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Painkillers Turns Man To A Gay (Photos)

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Scott Purdy claims that taking painkillers turned him gay<
A man claims that he has turned gay because of painkillers that he had been taking. Scott Purdy, 23, started taking the drug after breaking his foot while go-karting and quickly lost his sexual attraction to women.He broke up with his girlfriend of six months and said that he had developed an attraction to men. He said: ‘I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention.

I was with a girlfriend I had been with for around six months. ‘I had never been interested in men. When I was younger I was a little bit curious but a couple of weeks after I started taking it I turned around and said I didn’t find her physically attractive anymore. She knew I was taking Pregabalin.

‘I said to her, “I don’t really know what’s happening to me and I told her I like men and I just can’t be with you”. ‘She was relatively understanding, as understanding as you could possibly be.’

Scott broke up with his girlfriend of six months after taking the drug

Pregabalin or Lyrica is a medication used to treat epilepsy, pain associated with the brain, and generalised anxiety disorder. Its documented side effects include loss of libido and mood swings. Scott, from Louth, Lincolnshire, added: ‘I just think people should know about this.

If anyone gets prescribed this in the future, I think they should know what this medication can do. ‘It took me a while to realise what it was. I stopped taking it for a few weeks and that desire for men just left.

‘But I’m on it now; I’m very happy. I want to keep on taking it because it makes me feel happy about my sexuality. It’s made me feel very open. It’s liberating.

‘Pregabalin is also used to control paranoia and anxiety. It’s made me so open and not bothered what people think or say. ‘I had been taking it for a few weeks and I have come to the realisation that when I take it I want males.

‘It did come as a shock to people. I posted it on Facebook. I didn’t tell them the reason why but I just said to them, ‘I’m open; I’m gay.’

‘Currently I’m talking to this lad on Plenty of Fish and in a couple of weeks I’m going up to see him. He’s in London. It’s really what I’m craving right now. I want to be with him right now.’

Scott had been taking Codeine until January this year, but has been experiencing negative side-effects, so his GP prescribed him Pregabalin. He says that it was only after taking Pregabalin that his sexual preferences changed.

He said: ‘I feel if this has happened to other people and I’m not the only one I would be outraged but in a sense not be because if I had known this was a side effect before I would not have taken them but now I’m happy. ‘I’m not angry because it’s made me who I am.’ Lyrica is manufactured by Pfizer – the pharmaceutical giant which also makes Viagra.

A spokesman for Pfizer said: ‘When prescribed and administered appropriately as per the approved label, Lyrica® (pregabalin) is an important and effective treatment option for many people living with chronic neuropathic pain, generalised anxiety disorder and epilepsy.

‘The clinical effectiveness of this medicine has been demonstrated in a large number of robust clinical trials among thousands of patients living with these conditions. ‘To date, the worldwide exposure to pregabalin is an estimated 34 million patient years. ‘If you are taking a medicine and experience any unexpected side effects, we recommend that you immediately report these to your doctor or to another healthcare professional, such as a nurse or carer.

Pilot Forced To Land As Abusive Passenger Is Thrown Off A Plane. Photos

An abusive woman was thrown off an easyJet flight after screaming ‘do you want me to be a prostitute’ during a bizarre foul-mouthed rant. She was headed on a girls’ holiday from Manchester to Paphos, Cyprus, but after launching a tirade of abuse at fellow flyers and crew members the plane was diverted.

The captain was forced to land in Athens, Greece, on Friday night and four passengers were thrown off for being abusive.

A video taken by one passenger shows crew surrounding one rowdy young woman with a Liverpool accent – who says she is 23 and from Birkenhead.

Fellow passengers can then be heard cheering and clapping as the woman is taken off the plane.

It is believed the women were arrested by police in Athens.

The easyjet service, flight EZY1975, continued on its way to Cyprus. The delay meant a scheduled return trip to Manchester had to be postponed until Saturday as the crew had run out of hours they are legally allowed to work.

Fellow passengers reported that the woman had been drunk before they boarded the flight and that they had smuggled their own drinks on board.

A spokesman for easyJet said: ‘EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY1975 from Manchester to Paphos on 23 March was diverted to Athens and met by the police on arrival where four passengers were offloaded as a result of disruptive behaviour onboard and the flight continued to Paphos once the passengers were offloaded.

