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The Taliban says U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan
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The Taliban says U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country's new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said in a statement. The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of August. The U.S. statement was less definitive, saying only that the two sides "discussed the United States' provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people." The Taliban said the talks held in Doha, Qatar, "went well," with Washington freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such assistance to formal recognition of the Taliban. The United States made it cl...
Americans raise $2 million for soldier imprisoned after he blasted his military superiors over Afghan withdrawal
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Americans raise $2 million for soldier imprisoned after he blasted his military superiors over Afghan withdrawal

Over 27,000 Americans have contributed $2 million for the U.S. Marine who criticized his commanders for mishandling troop withdrawal in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller took to Facebook Live in August to blast his superiors for embarrassing the country in a number of videos that quickly trended on the internet. In the video he said that he didn't mind losing out his military benefits, salary and pension due to the criticism. Before the video, Scheller just had two years before his retirement. After the video trended, Scheller was  detained and placed in solitary confinement at Camp Lejeune with the military saying he went against his superiors, a clear breach of his military vows. Scheller's parents, Stu and Cathy Scheller, voiced their concerns last week about the...
Tottenham winger Gil replaces Llorente in Spain squad for Nations’ League finals following injury to Atletico star
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Tottenham winger Gil replaces Llorente in Spain squad for Nations’ League finals following injury to Atletico star

Spurs' £22 million ($30m) summer signing will join up with Luis Enrique's group ahead of their last four meeting with Italy in midweek Tottenham winger Bryan Gil has replaced Marcos Llorente in Spain's squad for the UEFA Nations' League finals following an injury to the Atletico Madrid star. Luis Enrique confirmed his initial 23-man squad on Thursday, with Premier League stars David De Gea, Robert Sanchez, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Alonso, Rodri and Ferran Torres all making the cut. Gil has now been added to that list after the withdrawal of Llorente, who picked up a thigh problem in Atletico's 2-0 Liga victory over Barcelona on Saturday.  
“Call to Declare end of Korean War is Premature – North Korea tells South Korea
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“Call to Declare end of Korean War is Premature – North Korea tells South Korea

North Korea says South Korea's call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to peace in the Korean peninsula. The two Koreas are still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a ceasefire following huge involvement from the US and China. Since the war ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, war can still break out between both sides at anytime with the US pledging to defend South Korea while China sides with North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, September 21, made a call for a formal end to the Korean War in an address to the UN General Assembly and proposed that the two Koreas with the United States, or with the US and China, make such a declaration. But North Korea h...
Petroleum marketers suspend strike in Enugu, resume operations
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Petroleum marketers suspend strike in Enugu, resume operations

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has suspended its strike and directed its members at the Enugu depot to resume the supply of petroleum products. “As a result of the intervention of higher authorities in the unwarranted and unprovoked invasion of our secretariat at Enugu depot, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of IPMAN has called off the strike action. “Normal services and operations will immediately resume in the affected states of Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra to allow for fruitful discussions, the National President of IPMAN, Sanusi Fari, said in a statement issued on Saturday. The national leadership of IPMAN had on Thursday directed the withdrawal of services at the Enugu loading depot of the NNPC with effect from Friday. The NEC attribu...
Taliban spokesman Congratulates Afghan People after US Forces Withdrawal
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Taliban spokesman Congratulates Afghan People after US Forces Withdrawal

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has congratulated the people of Afghanistan following the complete withdrawal of US forces from the country. The Pentagon said the last US military planes have left Afghanistan, marking the end of the United States' longest war. The departure is the first time in nearly two decades that the US and its allies have not had troops on the ground. The evacuation effort met President Biden's withdrawal deadline, but has been marked by chaotic and bloody events. More than 170 people were killed, including 13 American service members, in last week's attack near Kabul's airport, in one of the US' worst foreign policy moves in three decades. Speaking from the runway of Kabul airport just hours after the last Ame...
Konta pulls out of US Open due to Injury
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Konta pulls out of US Open due to Injury

British number one Johanna Konta has pulled out of the US Open due to injury. The news broke just hours before the 30-year-old was set to play her opening match in New York on Monday against France’s Kristina Mladenovic. The withdrawal marks a further instalment on a frustrating summer for the Sydney-born player. She also missed Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, as she deals with a long-term knee problem. Konta was unable to play at the All England Club after being deemed a close contact of someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. She then contracted the virus herself and was unable to travel to Tokyo. Her return to action in Montreal had been going well earlier this month as she reached the third round of the National Bank Open. But she then had to pull ou...
Taliban celebrates victory as last US troops leave Afghanistan after 20 years
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Taliban celebrates victory as last US troops leave Afghanistan after 20 years

