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34 AFRICA Suicide bombing kills 13 policemen in Mogadishu JOHANNESBURG following a suicide bombing attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, Reuters reports. A suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform, and with explosives strapped to his body, blew himself up inside the General Kahiye Police Training Academy as a police parade was taking place and after he had successfully “We have carried 13 dead people and 15 others who were in- said Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulances. The militant Islamist group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. “We will give details of ca- Abu Musab, the group’s military operations spokesman. The militants carry out regular attacks on Somali and African Union forces and civilians in the Somali capital, as well as the countryside, backed government in their bid to establish a Sharia state. – Nampa/ ANA Nigerian soldiers warned after Boko Haram attack KANO ram were on Thursday put on high alert after four military vehicles went missing during a raid on a army post in the restive northeast. A message sent to all military bases across the region called for “all units and troops to remain at Two armoured cars and two allterrain pick-up trucks were taken after the jihadists tried to take over a military base at the village of Mainok in Borno state on Wednesday. Troops managed to repel the attack with reinforcements from the nearby town of Benisheik. The at- military targets in recent weeks. ers were killed in the hour-long shootout, which forced motorists on the Maiduguri to Damaturu road to take cover until it had ended. The army message, which was seen by AFP, also said: “All troops to ensure they check all vehicles and not to assume as BHT (Boko Haram terrorists) may disguise as own forces. “Initial assessment at the moment suggests that 2 VBL (armoured vehicles) and 2 Hilux (pick-up trucks) are missing and for the AFP contacted the army about the message but there was no immediate response. In September 2013, Boko Haram disguised as soldiers, barricaded the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway at Benisheik, some 10 kilometres (6 miles) from Mainok, and killed 167 people. Militants from the Islamic State group affiliate have regularly used stolen military vehicles and weapons to conduct attacks. Nigeria maintains that the counterinsurgency begun in early 2015 has left Boko Haram a spent force, after eight years of violence that has killed at least 20,000 people. But continued attacks, including suicide bombings against civilians, have cast doubts on that assertion. - Nampa/AFP JOHANNESBURG The United States has imposed economic sanctions on two Africans accused of using the illegal ivory trade to funnel weapons and money to Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Thursday. Okut Lukwang, a Ugandan serving Musa Hatari, a Sudanese merchant, are the two individuals who have been targeted by the sanctions. According to the Americans, Lukwang acted as the LRA’s ivory broker using Kony’s hidden caches of elephant tusks to sell the contraband material in exchange for cash, ammunition and weapons. He also pressured civilians into providing information on troop movements. Hatari was responsible for supplying munitions, food and supplies to the LRA in addition to transporting the LRA’s ivory through shops in the Songo market in between Sudan and South Sudan. Kony and his LRA organisation were blacklisted last year by Washington after they were accused of targeting civilians in the Central African Republic, displacing populations and carrying out abductions. “Treasury will continue to target Friday, December 15 2017 | NEW ERA US imposes sanctions on ivory traders supporting LRA armed groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and their support networks that rely on the global John Smith, who administers the Treasury Department’s sanc- cial institutions subjected to US legal jurisdiction are generally prohibited from dealing with both people, freezing them out of much US-based assets are also frozen. The Ugandan and Sudanese authorities were instrumental in helping the Americans to implement the measures. - Nampa/ANA Crossroads… ANC outgoing general secretary Gwede Mantashe walks in the main conference hall of the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg yesterday, prior to the 54th National Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. South Africa’s ruling ANC party holds a conference starting on December 16, 2017 to elect its new leader in a hotly contested two-way race seen as a pivotal moment in the country’s post-apartheid history. Photo: Nampa/AFP OPUWO TOWN COUNCIL SALE OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTY The Opuwo Town Council intends to sell immovable property as indicated in the table below by way of private treaty in terms of section 63(2), (3) of the Local Authorities Act, Act 23 of 1992. Anyone wishing to object against the proposed transaction as set out below may do so in writing by Town Council, P.O Box 294, Opuwo on or before 27 December 2017. Name of applicant Erf No Size (sqm) Location Zoning Purchase Price (N$) Mr. Ananias Nashilongo Mateus Portion A 10 000 Proposed Opuwo Extension 7 situated on Farm No.1172 Business N$ 555 414.75 Maps with all the relevant information with respect to the portion thereof are available for inspection at Enquiries:

Friday, December 15 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 35 Putin says Trump opponents ‘made up’ Russia vote interference At MOSCOW Opponents of Donald Trump made up allegations of Russian interference in last year’s US elections to discredit him, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference Thursday. “All this was made up by people who are opposed to Trump so as to delegitimise his work,” the president said in response to a question about allegations of Russian Putin said representatives of the Russian government had met with Trump’s team but said this was normal diplomatic practice. “Our ambassador was accused of meeting with someone, but this is normal practice worldwide,” the president said. “What is so transgressive in this case and why should it take on this spy-thriller tone?” Putin said he hoped relations between the two countries would improve but suggested it would not be possible in the current US political climate. home… A woman washes dishes as her son plays, with a TV screen broadcasting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference seen on the wall, in Moscow yesterday. Photo: Nampa/AFP Asked to assess Trump’s work so far as president, Putin said it was up to US voters rather than him to judge. “We can see sev- achievements in the short time he has been at work,” Putin said, citing the market and in particular. – Nampa/ AFP Rebels defeat May in Brexit vote on key EU withdrawal law LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost a crucial Brexit vote in the UK Parliament after a rebellion within the ranks of her own party. The British prime minister was defeated on an amendment to the European Union Withdrawal Bill by four House of Commons bruising yesterday. MPs from across different parties voted in favour of Parliament being given a meaningful vote on the terms of Brexit by 309 votes to 305. Conservative party rebels had made common cause with Opposition Labour MPs on a highly contentious issue. The EU Withdrawal Bill is intended to formally end Britain’s membership of the EU, as well as smooth its exit by transferring thousands of pieces of European legislation onto the UK statute books. It also gives ministers powers to amend the laws as they move across, to address any technical glitches. The govern- following the defeat. “We are disappointed that Parliament has voted for this amendment despite the strong assurances that we have set out. We are as clear as ever that this Bill, and the powers within it, are essential,” a UK government spokesperson said. “This amendment does not prevent us from preparing our statute book for exit day. We will now determine whether further changes are needed to the Bill to ensure it fulfils its vital purpose,” the spokesperson added. May had warned that such a rebellion could threaten the UK’s “orderly and smooth exit” from the European Union.Former UK attorney general Dominic Grieve, who had brought the amendment, told the Commons he intended to put the “country before his party” amid concerns over the potential for the flagship Brexit legislation to become a “very worrying tool of executive power”. – Nampa/PTI Indian court sentences man to death for brutal rape, murder NEW DELHI An Indian court Thursday handed down the death penalty to a man found guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a brutal knife attack in southern Kerala state. The murdered student was found dead in a pool of blood in her home in Perumbavoor town on April 28, 2016, with nearly 30 stab wounds and bite marks on her se- Muhammed Ameerul Islam was convicted by a district court in Kerala over the gruesome attack which sparked nationwide outrage and drew comparisons with rape and murder of a Delhi student in 2012. Prosecutors successfully sought the death penalty for the crime, describing it as “rarest of the rare” in its violent nature. “The court sentenced him to death for murder and life sentence for rape,” B. A. Aloor, Islam’s lawyer told AFP. He said his client was not treated to a fair trial and the defence team would appeal the sentence in a higher court. Aloor said Islam was framed by police for the crime to cover up for their botched investigation, which drew protesters to the streets in the coastal state.– Nampa/AFP

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