Japanese PM Abe welcomed Brexit deal during call with UK PM May: May’s office

Japanese PM Abe welcomed Brexit deal during call with UK PM May: May's office
Japanese PM Abe welcomed Brexit deal during call with UK PM May: May’s office

LONDON (Reuters) – Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe told Britain’s Theresa May that he welcomed progress the British Prime Minister had made to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Union, a statement from May’s office said on Tuesday.

“Prime Minister Abe welcomed the progress the Prime Minister has made to secure an agreement with the European Union,” said the note from May’s office, issued following a phone call between the two leaders.

The statement said May had welcomed a commitment from Abe to visit Britain early next year.

Reporting by William James, editing by James DaveyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

England stretch lead v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Cricket

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After some early stumbles on day three, England look well in control of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|England suffered a top order collapse before reaching 4-110, an overall lead of 206 runs, at lunch on day three of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Chasing a 3-0 series sweep, the tourists lost Keaton Jennings to the very first delivery of the day from Dilruwan Perera, who struck twice more to keep Sri Lanka in the contest.

England appeal for the dismissal of Angelo Mathews for 88 CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

England appeal for the dismissal of Angelo Mathews for 88 CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Ben Stokes was lucky to be batting on 32 at the break, having been dismissed twice and then brought back after Lakshan Sandakan was found to have overstepped on both occasions.

Jos Buttler was batting on 38 at the other end, having combined with Stokes to steady the English innings with their 71-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Earlier, Perera jolted England when he trapped Jennings lbw for one immediately after play began at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

The off-spinner dismissed Rory Burns for seven in identical manner and substitute fielder Kaushal Silva took a sharp catch at short leg to dismiss Jonny Bairstow, who followed his first innings 110 with 15 in the second, as England slumped to 3-35.

England’s crisis further deepened when Joe Root offered a return catch to Malinda Pushpakumara to depart for seven.

Buttler, then on 27, was adjudged leg-before to Dhananjaya de Silva but the batsman managed to overturn the decision after replays confirmed the ball would have sailed over the stumps.

Stokes was caught in cover when on 22 and then in the slip in the final over before lunch but the all-rounder survived after replays confirmed Sandakan had overstepped.Source AAP

Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy after drinking from wrong cup released

Asia Bibi: protests erupt in Pakistan after blasphemy conviction overturned Bibi spent eight years on death row  in Pakistan for blasphemy after drinking from wrong cup

Protesters is Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday. The demonstrations were sparked by a change in the wording of an electoral oath.
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Protests bring parts of Pakistani cities to a halt after judgment hailed by advocates of human rights

The country’s top court ordered Asia Bibi be released in what human rights advocates are hailing as a landmark ruling for religious freedom.

The charges date from 2009 when the farm labourer fetched water for her fellow workers. After sipping from a cup, two Muslim women refused to drink from a vessel used by a Christian and demanded she converted to Islam.

When she refused, a mob to later accused her of blasphemy by insulting the prophet Mohammed. She was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death in 2010.

Ms Bibi’s family have maintained that she never insulted the prophet and in previous hearings her lawyer pointed to contradictions in testimony from witnesses.

The case outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who tried to help her were assassinated.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar cited the Quran in his ruling, writing: “Tolerance is the basic principle of Islam,” and noting the religion condemns injustice and oppression.

Ms Bibi, who has been held at a secret location for security reasons, is now expected to leave the country.

Her husband, Ashiq Masih, hailed the verdict: “I am very happy. My children are very happy. We are grateful to God. We are grateful to the judges for giving us justice. We knew that she is innocent.”

Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 (EPA)

Her lawyer, Saiful Mulook, called the court ruling “great news” for Pakistan.

“Asia Bibi has finally been served justice,” he added. ”Pakistan’s Supreme Court must be appreciated that it upheld the law of the land and didn’t succumb to any pressure.”

However, the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party called for people to take to the streets, and demanded that the judges who were involved in overturning the sentence be killed.