Taliban fighters fired their guns into the air in celebration in Kabul as the last US troops left Afghanistan nearly twenty years after it arrived the country following the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.   Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of the US Central Command, made the withdrawal announcement at a Pentagon news briefing on Monday, August 30, after the last troops sent to evacuate Americans and Afghans at risk following the Taliban’s return to power flew out of the capital Kabul.   "I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens," McKenzie said.   McKenzie said the last flight, a large C-17 military transport, took off from Hamid Karzai International...
Afghanistan: US military personnel, scores of others killed as bomb explosions rock Kabul’s airport
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Afghanistan: US military personnel, scores of others killed as bomb explosions rock Kabul’s airport

There were multiple explosions at Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan on Thursday killing scores of US service members and Afghans, CNN reports. According to reports, there were at least two explosions near the airport gate which led to the death of an unspecified number of persons. CNN reports that the blasts came as the US and other countries were rushing to evacuate people ahead of President Joe Biden’s August 31 withdrawal deadline. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the situation in Afghanistan by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin by phone today, her spokesperson Drew Hammill told CNN. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also been briefed by the defense secretary on the situation, according to a statement from his office. “I strongly condemn this act of terrorism an...
Four U.S. Marines among those Killed in Kabul airport explosion
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Four U.S. Marines among those Killed in Kabul airport explosion

Four U.S. Marines were killed in an explosion at Kabul's airport and three wounded, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets reported Thursday, August 26, citing U.S. officials. Two explosions ripped through crowds of Afghans trying to enter the airport on Thursday. Reports say US President Joe Biden is getting regular updates on the situation after meeting with his national security team. The explosion comes hours after the US, UK and Australia warned on Wednesday night and Thursday morning that it has received Intel of an imminent terror attack, telling it's citizens to avoid coming to the Kabul airport till the terror threat goes down. The US military is in a race against time to withdraw US citizens, allied partners and interpreters ahead of an August 31 deadline, but wit...
US, UK, Australia warn citizens and Afghans of ‘high terror threat’ at Kabul airport
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US, UK, Australia warn citizens and Afghans of ‘high terror threat’ at Kabul airport

The US, UK and Australia have warned their citizens and Afghans against going to the Kabul airport, citing a ‘high threat’ of a ‘terrorist’ attack. The warnings came late on Wednesday, August 25 and on Thursday, August 26 even as Western troops hurry to evacuate as many foreign nationals and Afghans as possible before a withdrawal deadline on August 31. “Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the US State Department said in an alert, citing “security threats”. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs said there is an “ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack” and told people not to travel to the airport. The British foreign office announced: “If you can leave Afghanistan safely by other means, you should do so immediatel...
Taliban warns US and UK against extending troops withdrawal deadline beyond this month
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Taliban warns US and UK against extending troops withdrawal deadline beyond this month

The Taliban have warned the US and UK that they will not allow the Afghanistan evacuation mission by Western forces to run beyond an August 31 deadline, threatening there will be consequences if the date is extended. Military Forces are due to leave the country on August 31 under a military withdrawal agreement and, in practice, evacuation efforts will need to cease before then to allow time for military personnel to safely leave There are attempts by the UK and US to airlift people out of the country but the new report has raised the prospect that thousands could be left behind in the war torn country. Several sources from the Taliban have told reporters no formal approach for an extension has been made but should it come, they will not permit Western forces to remain in Kabul be...
Afghanistan: Joe Biden reveals agreement with Taliban leadership
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Afghanistan: Joe Biden reveals agreement with Taliban leadership

President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has revealed agreement with the Taliban before the withdrawal of US and allies’ troops from Afghanistan. The President also said that they are considering “every opportunity” to get “folks to the airport”. Addressing the press on Friday, the US President repeated that they’ve been in “constant contact with the Taliban leadership” – in Doha and Kabul. Biden said that the Taliban “are letting people through with American passports”. According to him, “We have an agreement that they will let us pass through the checkpoints – that the Taliban control – let Americans through.” Recall that the Taliban in Afghanistan finally took over Kabul after 20 years of armed struggle and will henceforth form the...
Afghanistan: No American will be left behind – Joe Biden vows
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Afghanistan: No American will be left behind – Joe Biden vows

