Sudan’s peace talks would resume under better political conditions: chief negotiator

September 30, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s presidential assistant and head of the government negotiating team on the Two Areas Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid said the next round of peace talks would be held “under better political circumstances”.
Hamid, who addressed the meeting of the National Congress Party (NCP) Shura Council in the state of Khartoum Saturday, said the military rebellion in Darfur and the Two Areas has receded significantly.
He pointed out to the disarmament campaign, saying the arms (…)



One killed by unknown gunmen in North Darfur

September 30, 2017 (EL-FASHER) – One person was killed and several of others injured by unidentified gunmen in two separate incidents in the locality of Tawila, some 60 kilometres west of North Darfur capital, El-Fasher.
Emad Abdel-Karim, a nephew of the victim told Sudan Tribune that gunmen on a four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser vehicle fired at his uncle and killed him instantly after he refused to hand them over his cattle.
“My uncle Mohamed Abdel-Rahman was killed treacherously at the (…)



“Dear Uhuru, Stop Masquerading That You Had Numbers In August Polls, Those Were Fake” – Kipkorir Donald

By Donald Kipkorir Supreme Court Declared Presidential Results Void: Legal Meaning The Supreme Court under Chief Justice David Maraga declared the August 8 Presidential Elections Void ab Initio. The Elections to be held on October 26 are Fresh Elections. They are not Re-run or repeat. In law, “Void ab Initio” means what is cancelled is […]

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Bashir’s visit to Darfur: is terrorist activity

By Adeeb Yousif
In recent days, new causes of unrest and violence among Darfurian communities have compounded the suffering they already are experiencing. President Omar Bashir has been visiting various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the region. Bashir, responsible for a genocide against Darfurians, continues to ignore international law by dismissing the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) indictment of him based on evidence of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and (…)

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RDF hands over ‘New Model village’ to Vulnerable people

  Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) on Friday handed over 40 houses constructed for vulnerable people at Rugendabari I Model village, in Kankuba cell, Mageragere sector, Nyarugenge District. The houses constructed in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government, Nyarugenge District and different partners within Nyarugenge district were handed over to the vulnerable families that include […]

Uber’s Kalanick rekindles power struggle, names two to board

By Paresh Dave

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] co-founder Travis Kalanick said he had appointed two new directors, a surprise move that publicly reignited a board battle over the role of the ousted former chief executive.

Kalanick’s move on Friday sought to pre-empt a move by new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi to restructure the board and gain greater control, a person familiar with the co-founder’s decision said.

Uber said in a statement on Friday the company was surprised by Kalanick’s action.

Company investors are divided over whether Kalanick should remain on the board and whether he should be allowed to name two other directors.

Benchmark Capital, which had pressured Kalanick to resign as CEO in the wake of several governance scandals, did not respond to a request for comment.

Khosrowshahi is scrambling to portray Uber as a reformed company that is turning a page on concerns including sexual harassment claims and a U.S. bribery probe. Investors have described diluting Kalanick’s power as a necessary step on the path to making amends.

Kalanick, still one of the largest shareholders, said in a statement he had appointed former Xerox Chief Executive Ursula Burns and former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain as directors.

“I am appointing these seats now in light of a recent board proposal to dramatically restructure the board and significantly alter the company’s voting rights. It is therefore essential that the full board be in place for proper deliberation to occur, especially with such experienced board members as Ursula and John,” he said. He did not specify the proposals he opposed.

Uber had nine directors before Kalanick’s Friday appointments. The person familiar with the matter said that Kalanick acted after Khosrowshahi had outlined a plan to directors, which is scheduled to be voted on October 3, that would give him control of four board seats in addition to his own on a panel that now has 11 directors.

Khosrowshahi’s plan calls for transferring one of the two Kalanick-controlled positions to SoftBank Group Corp, which is considering an investment in Uber, the source said. Khosrowshahi effectively could put a person of his choosing in the other seat, as well as three other existing ones, according to the source. A third of directors also would be elected each year under the plan.

Uber did not respond on Saturday to a request to comment about the Khosrowshahi plan. But the company said earlier in a statement that Kalanick’s appointments were a “complete surprise” to Uber and its board. “That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure that we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of,” the statement said.

Yucaipa Companies managing partner Ron Burkle, an investor who has supported Kalanick, praised Burns and Thain as “smart, high-quality people.”

