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Saturday, 23 January 2016

WORLD NEWS: ISRAEL - PALESTINE; Israeli guard shoots dead 13-year-old Palestinian girl

An Israeli security guard has shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian girl during an alleged stabbing attempt outside the Almon settlement in the occupied West Bank, situated near Jerusalem.

Ruqqayah Eid Abu Eid died on the scene, becoming one of at least 29 Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces or settlers in the last four months, according to Defence for Children International (DCI) - Palestine.

WORLD NEWS: Calais port delays as migrants target P&O ferry

Services from the port of Calais have been disrupted after 50 migrants boarded a ship, the city's mayor Natacha Bouchart has said.

It is understood that about 50 migrants in Calais boarded a P&O ferry named the Spirit of Britain, while it was unloading.


About 7, 000 residents of Gomboru Ngala in Borno State have returned home after two years in exile, according to the Local Government Chairmnan, Hon. Abdulrahman Abdulkarim.

Hon Abdulrahman Abdulkarim who disclosed this to journalists on Saturday in Maiduguri narrated that he was in Gomboru Ngala three days ago where he met with the over 7, 000 civilians to distribute relief materials to them and Fotokol town in Cameron.

NEWS: NIGERIA - OH WOW! Nollywood Actor/Lawyer Kenneth Okonkwo sues President Buhari Over Ministerial Appointments

Barrister and actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has sued President Buhari to Court over ministerial appointments. The suit which comes up in the Federal High Court, Abuja with suit no: FHC/ ABJ / CS / 34 / 16 was to compel the President to appoint an indigene of the FCT as a Minister in Nigeria.

WORLD NEWS: US - Extreme snow shuts New York City

All non-essential travel has been banned in New York, transport suspended and bridges shut as the city is hit by one of its worst snowstorms.

Parts of the eastern United States have received 71cm (28in) of snowfall in a huge blizzard that is sweeping across the region.

Reminisce: Today in World History

This day 23rd January:

393 - Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor.
909 - John of Rila aka Saint Ivan and the fable of two pies.
971 - In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state is forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending Southern Han rule, also first regular war elephant corps employed in Chinese army.

NEWS: NIGERIA - James Ibori's case suffers setback in London.

Trial of the erstwhile governor of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori and his associates before the Southwark Court, London, suffered a set back on Thursday.

Ibori is facing corruption charges that were preferred against him by the London Metropolitan Police.

Entertainment: Nigeria - None of my kids taking after me, says Comedian Alibaba

Godfather of comedy and organiser, Spontaneity, a platform designed to discover and nurture fresh talent in comedy, Ali Baba, has revealed that none of his kids is taking after him.

World News: US Secretary of States John Kerry voices anti-corruption need globally in World Economic Summit

United State Secretary of State, John Kerry, yesterday gave President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign drive a larger reach at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and decried how corruption compromises global security.

News: Nigeria - Lagos state records first lassa fever death.

The Lagos State Government yesterday confirmed two more cases of Lassa fever in the state with one of the victims already dead.

World News: Egypt - Bomb blast in Cairo kills nine

At least nine people, including six policemen, have been killed in a bomb explosion during a raid on a militant hideout in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

WORLD ENTERTAINMENT: Oscars crisis - Female and minority members to double in 2020

The organisers of the Oscars have pledged to double the number of female and minority members of the Academy by 2020.

BREAKING NEWS: CANADA - Four people killed and two others wounded in Western Canada School shooting says PM Trudeau

Four people have been killed and several injured in a school shooting in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, police say.

They say a male suspect is now in custody and children have been moved to safety after the shooting at La Loche Community School.

Friday, 22 January 2016

REMINISCE: Today In World History

This day 22nd January:

565 - Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John Scholasticus.
871 - Battle of Basing: Danish invasion army beats Saxon Ethelred of Wessex
1371 - King Robert II Stuart of Scotland crowned
1506 - The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican.