‘EasyJet’s crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

Woman Crashes Car After Hitting A Pole While Trying To Show That God Is Real

A mother of two has told her children that God would protect them before closing her eyes and ramming their car into a utility pole. Bahari Shaquille Warren, 25, was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to children early on Wednesday after the car crash in Norcross, Georgia, on the northeast outskirts of Atlanta.

Police said that Warren was driving north on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard when she crossed into the oncoming lanes and ran off the road, hitting the pole.

‘She was telling us to believe in god so nothing would happen to us,’ one of the children told police, according to patrol car footage obtained by WSBTV.

Warren told the children, who are aged five and seven, to buckle up and then accelerated blindly, police said.

‘Her eyes (were) closed and she was saying, “blah, blah, blah, I love God”,’ the girl said.

‘She didn’t want us to just have a car accident. She wanted us to know that God is real,’ the daughter added.

After the crash, Warren admitted that she intentionally crashed the car to prove to her children that God is real, according to police.

The children stayed with a grandmother as Warren was taken into custody.

She was released from Gwinnett County Jail on Friday afternoon on $11,200 bond, according to jail records.

The mother is next due in court on Wednesday, according to court records, which spell her first name as Bakari.

 

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Depressed Mother Throws Off Her Baby From A Bridge But The Girl Survives. Photos

A seven-month-old baby has miraculously survived being thrown off a 118ft bridge by her own mother in north-east Brazil. Carla Regina Mendes, 23, threw baby Thayller over the railings on José Sarney Bridge, in Sao Luis, north east Brazil, on Sunday afternoon in front of shocked passersby.

The child had already sunk deep into the swampy river when two quick-thinking off-duty police officers got to her, just in time before she disappeared underneath the surface.

Baby Thallyer suffered a blow to her head and bruising to her back after landing in a stagnant stretch on the Sao Francisco river.

Ms Mendes, who was arrested at the scene,  later told police to be suffering from mental health problems and depression.

She has been sent for psychiatric tests and could face charges of attempted murder depending on the outcome of the evaluations.

Officers Danilo Pestana and Herberth Ribeiro were returning together from football training around 2pm on a motorbike when they noticed a commotion involving a woman on the bridge.

Witnesses shouted that the young mum had just thrown her child over the edge and into the river below.

The officers immediately plunged into the mud, which reached up their waist, to rescue the little girl who had lost most of her clothes and was only wearing in a nappy.

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BREAKING!! Buhari Finally Meets Donald Trump & This Happened (Photos)

President Buhari attends Lunch in honor of select African Heads of State hosted by President of United States Donald Trump at the

BREAKING!!! IPOB Not A Terror Group – EU

The European Union (EU) yesterday, condemned and rejected the unilateral classification of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Armed Forces. The Defence Headquarters of the Nigeria Army on Friday declared IPOB a terrorist organisation, claiming that its members had become violent and a security threat in the country.

But the EU’s condemnation followed reported video footages of the brutal and inhuman activities of the Nigerian Army in the South-East region of Nigeria.

The videos showed various scenes of the invasion of communities, torture and killings of IPOB members, which have gone viral since the Nigeria Army launched its Operation Python Dance II to clamp down on the group agitating for selfdetermination.

President of the EU Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Junker, who made the view of the Commission known, openly warned the Nigerian security personnel against what he described as their ill hearted and unprofessional handling of democratic issues and the rights of the people. Junker cautioned the Nigerian military chiefs that they must employ every democratic tenet to handle issues that concern the agitations of the citizens in Nigeria.

“It is the people’s right to agitate and make a request from their government; self-determination is a right enshrined in the United Nation Charter. The people of Biafra have every right to request for a referendum, they have been in this struggle for a while now they have never killed or shot a bullet instead they are the victims of attacks and murder.

“The entire EU hereby condemns the brutal attack on IPOB members and leadership under the pretentious disguise of a military exercise (Operation Python Dance). The Nigerian military is warned to adopt democratic tenets in handling citizens.

The EU will not sit and watch things go undemocratic in the largest economy of the West African region,” he warned.
Junker promised to raise the issues concerning the peoples’ request for a referendum among the caucus of the EU, stating that the Biafra request for a referendum was not different from that of the Catalonians in Spain and the Scots in Britain.