US President, Joe Biden has stated that US troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond his withdrawal deadline, vowing that no American will be left behind. He made the statement even as armed Taliban fighters kept desperate evacuees from reaching Kabul's airport on Wednesday night and Thursday morning this week. Biden says he wants US forces out by the end of this month, but up to 15,000 US citizens are still stranded in the country. He also added that the turmoil in Kabul was unavoidable About 4,500 US troops are in temporary control of Karzai International Airport in the nation's capital, but Taliban fighters and checkpoints are allover the perimeter of the airport. Reports say the Taliban are blocking Afghans without travel documents from going to the airport but there are...
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Simone Biles Breaks her Silence after Shock Olympics Withdrawal

Team USA superstar gymnast, Simone Biles has broken her silence after  her shock withdrawal from the individual all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics. Biles, who won four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games, including the individual all-around title, announced early on Wednesday morning that she has chosen not to defend her title, after consulting with USA Gymnastics officials following her sudden withdrawal from the team competition on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, she took to Twitter to thank her fans for their 'love and support.' 'The outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,' Biles tweeted on Wednesday night.
Afghan interpreter for US Army beheaded by Taliban, as militant group now claim almost 90% of Afghan territory following US withdrawal of forces
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Afghan interpreter for US Army beheaded by Taliban, as militant group now claim almost 90% of Afghan territory following US withdrawal of forces

Afghan interpreter for US Army beheaded by Taliban, as militant group now claim almost 90% of Afghan territory following US withdrawal of forces Sohail Pardis, an Afghan interpreter who worked for the US Army has been beheaded by the Taliban, it has been revealed. Pardis was one of the thousands of Afghan interpreters who worked for the US military. The Taliban now claims it has 85% territory control of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces ordered by president Joe Biden. According to a CNN report on Friday morning July 23, Pardis was driving from his home in Afghanistan's capital Kabul to nearby Khost province on May 12 for Eid when his vehicle was blocked at a checkpoint by the Taliban. Villagers who witnessed the incident say the Taliban shot his car before i...
Ogun PDP Boycotts Saturday LG Poll
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Ogun PDP Boycotts Saturday LG Poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the July 24 council polls in Ogun State. Chairman of the party in Ogun, Hon Sikirulai Ogundele made the announcement on Thursday July 22, barely 24 hours to the election. Ogundele who had earlier dragged Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) to court for dealing with a faction loyal to the late Buruji Kashamu of the PDP in the State, urged aspirants and members of the party to remain calm as the withdrawal was sequel to Ogun State High Court's judgement on a case between him and OGSIEC. The statement read; “Sequel to the judgement of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo in suit no M/55/2021 between Sikirulai Ogundele VS OGSIEC, affirming the CONSENT JUDGEMENT of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 22nd...
Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup
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Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup

  Inter Milan have pulled out of the Florida Cup due to take place this pre-season. This follows Arsenal’s withdrawal on Tuesday. Arsenal announced they would not be flying to America for the tournament due to “a small number of positive COVID tests” at the club. Today, Inter have released a statement confirming they would also be pulling out of the event. It read: “FC Internazionale Milano announce that they will not be travelling to the USA for the Florida Cup due to the current risks involved in international travel as a result of the spread of the pandemic, risks that have already caused Arsenal F.C. to withdraw from participation.” Inter were scheduled to face Arsenal on Sunday and then potentially face the winner of Everton’s match against Millonarios on Ju...
Full list: Barty, Osaka top new WTA women’s singles ranking
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Full list: Barty, Osaka top new WTA women’s singles ranking

Ashleigh Barty, who won Wimbledon for the first time, increased her lead at the top of the rankings and is now nearly 2,300 points ahead of the Japanese Naomi Osaki. Serena Williams dropped out of the WTA top 10 for the first time in more than two years when the new rankings were released on Monday. The 39-year-old, who has spent 319 weeks at number one over the course of her glittering career, dropped rankings points at Wimbledon, where she was a finalist at the last edition, after she withdrew through injury from her first round match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Her withdrawal sees Williams plummet eight places to 16th in the world, her lowest ranking since early January 2019. Simona Halep also tumbled to ninth after injury ruled her out of defending the Wimbledon title s...
‘I ask for Privacy and Empathy’ – Naomi Osaka speaks on her mental health and French Open withdrawal
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‘I ask for Privacy and Empathy’ – Naomi Osaka speaks on her mental health and French Open withdrawal