FOOTBALL: BARCELONA - Messi returns from injury as Neymar is ruled out of Malaga clash

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed Lionel Messi is fit to face Malaga after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Argentina forward missed Barca's 2-1 Copa del Rey win over Athletic Bilbao in midweek having been taken off at half-time in their 6-0 league win over the same opposition last weekend.

FOOTBALL: Petr Cech returns to Chelsea for >>>>>>>>>his missing gloves. Lol

Petr Cech has made a surprise return to Stamford Bridge ahead of Arsenal's clash with Chelsea on Sunday - to pick up a pair of missing goalkeeping gloves.

Adidas mistakenly delivered a new pair of mitts to Stamford Bridge ahead of Arsenal's clash with the Blues on Sunday, meaning the goalkeeper had to pay a visit to his former club.

NEWS: NIGERIA - MTN and NCC commence out of court settlement as regards the $3.9bn fine

MTN Nigeria on Friday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it has started an out-of-court settlement on the $3.9billion sanction imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

MTN’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said parties were exploring settlement options.

NEWS: NIGERIA - War on terror; 90 insurgents killed by the Nigerian military in Borno

The troops of the Operation Lafiaya Dole said they intercepted three suspected suicide bombers attempting to enter Maiduguri the Borno state capital Friday along Maiduguri/Mafa checkpoint.

The Deputy Theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Lucky Irabor told newsmen at the operation media centre in Maiduguri the troops at the checkpoint sight two female suicide bombers and a male suicide bomber trying to infiltrate Maiduguri along Maiduguri-Mafa road, where one of the female suicide bomber detonated her own killing herself and one other female bomber, while the male suicide bomber was gunned down by the troops of the Nigerian Army while trying to run into their midst.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Dasuki wants court to discontinue his trial

The Former National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop his trial for the refusal of the federal government to obey an order of the court granting him bail. In December 2015, Dasuki was granted bail by Yusuf Baba, justice of the FCT high court; while at Kuje prison in Abuja, Dasuki perfected the conditions of his bail, but operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) reportedly whisked him away to an unknown location. On Friday, Joseph Daodu, Dasuki’s lawyer, said that he had neither seen his client nor conferred with him since he was taken into detention by the DSS.

NEWS: NIGERIA - On war against corruption, Buhari declares: Not even Jonathan will be spared

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent out a stern warning to corrupt officials in the country, saying he will not spare anyone who has a case to answer, Premium Times has reported.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, Buhari reiterated his commitment to his war against corruption, announcing that former president Goodluck Jonathan would have to face justice if he was found to be guilty of corrupt dealings.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Olisa Metuh granted #600m bail

A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Friday granted bail to the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in the sum of N300m with two sureties in like sum, totaling N600m.

WORLD NEWS: ENTERTAINMENT - Bill Cosby wins defamation case

Bill Cosby has won a legal case against a woman who sued him for defaming her, when he denied her allegations of sexual assault.

A Pittsburgh federal judge dismissed the case "with prejudice" meaning it cannot be amended and refiled.

WORLD NEWS: GREECE - Dozens drown in shipwrecks off Greece

At least 42 migrants have drowned overnight in two separate shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea, officials say.

The first boat struck rocks near the Greek island of Farmakonisi, while the second overturned near Kalolimnos. Many of those killed were children.

WORLD NEWS: FRANCE - State of emergency to remain pending defeat of IS militants globally says Valls

France will seek to keep its state of emergency until a "total and global war" against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told the BBC.

The measures were introduced after the IS-led Paris attacks on 13 November and then extended for three months.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Arms Deal Scandal; Falae to open up next week, says he did not collect one naira but SDP did

The National Chairman of Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olu Falae, yesterday, said he has fixed next week to adequately address his alleged involvement in the ongoing arms deal scandal involving the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

WORLD NEWS: FOOTBALL TO POLITICS - Former Chelsea fc Boss Jose Mourinho joins Portuguese Presidential Campaign trail. Lol

Sacked Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has joined the Portuguese presidential campaign trail, backing conservative candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in a video posted on YouTube.

