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Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Odenigbo, Drowns in Belarus lake
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Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Odenigbo, Drowns in Belarus lake

A Nigerian footballer, Kelvin Odenigbo, playing for FC Vitebsk in Belarus, has been found dead after drowning in a lake. Announcing his passing, the Belarusian Premier League club in a statement released, said the corpse of the 20-year-old striker was found on Saturday, June 5 by the lake Beloye, a tourist destination in the Vitebsk region. “We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the football player. The football club Vitebsk reports that on June 5, 2021, on the lake Beloye, in the area of the tourist base Verasy, OSVOD employees found the drowned Kelvin Odenigbo. We will publish all official information as it becomes available. We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the football player, as well as to all the fans of the team...
Terrified Man left Dangling 330ft above ground as Glass Bridge Shatters
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Terrified Man left Dangling 330ft above ground as Glass Bridge Shatters

A glass bridge shattered while a man was walking on it and he had to hold on to the side of the bridge for his life. The walkway located in the Piyan Mountain in the city of Longjing, China, was blown to pieces in howling 90 mile per hour winds. The glass beneath the male tourist's feet immediately gave way and he nearly fell. The structure was built with glass panels stretching across the length of the walkway, giving pedestrians a heart-stopping view of the scenes below. However, the glass panels flew off the bridge in high winds while the man was halfway across the crossing. It took emergency services to rescue him from the spot where he was hanging 330ft above ground. The Straits Times reports: "Under the joint rescue efforts of firefighters, police, and f...
One Year After SCOAN’s Closure, 60% Of Hotels In Ikotun Shut Down
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One Year After SCOAN’s Closure, 60% Of Hotels In Ikotun Shut Down

ONE year after the founder and Senior Pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B. Joshua, closed down the church in order to meet the government’s directive on COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality and ancillary services that depend on pilgrims and tourists to the church for their patronage are on the verge of extinction. According to hospitality operators in Ikotun, 60 per cent of the accommodation facilities in the area have shut down sending thousands of workers into the labour market. Even though the SCOAN has put in place all the necessary health precautions in line with the COVID-19 protocols,   Prophet T.B. Joshua has insisted he will only re-open the church when directed by God. However, the continuous closure has caused so much hardship to the hospital...
Nigerian Man Arrested with Seven Kilograms of Heroin in India
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Nigerian Man Arrested with Seven Kilograms of Heroin in India

The police in India have arrested a 26-year-old Nigerian man, Bethel Kelechi Aroh, after seven kilograms of heroin was found on him. According to the police, Kelechi who resides in Delhi, was supposed to deliver the banned substance to one of the city's pubs when he was arrested on Thursday, January 7. He was said to have been arrested outside Ambience Mall near Sirhaul toll plaza. Confirming his arrest, Preet Pal Sangwan, the assistant commissioner of police (crime), alleged that Kelechi used to buy drugs from peddlers in Delhi and supplied them to pubs and bars in Gurugram. "He used to live in Delhi, but we are yet to verify the details. We have recovered a photocopy of his passport and have sent the details to Nigerian high commission through the Foreigners Regional Registr...
New Trump Rule May Require Some African Tourists To Pay Up To $15,000 In Bonds
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New Trump Rule May Require Some African Tourists To Pay Up To $15,000 In Bonds

The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travelers from two dozen countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. The U.S. State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect Dec. 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The Trump administration said the six-month pilot program aims to test the feasibility of collecting such bonds and will serve as a diplomatic deterrence to overstaying the visas. Trump, who lost a re-election bid earlier this month, made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term...
Tourists Are Dying Trying To Reach This Abandoned Bus In Alaskan Wilderness
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Tourists Are Dying Trying To Reach This Abandoned Bus In Alaskan Wilderness

A 1940s-era bus where a 24-year-old adventurer starved to death in the Alaskan wilderness has been removed after tourists died while trying to reach it. A US Army helicopter, Chinook airlifted the vehicle from the spot just west of the Teklanika River, where it had been left to rust for more than half a century. The bus was made famous by Into The Wild, a book and film that told the story of Chris McCandless' death after he lived inside it for 114 days during the summer of 1992. Its removal on Thursday came after the state was called to 15 bus-related search and rescue operations between 2009 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The bus was blamed for encouraging risky hikes as adventurers crossed dangerous terrain trying to find it. Two trav...
Spain Announces Plans To Welcome Foreign Tourists In July After Major Drop In Coronavirus Cases
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Spain Announces Plans To Welcome Foreign Tourists In July After Major Drop In Coronavirus Cases

