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“Our life is a hell,” says displaced Gazan 

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Displaced Palestinians staying in makeshift tents in a hospital in Deir Al Balah in the central Gaza strip said on Saturday (December 9), that they struggle to find food and water to feed their families, as well as with cold nights inside the tents.

 

With the vast majority of Gazans now displaced and unable to access any aid, hospitals are overrun and food is running out, the main U.N. agency in Gaza said society was “on the verge of a full-blown collapse.”

 

The vast majority of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have already been forced from their homes, many fleeing several times. With fighting raging across the length of the territory, residents and U.N. agencies say there is now effectively nowhere safe to go, though Israel disputes this.

 

Israel launched its campaign to annihilate the Hamas group that rules Gaza after Hamas fighters went on a rampage through Israeli towns on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and seizing more than 240 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

 

An official toll of all deaths in Gaza compiled by the Palestinian health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave exceeded 17,700 on Saturday, with many thousands more missing and presumed dead under the rubble. The ministry has previously said about 40% of deaths were of children under 18.

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Tinubu, Lula da Silva forge stronger bilateral ties at Addis Ababa summit

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President Tinubu and President Lula da Silva Forge Stronger Bilateral Ties in Addis Ababa Summit

Tinubu, Lula da Silva forge stronger bilateral ties at Addis Ababa summit

 

In a bid to bolster bilateral relations and harness mutual opportunities for growth and development, President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a landmark engagement on Sunday.

The high-stakes summit saw both leaders engage in fruitful discussions aimed at charting a course for comprehensive collaboration across various sectors.

President Tinubu, in his address, underscored Nigeria’s burgeoning economic potential and regional influence, signaling a resolute commitment to advancing the nation’s prosperity agenda. Amidst short-term reform pains, Tinubu’s administration is doubling down on efforts to dismantle barriers to business and stimulate sustainable economic growth. Emphasising investments in critical sectors such as healthcare, education, and agriculture, Tinubu reaffirmed his administration’s unwavering dedication to ensuring the welfare of all Nigerian citizens and fostering long-term prosperity.

Echoing Tinubu’s sentiments, President Lula da Silva hailed the historic ties between Nigeria and Brazil, citing a shared legacy of economic cooperation and cultural exchange. Expressing regret over the decline in trade volume between the two nations—from over $10 billion to a mere $1.6 billion—Lula da Silva stated the imperative of revitalizing bilateral relations across multiple fronts. The Brazilian leader’s impassioned plea for strengthened ties resonated with a sense of urgency, underscored by his determination to leave a lasting legacy of collaboration and progress.

Addressing key areas of mutual interest, including aviation, agriculture, and industrial relations, Lula da Silva outlined a comprehensive vision for deepening engagement between Nigeria and Brazil. From direct air links between Lagos and Sao Paulo to collaborative ventures in aviation manufacturing, the Brazilian leader advocated for a multifaceted approach to enhancing bilateral cooperation. With only three years remaining in his term, Lula da Silva expressed a sense of urgency in cementing strategic partnerships with Nigeria, urging swift action from both governments to realize their shared aspirations.

In response, President Tinubu reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to fostering closer ties with Brazil, viewing it as a pivotal opportunity to transform the futures of millions of citizens in both nations. With a firm resolve to streamline bureaucratic impediments to business and combat corruption at all levels, Tinubu affirmed his administration’s readiness to embrace progressive reforms mirroring Brazil’s exemplary achievements in social security provision and infrastructure development.

Identifying solid mineral exploration, agriculture, education, and healthcare as priority areas for collaboration, Tinubu underscored the need for direct air links between Nigeria and Brazil—a symbolic gesture of the renewed partnership between the two nations. Proposing the formation of joint committees comprising cabinet members from both countries, Tinubu emphasised the urgency of formulating a comprehensive action plan to drive bilateral cooperation forward.

In a landmark decision, both leaders agreed to explore the modalities for a state visit to Brazil by President Tinubu, following an invitation extended by President Lula da Silva—a gesture indicative of the growing warmth and camaraderie between Nigeria and Brazil. As the largest democracies in Africa and South America, respectively, Nigeria and Brazil stand poised to harness their collective potential for the benefit of their citizens and the wider global community.

With optimism abound and momentum building, the Addis Ababa summit heralds a new chapter in the longstanding relationship between Nigeria and Brazil, characterized by mutual respect, shared aspirations, and a shared commitment to forging a brighter future for generations to come.

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Snoop Dogg teases Ghana visit after Twi lesson with Gambo in Los Angeles

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Snoop Dogg teases Ghana visit after Twi lesson with Gambo in Los Angeles

Snoop Dogg teases Ghana visit after Twi lesson with Gambo in Los Angeles

American rap legend, Snoop Dogg, has sparked excitement among fans as he hinted at an upcoming visit to Ghana during a meeting with Ghanaian Afrobeats sensation, Gambo, in Los Angeles.

In a rare encounter between two musical powerhouses, Snoop Dogg and Gambo exchanged ideas and shared insights into their respective music careers during a gathering on the sidelines of the African pre-Grammy Awards Global Affairs event.

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During the meeting, Gambo, known for his chart-topping hits like ‘Drip’ and ‘Settle’, briefed Snoop Dogg about his forthcoming album, currently in production in the United States. The Vodafone Ghana Music Award-winning rapper has been making waves internationally, collaborating with industry heavyweights and building bridges between Ghana and the global music scene.

Impressed by Gambo’s dedication and talent, Snoop Dogg, founder of Doggy Style Records, expressed admiration for the Ghanaian artist’s work ethic and encouraged him to continue pushing boundaries in his music career.

In an unexpected turn of events, Snoop Dogg hinted at an impending visit to Ghana, expressing his eagerness to explore the vibrant culture and music scene of the West African nation. Embracing the opportunity to immerse himself in Ghanaian culture, Snoop Dogg eagerly took a crash course in Twi, the Akan language, from Gambo, learning essential phrases like “Akwaaba

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Stop the constitutional coup in Senegal, group tells ECOWAS

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Stop the constitutional coup in Senegal, group tells ECOWAS

Stop the constitutional coup in Senegal, group tells ECOWAS

 

The African intellectuals and Civil Society activists under the umbrella of The Electoral Forum, have expressed shock and utter disgust at
the use of gendarmes to physically expel opposition parliamentarians from the legislative chamber for the passage of an unconstitutional Bill extending the
tenure of President Macky Sall into a third term and postponing the presidential
elections scheduled for the 25th of February 2024.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the group Adebayo Olukoshi, the activists say the situation in Senegal is a clear violation of the rule of law and the democratic rights of the Senegalese people, and also a violation of the African Union Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance;
and the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, which Senegal has
acceded to and domesticated.

They therefore urged the Senegalese government
to respect the sanctity of the democratic process.

They said they have followed with keen interest the determination of the Senegalese people to
blockall attempts by President Macky Sall to secure a third term and his announcement
not to seek such an illegal tenure that is categorically banned by the Constitution of
Senegal. They described his public declaration as a ruse to deceive the people and
continue his megalomaniac ambition to extend his rule.

They also accused the president of deploying the police to brutally stop all demonstrations,
close down the internet and continue to use the justice system to jail and intimidate all
those who oppose his ambition.

They called on ECOWAS, AU and UN to openly declare the actions of President Sall and the rogue legislators who supported his unconstitutional Bill to be in breach of the
Constitution while demanding for an immediate return to the Constitutional order and
the scheduled election timeframe.

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