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.
Congratulations Isatou Badjie, First Secretary at the Gambian Mission to the United Nations, for the accolade in recognition of your outstanding service as Vice-Coordinator of the African Group of Third Committee Experts at the United Nations.
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.
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
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,”
The deputy imam of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe Abibou Choi, has urged government not to draft laws that would allow same sex marriage.
said that the current Gambian Constitution provides for marriage between two
people but added he was not sure whether it specifies gender.
urged the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) to draft laws in the new
constitution that would prohibit sodomy.
want the constitution to state clearly that only a man and woman should marry
each other,” he opined.
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.
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.