The 52-year-old Mourinho, who parted company with Premier League champions Chelsea last month, called Rebelo de Sousa a “charismatic winner” in the video message.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Ex-militants deny involvement in recent pipeline bombings

Ex-militant leaders yesterday distanced themselves from the bombings of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region especially in Delta State.

The former warlords from the six Niger Delta states said none of them including Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, was involved in the recent destruction of oil installations.

WORLD NEWS: UK - NIGERIA - Diezeani Alison-Madueke shows up at London Police Station

Former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezeani Alison-Madueke yesterday showed up at the Charing Cross Police Station in London as part of the investigation into the allegation of money laundering against her.

WORLD NEWS: SRI LANKA - Sri Lanka president wants 'internal' war crimes court

The president of Sri Lanka has said foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in an investigation into allegations of war crimes.

In an interview, President Maithripala Sirisena said the country did not need to "import" specialists.

WORLD NEWS: BUSINESS - Schlumberger cuts 10,000 jobs as oil price slump continues

Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is cutting 10,000 jobs amid the ongoing slide in the price of crude.

News of the near-10% jobs cull came as the firm unveiled a net loss for the last three months of $1bn - its first quarterly loss in 12 years.

FOOTBALL: Mascherano confirms tax agreement and will avoid prison sentence

The Barcelona defender says he has reached an agreement with Spanish authorities over alleged unpaid taxes and blamed those who poorly advised him for the mess

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has released a statement in which he says he has reached an agreement with Spanish authorities concerning charges of tax fraud.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Another judge orders Metuh’s remand in Kuje prison

Detained Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Olisa Metuh was arraigned yesterday before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, for allegedly destroying the statement he made to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) operatives.

Metuh is being held at the Kuje prison, Abuja, following his arraignment at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a seven-count of money laundering.

NEWS: NIGERIA - FG loses N470m daily in Escravos pipeline attack

The attack last weekend on the Nigeria Gas Company’s (NGC) pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos has been estimated to cost the nation about N470 million daily.

The attack which disrupted gas flow on the pipeline caused damage to the Olorunsogo NIPP plant with 600MW generating capacity, among other power plants.

NEWS: NIGERIA - On Metuh's trial, Buhari on descent to fascism, PDP Governors say

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have described as a new low the hand cuffing of the National Publicity of the party, Olisa Metuh, stating that the APC regime was a step away from full blown fascism.
The PDP Governors Forum said the action was meant to deride not only Metuh but the PDP as well as cast the party in bad light before Nigerians as a party of corrupt individuals even when the embattled spokesperson of the party was yet to be convicted by any competent court.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

WORLD NEWS: BRAZIL - Zika outbreak; More babies born with birth defects

 Brazil says the number of babies born with microcephaly or abnormally small heads since October has now reached nearly 4,000.The authorities there believe the increase is caused by an outbreak of Zika virus. Just 150 Brazilian babies were born with microcephaly in 2014.

The mosquito-borne virus can be deadly or cause intellectual disability and developmental delays.
Colombia's health minister has advised women there to delay pregnancy.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigerian navy arrests ship found with 183 Nigerians, 41 illegal migrants from Gabon

Image result for nigerian navyThe Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy said, on Thursday, in Calabar, Cross River State, that it had intercepted a transport vessel, `Av Agamba’ with no fewer than 183 Nigerians and 41 illegal migrants.

Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the command, who made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Calabar, said that the ship was intercepted at the shoreline on its arrival from Gabon.

WORLD NEWS: Researchers cast doubt on evidence of a ninth planet

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United States-based scientists said that they have found evidence of an object they nicknamed "Planet Nine" orbiting the edge of the solar system, but some experts have their doubts.

