France’s Macron Replaces Interior Minister In Cabinet Revamp

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File: French president Emmanuel Macron takes part in a visioconference with World Health Organization (WHO) general director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the Elysee Palace on april 8, 2020 in Paris. Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP



French President Emmanuel Macron has replaced the ministers of the interior and environment in a revamped government under new Prime Minister Jean Castex, the presidency said Monday.

Gerald Darmanin, until now budget minister, replaces Christophe Castaner as interior minister, a troubled portfolio owing to alleged racism and violence among police forces.

Barbara Pompili, a former member of France’s green party, is the new environment minister in place of Elisabeth Borne.

But Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Defence Minister Florence Parly and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire are all staying in their posts, top presidential aide Alexis Kohler told reporters at the Elysee Palace.



Double Suicide Blasts Wound Nine In Tunisia Capital

Tunisian security forces gather at the site of an attack in the Tunisian capital’s main Avenue Habib Bourguiba on June 27, 2019. Two suicide bombers attacked police and the national guard in the Tunisian capital, killing a police officer and wounding at least eight people including several civilians, the interior ministry said. PHOTO: FETHI BELAID / AFP


Two suicide bombers attacked police and the national guard in the Tunisian capital on Thursday, wounding at least nine people including several civilians, the interior ministry said.

One attack on the main street of Tunis wounded three civilians and two police personnel, the interior ministry said.

Body parts were strewn in the road around a police car on Habib Bourguiba avenue near the old city, according to an AFP correspondent.

“It was a suicide attack, which took place at 10:50” (0950 GMT), on Habib Bourguiba, Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP.

The suicide bomber did not kill anyone “but five (are) wounded — three civilians and two police officers”, Zaag added.

The second attack targeted a base of the national guard in the capital and wounded four security personnel, the ministry said.

“At 11:00 am (1000 GMT) an individual blew himself up outside the back door” of the base, wounding four security personnel, Zaag said.

Civil protection units and police rapidly deployed to Habib Bourguiba avenue, where the interior ministry is located.

People initially fled in panic, before some crowded around the scene of the attack, expressing anger against the authorities. Shops and offices were closed by police.

On October 29 last year an unemployed graduate blew herself up near police cars on the same street, killing herself and wounding 26 people, mostly police officers, according to the interior ministry.


Report: Average 10 Attacks Daily On Germany Migrants

Report: Average 10 Attacks Daily On Germany MigrantsThe Interior Ministry in Germany says nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in the country every day in 2016.

According to the figures released, a total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children.

The preliminary statistics were released on Sunday in response to a parliamentary question.

Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their homes, while about 1,000 attacks were carried out in their homes.

Sources said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open up Germany to people fleeing conflict and persecution has polarised the country and boosted hate crime.

Germany has been contending with a backlog of asylum applications amid fears about security, following a series of terrorist attacks across Europe.

The issue is expected to feature prominently in the September parliamentary elections.

Motivation Remains A Challenge For Security Services – Dan’Iyan

Dan'IyanA Security Consultant says financial motivation remains a major challenge of security services in Nigeria in spite of efforts by the government.

Mr Mukhtar Dan’Iyan said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he discussed the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

“It is very difficult for people to put their lives on the line when they feel that their welfare is not being properly taken care of,” he said.

He pointed out that when things go wrong for security agents in service, their families lose out completely most of the times and this affects their commitment to the fight against kidnapping and other crimes.

The security consultant also advised that in order to resolve the cases of kidnapping, there should be opportunities for young people to be gainfully employed either through the government or private enterprise.

“A lot of studies have shown that young people who are engaged in their communities via commerce or other enterprise are less likely to engage in crime,” he said.

Asides advising the government to ensure that youths are able to work and make money legitimately, he also advised the Police to involve more in community policing.

Dan’Iyan went further to say that the Nigerian Police needs to be looked into, claiming that the challenge with the Nigerian Police Force is “a large number (of Policemen) are involved in duties that have nothing to do with policing, including providing security to very important people.”

Mr Dan’Iyan, however, admitted that the nation is making some headway with the recent partnership of the Nigerian Police with United Kingdom, China, Italy and the United States of America to address the challenges of kidnapping and other organised crimes.

He explained that “the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is ruled under the Interior Ministry is a very positive step” because internal security, outside of the military, has been brought under same management.

The security consultant also commended the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, for being focused on reorienting the internal security services in the nation.

He added, “The fact that the Police is now going to be involved in operations in the northeast more than ever before, is a step in the right direction.”

Syriza Party Wins Greece Elections

syrizaGreece’s Syriza Party is said to have won Sunday’s snap elections, leading by 35 per cent to the New Democracy’s 28 per cent, according to the Interior Ministry.

New Democracy Leader, Cangelis Meimarakis, said that the electoral result appeared to be concluding with Syriza and Mr. Tsipras in the lead.

Syriza supporters at the party’s main electoral headquarters in Athens earlier cheered and clapped as exit polls were announced.

The former Prime Minister later said that there was hard work and struggle ahead for the Greek people.

Mr. Tsipras seemed to lose popularity when signing the bailout deal, shortly after holding a referendum in which more than 60 per cent of voters rejected the austerity measures creditors wanted to impose.

Before the election, Tsipras said that he had put his country above his party, adding that had he not agreed to the three-year bailout, Greece would probably have had to leave the Eurozone.

Egyptian Forces Kill Foreign Tourists In Mexico

egyptianSecurity forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation.

The death has been described as unfortunate.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that the tourists were travelling in four vehicles that entered a restricted zone in the Wahat area of the Western Desert.

Ten Mexicans and Egyptians were also injured and are being treated in a local hospital.

Attacks on army and police, mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, have escalated since Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, has condemned the incident and has “demanded an exhaustive investigation by the Egyptian government”.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed that at least two of its nationals had been killed and it is currently working on confirming the identities of the other victims.

Taliban Attack On Afghan Parliament Ends

talibanPolice have reported that the six Taliban gunmen who attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday have been killed, nearly two hours after lawmakers were forced to flee by a large explosion and gunfire.

Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the gates, stormed the compound, then entered a building next to the chamber.

Police evacuated the premises while trying to fight the gunmen off.

According to a top media house, the Taliban said that they carried out the attack to coincide with a vote to endorse a new Defence Minister.

The Spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Sediq Seddiqi, said that the gunmen had attempted to storm the parliament building itself after the gates were breached by the suicide bomb.

They were fought-off and entered a building under construction next to parliament. MPs were showered with broken glass, and the Chamber filled with smoke as the fighting went on.

It took nearly one hour before all the firing stopped.

At least 18 people are reported to have been wounded, as Mr Seddiqi said no MP had been injured.