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Jailed, deported and blacklisted: Qatar’s outspoken World Cup guards

Jailed, deported and blacklisted: Qatar’s outspoken World Cup guards

ANDREW Maganga seized the chance to work as a World Cup security guard in Qatar last year, only to be fired along with some 200 others on the last day of the tournament, jailed for protesting over wages, and deported back to his native Kenya. At home in Mombasa, he has little to show for four years working various jobs in gas-wealthy Qatar, having spent his savings paying recruitment agents and supporting his family. Maganga's deportation order, seen by Reuters, cited a charge of "labour strike" and banned him from Qatar, which like other Gulf states forbids workers from organising…
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U.S. blacklists DRC businessman linked to graft

U.S. blacklists DRC businessman linked to graft

THE United States has imposed sanctions on a Democratic Republic of Congo national accused of providing support to Israeli investor Dan Gertler in action aimed at targeting corruption linked to the mining magnate blacklisted by the United States. The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement it designated Alain Mukonda, accusing him of making payments into proxy bank accounts for Gertler following his designation in 2017. The Treasury said Mukonda made cash deposits totalling between $11 million and $13.5 million into accounts of companies he incorporated that ultimately belong to Gertler's family. The Treasury also blacklisted 12 companies linked to…
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U.S. blacklists groups in Congo, Mozambique over Islamic State links

U.S. blacklists groups in Congo, Mozambique over Islamic State links

MICHELLE NICHOLS THE United States has blacklisted two Islamist extremist groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique as foreign terrorist organizations over accusations of links to Islamic State (ISIS). The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Congo and its leader Seka Musa Baluku and Mozambique's Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama and its leader Abu Yasir Hassan were also named "specially designated global terrorists." The designations prevent travel by members to the United States, freeze any U.S.-related assets, ban Americans from doing business with them and make it a crime to provide support or resources to the movements. The United States dubbed…
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Lebanon’s president seeks evidence behind US sanctions on son-in-law

Lebanon’s president seeks evidence behind US sanctions on son-in-law

PRESIDENT Michel Aoun says Lebanon would seek evidence and documents from the United States that led Washington to impose sanctions on Gebran Bassil, a prominent Christian politician who is his son-in-law. The United States has blacklisted Bassil, leader of Lebanon's biggest Christian political bloc, accusing him of corruption and ties to the Iranian-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah movement that Washington deems a terrorist group. Aoun asked Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister to obtain the evidence and documents that should be submitted to Lebanon's judiciary "to take the necessary legal measures" if any data is available, said a statement tweeted by the presidency. Gebran…
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No evidence of Islamic State control over militia

No evidence of Islamic State control over militia

UNITED Nations experts say they had been unable to find evidence of direct support by Islamic State for an Islamist militia in eastern Congo, which was blacklisted in March by Washington as a terrorist group. Experts on Central Africa have been debating whether the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), blamed for increasing violence over the past two years in eastern Congo, has genuine links with the Islamic State group based in the Middle East, sometimes known as ISIS or ISIL. The ADF has publicly aligned itself with Islamic State, which in turn has claimed responsibility for some of its attacks. The…
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