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NLC, SERAP, CSOs clash over Dangote’s refinery


The Nigeria Labour Congress again on Friday berated the Federal Government over the fuel scarcity in the country, saying government’s energy policy was defective. Also on Friday, the NLC and civil society organisations were divided over Dangote Refinery, which will begin operations at the end of 2018. The NLC, which spoke through its Secretary-General, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, warned the Federal ...

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WhatsApp set to stop working on some smartphones from 1st of January.


WhatsApp is about to stop working on a range of old smartphones, meaning owners will have to buy newer gadgets if they want to continue using the chat app to the best of its capabilities. On New Year’s Day, WhatsApp will ‘remove support’ for a number of devices – which updated versions of the software can no longer be installed ...

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Israel withdrawals from UN cultural body


Israel has formally notified the UN’s culture and education body of its withdrawal from the organisation, two months after it announced it would follow the US by walking out over resolutions critical of the Jewish state. In a statement UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said she had been officially notified on Friday that Israel would leave on December 31, 2018. “I ...

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George Weah is Liberia’s new elected president

George Weah

Ex-football superstar George Weah was announced the winner on Thursday of Liberia’s presidential run-off, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power in decades following two devastating civil wars. Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006. The National Election Commission (NEC) said ...

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China waives visas for nationals of 53 countries

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 12:  President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (L) and Chinese President, Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during the signing ceremony at Great Hall of the People on April 12, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by /Kyodo News - Pool/Getty Images)

China on Thursday waived visas for visitors from 53 countries to Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei for up to six days, state media said on Thursday. People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said visitors must enter and exit from one of the six ports. According to the Economic Times, the waiver goes into effect from Thursday and will impact Germany ...

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UK govt begs Prince Harry, fiancée not to invite Obamas to avoid offending Trump

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Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle reportedly want to invite former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to their wedding in May, but government officials in the United Kingdom are worried such a move could anger the current U.S. president. A report released on Christmas Day by The Sun claims that the 33-year-old royal and his wife-to-be ...

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North Korean defectors show signs of possible radiation exposure


At least four North Korean defectors have shown symptoms consistent with radiation exposure, including chromosomal abnormalities, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday. The four defectors were among a group of 30 refugees who agreed to be tested, out of a total of 114 defectors from the region near North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site. All 30 hail from the North Korean ...

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Bitcoin value drops


The bitcoin fell below $15,000 after the cryptocurrency’s biggest rally in two weeks ended a rout that wiped more than $9,000 off the price. Cryptocurrencies including the bitcoin have become a subject of controversy in Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it is studying the situation. The largest digital coin dropped 6.5 per cent to $14,874 at ...

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Santa Claus dies in Italy during school party


Pasquale Pagano, 45, who dressed in a Father Christmas costume, collapsed and died on Friday while giving out presents at a Christmas party in a southern Italian school for pupils aged around 11-13. The school, the Gino Rossi Vairo Iinstitute in Agropoli, a seaside town about 100 kilometres South-East of Naples, said the cause of Pagano’s death was not known. ...

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African Youth Parliament awards Adeleke University


The African Youth Parliament has declared Adeleke University, Ede in Osun State as the best private university in Africa for year 2017. The Leader of the AYP, Fred Kweku , who is from Cote ‘d Ivoire, led other executives of the body to present the award to the university in Ede on Monday.  The AYP is made up of youths ...

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Former Cardinal, Bernard Law Has Died

19.03.2016 Basilica Vaticana. Solennit?? di San Giuseppe, Sposo della Beata Vergine Maria. Santa Messa celebrata dal Papa Francesco con il rito dell'ordinazione episcopale. Card. Bernard Francis Law.

The Vatican has confirmed that Bernard Law, the former Boston cardinal who disgracefully resigned during the church sex abuse scandal, has died at age 86. He died in Rome, where he served as archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major after he was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002. The Vatican issued a press release ...

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U.S. warns Liberian citizens of possible violence

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The U.S. government, through its embassy in Monrovia, has warned of possible violence before or after Tuesday’s presidential run-off elections in Liberia. In a statement on Sunday, the embassy warned American citizens resident in or travelling to Liberia that criminal elements could take advantage of a large political or social gathering to attack participants or others nearby. “Even intended to ...

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Fuel Scarcity: Fayose to sell govt house fuel at N145/litre


Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has ordered the release of petrol in the government house fuel dump to two petrol stations in Ado Ekiti, to reduce the effect of fuel scarcity in the state. The governor said the fuel will be sold at N145 per litre. Fayose, who made this known through his verified Twitter Handle said, “The maximum ...

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9mobile wins 13 awards at LAIF 2017


9mobile formerly known as Etisalat, has won a total of 13 awards at the 12th Annual Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival Awards. The company ranked highly on the list of highest award winners after winning seven gold, three silver and three bronze awards in several top categories. The telecommunications company said in a statement that the awards presented included Gold ...

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British Airways gives out yuletide offer on fares for Business Class passengers

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The British Airways (BA) says it has introduced slashed its airfares for its Business Class customers and the general public who are willing to travel during the first half of 2018 in the spirit of the Yuletide. British Airways It said the slashed fares would start from $2140 as against the current over $4000, including taxes, fees and charges for ...

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New UN sanctions an ‘act of war’ – North Korea


North Korea slammed fresh UN sanctions imposed over its missile tests as an “act of war” on Sunday, its first response to the latest diplomatic move to punish Pyongyang’s ever-accelerating weapons drive. Tension has been high on the flashpoint peninsula as the isolated but nuclear-armed regime has staged a series of atomic and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests — most ...

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Fuel can no longer be sold at N145/litre — Marketers


Against the latest round of fuel scarcity rocking many parts of the country, private oil marketers are calling for government intervention to enable them to access foreign exchange at a special rate for the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol). According to them, selling the product at N145 per litre is no longer feasible with the current exchange rate. Private ...

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Boko Haram was paid €3m for the release of Chibok girls — Report


The Federal Government paid €3m for the release of some Chibok schoolgirls who were in Boko Haram custody, according to Wall Street Journal. In 2014, Boko Haram insurgents had kidnapped 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state. Of the 276, 163 are now free: 57 fled in the early days after their abduction, three escaped later, and ...

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