Liberia: Liberia’s Graft Agency Submits Top Dogs for Prosecution

[FrontPageAfrica]Recommendations for prosecution of officials of government has now become a cliché with several reports from the Ministry of Justice, General Auditing Commission, the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission all stockpiled and awaiting action from the Executive Branch of Government. Despite the public declaration that corruption is the public enemy number one with a promise by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her regime to fight the menace head-on, there are no known cases of prosecution against indivi

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#OccupyDemocracy: Protesters hold Parliament Square despite arrests

Hundreds of police officers have conducted often aggressive operations to remove protesters from Parliament Square and stop demonstrators from setting up camps.

Those arrested have been charged under various public order bylaws, including the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Police have used the laws to confiscate backpacks, umbrellas and pizza boxes, claiming these count as sleeping equipment.

Among those arrested were Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Green London Assembly Member Baroness Jenny Jones, who was later released without charge.

“I have never been arrested before and I didn’t expect it now. It was rough and I’m very shaken up. I am proud to say that my first arrest was in support of Occupy London, Occupy Democracy and everything they stand for,” Jones told organizers.

The heavy-handed reaction by authorities has transformed the protests into a movement for the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly - rights that activists and supporters feel have been trampled upon.

Comedian and self-styled revolutionary Russell Brand says the protests are a legitimate call for change.

“People are coming together to demand democracy peacefully, not violently, in a humorous way. People from different backgrounds with different beliefs are coming together to ask for a basic, fundamental right that we are told we already have,” Brand told RT’s Harry Fear in Parliament Square.

“The police themselves, before long, will be on the right side of this argument. I’m sure that before long the police will join these protesters, and then we’ll see a true unity and we will see some semblance of democracy in this Square – a symbol of our great democracy in this country – a democracy that exists in name but not in action,” he added.

One protester named Danny has been ‘occupying’ the Churchill plinth for over a day, sitting atop the statue holding a placard, which states “The revolution will not be confiscated.”

“I’m up here because Churchill is a symbol of freedom and we’ve had our freedom to protest removed, with no proper explanation why,” Danny told organizers.

“The rights of the damaged area of grass to regrow this week – rather than next week after our protest – has been deemed to be of more importance than our rights to assemble and protest, even though a significant area of the square is intact.”

Protesters aim to remain in the square until at least Sunday.

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How do we start English devolution? Lets begin with the House of Lords

English votes for English laws will only cause constant instability. We must reform the second chamber and decentralise from Westminster

The Scottish referendum campaign closed with the solemn vow of more powers to Scotland. The three Westminster leaders offered what Gordon Brown described as close to home rule. The vow will be delivered, but Scotland cannot change without England changing too. For English voters, the question will now become as it was always going to be what happens to us?

The promise to Scotland was made to save the union. It should be no surprise that people in England are asking if Scotland can have what Scotland wants within the union, why shouldnt England enjoy the same rights too?

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Exclusive: Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls is still on

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and added the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.

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Botswana: Voting Underway in Tight Presidential Elections

[AEP]Voting is currently ongoing in Botswana as they elect a president and parliament to rule the country for the next five years in an election expected to be the most competitive in the country's history. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful so far.

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Latest updates / EU leaders agree to raise Ebola aid budget to 1 bln euros

New York City physician tests positive for Ebola; Two-year-old girl becomes first confirmed Ebola case in Mali.

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Israeli among 8 killed in Nepal bus crash

Bus carrying 60 passengers reportedly fell 150 meters off a cliff.

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Enormous volcanic eruption could destroy Japan within 100yrs – study

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, September 27, 2014 (Reuters / Kyodo)

The research, conducted by Japanese scientists, was released on Kobe University's website on Wednesday.

"It is not an overstatement to say that a colossal volcanic eruption would leave Japan extinct as a country," the authors said, according to AFP.

Kobe University’s professors Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and Keiko Suzuki analyzed the scale and frequency of local volcanic eruptions over the past 120,000 years. At about 1 percent over the next 100 years, they predicted a possibility of a massive volcanic eruption that could leave about 120 million people living across Honshu, Japan’s main island, "hopeless."

But this figure shouldn’t be underestimated, the scientists warn. Back in 1995, a day before a 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed Kobe – with almost 6,400 people killed and 4,400 injured – the chance of a major earthquake striking that Japanese port city was estimated at a similar 1 percent.

Nearly 7 percent of the volcanoes that have erupted over the past 10,000 years are located in the nation, with a population of 127 million people.

One of them, a gigantic crater, 23km (14 miles) across, in southern island of Kyushu, which has been struck by seven massive eruptions over the past 120,000 years, served as a model for the scientists.

According to their prediction, should the eruption occur, in just two hours the area would be buried by flows of lava and molten rock, and westerly winds would carry volcanic ash to the second most-populous island in the world, making it "unlivable."

Another Kyushu mountain, Ioyama, has recently shown some signs of volcanic activity, such as small tremors, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency's volcano division told Reuters on Friday. Belonging to Kirishima range, it is located some 64km from the Sendai nuclear plant, run by Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Furthermore, the frequently erupting Sakurajima Volcano, about 50 km from the plant, also forced officials to issue a warning for people not to approach the peak.

Although the nuclear plant is currently not operational, it may be restarted next year, after it passes safety checks and gets the approval of local authorities.

In late September, the nation’s deadliest volcanic eruption in almost 90 years occurred. Honshu's Mount Ontake dramatically erupted without warning, killing 57 hikers and leaving at least six other people missing.

Japan is home to nearly 100 active volcanoes, lying on the ‘Ring of Fire’ – a 40,000km-long horseshoe-shaped area around the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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Yechiel Eckstein’s long list of conditions for charity giving

Yechiel Eckstein’s International Fellowship for Christians and Jews decides to stop donating to the Jewish Agency and promote its own aliyah activities instead.

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New York mayor: Doctor is first in NY with Ebola

A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, announced Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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