Former Israeli President, Shimon Peres Dies At 93

Shimon Peres, former israeli president, dies at 93, A former Israeli Prime Minister and President, Shimon Peres has been reported dead at the age of 93, after two weeks of suffering a stroke.

Initially the condition improved, before it suddenly took a turn for the worst and he eventually died on Wednesday, after a long battle with his health.

Mr Peres was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians, present at the new nation’s birth in 1948.

He served twice as the country’s prime minister and once as president.

He also won the Nobel peace prize in 1994 for his role in negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement calling Peres’s death “a great loss to humanity and peace in the region”.

However, it was not clear if he would attend the funeral, which will take place on Friday at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, in a section dedicated to “Great Leaders of the Nation”.

Among those expected to attend the funeral are: President Obama, Britain’s Prince Charles and U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and her husband and former President Bill Clinton, the Israeli radio reported.

Trump Hints At More Taxes On The Rich  

TrumpUnited States Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump says taxes for rich people may be increased. This appears to be a reversal of his initial policy.

Speaking during an interview, he also reversed his position on the minimum wage.

He said that he was yet to decide in terms of numbers; but he thinks people have to get more in terms of wages. He had previously said he is against increasing the minimum wage.

“We were talking about the minimum wage, and they said ‘Should we increase the minimum wage?’ And I’m saying that if we’re going to compete with other countries we can’t do that because the wages would be too high.”

Mr Trump, who looks set to become the official Republican candidate for the November presidential election, says he is allowed to change his policies.

Trump readily admitted that he had given up his previous position.

“Sure, it’s a change,” he said, framing his willingness to abandon one position as a negotiation tactic. “I’m allowed to change. You need flexibility. But my real minimum wage is going to be I’m going to bring companies back into this country, and (people are) going to make a lot more than the $15, even.”

However, several top Republicans including the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, have said they will not vote for him.

Obama Urges Media, Americans To Scrutinise Trump’s Record

Barack- Obama Donald TrumpUS President Barack Obama has stressed the need for the media and Americans to scrutinise Donald Trump.

He told a press conference on Friday that Mr Trump had a long record that needed to be examined.

“I think it is important for us to take seriously the statements he has made in the past.

“Most importantly, I speak to you as reporters as well as the American public. I just want to emphasise that we are in serious time and this is really a serious.

“This is not entertainment. It is not a reality show,” he emphasised.

President Obama further pointed out that the contest for the presidency of the United States required that “every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and general scrutiny”.

“It means that we have to make sure that their budgets add up”.

He said: “It means that if they say that they have an answer to a problem that it is actually possible and that they have details as to how it will work”.

The republican candidate, Mr Trump, is the leading candidate of the party in opposition to the Democrats’ candidate, Mrs Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama made the demand few days after Mr Trump asserted that China had waged “economic war” against the United States, taking American jobs.

After Mr Trump made the statement, the official Xinhua news agency said Trump “gets them wrong, from trade balance to basic economics”, citing western media and academics dismissing his criticisms of trade with China.

“Trump attacks China to woo voters,” it said.

Buhari Welcomes Greater U.S. Support For Nigeria’s Security, Development

President-Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday in Abuja that his administration would continue to welcome the support and understanding of the United States, as it strives to achieve greater internal security and socio-economic progress in Nigeria.

Receiving a delegation led by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker, at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, President Buhari applauded ongoing American collaboration with his administration on security and developmental issues.

“I remain grateful for the reception accorded me and my team when we visited the United States at the invitation of President Obama.

“We discussed security, corruption, infrastructure, and many other issues.

“We thank America for sending experts to train our troops and providing hardware for our military because we must first stabilise the country before we can move it forward,” the President told the delegation which included the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, and three others.

Time To Diversify The Economy

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was at the meeting, said that “although Nigeria currently faces serious challenges, it is also a time of great opportunities for the country”.

“It’s time to diversify our economy from oil. We’ve always talked about it, but never got round to doing it.

“The opportunity has come now. We have all it takes to be an agricultural nation. We also have solid minerals and we must develop our infrastructure in order to aid business,” the Vice President stated.

Ms Pritzker told President Buhari that she was in Nigeria with 10 leading American business men and women, at the prompting of President Obama.

“The purpose is to better understand the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Nigeria.

“Our team is very optimistic about your government’s commitment to security, good governance, fighting corruption, having reliable and regular regulatory policies.