The party was founded from a movement supporting a bodyguard who assassinated Lahore provincial governor Salman Taseer for advocating for Ms Bibi in 2011. Federal minister for religion Shahbaz Bhatti was also killed after calling for her release.

The TLP’s leader also called for Imran Khan’s government to intervene.

“The patron-in-chief of TLP, Muhammad Afzal Qadri, has issued the edict that says the chief justice and all those who ordered the release of Asia deserve death,” party spokesperson Ejaz Ashrafi said.

Streets were blocked in major cities as protesters condemned the ruling, paralysing parts of Islamabad, Lahore and other cities.


SAUDI JOURNALIST LATEST – The world Should Read His Final Article Published Before He Was ‘Murdered’

The world needs to read the final article Jamal Khashoggi wrote before he was murdered

|AIWA! NO!|On 19 October, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. This followed two weeks of speculation after he vanished on 2 October, following a visit to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. But although there’s been huge international outrage over Khashoggi’s death, he’s not the first journalist to die; and sadly, he’s unlikely to be the last.

Globally, the number of journalists in prison is rising. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may have led the global outcry when Khashoggi vanished, but he ignored the plight Turkish journalists are facing in his own country.

Sadly, this is also part of a wider global crisis for freedom of speech.

READ RELATED: Saudi prosecutor says journalist’s killing was premeditated

On 17 October, the Washington Post published the last column Khashoggi wrote before his death. Everyone should read his heartbreakingly powerful writing because it goes right to the heart of a “global crisis in freedom of the press”. In 2018 alone45 journalists have died – many in incredibly politically complex areas such as Palestine. Of those 45, 28 deaths officially count as murder.

We might not know their names, but Khashoggi’s words create a powerful narrative to explain why we don’t.

“What the Arab world needs most is free expression”

Headlined ‘What the Arab world needs most is free expression’, Khashoggi’s last column is tragically prophetic. He pointed out that according to the latest ‘Freedom in the World’ report, most countries “in the Arab world” are “not free’”. As a result, he wrote people are:

either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.

He goes on to discuss the “hope” that followed the Arab Spring in 2011. This was a time, he wrote, when many people in Arab countries:

expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information. These expectations were quickly shattered; these societies either fell back to the old status quo or faced even harsher conditions than before.


This is certainly the case in Saudi Arabia. Since coming to power in 2017, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has courted the west as a ‘reformer’. But as Human Rights Watch reported:

behind the image of a daring reformer, carefully cultivated by the Saudi Crown Prince, hides a dark reality. In fact, he is a leader with an iron hand who despite facade reforms has plunged his country into increased repression and leads a now-three-year war in Yemen rife with war crimes.

As Middle East Eye reported, Saudi Arabia is infamous for its human rights abuses and many people in “Saudi… are one social media post away from death”. And yet, despite this, the UK and US see Saudi Arabia as a key ally and continue to sell arms to the regime.

“Silencing the media”

As Khashoggi explains, another Saudi Arabian journalist – Saleh al-Shehi – was jailed and the Egyptian government censored Al-Masry Al-Youm, an independent outlet. But there was no “backlash from the international community” in response to these acts. As he says “these actions may trigger condemnation” but this is “quickly followed by silence”. He’s absolutely right.

Despite widespread media coverage of Erdoğan’s posturing about Khashoggi’s murder, there has been little international outrage about the four journalists murdered since 2015 under his regime in Turkey. Or the Kurdish journalist, Rohat Aktaş, whose cause of death is still unknown. In 2018, the Guardian reported:

According to the P24 press freedom group, there are over 160 journalists behind bars in Turkey, most of whom were arrested under the state of emergency imposed after the coup attempt in July 2016.

Yet, as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) noted:

Far from isolating repressive countries for their authoritarian behavior, the United States, in particular, has cozied up to strongmen such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan…

Precisely because of the lack of international condemnation, Khashoggi argues: “Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate”.

But his words apply equally to Turkey, China and Egypt. They also resonate for the 60 journalists who are “missing” and the 262 journalists who were imprisoned in 2017. As CPJ noted, the number of journalists in jail is at “a historical high”. On 23 October, Erdoğan said, “covering up this kind of savagery will hurt the conscience of all humanity”. Yet, there was little global coverage of the extensive media control in Turkey.

