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Mikel: Former Chelsea midfielder leaves Stoke City for Al Kuwait SC
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Mikel: Former Chelsea midfielder leaves Stoke City for Al Kuwait SC

The former Nigeria captain has agreed to leave Europe for another football adventure in Asia Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Kuwait SC have announced the signing of John Obi Mikel from Championship side Stoke City. The Brigadiers announced that the former Chelsea and Trabzonspor star has penned a one-year contract that will keep him at the club for the 2021-22 season. Mikel's signing comes as reinforcement for the Al Kuwait who finished in the Premier League last season behind Al-Qadsia and leaders Al-Arabi.
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Nigerians Abroad Threaten To Withhold $23 Billion Remittance Over Ahmed Wase’s Remarks

Nigerians in Diaspora Worldwide, yesterday, threatened to withhold over $23 billion yearly remittances to the country after the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, allegedly infringed on their rights. The group, in a petition, addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Wase to reverse his rejection of a complaint by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America on issues relating to land grab in Benue State. The Nigerians abroad threatened to halt immediate fund repatriation if the demand fails to see the light of day in 14 days. Wase, who presided over plenary last Wednesday, had rejected a petition presented by the member representing Gwer East/West Federal Constituency of Benue State,...
Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell, co-founder of Kool & the Gang band group, dies at 68
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Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell, co-founder of Kool & the Gang band group, dies at 68

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder and singer of the band group, Kool & the Gang, has died at the age of 68.   Bell died at his home in the US Virgin Islands Wednesday morning, September 10 with his wife Tia Sinclair Bell by his side, publicist Sujata Murthy said. The cause of death has not been released.   In 1964, Bell and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined their neighbourhood friends Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West to form a musical group. They were first known as the Jazziacs, before settling for Kool and the Gang.   The group formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1964, went to become one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B, and pop. They won a Grammy in 1978 f...
Richest Man In Asia, Mukesh Ambani Plans To Acquire Several Local Online Retailers As He Races To Compete Against Amazon
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Richest Man In Asia, Mukesh Ambani Plans To Acquire Several Local Online Retailers As He Races To Compete Against Amazon

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, is on a shopping spree as he targets online retailers for acquisition in a bid to compete against Amazon. Ambani spent the early few months of the pandemic raising more than $20 billion by selling stakes in his technology venture. He is now looking to acquire several local online retailers to help expand product offerings as he races to build his e-commerce platform and compete against Jeff Bezos' Amazon.com. Reliance Industries Ltd., Ambani’s oil, retail and telecommunications conglomerate, is in various stages of negotiations to either buy out or purchase stakes in Urban Ladder, an online furniture seller, Zivame, a lingerie maker, and Netmeds, which delivers medicine, people familiar with the matter said, according to Bloomber...
“African Soil Can Feed The Whole Of Europe, America, Asia But Their Problem Is Just One ” Their Leaders – Vladimir Putin
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“African Soil Can Feed The Whole Of Europe, America, Asia But Their Problem Is Just One ” Their Leaders – Vladimir Putin

Russia President, Vladimir Putin has stated that Africa will never be independent because they believe in Europeans, Americans and Chinese more than themselves. Putin show his concerns on Africa how they didn’t believe in themselves. According to him, “Africa will never be independent, Africans believe in Europeans, Americans, and Chinese more than themselves. “They don’t trust themselves at all, African technocrats/Engineers aren’t given the platform to practice what they studied instead they hire Chinese to construct roads for themselves. “A white man will commit a crime in Africa but no action will be taken because the African authorities view us as Demigods, far from the truth. “A black man can be abducted in Europe get harassed and even be killed but no African a...
Orangutan Reaches Out Hand To Rescue Man Stuck In A River In Asia
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Orangutan Reaches Out Hand To Rescue Man Stuck In A River In Asia

This is the heartwarming moment an orangutan tries to assist a man stuck in a river by offering its outstretched arm. The great ape, who lives in a protected conservation forest area in Borneo, was seen leaning forward and lending a helping hand to the man who had been in the muddy river. The striking images were taken by amateur photographer Anil Prabhakar, from Indonesia, who had been on a safari with his friends when he spotted the touching scene.
What You Should Know About Coronavirus Killing People In Asia
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What You Should Know About Coronavirus Killing People In Asia

