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US Military Receives Biggest Pay Rise Since 2010

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US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order, mandating a 2.4% pay hike for uniformed service members and a 1.9% raise for federal workers. The Trump administration’s initial budget blueprint called for a 2.1% pay increase, while the House and Senate suggested the 2.4% figure, which was eventually adopted by the president. Earlier in 2017, the Obama administration issued ...

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Wedding Galore For Same Sex Couples in Australia

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Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia earlier in January after the country’s last legal impediment to gay marriage expired. Marriage equality became law on Dec. 9 with overwhelming support in Parliament, but Australia’s requirement that all couples give a month’s notice for weddings made, meaning that couples had to wait till January 2018 before marriages can legally be consummated. ...

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Volkswagen To Spend Big on New Production

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Volkswagen is going on a spending spree as the company seeks to spend more than $3.3 billion on the development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020. The company announced its latest plans at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit recently. Some $1.2 billion of the planned investments are destined for the United ...

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World’s Longest Sea Bridge Completed in China

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China has once again proven to the world that it possesses the human and technical capacity to lead the world in terms of giant infrastructural drive and innovations. It recently completed the major work of the world’s longest sea bridge after its lighting system was installed and tested. It took six years and eight years to build the 55-kilometre-long bridge ...

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UK Targets Illegal Immigrants, To Close Bank Accounts

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New legislation was introduced at the start of the year in the UK aimed at targeting up to 6000 illegal immigrants in the country. Banks are now mandated to close all accounts traced to illegal immigrants with a view to forcing them out of the country. The move comes just weeks after Border Force union officials claimed staff are so ...

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Nigerian Army frees 244 repentant Boko Haram members

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Nigerian Army on Monday handed over 244 repentant Boko Haram insurgents released from detention to Borno Government. Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this while presenting the released detainees to Governor Kashim Shettima, at the Military Cemetery, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri. Nicholas said that the detainees were released as part of activities to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces ...

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Nigeria earns N284bn from cashew exports in three years

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Between 2015 and 2017, Nigeria earned $813.05m (N284.5bn) in foreign exchange from the exportation of cashew. The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Mr. Tola Fasheru, gave the figure in Abuja shortly after he led a delegation of the association to meet with the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar. The NCAN president disclosed that ...

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Man blows himself up while trying to rob an ATM

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A man accidentally blowing himself up while allegedly trying to rob an ATM machine. The incident happened on Thursday night outside a row of shops on Glasgow Road, Clydebank. CCTV footage showed a man flying backwards from the force of the blast and then collapsing on the ground.  Another man could be seen standing over the man, checking to see ...

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Court sacks Etisalat Board

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has nullified the appointment of an interim board for Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service, the owners of Etisalat. Justice Ibrahim Buba made the order on Friday based on an application by Spectrum Wireless Communication Ltd., which was said to have invested $35m in 2009 in EMTS/Etisalat. The court order nullified the appointment of Dr. Joseph ...

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NYSC suspends orientation in Taraba, Benue states

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The National Youth Service Corps says the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation camp scheduled to hold in Benue from January 16 to February 5 has been suspended till further notice. The scheme made the announcement on its official Facebook page in Abuja on Sunday. It said that a new date would be communicated in due course to prospective corps ...

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Palestinian president calls Trump peace offer a ‘slap of the century’

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Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas also said Israel had “ended” the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the UN and to Israel, Nikki Haley ...

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Actress Funke Akindele to star in Hollywood movie, Avengers

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Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa has been named to be among stars who will feature in Marvel’s  Avengers: Infinity Wars. Akindele’s name was published on a website, IMDB, the movie database website owned by Amazon. Jennifer will be a member of ‘Dora Milaje’, a team of women who serve as personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, the spiritual leader of ...

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Forbes name Dangote as Africa’s richest for the seventh year

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For the seventh year in a row, the President and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has been adjudged as the richest man in Africa with a net worth that Forbes pegged at $12.2bn for 2017. That was an increase of $100m from a year earlier. Bill Gates maintained his position as the richest in the world with ...

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NCC denies 9mobile buyer’s emergence on January 16

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has denied reports that a new owner of 9mobile will emerge on January 16, 2018. The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said in a statement on Thursday that January 16 was only scheduled as the deadline for the receipt and review of bidding offers from prospective buyers.  He affirmed that Barclays Africa was still ...

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Edo man wins N20m Nigerian lottery

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An engineer from Edo State, Mr Sidney Osahon, 35, who won the ‘Give ‘n’ Take N20m National Jackpot Bonanza, said his landlady almost ejected his family hours before he won the lottery. Osahon, who disclosed this at a news briefing organised by Give `n` Take National Lottery in Abuja, said he was threatened by his landlady on his way to claim ...

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Nigerian-owned guest houses burnt in South Africa

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The Nigerian Union in South Africa says six guest houses owned by their members were burnt during attacks against Nigerians in Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa. The Chairman of the union in the province, Mr. Paul Nwanedo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Rustenburg, on Thursday that the attackers beat a woman and her ...

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FG approves independent power supply to Abuja airport

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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the contract for the provision of independent power supply (at N61 per kilowatt/hour) to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s first meeting of the year presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the ...

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