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Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 1–7

CFR - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 6:53am
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political v
Categories: Defense Policy

Cambodia opposition figure Kem Sokha under house arrest

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 6:39am
Kem Sokha of the dissolved CNRP placed under house arrest after more than a year in jail pending treason trial.
Categories: South Asia

YouTube shuts down pro-Syrian government channels

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 5:56am
Video streaming giant appeared to suspend the accounts of SANA, the Ministry of Defence, and the Syrian Presidency.
Categories: South Asia

Syria: Rebel-held areas bombed as Turkey reinforces outposts

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 4:58am
Syria and its Russian ally pound rebel-held Idlib, and Hama provinces in second day of escalation.
Categories: South Asia

India: Opposition parties stage protests against high fuel prices

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 4:41am
School, colleges and businesses shut and highways blocked as part of nationwide strike organised by opposition parties.
Categories: South Asia

Russia: Putin's ally Sergei Sobyanin re-elected Moscow mayor

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 4:17am
Sergei Sobyanin, Putin’s former chief-of-staff, received 70 percent of the vote in Moscow's mayoral election.
Categories: South Asia

Death toll rises after earthquake on Japan's Hokkaido Island

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 4:16am
Officials urge locals and businesses to cut back on electricity usage to prevent blackouts.
Categories: South Asia

Tony Blair in bid to become new leader of Lib Dems

News Biscuit - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 4:00am

‘Look, you know, I sincerely believe this would be a splendid idea’ said an unnamed spokesman close to the former prime minister yesterday.  ‘I mean, I – er, that is, he – is not working-class or has an allotment.  A coalition with the Tories is no different than a coalition with Tony’.

‘It would be a perfect shoe-in. The Lib Dems are not rabid pacifists, don’t know anything or even care very much about Iraq or Iran or wherever it was in the Middle-East but are, like me – er, I mean, like Tony Blair – totally besotted with the EU, and look – you know, I really mean this – sincerely.’

‘And hey, if this, the party of Asquith and Lloyd George wants to get itself a fresh, trendy image, why not become the New Liberal Democrat party?  What’s not to like about that idea?’

Categories: Fake News

CIA to expand its armed drone programme in Africa: NYT

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 3:55am
New York Times says secret facility, 250km south of Libya, will reportedly carry out assassinations in the Sahel region.
Categories: South Asia

Sweden faces hung parliament as far right makes gains

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 3:17am
Ruling left-wing bloc moves to form alliance with centre-right bloc as anti-immigrant party emerges as a third force.
Categories: South Asia

Taliban kills dozens of Afghan forces in multiple attacks

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 3:08am
At least 37 Afghan security forces and pro-government fighters killed in attacks, according to provincial officials.
Categories: South Asia

Ghazipur landfill: Despair over Delhi's deadly rubbish dump

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:47am
One year after a landfill disaster killed two, residents say conditions have not improved and affect their health.
Categories: South Asia

China bans popular underground Protestant church in Beijing

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:25am
Zion church shutdown amid deepening crackdown on China's 'underground' churches.
Categories: South Asia

North Korea marks 70th anniversary of nation’s founding

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:20am
Five years since the last time the Arirang Mass Games were held, this year's celebrations highlight reunification and improved relations with the international community.
Categories: South Asia

Escape from Xinjiang: Muslim Uighurs speak of China persecution

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:08am
Testimonies by Muslim Uighurs who escaped Xinjiang confirm reports of 'systematic campaign of human rights violations'.
Categories: South Asia

Advert: Host your own public inquiry with the new ‘Home Leveson Kit’

News Biscuit - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:00am

Do you wish you could conduct a public inquiry into press standards and the relationships between politicians, the police and media from the comfort of your own home? Well now you can with the new Leveson Inquiry board game from Waddingtons!

Originally the Leveson franchise was only expected to be a hit among legal professionals who would love its political complexity and nuanced court-room argument. But the show has been a slow burner with the public and now both the BBC and Sky News are clamouring to screen the drama. Is it any wonder that families everywhere are wanting to get in on the action by holding their own evidence sessions and cross-examining witnesses in their front rooms?

So why not bring the magic of the Royal Courts of Justice to your own home today? ‘At Home with Lord Leveson’ promises a never-ending, headline-grabbing public inquiry for every home. And it’s a great game for all the family – Granddad would be ideal to play the forgetful old Rupert Murdoch character, anyone who has trouble opening their emails would make a great James Murdoch, and the children can dress up as their favourite C-list celebrities on the hunt for damages and career resuscitation.

The Leveson Inquiry board game is suitable for ages 8-81. All you need are some mobile phones, a private detective, a judge, your own media empire and a handful of police officers in your employ. Available today from all good media outlets, or by collecting six free tokens in The Sun.

Categories: Fake News

Fear that ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ intends to bring back Timmy Mallet

News Biscuit - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 1:00am

The public and armed services are on high alert, after a leaked memo suggests that a No-Deal Brexit will lead to re-runs of ‘Mallet’s Mallet’. The Operation Yellowhammer contingency plan also references the stockpiling of colourful glasses, rationing Michaela Strachan and using Tommy Boyd as flood defence.

This paints a bleak future for UK citizens, who will forced to join a Wide Awake Club, to combat the exhaustion of living in a low-wage gig-economy. More terrifying still, in the event of a hard Brexit, the new national anthem will be ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ – but with less of a dystopian feel to the original.

Mr. Mallet rose to prominence in the 80’s with his ill-matched clothing and catch-phrases ‘utterly brilliant!’ and ‘blaaah’ – all of which Boris Johnson would later copy. He would then beat people with a giant foam phallus; a technique that many of Mr. Johnson’s ex-wives would find familiar.

Mallet’s Yellowhammer will also be used to quell public unrest, with repeated blows to the head – like having a conversation with Jacob Rees Mogg. A Government spokeswoman confirmed: ‘Nobody wants to see queues of people leaving the country, food shortages or general panic – but that’s what you get with Timmy Mallet’.

Categories: Fake News

Copland?: A town in Afghanistan for female police officers

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:59am
In an effort to encourage recruitment, the government is preparing an entire town of secure housing for female police officers and their families near Kabul.
Categories: South Asia

Afghanistan: Bomb attack hits Ahmed Shah Massoud supporters

AJE - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:58am
Blast comes hours after Kabul police shoot another suspected suicide bomber targeting supporters of anti-Soviet fighter.
Categories: South Asia
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