He said the Nigeria government must rise above the suppression of voices of dissent and handle issues with every tenet of maturity and democracy.
Earlier, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu had petitioned the European Union on the on-going military operation in southeast region of Nigeria.

In the petition, Kanu accused the army of intimidation, torture, arrest, abduction and killing of the civilian populace in the southeast He also petitioned the European Union High Commission, the Presidents of United States of America, Russia, Israel, United Kingdom and France.
In the petitioned dated September 14, the leader of the separatist group accused the Nigerian military of intimidation, torture, arrest, abduction and killing of civilian populace in the southeast.

The letter written by the counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, was addressed to the Secretary General of the

Buhari Condemns Human Right Abuse In Myanmar, Calls on UN to Act

The Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria expresses deep regret at the desperate human right situation in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, which is very reminiscent of what happened in Rwanda in 1994 and in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1995.

The Federal Government condemns the horrendous human suffering caused by what is now confirmed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in his statement today, to be a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya people.

The Federal Government of Nigeria takes note of this statement, and calls upon the United Nations to invoke the principle of the “Responsibility to Protect” and intervene in Myanmar to stop the ongoing ethnic cleansing and create the conditions for the safe return and rehabilitation of the fleeing Rohingya people to their motherland.

The Government similarly calls on all members of the civilized world to condemn this heinous act and to demand for appropriate punishment to the perpetrators.

Meanwhile the Federal Government of Nigeria is accused of the same human Rights abuses and ethnic cleansing against the Igbo people.

A Pro-Democracy organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of maltreating Ndigbo in same manner the Rohingya ethnic groups are being treated by the regime in Myanmar.

It also described as unconstitutional the military occupation of the South East of Nigeria in what is called Operation Python Dance II, saying the deployment was an unnecessary show of force to provoke the civilian population.

In a statement by its National Coordinator and Media Affairs Director, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Zainab Yusuf in Abuja, the group maintained that the millitarisation of the zone violates Sections 217 and 218 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

HURIWA also condemned the alleged invasion likening the incident to criminal and gross violation of human rights as enshrined in chapter four of the nation’s lawbook.

The group urged the United Nations and African Union to “note that President Buhari is treating the over 50 million Igbo-speaking people just like the Rohingya tribal people of Burma (Myanmar) through a well-coordinated deprivation and denial of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

“We call on the UN and world leaders to take special note of the systematic marginalisation of Igbo people by the current government of Buhari similar to the experiences of the Rohingya ethnic group.”

HURIWA said the central government has “persistently alienated Igbo-speaking persons from top notch defence and political positions in clear violations of Section 14 (3) and (4) of the constitution and also failed to stop the incessant violent invasion of villages by armed herdsmen, resulting in the killing of scores of innocent persons in the South East.”

They went on: “The failure to appoint an indigenous military chief to represent the Igbo which is a major ethnic group violates the constitution which demands equitable distribution of positions to reflect national spread and federal character.”

3 Wks Ahead of Spain Referendum, Huge Rally Gathers for Catalan Independence as Nig Cracks Down on Biafrans

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied on Monday September 11 to demand their region’s secession from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid.

Vanguard reports that people wave ‘Esteladas’ (pro-independence Catalan flags) during a pro-independence demonstration, on September 11, 2017 in Barcelona during the National Day of Catalonia, the “Diada.”

NAIJ.com gathered that hundreds of thousands of Catalans were expected to rally to demand their region break away from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of a secession referendum banned by Madrid.

The protest coincides with Catalonia’s national day, the “Diada,” which commemorates the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region’s subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms.

Draped in red, yellow and blue separatist flags — with one banner reading “Goodbye Spain” — they marched through central Barcelona in what many hope will be the last protest before independence. “If there is huge mobilisation, they can’t do anything in Madrid,” said Jordi Calatayud, a 21-year-old economics student, referring to the October 1 vote.

“Catalan people will make independence possible; if there are a lot of us, they can’t stop us.” Around one million people took part in the event, Barcelona’s municipal police said in a Twitter post.

A spokeswoman for the central government’s representative in the wealthy northeastern region put the turnout lower, at around 350,000 people.

The protest coincides with Catalonia’s national day, the “Diada”, which marks the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region’s subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms. Since 2012 the holiday has been used by separatists to press for an independent state.