A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in wuhan, China, in December. Scientist Leo Poon, who first decoded the virus, thinks it likely started in an animal and spread to humans. “What we know is it causes pneumonia and then doesn’t respond to antibiotic treatment, which is not surprising, but then in terms of mortality, SARS kills 10% of the individuals,” Poon said. The World Health Organization offered guidance to countries on how they can prepare for it, including how to monitor for the sick and how to treat patients. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according ...
AFC moves Asian Champions League matches out of Iran
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AFC moves Asian Champions League matches out of Iran

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has shifted two preliminary matches in its elite club competition from Iran to neutral venues because of security concerns, Asian soccer's governing body said on Wednesday. Shahr Khodro FC were scheduled to host Bahrain's Riffa and Esteghlal FC were set to play Kuwait SC on Tuesday but both Asian Champions League matches were postponed after several governments issued warnings against travelling to Iran. "To help facilitate the switch to neutral venues, which has been approved by the relevant AFC committees, the AFC will now reschedule the games to January 25, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates," the AFC said in a statement. Local media reported that the four Iranian clubs in the competition, including Persepolis and Sepahan, had said they wo...
Bale will find it easy in China’ – Real Madrid
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Bale will find it easy in China’ – Real Madrid

Mousa Dembele, who played alongside the Welshman at Tottenham and is now on the books at Guangzhou R&F, wants to see a summer transfer pushed through Gareth Bale will find it “easy” if a move to China is made, says Mousa Dembele, with the former Tottenham team-mate of the Wales international hoping to see a transfer completed from Real Madrid. A switch to Asia continues to be mooted for a man who is in danger of being frozen out at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane has brought Bale back into his plans during pre-season, but the Blancos are still looking to move the 30-year-old on if a suitable bidder can be found.
Are you watching Manchester United? Scapegoat Fellaini on fire in China
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Are you watching Manchester United? Scapegoat Fellaini on fire in China

The Belgian was a divisive figure at Old Trafford, but has begun life with a bang in Asia "You can only look back with a smile." That's how Marouane Fellaini reflects on his time at Manchester United, but for most fans the lanky midfielder was seen as one of many missteps made in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. Signed by a desperate David Moyes from Everton for £28 million (€32m/$35m) in 2013, Fellaini struggled to convince fans he was worthy of the Red Devils shirt, let alone the price tag, across his near six seasons at the club.
Nigerian clubs must change governance structure to compete with North Africans’
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Nigerian clubs must change governance structure to compete with North Africans’

Former Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu says that North African teams will continue to dominate their Nigerian counterparts until the country’s club management architecture is changed for effective financing. Enugu Rangers lost to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia home and away in their CAF Confederation Cup tie last week, just as Lobi Stars were defeated at home by Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the Champions League. Speaking on the state of the country’s club football yesterday, Chukwu says Nigerian clubs are not well funded and therefore cannot meet the challenges posed by international football. Chukwu said if club funding was left to state governments, Nigerian clubs would continue facing the challenge of not getting the best players from within and outside the country, arguing that su...
Red-Hot Number One Momota Wins Badminton’s China Open
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Red-Hot Number One Momota Wins Badminton’s China Open

World champion Kento Momota won badminton’s Fuzhou China Open on Sunday to add another title to his already spectacular season. Kento Momota of Japan hits a return against Chen Long of China during their men’s singles semi-final match at the China Open 2018 Badminton Championships in Fuzhou, in China’s eastern Fujian province on November 10, 2018. (Photo by STR / AFP) / Japan’s world number one survived a spirited challenge from Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen, defeating the fourth seed 21-13, 11-21, 21-16 in 66 minutes. The 24-year-old Momota collapsed to the court floor and lay on his back exhausted after finally seeing off Chou. Momota has been in scorching form this year, winning the World Championships, the Asia Championships and now four events on the World Tour. His defeat o...
Aisha Buhari Urges Doctors To Check Abuses, Exorbitant Charges
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Aisha Buhari Urges Doctors To Check Abuses, Exorbitant Charges

