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Russia Has Blocked Two Seaports – Ukraine Minister

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Russia Has Blocked Two Seaports - Ukraine Minister

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, has said on Thursday that Russia has blockaded two azov seaports, Berdyansk and Mariupol. He said vessels are being barred from leaving and entering.

Omelyan said on Facebook, 35 vessels have been prevented from carrying out normal operations, and only vessels moving toward Russian ports on the Azov sea are permitted entry.

The minister said Russia’s goal by blockading Ukrainian sea ports is simply to drive the country out of its own territory.  Most of the shipments to these ports are grain and steel.

Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. It said the ships had illegally entered into Russian waters. Ukraine has strongly refuted that charge

The seizure of the navy vessels drove tension to its highest since 2015, when Moscow-backed rebels rose against the Kiev government in the eastern Donbass region, sparking a war that has killed tens of thousands.

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Experts Support Trade Multilateralism

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Experts Support Trade Multilateralism

Several experts from different countries have voiced their support for multilateralism in trade.  They particularly pointed to china’s actions to promote cooperation based on win-win results.

Sanusha Naidu, a foreign policy analyst based in South Africa, said the recent G-20 summit has told the world the significance of multilateralism in trade which has played an active role for the global economy.

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150 Nations Sign International Agreement On Migration

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150 Nations Sign International Agreement On Migration

More than 150 nations have signed a landmark international agreement on managing migration.

The UN pact, which is not legally binding, was adopted at a meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, but it has been shunned by some countries including the U.S., Australia and at least six EU nations.

Its objectives include the integrated management of borders and giving migrants access to basic services.

Critics fear it will increase migration but the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the pact was based on co-operation and regulating migration.

He called it a source of “collective shame” that 60,000 migrants had died on perilous journeys since 2000.

All 193 UN members, except the united states, finalised the pact five months ago

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

Nigeria still holds the unenviable position as the third most terrorized country in the world.

The 2018 global terrorism index, released on Wednesday, says  this is as a result of the spate of terrorism in Nigeria.  It also points to what it called the “increase in violence involving Fulani extremists”.  The report says this is happening as deaths committed by Boko Haram are falling..

Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions.

This year alone, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen as well as clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.

States worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and others.

The report also noted that, compared to the peak of “terrorist deaths” in 2014, “the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

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