US service member killed in northern Iraq blast

US-militaryA member of the US military was killed in a bomb blast in northern Iraq on Thursday, officials said, as Iraqi forces in the region continued their push on Mosul.

US defense officials did not immediately identify the service member, or say whether he or she was one of the more than 100 US troops advising Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga as they advance toward Mosul, the Islamic State group’s last stronghold, on multiple fronts.

The US-led coalition fighting IS said in a statement that further information would be released “as appropriate” — additional details often depend on when family members are notified of the death.

An unnamed US official cited by CNN said the service member was medevaced off the battlefield but later died from the wounds.

No other US troops were wounded, CNN said.

The death is the fourth time a US military member has been killed in combat in Iraq since operations against IS began there in 2014.

In May, Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating was fatally shot during a pitched battle with IS near the village of Tal Asquf, north of Mosul.

In April, Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin was killed by an IS rocket attack that also wounded eight Marines at an artillery position in the Makhmur area of northern Iraq.

And in October last year, Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, an American special operations soldier, was killed during a joint raid with Kurdish forces against IS in Hawijah, a northern Iraqi town.

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These are the finalists for the AppsAfrica 2016 Innovation Awards

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AppsAfrica has released the names of startups who made it to the finals for this year’s Innovation Awards that is set to take place in Cape Town on November 14, 2016.

Over 200 startups from 25 African countries responded to AppsAfrica’s call for submissions, and out of that number, 44 have been selected across 10 categories.

Talking about this year’s turnout, AppsAfrica founder,Andrew Fassnidge, says, “We are delighted with the huge response building on 2015 and this year’s finalists represent North, South, East and West Africa, which is testament to innovation happening across the continent.”

Supported by Uber, Opera, Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO), Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) and the MMA, the AppsAfrica Awards celebrates the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, providing winners with global publicity, recognition and networking with over 300 industry peers at the Awards party.

Without further ado, here are the finalists for the AppsAfrica 2016 Innovation Awards –

Winners will be announced on November 14, 2016.


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Omg! Armed Robbers kill Governor Mimiko’s Chief security Officer and Injured 4-year-old boy (Read details)

Suspected armed robbers on late Wednesday evening attacked and killed the Chief Security Officer of the  convoy of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Mr. Idowu Oyewole, at his resident in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Punch reports. The criminals numbering about three shot Oyewole who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police in his house […]

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Comment on Patience Jonathan: It took me 15 years to save up the $15m frozen by EFCC by Dew

Are Nigerians fools? What a shameful story to tell, obviously hers and her advisers IQ is in question here. For the 6 years they were in power with crude oil prices averaging 100usd to a barrel what did there administration leave behind? No good roads, no power, no savings…. We all knw amongst ourselves that over 50% of Nigeria s income was embezzled. The 15mil usd for sure is among the proceeds of that administration. Even the Niger Delta wasn’t developed….. It’s a shame to and for all Niger Deltans.

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ECOWAS Condemns Terror Attacks in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

By Alex Enumah 
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)Thursday   condemned the armed attacks perpetrated in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, which injured many and also claimed several lives among the security forces.
The commission made this known in a statement issued in Abuja in which it expressed its condolences to the families of the victims.
 According to the commission, “Twelve soldiers were also killed on 11 October 2016 during an attack on a Malian army base in the central part of the country. The assailants equally injured at least 27 people taking over Nampala military base, near the Mauritanian border.
“A day after, on 12 October 2016, armed men stormed a Burkinabe army detachment in Intangom, Oudalan Province, five kilometres from the Malian border, killing three soldiers in the process.”

It noted with dismay the attack in Burkina Faso, claimed by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), a fledgling organisation in the Sahel which holds allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State.