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has advised medical doctors to check quackery, abuses and exorbitant charges in order to deliver affordable and quality healthcare. She made the call when members of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) visited her in Abuja on Wednesday. Mrs Buhari told the group to make medical fees affordable to enable all Nigerians access quality healthcare. She urged the group to always expose quack doctors in other to protect and safeguard the health and lives of many Nigerians. “There is a need for your association to look into or revisit the hospital fees you charge, you know Private health care is expensive, make your charges affordable to Nigerians. “As an Association, there is need for you to a...
Nigerian Singer, Alizee And Her 4-Year-Old Daughter Reportedly Murdered By Her Italian Husband In Banana Island
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Nigerian Singer, Alizee And Her 4-Year-Old Daughter Reportedly Murdered By Her Italian Husband In Banana Island

Fast rising Nigerian act, Ali Zainab Nielsen better known as Alizee is dead. According to LIB, she was murdered this morning April 5th along with her 4-year old daughter, Petra Nielsen by her husband, Peter Nielsen at their home in Banana Island. Confirming her demise to LIB, a member of her management team said ‘its really a shocking and sad development. We all woke up to the sad news of her death this morning and to find out that the homicide was committed by her husband makes it all the more sad. The Police has been brought in to the case and we’ll share more details as we get them’. The circumstances leading to her death still remains yet to be revealed but sources say the bodies of Alizee and her daughter have been deposited at a mortuary while police continues with their ...
Rex Tillerson: US Must Respond To Russia’s Behavior
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Rex Tillerson: US Must Respond To Russia’s Behavior

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned in his farewell remarks on Tuesday that Washington must do more to respond to Russia’s “troubling behavior and actions.” After he was sacked by President Donald Trump, Tillerson also said US efforts to pressure North Korea had worked better than expected and revealed he would pass authority to his deputy at midnight. The former oil executive said he would remain at the department until March 31 to conclude an administrative handover, but that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would take charge. Tillerson did not address reports that he had only learned of his sacking earlier that day when he read about it in Trump’s tweet, but said he had since spoken to the president by telephone. Among his last acts as secretary, as he flew back f...
‘Killings Of Nigerians In SA Must Stop’ – Nigerians In Diaspora Warn
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‘Killings Of Nigerians In SA Must Stop’ – Nigerians In Diaspora Warn

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) worldwide has warned against further killings of Nigerians in the Republic of South Africa saying “these killings must stop and with immediate effect”.  NIDO, in a statement by all its continental affiliations – Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa – demanded that the South African Government put a stop to what it termed the ongoing killings of Nigerians in the country.The Nigerian diaspora interest organization reminded South Africa of the sacrifices made by Nigeria to free the country from Apartheid, adding it is following with deep shock and concern, the continued unwarranted killings of Nigerians in the country NIDO reiterated the absolute need for African people on the continent and in the diaspora to stick together and aspire to a greate...
Ethiopian Airlines Signs Deal To Revive Zambia’s National Carrier
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Ethiopian Airlines Signs Deal To Revive Zambia’s National Carrier

Ethiopian Airlines said on Tuesday it had signed an agreement with the Zambian Government to re-launch Zambia’s national carrier, which was shut down more than two decades ago. Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement in Addis Ababa that the Zambia Airways would initially serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights. The airline said that the deal with the shareholders of Zambia Airways enabled it to acquire a 45 per cent stake in the firm. The statement, however, did not disclose how much it had paid for the stake. State-owned Zambia Airways went into liquidation in 1994. Ethiopia’s state-owned flag carrier is ranked by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the largest airline in Africa both in terms of revenue and profit....
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Major Nigeria Health Stories Last Week

These are some of the prominent health reports published last week. Polio: Over 900,000 to be immunised in Abuja The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Primary Health Care Development Board says over 900,000 children will be immunised against polio in the first round of 2018 vaccination across Abuja. The Acting Executive Secretary, Mathew Ashikeni said the health agency has received enough Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) and also engaged adequate personnel to carry out the exercise to ensure that no child under the age of five is left out in across the six area councils in FCT . The exercise is expected to kick off on January 20 and end January 23. Vaccinators will be deployed to houses, schools, estates, places of worship, streets, markets, farmlands, IDP camps and nomadic settlements...
Apostle Suleman Says Buhari To Be Flown Abroad On Emergency In 2018 Prophesies About Nigeria
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Apostle Suleman Says Buhari To Be Flown Abroad On Emergency In 2018 Prophesies About Nigeria

