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Ukrainian Plane Crash Kills 176 people, as They Begin Mourning And Investigations


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The crash of a Ukrainian jetliner that killed 176 people in Iran where many of the victims were from or were headed and raised a host of questions about what went wrong.

But U.S. intelligence officials said there was no immediate evidence it was shot down.
The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S. forces. While the timing of the disaster led some aviation experts to wonder whether it was brought down by a missile, Iranian officials disputed any such suggestion and blamed mechanical trouble.


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“The rumors about the plane are completely false and no military or political expert has confirmed it,” Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency as saying. He said the rumors were “psychological warfare” by the government’s opponents.

In Washington, a Democrat who attended a classified briefing from Trump administration officials on Capitol Hill — including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel — said the briefers had no intelligence indicating the plane was shot down. The lawmaker spoke on condition of anonymity.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. The crash just before dawn scattered flaming debris and passengers’ belongings across a wide stretch of farmland.

Top 5 Most Powerful Countries In The World ( Countries That Can Destroy The World )


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To determine the most powerful nations in the world is based on nuclear weapons, financial capacity, geography, logistics capability, industrial capacity, global status, natural resources, military strength, firepower, defence budget etc. Here are some most powerful and strongest Countries in the world.

most powerful nations in the world


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5. France

France has always been a world power since the colonial days. For many centuries, France has been one of the strongest nations in the world and still retain the position to date. France has lots of allies around the world and they also provide military supports for their allies.


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4. India

India has a great population, they have some of the best technologies and India has proven itself to be a powerful nation over the years. India has some collections of advanced weapons and it currently stands at number four of the most powerful nations on earth.


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3. China

China has grown over the years to become one of the most advanced and powerful countries in the world. China has the largest population in the world and one of the biggest economies in the world making it a strong force to reckon with. China takes the third position in the most powerful countries in the world. In recent time, China has positioned itself as a military aircraft manufacturer.


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2. Russia

Russia is also another country to be reckoned with in terms of its military strength and gadgets. Russia is ranked number two in Military firepower and strength. Russia has the largest landmass in the world sharing a border with at least 12 countries.


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1. United States

The United States is the most powerful country on earth in terms of weapons, land strength, Naval forces and technology. They are currently ranked top out of 137 countries with strong military power. The United States has an estimated defence budget of over $700 billion . This is attributed to their influence in the world politics and military supports and also because of their two major rivals China and Russia. The United States has the greatest political influence in the world and they play a major role in international disputes, political matters and matters involving global security.

Drop your suggestions for this countries mentioned above.

President Donald Trump Vows To Hit 52 Sites ‘Very Hard’ If Iran Retaliates

Trump vows to hit 52 sites ‘very hard’ if Iran retaliates for Suleimani killing
As general’s body is returned to Iran, president says targets represent the 52 US hostages taken by Iran in 1979

Donald Trump has threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets in retaliation for the drone strike that killed the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, as The Guardian Reports.


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The US president made the threat in a tweet hours before Suleimani’s body arrived in Iran for burial and ramifications of the killings were reverberating across a nervous region, where many believe the aftermath could spark a new era of bloodletting and instability.

Iranian state television footage showed a tide of mourners packing the streets of the south-west city of Ahvaz early on Sunday to pay their respects and chanting “death to America”. Huge crowds had joined funeral processions in Baghdad and Tehran on Saturday as calls to avenge the Iranian general’s death mounted and the US case for ordering his assassination was increasingly called into question.

Trump tweeted that Iran “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in response to Suleimani’s death. He said the US had “targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD”.

“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days after being seized at the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979.

Trump did not identify the sites. The Pentagon referred questions about the matter to the White House, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Trump’s threats breached international law. “Having committed grave breaches of int’l law in Friday’s cowardly assassinations, realdonaldtrump threatens to commit again new breaches,” he tweeted. “Targeting cultural sites is a war crime; – Whether kicking or screaming, end of US malign presence in West Asia has begun.”

Iraq’s parliament is set to meet for an extraordinary session on Sunday where MPs have said they would push for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to request the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. “There is no need for the presence of American forces after defeating Daesh (Isis),” Ammar al-Shibli, a member of the parliamentary legal committee, told Reuters. “We have our own armed forces which are capable of protecting the country.”

Many Iraqis, including opponents of Suleimani, have expressed anger at the US for killing the two men on Iraqi soil and possibly dragging their country into another conflict.

The US justification behind Suleimani’s killing centred on there being an “imminent attack” that he had directed, but this has been challenged in some quarters.


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The New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi tweeted that two sources privy to the information, held by US intelligence officials, described the case as “razor thin”. Her tweets also detail a scramble to discover Suleimani’s whereabouts once the decision to kill him was made.

The White House transmitted on Saturday evening its formal notification to Congress of Friday’s drone strike that killed Suleimani in Iraq. Many Democrats have criticised Trump for failing to seek advance approval or to notify Congress of the attack.

The classified notification was sent under a US law requiring the administration to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action or imminent actions.

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, said in a statement that the White House notification about the attack “prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran”.

It was expected that Suleimani’s body will be taken to Tehran and finally to his home town, Kerman, on Tuesday.

The Guardian

Top 10 richest musicians in America(Net Worth)

Here are the top 10 richest musicians in America:

10. Johnny Mathis – 400 million U.S. dollars

The songs of this American man have been in more than 70 Billboard charts. Johnny Mathis sold approximately 350 million records, which makes him another legend in the world music. He was also called one of the top-selling musicians of the twentieth century.

According to celebritynetworth.com, the legend’s net worth estimates at 400 million USD.