“There was a time when journalists believed…”

And when Khashoggi goes on to discuss wider press freedom his words take on an even greater significance globally. He wrote:

There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications.

He may be speaking about Arab countries – Saudi Arabia in particular – but this is a growing issue.

Meanwhile, Erdoğan has led the call for ‘justice’. But Erdoğan’s regime has shut down 180 media outlets and “independent journalism has been all but obliterated”. Where is the global outrage about this? Increasingly, the censorship of a free and independent media seems a ‘vital first step’ for oppressive regimes.


Khashoggi’s murder was brutal and horrific. But we need to ask why we don’t also know the names of the five Turkish journalists murdered since 2010. They didn’t write for the Washington Post, they didn’t have “the privilege of western connections” and so the West was able to sustain silence.

But we also need to read Khashoggi’s words through the lens of our own countries and look at the current shifts in our media culture. As George Orwell said, “if liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”. Tragically, Saudi Arabia murdered Khashoggi for doing just this. But truly investigative and independent journalists around the world won’t stop pursuing this ‘right’.

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RUSSIA PRESIDENT Vladmir Putin Signs Counter Sanctions Against Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes the oath of office at an inauguration ceremony held at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on May 7, 2018. (SPUTNIK PHOTO)

Putin signs decree allowing Russian counter-sanctions against Ukraine – Kremlin website

Putin signs decree allowing Russian counter-sanctions against Ukraine - Kremlin website

SAUDI JOURNALIST JAMAL Khashoggi killed, torn to pieces by ‘butcher’ in pre-prepared room

CNN.comSalah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, head of the forensic medicine department at the Saudi interior

The Head of Saudi Arabia’s Forensic Department, Salah Al-Tubaigy, is thought to have cut the body of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 15 minutes, Al-Khaleej Online reported on Friday.

READ: ‘Suspicious’ death of Saudi agent in Khashoggi case, Turkish news says

READ: ‘The King ordered Khashoggi’s death and Mohammed bin Salman carried it out’

Consulate officers are seen at the entrance of Saudi consulate as the waiting continues on the disappearance of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 October 2018 [Ahmet Bolat/Anadolu Agency]
Consulate officers are seen at the entrance of Saudi consulate as the waiting continues on the disappearance of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 October 2018 [Muhammed Enes Yıldırım/Anadolu Agency]
|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|The Head of Saudi Arabia’s Forensic Department, Salah Al-Tubaigy, is thought to have cut the body of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 15 minutes, Al-Khaleej Online reported on Friday.
A Turkish security source who spoke to Al Jazeera detailed how Al-Tubaigy, along with an assistance team, pulled Khashoggi’s body into a pre-prepared room inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The source claimed that: “The Saudi anatomy expert Al-Tubaigy started dealing with Khashoggi’s body before his colleagues started packaging the torn pieces,” noting that dismembering the body started immediately after Khashoggi had been killed.


READ: ‘Suspicious’ death of Saudi agent in Khashoggi case, Turkish news says

According to the source, the Turkish forensic team investigating the incident heard recordingsfrom inside the consulate, before entering the facility to examine the crime. This information is believed to prove previous reports by several Turkish newspapers that a hit-team arrived at the Saudi consulate prior to Khashoggi’s visit.

Al-Tubaigy, a pioneer of mobile anatomy operations, emerged as part of the hit-team believed to have murdered Khashoggi on 2 October. Turkish newspaper the Daily Sabah also published CCTV images of Maher Mutreb, a close friend and bodyguard of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is believed to have been the leader of the hit-team.

One of the images shows Mutreb entering the consulate before the other members of the hit-team, at exactly 9.55am on 2 October – just hours before Khashoggi’s entry.

READ: ‘The King ordered Khashoggi’s death and Mohammed bin Salman carried it out’

On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced that Khashoggi died during a fight with Saudi officials inside the consulate and that it had dismissed a number of officials as a result.

