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Iran Tests Missile Despite Pressure From Donald Trump |The Republican News

Iran says it has successfully tested a new medium-range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump.
The launch of the Khorramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles), was shown on state TV. It is unclear when the test took place.
At the UN on Tuesday, Mr Trump criticised Iran’s missile programme and the 2015 nuclear deal with the country.
On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would increase its military power “as a deterrent”.
The Khoramshahr missile was first displayed at a military parade on Friday in Tehran. It is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Iranian media report.
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Iran’s Defence Minister, Gen Amir Hatami, outlined the missile’s “unique specifications”.
“The ability to evade the enemy’s air defence line and to be guided from the moment of launch until the target is hit turns Khoramshahr into a tactical missile,” he said.
Iran would “not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile”, he added.
By test-firing a new missile, Iran is sending another signal of defiance taken straight from the North Korean textbook.
The missile test is arguably a borderline case as far as the UN Security Council is concerned. A resolution calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
The test comes ahead of two significant dates in the US:
The Trump administration is due to announce the details of its strategy vis-à-vis Iran around the end of September
On 15 October, Mr Trump will have to certify to Congress that Iran is compliant with the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in 2015. If Mr Trump refuses to certify compliance, Congress will have 60 days to re-impose sanctions on Iran
Iran’s test is a message to the US that it is determined to defend itself in any way it sees fit but it could also ultimately work against Iran as world public opinion will compare it to North Korea.
Missile tests in Iran are said to require the approval of Mr Rouhani, and now it seems he has been pushed into a corner with the hardliners in Iran who see the North Korean path as the best response to Mr Trump’s rhetoric and his disdain for the nuclear deal.
The US announced fresh sanctions on Iran in July over its ballistic missile programme and what it said was Iran’s support for terror organisations.
It also imposed sanctions on Iran after a ballistic missile test in January. It says such launches violate the spirit of the 2015 agreement between Iran and six world powers to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.
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Tehran insists its missile programme does not contravene the agreement. It says the missiles are not meant to carry nuclear warheads.
At the UN General Assembly this week, the US and Iranian leaders traded barbs.          (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen Open Fires As Olubadan Installs Mogajis, Baales At The Palace

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Gunmen opened fire at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during installation of Mogajis and Baales on Monday.

The PUNCH journalist, Olufemi Atoyebi; his ThisDay counterpart, Demola Babalola; a correspondent with Daily Trust, Jeremiah Oke; and a chieftain of Labour Party who was a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sharafadeen Alli, were among the people who escaped death while the shooting lasted.

Related: Olubadan Says 21 New King Crowned By Governor Are Wearing Carton Crown |RN

While the activity was going on, the four gunmen in a black Toyota Sienna opened fire sporadically around 11:45am, shattering Alli’s car’s glass windows and other cars parked in front of the palace.

The journalists, who were just arriving at the gate of the palace, were caught in the fire, but they escaped being shot as they ducked for cover in the drainage outlet in front of the palace.

They were there for about 10 minutes until the gunmen sped off towards the Molete end of Popoyemoja.

Alli‎, who is the Asaju Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan land, was also lucky, as he was inside the car when bullets hit his car.

The gunmen stopped in front of the palace, shooting and daring people inside the palace to come out and confront them.

The shooting, however, did not stop the coronation inside the palace.  (Punch)

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Snake Handler Found Dead From ‘Serious Injuries’ Next To A Pet Python |RN

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A police investigation has been launched after an exotic animal lover was found dead next to his pet python which was loose from its cage.

Police said snake handler Dan Brandon was found dead at his home with one of his pet pythons close to him on August 25.

The 31-year-old, who lived with his parents, succumbed to “serious injuries” at his room in the Hampshire home where he kept all of his snakes.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious but officers are investigating whether he was fatally injured by the snake.

The animal enthusiast’s social media accounts show photos of him with his pets, including one of a huge Burmese python, draped over his body.

According to experts, pythons only kill what they eat. Pythons have killed humans before, however, this is believed to be the first ever case in the UK.

A spokesman for the Hampshire Police told The Sun: “We were called to an address in Church Crookham.

“A 31-year-old man had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”    (Evening Standard)

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If You Have Headache After Sex, Here Is Why |The Republican News

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Sex is interesting because of its many health benefits.

However, as with every good thing, there are also some downsides to having sex!

Physicians say that at least one out of 100 people who have sex experience sex headaches. And people who are most affected are men!