Spain has announced plans to welcome foreign holidaymakers in July after a major drop in Coronavirus cases as Bars, hotels, restaurants, and inland hotels have been told to “prepare to resume business in a few days”. At a press conference on Saturday May 23, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez disclosed that he has instructed the country’s tourism industry to prepare for a summer season for tourists. He said: “We must begin to restart economic activity. “Some of these sectors are hostelry and tourism, which have a fundamental role in the creation of employment. “The moment has arrived. I’m announcing to you that there will be a tourist season this year and I invite all tourist establishments to start to prepare from today to restart their activity in a few days from now.” Spain is ...
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Resumption Date for Spanish Top-flight League Finally Revealed

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has disclosed that La Liga will be able to resume from June 8. DAILY POST recalls that La Liga had been suspended for the past two to three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sanchez disclosed this on Saturday afternoon during a press conference, in which he assured “the worst is behind us” after COVID-19 deaths and new cases fell significantly in recent weeks in Spain. He said: “La Liga can begin again from June 8. “The ball will roll with all the necessary health and safety conditions in place.” The Prime Minister also announced that the borders were opening up again to tourists from July onwards. Meanwhile, the German Bundesliga had already resumed last weekend.
See pictures of luxury submarine designed to take tourists deep into the ocean
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See pictures of luxury submarine designed to take tourists deep into the ocean

An incredible submarine is all set to give tourists a sea view like no other. The Triton Deepview 24 can take 24 passengers to depths of up to 100m (328ft) and afford them magnificent views thanks to vast panoramic windows – and all from the comfort of a 15.4m (50.5ft) long air-conditioned interior big enough to stand up in. Anyone feeling nervous about stepping on board should note the company that has built it – Triton Submarines. It knows a thing or two about underwater vessels, having manufactured the Limiting Factor submersible that last year made a record-breaking dive to the deepest point in the planet’s oceans, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench – 10,927m (35,853ft) beneath the surface. Florida-based Triton said in a statement that DeepView 24 is ‘the most significant...
Tourists Forced To Write ‘I Am So Sorry’ 500 Times For Breaching Coronavirus Lockdown In India (Photo)
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Tourists Forced To Write ‘I Am So Sorry’ 500 Times For Breaching Coronavirus Lockdown In India (Photo)

Ten foreigners were forced to repent by writing “I am so sorry” 500 times for breaching Coronavirus lockdown in India. Recall authorities in India imposed a nationwide lockdown with residents only permitted to leave their homes only for essential services such as buying groceries and medicine. On Sunday, April 12, the ten travellers from Israel, Mexico, Australia, and Austria were caught taking a walk in Rishikesh, an ancient city where The Beatles sought spirituality in 1968. Local police officer Vinod Sharma said they were each made to write “I did not follow the rules of lockdown so I am so sorry” 500 times. More than 700 foreign tourists from the US, Australia, Mexico and Israel staying in the area had flouted the lockdown rules, Sharma said, adding the unusual punishme...
City of Bethlehem Goes into Total Lockdown Over coronavirus
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City of Bethlehem Goes into Total Lockdown Over coronavirus

Israel has imposed a lockdown on the city of Bethlehem over coronavirus fears. The move came after Palestinian authorities confirmed seven cases of coronavirus in the Bethlehem area south of Jerusalem on Thursday and announced a 30-day state of emergency and a two-week ban on tourists including closing down the Church of the Nativity. The Palestinian health ministry said the cases had first been detected at a hotel in the Bethlehem area. All seven of those infected were being treated in quarantine, the Palestinian health ministry said. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh also explained that the measures were essential to contain the disease. All but essential travel between Palestinian governorates was now prohibited, while all schools and educational facilities...
Heartbreaking Footage of a Monkey Being Forced to Lift Weights and do Press-ups by it’s Trainer
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Heartbreaking Footage of a Monkey Being Forced to Lift Weights and do Press-ups by it’s Trainer

