Home :: Security

Security

Graduation ceremony: Chief M.K Ajayi compliments graduating-friends of Institute for Security Studies

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Interim General Manager of Agura Hotels, Abuja, Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi,was at the Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, to compliment his graduating-friends on the successful completion of the Institute’s ‘Course 10’ class of studies, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Chief Ajayi’s friends who graduated from the Institute for Security Studies are Mr. Tony Fsi of the Department of ...

Read More »

Security alert: Strategic report to security agencies in Nigeria

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian security agencies should note that beyond the usual killings carried out by different terrorist and criminal groups across the country, more of such look-alike killings are more likely to henceforth be POLITICALLY SPONSORED at an increased level, while not totally divulging some attacks that took place in the past from it either, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Beyond ...

Read More »

Security alert: Strategic report to Nigerian security agencies

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): I urge Nigerian security agencies to beef up security across the country specifically in the month of ‘September’; please this is important, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.   May God Guide Our Leaders Right NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT Sulaiman Adenekan A Strategist/ Publisher TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net).    

Read More »

Strategic report to Nigerian security agencies on Adamawa State

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Attacks on Adamawa State by Boko Haram insurgents may likely be continuous if efforts are not immediately made to put a stop to it, as there could be another attack anytime soon, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. So security agents should please step-up intelligence gathering to curb further attacks in Adamawa which could turned serial, don’t underestimate this and ...

Read More »

To President Donald Trump of America:’Adopt diplomacy instead of force on North Korean stand off’-Strategic report

.‘Let Doves fly the sky instead of missiles’   Your Excellency sir, (TRADE NEWSWIRE): I humbly urge the Government of the United States of America to adopt diplomacy in place of brutal force against North Korea to address its controversial nuclear and missile programmes, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. A proverb by my highly revered elders in Yoruba land, Nigeria goes thus: ...

Read More »

Calabar Fire outbreak: NPA condoles with families, state government- Advertorial

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The management and board of the Nigerian Ports Authority commiserate with the Cross River State Government and families of people who lost their lives in the unfortunate fire incident which occurred at the Linc Oil and Gas tank farm located at the Calabar free trade zone facility on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Authority has commenced an ...

Read More »

Visitation: NPA MD Hadiza Bala Usman receives LSSTF to strengthen security in Lagos- Photos

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): In view of her recent pledge to contribute to engendering safety and security of Lagos state, the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) led by a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, has received the Management of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) to this effect, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Members ...

Read More »

Security: NPA pledges continuous support for Lagos State Security Trust Fund

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has pledged its support for the operations of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), as part of its contributions to engendering safety and security of the state, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru,a Socio-Economic ...

Read More »

Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’

MOSUL: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on Sunday (Jul 9), hailing his forces for securing “victory” over the Islamic State group, their biggest yet against the militants. Abadi’s office said he was visiting “liberated” Mosul to congratulate his “heroic fighters”, but the premier later indicated he would only declare victory once final pockets of resistance were cleared. “Victory ...

Read More »

North Korea warns of nuclear ‘tipping point’ over US bomber drill

SEOUL: North Korea on Sunday (Jul 9) lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war. The allies held the rare live-fire drill as tensions grew over the peninsula following the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ...

Read More »

‘Welcome to Hell’ anti-G20 protests begin

HAMBURG: Several thousand demonstrators vowing to “Smash G20!” marched on Thursday (Jul 6) with Hamburg police bracing for possible violence from a hardcore of several hundred hard-left activists. Police put the number of participants at some 8,000 at the beginning of the procession that was due to head towards and encircle the venue for the Group of 20 summit starting ...

Read More »

France takes guns from people on list of might-be militants – minister

PARIS: France is confiscating weapons from roughly 100 people on a watchlist of potential Islamist militants, the interior minister said on Thursday, two weeks after state prosecutors said an assailant inspired by Islamic State had been a gun-club member. Minister Gerard Collomb was speaking ahead of a parliamentary vote to extend emergency search-and-arrest powers given to police after Islamist gunmen ...

Read More »

US, South Korea stage show of force after North Korea ICBM test

WASHINGTON: US and South Korean troops fired missiles into the waters off South Korea, the US military said on Tuesday (Jul 4), in a show of force after North Korea’s ICBM test. “The deep strike precision capability enables the (South Korean)-US alliance to engage the full array of time critical targets under all weather conditions,” the US Army said in ...

