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EU invites Trump to early summit

Leaders of the European Union institutions have invited Donald Trump to a summit as soon as he can schedule one and cited security and trade ties. This was mentioned as key in a letter signed by the leaders on Wednesday congratulating Mr. Trump on his election as the new U.S.…

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Donald Trump’s surprise wins in crucial U.S. states rattle world markets

Republican Donald Trump scored a series of surprising wins in battleground states including Florida and Ohio on Tuesday, opening a path to the White House for the political outsider. The result is rattling world markets counting on a win by Democrat Hillary Clinton. With investors worried a Trump victory could…

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Hillary Clinton thanks supporters

Following her upset by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the historic U.S. presidential poll, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has prepared her supporters for the unexpected electoral crushing her campaign suffered. This is just as Trump supporters are up in jubilation following his projected early lead over the Democratic nominee.…

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Republicans march toward defence of Senate, House majorities

Republicans will maintain their six-year control over the U.S. House of Representatives, major TV networks projected on Tuesday night, and were also on track to defend their Senate majority, against a handful of failed Democratic challengers. With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton locked in a…

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PDP inaugurates committee to regain power in 2019

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, under the leadership of Ahmed Makarfi, has constituted a 115-member strategic committee to regain power in 2019 through every democratic means. The committee, called Strategic Review and Inter-party Affairs Committee, has Jerry Gana, a professor and chieftain of the party from Niger State, as the…

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Nigeria vs. Algeria: Tickets sold for N1,000, N500

The Akwa Ibom Government has announced that tickets for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria will go for N1,000 and N500 for covered seats and popular side respectively. The information is in a statement by Ademola Olajire, spokesman of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, made available in…

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Clinton, Trump cast ballots in U.S. presidential election

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump joined voters across the U.S. on Tuesday in casting ballots for president in an election that brings a long and bitter campaign to a close. Mrs. Clinton started her day by casting her vote in Chappaqua, New York, where she and her husband, former president…

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Russia announces imminent attacks on Aleppo by aircraft carrier

The Russian Defence Ministry on Tuesday announced that its first ever attack on Syria from an aircraft carrier is to take place imminently. Fighter jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov and heavily armed escort ships are to bomb anti-Syrian government positions in the beleaguered city of Aleppo in the coming hours.…

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Fraudsters impersonating me on Facebook – Buhari’s aide

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has raised an alarm over some fake Facebook accounts opened in her name by some fraudsters. Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said some fraudsters have created phony accounts in her name on…

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Unemployment in Nigeria: Senate summons Ngige

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to invite the Minister of Labour and Employment to provide insight into government’s roadmap towards tackling unemployment in the country. This followed a motion by Duro Faseyi (PDP-Ekiti), who called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on unemployment with a view…

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Julian Assange defends leaking Hillary Clinton’s emails

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, on Tuesday defended the leakage of U.S. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails and denied supporting her Republican rival, Donald Trump. “The reasons behind Wikileaks failure to release information on Donald Trump or any other candidate were practical and not tactical,” Mr. Assange said. Mr. Assange…

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African Union to call meeting on Libyan crisis

The African Union announced a new initiative to stabilise Libya on Tuesday, calling on all the country’s stakeholders to join in a “frank and direct dialogue.” The meeting will be held as soon as possible, Chadian President and AU chairman, Idriss Deby, said at a summit of seven AU leaders…

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U.S. begins testing inactivated Zika vaccine in humans

A U.S. military lab has recruited 75 healthy adults to commence the first of five early stage clinical trials, to test the safety and ability of an investigational Zika purified inactivated vaccine. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, WRAIR, Clinical Trial Centre in Maryland, disclosed this in Maryland on Tuesday.…

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Share ecological fund now, Nigeria’s governors tell Buhari

State governors, under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, on Tuesday called for the immediate disbursement of ecological fund to their respective states. The Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, made the call on behalf of his colleagues in Abuja. Mr. Yari had earlier led a…

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Doctors ask Zamfara to implement health law

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Zamfara has called on the State Government to implement the National Health Act 2014. Mannir Tsafe, the Secretary of the association in the state, made the demand in Gusau in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. Mr. Tsafe commended…

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Naira appreciates against dollar

The Naira on Tuesday appreciated against the dollar in all the segments of the forex market, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. The currency gained N44.95 to exchange at N305.27 to the dollar at the interbank market after its Monday record of N350.22. At the parallel market, the naira…

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Dangote refinery to begin operation in 2018

Dangote Group said its 650,000 barrels per day capacity refinery currently under construction in Lagos would come on stream by the end of 2018. Ahmed Mansur, the group’s Executive Director, Stakeholders’ Relations/Corporate Communications, announced this during a media parley in Abuja on Tuesday. He said this would ultimately end fuel…

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Appeal Court reserves judgment in suit challenging sale of Intercontinental Bank

The Court of Appeal, Lagos, on Tuesday reserved judgement in an appeal by former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, Erastus Akingbola, challenging revocation of the bank’s license by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Mr. Akingbola is asking the appellate court to set aside the earlier ruling of a Federal…

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Nigeria Stock Exchange market capitalisation loses N180 billion Tuesday

The Nigerian equity market on Tuesday depreciated further with the market capitalisation losing N180 billion due to persistent profit taking embarked upon by investors. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that market capitalisation lost N180 billion or 1.95 per cent to close at N9.075 trillion against N9.255 trillion recorded on…

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Adamawa acquires 12 mining licenses, signs $5 billion exploration pact with Swiss firm

The Adamawa Mining Company Limited says it has acquired 12 licenses for solid minerals explorations in the state. Shanti Shashi, the state Commissioner of Solid Minerals Resources, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Tuesday. Ms. Shashi said the state government had also…

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Dangote to employ another 250,000 Nigerians – Official

The Dangote Group said on Tuesday that its investments on new projects on agriculture, sugar, oil refinery and fertilisers would create additional 250,000 employment opportunities for Nigerians when completed. The projects, sited in some states, including Jigawa, Taraba, Kano and Kogi, according to the group, will encourage self-sufficiency in food…

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Radio presenter docked for alleged attempt to defraud professor

The Police have arraigned a radio presenter, Adejoke Obisesan, 28, before an Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ court for alleged attempt to defraud a University of Ibadan Professor of N90,000. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ms. Obisesan, a female student and presenter at Osun State Unique FM, Ilesa, was arraigned…

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Nigeria to legalise artisan mining

The Federal Government has promised to develop a framework that would legalise artisan mining activities and provide them with legitimate land in the country. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Mineral Development, disclosed this on Tuesday after inspecting artisan mining site at Muye Kafinkoro in Paiko Local Government Area of Niger…

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No bills, no payment, consumers threaten electricity company

Some electricity consumers in Adeleye Aparadija Community in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun have threatened to stop payment of the monthly electricity charges unless they were given bills. They told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that about 96 houses in the community were paying monthly charges into…

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Do not increase fuel price, NUPENG tells Nigerian government

An oil workers union, NUPENG, says the Federal Government should not succumb to pressure from some groups to increase pump price of petrol for now. Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos. Mr.…