The Founder and Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministry, Auchi, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has released 50 shocking prophecies for the year 2018. He talked about the sacked President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Nigerian economy and series of bombing in the country. Read Apostle Suleman’s prophesies: 1. Economy to get better in Nigeria in 2018 2. Year of serial bombings in Nigeria 3. Imo State Governor to make governorship a family affair 4. Donald Trumps health needs attention 5. A new strategies of killing perceived political enemies in Nigeria will arise 6. Wildfire outbreak in an American state 7. Manhunt for Ekiti state Governor by the Federal Government of Nigeria 8. Government of Nigeria to disobey court orders 9. God says ” Let Sambo Dasuki go” 10.President Buhari to be flown ...
We Have Beaten Boko Haram, Buhari Insists
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We Have Beaten Boko Haram, Buhari Insists

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his administration’s stance that the Boko Haram terror group has been defeated. The president spoke in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians. “We have since beaten Boko Haram,” he said. The president’s statement appears a continuation of his controversial declaration in December 2015 that the insurgent group has been “technically defeated”. Since Mr. Buhari made the statement, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in suicide attacks, and coordinated attacks on communities in the North-east region. On Monday, the president, however, said he was aware there were still “isolated” attacks by the terror group. “Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of...
Bitcoin Suffers Dramatic Price Plunge In Asia
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Bitcoin Suffers Dramatic Price Plunge In Asia

Bitcoin prices plunged about 15 percent in Asian trade Wednesday before recouping some of the losses as investors apparently took fright at news that a South Korean exchange had been hacked. The unit, which hit a record $19,500 at the start of the week, took a hit as it emerged that South Korean exchange Youbit had been hacked, leading the firm to say it will close and start bankruptcy proceedings, according to Bloomberg News. Separately, US authorities on Tuesday suspended trading in a popular Bitcoin-related stock, citing concerns about market manipulation. The Crypto Company’s share price had risen 1,700 percent between the end of September and Monday evening before the Securities Exchange Commission intervened to halt trades until January 4. “Both the news of South Korea’s exchange...
Climate Change: Gates Foundation Pledges $300 Million To Help Farmers In Africa, Asia
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Climate Change: Gates Foundation Pledges $300 Million To Help Farmers In Africa, Asia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $300 million (about N108 billion) in grants to support agricultural research which would help poor farmers to adapt to the consequences of climate change. The foundation announced the commitment, which will run between 2018 and 2020, at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Monday. The announcement is contained in a statement which was e-mailed to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos. The foundation said that the grants would assist farmers to address challenges of rising temperatures, extreme weather patterns (droughts and floods), diseases, poor soil fertility and attacks from crop pests. Farmers in Africa and Asia are targeted to benefit from the grants. “Two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in Africa and ...
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Agree No Military Solution In Syria – Kremlin
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Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Agree No Military Solution In Syria – Kremlin

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was “no military solution” for the war in Syria, in a joint statement approved on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit, the Kremlin said Saturday. “The presidents agreed that the conflict in Syria has no military solution,” and confirmed their “determination to defeat ISIL”, the Kremlin website said, using an acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group. The two talked and shared a handshake at the summit in Vietnam’s Danang after several days of uncertainty over whether a meeting would take place. “The presidents confirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and secular nature,” and urged the warring sides to participate in UN-led peace talks in Geneva, the...
Oil Dips On lower China Imports
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Oil Dips On lower China Imports

Oil prices fell on Wednesday as Chinese crude imports slipped to their lowest level in a year, although traders said the overall market remains well supported because of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC-led) supply cuts. Traders said they were closely eyeing escalating tensions in West Asia, especially between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Brent futures were at $63.43 per barrel at 0744 GMT, down 26 cents, or 0.4 per cent. The decline follows Brent rising to an over two-year high of $64.65 earlier this week. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was at $56.90 per barrel, down 30 cents, or 0.5 per cent, from its last settlement. WTI also marked its highest in over two years earlier this week, at $57.69. China’s October oil imports fell sharply fr...
Three Million People Worldwide Stateless – UNHCR
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Three Million People Worldwide Stateless – UNHCR

The UN says three million people worldwide are stateless, most of them minorities, a status that deprives them of an identity, rights, and often jobs. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a report on Friday said, muslim Rohingyas in Buddhist-majority Myanmar form the world’s biggest stateless minority, with some 600,000 having fled violence and repression since late August and taken refuge in Bangladesh. In the report, ”This is Our Home“ – Stateless Minorities and their Search for Citizenship”, the UNHCR called on governments to end the discriminatory practice by 2024. “If you live in this world without a nationality, you are without an identity, you are without documentation, without the rights and entitlements that we take for granted … having a job, ha...
ISIS Territory Reduced By 87 Percent In 2 Years – US
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ISIS Territory Reduced By 87 Percent In 2 Years – US