Read More »

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile ahead of G20 summit

SEOUL: North Korea test-launched a ballistic missile from its western region into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, ahead of a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 nations in Germany later this week. The missile flew for about 40 minutes and landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Japanese government said, ...

Read More »

Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

MOSUL, Iraq: Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them in a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 metres (yards) ...

Read More »

Qatar responds to demands after deadline extended

KUWAIT: Qatar on Monday (Jul 3) responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances. Details of the response were not immediately available, but a Gulf official told AFP that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani had delivered it during ...

Read More »

Strategic report to Nigerian security agencies

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, especially those located in the outskirts of Maiduguri should be thoroughly combed for possible Boko Haram agents therein; while not totally exempting IDP Camps in Maiduguri, please this is important, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. -Close watch should be placed on Adamawa state to avoid attack by insurgents any ...

Read More »

China Launches New-Class Destroyer

China’s new 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer was launched at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard on Wednesday. The new Type 055 destroyer was independently developed and manufactured by China, with the nation claiming to have made a series of technical breakthroughs in overall vessel design, information integration and assembly. The new destroyer is equipped with new types of air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine ...

Read More »

US defence secretary says Syria appears to have heeded US warning on chemical attack

BRUSSELS: Syria appears to have heeded a U.S. warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. “It appears that they took the warning seriously,” Mattistold reporters flying with him to Brussels for a meeting of NATOdefence ministers. “They didn’t do it.” Asked whether he believed ...

Read More »

‘Terrorists are neither representing Islam nor Muslims’

  (TRADE NEWSWIE): Terrorists are neither representing Islamic religion nor Muslims with their nefarious operations, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. It should be noted that terrorists are not in any way representing Muslims or perpetrating their dastardly acts for Islam, because Allah does not need them to kill for Him to be worshiped or propagate the Islamic religion. ON WORSHIP:  Allah has ...

Read More »

Belgium has identified station bomber: Interior minister

BRUSSELS: Belgian security forces have identified the man who set off an explosion at one of Brussels’ busiest train stations before he was shot and killed, in the latest attack to hit Europe, authorities said on Wednesday (Jun 21). Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the attack Tuesday evening could have been much worse because the “big explosion did not happen,” ...

Read More »

Saudi king ousts nephew, names son as crown prince

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew as crown prince on Wednesday and installed his son Mohammed bin Salman — the first of a new generation set for power in a conservative kingdom used to ageing leaders. His appointment completes a gradual removal of powers from Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who has been fired, with his rise symbolising the hopes ...

Read More »

Explosion rocks Brussels train station, suspect shot dead

BRUSSELS: Belgian soldiers shot a terror suspect after an explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels on Tuesday (Jun 20) in the latest attack to hit Europe. Witnesses said the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) before setting off the blast, with initial reports saying the explosion could have come from an explosive belt. Subsequent accounts pointed to ...

Read More »

US destroyer almost foundered after collision, bodies found: Seventh Fleet

    YOKOSUKA, Japan: The bodies of missing sailors were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald, which came close to sinking after a collision with a container ship off Japan tore a gash under the warship’s waterline, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet commander said on Sunday (Jun 18). Vice Adm. Joseph P Aucoin declined to say how many ...

Read More »

Armed police swoop on knifeman at UK parliament

  LONDON: Armed police arrested a man with a knife at the gates of the British parliament on Friday (Jun 16), nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in exactly the same spot. Officers swooped and fired an electric stun gun, while detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether the man had an extremist motive. At 11.10am ...

Read More »

Wreckage of missing Malaysian fighter jet found

KUALA LUMPUR: The wreckage of a Malaysian fighter jet which crashed a day ago was found on Friday, the air force said. The Hawk 108 fighter jet took off at 11am Thursday and contact was lost 30 minutes later when the plane was believed to be near the border of the Malaysian states of Pahang and Terengganu. In a statement ...

Read More »

Malaysian air force plane missing; search and rescue mission launched

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force has reported that it has lost contact with a Hawk 108 fighter jet which is believed to have gone missing north of Kuantan near the Pahang-Terengganu border. The RMAF said in a statement on Thursday (Jun 15) that contact was lost at 11.30am after the aircraft took off from the Kuantan airbase. “The ...

Read More »

Senior US congressman Steve Scalise shot at Virginia baseball practice: Lawmaker

ALEXANDRIA: At least five people people including a top Republican congressman were wounded in a Washington suburb early Wednesday morning (Jun 14) when a shooting erupted as they practiced for an annual baseball game between lawmakers. Senior congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, according to fellow Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks who told CNN at least two law enforcement ...

