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Saturday, 9 July 2016

US - Houston police shoot dead black man pointing a gun in street



Two Houston police officers fatally shot an African-American man who pointed a gun at them despite their commands that he lower his weapon, authorities said on Saturday, two days after five Dallas policemen were slain by a black military veteran.

Tennis - Serena Williams clinches Wimbledon open. her record 22nd Grandslam



World number one Serena Williams beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title.
The American, 34, coped with a gusty wind on Centre Court to win 7-5 6-3 and equal Steffi Graf's Open era record of major titles.

India - Police say top rebel leader has been killed in Indian Kashmir



A top commander from the largest rebel group in Indian-administered Kashmir was killed in a gun battle with government forces on Friday, police said.
Young and media savvy, Burhan Wani was a top figure in Hizbul Mujahideen and had a one million rupee ($14,900) bounty on his head.

Nigeria - The FG pleads with PENGASSAN to suspend strike



The Federal Government has called on oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to call off its industrial action in the interest of the nation, saying it would compound the vandalisation of petroleum products.

Nigeria - Three arrested with human head in Niger State by the Civil defence



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Niger on Saturday paraded three suspects who were caught with a human head.
Mr Philip Ayuba, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, told newsmen in Minna that the suspects were arrested in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

Ooooh boy!!! Astronomer Spots Planet With Three Suns



A planet with three suns has been discovered 320 light years away.
It means that an observer on the planet - known as HD 131399Ab - would either experience constant daylight or triple sunrises and sunsets each day, depending on the season.

North Korea 'Fires Submarine-Launched Missile' In The Early Hours Of This Morning



North Korea has fired what appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile, South Korea's military has said.
The South's defence ministry said in a statement that the SLBM missile was launched at around 11.30am Seoul time (3.30am UK time) in waters east of the Korean peninsula.  

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Nigeria - ORDERLY'S GUN DISCHARGES AT LAGOS AIRPORT, TWO INJURED


Two persons, yesterday, narrowly escaped death as the gun of an orderly attached to a Senator accidentally discharged when he tried to remove the margazine before boarding a flight at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. 

Zika update: US officials say Utah resident who had been infected with Zika virus is dead



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a Utah resident's death last month is the first Zika-related death in the continental United States, the CDC said in an emailed statement.
Health officials in the Salt Lake County health department in Utah reported the death on Friday of an elderly resident who had been infected with the Zika virus while traveling to an area with active transmission of the virus.

US - Innocent Man Wrongly Named As Sniper Suspect


There has been outrage on social media after Dallas police wrongly identified an innocent man as a suspect in the Dallas shooting.
Twitter users have demanded that The Dallas Police Department takes down an image of the man which it posted on its Twitter account late Thursday.

Friday, 8 July 2016

NIGERIA - INEC TO AWAIT COURT'S FINAL VERDICT ON PDP EDO STATE GUBER CANDIDATE


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday, said that it would await final outcome of court cases in deciding on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate for the governorship election in Edo. 

Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Nick Dazang, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja. 

Air strikes kill 23 at holiday spot in Syria's Idlib during ceasefire



Air strikes killed 23 people at a holiday spot in northwestern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the last day of a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian army.
A riverside area in the town of Darkush, near the Turkish border, in western Idlib province was targeted in the air strikes. Idlib province and city are under the control of rebel groups including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

Nigeria: ABIA power tussle - Meanwhile Justice Abang of Abuja High Court refuses to hear Ikpeazu’s application



Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to hear Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu’s application for stay of execution of the June 27 judgment of the court removing him (Ikpeazu) as governor.

Nigeria - Abia power tussle: Court in IMO affirms Ikpeazu as ABIA State Governor



A Federal High Court in Owerri, Imo State, has dismissed forgery charges against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
The court cleared Ikpeazu of forgery charges, saying his tax documents were not forged as alleged, adding that he remains governor.

