clerical sex abuses in the Church. The criticism has been followed by some victims’ families lobbying the Vatican to take a tougher stance on the issue.

In 2014, Pope Francis responded to the issue by setting up a Vatican commission on sexual abuse in the Church and parishes.

In recent developments, Pope Francis in an apostolic letter published Saturday June 6, explained that canon law already allows bishops to be removed for serious reasons. The Pope made clear that among those reasons is the failure of a bishop to report cases of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

Part of the statement of Pope Francis read “As a loving mother, the Church loves all her children, but treats and protects with a very particular affection the smaller and helpless. This is a task that Christ entrusted to the entire Christian community as a whole. With this in mind, the Church is vigilant in protecting children and vulnerable adults,”

The Pope went Further to note that Bishops and other people holding leadership positions in the Church must protect those who are the weakest among the people entrusted to them. “In the case of abuse of minors or vulnerable adults, it is sufficient that the lack of care is serious,” The Pope wrote.

He explained that Vatican offices have the jurisdiction to remove bishops in such cases. This could be done by urging the bishop to submit his resignation or a decree of removal could be issued, but the final decision rests with the Pope as the churches highest authority.

Still in the same letter, Pope Francis also established a panel of legal experts to advise him on making the final decision regarding the removal of a bishop or superior in cases of sexual abuse.

Africa’s Second Longest-Serving President Appoints Daughter as Head of State Oil Company

Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has appointed his daughter Isabel dos Santos as head of the state oil company Sonangol.

Isabel dos Santos, named by Forbes magazine as Africa’s richest woman, worth an estimated $3.3bn (£2.3bn), has been appointed to take on a job after her father sacked the entire board in April.

With the appointment of his daughter, critics have accused President dos Santos, who has ruled since 1979, of increasingly being authoritarian.

Ms Dos Santos has large stakes in many of Angola’s strategic industries, including diamonds, banking, media and telecommunications, with large parts of her business empire based in Portugal.

She is said to own 7% of the Portuguese oil and gas company Galp Energia.

A statement from her office said that she wanted to “ensure transparency” in the management of Songangol, and to improve the Angolan oil sector’s ability to compete globally.

Representatives for Ms Dos Santos deny that her wealth is largely due to her father’s position as president and has been acquired through state money and public funds.

Mr Dos Santos has ruled the oil-rich nation for 36 years

Boxing Legend Mohammad Ali Dies at 74

Muhammad Ali, a legend in boxing and described by many as the greatest of all time died on Friday June 3, reportedly of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes as reported by his family.

The three time world heavyweight champion and one of the world’s greatest sporting figures died at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 74-year-old is said to have been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition which is said to have been complicated by Parkinson’s disease.

A public funeral will be held for the boxer on Friday in his hometown of Louisville in Kentucky to pay respect to Muhammad Ali. A statement from his family said the world has been invited to Ali’s funeral, which is what the late world champion recommended.

Former US President Bill Clinton is among those who will give a eulogy at the service, and was one of many prominent global figures who paid tribute to Ali on Saturday, saying he lived a life “full of religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and live with the consequences”.

As Ali’s family has revealed, eulogies at the legends funeral will be delivered by President Bill Clinton alongside sport journalist Bryant Gumbel and Comedian Billy Crystal.

Boko Haram Militants Kill 30 Nigerian troops and two Soldiers

 

Thirty Nigerien troops and two soldiers have been killed in clashes with Boko Haram militants in Niger, according to Niger’s Defense ministry.

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According to the ministry’s account, “hundreds of assailants” attacked a military post in the south-eastern town of Bosso, on the Nigerian border, on Friday night.

A counter-attack on Saturday morning allowed government troops to retake all positions in Bosso, the ministry says.

Niger’s defense ministry also held that there were several dead and injured “on the enemy’s side”.

Boko Haram has not commented on the Nigerien defense ministry’s statement about casualties on the sect’s militants.

This is just a recent attack on troops fighting against the sect that declared it allegiance to ISIS.

 

Tanzania’s largest game reserve in Danger of Extinction-WWF

 

Africa oldest Game Reserve is in danger of losing its protected species. According to a report and research done for WWF by global development advisers Dalberg, the reserve had lost 90% of its elephants over the last four decades and if the trend continues, they “could vanish from Selous by early 2022”. According to the report, Selous boasted of 110,000 elephants 40 years ago but as of now, it has just about 15, 000 left.

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The nature conservation group reacted and laid the blame on “industrial scale poaching” said to be driven by the demand for ivory by Asian countries, particularly China that fuels poachers desire to kill animals for their parts.

Tanzania’s new president has pledged to tackle the corruption that gives way for the illegal ivory trade to continue.

The reserve was famous for its untouched ecosystems and abundance of black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles as well as elephants that may soon go extinct from the site.

The reserve was placed on a list of “World Heritage Sites in Danger” two years ago when statistics showed that on average, six elephants were being killed for their ivory each day.

“The elephant population in Selous is now near a historic low, and urgent measures are required to protect the remaining animals and return the population to a stable and sustainable size,” Part of the report read.

It also warned that industrial activities in the reserve, including oil and gas exploration, and mineral extraction, threatened the delicate environment and the wildlife, thereby putting at risk the reserve’s “ability to support local communities, which could lead to increased elephant poaching”.

Fred Kumah, of the WWF, said action needed to be taken both in Tanzania and in Asia.

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