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13042018 - Herdsmen kill 66 in Benue, Taraba; scores in Zamfara

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44 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 WTO warns over tit-for-tat trade wars GLOBAL trade has seen its most rapid growth in six years, says the World Trade Organisation’s annual analysis. But the positive news could be put at risk by titfor-tat tariff wars that have broken out, according to the head of the WTO, Roberto Azevedo. Broader global tensions could also see trade suffer. Last month, President Donald Trump unveiled plans for a 25% tariff on US steel imports from countries such as China and a 10% tariff on aluminium. That followed an announcement earlier in the year for tariffs - import taxes - on washing machines and solar panels. The president said that battles on trade were good and “easy to win”. China responded by imposing its own tariffs on US goods and has complained to the WTO and threatened legal action, claiming unfair treatment. “The strong trade growth that we are seeing today will be vital for continued economic growth and recovery and to support job creation,” said Mr Azevedo, the WTO director-general. “However, this important progress could be quickly undermined if governments resort to restrictive trade policies, especially in a tit-for-tat process that could lead to an unmanageable escalation. “A cycle of retaliation is the last thing the world economy needs.” Watchdog confirms nerve agent used in UK THE Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed the UK’s findings that Novichok was used to target the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. While the statement from the OPCW does not specifically name Novichok, it says technical experts “confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people.” The UK government says its scientists have identified the agent as a military-grade Novichok nerve agent. UN aims to eliminate yellow fever epidemics in Africa by 2026 NEARLY 1 billion people in Africa will be vaccinated against yellow fever by 2026 in an ambitious United Nations campaign to eliminate epidemics of the deadly disease on the continent. The mosquito-borne viral disease is a major killer in Africa, where it can spread fast in highly populated areas with devastating consequences. The OPCW, the international chemical weapons watchdog, said its team “notes that the toxic chemical was of high purity. The latter is concluded from the almost complete absence of impurities.” Meanwhile, the UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. “With one injection we can protect a person for life against this dangerous pathogen,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the programme’s launch in Nigeria, a priority target country. “This unprecedented commitment by countries will ensure that by 2026 Africa is free of yellow fever epidemics.” A yellow fever outbreak is active in Nigeria, with hundreds of suspected cases reported after a 7-year-old girl developed fever, vomiting and abdominal pain in August, the WHO said. Children make up almost half of those targeted. “Today, the threat of yellow fever looms larger than ever before, especially for thousands of children across Africa,” Stefan Peterson, chief of health at the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF), said in a statement. A major vaccination campaign in Angola and Congo in 2016 brought one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in decades under control after more than 400 people died. France has proof Syrian govt used chemical attacks — Macron FRANCE has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks, President Emmanuel Macron said. Mr Macron said France would not tolerate “regimes that think everything is permitted”. Speaking on TF1 television, Mr Macron said “we have proof that chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine” in recent days by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. He did not say whether France is planning military action against Assad’s government. Mr Macron said he has been talking regularly this week with US President Donald Trump about the most effective response. Uganda to tax social media users daily ALMOST two weeks ago, Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni said he was planning to introduce taxes on social media platforms, apparently since people use them for gossip.Well according to the Daily Monitor, Uganda’s State Minister for Planning, David Bahati addressed journalists today where he said the proposed daily taxation of UGX 100 (Kshs 3) will be charged daily on each SIM card that is used for social media. Some of these social platforms that President Museveni said people use for gossip include the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Viber and Skype.

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