Boko Haram bebas 13 tebusan kepada kerajaan Nigeria


MAIDUGURI: Militan Boko Haram membebaskan 13 tebusan kepada kerajaan Nigeria, ujar kerajaan negara itu pada Sabtu, selepas rundingan dilakukan dengan puak militan itu.

Penculikan itu merupakan sebahagian daripada kempen serangan tahun lalu oleh militan berkenaan yang menuntut untuk mewujudkan sebuah negara Islam di timur laut, menyaksikan sekurang-kurangnya 20,000 orang terbunuh dan memaksa kira-kira 2.7 juta menjadi pelarian sejak 2009.

Tiga daripada tebusan itu adalah pensyarah dari University of Maiduguri yang diculik semasa perjalanan penjelajahan minyak di Magumeri, di timur laut Borno, pada Julai 2017.

Sementara 10 yang lain adalah pegawai polis wanita yang diculik dalam serbuan pada konvoi bulan sebelumnya.

Antara mangsa yang diculik militan Boko Haram. Imej yang diambil dari video pada 15 Jan 2018. - REUTERS
“Pembebasan mereka mengikuti beberapa rundingan seperti yang diarahkan oleh Presiden (Muhammadu) Buhari dan diuruskan oleh Jawatankuasa Antarabangsa Palang Merah (ICRC),” kata seorang jurucakap jabatan presiden dalam satu kenyataan.

ICRC berkata ia bertindak sebagai pengantara neutral dalam pembebasan tebusan.

“ICRC tidak terlibat dalam sebarang rundingan yang membawa kepada penyerahan 13 tebusan tersebut.
Militan yang bersenjata itu menyerahkan 13 tebusan kepada wakil ICRC yang kemudian membawa mereka ke pihak berkuasa Nigeria,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

ICRC juga bertindak sebagai perantara dalam pembebasan pada Oktober 2016 dan Mei 2017 yang menyaksikan lebih daripada 200 kanak-kanak perempuan yang diculik oleh Boko Haram dari bandar timur laut Chibok pada tahun 2014.

Antara mangsa-mangsa yang diculik militan Boko Haram. Imej yang diambil dari video pada15 Jan 2018. FOTO: Boko Haram Handout/Sahara Reporters via REUTERS



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TPM hadir perjumpaan tertutup BN Johor – Politik


JOHOR BAHRU 10 Feb. – Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi hadir dalam perjumpaan tertutup dan makan malam bersama-sama Barisan Nasional (BN) Johor di Grand Paragon Hotel di sini malam ini.

Naib Presiden UMNO itu bersama-sama isteri, Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis hadir pukul 6.30 petang dengan diiringi Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan BN negeri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin yang juga Menteri Besar.

Yang turut hadir Timbalan Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong merangkap Pengerusi MCA negeri; Pengerusi MIC negeri, Datuk M. Asojan dan Pengerusi MyPPP negeri dan Datuk Dr. Siva Kumar.

Hadir sama Ahli Parlimen Johor Bahru, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad; Setiausaha Badan Perhubungan UMNO negeri, Datuk Md. Jais Sarday; Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Razali Ibrahim, Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kerja Raya, Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah negeri, Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohamed.

Difahamkan dalam majlis berkenaan Zahid dan Mohamed Khaled menyampaikan amanat kepada kira-kira 150 anggota jawatankuasa tertinggi parti, ketua-ketua bahagian dan naib-naib ketua bahagian BN seluruh Johor.

Majlis berlangsung selama kira-kira dua jam itu merupakan sebahagian daripada program dihadiri beliau selama dua hari di Johor bermula petang tadi di Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Batu Pahat. – UTUSAN ONLINE

 



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Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president for summit – South Korea


SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme.

The recent detente, anchored by South Korea’s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games that began on Friday, came despite an acceleration in the North’s weapons programmes last year and pressure from Seoul’s allies in Washington.

The personal invitation from Jong-un was delivered verbally by his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, during talks and a lunch Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

Jong-un wanted to meet Moon “in the near future” and would like for him to visit North Korea “at his earliest convenience”, his sister told Moon, who had said “let’s create the environment for that to be able to happen,” Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing.

A Blue House official said Moon “practically accepted” the invitation.

Ri Son-kwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland whispers to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Feb 10, 2018. - Yonhap via REUTERS
“We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang”, Yo-jong told Moon during the lunch, and also delivered her brother’s personal letter that expressed his “desire to improve inter-Korean relations,” the Blue House said.

The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States.

Washington has pursued a strategy of exerting maximum pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions and harsh rhetoric, demanding it give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons first for any dialogue to occur.

“This is the strongest action yet by North Korea to drive a wedge between the South and the United States,” said Kim Sung-han, a former South Korean vice foreign minister and now a professor at Korea University in Seoul. Moon asked the North Korean delegation during Saturday’s meeting to more actively seek dialogue with the U.S, saying that “early resumption of dialogue (between the two) is absolutely necessary for developments in the inter-Korean relations as well,” the South said.

It said the two sides held “a comprehensive discussion … on the inter-Korean relations and various issues on the Korean peninsula in an amicable atmosphere,” but did not say whether the North’s weapons programme was mentioned.

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007, and would mark only the third inter-Korean summit to take place.

EXTREME PRESSURE

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test last year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who had attended the opening ceremony seeking to counter North Korea’s attempt to use the Olympics for propaganda, said the U.S., South Korea and Japan were in complete agreement on isolating Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme.

“There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme,” Pence told reporters on his flight back to the U.S.

A senior U.S. official said Pence and Moon, while watching speed skating together on Saturday night, discussed intensifying sanctions. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang.

As part of his push against North Korean propaganda, Pence attended the short track speed skating with Fred Warmbier, the father of an American student who died last year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.