“All these make us optimistic about working together. We are not here to sell policies, but to partner with you,” she said.

Kenya At Crossroads, With Challenges And Promise – Obama

obama in kenyaUS President, Barack Obama, during his visit to Kenya praised its economic and political advances, but also warned of the challenges ahead.

While in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, President Obama said corruption, terrorism and tribal or ethnic division are threats to its future.

According to Obama, Kenya is at crossroads, a moment filled with insecurity but enormous promise.

The American President also added that the young Kenyans nowadays do not need to serve a colonial master or leave the country – like his grandfather and father did.

He said: “Because of Kenya’s progress, because of your potential, you can build your future right here, right now”.

US Celebrates 239th Independence, Pledges Support For Nigeria

usAs the United States (US) celebrates its 239th Independence Anniversary, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, has assured Nigeria of continued support towards a stronger democracy and a free and independent people.

Mr Entwistle said Nigeria’s freedom in different sectors of the economy, including its fight against corruption, insecurity, financial instability and infrastructure development will receive continued support from the US.

He noted that Nigeria and America have both overcome deep and devastating losses through history, and will continue to overcome all challenges towards a formidable force in the future, adding that “Nigerians have no better friends than the US”.

He maintained that both countries had deep wounds and devastating losses through their histories.

”I told former President Goodluck Jonathan when I arrived in Nigeria in November 2013, and Secretary of State John Kerry told President Muhammadu Buhari when they met immediately after inauguration.

”I am sure President Barack Obama will tell President Buhari when he receives him in Oval Office at the White House on July 20.

”The people of Nigeria have no better friend than the United States.

”In my country, our commitment to democracy is right there in our Declaration of Independence.

”Here in Nigeria, you demonstrated to the world your commitment to democracy in historic elections earlier this year.

”In both of our great countries, commitment to democracy is deeply woven into our status as free and independent peoples,” Entwistle said.

He also said that the US stands with every Nigerian who believes that the country can be healthier, safer and more prosperous; as both countries have in time past worked together on issues like elections, security, Niger Delta, fighting infectious diseases and spurring broad-based.

“For me, this is an exciting time to be in Nigeria. In the past year, we’ve seen Nigerian doctors and nurses defeat Ebola.

“We’ve seen the Nigerian military reclaim territory from Boko Haram.

“And most of all, we’ve seen the Nigerian people go to the polls and defy expectations, made their voices heard as they insisted that their votes count.

“Thanks to them, the light of Nigerian democracy shines brightly across the continent,” he said.

The U.S. envoy said that as Nigeria fought Boko Haram and rebuilt the Northeast, the U.S. would continue to help in every appropriate way.

”As you lead the efforts to provide humanitarian aid to those driven from their communities and help them return home, we assist with food, medical care, and education programmes.

”As you fight corruption, we offer technical assistance, training for investigators and prosecutors, and a commitment to ensure that no stolen funds are laundered through our banking system.

”As you improve the business climate, we encourage trade and investment.

”As you continue privatisation of your power grid, through President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative, we stand ready to go.

”Among other things, we will help companies invest in building more electricity infrastructure, especially environmentally-friendly power generation.

”As you increase your commitment to health-care and education, we support those efforts too,” Entwistle added.

Recep Erdogan Criticises Obama Over Students’ Murder

The studentsPresident of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, has asked the U.S President Barack Obama to clarify his stance over the murder of three Muslim students in the U.S.

He said: “If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this and don’t make a statement, the world will stay silent towards you”.

Though the Police are still investigating the motive of the killings, which the victims’ family claims borders on hate, a suspect has already been taken into custody over the incident.

According to the Police, there were initial indications that the gunmen acted in a dispute over a parking space.

A District Prosecutor had said there was no evidence that the victims had been targeted because of their faith.

Thousands of people reportedly attended the funeral of the students who were shot dead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

A district prosecutor said on Wednesday there was no evidence that the  students – Deah Shaddy Barakat, wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan – had been targeted because of their faith.

US election has never witnessed such energy – US Consular General

Jefferey Hawkins, the US Consular General in Lagos has claimed that the history of presidential elections in the United States, has never witnessed the kind of energy it got in the re-election of President Barack Obama, as the 44th president of the country.

The Consular who appeared as a guest on the special edition of Sunrise Daily after President Barack Obama’s victory speech, stated that the American Democracy is thriving because it is not an issue of the winner takes it all but everyone will be on board to make the running of the country smooth.

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