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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 16 July 2016

US Election 2016 - Trump presents Pence as first choice running mate, touts him to unify the Republicans



U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Saturday presented his vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as the man who can unify a fractured Republican party and help him bridge the gap created by the candidate's outsider status.

1,300 Galaxies In First Super Telescope Image



South Africa's new MeerKAT radio telescope has found 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known to before.
The first image was produced by MeerKAT, which is based nearly 400 miles north of Cape Town, despite only 16 of the site's 64 planned dishes being activated.

Nigeria (Politics) - Sheriff says no agreement with Makarfi on PDP chairmanship



Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has said that he has yet to reach an agreement with the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.

Football - Chelsea completes signing of Leicester midfielder Ngolo Kante


Chelsea have announced the signing of N'Golo Kante on a five-year deal, with the France international arriving from Premier League champions Leicester City. 

Again and again - Air raids kill 21 civilians in Syria’s Aleppo



Air raids on rebel-held districts of Syria’s battleground second city of Aleppo killed at least 21 civilians including children on Saturday, a monitor said.
“Eleven civilians, including four children, were killed by air raids after midnight in the Bab al-Nasr area of Old Aleppo, and seven others were killed in Fardous neighbourhood,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Football (Nigeria) - Read why Nigerian stars in the premiership risk being sacked and prospective ones denied signings



Nigeria’s free fall in the monthly FIFA ranking may land Super Eagles players ply­ing their trade in England in trouble.
The Eagles according to the latest FIFA ranking released Thursday are rated 70 in the world and 17th in Africa below African soccer minnows like Benin Republic and Uganda.

Nigeria (Photo) - Fire razes down Kano GSM market



Fire has razed down no fewer than 44 shops at the popular Farm Centre GSM market in Kano metropolis on Friday.
Eyewitness and one of the shop owners said in Kano on Friday that the incident happened around 5.30pm when most of the traders had closed for business.

Sad!!! Attempted coup in Turkey late Friday night leaves at least 90 killed



Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.

France - French police arrest three in Nice raid after truck attack



French police arrested three people in Nice early on Saturday in connection with the probe into the Bastille day attack that killed at least 84 people when a truck rammed into crowds in the Riviera city, police sources said.

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Turkey - Turkish coup bid crumbles as crowds answer call to streets, Erdogan returns



An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble on Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets to support him and dozens of rebel soldiers abandoned their tanks in the main city of Istanbul.

Nigeria - FEMI Fani-Kayode released from Ikoyi prison after 67 days



Former Minister of Aviation and Spokesperson of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has been released from detention after meeting his bail conditions.
He was released from the Ikoyi Prison in Lagos, 67 days after his arrest, detention and arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Pages of US 9/11 World Trade Centre report detailing possible Saudi ties made public



The U.S. Congress on Friday released a long-classified section of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks describing an array of potential links between some of the hijackers and officials in Saudi Arabia.
The 28 pages of the report on the 2002 investigation focus on potential Saudi government ties to the 2001 aircraft attacks on the United States, in which nearly 3,000 people died.

US Election 2016 - Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Clinton leads Trump by 12 points ahead of Republican convention



Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump trailed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 12 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, making him the clear underdog ahead of next week's Republican National Convention.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Turkey - Turkey PM says coup attempt underway, elected government still in charge



A group within Turkey's military has attempted to overthrow the government and security forces have been called in to "do what is necessary", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

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US - Wow!!! (Photo) Man’s spirit ‘photographed leaving his body’ after accident



Some proves of the afterlife were recently captured in photographs at the scene of a fatal road accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle on Tuesday in Kentucky, United States of America.
The photo, that has now gone viral on the internet, shows the wispy spirit of a person leaving the body as an emergency services work at the scene.

Nigeria - Bullion driver confesses he drove poll cash to Fayose’s hotel as Zenith deny FAYOSE'S claims



A bullion van driver has confessed to conveying the N1.219bn, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged was delivered to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in the build-up to the June 2014 governorship election in the state, which Fayose won.

UK - Final farewell to murdered British MP Jo Cox



A private funeral was held Friday in northern England for Jo Cox, the MP whose murder halted Britain’s EU referendum campaign and sparked an outpouring of sympathy from around the world.
Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed in the street in her Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen on June 16, exactly a week before the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, in which she campaigned for Britain to stay in the bloc.

Egypt - Oldest Egyptian writing on papyrus displayed for first time



The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is showcasing for the first time the earliest writing from ancient Egypt found on papyrus, detailing work on the Great Pyramid of Giza, antiquities officials have said.

Football - Belgium coach Marc Wilmots sacked



Marc Wilmots has been sacked as Belgium’s head coach.
The 47-year-old had been leading the national team since 2012 and managed to guide the team to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Nigeria (Gist) - I called President BUHARI three times but he shunned my calls, FAYOSE reveals


The perceived rift between Governor Ayodele Fayose and President Muhammadu Buhari transcends political affiliations but also a personal relationship if the recent revelations by the South-west leader is anything to go by.

Nigeria (File photo) - See list of 54 persons under probe over third arms scandal report



The Forefront has reliably learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the probe of 54 persons for their roles in the arms scandals that saw billions of dollars meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military for the prosecution of  the war against Boko Haram diverted to private pockets.>>> More names after the jump>>>

Nigeria - About 37 military officers escape death in crash


About 37 military personnel escaped death at Gaya 65km south of Kano Friday morning when their convoy crashed into a ditch. 

US - Insane is one word for these civilians! Baltimore officers exchange gunfire with armed man, kill him



Baltimore police officers fatally shot a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle who exchanged fire with them on Thursday on the city's West Side, a police spokesman said.

Nigeria - CCB clears COAS Burutai over Dubai properties.