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has asked for more "privacy and empathy" when she returns to action following her French Open withdrawal due to mental health reasons, In May, Osaka announced she would not participate in post-match news conferences at Roland Garros in order to protect her mental health. She said she had suffered bouts of depression since winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2018 and that talking to the media triggered anxiety. The 23-year-old later withdrew from the French Open after her first-round win and later pulled out of Wimbledon, but is due to play at this summer's Olympics in the country of her birth, Japan. In an essay for a special issue of Time magazine ahead of the Olympics, world No 2 Osaka wrote: "The world is as divided now as I can rememb...
Pastor allegedly seeks withdrawal of lawsuit against man who sexually assaulted his 8-year-old daughter after secretly collecting N200k from the accused
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Pastor allegedly seeks withdrawal of lawsuit against man who sexually assaulted his 8-year-old daughter after secretly collecting N200k from the accused

Activist Oluyemi Fasipe has narrated how a Pastor allegedly sought for withdrawal of a lawsuit against man who sexually assaulted his 8-year-old daughter after secretly collecting N200k from the accused. Fasipe said the Pastor who told him that God asked him to withdraw the case, was exposed by security operatives who told him (Fasipe) that he has collected part payment of the N200k settlement.   The activist added that the magistrate struck out application for withdrawal of the lawsuit, insisting that the case must be heard.  
Doctors begin two Weeks Warning Strike in Ondo
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Doctors begin two Weeks Warning Strike in Ondo

Doctors in Ondo under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, have embarked on a two-weeks warning strike over some pressing issues in state. The doctors are alleging that the state government had failed to pay their salary arrears for some months and also failed to resolve the issue of exodus of doctors and other health workers, among other issues. A letter signed by the state chairman and secretary of the NAGGMDP, Roland Arohunmolase and Richard Obe respectively, and titled  ‘Notice of Withdrawal of Service’ read; “With due respect to your office, we write to notify your office of the immediate withdrawal of service by our members working under Ondo State Government Civil Service. “Following Ordinary General Meeting of o...
Update: R.Kelly’s Lead Lawyers Request to be Taken off Case Ahead of federal trial
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Update: R.Kelly’s Lead Lawyers Request to be Taken off Case Ahead of federal trial

Two lead attorneys who have been working with R. Kelly have requested to withdraw from the case ahead of the embattled singer’s upcoming federal sex trafficking case in Brooklyn The attorneys, Steven Greenberg and Michael Leonard filed documents to withdraw, which have yet to be approved, on Monday. “Our reasons for withdrawal are significant and it is impossible, in our belief, for us to be able to continue to properly represent Mr. Kelly under the current circumstances,” Greenberg wrote to U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly. The two Chicago-based attorneys also said that they “are willing to (serve) as effective stand-by counsel” if it’s deemed necessary by the court. The request comes amid reports Greenberg and Leonard are having disagreements with the other attorneys that ar...
Super Eagles Lose two Players after 1-0 Defeat to Cameroon in Friendly
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Super Eagles Lose two Players after 1-0 Defeat to Cameroon in Friendly

  Coach of the Nigerian national team, Gernot Rohr, will be without the defensive duo of William Troost-Ekong and Jamilu Collins, when they face Cameroon again on Tuesday, June 8. Both players have been ruled out, after suffering injuries during the 1-0 defeat to the Indomitable Lions at the Wiener Neustadt Stadion. Ekong was taken off in the 90th minute, with what looked like a hamstring pull. The Watford centre back had to be helped off the pitch by medical staff. He was replaced by Galatasaray defender Valentine Ozornwafor, who made his Super Eagles debut. Collins finished the game, but it has since emerged he picked up a knock in the game. Nigeria came into these matches on the back of withdrawals, due to the absence of six players. Key starters Victor Osi...
Super Eagles Friendly with Cameroon Under Threat
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Super Eagles Friendly with Cameroon Under Threat

Nigeria’s friendly matches against Cameroon scheduled for next week is at risk, Soccernet reports. This is due to the withdrawal of several players from the squad, while there are complaints about unpaid salaries. Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, invited 24 players for the two games, which will be played June 4 and 8 respectively. However, as many as six players have already pulled out of the squad. They include: Victor Osimhen, Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Simy Nwankwo, Frank Onyeka and Samson Tijani. This has left the squad thin, and players based in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) cannot be called up as it is too late to apply for visas. Rohr invites 31 Super Eagles players for friendly against Cameroon [Full list] Aside from the injury withdrawal...
Newcastle Take Giant Leap Towards Premier League Safety
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Newcastle Take Giant Leap Towards Premier League Safety