Nigeria - Six killed in Boko Haram suicide attack in Borno [AFP]



Six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Damboa, northeast Nigeria, the army said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.
Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the attack happened at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) in the town of Damboa, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Football - Arsenal's Cech retires from International duty



Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football with the Czech Republic.

Global Entertainment: Game Of Thrones Season Seven To Be Delayed



The creators of Game Of Thrones have revealed the air date for season seven has been delayed.
Each new series of the Sky Atlantic and HBO series has typically started in April but in 2017 this will not be the case.

US - Four officers killed, seven wounded in Dallas shooting protest

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Four police officers were fatally shot and seven wounded in one of the worst shootings of police in recent U.S. history, by snipers who targeted them during rallies in Dallas to protest against the fatal shooting of two black men by police this week.

NIGERIA - DASUKI SAYS HE IS READY FOR $15 BILLION ARMS DEAL TRIAL



The Forefront understands that the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) has protested his detention for alleged $15billion arms deals facilitated by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).
He says the Federal Government should allow his trial  to begin.

US State Department restarts Hillary Clinton email probe in review



The US State Department is to restart its investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified material when secretary of state.
The likely Democratic presidential nominee learned this week that she will not face criminal charges over her use of private email.

In Russia, passengers delayed for seven hours as woman descends off flight ‘to get a divorce’



Over 500 passengers were left stranded for seven hours after one woman’s impromptu decision to change her relationship status.
The travellers were forced off a flight – which was heading from Moscow to Vladivostok, Russia.

Dozens Killed In Iraq Bomb And Gun Attack



At least 35 people have been killed and 60 injured in an attack on a Shia mausoleum north of Baghdad, security sources say.
The attack has been claimed by Islamic State, which has been losing ground militarily in Iraq but has instead hit back against civilians.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

NIGERIA - SHERIFF ALLY SAYS ONLY A MEETING CAN SOLVE THE SHERIFF VS MAKARFI SAGA



The deputy national chairman of Senator Alimodu Sheriff- led Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP )faction, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, on Thursday, said that only political solution could solve the  current  logjam the party finds itself now, not court judgement.

Bodies Recovered From Migrant Shipwreck In The Mediterranean Last Year



The bodies of hundreds of migrants have been recovered from the hull of a boat that sank in the Mediterranean last year.
Some 500 people drowned in April 2015 during one of the worst known disasters involving people trying to reach Europe by sea.

Photo: Oscar Pistorius in prison single room cell



Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is serving his six-year sentence for killing his girlfriend in a single hospital prison cell, an official said Thursday.
The disgraced paralympian is in the same cell in Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison he was previously incarcerated for one year.

Doomed Satellite Sends Back Spectacular Images



​A doomed Japanese satellite captured the first ever images of one of the largest weather systems in the universe before it spun itself to pieces.
A software glitch caused the X-ray satellite Hitomi to lose contact with ground crews just six weeks after its launch in February.

Nigeria - NAF planes raid Boko Haram stronghold


The Nigerian Air Force said that its air component attached to OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE has recorded another major success in its air campaign against the Boko Haram Terrorists as its two F-7Ni fighter aircraft struck a terrorists’ location at Northern Borno.

Kim Jong-Un Banned From Doing Business In US



The US has placed sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, accusing him of inflicting “intolerable cruelty” on his own people.
It is the first time Kim Jong-Un has been personally blacklisted by the US, which said he is behind widespread human rights abuses which have put North Korea "among the world's most repressive countries".

NIGERIA - FUEL SCARCITY LOOMS AS PENGASSAN INSISTS ON STRIKE


The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Thursday said that there was no going back on its planned strike slated to have commenced by 12 a.m on Thursday.
Mr. Francis Johnson, the national President of PENGASSAN made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

England - Five Men Killed In Recycling Site Accident



Five men have died after an industrial accident at a recycling site in Birmingham.
West Midlands Police were called to the Hawkeswood Metal plant in Nechells at 8.45am on Thursday morning, following reports that a "large concrete structure containing metal" had collapsed.