“What more do we have to do to make it understood that the people of Catalonia want to vote?” Catalonia’s pro-independence president Carles Puigdemont told reporters at the rally. – ‘Put me in prison’ – Those against independence complained that a day meant for all Catalans had been hijacked by separatists — and even more so this year, ahead of the referendum.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose conservative government is fiercely against the vote, wished Catalonia “a good day”, calling “for a Diada of freedom, cohabitation and respect for all Catalans”.

Demonstrators took the shape of a giant “X” by gathering on the Paseo de Gracia and Aragon avenues in central Barcelona, to represent the mark Catalans will make on their ballots during the referendum.

If the “Yes” side wins, Catalonia’s regional government has vowed to declare independence within 48 hours and set about building a sovereign state.

With Spain’s central government promising to block the referendum, the pro-independence camp was keen to show that it can rally its troops — especially after participation in the “Diada” declined last year.

“I am too old to be told what I can or can’t do, I am counting on voting and I will do so, even if they have to put me in prison,” said Mari Carmen Pla, a 70-year-old pensioner surrounded by a sea of red and

Tears!!! Another Biafran Man Killed (Graphic Photos)

A young Biafran man from Imo state has been found dead in South Africa has been found dead after police arrested him for not having passport.Below is what Ebubedike wrote…

Al-Shabab fighters storm military base and did this……

Militant Islamists have attacked a Somali military base and police station near the border with Kenya, killing eight soldiers, an official has said.

The al-Shabab militants rammed the base in Beled Hawa town with an explosives-packed vehicle, and then stormed it on foot, Mohamud Hayd Osman added.

Al-Shabab said it had killed 30 soldiers in the hit-and-run attack.

It has carried out a spate of attacks in Somalia and Kenya since launching an insurgency more than a decade ago.

The African Union has an 18,000-strong force helping the UN-backed Somali government tackle the militants.

The assault on Beled Hawa also left dozens of civilians wounded.

The militants also blew up the police station and a phone mast, before retreating, Mr Osman added.

The assault shows that al-Shabab remains a dangerous force, despite losing territory to the AU force and some of its top commanders being killed in US air strikes, reports the BBC Somali service’s Bashkas Jugsodaay from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

In January, al-Shabab said it had killed 50 Kenyan soldiers in an assault on their base in Kolbiyow town in southern Somalia.

Kenyan troops are part of the AU force in Somalia.

President Trump proceeds to Pentagon for 9/11 remembrance ceremony

Minutes after observing the moment of silence in commemoration of the 9/11 victims at the White House, President Trump and wife Melania proceeded to the Pentagon to participate in a ceremony called observance in remembrance of the Pentagon staff who also lost their lives during the attack when a plane ran into the building.

White House official Twitter page wrote that, “President Trump and the First Lady participate in a Sept 11th observance at the Pentagon”

 

According to CBSnews which reported the details of the ceremony, the event was led by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mattis said during the ceremony, “Our nation rallied together as one for while we had never asked for this fight, we are steadfastly comitted to seeing it through as president Trump has made it clear”.

President Trump in his own words called the Pentagon ceremony an “extraordinary” occasion, saying, “16 years after the attacks, we are one country and when we face hardship we emerge closer, stronger and more determined than ever.”

“On that day not only did the world change but we all changed our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. On that hour of darkness we came together with renewed purpose, our common bonds never felt so strong,” he added.

Mr. Trump also while commiserating with the families of victims said, “The horror and anguish of that dark day were sealed into our nation’s history forever. We can never erase your pain or bring back those you lost, we can honor their sacrifice to pledge our resolve to do whatever we can to keep our people safe”.

The President stressed further, “The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit, but america can not be intimidated and those who try will join the long list of vanquished enemies who dare test our mettle.”

Recession Exit: US Shocks Buhari, Denies Praising Nigerian Government

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has said it never at any time praised the Nigerian government for exiting recession.

UN should take ‘necessary measures’ on North Korea – China

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Thursday that China would support the United Nations taking further measures against North Korea following its recent nuclear test.

“Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the UN Security Council should respond further by taking necessary measures,” he told a press conference in Beijing.

“We believe that sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue. The other half is dialogue and negotiation,” Wang added.