Read More »

At least 6 dead in London Grenfell Tower fire

LONDON: At least six people were killed on Wednesday (Jun 14) when a massive fire tore through a London apartment block in the middle of the night, with witnesses reporting terrified people had leapt from the 24-storey tower. “I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery ...

Read More »

Turkey seizes tonne of heroin in Congo-flagged ship raid – police

ISTANBUL: Turkish security forces have seized more than a tonne of heroin hidden in a Democratic Republic of Congo-flagged cargo ship in a raid in international waters, the largest such seizure in recent Turkish history, police said on Wednesday. The operation was launched after the narcotics squad received a tip-off that the ship, Commander Tide, was heading towards Turkey with ...

Read More »

Attackers raid Iran parliament and mausoleum, up to 7 dead: Report

  TEHRAN: Attackers raided Iran’s parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning (Jun 7), in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported. Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. The Islamic ...

Read More »

London terror attack: The victims

LONDON: Seven people were killed in Saturday’s terror assault in central London and 48 taken to hospital after three assailants attacked an area thronged with international revellers. The dead include a Canadian charity worker, an Australian nurse and a French bistro worker, while the injured came from a variety of countries including Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain and New Zealand. Here ...

Read More »

US-backed force enters IS-held Raqa

  Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand in the village of Hazima on the northern outskirts of the Islamic States (IS) group’s Syrian bastion of Raqa on Jun 6, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Delil Souleiman) HAZIMA: US-backed fighters broke into the city of Raqa on Tuesday (Jun 6) as they launched a final assault to drive the Islamic State ...

Read More »

London attacker believed to be Moroccan, lived in Dublin: Report

  DUBLIN: One of the three attackers shot dead in London on Saturday night was carrying an Irish identity card and had lived in Dublin, according to a report Monday (Jun 5) by RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster. Citing police sources, RTE said the man is believed to have been from Morocco and married to a Scottish woman. “An Garda Siochana ...

Read More »

China says Iran membership of Shanghai security bloc to be discussed at summit

BEIJING: China supports Iran’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) security bloc, jointly led by China and Russia, and the subject will be discussed at the group’s summit this week, a senior diplomat said on Monday. The SCO refused to initiate Iran’s accession last year despite a request from Russia which backs Tehran’s bid, indicating possible divisions between Beijing ...

Read More »

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

DUBAI: Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, state news agencies from the countries announced on Monday (Jun 5). Saudi Arabia broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, saying the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as ...

Read More »

Security: Defence Ministry receives 25 Armoured vehicles from NPA to smoke Boko Haram insurgents out of hideouts

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian Ports Authority, led by a Socio Economic Reformer and Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, has donated 25 ‘Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Armoured vehicles’ to the Ministry of Defence to smoke-out remnants of Boko-Haram insurgents from their hideouts in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Principal ...

Read More »

Russian warship, sub fire cruise missiles at IS in Syria: Moscow

MOSCOW: A Russian warship and submarine have fired cruise missiles at Islamic State group targets around Palmyra in Syria from the Mediterranean, Moscow said on Wednesday (May 31), the first such strikes announced in months. The frigate Admiral Essen and submarine Krasnodar carried out four strikes against military hardware and fighters from the militnat group who had left its de-facto ...

Read More »

At least 64 killed, 320 injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

  KABUL: A massive blast rocked Kabul’s diplomatic quarters during the morning rush hour on Wednesday (May 31) the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital. Afghan officials said at least 64 people have been killed or wounded by a suicide car bombing, according to AFP. Witnesses said dozens of cars were blocking roads and some wounded people could be ...

Read More »

US successfully tests ICBM defence system

WASHINGTON: The US military said on Tuesday (May 30) it had intercepted a mock-up of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a first-of-its-kind test that comes amid concerns over North Korea’s weapons programme. A ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California “successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target” fired from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands, ...

Read More »

Police reveal Manchester attacker’s petty criminal past

MANCHESTER: British police revealed the Manchester suicide bomber’s petty criminal past on Tuesday (May 30) as the train station next to the scene of last week’s attack reopened for the first time since the carnage at a pop concert that left 22 people dead. Police said 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi had appeared in police records over theft, receiving stolen goods ...