A footage has emerged showing a monkey with a chain tied on it's neck, being forced by it's trainer to lift weights, dunk a basket ball and do sit-ups for tourists in Thailand. The monkey named Ning Nang can be seen in the video released by Animal rights group, PETA Asia, lifting a mini barbell complete with weights above its head while it's trainer counts in English. Acording to PETA Asia, teeths of monkeys are removed at young age, so they can be forced to perform activities without being able to bite back or defend themselves against a trainer. Jason Baker, a PETA Senior Vice President, said: "Videos like the one we've just released are helping to change public opinion. “Forcing wild animals to perform is no longer the way to draw a crowd, but there's still much work...
Inside paedophila ring in The Gambia where white men are buying African children and toddlers to rape
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Inside paedophila ring in The Gambia where white men are buying African children and toddlers to rape

Gambian children are being sold to British paedophiles for as little as £2-a-time by their desperate parents, a reporter has uncovered. Sun Online UK reveals that huge numbers of predators are taking advantage of lax laws in The Gambia to embark on sick child abuse holidays where they openly target little boys and girls. Sun Online saw first hand how poor Gambian children can be vulnerable to British paedos. A visit to the beach resorts that dot Kololi on the country’s picturesque Atlantic coastline showed a number of middle-aged Caucasian men with little African children.   Sun's undercover journalist was constantly shocked by the number of unaccompanied African minors he saw being cared for by middle-aged, Western men who did not appear to be their biological fat...
UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas
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UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas

The United Arab Emirates on Monday introduced a multiple-entry visa scheme valid for five years for all nationalities, with the aim of turning the Gulf state into a tourism hub. “#UAE Cabinet chaired by @HHShkMohd, approves new amendment for tourist visas in #UAE,” the government of Dubai Media Office tweeted, referring to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai. The new tourist visa will be valid for 5 years and can be used for multiple entries and is open for all nationalities,” the Dubai Media Office wrote.
Al-Shabab Attacks Joint US-Kenyan Military Base
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Al-Shabab Attacks Joint US-Kenyan Military Base

Al-Shabab militants launched a predawn attack on a shared U.S. and Kenyan military airstrip located on Kenya's coast near the border with Somalia, officials said, adding that the assault was repulsed. Residents and tourists in the Lamu region reported seeing a plume of smoke and hearing ongoing gunfire starting at 3:30 a.m. which continued into the midmorning hours. U.S. military personnel train Kenyan soldiers at a base attached to the airstrip, known as Camp Simba, and the U.S. military uses the airstrip for aerial missions against al-Shabab in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that there had been an attack which it repelled together with Kenyan forces and described the situation “fluid” with the airfield still being secured. Kenyan Defence Forces said the...
US vs Iran: Westerners and Tourists Urged to Leave Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Israel Immediately
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US vs Iran: Westerners and Tourists Urged to Leave Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Israel Immediately

Westerners and tourists have been urged to immediately leave Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Israel following outrage in Iran and Iraq after the Us Military carried out drone strikes that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani following orders from US president Donald Trump early Friday morning. Iran’s foreign minister Zarif said the killing was as ‘an act of international terrorism’ and now military experts have warned that holiday spots like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and even Israel isn't safe for Westerners to be in at the moment. Iranian Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi, from the University of Tehran who is also a Military analyst, speaking to the BBC said: “If I was a Western citizen I would leave the United Arab Emirates immediately. “Not only will Iranian leaders retaliate but al...
Michael Jackson’s children enjoy family trip to Rome
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Michael Jackson’s children enjoy family trip to Rome

Michael Jackson's three children have been spotted enjoying some quality time together on a city break to Rome. Paris, 21, Prince, 22, and the rarely seen youngest 17-year-old Bigi, who changed his name from Blanket in 2015, were pictured mingling among tourists at the Italian holiday destination. The siblings all lead very different lives but came together to enjoy the Christmas holidays together.
Nigerian Man Quits His Bank Job For A Life By The Beach Side
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Nigerian Man Quits His Bank Job For A Life By The Beach Side

A Twitter user with the handle @Qossi_ took to the platform to share a bizarre story of an acquaintance who quit from his bank job. According to the Twitter user, the young man quit his bank job to become a surf instructor for tourist. When queried on why he quit, the young man stated that he is tired of the fiercely competitive struggle in the job. An acquaintance recently quit his bank job as SBO, moved out of his 3 bedroom apartment at Ikeja and relocated to Tarkwa Bay to smoke weed and be a surf instructor for tourist. Far from the life I want but damn you can hear the genuine happiness in his voice when he speaks. Dude said he was tired of the rat race. Plus the tranquil, clean oxygen, the relaxed vibe, etc the beach rings.
Kenyans Rent Out Their Wives To Tourists Because Of Hard Times
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Kenyans Rent Out Their Wives To Tourists Because Of Hard Times