The comments came after Pyongyang on Sunday triggered global alarm with its most powerful nuclear blast to date, claiming to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

China, which is the North’s biggest diplomatic and economic supporter, is seen as key to efforts to convince Pyongyang to abandon its weapons programme.

The US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” and repeatedly urged China to step up pressure against its neighbour.

But in a phone call with US President Donald Trump Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China remains firm in its wish to resolve the issue through talks leading to a peaceful settlement.

Washington has rejected China’s proposal for a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korea military drills.

Again, Israeli jets strike Syrian military facility in Hama

Israeli fighter jets have struck a military facility in western Syria, killing two people, according to a Syrian commander quoted by the state-run news agency SANA.

The army statement said the air strike caused material damage near the town of Masyaf and warned against the “dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region”.

The site is in Hama province, 46km north of Homs.

The air strike was carried out from Lebanese airspace and two people were killed at the site, SANA said, adding that it would embolden “terrorists” in Syria fighting the government.

An Israeli army spokesperson declined to discuss reports of the air strike, saying the army did not comment on operational matters.

“Israeli warplanes at 2:42am today fired a number of missiles from Lebanese air space, targeting one of our military positions near Masyaf, which led to material damage and the deaths of two members of the site,” the Syrian army said in a statement.

Masyaf is a town in western Syria, approximately 60km east of the coastal city of Tartus, where Russia maintains a naval base.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the site targeted by Israel is home to a research centre sanctioned by the US as part of Syria’s non-conventional weapons agency.

An AFP news agency report said Syria’s army operates a military facility north of Masyaf that includes a training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).

The US has accused the SSRC of developing the sarin gas weapon allegedly used in a chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April, which left dozens dead.

On Wednesday, UN war crimes investigators announced they had an “extensive body of information” indicating Syrian warplanes were behind the attack.

Syria’s army did not mention the SSRC in its statement. The government has rejected accusations of chemical weapons use in Khan Sheikhoun as “fabrications”.

North Korea’s missiles ‘could reach Europe sooner than expected’ – French minister

North Korea could develop missiles that can reach Europe sooner than expected, the French defence minister has warned.

Reuters reports that Florence Parly told the French military in Toulon there are risks to the continent from intercontinental ballistic missiles being built by Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Her comments came after Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that any new sanctions against North Korea because of its nuclear programme would be “useless” and “ineffective”.

Ms Parly said in a speech: “The scenario of an escalation towards a major conflict cannot be discarded.

“Europe risks being within range of (North Korean President) Kim Jong Un’s missiles sooner than expected.”

A report overnight said that the North is moving what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile towards its west coast.

South Korea’s Asia Business Daily cited an intelligence source as saying the rocket was spotted moving on Monday, the day after Pyongyang’s sixth and largest nuclear test.

The North Korean missile programme’s launch facilities are on its west coast – and the move was reportedly made during the night to avoid surveillance.

South Korea’s defence ministry said it could not confirm the report, but it said on Monday that its neighbour was ready to launch more missiles.

In July, North Korea tested two ICBMs capable of flying about 6,200 miles, threatening parts of the US mainland.

The closest European country to North Korea is Norway, which is a straight-line distance of around 3,900 miles away.

But that doesn’t take into consideration the fact that a missile would have to leave the atmosphere and return to earth.

The minister’s warning comes days after North Korea claimed to have carried out a hydrogen bomb test – estimated by South Korea to have been three times as powerful as the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

One of North Korea’s top diplomats said his country was ready to send “more gift packages” to the United States.

Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told a conference on disarmament: “I am proud of saying that just two days ago on the 3rd of September, DPRK (North Korea) successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test for intercontinental ballistic rocket under its plan for building a strategic nuclear force.

“The recent self-defence measures by my country, DPRK, are a ‘gift package’ addressed to none other than the US,” he added.

“The US will receive more ‘gift packages’ from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,” he concluded without elaborating.

Theresa May’s spokesperson told reporters that the North Korea nuclear programme threatens the whole international community and the whole international community, including China, must work together to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

BREAKING: King Salman meets Saraki, other Islamic world leaders in Jeddah

Senate President Bukola Saraki along with Presidents and heads of parliaments of other nations met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at an annual reception in Jeddah.