Read More »

China is behaving like a ‘bully’ in South China Sea: McCain

SYDNEY: China is behaving like a “bully” with its militarisation of islands in the South China Sea, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday, activity Washington must confront with its allies to find a peaceful solution. In a speech in Sydney, McCain said China was asserting itself globally, best illustrated by militarising artificial islands in the South China Sea, ...

Read More »

Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State: McCain

SYDNEY: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to world security than the so-called Islamic State group, according to veteran US Senator John McCain who also admits Donald Trump makes him “nervous”. Republican McCain — one of US President Trump’s most outspoken critics in his own party — said Russia’s alleged meddling in elections was a danger to democracy. ...

Read More »

President Widodo calls for Indonesian military to play bigger role in counter-terrorism

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has asked for the Indonesian military (TNI) to be given a wider role in the country’s fight against terrorism. “Give TNI authority in the (anti-terrorism) law,” he said at a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java on Monday (May 29). “The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs has already ...

Read More »

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

SEOUL: North Korea fired what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and flew about 450 km (280 miles), South Korean officials said. ...

Read More »

25-year-old man arrested over Manchester attack: Police

LONDON: British police said they had arrested a 25-year-old man Sunday and were conducting a search of a house in connection with the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert. Officers arrested the man on terror charges in Old Trafford, to the east of the city, and were searching an address in the Moss Side area ...

Read More »

Britain says some of Manchester bomber’s network potentially still at large

MANCHESTER: Members of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s network are still potentially at large, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday (May 28), after the terrorism threat level was lowered due to significant progress in the investigation. Police have said they have arrested a large part of the network behind the bombing, which killed 22 people at a concert ...

Read More »

Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia says it is dissolving

CAIRO: Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to Al-Qaeda, is formally dissolving itself, it said in a statement on Saturday. The group, which Washington says was behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, had been at war with Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army. The group said its decision came on the back ...

Read More »

G7 in historic split as Trump goes his own way

TAORMINA: G7 leaders on Saturday (May 27) wrapped up their annual summit with an unprecedented display of division over climate change as US President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies. Trump tweeted that he would reveal his hand only next week as to whether he will keep the United States in ...

Read More »

China ‘strongly dissatisfied’ with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

BEIJING: China is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. China is committed to properly resolving disputes with all nations involved through negotiations while maintaining peace and stability in the East China ...

Read More »

North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country, the state news agency reported on Sunday, after weeks of defiant ballistic missile tests. The North’s KCNA news agency did not report the exact nature of the weapon or the time of the ...

Read More »

Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane: US officials

  WASHINGTON: Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180m of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 240km southeast of Hong Kong in international airspace when ...

Read More »

USS Washington Submarine Delivered

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of the Virginia-class, on May 26.USS Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Construction began in September 2011, ...

Read More »

Fleet Week Kicks Off in New York

Fleet Week New York 2017 began on Wednesday morning with the annual parade of ships along the Hudson River.The parade included U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and smallboats, several U.S. Navy ships, Naval Academy Patrol boats, a Royal Canadian Navy ship, Oceanographic Research Vessel Neil Armstrong and local partner agency vessels. Fleet Week New York, now in its 29th year, is ...

Read More »

Trump tells Duterte of two US nuclear subs in Korean waters – NYT

  MANILA: U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information. Trump has said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible because of its nuclear and missile programmes and that ...

Read More »

Three men arrested over Manchester attack: Police

MANCHESTER: British police on Wednesday (May 24) made three more arrests over the Manchester concert attack that left 22 people dead, bringing the number of men in custody to four. “Three men have been arrested after police executed warrants in South Manchester, in connection with the ongoing investigation into Monday night’s horrific attack at the Manchester arena,” a statement said. ...

Read More »

British police say military to guard key London sites

LONDON: British police said they had increased the number of officers on the streets in London and would deploy the military to guard key sites including Buckingham Palace and Downing Street following the suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday the threat level was now considered “critical”, meaning an attack may be ...

Read More »

‘There is no 100% perfect security’: How can we better protect against terror attacks?

SINGAPORE: Security measures at public events must be improved even if no foolproof solution to terror attacks exists, said experts on Wednesday (May 24) after another major incident which left 22 dead and 59 wounded at a pop concert in England. UK-born Salman Abedi, 22, blew himself up at the end of a sold-out show by pop star Ariana Grande ...

Read More »

UK raises terror threat level to highest

Britain has raised its terror threat level to the highest level of “critical”, meaning further attacks may be imminent, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. The change in terror threat comes after investigators were unable to rule out whether the Manchester suicide bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister was quoted as saying by a BBC report. Military ...

