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Brazil army takes over of Rio de Janeiro

Added: 24.02.2018 7:09 | 0 views | 0 comments

Thousands of soldiers, along with police, in Rio de Janeiro are taking control of the west side of the city as part of a wider security operation.

From: www.aljazeera.com

Boko Haram girls were not freed in heroic mission after all, Nigerian officials admit

Added: 24.02.2018 6:26 | 0 views | 0 comments


Nigerian officials have apologised after falsely claiming to have staged a dramatic rescue of a group of schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction by Boko Haram on Monday night. Officials in northern Yobe State had claimed on Wednesday to have rescued at least 50 of the girls, in what they described as a "gallant" mission by the Nigerian army. But late on Thursday night, they told families of the missing girls that there had in fact been no rescue at all, saying that the claims had been based on "unreliable" information from the security forces. "We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible," said Yobi state spokesman Abdullahi Bego. "The Yobe State government apologises for that." The admission came amid claims from parents that four days after the initial kidnapping in the town of Dapchi, more than 100 girls remain unaccounted for.  At least five parents who were present fainted with the shock upon being told at an official briefing that their daughters were still missing after all. Boko Haram oppression in Nigeria, in pictures One parent, Kundiri Alhaji Bukar, told BBC Hausa language service: ''[The governor] said soldiers were dispatched but the military commander told him they could not locate the girls with the Boko Haram militants. He said no-one is really sure whether the girls were taken away by Boko Haram. But we on our part, we believe Boko Haram abducted the children." The backtracking by the Yobe state officials comes amid growing concerns about the government's handling of the incident. When reports of the attack on the school first surfaced earlier this week, officials initially claimed there had been no abductions at all, and that the missing girls had simply fled to surrounding villages. Critics have drawn comparisons with the government's handling of the notorious Chibok school abduction case in 2014, where officials likewise made a series of denials and contradictory statements before admitting that some 276 children had gone missing. As of Friday morning there was still no solid information on the number of girls believed to be missing. While some are thought to have been abducted, others may have fled to safety in surrounding villages and simply not yet contacted their parents. Mobile phone reception is limited in much of Nigeria's remote rural north. Sandals are strewn in the yard of the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018  Credit: AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images On Wednesday, government officials told the Reuters news agency that around 50 girls were still missing. But one parent, Bashir Manzo, told the Associated Press news agency that parents had presented the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, with a list of 101 missing children at Thursday's official briefing. “[Mr Gaidam] told us the girls have not been found and we should continue to pray for their safe return,” another parent, Rabiu Sani, told the AP.   The flow of official misinformation over the case is likely anger President Muhamamdu Buhari, who was critical of his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan's handling of the Chibok case. Earlier this week, he despatched a team of ministers to the area in an attempt to demonstrate that he was responding quickly to the situation. “I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for,” Mr Buhari tweeted on Wednesday evening. “I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of all the girls.”

Charged ‘Putin’s chef’ runs news sites along with troll army

Added: 24.02.2018 6:02 | 0 views | 0 comments

MOSCOW (AP) — He’s been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed “Putin’s chef” runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian media empire. [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Afghanistan: Soldiers killed in wave of attacks

Added: 24.02.2018 5:52 | 0 views | 0 comments

More than 25 people, most of them from the army, have been killed in a wave of attacks.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Militants kill 18 at Afghan army post

Added: 24.02.2018 5:03 | 0 views | 0 comments

Taliban militants have attacked an Afghan army post and killed 18 government soldiers, the defence ministry says, while a suicide bomber in the capital killed one person and wounded six.

From: www.news.com.au

Syria's Eastern Ghouta: five deadly days of bombing

Added: 23.02.2018 20:54 | 0 views | 0 comments


Syria's army launched a new deadly aerial campaign on Damascus's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on February 18, with daily bombardments since then turning it into "hell on Earth". The enclave, controlled by Islamists and besieged by government forces for five years, was already subjected to a ferocious five-day air assault this month that left around 250 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. The new round of strikes by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 360 civilians and wounded 1,700 others since Sunday.

From: www.yahoo.com

Florida GOP congressman says he would support an assault weapons ban

Added: 23.02.2018 20:17 | 0 views | 0 comments

Army veteran and GOP Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, wrote in a New York Times op-ed Friday that it should be illegal to buy assault or tactical weapons

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

Syria's Eastern Ghouta: five deadly days of bombing

Added: 23.02.2018 19:44 | 0 views | 0 comments


Syria's army launched a new deadly aerial campaign on Damascus's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on February 18, with daily bombardments since then turning it into "hell on Earth". The enclave, controlled by Islamists and besieged by government forces for five years, was already subjected to a ferocious five-day air assault this month that left around 250 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. The new round of strikes by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 360 civilians and wounded 1,700 others since Sunday.

From: www.yahoo.com

Palestinian attacker dies after shot by Israeli soldiers: army

Added: 23.02.2018 18:09 | 0 views | 0 comments


A Palestinian died after attacking Israeli soldiers and being shot during clashes overnight in the occupied West Bank, the army said Thursday. Protests broke out when the Israeli army entered the Palestinian city of Jericho in a bid to arrest suspects. The man was identified by the Palestinian Prisoners' Club as 33-year-old Yassin al-Saradeeh, from Jericho.

From: www.yahoo.com

Syria's Eastern Ghouta: five deadly days of bombing

Added: 23.02.2018 18:09 | 0 views | 0 comments


Syria's army launched a new deadly aerial campaign on Damascus's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on February 18, with daily bombardments since then turning it into "hell on Earth". The enclave, controlled by Islamists and besieged by government forces for five years, was already subjected to a ferocious five-day air assault this month that left around 250 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. The new round of strikes by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 360 civilians and wounded 1,700 others since Sunday.

From: www.yahoo.com

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