Saudi’s leading English daily newspaper “Arab News” reported that the annual reception held at Mina Palace for heads of state, Islamic dignitaries, guests of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, guests of government bodies and heads of delegations and pilgrim affairs offices who performed Hajj rituals in 2017.

At the outset of the reception, King Salman shook hands with Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir; Gambia’s President Adama Barrow; Comoros President Osman Ghazali; Yemen’s Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmr; Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail; Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam; Princes Hashem and Hamzah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan; Iraq’s Representative Council Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri; Jordan’s House of Representatives Speaker Atef Tarawneh.

The King also exchanged handshake and pleasantries with President of the Nigerian Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki; Niger’s National Assembly President Ousseini Tinni; Mauritius Vice Prime Minister Showkutally Soodhun; Bangladesh’s former President Hussain Mohammed Ershad among others.

Other countries who had representatives at the meeting include: Russia, Afghanistan, Comoros, Lebanon, and senior officials from a number of Islamic countries.

King Salman congratulated the guests while praying to Allah Almighty to accept pilgrims’ Hajj and prayers, praising Him that pilgrims perform their Hajj rituals in tranquility, security and ease.

He said that the Holy Land was determined more than ever before to provide best services during hajj to increase the facilitation of Hajj performance and the safety of the visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque.

“We are completing in our works the gigantic efforts exerted by the kings of this blessed country since the era of its founder late King Abdul Aziz (May Allah bestow mercy upon his soul),” he added.

“The arms of terrorism have sought to harm the holy sites without any consideration to their sanctities. However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — with Allah’s help and in cooperation with the Kingdom’s brothers and friends — have achieved great successes in eradicating terrorism and drying up its sources firmly and persistently.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represents the heart of the Muslim world. Therefore, it senses the hopes and pains of Muslims everywhere, strives to achieve unity, cooperation and solidarity in our Muslim world, and achieves security and peace in the whole world.

“I pray to Allah Almighty to help our brothers the pilgrims of the Grand Holy Mosque to complete Hajj rituals and return home safely.

“I wish that you are well every year. May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.” He said.

Minister of Islamic Affairs and Traditional Education of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood, who delivered a speech on behalf of the guests congratulated King Salman and the crown prince on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and the great facilities and services being provided to the pilgrims.

UN Labels N/Korea “Global Threat”

North Korea has evolved from being a regional menace to a “global threat,” the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has said.

Drug Suspect In U.S Jumps Into Ocean To Evade Police, Swims Near Huge Shark & This Happened (Photos)

A North Carolina man unknowingly jumped into shark infested waters as he tried to escape arrest.

US gives Russia 48 hours to close three missions or this will happen

In a retaliatory move, the U.S. has given Russia 48 hours to close three of its missions in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York.

The spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Heather Nauert, said in a statement on Thursday that the move was to achieve parity in diplomatic missions.

Moscow had asked Washington to reduce its missions officials in Russia in retaliation for the seizure of property belonging to Russians and expulsion of dozens of Russian nationals by President Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama took the decision on the eve of the end of his tenure in January in retaliation against Russia’s alleged meddling in the Nov. 8, 2016, U.S. presidential election.

“The United States has fully implemented the decision by the Government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia.

“We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries.

“In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, we are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annexe in Washington D.C. and a consular annexe in New York City.

“These closures will need to be accomplished by September 2. With this action, both countries will remain with three consulates each.

“While there will continue to be a disparity in the number of diplomatic and consular annexes, we have chosen to allow the Russian Government to maintain some of its annexes in an effort to arrest the downward spiral in our relationship,’’ the department said.

The U.S. said it hoped that having moved toward the Russian Federation’s desire for parity, it could avoid further retaliatory actions by both sides and move forward to achieve the stated goal of both of the two countries’ presidents.

The department noted that the goal of both President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was improved relations between the two countries and increased cooperation on areas of mutual concern.

“The United States is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted,” the department added.

It said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson phoned his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, “to inform him that we had met their required reduction in size by their deadlines.’’

“And he also informed him of our plans to close the facilities in question.

“There was also a meeting between our acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs John Heffern, who conveyed the decisions and our response to the Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Dmitry Zhirnov,” it added.

Explosion rocks chemical plant, See where it happened this time

A resounding blast and thick black smoke has been seen issuing from the Arkema plant at Crosby, BBC reports.

