Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Kenyan farmers have high hopes for new African free trade

Yemen Houthi Rebels Present New ‘Locally Made’ Missiles, Drones

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they have new types of locally made ballistic missiles that they will use in the conflict with the Saudi-led coalition.

Mahdi Al-Mashat, president of the rebels’ ruling council, showcased the drones and missiles at a military exhibition, according to a report in the rebel-held Saba news agency. The weapons “would change the course of the battle,” he said.

Houthi rebels have intensified attacks on Saudi Arabia, targeting the kingdom with precision missiles, including those of the cruise variety. The Saudi-led coalition is fighting to restore the rule of the internationally recognized government.

Iran says it is fully prepared to enrich uranium at any level

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday it is fully prepared to enrich uranium at any level and with any amount, in further defiance of U.S. efforts to squeeze the country with sanctions and force it to renegotiate a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.At a news conference, Iranian officials said the process of raising uranium enrichment higher than set out in the pact would begin in a few hours.

Algeria protesters demand free elections within six months

Algerian protesters and opposition parties have demanded elections take place by the end of the year, after the interim president pushed for talks.

    Opposition parties and activists in Algeria are demanding election in six months.

    They want an independent body to oversee the polls.

    Several groups took part in a National Forum for Dialogue meeting on Saturday.

    Pro-democracy protests began in February – which led to the resignation of longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika two months later.

    Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

    Irish Open, Day Four: Power, Harrington and Lowry out early with Dawson and Sharvin targeting leader Rock

    UK's Labour discusses timing of no confidence vote with Conservative lawmakers

    Britain's opposition Labour Party will call a no confidence vote in the government when it believes members of the ruling Conservatives will support it, the party's trade spokesman Barry Gardiner said on Sunday.

    Boris Johnson, the front-runner to become prime minister this month, has said Britain must leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. Several Conservative lawmakers have said they would consider voting to try to bring down a government which was pursuing a no-deal Brexit.

    "We will call a no confidence vote when we believe that those Conservative members of parliament who have said that they would support a no confidence motion in the government in order to stop a no deal are likely to support it," Gardiner told Sky News.

    Asked if Labour was having conversations with those lawmakers, Gardiner said,"Of course."

    Irish Open, Day Four: Robin Dawson and Cormac Sharvin target top ten as Rock and Cabrera-Bello take to course

    Drought in Nepal: Farmers struggle with lack of water

    Climate change in Nepal is forcing people to come up with new ways to cope.

      Farming in the shadow of the world’s highest mountains has never been easy – and climate change is making it even more difficult.

      Villagers are having to come up with innovative ways to grow their crops because of the lack of water.

      Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha reports from Nepal.

      Starbucks apologizes to police asked to leave because customer felt unsafe

      Starbucks has apologized to Arizona police after an employee reportedly asked six officers to leave or change their location in a shop in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, because another customer reported feeling unsafe.

      The coffee giant said it has “deep respect for the Tempe police department” and was apologizing “for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place” during the 4 July encounter.

      The Tempe Officers Association said the officers had just bought drinks and were standing together before their shift started when a barista made the request for a customer.

      Association president Rob Ferraro said it was perplexing that someone would feel unsafe when officers are around.

      “This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” he said. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”

      The Tempe police department said it hoped the incident was an isolated incident.

      The incident has sparked heated debate on social media. Supporters of the police have launched a #boycottstarbucks campaign on Twitter.

      But critics of the boycott effort said on Twitter that the campaign ignores racist police behavior and police brutality that have made some people feel unsafe around officers.

      Kenyan farmers have high hopes for new African free trade

      What the new African free trade agreement could mean for farmers in Kenya.

        African leaders are in Niger to put the finishing touches on a plan for the world’s largest free trade zone.

        Once up and running, it will bring all 55 members of the African Union into a single market of well over a billion people.

        Advocates of the trade deal hope it will bring employment opportunities to millions of people on the continent.

        Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Thika in Kenya about what the free trade agreement could mean for farmers there.

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