Moon joined Pence in the arena and sat next to him, turned around to greet Warmbier, according to a White House pool report.

Later, Moon watched the joint Korean women’s ice hockey team – the first ever combined team at the Olympics – take on Switzerland, joining Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam, the North’s nominal head of state, who is also visiting the South for the Games.

North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. The U.S fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an “ironclad” agreement to protect its ally.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from U.S. aggression.

SACRED BLOODLINE

Moon hoped to use the Olympics to ease tensions and North Korea agreed to send high-profile officials as well as athletes.

Pence and the North Korean delegation, who both attended the Games opening ceremony, had no contact with each other. The senior U.S. official said Pence was not trying to avoid the North Korean officials but rather ignore them.

Yo-jong, 28, is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North’s idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

At the Blue House meeting, the delegations shared a lunch of dried pollack dumpling soup, a regional speciality of the only divided province on the Korean peninsula, and soju, a spirit popular on both sides of the heavily militarised border.



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JPJ nafi paksa pemandu lori tanggalkan pakaian – Nasional


KUALA LUMPUR 10 Feb. – Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) menafikan anggotanya telah mengarahkan tiga pemandu lori menanggalkan pakaian dan hanya memakai seluar dalam kerana tidak memberi suapan seperti yang diminta.

Menerusi satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan JPJ, insiden yang tular di media sosial baru-baru ini sebenarnya berlaku pada bulan Mei 2015.

“Empat orang anggota penguat kuasa Stesen Penguat kuasa (SPK) Mentara telah diarahkan oleh Ketua SPK Mentara untuk menjalankan rondaan penguatkuasaan di sekitar Jalan Aring ke Tasik Kenyir.

“Mereka kemudian menjumpai tiga buah lori jenis semi-treler kargo am sedang berhenti di bahu jalan tanpa pemandu dan menghalang lalu lintas,” katanya.

Menurutnya, ketika pemeriksaan dilakukan, pemandu lori didapati sedang mandi di atas bukit berdekatan kemudian bergegas turun dengan hanya berseluar dalam.

“Penguat kuasa sudah mengarahkan mereka mengambil pakaian namun memberi alasan pakaian mereka berada di atas bukit.

“Disebabkan rasa malu dan takut dilihat oleh orang ramai yang lalu lalang, mereka telah duduk di sebelah kanan belakang kenderaan JPJ,” ujarnya.

Jelasnya lagi, kesemua pemandu telah meminta maaf dan penguat kuasa telah mengarahkan mereka mengalihkan kenderaan ke tempat yang lebih sesuai.

Menurutnya, satu laporan polis juga telah dilakukan oleh salah seorang pemandu lori tersebut pada 9 Februari lalu di Balai Polis Batu Gajah, Kelantan untuk menafikan dakwaan yang tidak berasas itu.- UTUSAN ONLINE

 



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MeToo fashion show opens with angel wing models pig-faced men


NEW YORK: A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the United States opened on Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings handcuffed to men in pig masks.

Dressed in a floor-length black and white gown with leather trim and wings at her shoulders, Cheyenne Jacobs, 22, stopped at the end of the runway to declare herself a survivor of sexual abuse, giving the audience a brief account of being sexually assaulted in high school and raped in college.

“I would like to take this moment as a stand of my healing, how far I’ve grown and also to say that this is not only a movement, not just stories, but we’re real people who have gone through real things,” she said.

The #MeToo Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week was the brainchild of Myriam Chalek, creative director of fashion website American Wardrobe.

“I don’t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I’ve done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable,” Chalek told Reuters in an interview.

To the pace of trendy music, women from several walks of life, some smiling and others more serious, first strutted down a runway to display their designer clothes, then reappeared handcuffed to male models wearing pink pig masks.

A model presents creations during the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week in New York, U.S., February 9, 2018. - REUTERS
Among them was Alicia Kozakiewicz, 29, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who contacted her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the internet age.

Walking confidently down the runway in a black leather hood and dress cinched at the waist with a corset, Kozakiewicz paused to explain how she overcame victim-blaming, even by her family, and became a motivational speaker and aspiring actor.

“The me-too movement is not about man-hating; it is not about fighting violence with violence,” said Kozakiewicz. “It is, however, empowering women and girls to live in a world free of fear so that they can be safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.”

While the show featured American Wardrobe fashions, Chalek said the event was nonprofit.

Since October, hundreds of women have accused powerful men in business, politics, media and entertainment of sex abuse, joining the #MeToo social media movement that has shone a light on sexual assault and harassment in U.S. life.

In the fashion world, sexual abuse allegations have also come from men.

The New York Times reported last month that more than two dozen male models and assistants who worked with high-powered fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances and unnecessary nudity.

Lawyers for both photographers told The Times they denied the allegations, which nevertheless prompted the magazine company Conde Nast to suspend its work with them. Reuters could not independently confirm any of the accusations.



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Forkey Doe bantu kemenangan pertama buat Tok Gajah – Bola Sepak


KUANTAN 10 Feb. – Penyerang import yang baru hari ini bersama Tok Gajah, Forkey Doe membantu Pahang menewaskan Kelantan 3-0 dalam saingan Liga Super di Stadium Darul Makmur di sini malam ini.

Penyerang dari Liberia itu yang tidak dikawal di dalam kawasan kotak penalti Kelantan mudah menanduk masuk bola sepakan percuma Chan Vathanaka pada minit ke-13 untuk membuka jaringan tuan rumah.

Gol kedua Tok Gajah muncul pada minit ke-55 menerusi jaringan Mohamadou Sumareh dan gol ketiga dijaringkan Nor Azam Azih pada minit ke-88. – UTUSAN ONLINE

 



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