Due to the heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the complex lost its ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that need to be kept cool. At that, there surely was no way to prevent an explosion and the company did warn of it.

It should be noted that, The Arkema chemical plant, which is 21 miles (34km) from Houston, shut down its production on Friday just before the storm made landfall. But, with a 40in (102cm) of rainfall in the area which flooded the plant site, the power disconnection and back-up generators flooded was unavoidable.

The chemical plant manufactures organic peroxides compounds which are effective in the production of pharmaceuticals and construction materials among others, and can become dangerous at higher temperatures.

The CEO, Richard Rowe told Reuters  before the reports of explosions that, “Any fire will probably resemble a large gasoline fire. The fire will be explosive and intense.”

“ The black smoke produced would irritate skin, eyes and lungs. The high water that exists on site, and the lack of power, leave us with no way to prevent it” – he added.

However, as part of precautionary measures to prevent a major disaster, residents have been evacuated in a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) radius around the plant as a precaution – though, the fire is expected to be mostly contained to the site itself but.

The last remaining workers at the site were evacuated on Tuesday and Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary ban on flights near the plant.

Tension As US deploys warships, Reason Will Shock You

The Pentagon has identified two warships, hundreds of vehicles, dozens of aircraft and more than 400 troops that could be made available to respond to emergencies for hurricane relief in the next 24 hours in the Hurricane Harvey-ravaged Texas.

Two U.S. Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are also being deployed to Texas, where the disaster has claimed at least 20 lives, the Navy announced Wednesday.

The Oak Hill, a smaller dock landing ship, will bring supplies and join the Kearsarge in supporting “federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” according to the Navy.

‘We are leaning as far forward as we possibly can to ensure that military assets are postured to support the needs of Texas and, potentially, Louisiana,” Maj. Gen. James Witham, Director of Domestic Operations at the National Guard Bureau, said.

About 30,000 more Guard members stood ready to assist in responding to hurricane relief efforts if needed as response to Hurricane Harvey will be a long-term, sustained effort, Witham said, in a statement by Department of Defense.

“More than 4,300 Guard members were already on duty in Texas, primarily assisting local authorities with search and rescue operations, while the entire Texas National Guard, numbering around 12,000 soldiers and airmen, have been called up to work,” he said.

Witham said some 30 helicopters are now in use by Guard aircrews, the general said, and additional helicopter assets have been requested through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows Guard elements from one state to assist in other states in emergencies.

Aircrews are supporting not only airborne search and rescue efforts with hoist capacity, but also medical evacuation capacity as required, Witham said.

“As you talk response and recovery, our response is very sustained,” Witham said, adding that the storm’s unprecedented amount of rainfall has made for a different sort of hurricane response.

“When the Guard responds to hurricane-type events, normally we talk about that first 72 to 96 hours for the lifesaving and life-sustaining that takes place. Then, we’re into the recovery effort.

“Due to the nature of this storm as it spun across southeast Texas for days and dumped historic levels of rainfall, our response has been very different than what we’ve looked at before.”

The U S. Coast Guard has 39 helicopters and seven airplanes stationed at two operating bases in New Orleans and Houston available for rescue response efforts in Texas and Louisiana, according to a tweet from the service.

The H-65 Dolphin and HH-60 Jayhawk are the two helicopters primarily used by the Coast Guard while the C-130 aircraft serves as the service’s main fixed-wing cargo plane.

The U.S. Marine Corps is deploying 690 U.S. Marines aboard the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill set to sail on Thursday.

The official said additional aviation assets will include: eight MV-22B Ospreys, three CH-53E Super Stallions and three UH-1Y Hueys. In addition to the air assets, the Marines will also have water purification and storage capability.

Israel declares Hebron an official Jewish settlement, Biafra Next?

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman upgraded the municipal status of Hebron’s Jewish community, separating it from the Palestinian municipality, which governs the West Bank city.

Liberman announced the change in the status of the 1,000 Jews in Hebron during a briefing with reporters in Tel Aviv.

A 1997 agreement split the city, of what is now more than 220,000 Palestinians, leaving 80% under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority and 20% under Israel. But the Hebron Municipality is expected to provide basic services to the Jewish community, which has limited ability to government its own life.