The US says the territory held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reduced by 87 per cent in the last two years. US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman, told the Chiefs of Defence from 73 coalition nations working to defeat ISIS to discuss the ongoing conflict against violent extremism worldwide. The general also stressed the importance of global, regional and, especially, local partners in the fight. “No one nation, no one region or group of nations can deal with this challenge themselves,” the chairman said adding “a collective approach is necessary and it works”. In the past two years, the coalition has put simultaneous pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The transnational networks that supported the terror group also suffered. “We’ve reduced ISIS ...
Where Is Nnamdi Kanu?
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Where Is Nnamdi Kanu?

Where are all the famous Human Rights advocacy groups in Nigeria? Those who could at the very drop of a hat rouse a teary plea against the oppression, for as long, it now seems, as those “citizens” are from the right end of the rail track. It does seem that once it comes to the South-East of Nigeria, those normally with “public conscience” have their “consciences” suddenly go to sleep. So where is Olisa Agbakoba? So, where is Femi Falana, the tireless campaigner for our human rights? The “inheritor” of the distinguished mantle of the irrepressible icon of the defence of citizens right and conscience of the nation, the late Gani Fawehinmi? This moment is when Gani is sorely missed. This was his signature moment, when he would rise fearlessly, and confront the Nigerian government and i...
Thousands Demand Putin Quit As Birthday Protests Turn Violent
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Thousands Demand Putin Quit As Birthday Protests Turn Violent

Russian police violently broke up a rally in Saint Petersburg as thousands took to the streets across Russia Saturday on President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, urging him to quit power. Heeding the call of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny to demand competitive elections, around 3,000 people rallied in Russia’s second city and Putin’s hometown while more than a thousand demonstrated in the centre of Moscow, AFP reporters said. But while police in rainy Moscow showed restraint, allowing the crowd of mostly young protesters to march in the city centre — in an apparent effort to avoid clashes on Putin’s birthday — the rally in Saint Petersburg ended in violence. At least 62 people were arrested, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors politically motivated arrests. Activi...
Donald Trump Sends Lieutenants To Pakistan With Tough Message
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Donald Trump Sends Lieutenants To Pakistan With Tough Message

President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups. Weeks after Trump angrily accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to “agents of chaos,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to depart for Pakistan late this month. He will be followed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, according to US and Pakistani sources. The one-two punch is designed to drill home Trump’s message that Pakistani state support for jihadist groups has to end, according to officials briefed on the visits. Washington has long been frustrated by Pakistan’s willingness to offer cross-border safe havens to Taliban factions and armed jihadist groups fighting US troops and t...
Help Wanted: Staff Shortages Under Trump Slow Policy Changes
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Help Wanted: Staff Shortages Under Trump Slow Policy Changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government employees file in and out of the U.S. agency for auto safety in Washington every working day, investigating potentially dangerous vehicles and managing a $900 million annual budget. But an administrator is not among them – nobody has been nominated to the top job since President Donald Trump took office. Also missing from the roughly 550 people on the payroll of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, are a permanent chief counsel, director for government affairs, chief financial officer and enforcement chief. While a deputy administrator was appointed last week, slow progress in bringing in senior politically appointed officials has nearly frozen key decision-making at the agency, according to five former NHTSA officia...
US Health Secretary Tom Price To Pay For Charter Flights
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US Health Secretary Tom Price To Pay For Charter Flights

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has promised to repay the nearly $52,000 cost of his seats on private charter flights, as President Donald Trump reportedly fumed over the penchant of aides to hop on private jets. The expensive obsession, which had cost the US treasury several millions of dollars, is also drawing sharp scrutiny from Congress, according to Reuters. “Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” said Price, a former member of Congress, in a statement. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.” Price was one of a handful of senior officials in President Donald Trump’s administration put on the defensive over reports about their use of charter flights and governm...
North Korea’s Missiles Could Reach Europe Sooner Than Expected – French Minister
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North Korea’s Missiles Could Reach Europe Sooner Than Expected – French Minister

