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U.S. deports 34 Nigerians over immigration, other offences

U.S. deports 34 Nigerians over immigration, other offences

2018-06-21 09:35:07

The United States, yesterday, deported 34 Nigerians over alleged immigration and related offences. The deportees arrived at the cargo session of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA), Lagos, aboard a chartered Omni Air International aircraft with Registration Number W342AX. The Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development, saying: “At about 14:30 hours (2:30 p.m.), we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from the United States. They were made up of 32 males and two females.” He said 25 of the persons were alleged to have committed criminal offences, with one involved in narcotics. Others… continue reading


Denuclearisation: the great divide for Kim-Trump summit

Denuclearisation: the great divide for Kim-Trump summit

2018-06-08 13:18:13

The issue at the top of US President Donald Trump’s agenda for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also the most complicated — denuclearisation. Pyongyang’s decades-long pursuit of atomic weapons and the means to deliver them to the US have seen it subjected to multiple rounds of sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, EU and others, and tensions soared last year as the two men traded personal insults and threats of war. Now after a rapid diplomatic rapprochement they will hold an unprecedented meeting in Singapore. But despite the positive imagery of recent months —… continue reading


Saudi women get driving licence first time in history

Saudi women get driving licence first time in history

2018-06-05 09:43:36

Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported. “The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licences,” the official Saudi Press Agency said. “The general directorate of traffic started replacing international driving licences recognised in the kingdom with Saudi licences,” it added. The move comes as Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, prepares to lift its decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24. SPA said authorities started swapping international licences for Saudi ones in multiple locations across the kingdom,… continue reading


Ukraine PM says will resign if anti-corruption court not launched

Ukraine PM says will resign if anti-corruption court not launched

2018-06-04 14:29:24

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman on Monday said he would resign if a new anti-corruption court, demanded by Kiev’s Western allies and donors, is not launched. Corruption was among the reasons Ukrainians took to the streets during a 2013-2014 revolution but it remains a major problem despite new authorities’ promises to tackle it. The parliament this week is expected to finish consideration of a draft law which paves the way for the new judiciary body but the initial form of the bill faced heavy criticism from the International Monetary Fund. “As Prime Minister of Ukraine, I made a decision for… continue reading


Landslide kills at least 32 in Ethiopia

Landslide kills at least 32 in Ethiopia

2018-05-28 15:33:47

Landslides caused by heavy rain killed at least 32 people in southern Ethiopia over the weekend, the government said on Monday. The Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said nine people died in the Gamo Gofa zone, with 17 injured. The state-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate on Sunday reported that 23 people were killed in a landslide in the Sidama zone. Six people were badly injured, Fana reported. Countries across the Horn of Africa have recently struggled to cope with heavy rains. Last week, flooding and strong winds caused by Cyclone Sagar killed at least 25 people in Djibouti and Somaliland, while… continue reading


104-year-old scientist commits assisted suicide

104-year-old scientist commits assisted suicide

2018-05-11 08:58:10

A 104-year-old Australian scientist who travelled to Switzerland to end his life committed assisted suicide on Thursday, the foundation which helped him die said. David Goodall, who had been barred from seeking help to end his life in his home country, did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to die. continue reading


Britain backs French plan for European defence force

Britain backs French plan for European defence force

2018-05-05 11:14:32

Britain is backing a French plan to create a European military intervention force as a way to maintain strong defence ties with the EU after Brexit, a minister told AFP on Saturday. The British junior defence minister Frederick Curzon said London was "very keen to support" French President Emmanuel Macron's plan for a force that could be deployed rapidly to deal with crises. The force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, would be separate from other EU defence cooperation, meaning there would be no obstacle to Britain taking part after it leaves the bloc. "We're very keen to support President… continue reading


Four killed in suspected Shabaab attack in Kenya

Four killed in suspected Shabaab attack in Kenya

2018-05-04 10:31:33

Four people were killed in the northern Kenyan town of Mandera, which borders Somalia, police said Friday, in an attack blamed on Islamist group Al-Shabaab. The four men, all non-Muslims who were not from the area, were attacked at a remote quarry on Thursday night, with some of them shot dead and others hacked with a machete. “They were killed at the quarry during the attack,” said regional police commander Mohamud Saleh. “We suspect Al-Shabaab and we are pursuing them.” A senior police source on the ground, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the group of more than 10 attackers… continue reading


Obama placed arms embargo on Nigeria for no reason ?Trump

Obama placed arms embargo on Nigeria for no reason ?Trump

2018-05-01 11:31:35

United States President Donald Trump has assured that the fighter jets Nigeria has paid for will soon be released, noting that the previous administration of President Barack Obama placed arms embargo on the country for no just cause. Speaking at a joint news conference with President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in Washington on Monday, he said he had worked out the issued of arms embargo, adding that Nigeria can now buy helicopters from the US. Asked if he will release the fighter jets to Nigeria by 2020, Trump said: “Real soon. Part of the problem is you weren’t… continue reading


Thousands gather to pay tribute to Toronto massacre victims

Thousands gather to pay tribute to Toronto massacre victims

2018-04-30 11:17:08

Thousands gathered at a vigil Sunday night paying tribute to 10 people mowed down by a van in downtown Toronto earlier this week. Ten candles, sheltered from the wind by tealight holders, were placed on a stage in memory of the eight women and two men struck by a rental van driven by Alek Minassian on Monday. The victims, who ranged in age from 22 to 94, were killed when the suspect drove along a sidewalk in the north end of Canada’s largest city. Sixteen others were injured. “Love for all, hatred for none,” was the message seen on large… continue reading


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