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9. Barbra Streisand – 400 million U.S. dollars

This 76-year-old country singer makes a bunch of money from her music. She earns millions at her tours and shows. She received the top U.S. civilian honor award four years ago, in 2015 (it is called The Presidential Medal of Freedom). Besides, Forbes notes that back in 2016 she managed to gross more than 40 million USD by doing just 14 shows.

The impressive net worth of this incredible woman in the world music has placed her at the 48th position at the list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. Besides, according to Forbes, the country singer’s net worth estimates at 400 million USD.


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8. Bruce Springsteen – 460 million U.S. dollars

The famous American songwriter and singer who is better known as ‘The Boss.’ Bruce Springsteen leads a popular E Street Band. Many Americans love his folk-style and rock songs. The most recognized albums released by this musician are ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Born to Run.’

Forbes estimated the singer’s net worth at about 460 million USD in 2016. It hasn’t updated the information about the current wealth of this superstar for 2018.


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7. Gloria Estefan – 500 million U.S. dollars

This American singer was born in Cuba but built her career in the USA. She is one of the top musicians of all time because she sold more than 100 million records across the globe. Thus she is one of the top 20 richest musicians in the United States of America.

According to forbes.com, Gloria and her husband Emilio Estefan had estimated net worth from 500 to 700 million USD back in 2015. We haven’t found any updates on her wealth for 2018 though


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6. Dolly Parton – 500 million U.S. dollars

The famous queen of country songs has been on stage for more than 40 years. Dolly Parton’s most known hit is ‘I will always love you’ which was covered by Whitney Houston in the film ‘Bodyguard.’ The living legend of country and bluegrass music has received 9 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and many other prizes.

According to celebritynetworth.com and aol.com, the net worth of this fantastic American woman was about 500 million USD back in 2017.


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5. Mariah Carey – 520-535 million U.S. dollars

The famous American singer, actress, songwriter, and producer is a successful businesswoman. Mariah Carey became popular in the 1990s when she released several hit albums. Her comeback into the world music was successful in 2005 when she presented the top ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’ album, which won three Grammy awards.

Different sources estimate Mariah Carey’s net worth from 520 million USD (based on the report from moneyinc.com) to 535 million USD (according to therichest.com).


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4. Madonna – 590 million U.S. dollars

The queen of pop music Madonna has been on stage for many years. The world fell in love with her songs back in the 1980s. Besides making her music and performing on stage, this incredible woman has made herself. No wonder that Forbes added her to the selection of the Richest Self-Made Ladies in the USA (Madonna’s placed at the 26th position).

The businesswoman and American singer’s net worth reached 590 million USD in 2018.


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3. Dr. Dre – 770 million U.S. dollars

This famous American rapper is also one of the Forbes richest musicians in 2018. The 53-year-old musician has many successful businesses including his companies Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment.

He has worked with many successful and wealthy artists, including Eminem, Snoop Dog, 50 Cent and many others. As a result, his net worth has grown to 770 million USD, according to Forbes top 5 hip hop musicians with the biggest fortune.


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2. Diddy (Puff Daddy) – 820 million U.S. dollars

This American musician is also wealthy, but he was ranked number two in 2018. His businesses are blooming too, and earnings are increasing, but his wealth is not as high as that of Jay-Z.

Diddy’s revenue comes from cable TV (Ciroc and Revolt), beverage industries (DeLeon) and other businesses. While being placed in the second position, Diddy is still one of the wealthiest musicians in the world and America. forbes.com estimates his net worth at approximately 820 million USD for 2018


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1. Jay-Z – 1 billion U.S. dollars

The husband of Beyonce, Jay-Z is currently number one. His net worth is considered to be the highest among all other musicians of different genres. The hip-hop artist makes his money not just by making music, recording songs, and performing on stage.

The richest musician in America Jay-Z has values of interest in D’Usse cognac, Roc Nation empire, Armand de Brignac and Tidal companies. The happy family life and success in business have earned Jay-Z 900 million USD (in 2018), as reported by Forbes.

5 hours needed to earn Nigeria’s monthly minimum wage in American company

N6,120 per hour: Nigeria’s monthly minimum wage earned in just 5 hours on duty in American company – even by unskilled staff

The agitation for a new national minimum wage of N30,000 ($83.33) by Nigeria’s labour unions led to industrial action and a series of back and forth meeting between the government and the labour leaders in 2018.

The state governors insisted they cannot afford to pay a minimum wage of N30,000, adding that they are still struggling to pay the current N18,000 minimum wage.

True, some states, at the current minimum wage, are still owing their workers months of salaries. However, the National Assembly eventually passed N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

While debating the new minimum wage bill, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the proposed N30,000 is not enough for Nigerian workers considering current economic realities in the country.

The speaker said the only way to curb corruption in Nigeria is for the government to pay a living wage and not just a minimum wage. Dogara’s statement may not be far from the truth, especially when the new minimum wage is compared to what workers in other countries earn.

In the United States, Bank of America said starting May 1, its employees’ hourly minimum wage will rise to $17 (N6,120).

According to CNBC, the bank also promised the hourly minimum wage will go higher in the next two years to become $20 (N7,200) an hour. “If you get a job at Bank of America, you’ll make $41,000” a year, chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan was quoted to have said. “With the success our company has … we have to share that success with our teammates.” When compared to the situation in Nigeria, it means it takes employees, even at the lowest rung, with Bank of America just 5 hours to earn what Nigerian government workers earn in a month.

Also, it will take the BOA workers just four hours to earn what Nigerian government workers earn in a month, in two years time—other things being equal.