The upgrade severs them from the Hebron municipality and allows them to independently seek services from the Civil Administration, which oversees civilian life in Area C of the West Bank.

The move was necessitated this year after the Palestinians in Hebron elected as their Mayor Sheikh Tayseer Abu Sneineh, who had been convicted and served time for his role in killing six Israelis in a terrorist attack.

“For years, Hebron’s Jewish residents lived without a municipal authority to take care of all the services required for normative civilian life,” said Deputy Defense Minister Eli Dahan (Bayit Yehudi). “After the election of a murderer for mayor of Hebron, the idea that they will receive these services from the municipality has become even more absurd.”

He added: “This is another important step in normalizing the lives of the Jews in Hebron, in particular, and in all of Judea and Samaria, in general.”

The upgrade comes during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

In July, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization registered Hebron’s old town and the Tomb of the Patriarchs to the State of Palestine on its World Heritage List.

The inscription focuses on preserving the Muslim character of the 3,000-year-old-city with ties to three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Most of Hebron’s Jewish community of close to 1,000 people, live in the city’s old town.

It also comes as the Defense Ministry is in the midst of fierce negotiations to sway 15 Jewish families in Hebron to peacefully evacuate Beit Hamachpela, a three-story apartment building they illegally moved into in July.

The families have worked for the last five years to register their property claim and have provided documentation to show that they purchased it from the Abu Rajab family, which disputes the claim and has filed a petition before the High Court of Justice, seeking the removal of the Jewish families.

SOURCE: The Jerusalem Post

President Buhari condoles with victims of US Hurricane Harvey

​President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commiserated with victims of the recent Hurricane Harvey in Houston, USA.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who issued a statement on behalf of the President and people of Nigeria specifically commensurate with Nigerians who are living over there, describing the incident as unfortunate.

The press release made available to DAILY POST Tuesday evening by Dabiri-Erewa’s Media Aide, Abdurrahman Balogun, expressed concern about the damage done to the homes of those living in that area, thus rendering thousands homeless.

The statement reads, “With over four million estimated Nigerians living in the US, statistics show that Houston hosts one of the highest community of Nigerians in that country.

“It must be noted that at the very least 80 per cent of Nigerians resident in places like Galveston, Cypress, Houston and the Bayou area have had their properties and personal belongings damaged.

“There was a case of a rescued Nigerian from Akwa Ibom state on Monday by speed boat having lost his car, home and personal belongings.

“This is to send my heartfelt concern to Nigerians living in Houston, and indeed all residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. It is really sad and disturbing”.

Dabiri-Erewa on behalf of President Buhari then called on Non- Governmental Organisations, corporate bodies as well as well-endowed individuals to join in raising funds for victims of hurricane Harvey in Houston.

“We should always be our brothers keepers and lend a helping hand as

we are now one big global family”, Dabiri-Erewa pleaded.

The President in the statement, however, commended the efforts of the US government in giving succor to the victims as she prayed unto God to protect those living there.

Africa Should Be Ashamed Of Leaders Seeking Treatment Abroad – South African Minister

South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has criticised African leaders for seeking medical treatment abroad.

BREAKING!!! Israel Reacts to Fresh Move by FG to Re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu

Following the unscrupulous move to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu, an international offshore battle commandant of the Isreali Defence Force (Name Withheld) Has issued a serious stern warning to the Nigerian government and her security forces, stating that any attempt to arrest Kanu will ignite and trigger the beginning of an unwanted situation with the country. And the IDF will not sit and watch you repeat the senseless and bias prosecution melted on innocent harmless agitators.

From the time’s past records have it that the Youths from the Northern part of Nigeria (Arewa Youth Coalition) have made several threats and treasonable offences, not even that they were not arrested by never did the sick puppet president reprimand them. If Nigerian government are serious about the unity and equity of that country they should take a bold step to arrest the northern youth and broker a dialogue with the Biafra freedom agitators. We will proliferate Nigeria disastrously if the

“We will proliferate Nigeria disastrously if the government senselessly miss calculates and take a step that will be a monumental mistake. Nigerian government is hereby urged to handle every domestic issues with democratic processes. The IDF will continue to watch and monitor the move of Nigerian security force, and we will repeat any attempt to arrest Kanu will put Nigeria into a disastrous beginning.”