Newcastle took a giant stride towards Premier League survival after securing a resounding 4-2 win at Leicester, dealing a blow to the hosts' Champions League hopes at the King Power Stadium on Friday Night Football. Steve Bruce's side moved 12 points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, who still have four games to play, as fears of another end-of-season collapse for the Foxes in their bid to finish in the top four showed signs of materialising. Joe Willock took full advantage of a Caglar Soyuncu error to continue his rich vein of form (22) before Paul Dummett rose unopposed to double Newcastle's lead (34), with Brendan Rodgers' team visibly unsettled by the late withdrawal of Jonny Evans prior to kick-off through injury. Callum Wilson pounced on a Timothy Castagne mistake to add to L...
Abia Govt not Starving Us of Funds – Enyimba Football Club
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Abia Govt not Starving Us of Funds – Enyimba Football Club

The management of Enyimba Football Club has dismissed the report alleging that the Abia State Government had refused to fund the club for years. DAILY POST learnt that a publication by an online platform recently alleged that the Abia State Government had “starved Enyimba, Nigeria’s most successful club side, of funds in the past year”. Reacting, in a statement issued and made available to DAILY POST on Monday, the Chairman of the club, Felix Anyansi Agwu described the report as a “monstrous falsehood” meant to damage the image of the club and the Abia Government. He demanded the withdrawal of the report, stressing that the state government has been supportive in issues regarding the club. The statement reads in part: “If there is one state with a government that supports f...
Labour Declares Strike Over Mass Sack of Workers in Kaduna
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Labour Declares Strike Over Mass Sack of Workers in Kaduna

The Nigeria Labour Congress has declared a five-day strike in both public and private organisations in Kaduna State to protest mass sack of workers by the state government. The announcement was made on Thursday April 22 after the Central Working Committee of the NLC met in Abuja over the disengagement of 4000 workers across the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State. President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba who addressed newsmen after the meeting said the five-day withdrawal of service by workers in the state will become total if there is no remorse from the state government.
‘I’ve let you down’ – Liverpool owner John W Henry takes full responsibility for Super League ‘disruption’
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‘I’ve let you down’ – Liverpool owner John W Henry takes full responsibility for Super League ‘disruption’

The Reds' principal owner has finally broken his silence on the controversial plans which rocked football and left fans and players furious Liverpool owner John W Henry has apologised to supporters and taken full responsibility for the club's involvement in the ill-fated Super League. It was announced late on Tuesday night that the Reds had "discontinued" their involvement in the controversial breakaway league, having originally been one of the 12 founder members. Their withdrawal, and that of the five other Premier League clubs involved, came on the back of widespread anger and condemnation, from supporters, media pundits and players alike. Liverpool's statement on Tuesday amounted to just 47 words, and offered nothing by way of an apology, but Henry, the club's principal ...
911 Attack: Biden Announces The Withdrawal Of U.S Troops From Afghanistan
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911 Attack: Biden Announces The Withdrawal Of U.S Troops From Afghanistan

President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that led the US into its longest war. "We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result," Biden said. "I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats," he added. "I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth." In a sign he views his remarks as a historic bookend to the prolonged conflict, he delivered them from precisely the same spot in the White Hou...
‘It’s time to end America’s longest war’ – Biden announces troops will leave Afghanistan 20 years after World Trade Center bombing
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‘It’s time to end America’s longest war’ – Biden announces troops will leave Afghanistan 20 years after World Trade Center bombing

US President, Joe Biden on Wednesday  April14, formally announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that led the US into the country to wage its longest war. Biden delivered the historic statement from precisely the same spot in the White House Treaty Room that President George W. Bush announced the start of the war on October 7, 2001. Biden said after the statement he'll visit the section of Arlington National Cemetery where many of America's war dead from Afghanistan are buried. He also added that American diplomatic and humanitarian efforts will continue in Afghanistan while the US would support peace efforts between the Afghan government and...
Ogun Health Workers go on Strike after Kidnapped Colleagues Regain Freedom
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Ogun Health Workers go on Strike after Kidnapped Colleagues Regain Freedom

