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Magistrates dismiss sex abuse case against French soldiers in Africa

French magistrates dismissed a case brought against a group of French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children while on deployment in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2013 and 2014, a judicial source said. Paris prosecutors in 2017 filed for the case to be dismissed because some of the testimony…

President Donald Trump

‘Civilisation originated from Africa’, Luther King’s daughter tells Trump

The children of the late civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr., decried the disparaging remarks allegedly made by U.S. President Donald Trump against Africa. The 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day was used to slam Trump at various protests tagged: ‘Rally against Trump’ in several cities in the U.S.…

1,800 Pakistani clerics issue fatwa against ‘un-Islamic’ suicide bombings

No fewer than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, a book due to be unveiled on Tuesday said. The South Asian nation has for years been plagued by violence by Islamist militants who often use suicide bombers and preach that their struggle…

Manchester United defeat Stoke in EPL

The thoughts of Manchester United’s fans may have been on the possible arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal but the players stayed focused to beat Stoke City 3-0 on Monday. In the English Premier League match at a rainy Old Trafford, full-back Antonio Valencia blasted Manchester United into a ninth…

CBN

CBN injects $210 million into foreign exchange market

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected another 210 million dollars into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to meet customers’ requests in various segments. Giving a breakdown of the intervention, the bank’s acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, on Monday in Abuja said that 100 million dollars was offered…

President, AbdelFattah al-Sisi

Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with Sudan

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said Egypt is not conspiring against its neighbours and has no intention to fight, a reference to growing tension with Sudan. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, including over a Sudan-Turkey naval agreement that angered Cairo and an ongoing dispute over a dam Ethiopia is…

Man sacks wife over her penchant for giving birth to babies like rabbit

A marriage of nine years was dissolved on Monday in Lagos after Michael Ayinde, a 39-year-old man, had taken his wife, Glory, to court over her penchant for unbridled procreation. Akin Akinniyi, the President of Igando Customary Court in a Lagos suburb, said that it was obvious from available testimony…

Ryan Giggs

Wales name Giggs as manager on 4-year deal

Wales have appointed former Manchester United winger, Ryan Giggs, as their manager on a four-year contract, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced on Monday. The 44-year-old takes over from Chris Coleman, who led Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals but quit the job in November to take charge of…

Barca’s Dembele suffers another hamstring injury

FC Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has suffered another hamstring injury and will be out of action for between three and four weeks, the La Liga leaders said on Monday. The French winger, signed last year from Borussia Dortmund for a fee which could rise to 147 million euros, suffered a…

Germany returns Nazi-looted painting to legal owners

Germany has returned a painting plundered by the Nazis to its rightful owners, the Federal Administration Office in Cologne said on Monday. “The painting, “Italian City with Waterfall” by landscape artist Jacob Philipp Hackert, was retrieved personally by the heirs from a Berlin warehouse,’’ a spokesman of the Office said…

APC NWC, Govs to hold meeting on Congresses, Convention

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) and governors elected on its platform would meet at the party national secretariat on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the consultative meeting according to a source at the party’s national secretariat will discuss the 2019 general election…

Schools evacuated after 4.9 magnitude earthquake in Portugal

Schools in the Portuguese town of Arraiolos were evacuated on Monday after an earthquake registering 4.9 on the Richter scale struck the area. No injuries or major structural damage have been registered though local media reported a sense of shock and some communities have lost electricity. Teachers and students were…

U.S. Embassy ready to support FUT Minna’s first class students for graduate studies – Official

The United States Embassy Education Advising Centre, Nigeria, has called on the Federal University of Technology, Minna to identify first class graduates for further studies in the U.S. Joseph Schaller, its Coordinator, made the call during a courtesy visit to the university on Monday in Minna.‎ “The centre is ready…

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One killed, another injured in attack on Plateau community

One man was killed while another was injured on Sunday when armed men attacked Dundi-Maiyanga village in Kwall, Bassa Local Government, Plateau State. A source from the village told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that three men were attacked by the armed men that used machetes and…

IOM, EU evacuate 132 more Nigerians from Libya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) on Monday evacuated 132 more Nigerians from Libya. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new batch of returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 5.30 p.m.. The Nigerians returned…

Mike Ozehkhome

Youth jeer at Ozekhome at Gani Fawehinmi lecture, accuse him of defending corrupt people

A mild drama played itself out on Monday in Lagos at the 14th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture when protesters mobbed Mike Ozekhome, (SAN) and stopped him mounting the podium to speak. The theme of the lecture is “Federalism, Restructuring and Good Governance: Striking a Balance”. The News Agency of Nigeria…

Modi and Netanyahu

India, Israel declare new era in ties with nine new agreements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his visit to India as the “dawn of a new era” in bilateral relations as the two sides signed nine agreements in energy, cybersecurity, investments and other areas. Mr. Netanyahu, who arrived on Sunday for his first visit to the country, met with Indian…

British, Belgian fighter jets intercept Russian bombers

The Royal Air Force scrambled fighter jets to track Russian bombers flying close to British Airspace on Monday as part of an international operation that included Belgian planes. “As part of an international response, Royal Air Force fighter jets have intercepted Russian bombers approaching UK airspace,’’ the Ministry of Defence…

Abuja shop owners demand N227. 2 million compensation from AMAC over demolition

About 66 shop owners at the Karu Lorry Park, Abuja, are demanding N227. 2 million compensation for the demolition of their shops by the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). John Olateru, one of the shop owners located at No. 16 F, who was led in evidence by Ofudili Uche, the…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

University to consider Obasanjo for appointment after completing PhD

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is among 14, 771 persons expected to receive honours at the 7th convocation of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Adamu, NOUN’s Vice-Chancellor, has said. The former president is expected to receive a doctorate in Christian Theology, Mr. Adamu said at a news briefing…

Akinwunmi Adesina

Nigeria largest shareholder in AfDB with $6 billion portfolio – Official

The Nigeria Country Director of African Development Bank (AfDB), Ebrima Faai, says Nigeria is the bank’s largest shareholder with a portfolio of approximately six billion U.S dollars. Mr. Faal announced this in a statement issued on Monday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Mr.…

Islamic group condemns N40 million payment to ex-presidents

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an NGO, has decried the payment of N40 million to each Nigeria’s former presidents and heads of state. MURIC made its position known in a statement issued by its director, Ishaq Akintola on Monday. The group described the decision as anti-people and capitalist-driven, adding that…

Gov. Ganduje lifts ban on Kano popular actress Rahama Sadau

Kano Actors’ Guild has commended the state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, for lifting the ban on Rahama Sadau, popular female actress suspended from Kannywood for featuring in a romantic musical video. Rahama, one of the leading actresses in Hausa film industry was expelled by the regulators of the Kannywood film industry,…

Fire razes 36 houses, 46 silos, kills 40 goats, sheep in Jigawa

An early morning fire on Monday destroyed 36 houses, 46 silos and killed 40 goats and sheep in Abanderi village of Dutse Local Government Area, Jigawa, the police confirmed. The spokesman for the Police Command in Jigawa, Abdu Jinjiri, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed the incident to journalists in…

Vatican Pope New Bishops

World is one step away from nuclear war – Pope warns

The world is on the “brink” of nuclear war, Pope Francis warned on Monday, as he set off on a trip to Chile and Peru that threatens to become overshadowed by sexual abuse scandals. “Yes, I am really afraid. We are on the brink. We only need an accident to…