the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, oil giant
Exxon Mobil signed a $120 million deal for an oil block in Liberia that
company officials knew was rife with corruption, according to a new investigation by the transparency organization Global Witness.
deal between Exxon and Liberian company
Broadway Consolidated/Peppercoast (BCP) was signed in 2013 despite
Exxon’s concerns that the deal could violate U.S. anti-corruption laws.
The investigation by Global Witness showed that Exxon executives were
aware that the oil block they purchased was partly owned by former
politicians who had taken ownership of the block through illegal means.
knew its purchase might enrich these former politicians. The company
also knew the oil block had originally been awarded to BCP after
Liberia’s oil agency paid bribes,” the report said.
these corruption red flags, Exxon didn’t walk away from the deal.
Instead, it engineered a plan to skirt U.S. leg…
By DECLAN WALSHMARCH 29, 2018 Election workers counting
ballots in Cairo on Wednesday. Early results showed President Abdel
Fattah el-Sisi heading for a landslide victory after he sidelined his
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— Early results from Egypt’s election showed President Abdel Fattah
el-Sisi headed for a landslide victory with 92 percent of the vote,
state media reported Thursday, an unsurprising margin in a race where he
eliminated all serious opposition months ago.
Sisi’s token opponent, Moussa Moustapha Moussa, received just 3 percent
of the vote, less than the number of spoiled ballots, state media said.
With his main rivals in jail or forced from the contest,
Mr. Sisi relied on voter turnout to demonstrate his popularity. State
media said that about 40 percent of voters cast ballots during the three
days of voting that ended Wednesday, down from 47 percent in the 2014
election that formalized Mr. Sisi’s po…
Photo: The Citizen Tanzania
Tanzanian main opposition top brass fail to show up at court. By Hadija Jumanne
es Salaam — The Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court on Thursday, March 29,
granted bail to Chadema's top leaders despite their no show at the
In the bail
conditions, each remanded leader of the main opposition party would be
required to have two sureties who will sign a Sh20 million bond. The court has
ordered party leaders including national chairman Freeman Mbowe to
report to the Central Police Station every Thursday.
Attorney Faraja Nchimbi said the prosecution will file petition against
the ruling under Section 378 (1) of the Criminal and Procedure Act
Freeman Mbowe, Dr Vincent Mashinji (Secretary General), Mr John Mnyika
(Deputy Secretary General (Mainland), Mr Salum Mwalimu (Deputy Secretary
General (Zanzibar), Rev Peter Msigwa (Member of Parliament, Iringa
Urban) and Ms …
By political reporter Jane Norman
Key points: Prime Minister, Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop said there was no need for a new visa categoryMPs accused those on the "green left" of closing their eyes to persecution because of the farmers' raceFarm violence is a highly political and racially charged issue in South Africa
Seven Liberal MPs raised concerns about the farmers'
"unique" and "difficult" circumstances in today's meeting of the Liberal
and National party meeting and noted the high levels of violence they
The MPs also took aim at critics who have
labelled their push racist, accusing those on the "green left" of
closing their eyes to persecution because of the colour of the farmers'
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told colleagues there was no
need for a new visa category and no need to change the existing rules.
Published 9:26 p.m. ET March 22, 2018 | Updated 9:41 p.m. ET March 22, 2018 (Photo: Dai Kurokawa, EPA) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that the use of forced anal exams
used to determine whether gay men engaged in sex is illegal.
National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) took the case
to court after two men were arrested in 2015 on suspicion of having
According to the men, authorities forced them
to undergo anal examinations by hospital staff and security personnel.
They also said authorities forced them to submit to HIV tests.
NGLHRC argued the tests violated the men's constitutional rights. A
Kenyan court in 2016 ruled that such tests were constitutional and, as
such, within the scope of use for authorities. Thursday's ruling
overturned that decision.
"The ruling is a
tremendous step not only in upholding the dignity of homosexuals who'd