​Trump election win prompts anger, protests across US


Protesters burned an orange-haired Donald Trump head in effigy, lit bonfires and blocked traffic late Wednesday as anger over the billionaire’s election to the presidency spilled onto the streets of major cities.

From New York to Los Angeles, thousands of people marched, rallied and chanted in around 10 cities against the billionaire president-elect a day after his stunning upset win, some carrying signs with slogans such as “Not our President” and “Love trumps hate.”

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​Aisha Buhari, US clears President’s wife in alleged fraud case


The acting Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, Frank Sellin, said the government has no information to provide on the fraud allegation.

The United States government has said it has no information on the alleged criminal offence committed in the country by Aisha Buhari, the President’s wife.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose had in June alleged that Mrs Buhari was wanted in the US » for her role in the $185 million Halliburton scandal.

Responding to a Punch enquiry on the matter, the acting Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, Frank Sellin, said the government has no information to provide on the fraud allegation.

“Thank you for the inquiry. We have no information to provide on this matter,”

Sellin said.

Fayose, in his reaction to the freezing of his Zenith Bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Governor alleged that Buhari’s wife wired $170,000 to Williams Jefferson, a US congressman American who was also indicted in the case.

Fayose had said: “Even the President cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted in the Halliburton scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialise the judgment for people to see and read.”

However, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has since dismissed Fayose’s claims, saying the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the scandal is not the President’s wife, but someone else entirely.

“I can tell you authoritatively that the Aisha Buhari named in that case is not President Buhari’s wife, It is another Aisha Buhari entirely,” he said.

Lamorde was the director of operations at the EFCC at the time the Halliburton scandal was on. Buhari removed him as the chairman of the anti-graft agency in December 2015.

​In US, Justice Department opens criminal probe into black Louisiana man’s death


The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man in

Louisiana’s capital, the state’s governor said on Thursday, as two deadly encounters between law enforcement and black men triggered protests in the

United States.

The probe comes as community leaders in Baton Rouge urged authorities to conduct a full-scale criminal probe of two white police officers over the slaying of Alton Sterling , 37, on Tuesday.

“I want you to know that a criminal investigation is under way. It is being led by the U.S. Department of Justice,” Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards told hundreds of people at Living Faith Cathedral in Baton Rouge on Thursday evening.

“We are going to come out of this tragedy stronger and more united than ever,” he added.

Sterling was pinned to the ground and fatally shot in the chest outside a convenience store after the officers responded to what police said was a call about a black man reported to have made threats with a gun.

The Justice Department said on Wednesday it would conduct a civil rights investigation into Sterling’s death.

The city’s mayor and police chief welcomed the move, but community leaders said they worried the probe would be too limited and urged authorities to consider all possible federal and state criminal charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake.

“We don’t want this to be a narrow investigation,” Edgar Cage , a spokesman for the community organization Together Baton Rouge, said at a church earlier on Thursday. “We plan to use this tragic event as a tool, a stimulant to change the culture.”

President Barack Obama said in a statement he had full confidence in the Justice Department’s ability to conduct a “thoughtful, thorough and fair inquiry” into Sterling’s death.

Citing an unnamed law enforcement official, CNN reported on Thursday that a homeless man placed the 911 call after seeking money from Sterling, who was selling CDs outside the store.

The 300-pound (135-kg) Sterling showed the man his gun and said to leave him alone, the official told CNN. Reuters could not independently confirm that account with Baton Rouge police, who did not respond to a request for comment.

Sterling, a father of five, had several criminal convictions since the mid-1990s for battery, resisting arrest, burglary and other crimes. He was a registered sex offender after spending nearly four years in prison on a charge he had sex with a 14-year-old girl when he was 20.

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In Syria US-backed forces advance against Islamic State

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The villages lie in a strategic area near a main highway that links Aleppo with the capital Damascus.

US-backed Syrian forces edged closer to an Islamic State stronghold on the border with Turkey on Saturday while Russia’s defence minister visited President Bashar al Assad to discuss military operations.
The visit came only hours after the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militias, which have been supported by Russian air power, lost several villages to Islamist rebels as they made significant advances in the countryside south of Aleppo.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebel capture of three villages from government control –
Zeitan, Khalsa and Barna – had caused significant losses among government forces and their allies.
The villages lie in a strategic area near a main highway that links Aleppo with the capital Damascus.
Government forces captured the area at the end of last year in a major offensive, assisted by Iranian-backed militias and Russian jets.
State media said Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visited an airbase in the coastal Latakia province on Saturday after his talks with Assad in Damascus.
Russia’s military intervention in Syria in September helped turn the tide in Assad’s favour after months of gains in western Syria by rebel fighters, who were aided by foreign military supplies, including U.S.-made anti-tank missiles.
Russia, which has been bombing opposition-held areas, is blamed by the opposition and rights activists for causing hundreds of civilian deaths and targeting hospitals, schools and infrastructure in what they say are indiscriminate attacks.
An escalation in Russian and Syrian air and artillery strikes in recent weeks around a highway to rebel held parts of the northern city of Aleppo has made the road virtually impassable, putting hundreds of thousands of people under siege and worsening their humanitarian plight.
A 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo announced by Russia on Thursday has had little impact on fighting, and air strikes and shelling have continued in and around the city.
At least seven people died in rebel shelling of a neighbourhood of Aleppo held by the Kurdish YPG militia at dawn on Saturday, the Observatory said.
Syrian helicopters also threw barrel bombs on several residential areas in opposition-held quarters.

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In US ‘World’s oldest’ pilot whale dies, SeaWorld says

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In an online posting, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said Bubbles was in her early to mid 50s and had been at the park for nearly 30 years.

Bubbles, a female pilot whale at SeaWorld in San Diego that was believed to have been the oldest animal of her species in a zoological park, has died, the company said.
In an online posting, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said Bubbles was in her early to mid 50s and had been at the park for nearly 30 years.
“SeaWorld San Diego is saddened to announce the passing of one of the world’s most beloved animals, Bubbles the pilot whale,” the company said on its website.
A necropsy is planned to determine the cause of death. The company, which operates marine parks in San Diego, San Antonio, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, did not say when she died.
Pilots whales, which have rounded heads and mouthlines that curve upward to resemble a smile, are in the dolphin family and are smaller than orcas, or killer whales.
Pilots, which live in pods of 20 or 90 animals, are about as intelligent as dolphins and easily trained, according to the American Cetacean Society.
Weighing roughly 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg) and measuring 15 feet (5 meters) long, Bubbles was considered the “grande dame” of SeaWorld. She was known for her ability to jump out of the water and spin at great velocity.
SeaWorld has faced intense public scrutiny over its public display of marine animals, especially killer whales.
In March, the company said it would stop breeding killer whales in captivity, but would still put on performances with orcas at its three parks.

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Photos: Actress Clarion Chukwurah and new husband attend award ceremony in the US

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Nollywood actress, Clarion Chukwurah, wa‎s honoured with the Danny Glover Humanitarian Award in New York yesterday March 28th. She attended the award ceremony in company of her new husband, Anthony Boyd. Continue to see more photos …

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