The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has absolved the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai of any infraction of the laws over the purchase of two houses in Dubai, United Emirate, worth $1.5 million.

Photos: UK ex-PM David Cameron Begins Post-PM Life With School Run



David Cameron started his first day as a former prime minister by swapping Number 10 Downing Street for one of the country's most desirable neighbourhoods.
The ex-Conservative leader was pictured in a blue polo shirt and casual jacket, smart jeans and black shoes as he left for the school run on Thursday morning.

US - Trump postpones running mate announcement after Nice attack



Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump postponed announcing his pick for running mate, which had been scheduled for Friday, following a Nice attack that has left some 70 people dead.
“In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement” Trump posted on Twitter Thursday.

Nigeria - Abbatoir waste to generate electricity in Lagos



The Lagos State government is planning an innovative project to convert waste from the abattoirs.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwole Onasanya announced this at a one day workshop on food safety in the Nigerian meat industry in Lagos. 

France - Tragedy!!! Truck 'terrorist' kills 84 in attack on Nice Bastille Day crowd



A "terrorist" gunman killed at least 84 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had watched Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Zika outbreak to end in two to three years, scientists predict



The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the virus after an initial infection, British scientists said on Thursday.

Nigeria - Fayose’s ally, Agbele files N500m suit against EFCC



Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, will on Friday hear a N500m suit filed by an ally of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele‎, seeking an order releasing him from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

British Foreign Secretary Boris says Brexit ‘does not mean leaving Europe’


British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that quitting the EU did not mean “leaving Europe”, as he brushed off criticism of his appointment in Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Brexit government.
“On Europe clearly we have to give effect to the will of the people in the referendum, but that does not mean in any sense leaving Europe,” said Johnson, who led the victorious campaign to leave the bloc last month.

US Election 2016 - White House candidate Trump picks Indiana Governor Pence for running mate



Republican Donald Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Thursday, U.S. news organizations reported, a move that will put at Trump's side a conservative with the potential to unify divided Republicans.

US Election 2016 - NYT and CBS News poll shows US presidential race is tied, as Clinton is hurt by emails



The U.S. presidential race is tied going into the major parties' national conventions and Democrat Hillary Clinton has been damaged by the FBI investigation into her email use while secretary of state, a new opinion poll showed on Thursday.

England - Man Fires At Police Officers In London



An armed man who fired a shot at three police officers and evaded arrest is at large.
Police were called to reports of a man seen in possession of a firearm in Byron Road, Harrow, northwest London, around 12.40am on Thursday.

SA - Eight killed in South African orphanage fire



At least eight people were killed on Thursday in a fire at an orphanage in the South African city of Durban, the local news agency, ANA, reported.

Football - FIFA rankings show slumps and rise across the globe as Wales soar



The latest FIFA ranking shows slumps and rise across the globe. In the top ten rankings in Africa we have Algeria, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Morocco, DR Congo and Mali.

Islamic State says 'minister of war' Shishani killed



Abu Omar al-Shishani, who the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war", was killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul, a news agency that supports the militant group said on Wednesday.
The Pentagon said in March that Shishani had likely been killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria, but this was the first time the group appeared to confirm his death.

Football (Nigeria) - NFF to get bumper money from FIFA



The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is set to receive a massive fi­nancial boost from world soccer ruling body FIFA.
The world soccer govern­ing body said yesterday that she would from next year be increasing her financial support to member federations.

Nigeria - Abia power tussle: INEC issuance of certificate to Ogah legal, correct, says Keyamo



Renowned Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo said yesterday that the Independent National Electoral Commission acted legally and correctly by instantly issuing a Certificate of Return to the governorship aspirant in Abia State, Dr. Samson Uchechukwu Ogah.

Football - Mourinho calls Zlatan funny and not arrogant



Jose Mourinho has summed up Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in three words.
The Portuguese coach managed to lure the former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain hitman to Old Trafford this summer following the 34-year-old’s decision to leave the French champions.

Nigeria - Anambra building collapse leaves several killed



Seven persons were feared killed on Wednesday as a two-storey building collapsed at Ogidi, near Onitsha.
A source said three persons died on the spot while four died on the way to the hospital.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Emirates crowned ‘World's Best Airline' for 2016, see where others rank



Emirates has regained its status as king of the skies, retaking the top spot in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards -- a title held by the airline on three previous occasions. Emirates was also crowned best airline for keeping passengers entertained, an award the carrier has won for the last 12 years.

Nigeria - AGF explains why alleged forgery charges were brought against the senate, says no going back


Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami Wednesday appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, saying that the the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki, his Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and two others to court over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order would continue as there was no going back on the matter. 

Yemen clashes kill 44 as UN seeks talks


Fighting in Yemen killed at least 44 people in a 24-hour period to Wednesday, military officials said, as the UN’s peace envoy arrived in the capital to meet rebels.
Saudi-backed government forces clashed with the Shiite Huthi rebels and fighters loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in battles across western Yemen.

Nigeria (Photos) - President BUHARI on military uniform once again

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Germany - World War II bomb defused in Berlin



A World War II bomb found in Berlin on Wednesday was successfully defused, local media reported.

UK - Queen Elizabeth II accepts Cameron's resignation as Theresa May becomes new British PM



Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday formally accepted David Cameron’s resignation as Britain’s prime minister, an official said, before Theresa May visited Buckingham Palace be to confirmed as his successor.

Iraq - Islamic State car bomb attack kills seven north of Baghdad



A suicide bomber killed at least seven people north of Baghdad on Wednesday, security and medical sources said, in the second bombing claimed by Islamic State in the district in as many days.
Eleven others were injured when the attacker detonated his car, laden with explosives, at a checkpoint.