Read More »

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

  On Tuesday, Somali pirates captured an Iranian fishing boat for use as a mother ship for attacks on larger merchant vessels, according to the mayor of a port town in Puntland. In the past, Somali pirates often captured fishing vessels and their crews in order to extend their range, and they successfully operated as far out as the west ...

Read More »

Vietnamese Forces Block Indonesian Coast Guard

  On Tuesday, Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries claimed that a Vietnamese coast guard vessel aggressively interfered with the arrest of a group of Vietnamese fishermen near the Natuna Islands. On Sunday, an Indonesian patrol boat detained five Vietnamese fishing vessels on suspicion of illegal fishing, and it got under way to bring the arrested fishermen back to ...

Read More »

British police name Manchester Arena attacker as Salman Abedi, 22

LONDON: The man who carried out a deadly suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena was named by British police on Tuesday (May 23) as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable Ian Hopkins named the attacker in a media briefing, after police raided a home in the south Manchester area of Fallowfield, where Abedi is believed to have lived. ...

Read More »

Manchester Arena blast: World leaders condemn terror attack

  PARIS: World leaders have swiftly condemned Monday’s (May 22) deadly blast at Manchester Arena, which British police are treating as a “terrorist incident”. At least 22 people were killed, including children, and nearly 60 others injured, after a lone attacker detonated an improvised explosive device he was carrying outside the venue where American singer Ariana Grande had been performing. ...

Read More »

London police close Victoria Coach Station after finding suspect package

  LONDON: British police closed London’s Victoria Coach Station and the surrounding streets on Tuesday (May 23), the BBC reported, after finding a suspect package. “A suspect package is being checked out,” a Metropolitan police spokesman said. Source: Reuters/dl

Read More »

Suspected terror attack in Manchester: What we know

  LONDON: Twenty-two people died in a suspected terror attack at a pop concert in the British city of Manchester late Monday (May 22). Here is what we know so far about the attack, which was the deadliest in Britain since 2005. WHAT HAPPENED? Police said they were called at 2133 GMT to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena ...

Read More »

UK Source Warns of Terrorist Threat to LNG Carriers

    A senior source within the Royal Navy says that elite British dive teams have been actively working to thwart a terrorist attack on gas carriers entering UK waters. Two years ago, intelligence indicated that a terrorist group sought to attack LNG tankers near terminals in England by planting limpet mines. The dive teams – drawn from the elite ...

Read More »

Trump in Israel: Says has new reasons to hope for peace

    TEL AVIV: US’ President Donald Trump arrived in Israel on Monday (May 22) on the second leg of his first overseas trip since entering office and said he had new reasons to hope for peace and stability to the Middle East after his visit to Saudi Arabia. In a stopover lasting 28 hours, Trump is to meet separately ...

Read More »

Trump decries ‘single greatest witch hunt’ in US history

  WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump decried the appointment of a special counsel to lead the Russia probe as “the single greatest witch hunt” in U.S. history on Thursday, hours after he said he looked forward to a thorough investigation. In the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, the U.S. Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday ...

Read More »

France, Germany resist US plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

BRUSSELS: France and Germany are resisting a plan by U.S. officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism. Many alliance members hope the plan will be announced in Brussels next Thursday, when Trump ...

Read More »

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: Sources

WASHINGTON: Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being ...

Read More »

Saudi Arabia sets up new military corporations to rank among top 25 defence companies globally by 2030

  The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has announced the creation of a new national military industries company, wholly owned by the government, which will form a key part of Vision 2030. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (Sami) will manufacture products and provide services across four business units: air systems – which includes maintenance and repair of fixed-wing aircraft as ...

Read More »

U.K. Issues Antarctic Terrorism Alert

The U.K.’s Foreign Office has issued a terrorism-related travel advisory for its Antarctic territory. “Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the British Antarctic Territory, attacks can’t be ruled out,” says the advisory. “There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against U.K. interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.” ...

Read More »

Indian Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack Off Somalia

    On Tuesday, the Indian Navy patrol vessel INS Sharda rescued the Liberian-flagged bulker Lord Mountbatten from a pirate attack 150 nm off the northeastern tip of Somalia. The Mountbatten made a distress call at 1645 hours, Indian Navy officials said, and she reported two suspected mother ships accompanied by eight skiffs. The Sharda diverted to assist. The Mountbatten ...