North Korea could develop missiles that can reach Europe sooner than expected, the French defence minister has warned. Reuters reports that Florence Parly told the French military in Toulon there are risks to the continent from intercontinental ballistic missiles being built by Kim Jong Un’s regime. Her comments came after Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that any new sanctions against North Korea because of its nuclear programme would be “useless” and “ineffective”. Ms Parly said in a speech: “The scenario of an escalation towards a major conflict cannot be discarded. “Europe risks being within range of (North Korean President) Kim Jong Un’s missiles sooner than expected.” A report overnight said that the North is moving what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic mi...
Heavy Rains Kill Five In India’s Financial Hub
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Heavy Rains Kill Five In India’s Financial Hub

At least five people were killed as heavy monsoon rain deluged India’s financial capital Mumbai, causing transport chaos and forcing schools and many offices to close on Wednesday. The coastal city of more than 20 million people is the latest to be hit by floods that have ravaged South Asia this monsoon season, affecting millions of people across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killing over 1,200. Authorities in Mumbai said at least five people had died since the intense rainfall began on Tuesday, making roads impassable and briefly shutting the suburban rail network on which millions of commuters depend. “Five people have died in the Mumbai floods. Four of them including two children died due to wall collapse in the slums and another person died due to electric shock,” Tanaji Kam...
Batshuayi Nets Twice As Chelsea Ease Past Arsenal
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Batshuayi Nets Twice As Chelsea Ease Past Arsenal

Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea hammered Arsenal 3-0 at the Bird’s Nest stadium on Saturday in a Chinese edition of the London derby. Batshuayi doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 42nd minute and then curled in a long-range effort shortly after the break to show new signing Alvaro Morata that he intends to fight for the main striker’s role next season. Chelsea outclassed a tired-looking Arsenal side throughout this preseason friendly and had taken the lead through Willian in the 40th minute, with Batshuayi getting the second less than two minutes later. Arsenal may blame tired legs for this defeat as it was the last of four games they have played on a two-week tour of Australia and China, while Chelsea were playing their first match of their preseason trip to Asia. Chelsea ma...
WHO Lists Dangers Of HIV Drug Resistance
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WHO Lists Dangers Of HIV Drug Resistance

The World Health Organiation (WHO) has warned that the spread of an HIV strain resistant to some of the most widely used medicines could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken. The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, stated this in the ‘WHO HIV Drug Resistance Report 2017’. “Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing challenge to global health and sustainable development. “We need to proactively address the rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs if we are to achieve the global target of ending AIDS by 2030,” he said. According to him, in six of the 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, more than 10 per cent of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain that was resistan...
Addax Confirms Payment Of N11.5bn To Settle Bribery Charges
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Addax Confirms Payment Of N11.5bn To Settle Bribery Charges

The Addax Petroleum Ltd., on Thursday said it had reached an agreement to pay a 31 million Swiss francs (about N11.5 billion) fine in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Douglas Chene-Bougeries, the Public Relations Officer, Geneva, Switzerland Branch of the company, confirmed this in a statement made available in Lagos. Chene-Bougeries said that the fine was a settlement on the bribery charges allegedly levelled against some officials in Nigeria. He said that Addax Petroleum had also agreed to the terms set out in the Geneva Prosecutor’s Office’s order dated July 5, 2017. According to him, this is relating to case number P/3851/2017, containing the prosecutor’s decision to close the investigation against the company and its employees, following a thorough review of the allegations. “Ad...
Aubameyang Set For China Move
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Aubameyang Set For China Move

With 31 goals in 32 league games, Borussia Dortmund forward is hot property across Europe but he is set to snub the glamour of European football for the riches of Asia. PSG, Chelsea and Liverpool have all expressed interest in him but the Gabonese could be on his way to China in a deal which will make him Africa's highest paid player. Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Quanjian will offer Aubameyang an eye-watering £26.5m-a-year salary to make the move to China and rumours have it the player is considering the offer. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke initially made it clear that the club would not allow their top scorer to leave for less than £63million, but Tianjin chairman Shu Yuhui looks set to table an offer in excess of £70m.
Afreximbank Raises $750m In Euro Note For Nigeria, Other Borrowers
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Afreximbank Raises $750m In Euro Note For Nigeria, Other Borrowers