The US team used mathematical modelling and computer simulations to "find" the object they claimed was a planet. Their research said that it was about 10 times the mass of Earth and had an odd, highly elongated orbit about 20 times further from the Sun than Neptune.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Dasuki's trial adjourned over absence of counsel

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday adjourned the trial of the ex National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, till Friday, due to the absence of his lawyers.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Olisa Metuh arraigned for destruction of evidence.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, will today be arraigned by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for charges on destruction of evidence.

WORLD TENNIS: Lleyton Hewitt quits Tennis singles emotionally

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt has played the last singles match of his tennis career, losing to David Ferrer in the second round of the Australian Open.
Former world number one Hewitt, who won two Grand Slam titles, was beaten 6-2 6-4 6-4 by the Spaniard.

WORLD NEWS: Tajikistan shaves 13,000 men's beards to end radicalism

Police in Tajikistan have shaved nearly 13,000 men's beards and closed more than 160 shops selling traditional Muslim clothing last year as part of the country's fight against what it calls "foreign" influences.

Bahrom Sharifzoda, the head of the south-west Khathlon region's police, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the law enforcement services convinced more than 1,700 women and girls to stop wearing headscarves in the Muslim-majority Central Asian country.

NEWS: NIGERIA - $2.1b arms deal scandal; Mu’azu, Dikko, Jonathan’s ex-aide may be declared wanted

Security agencies may declare former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chair Adamu Muazu, former Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Comptroller-General Abdullahi Dikko Inde and four others wanted.

The others are former PDP Kebbi State governorship candidate Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki, a former top official in the Office of National Security Adviser, Col. Bello Fadile, former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs Waripamowei Dudafa and a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr.Abdulrasheed Maina.

SAD STORY: NIGERIA - (Photo view at discretion) Ritualist caught with human head says he has suffered so much in life and needed money

The Police in Enugu State has arrested a suspected ritualist, identified as John Igwe for being in possession of human head.

The suspect was on his way to Abakiliki for money ritual before he was arrested by men of the Enugu State Police Command.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigerian Army officers to declare assets

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has directed all officers of the Nigerian Army who have not declared their assets to do so immediately.

Buratai gave the charge during a conference with Principal Staff Officers and Directors serving at the Army Headquarters.

WORLD ENTERTAINMENT: UK - Downton Abbey wins best drama in National Television Awards

Downton Abbey

The final series of ITV's Downton Abbey has won best drama for the fourth time in five years at the 2016 National Television Awards.

Star Hugh Bonneville thanked the drama's creator, Julian Fellowes, for "giving us wonderful lines to say".

BBC drama Doctor Foster collected two awards - best new drama and best drama performance for its star Suranne Jones. More photo caption after the cut>>>

WORLD NEWS: US - US wasted millions on Afghan reconstruction, says watchdog

A US government watchdog has accused a Pentagon agency of wasting millions on "ill-conceived" reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.

The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations spent some $800m (£563m) on development projects over a five-year period.

FOOTBALL: Real Madrid tops Deloitte money league as Manchester United take a slide

The Red Devils may have taken a tumble in the standings this year, but they have been tipped to end the Spaniards' record reign in 12 months.

Real Madrid have been named as the richest club in the world for the 11th successive season, while Manchester United have fallen from second to third as Barcelona take their place.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

WORLD ENTERTAINMENT - The Revenant knocks Star Wars off top of UK box office

Oscar tipped film The Revenant has knocked Star Wars: The Force Awakens off the top of the UK box office chart.

The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, about a frontiersman fighting for survival after being attacked by a bear, is up for 12 Oscars.

NEWS: NIGERIA - IPOB/MASSOB members arraigned in court

Twenty six suspected members of both Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) who were arrested on Monday have been arraigned in court for trial.

Recall that members of IPOB and MASSOB were arrested in different parts of Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State when the two groups clashed with security agencies during the protest that not only crippled economic and social activities in Aba, but also led to the death and injuring of many including innocent residents who were hit by expended stray live ammunition from soldiers firearm.