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Indonesia foils plot to exploit Muslim protest

Advertisement Indonesian police on Friday said they had detained eight people before dawn, thwarting a plot hatched to take advantage of a demonstration by tens of thousands of Muslims to lead an uprising against President Widodoa��s government. The detentions followed weeks of tension, during which Widodo said a�?political actorsa��a�� had …

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Every day should be for mercy

Advertisement The past one year has seen the Catholic world stressing on the need for all to be merciful to each other, even as God our Father is always merciful to us. It all started last year April, when the Holy Father Pope Francis declared December 8, 2015 to November …

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Dona��t reject corps members a�� FG tells MDAs

Advertisement The Federal Government has directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) not to reject corps members posted to them by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). A statement signed by the NYSC Director of Press, Mrs. Bose Aderibigbe, said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir …

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Etisalat positions 4G LTE service as lifestyle enabler

One of the Nigeriaa��s telecoms service providers, Etisalat, has adopted an innovative approach in its 4G LTE service roll out, by positioning it as an enabler of socio-economic growth. The firm said its service is an essential tool that empowers people to do more and a trigger for positive growth …

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Billionaire Warren Buffett invests in 3 big US airlines

Warren Buffett Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has taken stakes in three large US airlines, in a $1.3 billion bet that marks a sharp U-turn of his antagonistic views on the sector. Buffetta��s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. invested $797 million in American Airlines, $249 million in Delta Air Lines and $237 million …

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E-commerce platform set to promote Made-in-Nigeria products

An e-commerce platform, Min.ng, says it is set to promote made-in-Nigeria products as the new economic frontier for the actualisation of the countrya��s pursuit of economic development and self-sufficiency. This is contained in a statement released in Lagos on Saturday by the Founder of the platform, Mr Kelechi Ekegbe. The …

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a�?Agip generates 480MPV power into national grida��

Nigerian Agip Oil Company As a way out of the nationa��s economic throes and in keeping with the Nigerian Local Content Law, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), said it is diversifying into other areas of capacity development as it focuses on developing and capacity building in small and …

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Ita��s time to add value to Nigeriaa��s youths

Before I go into my piece proper, permit me to say a few words about a topical and pressing issue. President Muhammadu Buhari has just sought permission to borrow $29.6 billion. My immediate reaction to this is that it is very important that we as a nation and more particularly …

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I was never a sex worker a�� Trumpa��s wife

Melania Trump, wife of US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, is suing a Slovenian journalist for defamation over claims that she previously worked with an escort agency, her attorney said Wednesday. The suit, filed last Friday at a court in the capital Ljubljana, accuses journalist Tomaz Mihelic of defamation as …

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The evil spirits Reuben Abati met at Aso Villa

The former presidential spokesman has rushed to the media with what seemed like a trite Nollywood script, a tale of existence of a�?evil spiritsa�? at Nigeriaa��s seat of power. It was a tragic and pitiable attempt to attribute to things we cana��t blame, the failures of Nigeria under President Goodluck …

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Pregnancy raises stroke risk in younger, not older women

Doctors have long warned women that getting pregnant later in life can raise the risk of stroke, but a study Monday suggested that actually, only young women face this increasing risk. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology compared stroke rates among pregnant and non-pregnant …

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Disagreeing with Chimamanda Adichie

Given Chimamandaa��s popularity in Nigeria, it would be foolhardy to underestimate the effect her article would have on the minds of the people as well as the international community. Having authored a number of best sellers Adichie will always capture the attention of the literary world, no matter how she …

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Nigeria wasting time without true federalism a�� Tunde Bakare

Senior Pastor and Founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, on Saturday said Nigeria is just wasting her time without true federalism that will devolve power to the federating states. He stated this during the 14th anniversary of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja, as a guest speaker of the ceremony. …

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US service member killed in northern Iraq blast

A member of the US military was killed in a bomb blast in northern Iraq on Thursday, officials said, as Iraqi forces in the region continued their push on Mosul. US defense officials did not immediately identify the service member, or say whether he or she was one of the …

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Ivory Coast police arrests opponents of proposed constitution

Ivory Coast police fired tear gas and arrested several political leaders on October 20 at a protest in the capital Abidjan against a proposed new constitution, according to an AFP journalist. The controversial constitution which changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility will be put to a referendum on October 29. …