Medically known as coital cephalalgia, sex headaches are head pain that occurs before, during, or after orgasm.

Neurologist/certified headache specialist, Dr José Biller, says there are two kinds of sex headaches: a dull ache in the head and neck that intensifies as sexual excitement increases; and the second is a sudden, severe, throbbing headache that occurs just before or at the moment of orgasm.

He adds that the condition can also manifest as a headache that occurs after sex, and it can range from mild to extremely painful.

A headache gets worse when the individual stands, and lessens when the person lies down on his/her back, Biller says.

And though experts at the online portal, Mayo Clinic assure that the headaches are usually not dangerous, they quickly warn that sex headaches associated with loss of consciousness, vomiting, stiff neck, other neurological symptoms and severe pain lasting more than 24 hours are more likely to be due to an underlying cause.

Causes

“In a small percentage of cases, these headaches can be due to a serious underlying condition, such as a haemorrhage, brain aneurysm, stroke, cervical artery dissection or subdural hematoma,” Biller says.

Sex specialist, Dr Carolyn Dean, notes that men are three to four times more likely to experience this painful phenomenon, possibly because men may exert themselves more during sex.

Risk factors/prevention

Low blood sugar may also help lay the foundation for a sex headache. So can a magnesium deficiency, which is linked to headaches in general. Having a history of migraines is also a risk factor for sex headaches.

As a prevention, eat magnesium-rich foods like almonds and cashews, dark leafy greens, avocado, and whole grains.

“Aim for low blood pressure, and drink less alcohol,” says Dr Ehsan Ali.

The bottom line: If you experience sex headaches, see the doctor, even if you think it’s not serious. The reason is, it’s good to make sure that there’s not a serious underlying cause.

“There are treatments a person can take as needed before engaging in sexual activity or daily,” says Ali.

“I know people might get embarrassed by it, but they shouldn’t hesitate to see a doctor — we hear anything and everything,” Ali says.    (Punch)

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Merkel Gets Fourth Term As German Chancellor |The Republican News

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Angela Merkel has won a fourth term as German Chancellor, but with her party’s lead in parliament cut and the country facing a surge in support for the far right.

Exit polls predicted the hard-right Alternative for Germany would become the third-largest group in the national parliament, the Bundestag, as German voters delivered a stinging blow to the traditional parties.

According to CNN, Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union and its sister the Christian Social Union had their share of the vote slashed. Germany’s oldest party, the centre-left SPD, which had been in a “grand coalition” with Merkel, was consigned to the opposition.

Addressing her supporters, a subdued Merkel said the result gave her a “mandate” to govern but that the AfD’s success would require a “thorough analysis” to understand the concerns of their voters.

The exit polls showed Merkel’s CDU/CSU group would be the largest in the Bundestag, but with its lead cut to 33.5 percent of the seats, down from 41.5 percent in 2013.

The SPD fell to 21 percent from 25.7 percent, a result met with shock at the party’s headquarters. It was the CDU’s worst result since 1949, and the SPD’s worst since 1945.

Addressing her supporters, Merkel pledged to understand the concerns of voters who lent their support to the AfD.

“There’s a big new challenge for us, and that is the entry of the AfD in the Bundestag. We want to win back AfD voters,” she said.

SPD leader, Martin Schulz, said the result was a “bitter disappointment” and the party would not continue in the coalition.    (Punch)

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Six Family Members Commit Suicide Over Debt |The Republican News

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Six members of a family were found dead at their home in the southern Indian city of Madurai in an apparent suicide pact over debt, officials said on Monday.

Two more family members were rescued from their residence in a critical state late Sunday night and were being treated at the hospital, the administration official, Veera Rao, said.

The family which ran a school committed suicide by consuming poison and police found a suicide note that said they were under a huge loan default, Rao added.

The family, in the suicide note, asked authorities to sell their property to help settle the dues, according to the police.

Police were investigating if the family was under pressure from any private money lenders.

Madurai is notorious for unscrupulous money-lenders in spite a state-government ban and local media has reported on a number of cases of harassment by money-lenders.

(dpa/NAN)

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IPOB Remains Terrorist Group, Despite EU, US Stance, Says Buhari’s Aide |RN

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Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has described as inconsequential the recognition accorded the Indigenous People of Biafra by some foreign nations as a non-terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.‎

Obono-Obla also disclosed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami(SAN), would soon charge the promoters and members of the proscribed group for allegedly operating illegally in Nigeria in violation of Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

He maintained in a statement which he released late on Sunday that IPOB’s activities qualified it as a terrorist group as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013.

