Nigeria rejects United Nations report on violence Sep 22, 2019 0 1132 12345 Abuja: Nigeria on Friday rejected the findings of a UN report on violence in the country accusing it of simply blaming the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. “While we agree that the violence in Nigeria, or in any country, is a major concern and that there is a rippling effect, we are disappointed that the rapporteur was silent on intra-group violence,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement. Shehu said defended the government saying it was trying its best to end the violence. “There is absolutely no doubt that violence between farmers and herders, which has a long history in our country spiked in recent years but the effectiveness with which the federal and state authorities responded made a big difference,” he said. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran issues warning as US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia Sep 22, 2019 0 1427 Hundreds of protesters call for Egypt President Sisi to step down Sep 22, 2019 0 247 Hong Kong police, protesters clash in 16th weekend of rallies Sep 22, 2019 0 541 Saudi vows response to oil attacks ‘aggression’ Cairo: Saudi Arabia on Saturday vowed to take “appropriate measures” in response to last weekend’s attacks on its oil facilities that the kingdom blamed on Iran. Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels have claimed .. Somali pirates release Iranian held hostage since 2015 Nairobi: An Iranian held for more than four years by Somali pirates has been released, a humanitarian organization that helps hostages said on Saturday. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was a crew member on the FV Siraj, an .. Rights group urges restraint after protests against Sissi dpa Cairo An international rights group has called on Egyptian authorities to protect the right to peaceful protest and to immediately release those detained, hours after the country saw rare protests against .. Second drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria, says Damascus AFP Damascus A drone was shot down on Saturday in Quneitra province in southern Syria, the second such incident in 48 hours, state media said. Authorities “dismantled a drone” after it was shot down on the edge of Jaba .. Ready for Syria operation ahead of Trump talks, says Turkey’s Erdogan Ankara: Turkey’s preparations on the border with Syria ahead of a possible operation have been completed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday ahead of talks with US counterpart Donald Trump. “Our ..