US - Minneapolis area police kill black man during traffic stop



A Minneapolis-St. Paul area police officer shot a black man to death on Wednesday during a traffic stop, local law enforcement said, and a woman posted a video on the internet, saying the man had been reaching for his license.

Officials say blast in Bangladesh has killed two, wounded nine



Two Bangladeshi policeman were killed and nine other officers were wounded on Thursday in a grenade attack on a security checkpoint in a town hosting Bangladesh's biggest celebrations for the end of the Ramadan fasting month, officials said.

NIGERIA - OGAH SAYS HE IS NOT DESPERATE TO BE ABIA GOVERNOR CONTRARY TO IKPEAZU'S CLAIM


A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Abia State, Dr Uche Ogah, Wednesday said his demand to be sworn in as governor was not borne out of desperation.
He said contrary to impression being created, his case against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was far from being an ambush.

Football - Chelsea in secret Messi talk after tax fraud case


Lionel Messi’s father has met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, according to The  UK Sun.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Football - Messi to appeal jail term court ruling



Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and his father will appeal against a Spanish court decision to sentence them each to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, the player's lawyers say.

NIGERIA - KACHIKWU AND NGIGE TO MEET PENGASSAN OVER PLANNED STRIKE



The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, is to meet with representatives of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Thursday, a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja said.

US sanctions North Korean leader over rights abuses



The United States on Wednesday sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, citing "notorious abuses of human rights," in a move that diplomats say will incense the nuclear-armed country.

Football - Manchester United seal Mkhitaryan deal

Mkhitaryan, 27, has penned a four-year deal with United with the option to extend the contract for a further year, the club announced in a statement.

NIGERIA - ASUU FAULTS JAMB OVER ADMISSION GUIDELINES



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, has lashed out at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for acting beyond its powers by releasing admission guidelines for Nigerian universities.

NIGERIA - CBT SCRAPPED BY THE FG AS POST-UTME FEE IS PEGGED ON #2,500


The Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sub-sector have agreed on N2,500 as the fee for post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening. 

Self-Driving Robots To Deliver Food In London



Six-wheeled delivery robots which trundle along at 4mph will soon be used to deliver meals to homes around London.
The self-driving robots can navigate through city streets using a GPS tracker coupled with on-board cameras and sensors.

Pistorius Jailed For Six Years For Reeva's Murder



Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in 2013.
The disgraced Paralympian could have faced a life sentence after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his manslaughter conviction and found him guilty of murder.

Football - Lionel Messi Sentenced To Jail In Tax Case



Barcelona football star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison over a tax fraud case in Spain.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Football - Argentina coach Martino resigns


Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino announced his resignation on Tuesday, deepening the chaos in the frustrated squad a month before the Olympics after its star striker Lionel Messi also quit. 

US - FBI to recommend no charges in Clinton email probe, director says



The FBI will recommend to the U.S. Justice Department that no charges be filed over Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said on Tuesday, lifting a cloud of uncertainty over her White House campaign.

NIGERIA - FG DECLARES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY OVER MOON SIGHTING DELAY



The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, July 5, and Thursday, July 7, as public holiday to mark the Eid el-Fitr celebration following the non-sighting of the moon on Monday.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung.

Comic: 9ja how now? Lol. Food Security defined!!!



Lol. This is food security. No be small thing oh.

Football - Nani signs for Valencia fc for 3 years



Valencia have signed Luis Nani from Fenerbahce, having met the Turkish club's buyout clause of €8.5 million.
The former Manchester United man joins on a three-year contract and will join Los Che's pre-season preparations following the conclusion of his Euro 2016 commitments with Portugal.

Football - Mourinho vows to make Rooney play only as a striker and not a midfielder



Jose Mourinho says that he has no intention of using Wayne Rooney as a midfielder at Manchester United, insisting that he is still dangerous in front of goal.