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said it has successfully raised $750 million note under its Euro Medium Term Note programme, in a move to boost lending to African borrowers who would enjoy the positive effects of the reduction in cost of funds. As a frontline financial institution in the pursuit of trade and economic integration of African countries, the bank has been involved in financing of corporate organisations and services in Nigeria and across the continent to activities. It closed the seven-year Regulation S (Reg S) notes on 13 June, priced at a spread of 220 bps over mid-swaps (m/s) and a coupon of 4.125 per cent. Reg S are bonds or stocks that may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International Plc was the ...
Uwazuruike, Ango Abdullahi Meet In Zaria, Pledge To End Arewa-Igbo Dispute
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Uwazuruike, Ango Abdullahi Meet In Zaria, Pledge To End Arewa-Igbo Dispute

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has sought the support of the Northern Elders Forum to end what it called the imminent collapse of peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, following recent quit notice issued to Igbo’s to leave Northern states by Coalition of Arewa Youth. The leader of the Movement, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, told the Spokesman of the Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, in his farm House in Zaria that the prevailing situation in the country was worrisome and uncalled for. According to him, the action and the position of the Northern Elders on the matter is too sensitive to the solution of the crises. “We observed that there was communication gap between Arewa people and Igbo’s Community especially the leaders. The Igbo have been living t...
UBA’s $500m Eurobond Records 240% Oversubscription
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UBA’s $500m Eurobond Records 240% Oversubscription

United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) successfully raised $500 million, though a debut Eurobond, which was 240 per cent over-subscribed. The significant investor demand reflects the strong global investor appetite for UBA’s credit and support for the Group’s pan-African financial services strategy. The Global Offering is a five-year senior unsecured benchmark bond (144A/Reg S) listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and will further support the Group’s strategic vision, as it continues to grow its franchise across the continent and client segments. The bond, which is rated by both Fitch (B, stable outlook) and S&P (B, stable outlook), matures in June 2022 and was issued with a coupon rate of 7.75%, priced at an effective yield of 7.875%. This pricing is seen by the global investor commu...
Pound Struggles To Recover In After Shock British Vote
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Pound Struggles To Recover In After Shock British Vote

The pound struggled on Monday to bounce back from last week’s sharp losses triggered by a shock British election result that has thrown the country into uncertainty. Sterling took a beating on Friday after Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservative Party lost its Westminster majority, days before it starts crunch talks with the EU on exiting the bloc. May called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her hand in looming Brexit negotiations, but the gamble backfired spectacularly and now she must rely on the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. “With May’s leadership teetering on the brink, the UK steps ever so closer to the calamitous Brexit cliff edge scenario,” Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA, said in a note. “Certainly, prolonge...
How Drug Traffickers Are Swallowing Condoms Filled With Liquid Cocaine
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How Drug Traffickers Are Swallowing Condoms Filled With Liquid Cocaine

Traffickers swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine: Interpol. Interpol’s Singapore office, which said methamphetamine remains the region’s most trafficked substance, highlighted the rising trend in a report on an international anti-drug operation in May. Traffickers are increasingly swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine to cheat traditional detection methods, Interpol said Tuesday as it pointed to West African and Asian gangs driving the Asia-Pacific narcotics trade. Interpol’s Singapore office, which said methamphetamine remains the region’s most trafficked substance, highlighted the rising trend in a report on an international anti-drug operation in May. The campaign, called Operation Lionfish - ASEAN, involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials in ...
Porsche Builds Its One Millionth 911 And It Is Beautiful
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Porsche Builds Its One Millionth 911 And It Is Beautiful

It took Porsche 54 years to produce one million iconic 911 models.. and Porsche says over 70% of all the 911s they have made are still "ready to drive today". This priceless one millionth unit special edition comes with 194mph in Irish Green.. and it looks gorgeous. If you are loving and thinking of buying this particular 911, it's probably not for sale as Porsche says they will take it on a world tour from Europe to America and Asia amongst others. After the tour, the 911 will be taking to its resting place which is the Porsche Museum.
Trump Planning To Host Chinese President At Mar-A-Lago
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Trump Planning To Host Chinese President At Mar-A-Lago

President Donald Trump is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for a summit next month at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, a senior administration official told CNN Monday. The official cautioned that the plan is only tentative at the moment. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to finalize plans for the summit with Chinese officials as he arrives in Beijing this week, the official added. Plans for the summit -- which would be the first in-person meeting between Trump and Xi -- come amid heightened tensions in the region, particularly the increasing North Korean nuclear threat. The meeting was first reported by Axios. Trump has said in recent weeks that North Korea is one of the biggest security challenges he faces as president and has said he plans to call on Chin...
US Sending Attack Drones To South Korea
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US Sending Attack Drones To South Korea