Poverty along the Kenyan Coast is now forcing residents to rent out their spouses to rich tourists for some income, it has emerged. To beat the rising levels of poverty, some Kenyans have been handing over their wives or husbands to the tourists who want a good time before reuniting with them after the job. Among the persons already in the job is James Kimani, a tour guide, who says that he has been renting his wife out for such since August 2018, in pursuit for that extra coin. He says that it began when a tourist asked for his help to get a Kenyan woman with whom he was to spend his time with in Kenya, and due to the poverty, he handed over his wife. However, he says, he had to pass her out as his sister to make her acceptable to the man. “Yes, I have a nice, bubbly wo...
‘Bobrisky Worse Than Ebola Disease’ – Otunba Segun Runsewe
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‘Bobrisky Worse Than Ebola Disease’ – Otunba Segun Runsewe

The Federal Government has asked travellers and tourists to be careful wherever they notice the presence of Bobrisky, mostly as it affects sharing of public facilities, including toilets. The report followed a report received by the Federal Government on how Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, caused a stir at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when he used a female toilet. While appealing to the leadership of Nigeria Medical Association to enlighten people on the dangers of women sharing public toilet with Bobrisky, the government said that by using public female toilet, Bobrisky had constituted a serious threat to women. Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General of National Centre for Arts and Culture, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information a...
Seven dead, 19 missing as tourist boat crashes and sinks in Budapest
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Seven dead, 19 missing as tourist boat crashes and sinks in Budapest

Seven people have been confirmed dead and 19 are still missing after a sightseeing boat carrying 33 passengers and two crew crashed and sank in the Danube River in Budapest. The boat, carrying tourists from Korea with two crews from Hungary, crashed and sank on Wednesday night after hitting another vessel. Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered following the boat accident while a further seven people were rescued and are now being treated in hospital. One of the people rescued was found near the Petofi Bridge, which is about two miles south of Parliament. The sunken boat, identified as the "Hableany" (Mermaid), was located early on Thursday near the Margit Bridge, not far from the neo-Gothic Parliament building on the river bank. Employees from the South Korean E...
Nigeria’s First Storey Building Records 13,609 Visitors In 2018
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Nigeria’s First Storey Building Records 13,609 Visitors In 2018

The first storey building in Nigeria located in Badagry, Lagos State, recorded 13,609 visitors in 2018, Mr Hodonu Daniel, the officer in charge of the building, told newsmen on Wednesday. Daniel said that the number of tourists that visited the 172-year-old structure was higher than the 9,009 recorded in 2017. Reports have it that the foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and was completed in 1845. “We recorded more tourists toward the end of the year when there were different festivals organised by people and the Local Government Authority attracted tourists to the site. “Around August, we celebrated Coconut festival and many tourists that came for the event visited the site. Also during Diaspora festival, many foreigners came to the site. “These were just the reason...
D’ Banj, Teni to Perform at 2019 Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon
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D’ Banj, Teni to Perform at 2019 Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon

One of Nigeria’s biggest music stars, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, has been signed to entertain runners and fans at Eko Atlantic City, the finish point of the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on February 2. In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head of Communication and Media, D’banj will perform alongside rave of the moment, Teni and a host of other big stars. Thomas however will not confirm or deny insinuations that other top artistes like Olamide, Burna Boy, Davido and Tiwa Savage are being contacted to also perform. “All I can tell the media for now is that we have signed D’banj and Teni to entertain runners and marathon fans at the finish. I can also assure them that we are talking to many other artistes, but I cannot speak on artistes that...
Over 4,000 Runners from 42 Countries for 2019 Access Bank…
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Over 4,000 Runners from 42 Countries for 2019 Access Bank…

Over 4,000 runners from 42 countries around the world have registered to participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. This figure does not include the over 200 professional elite cast mostly from Asia, Europe, America, Kenya, Ethiopia and other East, Central and South African countries. Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas, revealed that Americans are the highest number of foreigners that will be coming to Lagos for 2019 race slated for February 2, 2019. Japanese are a close second. Other countries whose citizens have registered for the 2019 race include Holland, Germany, Israel, Poland, England, New Zealand, Canada, Egypt, Austria, Tunisia, Norway, Denmark and others. Thomas is optimistic that the number will increa...
Cow With Two Heads Stuns Residents In Gombe
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Cow With Two Heads Stuns Residents In Gombe