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA – How Fleeing Zimbabwe Saved My Life And For Those Close To Me … I Don’t Speak To Them Often – I Don’t Want Them To Be Stitched-up. ‘Let It Be’ Jamal Khashoggi. You’re Not Alone Mate!


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Screenshot of David Kelly, Welsh scientist and authority on biological warfare

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|“No time to say Good Bye to your lot in the villages including your venerable grandfather Mr. HLUPO Nyathi MAKONI (The Buffalo) in 2000! There are many of them still lying around … the Nyathis I mean. He is gone now. God bless His Soul. The man who sold one of the ‘best and fattest oxen’ in the village so I went to school; (but for me to become a journalist instead.  Aah!’. Mum: Modesta Makoni Nyathi (Buffalo)Tazvinzwa went to BE with the Lord 7 July 2018 – YOU DIED in some hospital in Botswana for Zimbabwe has NO CREDIBLE left.

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Crimson Tazvinzwa

You’re not alone though CRIMSON; … You have not been back to Zimbabwe since then; people say ‘You’re now on British Passport’ – it’s OK – I hope you now see how it’s not OK.

“Just go!, My uncle Joseph Makoni Nyathi whom I had not seen for ages (20- years plus then …then) said. He was trembling so was I. That was it! That was at Harare Road Port! “Africa Unit Square” in Harare – The Freedom Corner. Jan Von Ovangelle, Hilde (vana), Julliet Masama and Chritospher Muchabayiwa – Thomas mapfumo’ bass guitarist);  were all there but no mbiras/xylophones or drums aah boys and girls –  to see me off to oblivion. Except it never had to be!

I have lived in a cycle of bad and good; and where almost to ‘exact calculations‘ bad happens first; and in a very BAD way.

Getting on a connecting coach at Harare Road Port for Johannesburg South Africa and then  connecting flight to Zurich, Switzerland. Where I was met by Nathalie Oestreicher, Kaspar Scheidegger, Claudia Frey and the whole shebang! Kaspar’s mum, I don’t remember the name. Oh dear! She paid 160.000 Swiss franks for my indemnity for when I do some stupid thing as breaking someone’s window by mistake or my lawn overgrew onto someone else’s yard. Yes! You get arrested for that in Switzerland. Scary! But sobering. She did pay that amount but I also I never broke a thing nor did I whack a fly in Switzerland.

For then I couldn’t fly straight from Harare. Imagine! iT WOULD HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS. And easily caught. At that … Poor.

It was illegal for the likes of me.

That would have been fatal.

I packed what I could and burnt what I could at 78 Lomagundi Road, Malborough; Harare. Jan Ovangelle and Julliet Masama my Belgian housemates would bear wetness to this.Map of A1, Harare, Zimbabwe Most importantly my ‘documents’. Nobody asked me to; but I thought it was the most importnat thing to do – IDENTITY. I made it to Suisse unscathed; escaped with a a few bumps on my head and face – historical, of course; that’s another story for another month … ; which even up to now in my naivety would not call for torcher – few ‘bumps on my head’ incurred doing what I love doing –  reading, listening, observing, talking to real people, listening and writing, and commenting – not even writing news as it were and as it happens; imagine how would that have been – news synonymous with event/occurrence or as it happens; more controversial – spend most of the time in court than necessary; than being in the field – documentary is my hiding spot. Forget about my childhood dream of ‘becoming a bus driver or an assistant bus driver. My uncle always addressed me as ‘Teacher’ even before I went to school – his argument: ‘I explained things too much … in graphic details; that was the thing for me … never became a DRIVER anyway which ends well; here I am, a journalist and trainer; whom at that most people struggle to understand; let alone fathom – me neither; don’t understand myself; there were just scraps!

Journalism is DIFFICULT for you’re an enemy of ALL including your FAMILY. Surely it shouldn’t be!

Let me say now and for all. If what happened to Washington Post Journalist Jamal happens to me … that would be the end of the world for such things don’t happen in England. Magna Carta!

I have been in my somnambulism … not at all!

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