Nigeria to probe billions in oil fraud: Pushed by a leading member of the Nigerian National Assembly, the House of Representatives of Nigeria will impanel a committee to investigate the alleged theft of over $17 billion in crude oil under the presidential administration of Goodluck Johnson.
House member Johnson Agbonayinma claims the crude oil eventually made its way to Norway, China and the United States.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari entered office in May 2015 vowing to put an end to widespread corruption and misuse of public money, which also included the disappearance of over $2 billion in stolen military aid and use of government funds to underwrite former President Johnson’s political campaigns.
Aleppo airstrikes kill 70: After the collapse of a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire last week and a renewed offensive launched by Syrian troops against opposition forces in Aleppo, over 70 civilians have been killed in airstrikes conducted by Syrian and Russian air forces flying uncontested over Aleppo’s skies.
London-based rights group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said over 40 airstrikes pummeled rebel-held quarters of Aleppo destroying 40 buildings and knocking out power and water supplies to a city already on the brink of starvation.
Militant commander says group receives American weapons: In an interview with German Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper, a top al-Nusra commander claims American-made weapons are delivered to his militant group in Syria through parties which receive American military aid.
Claiming “the Americans are on our side,” al-Nusra commander Abu Al Ezz said his group has also had a military balance established through the assistance of military advisors from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and America.
Al Ezz also claimed al-Nusra has profited from financial assistance from both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, both of which reward the group with cash sums for military victories over troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Teen radicalization in France: In describing the extent of ISIS’ campaign to radicalize French youth, a high-ranking French security official has reportedly told Le Figaro newspaper over 2,000 French teens fell under ISIS’ spell since the beginning of 2016.
The French official highlighted females as the most receptive to ISIS’ ideology and their rising numbers in ISIS’ ranks.
The site of several terror attacks over the past 20 months, France has arrested 300 for terror links since January.
Colombian government, FARC rebels sign peace accord: After four agonizing years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleon Jimenez, head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), signed a landmark agreement on Monday to end fifty years of bloodshed in an elaborate ceremony in Cartagena, Colombia, surrounded by dignitaries which included UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban President Raul Castro.
Under the agreement, FARC rebels are required to disarm, but the group will eventually be recognized as a legitimate political party and will gain access to elections.
The peace treaty is subject to a referendum on Sunday.
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