Author: Paul Stevens

U.S. Defense Chief says military addressing issues found in Niger attack

General James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Defense Secretary Retired General Jim Mattis announced Thursday that the U.S. military has been addressing problems brought highlighted after the Niger (nee-ZHEHR’) attack last year that killed four American service members. General Mattis said the military has identified the core of the problem, which he said is not a delegation of authority issue. Speaking before the U.S. Congress, the defense secretary said  the Trump administration will keep providing troops to African nations and there may be temporary increases in forces. He however...

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UN chief welcomes appointment of premier in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea –Bissau’s president Jose Mario right swears in veteran politician Aristides Gomes as prime minister UNITED NATIONS––UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of Aristides Gomes as prime minister of Guinea-Bissau and the announcement that the country’s legislative elections will take place on Nov. 18, 2018. The UN chief urged all parties to promptly take the next crucial steps, including the formation of an inclusive government, reopening of the National Assembly and implementation of the remaining provisions of the Conakry Agreement, said the statement. Stephane Dujarric, Guterres’ spokesman, in a statement, said the secretary-general is encouraged by the spirit of...

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White House: President Trump to host Nigerian president April 30

Nigeria’s Buhari and U.S. President Trump NEW YORK—U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Sr. will host President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in Washington on April 30th, 2018, to discuss several issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth, according to the White House on Sunday. A White House statement read, “President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.” “The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep...

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Job creation and innovation must be our focus: Senator Armah Zolu Jallah

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein Welcomes Liberian Senator Armah Zolu Jallah to the Knesset in Israel NEW YORK—To support President George Manneh Weah’s administration agenda, lawyer and Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah is strategizing to come up with legislative priorities that would meet and address the needs of the Liberian people in terms of helping the administration in securing employment and implementing workforce development initiatives. The former president Pro Tempore wants the Liberian Senate and House of Representative’s legislative priorities to focus on helping President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor in creating good paying jobs, forging national...

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Canada rejects UN request to accelerate Mali deployment

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau NEW YORK––Canada has rejected a UN envoy’s call to accelerate its plans to send peacekeepers to Mali in support of a UN mission, an official said Thursday. A Canadian official on Thursday said the country is still “several months” away from deploying peacekeepers to Mali. Byrne Furlong, a spokeswoman for Canada’s defense minister, said: “Details regarding the final structure and chain of command of the Canadian mission in Mali are still to be determined.” At stake is who will command or oversee the Canadian troops, military equipment, and other mission details “will be addressed during...

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