The birth of a two headed cow has caused panic amongs residents in a community in Gombe State. Two headed cow According to online reports, a cow with two heads was recently spotted in a community in Gombe state. Multiple online users took to social media to reveal their shock following viral pictures of the two-headed cattle. While people are trying to understand how this is possible, report gathered online has it that the location of the weird cow has now turned to a tourist site as residents keep gathering to see the animal for themselves. Last year, a two-headed calf was born on a farm in the northern town of Guru, Kebbi state, causing panic among the locals. It remains unclear whether the bizarre creature was stillborn or died shortly after its birth.
Woman Steps Out Of A Public Toilet Completely Naked
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Woman Steps Out Of A Public Toilet Completely Naked

A woman shocked tourists when she stepped out of a public toilet completely naked. The woman had no clothes on, not even underwear as she wandered across a promenade in Barcelona, Spain. Stunned families watched her before she was forced back into the toilet by a shirtless man who stepped out of the same toilet after her. The naked woman forcefully resisted as the man pushed her back in then locked the door before he stood guard outside to make sure she doesn't emerge. The footage was filmed in the Raval district which has apparently become notorious for anti-social behaviour. There is speculation the woman may have been the victim of a sexual assault, though this has not been verified. One local is reported to have said the woman is well known in the area as having mental heal...
FG Condoles Indonesia Over Earthquake
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FG Condoles Indonesia Over Earthquake

Nigerian Government has sent her condolences to the Government of Indonesia over the earthquake on the Island of Lombok, near Loloan village on Sunday night, where at least 105 persons died. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, expressed the sympathy when the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, visited him in Abuja on Tuesday. “On behalf of the Government and people of Nigeria, we expressed our sincere condolences to the government and people of Indonesia on the earthquake that occurred in that country. “We remember your people in our thoughts and our prayers. “We extend our sympathy in this moment of pains to the people and the government of Indonesia, we wish you strength and fortitude at this hour of pains,” he said. Purwanto, in his respons...
Mexico Bus Crash Kills 11 Tourists
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Mexico Bus Crash Kills 11 Tourists

A bus carrying tourists from a US cruise ship to an archeological site in Mexico crashed Tuesday after running off the road, killing at least 11 people including several foreigners, the state government said. The crash, which left another 20 injured, happened on a highway in the state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and well known as home to the Caribbean resort city of Cancun. The tourists had been on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Its port of origin was not immediately given. The bus was carrying 31 passengers on a straight stretch of road with little traffic. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. The tourists were headed to visit a resort town called Mahahual that features archeological ruins. The nationalities of the fatalities w...
Using Okro, Egusi, Nsala, Pomo, Others To Attract Tourists
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Using Okro, Egusi, Nsala, Pomo, Others To Attract Tourists

Most Nigerians may not know that broth such as ora, okro, egusi, bitter leaf, nsala, stew garnished with pomo (cow skin), among other Nigeria’s varieties of soup, can showcase the uniqueness of Nigerian food that can attract tourists. For instance, most residents of South Africa agree that Nigerian cuisines are unique and they desire to be in Nigeria to have a taste of the varieties from where they originate. “South Africans love Nigerian food; my restaurant serves Nigerian delicacies such as rice, beans, plantain, yam, vegetable, ora ,okro, egusi, bitter leaf,nsala, okazi (scent leaf) soups, yam pottage and pepper soup. “I attend to an average of 200 customers daily except on Sunday and half of them are South Africans. “Others are from Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Zambia ...
Two Tourists Stabbed To Death, Four Wounded In Egypt
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Two Tourists Stabbed To Death, Four Wounded In Egypt

Two tourists have been killed and four other foreigners wounded by an attacker in his 20s with a knife at an Egyptian Red Sea holiday resort. The country's interior ministry said the assailant was arrested immediately, but the motive for Friday's attack in Hurghada was still under investigation. It also said the attacker had swum from a nearby public beach to access the holiday resort. A security official said the attacker, a man in his 20s who was dressed in a black T-shirt and blue jeans, wielded a knife and intentionally sought to attack foreigners. He shouted in Arabic during the attack: "Stay away, I don't want Egyptians." He stabbed the tourists in the face, neck and feet. According to AFP news agency, the attack happened at Sunny Days El Palacio hotel. Confusion a...
Silence From Buhari’s Aides As President Recuperates In Londo
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Silence From Buhari’s Aides As President Recuperates In Londo