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Aviation: Reeling from industry downturn, Senate warns of potential plane crashes

(By Fred ItuaABUJA)
The Senate yesterday warned of imminent plane crashes across the country if urgent steps were not taken by the relevant government agencies to fix the ailing aviation industry.
The warning of the Senate followed a motion tagged “Disturbing Development in the Nigerian Aviation Industry” sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye.
Senate Minority Leader Senator Godswill Akpabio, who raised the alarm of imminent crashes, while making his contributions, said airlines operating in the country can no longer access foreign currency used in servicing their aircrafts.
The Senator warned that some operators might start cutting corners as a result of their inability to access needed foreign currency, thereby potentially endangering the lives of air travelers.
He added that many of the airlines in the country are bankrupt and inoperative, noting that others have either withdrawn or relocated to neighbouring countries.
“These problems are caused by policies of government. Monetary policies of government have not allowed the airlines to operate.
“Section 14(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended says that government must ensure the security and welfare of the people. We are likely to have a spectre of crashes because most airlines cannot access foreign exchange to service their aircrafts,” Akpabio noted.
Deputy President of the Senate Senator Ike Ekweremadu for his part said the withdrawal of airlines from the country’s aviation industry is a bad omen which will in turn lead to massive job losses.
“A situation whereby airlines cannot send back their money to their home countries is a disaster. Competition becomes less and the few left will charge as they want. It is embarrassing that airlines have to go and refuel in Ghana.”
The Senate after a brief debate expressed willingness to support the federal government’s move to intervene in the current challenges with a view to saving the travelers from greater hardship and to reduce the downturn in the aviation sector.
The Red Chamber also urged the government to ensure that it extracts from airlines who are going to be benefiting from the government special reviews, commitments not to increase fares arbitrarily and to guarantee competitive ticket pricing within the regional market.
It also urged that the federal government prevail and insist on airlines to use the Naira as the official currency in all transactions in the aviation industry.

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US Presidential Debate: What You Missed

Donald J. Trump refused to say on Wednesday night that he would accept the results of the presidential election, rejecting American political norms and growing pressure from his own party by claiming that the political process is extensively rigged against him.

Mr. Trump said he would decide only on Nov. 8 whether to respect the election returns. He accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the media of conspiring in Mrs. Clinton’s favor, and brushed off a reminder from Chris Wallace, the debate moderator, that the peaceful transfer of power is “one of the prides of this country.”

Hillary Clinton called Mr. Trump’s answer “horrifying,” and accused him of “talking down our democracy” out of frustration with his flagging campaign.

The exchange was the closest thing to a climactic moment in which Mrs. Clinton aggressively branded Mr. Trump as a dangerous candidate, calling him a “puppet” of Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and urging voters not to entrust him with nuclear weapons.

(New York Times)

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Rahim: Captain says ring-rusty Bangladesh ready for England

Mushfiqur Rahim gives a press conference at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on October 19, 2016

Bangladesh have lost all eight of their Test matches and are desperate to break that sequence

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim insisted Wednesday that Bangladesh would not use their long break from Test cricket as an excuse as they seek a first victory over England in the game’s longest format.

While Bangladesh have inflicted embarrassing defeats on England in ODI and Twenty20 cricket, they have lost all eight of their Test matches and are desperate to break that sequence in the next fortnight.

Given that Bangladesh have not played a Test match for 15 months, they could be forgiven for being somewhat ring-rusty when the first contest in a two-match series begins on Thursday in Chittagong.

But Rahim said the hosts would not dwell on their lack of five-day cricket and instead seek inspiration from their vastly-improved form in the shorter formats.

"If we start thinking about these things, then we are going on the back foot," he told a press conference.

"Now is the time to play and we are focusing on that. Being a professional cricketer you cannot say that we have not played for the last 15 months.

"The important thing is how you can do well in the coming five days. We are not concentrating on not having played for a long time."

Once the whipping boys of international cricket, Bangladesh’s performances in limited overs have earned them respect and they are no longer regarded as pushovers — especially on home turf.

They won six consecutive ODI series at home in a sequence dating back to November 2014, before England’s narrow 2-1 victory earlier this month.

"The last two years we played ODIs very consistently. We did not win all the matches but the graph has been on an upward path," said Rahim.

"So we want that we can become a team like that in Tests too, that we can play better and better with each Test."

While Bangladesh have had a dearth of Test cricket, England play more Test matches than any other nation, something which their skipper Alastair Cook acknowledged should give them an advantage.

"You get into a rhythm of playing Test cricket, there’s no doubt about it," said Cook while stressing that England would not be guilty of complacency.

"As we saw in the one-day series, Bangladesh are a hugely improved cricketing nation over the last three or four years. There’s talent, which we hadn’t necessarily seen in the past, and a pathway through for guys. I think it will be a really good test for us."

The second Test against England will start in Dhaka on October 28 before the tourists head to India.

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