Division among Uber investors exploded in public in August, when Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit to force Kalanick off the board and rescind his ability to fill two other seats on the panel, accusing him of concealing a range of misdeeds. Yucaipa and other Uber investors defended Kalanick and asked Benchmark to divest its own shares and step down from the board.

A Delaware judge later that month stayed the Benchmark lawsuit and sent it to arbitration, pushing the dispute out of public view and delivering Kalanick a victory.

Kalanick’s action on Friday could be subject to a new legal challenge. Benchmark or other Uber investors could attempt to block the appointments by asking the Delaware judge to issue a so-called “status-quo order.” The judge last month did not grant such a request.

Kalanick’s lawyer at the time told the court that Kalanick had not rushed to fill the seats. The New York Times also quoted Kalanick’s lawyer as telling the court Kalanick had the power to fill the seats under the pre-arbitration “status quo.”

(Reporting by Liana B. Baker and Paresh Dave; Writing by Peter Henderson; Editing by David Gregorio and Lisa Shumaker)

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Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu ‘not in military custody’ – Defence HQ

The Nigerian Army has officially commented on the missing leader of the Biafra separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) stating that the 50-year-old Nnamdi Kanu was not in military custody.

Spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, John Enenche, in an interview with journalists on Friday affirmed that it was not in the powers of the army to declare Kanu missing. He said till date the whereabout of Kanu was not known even to them.

”It is not the responsibility of the military to declare Nnamdi Kanu wanted. The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due process was followed to proscribe it. The job of the military was to diagnose security issues and warned the public of consequences and that is part of our media operations.

“We did our media operations very well, otherwise that weekend would have been the longest weekend in this country and we are also very careful choosing our words and we know the law very well,” he said.

Members of the group and Kanu’s brother had asked the military to produce the missing IPOB leader. His lawyer has also filed a court case seeking the army and government to produce his client. The military last said Kanu was on the run.

The government last week secured a court order declaring the group a terrorist organization. Kanu’s lawyer has since challenged the decision.

Kanu went missing after a clash between the army and IPOB members at his family home in Umuahia located in the south east Abia State.

Qatar Airways expects Meridiana to be Italy’s ‘real’ national carrier

By Alexander Cornwell

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar Airways will back Meridiana to be Italy’s top airline, supplying it with wide and narrow bodied jets to help expand its network, the Middle East carrier’s chief executive said on Saturday.

Qatar Airways announced on Thursday it had acquired a 49 percent stake in Meridiana’s new parent AQA Holding, with previous sole owner Alisarda retaining 51 percent. [nL8N1M95QA]

Qatar Airways will “massively grow” the Italian airline, including a relaunch with new aircraft and new branding and an expansion of its European and international network, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters in Doha.

Meridiana, Italy’s second biggest airline, will “over the next six months” start taking delivery of widebody Boeing 787s or Airbus <AIR.PA> A330s, and narrowbody Boeing <BA.N> 737 MAXs ordered by Qatar Airways, he said.

He did not say how many aircraft Merdiana would take.

Qatar Airways has 26 A330 passenger jets in its fleet and 30 787s, with a further 30 787s on order, according to its website. It has also ordered 20 737 MAXs, and al-Baker said on Sept. 26 that the airline would confirm options for 40 more. [nL2N1M61P2]

The Middle East carrier made its third airline investment after more than a year of negotiations.

Contract terms for Meridiana employees, including salaries, benefits and working hours, were renegotiated as a condition of the deal, al-Baker said. He did not say how those terms had changed, but said the changes followed a “a very frank talk with the unions,” which had been “very accommodating.”

“They realized we are not going to just shrink the airline in the beginning, but that we are going to massively grow the carrier to become the real national carrier of Italy,” al-Baker said.

Italy’s number one airline Alitalia [CAITLA.UL] filed for administration in May after management was unable to reach an agreement with employees over its latest bailout plan. Minority owner Etihad Airways, a Middle East rival of Qatar Airways, subsequently said it would no longer financially support the Italian carrier.

Al-Baker said that Meridiana “should make sure that the Italian public is properly connected” as Alitalia goes through its bankruptcy proceedings.

State-owned Qatar Airways is also a minority shareholder in British Airways parent International Airlines Group <ICAG.L> (IAG) and South America’s LATAM Airlines <LAN.SN>.

Qatar Airways has previously expressed interest in Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc [RAM.UL], and al-Baker said it would soon apply to launch a domestic airline in India, which he has said would involve sovereign wealth fund the Qatar Investment Authority.

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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