President Muhammadu Buhari may have been in and out of hospital since arriving London to see his doctors exactly a fortnight ago, if feelers from Abuja House – the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the Court of St James’s – where he is staying, is anything to go by. But this could not be confirmed as The Guardian has met a wall of silence from sources close to Abuja House, with two of them citing fears of losing their jobs, if they dare say anything. One source kept sealed lips and only took occasional glances at this reporter as he approached him yesterday afternoon. A prominent aide of the president who had in February, walked to this reporter at the entrance of the property and called him “an educated illiterate,” before then saying: “if you want the presiden...
China Displays Nuclear Submarine To Tourists
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China Displays Nuclear Submarine To Tourists

A museum in China has put the country's first ever nuclear-powered submarine on display in celebration of the 68th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy. There are only four other countries that have retained a nuclear powered submarine after it has been decommissioned. As of April 25, tourists have been able to explore the submarine and get first hand experience on what it's like onboard. The submarine is the first of its kind to go on display at the Naval Museum in Qingdao on the coast of east China's Shandong province. Visitors were able to access the attraction from April 25.
Young Indian Girls Sold To Sex Tourists For Sham Marriages
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Young Indian Girls Sold To Sex Tourists For Sham Marriages

"That night he took me with him. He forced himself on me. I was crying. [He said] I've bought you, I can do whatever I want. I've given your parents money, I can use you for as long as I like. Keep your mouth shut." Muneera Begum, now aged 19, lives in Hyderabad, India. She says she was just 12 years old when her parents sold her into a forced marriage with a man from Oman. He was aged 70. She calls the so-called wedding night "torture." "I wasn't educated and I couldn't understand anything that was going on," she said. I had a childishness in me." She says that for two months, he kept her locked in a room, using her repeatedly for sex. "If he had to go anywhere he would lock me from the inside, come back later and then again that torture would start," she said. Muneera Begum, le...
Turkey Suspends ‘High-Level Diplomatic Relations’ With Dutch
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Turkey Suspends ‘High-Level Diplomatic Relations’ With Dutch

Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return to Turkey and has suspended "high-level diplomatic relations" between the two countries, deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced in Ankara on Monday as a disagreement between the two countries escalated. - Turkey's action came after the Netherlands' refusal to allow Turkey's foreign minister to visit for a political rally over the weekend. That minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is demanding answers from the Dutch government over why they blocked him. "Why this time am I a terrorist? Are the Turks living in this country terrorists?" Cavusoglu asked in an interview Monday with CNN's "Connect the World." The decision to refuse Cavusoglu permission to fly to Rotterdam to address the rally over the weekend was follow...
Aust Tourists Won’t Be Hit By Trump Order
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Aust Tourists Won’t Be Hit By Trump Order

US President Donald Trump has signed a controversial executive order tightening America's borders, but Australian tourists travelling to the US will largely not be impacted. Australians, New Zealanders and citizens of 35 other countries allied with the US will still have the simple option of going online and applying for entry to the US if their travel is for business or pleasure and less than 90 days. There were fears the order Mr Trump signed on Friday, titled The Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, could scrap the visa waiver program and force Australians to sit for interviews at US consulates before departing, but that was not the case. Mr Trump's order did "immediately suspend" the unrelated visa interview waiver program for some visitor...
1000 UK Tourists Flying Back From Gambia
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1000 UK Tourists Flying Back From Gambia

British tour operator Thomas Cook has started removing nearly 1000 holidaymakers from Gambia after President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on his final day in office, increasing the chances of civil unrest. In a statement on its website on Wednesday, Thomas Cook said it had activated its contingency plans and was laying on extra flights to take 985 package tour customers from the tiny West African nation. It was also trying to contact a further 2500 "flight only" tourists in Gambia to arrange for their departure on the earliest available flight. Jammeh, who seized power in a coup 22 years ago, lost a December election to Adama Barrow, who once worked as a security guard at a shop in north London, but has refused to recognise the result. Jammeh is one of Afric...

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