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Nigeria misses out in air passenger growth projection for African nations anounced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Growing population of the country notwithstanding, Nigeria missed out among top 10 African countries with fastest growing market for air passenger and potential growth in the next 20 years anounced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) . The International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast …

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EU threatens Democratic Republic of Congo sanctions, urges early elections

A�The EU on Monday warned the Democratic Republic of Congo it faced sanctions if it does not hold early elections and condemned recent deadly violence between opponents and supporters of President Joseph Kabila. More than 50 people died in clashes in the capital Kinshasa in September as the opposition called …

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Arrest of the untouchables

Following allegations of corruption, there was a massive arrest of Judges in Indonesia in May this year. But it was not a big public issue, essentially because the country has a history of dealing with such cases. For instance, in July 2014, Indonesiaa��s anti-corruption court sentenced the former head of …

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South Sudan rebel leader heads to South Africa for medical tests

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, a pariah for the West since his call last month for renewed civil war, headed to South Africa for medical check-ups on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent reported. In what he billed as his first media appearance since he fled the South Sudanese capital Juba …

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Saudi Arabia condemns passage of US 9/11 law

Saudi Arabia has condemned a recently-passed US law allowing the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue the Saudi government. The US Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obamaa��s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) on relations between …

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Nigeria spends N73 billion on federal roads in 2016 a�� Fashola

The Federal Government has so far spent N73 billion on road projects across the country. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, disclosed this on Thursday in Katsina at the 22nd National Council of Works meeting. The meeting has a�?Prioritisation and Optimisation of Allocated Road Infrastructure Fundsa�? as …

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Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and a�?jujua�? magic

When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her a�� or risk lethal repercussions for family members back home. Before her journey through Niger to Libya, a spiritual priest practicing a form …

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Buharia��s new change ought to begin with his Igbo problem

For full disclosure, I am an Igbo man. I am also one of the pundits currently being lampooned for cheering President Muhammadu Buhari to democratic power. Yet, knowing what I know now, I will lend that support all over againa��and even more. Unless we have begun to view the history …

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a�?Our target is to be the largest Potato farm in Sub-Saharan Africaa��

Olusegun Paul Andrew In this interview, seasoned wealth advisor, Olusegun Paul Andrew, who has initiated, managed and directed world-class projects for key global institutions, governments and individuals, spoke to CHUKS NWANNE on Nigeriaa��s agric sector and how Vicampro Group intends to change the countrya��s economic lanscape with its 80-million dollar-potato …

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Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeriaa��s a�?worsta�� president turned best ex-president

Advertisement Few men in the history of any nation are as privileged and fortunate, as former President Goodluck Jonathan, to have held every important position of authority and power, consecutively for 16 unbroken years. First elected in 1999 as deputy governor, then governor in 2005, later as vice president in …

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Gabon police arrest 200 over post-election looting

Gabonese police forces patrol as they clear barricades in the streets adjacent to the National Assembly, in Libreville, on September 1, 2016. The results of the presidential election, announced earlier on August 31, 2016 handed Ali Bongo a second term and extended his familya��s nearly five-decade-long rule. The opposition described …

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Clashes as Gabon’s Bongo narrowly wins re-election

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba arrives to cast his vote at a polling station during the presidential election on August 27, 2016 in Libreville. The people of Gabon began casting their ballots on August 27, 2016 in a vote to decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or …

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We will protect foreign investments in Nigeria – Buhari

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe . / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night in Nairobi, Kenya, reassured existing and prospective foreign investors that their investments in Nigeria were secured and would be fully protected. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday …

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Troops kill 5 militants, arrest 23 others – Army

Nigerian Military Military authorities on Saturday said troops of the 133 Special Forces of the Nigerian Army killed five militants and arrested 23 others in an operation in the Niger Delta. According to a statement by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, this happened when the troops carried …

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South Sudan wants big budget despite economy in ruins

Michael Makuei, South Sudan Information Minister The government of South Sudan, whose economy has been ravaged by years of war, has adopted an ambitious budget for 2016-2017 of around one billion dollars, three times as big as the previous yeara��s. a�?The purpose of this budget is to implement the peace …

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