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Super Tuesday: Biden wins 9 states; Sanders wins 3

Tuesday, March 3, marked the largest day of voting in the United States as voters in 14 states cast their votes for the Democratic Party primaries. The states involved are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. Presidential candidate Joe Biden emerged winner after winning…

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Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane

A Syrian warplane was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday in the northwestern Idlib province, leaving the pilot dead. This was confirmed by the Turkish defence ministry in a tweet, “an L-39 plane belonging to the Syrian regime has been downed.” The attack was the third in…

A screen shot of U.S Airforce Magazine showing its soldiers. [PHOTO CREDIT: U.S Airforce Magazine]

US Air Force updates dress code, approves hijabs, turbans

The dress code policy of the US Air Force has been updated. The update according to CNN “outlines a clear approval process for Sikhs and Muslims who want to serve while wearing their articles of faith.” Released February 7, the dress code update permits Muslim women to wear hijabs and…

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World Radio Day: ‘Nigeria radio can do more’

World Radio Day is marked every February 13. It is a day set aside by the UNESCO to celebrate the most widely used medium globally. It is celebrated annually on February 13. To commence the day, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, emphasised on the importance of radio, saying that it is…

Mogadishu on the map of Somalia

Two men executed for raping, killing 12-year-old in Somalia

Two men have been executed for raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in Somalia’s Puntland region. The men, Abdifatah Warsame, 24, and Abdhishakar Dige, 46, were executed on Tuesday by firing squad in Bosaso - a city in the northeastern Bari province of Somalia. The third man, Abdisalam Abdirahman’s execution…

PDP leaders protest in Abuja over Supreme Court Judgement.

PDP takes protest to EU, UN, France in Abuja

Leaders of Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, on Tuesday, took their protests to the offices of the United Nations and embassies of the European Union and France in Abuja. The party began the protest to diplomatic agencies last year after the Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Amidst insecurity, Buhari says Nigeria’s pride restored by ‘success’ against Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said, despite the rising insecurity and attacks by Boko Haram, the successes achieved by his government against the group has restored the pride of Nigeria. “You will agree with me that the successes we have achieved so far have restored our pride and honor in…

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Donald Trump acquitted by Senate

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been acquitted of both charges in his impeachment trial. He was cleared by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in Washington. In the first charge “abusing power of office” the Senate, mainly controlled by the Republican party, voted 52-48 while in the…

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Coronavirus: Cameroonian student in China first African victim

A Cameroonian student in China is the first confirmed African to test positive to the Novel Coronavirus. Yangtze University, the institution where he studies, confirmed in a statement that the “21-year-old was being treated in a hospital in southern Jingzhou city, China.” The statement read that the student, identified as…

Rescued Chibok girls reunite with parents

We’re being targetted for ‘annihilation’, Chibok residents say

Members of the Chibok community, in war-ravaged Borno State, on Monday, said they were being targeted for 'annihilation' by the Boko Haram. The community, which shot to global limelight when over 276 school girls were abducted from their dormitories in 2014 said the government has failed to fulfil "a promise…

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Kenya’s former president Daniel Moi dies at 95

Daniel Moi, Kenya's longest-serving president, has died. He was 95 years old. His death was announced in a statement issued by the current President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday. The statement reads, "It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel…

Lai Mohammed (Photo Credit: Daily Trust)

Lai Mohammed falsely claims social media bill doesn’t exist, sparking fury

Nigeria's Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has come under fire after denying the National Assembly is considering a bill to regulate the activities of Nigerians on social media. In an interview with the German broadcaster, DW, aired Thursday, Mr Mohammed said he was speaking "authoritatively" that the controversial "Protection from…

Minister of Foreign Affairs [Photo credit: Bulet International (Nig.) Ltd]

Coronavirus: Nigerian govt makes no plan for citizens in China

Despite the growing concerns on the spread of coronavirus, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has no plan in place for Nigerians residing in China. A spokesperson for the ministry, Kimiebi Ebienfa, when contacted by a PREMIUM TIMES reporter on Tuesday, said that “for now, no plans are being made to…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Suspects arrested for downing of Ukranian airliner – Iran

Some suspects have been arrested for firing the missile that brought down a passenger plane shortly after takeoff in Iraq's main airport. The judiciary spokesperson, Iran, Gholamhossein Esmali, said "extensive investigation has taken place and some individuals are arrested," on Tuesday. He did not give further information on the arrest.…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Key events that shaped Nigeria’s foreign affairs in 2019

The importance of foreign diplomacy to a nation cannot be overemphasised in terms of 'relationship building' with other countries and diplomatic negotiations. Nigeria, in 2019, was active in the area of foreign diplomacy and as a new year emerges, we review some events that shaped 2019 in the diplomatic space.…

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U.S. instructs airlines to avoid Iraq, Iran, Gulf airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. aircraft from Iraq and Iran airspace following a retaliatory attack by Iran. In the early hours of Wednesday, Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases which house U.S. troops. Reports suggest there were no casualties, as early warnings were…

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Three Americans killed as Al-Shabaab attacks Kenyan base

A terror attack by the Al Shabaab, which took place on Sunday in Kenya, has claimed the lives of three Americans. A US service member and two civilian contractors working for the Defence Department were killed; their identities are yet to be disclosed. Two others were injured and are "currently…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Nigeria Immigration releases visa-on-arrival application details

The Nigeria Immigration Service has released details of its new Visa-on-Arrival application processes for Africans and non-Africans. The Service made this known on its website on Monday. “This is to notify the General Public that Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rolled out a new Visa on Arrival Application Process for…

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Turkish military involvement in Libya could worsen Nigerian, regional insecurity- Expert

The expected Turkish deployment of troops to Libya could escalate instability in the Sahel region, which includes Nigeria’s extreme north, an expert has said. The Turkish legislature approved the bill for the deployment on Thursday after President Recep Erdogan announced the plan last December to intervene in the Libyan conflict…

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Turkish military involvement in Libya could worsen Nigerian, regional insecurity – Expert

The expected Turkish deployment of troops to Libya could escalate instability in the Sahel region, which includes Nigeria’s extreme north, an expert has said. The Turkish legislature approved the bill for the deployment on Thursday after President Recep Erdogan announced the plan last December to intervene in the Libyan conflict…

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Nigeria speaks on ‘diplomatic row’ with Ghana over embassy building

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied reports of a diplomatic row between Nigeria and Ghana. This was revealed in a press release issued by the spokesperson of the ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye, on Friday. The alleged diplomatic row, which was circulated on Thursday on social media, suggested that the Nigeria…

Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force unit. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Times]

Leave Iraq immediately, U.S. urges citizens

The United States has asked all American citizens to leave Iraq immediately. The U.S. embassy in Iraq issued the warning on Friday morning, hours after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general, Al-Jazeera reports. Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard…

Nigerians abroad remit over $25 billion in 2019 – Dabiri-Erewa

Nigerians living abroad remitted about $25 billion in 2019, the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has said. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja on the activities of the commission since it was set up…

VIDEO: Inside story of Abuja’s underaged menial workers

A group of school-age children stood by their wheelbarrows as they awaited the arrival of the next vehicle to Giri Park, one of the busiest commuter service points in Abuja. Once it arrived, the children rushed at the passengers, seeking who to help with luggage for a fee. It is…

A group of school-age children standing by their wheelbarrows

Inside story of Abuja’s underaged menial workers

A group of school-age children stood by their wheelbarrows as they awaited the arrival of the next vehicle to Giri Park, one of the busiest commuter service points in Abuja. Once it arrived, the children rushed at the passengers, seeking who to help with luggage for a fee. It is…