Health workers in Ogun State have gone on strike to protest the government’s poor handling of the abduction of two colleagues. A doctor, Oladunni Odetola, and a nurse, identified as Bamgbose, were kidnapped in Ogun State and have been released. Despite their release, health workers in Ogun state have insisted on going ahead with the planned strike "until the safety of members is guaranteed." The State Chairman of NMA, Ogunlaja Oladayo confirmed the release of the kidnapped doctor and nurse after about six days in captivity. However, he told Daily Trust on Tuesday, April 13, that there is no going back on strike declared by health workers in protest against the kidnapping of their colleagues in the state. He said the health workers need to be assured of their safety and that...
Ogun Hotel Denies Claim of People Dying after Eating Meat Served by Suspected Yahoo boy
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Ogun Hotel Denies Claim of People Dying after Eating Meat Served by Suspected Yahoo boy

The management of Titi's Concept Hotel and Apartment has denied claim of people dying after eating meat served by a suspected yahoo boy on March 20. The hotel manager, Otunba Damilare in an interview with Sahara Reporters on Tuesday March 30 said the hotel does not allow customers to bring food or any edible item into the premises. Damilare who said a group of ‘Yahoo Boys' assaulted a security guard at the hotel and were charged to court by the management, alleged that the story was concoted by them (yahoo boys) to tarnish the image of the hotel. He said; “The incident purported to have happened at our company is not true. No one shared meat at our hotel, we don't allow that, no one brings in beef or drink or anything. "Probably they went into the car outside the hotel to ...
Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai
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Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has called on the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to beef up the team with some crop of home base players with the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. Recall that Almeria’s Umar Sadiq, FC Leganes defender, Umar Sadiq, and Nantes winger, Simone Moses have been prevented by their respective clubs to honour the make or mar games due to the Covid-19 travel ban imposed by some countries in Europe. With just a few days to the crucial games against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodile of Lesotho, Rufai in a chat with Completesports stated that the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players should signal the need for Rohr to focus more on Nigeria Professional...
Woman Narrates how her Sister Died Because she Quit Alcohol Suddenly
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Woman Narrates how her Sister Died Because she Quit Alcohol Suddenly

A woman has narrated how quitting alcohol suddenly led to her sister’s death. She shared the story to help ''save other lives.'' According to the Twitter user, quitting alcohol completely can lead to complications that can kill and she explained how this is so. She added that rather than quitting cold turkey, it's best one withdraws from alcohol gradually, as a total withdrawal from alcohol could kill. Read her tweets below.
Withdrawal Of Foodstuffs From South By North, A Blessing In Disguise – Afenifere
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Withdrawal Of Foodstuffs From South By North, A Blessing In Disguise – Afenifere

Pan- Yoruba socio- political or­ganisation, Afenifere has said the Northerners cannot threaten the South with with­drawal of cattle and other food produce as there are other al­ternatives where the items can be purchased. There have been fears that acute shortage of beef, vege­tables, tomatoes and onions, among other essential edibles from the North may soon hit Southern Nigeria as foodstuff and cattle breeders, under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Deal­ers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) had four days ago threatened to withdraw their services. However, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, who spoke in a chat with Saturday INDE­PENDENT listed countries such as Togo and Benin Repub­lics as friendly countries where the South can purchase catt...
#DG-WTO: Okonjo-Iweala Is Sole Candidate As Myung-Hee Announces Withdrawal
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#DG-WTO: Okonjo-Iweala Is Sole Candidate As Myung-Hee Announces Withdrawal

South Korea's candidate for the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Yoo Myung-Hee has announced she will withdraw from the race, clearing the path for Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who the General Council announced late last year as the consensus candidate. The World Trade Organization’s General Council Chair David Walker announced in October last year that Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had garnered the most support among WTO members to become the next global trade chief, but was vetoed by the United States. Korea's Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee announced on February 5 (local time) that she would withdraw her candidacy for the next World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General. Korea will continue to work with responsibility for the restoration of the multilate...
Suspected armed robbers attack Ekiti state workers, cart away N20m
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Suspected armed robbers attack Ekiti state workers, cart away N20m

Six gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked accountants attached to the Cabinet Department of the Ekiti State Governor’s Office, snatching N20m from them.   The Nation reports that the accountants had gone to a bank at Government Secretariat Road, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital to cash the money and were on their way back to their office when they were attacked by the robbers who carted away the money.   “The officials were paymasters and accountants attached to the Cabinet Department of the Governor’s Office. They went to make withdrawal at the behest of their superiors and while returning, the robbers waylaid them at a place between the Chicken Republic and Fajuyi Park and dispossessed them of the huge cash.”an eyewitness said   Confirming the incide...
EndSARS Protests: VIPs Ignore IGP’s Order On Withdrawal Of Police Orderlies
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EndSARS Protests: VIPs Ignore IGP’s Order On Withdrawal Of Police Orderlies

