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  • 'World's oldest man' celebrates 146th birthday and says patience is key for long life

     

    An Indonesian man who claims to be the oldest person ever to have lived has celebrated his 146th birthday.

    Mbah Gotho, from a small village in the Central Java province, has documentation that states he was born on 31 December 1870, and the Indonesian records office has said confirmed this was accurate.

    If it is correct, this would earn him the title of the oldest person ever, a title currently held by French centenarian Jeanne Calment, who was 122 when she died.

    Mr Gotho celebrated the landmark birthday with his grandson, Suryanto, and his wife, Suwarni, having reportedly outlived all 10 of his siblings, his four wives and his children. 

    During the celebrations, family and neighbours flocked to the modest house to celebrate the occasion, and Mr Gotho was seen grinning as they sang him a birthday song.

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  • UAE presence expands in Africa

    The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement to establish a second foreign military base in the Horn of Africa.

    The new base, according to the source present at the negotiations, will be established at the coastal city of Berbera in Somaliland and will be an air and naval base. According to the government source the MoU was signed in the last week of September when a senior Somaliland delegation was in the UAE. 

    The self governing semi-autonomous Somaliland and the UAE enjoyed close political, economic and military ties  since 2012. 

    The cooperation between the two countries intensified after the UAE's involvement in the Yemen operations where the region's strategic location south of the Bab al Mandeb strait proved crucial to their projection capabilities. 

    An area of 40km sq compromising of Berbera airport and sea front have been provided to the UAE for a period of 25 years and is renewable, the source added.

    The base has been provided in exchange for security training, support and protection to the autonomous region, the source added, providing a much needed security blanket to Somaliland which borders Somalia to the south.

    Just five kilometres away from the base UAE ports giant, Dubai Ports World, has signed earlier this year a $442 million deal to develop Berbera port. The 30 year deal will see the commercial port expanded and doubled in size next to a large free zone and other infrastructure projects to provide a new gate way to Ethiopia, Africa's fastest growing economy.  

    According to Alexander Mello, security analyst at New York based Horizon Client Access the UAE's plan to operate their Eritrean Assab base simultaneously with the Berbera base is quite plausible.

    'Assab is still a pretty austere base, the work the UAE is doing there - especially the the expansion of the hangars and apron and building a new docking facility for UAE vessels 10km north of of current Assab port - is consistent with a long-term UAE presence,' Mello said. 

    The UAE has been putting up aircraft shelters and deployed half a squadron of Mirage 2000 fighters to the base in September, Mello added, which again is consistent with a long-term presence. 

    'They might be speeding up development of Berbera now to have a base out of Houthi missile range. It’s possible Assab will be focused more on supporting ops in Yemen and Berbera will be primarily used for conducting naval and air ops in the Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden with the U.S. and Egypt,' he said. 

    Shehab al Makahaleh, political analyst at consultancy group Geostrategic Media, said that despite the UAE previously adopting a cautious foreign policy the recent financial chaos, the Arab Spring and Islamic militancy has forced the UAE to safeguard their national security by securing major sea ports in Africa.

    'The UAE is increasingly focused on projecting military power, the unrest has prompted the UAE to have its own base in the Eritrean port of Assab. In 2015, this simple port was built up from empty desert into a modern airbase, deep-water port, and military training facility,' he said.

    Al Makahleh said that 'the rapid militarization' in the Horn of Africa by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Iran, China, Russia, the UK, France - and the American presence on the west coast - under the aim to preserve the security and stability of the region has turned out to be a competition for its resources.

     

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  • "I Killed My Mother Because Of Her High Demand For Sex From Me" – Okada Rider

    33 year old commercial motorcycle rider, Segun Ogunlusi, pictured above, who was recently arrested for killing his 60 year old mother, Abimbola Ogunlusi, at their home in Ogijo area of Ogun State, today confessed to the crime, saying his mother's high demand for sex from him made him kill her and bury her corpse in a shallow grave.

    Ogunlusi while confessing, said that after he hacked his mother to death, he poured kerosene on her remains but later buried her when the corpse failed to catch fire.

    "My mother kept saying if I had sex with her I would be free. On a particular Tuesday morning, when two of us were at home, she was in the kitchen, I walked up to her and stabbed in the stomach and she died. I poured kerosene on her corpse in a bid to burn her but it did not catch fire. Later, I dumped the corpse in a soakaway pit,” he said

     

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  • "I Killed My Mother Because Of Her High Demand For Sex From Me" – Okada Rider

    33 year old commercial motorcycle rider, Segun Ogunlusi, pictured above, who was recently arrested for killing his 60 year old mother, Abimbola Ogunlusi, at their home in Ogijo area of Ogun State, today confessed to the crime, saying his mother's high demand for sex from him made him kill her and bury her corpse in a shallow grave.

    Ogunlusi while confessing, said that after he hacked his mother to death, he poured kerosene on her remains but later buried her when the corpse failed to catch fire.

    "My mother kept saying if I had sex with her I would be free. On a particular Tuesday morning, when two of us were at home, she was in the kitchen, I walked up to her and stabbed in the stomach and she died. I poured kerosene on her corpse in a bid to burn her but it did not catch fire. Later, I dumped the corpse in a soakaway pit,” he said
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  • 'Plastic rice' seized in Nigeria

    Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of "plastic rice" smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says.

    Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and "only God knows what would have happened" if people ate it.

    It is not clear where the seized sacks came from but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year. Rice is the most popular staple food in Nigeria.The BBC's Peter Okwoche says it is the only foodstuff that crosses cultural and ethnic lines across the country.

    source : bbc 

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