The United States will permanently station attack drones in South Korea, the US military announced. The announcement came a week after North Korea shot off four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, and while the US and South Korea are conducting their annual joint military exercises. "The stationing of this company, which will be assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, directly supports the US Army's strategic plan to add one Gray Eagle company to each division in the Army," USFK said in a news release. "The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to US Forces Korea and our ROK (Republic of Korea) partners." The Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System is capable of staying in the air ...
Clueless Investors Bought Over Nigeria’s Power Sector – Saraki
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Clueless Investors Bought Over Nigeria’s Power Sector – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday criticised how the power sector was privatised, saying it was sold to individuals who had no idea about how to run it. He said the mistakes of past governments “born out of ignorance, selfish interests and fraud”, brought Nigeria to this point. Saraki said this at a workshop on power sector organised by the national assembly in Abuja. He lamented that the sector, in spite of the enormous resources committed to it for the last 14 years, had remained in a perilous state. “Today, we are on the verge of a total systemic breakdown and I see this as an opportunity to stop this train from derailing completely,” he said. “We sold the discos to individuals and parties who had no idea about running a proper power distribution business. Licenses were iss...
Philippines Bloody Drug War Targets Poor
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Philippines Bloody Drug War Targets Poor

A husband gunned down at close range by police. A son begging to surrender. An eight-year-old boy telling his Dad "I'm wounded" just moments after being fatally shot through his stomach. Each of the more than 7,000 people killed under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs' has a separate story, but they form a single narrative. Police and hired guns can kill with impunity and the poor are overwhelmingly the target, Amnesty International says. When researcher Matthew Wells began working on the report into extrajudicial executions in the Philippines, released Wednesday, it was the sheer nakedness of the killings that struck him. "I have worked in conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa: the brazenness (of what is happening in the Philippines) was really unlike anythi...
Ighalo Leaves Watford, Completes Yatai Medical
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Ighalo Leaves Watford, Completes Yatai Medical

Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo is having a medical ahead of a reported £20m move from Watford to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai. Changchun Yatai's £20m bid for the Nigerian international was accepted by Watford after an earlier bid of £15m was rejected with West Brom also sufferring a setback in their bid to sign the former Granada man due to the Hornets' huge demands. The Premier League side on Monday decided to cash in on the misfiring forward who is now set to venture to the moneybags Chinese Super League days before the winter transfer Deadline Day. Ighalo was top scorer across all four divisions in the calendar year 2015, when his 30 goals fired the Hornets to promotion and Premier League safety, in all but name, by Christmas. Even when the goals dried up fo...
65 Countries That Drive On The Left Side Of The Road. 1 Country Will Shock You
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65 Countries That Drive On The Left Side Of The Road. 1 Country Will Shock You

Have you been thinking it’s only The United Kingdom and a few other countries that drive on the left side? Those few other countries are definitely not less than 65. So, don’t go crossing anyhow when visiting these countries.. Watch out for British Virgin Islands… it will shock you. AFRICA 1. Botswana 2. Kenya 3. Lesotho 4. Malawi 5. Mauritius 6. Mozambique 7. Namibia 8. South Africa 9. Swaziland 10. Tanzania 11. Uganda 12. Zambia 13. Zimbabwe ASIA 1. Bangladesh 2. Bhutan 3. Brunei 4. East Timor 5. Hong Kong 6. Indonesia 7. India 8. Japan 9. Macau 10. Malaysia 11. Nepal 12. Pakistan 13. Singapore 14. Sri Lanka 15. Thailand AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA 1. Australia 2. Cook Islands 3. Fiji 4. Kiribati 5. Nauru 6. New Zealand 7. Niue 8.Papua New Guinea 9....
Rat Tied Up And Publicly Shamed For ‘Stealing Rice’ In China
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Rat Tied Up And Publicly Shamed For ‘Stealing Rice’ In China

China is famous for its ruthless public shaming on burglars, and the latest victim was apparently a rat. Pictures spotted on Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging platform, showed the rodent being tied up to what seemed to be a trolley. A piece of paper attached to the animal's body explained that it had been caught stealing rice at a convenient store.      

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