Three weeks after Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), gave a directive on the withdrawal of police orderlies attached to VIPs — politicians, business leaders and entertainers, Daily Independent findings revealed that the order has largely been ignored. Rather than release the policemen at their disposal back to the police authorities so as to complement the existing personnel in securing the populace, our correspondent gathered that many VIPs and politicians have added more police personnel due to the recent attacks by hoodlums in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests. During Sunday’s meeting in Lagos between South-West governors and traditional rulers to proffer solution to the destruction in the region by hoodlums, many policemen were seen escorting dignitarie...
IGP reportedly orders withdrawal of policemen from VIPs amid #EndSARS protests
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IGP reportedly orders withdrawal of policemen from VIPs amid #EndSARS protests

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reportedly ordered the withdrawal of police officers attached to very important persons (VIP) in Nigeria.   According to TheCable, the directive was issued via a police wireless message on Wednesday, October 21, and is expected to take effect immediately.   This development comes following two weeks of End SARS protests by Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality in the country.   In the directive issued to police zonal commands, only those attached to government houses, the senate president and the speaker of the house of representatives are exempted.   “Inspector-general of police directs you to withdraw all protect personnel attache...
NBA Invitation Withdrawal Unfair – El- Rufai
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NBA Invitation Withdrawal Unfair – El- Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has described the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association to withdraw the invitation extended to him as “an unfortunate embrace of injustice, unfairness, absence of fair hearing and total disregard for the rule of law.” The PUNCH had earlier reported that, following protests from some lawyers, the NBA withdrew its invitation to the governor who was supposed to speak at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the association. “The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association at its ongoing meeting resolves that the invitation to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the governor,” the NBA tweeted on Thursday evening. ...
The Sun Newspaper Apologizes To Osinbajo Over ₦10 Billion Withdrawal Accusation
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The Sun Newspaper Apologizes To Osinbajo Over ₦10 Billion Withdrawal Accusation

On August 9, 2020, we published a story in our online platform titled: “Ex APC Spokesman asks Buhari to probe Osinbanjo, AuGF over alleged N10 billion withdrawal from TSA,” wherein some allegations of corrupt practices were made against the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The publication was based on a press statement, which we regrettably assumed to be reliable at the time of publication. Since the publication, however, we now have reasons based on some fresh facts to believe that the story was not duly verified to be correct before the publication. In view of the foregoing, we hereby tender our unreserved apology to His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, over the said publica...
Oshiomhole Kicked Against Fuel Subsidy Removal Under Obasanjo – Atiku
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Oshiomhole Kicked Against Fuel Subsidy Removal Under Obasanjo – Atiku

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar has alleged that former Governor of Edo state and chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomole frustrated the Obasanjo-led administration's plan to remove fuel subsidy. The former Presidential candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party revealed this in tweets he shared on Saturday night. He recalled being the one assigned to negotiate with the NLC chairman, a meeting that ended up not being unsuccessful. Atiku tweeted;   “The Obasanjo government in which I served commenced a phased subsidy withdrawal. I was tasked with negotiating with then NLC Chairman and current APC Chairman who stood strongly against it. Nonetheless, we achieved two phases of subsidy removal of fuel and complete withdrawal of subs...
Trump Orders Withdrawal Of 9,500 US Troops From Germany, Amid Angela Merkel Rift
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Trump Orders Withdrawal Of 9,500 US Troops From Germany, Amid Angela Merkel Rift

President Trump orders the Pentagon to remove 9,500 troops from Germany by September - but denies it has anything to do with Angela Merkel rift Donald Trump has ordered the military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the U.S. commitment to the continent. The move would reduce U.S. troops numbers in Germany to 25,000, from the 34,500 currently there. The official, who did not want to be identified, said the move was the result of months of work by America's top military officer, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who thwarted Trump's plan to host a G7 meeting this month. A second s...
Rivers State Government Withdraws Charges Against Caverton Helicopter and its Pilots
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Rivers State Government Withdraws Charges Against Caverton Helicopter and its Pilots