The presidential aide said by its advocacy and modus of operation, IPOB terrorised, harassed or intimidated “those who do not subscribe it to its separatist’s ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription”.

He added, “So it is a terrorist organisation! This is also an organisation that was hounding and killing Nigerians in Rivers and Abia States before the military intervention!

“This is a group that was burning police stations; killing police officers, throwing bombs at military convoys, threatening to make the country ungovernable, threatening to stop governorship election in Anambra State!

“Most importantly a court of competent jurisdiction -Federal High Court has presided over by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati upon an application filed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation hinged on Section 2 (1) (a) & (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act granted an order proscribing IPOB! So whether EU or United States of Nigeria or any foreign country says about IPOB is immaterial, irrelevant and of no moment!”

He insisted that the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group with the backing of a court order proscribing it last week was Nigeria’s domestic affair, which foreign nations should not meddle in.

With particular reference to the European Union and the United States of America, Obono-Obla said meddling in Nigeria’s internal affair could erode the nation’s sovereignty.

He said, “I have previously said that the international community should not meddle in our internal affairs because doing that will amount to an erosion of our sovereignty!

“The EU has no business absolutely and totally with our internal matters so if EU says it does not see IPOB as a terrorist group, it does not matter as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“It is inconsequential! We all know by the definition of a terrorist organisation within the meaning of the term as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, IPOB is a terrorist organisation! Also it by its advocacy and modus of operation it is a terrorist organisation! It used to terrorise, harassing or intimidating those who do not subscribe it to its separatist’s ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription so it is a terrorist organisation!

“I want to add that the USA may say IPOB is not a terrorist organisation by US Law because it is a registered business concern in the State of California in the United States!

“However by Nigerian law a foreign company which is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission by the provisions of Section 53 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 is illegal.

“And by Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, it is a criminal offence for a foreign company to operate in Nigeria without registration! So all this while IPOB was operating in Nigeria illegally!”   (Punch)

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Nnamdi Kanu: FG Can’t Hold Abaribe, Others Responsible But Security Forces, Itself

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari,  Nnamdi Kanu

 

The move by the Federal Government to hold Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and others responsible for the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), may hit a brick wall as legal opinions outside government circles do not seem to support such a plan.
A source conversant with the matter told our correspondent that the preponderance of legal opinions showed that it was the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai, and the Commanders of Operation Python Dance (2) that should be held responsible for Kanu’s disappearance and not anyone else.
According to our source, the Federal Government and its military would have themselves to blame if Kanu remains incommunicado, by October 17, 2017, the date he is expected to appear in court to answer to the charges pending against him.
“The idea of holding sureties responsible for the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu is not only ridiculous but laughable. It is true that some personalities signed the bail bond that led to his release from prison.
It is also true that Kanu may have violated some of his bail conditions, but that should have been left to the court to decide and then mete the necessary sanctions on him. “The bail bond was the outcome of a judicial process and therefore, a legal instrument of a court of competent jurisdiction.
It is obvious that the court did not envisage that the Federal Government, a party in the dispute, will, at some point, take the laws into its own hands and act in the manner it has done.
“Why did the Federal Government decide to resort to self-help by invading the residence of Kanu with armoured tanks? It is more or less jungle justice to invade the home of an unarmed Nigerian citizen, shooting sporadically at the building and causing unquantifiable collateral damages.
As it is today, neither Kanu’s lawyers nor the sureties have seen Kanu since the military invasion of his home.
“It is only the Federal Government and the military that can tell the world why they preempted the court and decided to take the laws into their own hands. It is because they either wanted to arrest Kanu and detain him ahead of his date in court, or they wanted to kill him using jungle justice. Either way, they cannot eat their cake and have it.
The onus lies on them to produce Kanu when the need arises because they have willfully sidelined the due process of the court in their desperation to achieve political goals.
They can’t eat their cake and still have it,” the source said. Although Abaribe could not be reached on his mobile phone for reactions to the development, his Special Assistant on Media Affairs, Mr Uche Awom, told Sunday Telegraph that his principal and others who stood surety for Kanu did so in good faith and as law abiding citizens of Nigeria.
According to Awom, there was no cause for alarm as the sureties had kept their own side of the bargain before the military threw spanners in the works.  (New Telegraph)
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