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Nigerian militants attack Shell oil pipeline

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LAGOS — Nigerian militants calling themselves the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said Sunday they had attacked a major Shell oil pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, in a statement obtained by AFP.

The group said the overnight attack “successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of Obunoma” in the oil-rich Rivers State.

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Shell was unable immediately to confirm the attack.

The JRC said it was “reinvigorated as a result of series of consultations with patriotic groups in our territory.”

The main militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) announced last week it was calling off a three-month-old truce with the government.

A key demand of the militants is that local communities benefit from the region’s oil wealth.

Oil is Nigeria’s economic mainstay, raking in some 95 percent of export earnings and accounting for about 85 percent of budget requirements for the OPEC member country.

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Rand Paul and Fox Business fell for ‘one big lie’ published anonymously on Substack: report

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The flow disinformation about the 2020 presidential was chased down by reporter Nick Martin on Monday.

Martin, the editor of The Informant newsletter on Substack and a longtime journalist, reported what he had learned in a Twitter thread.

Martin explained why an anonymous Substack account should have raised plenty of red flags, but the "easily debunked conspiracy theory" it was pushing was still picked up by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Fox Business.

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Trump doesn’t drink — but the vintner-in-chief is now playing in China’s trade war with Australia over wine

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The leader of the free world owns a winery outside of Charlottesville, Virginia -- even though he does not drink.

Whatever motivates his appreciation for vino, however, it is apparently on his mind during the final days of his administration.

While the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis have largely been ignored as Trump pushes his conspiracy theories about the election he lost, he is apparently interested in a trade war on the other side of the world.

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Trump declares the election ‘rigged’ in late night Twitter meltdown: ‘Think I’ll stick around for awhile!’

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President Donald Trump has continued to refuse to concede that he lost the 2020 presidential race to President-elect Joe Biden.

On Monday, Trump lashed out at the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia for certifying their election results that he lost.

Some analysts have worried Trump will attempt to overturn the election results in Congress, a move he seemed to allude to again on Monday evening.

Engaging with right-wing Twitter personality, Trump thanked them for saying he is "the most popular Republican in history."

"Thank you! A lot of Senators and House Members are very happy that I came along. Think I’ll stick around for awhile!" Trump tweeted.

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