WORLD NEWS : Trump will meet North Korea’s Kim on 28 Feb 2018 in Vietnam

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Feb 5) announced that his second summit with North Korea President will take place later this month in Vietnam as he also reported headway in talks with the Taliban.

Delivering his annual State of the Union address to Congress after being politically battered by a partial government shutdown, Trump hailed his diplomacy with North Korea and seized on the drama of the setting to reveal his long-planned second summit with leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump said he would meet the elusive young leader on Feb 27 and 28 in Vietnam, although he did not specify the venue.

“Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months,” Trump told lawmakers assembled in the House chamber.

AFRICA NEWS : Egyptian lawmakers pave the way for Sisi to stay in power until 2034

An Egyptian parliamentary ( Lawmakers ) committee on Tuesday approved proposed constitutional amendments which would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and boost his control of the judiciary.

The approval is the first step needed to move forward with the constitutional changes, which are expected to be finally endorsed by parliament and then move to a referendum within a few months.

The proposed amendments were submitted on Sunday to the speaker of parliament who heads the committee that approved the changes.

Any changes need approval by two-thirds of parliament members, followed by a referendum.

“This is a constitution made for a pharaoh,” said Mohamed Zaree of the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies. |”It gives a lot of authority with no accountability.”

Sisi supporters say the changes are necessary for the stability of the country and to give the president more time to implement economic development plans.

AFRICA : Central African Republic signs peace deal with armed groups

The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups signed a new peace accord seeking to end years-long fighting that has left thousands of people dead.

The accord was initialed by President Faustin Archange Touadera for the CAR government and representatives of militias which control most of the chronically-troubled country.

It will be formally signed in the CAR capital of Bangui “in the coming days,” Touadera’s office said, without announcing a date.

“The Khartoum Agreement opens the door for peace to return to our homeland,” Touadera declared at the ceremony. “It is now time to open a new page for Central Africa. Let’s go together to Bangui to build our country together.”

President Hassan Rouhani : US domination over Iran will not return

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States’ hostile attitude toward Iran since the victory of its Islamic Revolution 40 years ago, and the era of US domination over the Islamic Republic has come to an end.

Rouhani made the remarks in an address to the closing ceremony of the 36th Book of the Year Award and the 26th World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran on Tuesday.

He said Europe, the US and some reactionary Arab countries in the region imposed an all-out blockade against Iran but failed to achieve any success due to the Iranian nation’s faith, belief and hope.

The president said the US prevented four “scientists” from traveling to Tehran to receive their book awards and threatened that it would not give them visas to turn back to the United States, in a move that showed they are under sanctions.

“Who are you fighting with? You are fighting with the ideologies and civilization of the world. You are fighting with nations in our region,” Rouhani said.

The Gambia : Deputy imam comments about gay marriage

The deputy imam of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe Abibou Choi, has urged government not to draft laws that would allow same sex marriage.

He said that the current Gambian Constitution provides for marriage between two people but added he was not sure whether it specifies gender.

He urged the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) to draft laws in the new constitution that would prohibit sodomy.

“I want the constitution to state clearly that only a man and woman should marry each other,” he opined.

He urged that if the constitution allows people to marry without specifying gender; that could encourage people of the same gender to marry each other and claim that it is their constitutional right and that nobody would be able stop them from practicing sodomy.

Imam Choi also spoke at length on the importance of the Friday prayer and stressed the need for the day (Friday) to be made a holiday for Muslim workers.