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Cameroon’s Defense Ministry has put Yaounde on high alert over possible militant attacks, stepping up patrols at government buildings and public areas.
Locations in Yaounde with an increased security presence include ministries, army barracks, military hospitals and crowded places, according to a statement signed by Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and e-mailed by his communications office.
While Cameroon’s capital hasn’t been targeted before, the country’s Far North region has been hit by attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram that have killed more than 70 people since the beginning of the year. Most were bombings by teenagers with explosive devices strapped to their bodies.
Meanwhile Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a heavy gun fight with Cameroonian armed forces at Karawa in the far north region, a report is saying.Local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said the confrontations are currently taking place in Kerawa along the border with Nigeria in Cameroon’s far north.
Cameroon's country soul singer Dipanda Charlotte and legendary makossa icon Ben Decca to thrill the Yaounde public this Saturday March 5 at the Versatile Sports Palace in Yaounde as parts of activities to celebrate this year's womensday ceremony.
Brazilian police have detained former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and searched his house as part of a corruption investigation.
A police statement said evidence showed Lula benefited from a bribery scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras and that money was illegally channeled into his political party’s campaigns and expenses.
Police carried out 33 search warrants and 11 detention warrants on Friday in the ‘Operation Carwash’ anti-graft and money laundering investigation, including two in Sao Bernardo do Campo, the hometown of the former president.
Earlier, local media reported that Lula was being brought in for questioning in the sweeping corruption investigation involving state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.
Several U.S. technology giants have formally backed Apple in its high-profile legal battle with the FBI over whether the company must weaken the security features of an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorist attackers.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo were among the companies that filed a joint legal brief Thursday in support of their competitor, the California-based Apple.
"If the government arguments prevail, the Internet ecosystem will be weakened, leaving Internet users more vulnerable to hackers and other bad actors," the statement said.
The FBI has asked Apple to write new software that would help unlock the iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last December.
Apple refused the request, saying it cannot be asked to hack one of its own devices. The company says the creation of a "backdoor" could endanger a wide array of devices while raising privacy concerns.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Wednesday he opposes "a single technical approach" as a solution to the complex legal battle.
"I don't think we ought to let one case drive a general conclusion or solution," Carter said in remarks at a San Francisco tech event. "We have to work together to work our way out through this problem."
Carter also warned that legislation written by Congress to deal with the issue "may be written in an atmosphere of anger and grief" and it may not contain the necessary understanding of current security technology to create an effective law.
Apple filed a formal objection to a federal order to assist the FBI on March 2.
On Thursday, six relatives of victims of the San Bernardino attack filed their own legal brief in support of the U.S. Justice Department.
"One does not enjoy the privacy to commit a crime," the statement said.
The Consul-General of Cameroon in Lagos, Nigeria, Dr Paul Ekorong a Dong, on Thursday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give waivers for more Cameroonian products to be in Nigerian markets. Ekorong a Dong said in Lagos that Cameroon had over the years been approaching the Nigerian government to allow more Cameroonian products into the Nigerian markets. Cameroonian products namely wood, soap, oil, chocolate and cocoa are prohibited to be exported into Nigeria by the Nigerian Government.The consul-general said the current trade relation between both countries was more favourable to Nigeria as there are more Nigerian products in Cameroon.
Ekorong a Dong expressed optimism that the waivers would enhance win-win trade cooperation between both countries. The envoy said that within the last four years, Nigeria had become Cameroon’s world largest economic partner followed by France. “Since our independence, France had always been our world largest economic partner, but today, Nigeria has taken over from France. “This is an indication of the level of trade and vitality of relations going on between Nigeria and Cameroon,’’ he said.