Read More »

China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: Report

  BEIJING: China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China’s ongoing military build-up. China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that ...

Read More »

French-British Task Force Busts Indian Ocean Smugglers

A French-British task force has dealt a $100 million blow to terrorists after scoring the second major drugs bust in a month. On May 10, Australian frigate HMAS Arunta pounced on a dhow tracked by units assigned to Combined Task Force 150, where sailors recovered 250kg of heroin. It comes hot on the heels of a double seizure of heroin by ...

Read More »

Trump asked FBI director to drop Flynn probe: Report

  WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump asked the former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation of his national security advisor Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported Tuesday (May 16). In an explosive new report that was immediately denied by the Trump administration, the Times said Comey met the president in the White House on Feb 14, later ...

Read More »

White House denies Trump caused ‘lapse in national security’

‘ WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s national security advisor on Tuesday (May 16) denied the US president had caused a “lapse in national security” following reports he disclosed highly-classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. “The premise of that article is false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any ...

Read More »

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Fisherman

  On Monday, Israeli Navy forces shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman who had “deviated from the designated fishing zone in the northern Gaza Strip.” An IDF spokesperson said that the man’s fishing vessel did not respond to warning calls and warning shots, prompting an IDF vessel to open fire. Mohammed Majed Bakr, 28, was injured in the exchange and ...

Read More »

North Korea Launches Missile Closer to Russia than Japan

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday that few for 430 miles (700 kilometers) into the Sea of Japan and reached an altitude of over 1,245 miles (2,000 kilometers). The missile launched is believed to be a new type, and it flew further and higher than an intermediate-range missile the nation tested in February. The U.S. Pacific Command said ...

Read More »

North Korea keeps low profile after US complaint at China summit appearance

BEIJING: North Korea kept a low profile at the opening of a summit in Beijing on China’s new Silk Road plan on Sunday, after the United States warned China Pyongyang’s attendance could affect the participation of other countries. North Korea’s attendance at China’s biggest diplomatic event this year raised further eyebrows after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile early on Sunday, ...

Read More »

Five people shot during anti-mutiny march in Ivory Coast – witness

ABIDJAN: At least five people were wounded by gunfire during protests against an army mutiny in Ivory Coast’s second city, Bouake, on Saturday, according to a witness, as popular opposition to the three-day revolt over bonus payments grew. The witness saw five people being treated for gunshots at Bouake’s main hospital following an attempt by city residents to stage a ...

Read More »

US inches towards $100bn Saudi weapons deal

The US was close to completing a series of deals to sell Saudi Arabia arms and related maintenance worth $100 billion, said a Reuters report, citing a senior White House official. President Donald Trump begins an international tour next Friday with the first stop in Saudi Arabia, followed by visits in Israel, the Vatican, Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty ...

Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.25 million trucks over software error

  WASHINGTON/DETROIT: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) said on Friday it would recall more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide to address a software error linked to reports of one crash death and two injuries. The erroneous code could temporarily disable the side air bag and deployment seat of belt pretensioners – which reduce seat belt slack during impacts – ...

Read More »

Comey firing won’t stop Russia probe: Acting FBI chief

WASHINGTON: The acting chief of the FBI told the US Congress on Thursday (May 11) that President Donald Trump’s shock firing of James Comey will not derail the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump dismissed the FBI director citing his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails, but opponents suspect his ouster was a bid to ...

Read More »

Saudi Forces Find More Naval Mines Off Yemen

On Monday, the Royal Saudi Navy announced that its forces have located more floating mines off the coast of Yemen, likely placed by Houthi rebel militias. The latest mine sightings were off of Midi, a port on the Red Sea just south of the Yemeni-Saudi border. The Saudi military said that the mines were of simple construction, but they could ...

Read More »

Royal Navy Escorts Russian Sub Through English Channel

    Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset has shadowed a Russian submarine as it passed through the English Channel. The Plymouth-based ship located the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar in the early hours of Friday morning as it sailed past the eastern coast of the UK. HMS Somerset, a Type 23 frigate, then followed her through the Dover Strait and the ...

Read More »

U.S. Defense Budget to Get $21 Billion Boost

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that his contested budget will see a $21 billion increase in defense spending ending what he says were “years of painful cuts.”“Not only did we achieve this massive and badly needed increase in defense, but we did so without having to put in place an equal increase in non-defense spending, breaking the so-called parity ...