The Rivers state government has withdrawn its charges against Caverton helicopters and two of its pilots who were arrested weeks ago for violating the Executive Order issued by Governor Nyesom Wike on movement in the state. The Rivers state Government made a formal withdrawal of the charges on Tuesday May 19.  Paulinus Nsirim, the state's Commissioner for Information and Communications said in a statement; "The Rivers State government has withdrawn and discontinued the two separate charges (PMC/532C/2020 and PMC/533C/2020) preferred against the two pilots of Caverton Helicopters Ltd and the 10 passengers on board before the Port Harcourt Chief Magistrates’ Court. “Consequently, the presiding Chief Magistrate, D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi Esq; has struck out the two charges and discharg...
IG of Police Orders Immediate Withdrawal of E-Money’s Police Escorts
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IG of Police Orders Immediate Withdrawal of E-Money’s Police Escorts

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the police escorts attached to the Chairman of Five Star Group, Emeka Okonkwo aka E-Money. Confirming this to LIB, the spokesperson of the Lagos state command says an order came from the Inspector General of Police's office for the immediate withdrawal of the police escorts attached to E-Money. Yes I can confirm that police men have been withdrawn from him.'' Bala told LIB On what could have led to such a decision, the police spokesperson said he would not be able to comment but can authoritatively confirm that the police escorts have been withdrawn. There are reports that E-Money might have gotten the police authority angry over his alleged abuse of the privilege of having poli...
Doctors Raises Alarm that 250 Ventilators the UK Govt Bought from China Could Kill Patients if Used
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Doctors Raises Alarm that 250 Ventilators the UK Govt Bought from China Could Kill Patients if Used

The 250 ventilators the UK government bought from China are the wrong type and could kill patients, senior doctors have warned in a newly uncovered letter. In the letter, the medical staff said the devices had a problematic oxygen supply, could not be cleaned properly, had an unfamiliar design and a confusing instruction manual, and were built for use in ambulances, not hospitals, NBC News reports. The document also claims the ventilators cannot be cleaned properly, are an unfamiliar design, and come with a confusing instruction manual.   On April 4, Cabinet ministers triumphantly announced that they had scored a much-needed win, buying 300 ventilators from China. "I'd like to thank the Chinese government for their support in securing that capacity," Michael Gov...
COVID-19: Buhari Approves Withdrawal Of $150m From Sovereign Wealth Fund
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COVID-19: Buhari Approves Withdrawal Of $150m From Sovereign Wealth Fund

The President, Major-General Muhamadu Buhari (retd.), has given approval for the withdrawal of $150m from the Sovereign Wealth Fund for distribution to the three tiers of government. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this on Monday, in Abuja during a media briefing on the fiscal policy measures to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the economy. She said the amount would be withdrawn from the stabilisation fund component of the Sovereign Wealth Fund. The fund is currently being managed by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, The PUNCH reports. Zainab said the need to withdraw the amount was to cushion the negative impact of the drop in revenue on the federation account. She said, for instance, that sin...
Trouble For Akpabio As INEC Rejects His Withdrawal From Senatorial Rerun Election, Insist He Must Participate
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Trouble For Akpabio As INEC Rejects His Withdrawal From Senatorial Rerun Election, Insist He Must Participate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected Senator Godswill Akpabio’s withdrawal from a scheduled rerun election for the Akwa Ibom North-West District which takes place this Saturday. Akpabio’s dream of returning to the Senate to represent the district for a second term was truncated February last year by Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom, who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election. However, the Court of Appeal, Calabar, in November, ordered a rerun in only one local government area – Essien Udim – in the district, following Mr Akpabio’s appeal against the judgment of the election petition tribunal which declared Mr Ekpenyong was the validly elected senator for the district. Akpabio, was appointed minister o...
No Haste In Withdrawal Of Military From Troubled Communities – Buhari
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No Haste In Withdrawal Of Military From Troubled Communities – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that withdrawal of the military from areas where peace had been restored will not be done in a manner that will expose communities to more risks of attacks. President Buhari gave the assurance on Friday following concerns and appeals from governors and community leaders over the proposed withdrawal. The president, in a statement issued by his media aide Garba Shehu said the withdraw exercise will be gradual and carefully planned, not abrupt or arbitrary to jeopardise the success already recorded by the military. Buhari said the administration would not abandon citizens in need of protection. He urged Nigerians, especially public affairs analysts, to carefully study the statement following a security council meeting with service c...

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