USNC executive director joins TACA

United States- Nigeria Council (USNC) has appointed its Executive Director, Eliot Pence into Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA). The Chairman of the council, Amb. Terence McCulley, said in a statement in Lagos that Pence was appointed by the U.S Trade Representative, Amb. Robert Lighthizer. Pence, who served as the executive director of USNC since its creation in 2016, joined 21 other members of the committee in advising Lighthizer on trade between U.S and Nigeria. He is a board member of the African Leadership Network and Liliesleaf Trust, and a…

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US Vice-President, Pence, denies planning presidential bid

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed as “disgraceful and offensive” a report suggesting he is preparing a run for president in 2020. The New York Times said a “shadow campaign” had been set up by some Republicans on the assumption Donald Trump would not stand again. Citing multiple sources, the article said Pence had implied that he would plan to run if Trump did not. Pence said the report was an attempt to divide the administration. The Times story said the turmoil around the White House, including investigations into…

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US Vice President, Pence, hires lawyer for Russia inquiries

  Vice-President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to handle his response to inquiries into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Richard Cullen is known for representing high profile clients. Earlier, US media reported that Donald Trump was being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice. Mueller is leading an FBI inquiry into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Reports in US media said senior intelligence officials would be interviewed on whether Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked…

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N’Korea threatens new missile tests

North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action. Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US. He said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was over. Pence…

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US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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N’Korea missile launch attempt fails

  North Korea has failed to launch a missile on its east coast, South Korean and US military officials say, a day after Pyongyang warned the US amid rising tension in the region. The US said a ballistic missile exploded within seconds of the launch. Hours earlier, North Korea paraded what appeared to be long-range ballistic missiles at a major military display. It has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in contravention of UN resolutions. The latest development comes as US Vice-President Mike Pence heads…

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US VP, Pence, to open Asian trip amid tensions with N’Korea

Vice President Mike Pence is opening his trip to the Asia-Pacific region amid increasing tensions in North Korea over the regime’s nuclear and missile programs. Pence is set to arrive Sunday in South Korea as President Donald Trump vows that Kim Jong Un’s government is a “problem” that will be “taken care of.” The vice president’s 10-day trip comes as North Korea celebrates the 105th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il Sung, which falls on Saturday and is North Korea’s most important holiday. A large-scale military parade…

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