Month: March 2018

[Perspective] The European game of expulsions

Serious diplomacy has this Easter Season, given way to the farcical drama of European countries expelling diplomats of their Russian brothers with the later retaliating. This week, 25 countries including non-European allies like the United States, Australia and Canada, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) had knocked out 158 Russian diplomats  with Russia absorbing the punches and throwing its own. There is the joke that American  President, Donald Trump was watching the CBS 60 Minutes programme when he was asked how many Russian diplomats should  be expelled, he looked at the screen, saw 60 Minutes and decided that 60 Russians should be expelled.

Gareth Bale edging closer to Premier League return

Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale this summer and a return to the Premier League is on the cards for the Wales international, according to Guillem Balague.

Bale’s future at the Bernabeu has been the subject of debate after struggling to feature regularly under Zinedine Zidane this season.

With his glittering five-year spell in the Spanish capital in doubt, Bale has been reportedly linked with summer moves to Manchester United and former club Tottenham.

Sierra Leoneans troop to the polls today to elect president

Sierra Leoneans are trooping to the polling stations again today to decide who should succeed President Ernest Bai Koroma, in a rescheduled run off election.

The two candidates are Julius Maada Bio, a former military head of state, and a former foreign affairs minister Samura Kamara, the torchbearer for the ruling party.

Maada Bio who leads the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) won the first round vote held on March 7.

Malala lands in Swat, Pakistani district where she was shot

Malala Yousafzai landed in the Swat valley on Saturday for her first visit back to the once militant-infested Pakistani region where she was shot in the head by the Taliban more than five years ago.

The visit by the 20-year-old Nobel laureate was kept tightly under wraps and she was accompanied by the Pakistani military, who were providing heavy security, as well as her mother, father and two brothers.