Read More »

North Korea says US bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear war

SEOUL: North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday (May 2) of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew over the area in a training drill with the South Korean air force. The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea’s dogged pursuit of ...

Read More »

China demands ‘immediate’ halt to US missile shield in South Korea

BEIJING: China called Tuesday (May 2) for the immediate suspension of a controversial missile defence system hours after Washington confirmed the shield was now operational in South Korea. “China’s position is clear-cut and firm. We oppose the deployment of the THAAD system in (South Korea) and urge relevant sides to immediately stop the deployment. We will firmly take necessary measures ...

Read More »

THAAD missile defence system now operational in South Korea: US

WASHINGTON: A controversial US missile defence system whose deployment has angered China is now operational in South Korea, a US defence official said on Monday (May 1). Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests. “It has reached initial intercept capability,” ...

Read More »

Trump says would be ‘honoured’ to meet North Korea’s Kim

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday (May 1) he would be “honoured” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions, in comments that contrasted with earlier threats of military action. As Pyongyang threatens to carry out a sixth nuclear test that would further inflame tensions, Trump appeared to offer the prospect of a diplomatic off-ramp. ...

Read More »

UN to host Cyprus leaders April 2, first since talks breakdown in February

ATHENS: The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities will meet over dinner next Sunday in a first encounter of the two since peace talks were abruptly interrupted in February, the United Nations said on Monday. Reunification talks hit the latest in a long line of snags last month over a decision by Greek Cypriot lawmakers to commemorate ...

Read More »

Security alert: Strategic report to security agencies on Kaduna

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Security agencies should be on the lookout, as Central and Northern Kaduna ‘not’ Southern Kaduna now, may likely be attacked any time soon, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Nature: It could be in form of bomb explosion or intermittent/ overnight gunmen attacks on neighborhoods Aim: To put the entire Kaduna state on fire. Caution: Security agencies should also ...

Read More »

Libyan Forces Seize Car Carrier

On Sunday, Libyan militia forces loyal to the warlord Khalifa Haftar boarded and seized the car carrier Morning Compass. The Eukor-operated Compass was reportedly under way from South Korea to Misrata carrying a load of several thousand cars; the militia fighters diverted the vessel to the port of Ras Al-Hilal, northeast of Benghazi.The government of Eastern Libya told media that the vessel had ...

Read More »

‘Urgent homework’ to be done on South China Sea Code of Conduct: Vivian Balakrishnan

BORACAY, Philippines: ASEAN foreign ministers are set on completing a framework for a Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea by June this year. But for that to happen, “there is some urgent homework that needs to be done,” said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Tuesday (Feb 21). He was speaking on the sidelines of a two-day ...

Read More »

Drone Boat Was Used in Saudi Frigate Attack

  The U.S. Navy has determined that the bomb boat that struck the Saudi frigate Al-Madinah last month was a remotely controlled device and not a suicide attack craft. The technological sophistication of the unmanned vessel raises questions about its source, and the Navy suspects that Iran was involved. Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of the Fifth Fleet and head ...

Read More »

Suicide Attack on Saudi Frigate Kills Two Sailors

On Monday, two crewmembers of a Saudi frigate were killed in a suicide attack by Houthi rebels near Hudaydah, on the Red Sea. “A Saudi frigate came under a terrorist attack by three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias while on patrol west of the port of Hudaydah,” the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement. “The Saudi ship dealt ...

Read More »

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank clash – officials

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian during a clash on Sunday in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian medical officials. An Israeli military spokeswoman said Palestinian rioters had “attacked and hurled pipe bombs” at soldiers operating overnight in the area of the Jenin refugee camp. “Responding to the threat, forces fired at (the) main instigators,” the spokeswoman ...

Read More »

Trump to honour refugee swap deal with Australia – source

SYDNEY: U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed that his administration will honour a refugee resettlement deal with Australia, a source close to the Australian government said on Sunday. Trump spoke by telephone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier on Sunday, officials in both countries said, one of a number of conversations the new U.S. president held with world leaders, ...

Read More »

President Buhari’s death rumour: ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing’

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE):  Yoruba elders say (Bi a ba le ni ti ti, bi a ko ba ba’ni, iwon ni a n ba’ni se ota mo, ise ni a d’eyin l’eyin  eni na) English meaning (When you pursue a person to destroy him and you can’t catch up with him to achieve your destructive aim, then you desist from ...

Read More »