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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 17 September 2016

VIDEO: Watch highlights as Man City hammers Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad


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VIDEO: Watch highlights as Arsenal pound Hull City 4-1 away


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Al Shabaab attacks Somali town, kills seven soldiers

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Somalia’s Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a town in a region near Kenya’s border, killing at least seven Somali soldiers, the group and Somali officials said.
Al Shabaab, which regularly attacks Somali forces in its campaign to oust Somalia’s Western-backed government, pulled its fighters out of El Wak overnight, residents said on Saturday.

Israeli missile downs rocket fired from Syria

 Iron Dome. (photo credit: Uri Lenzl/Flash90)

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system destroyed a rocket fired from Syria at the Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights Saturday in an apparent uptick in tension between the uneasy neighbours.
“A projectile fired from Syria was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system. No injuries have been reported,” a military statement said.

Attack on US cop leaves two dead, including gunman


A series of shootings that began with an apparently unprovoked attack on a Philadelphia policewoman left two people dead and five injured, police said Saturday. The suspected gunman was among the dead.
The attack came in a year marked by attacks on police in racially charged incidents that followed complaints of police abuse.
The shooter’s motives were not entirely clear, and police have not mentioned the race of anyone involved. Media reports however said that the shooter left a note expressing hatred for police.

Interesting! Obama’s speech plagiarism - Nigeria's Presidency to punish speechwriter

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the speechwriter responsible for plagiarising the United States President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech will face disciplinary action.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement said that the similarities between certain paragraphs in Buhari and Obama’s speeches were too similar to be coincidental.

Troops from Niger Republic and Chad kill 38 Boko Haram militants

Soldiers from Niger and Chad have killed 38 Boko Haram fighters during operations that followed attacks by the terror group on two border towns in southeastern Niger earlier this week, Niger’s army said on Saturday.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital after surgery

South African cleric and anti-apartheid icon, Desmond Tutu, was readmitted to hospital on Saturday to treat an infection following a surgery last week, his family said.
Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after a successful surgery to treat recurring infections that have afflicted him in the past.

US Election 2016 - Clinton campaign accuses Trump of inciting violence

Donald Trump has suggested Hillary Clinton's bodyguards should be disarmed, adding: "Let's see what happens to her."
The Republican presidential candidate was repeating his claims that his Democratic rival wants to remove American citizens' right to bear arms.
He told a rally in Miami that Mrs Clinton wanted to "destroy your Second Amendment" - something she has denied, saying in July that she was "not here to repeal the Second Amendment".

Oh my! Terminally ill child becomes first euthanised minor in Belgium

A terminally ill child has become the first minor to be euthanised in Belgium, it has been confirmed.  
Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.

The head of Belgium's federal euthanasia commission Professor Wim Distelmans said the death was reported to his committee by a local doctor.

Florida expands Zika Virus zone in Miami Beach after five new cases

State officials in Florida on Friday tripled the active Zika transmission zone in the trendy seaside community of Miami Beach after five new cases of the mosquito-borne virus believed to cause a severe birth defect were identified in the area.
The active transmission zone grew from 1.5 square miles to 4.5 square miles and consists of a large portion of the popular tourist destination, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement on Friday evening.

VIDEO: Watch highlights as Barcelona hammer Leganes 5-1 away. Its MSN time!!!


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BOKO HARAM self confessed spokesman Konduga rearrested

Nigeria - According to The Guarfian, the self-confessed spokesman of the Boko Haram Islamist sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga (aka Al-Zawahiri), who was sentenced to three years imprisonment without option of fine and released last week, was rearrested at the residence of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, by some residents and policemen attached to the Government Reservation Area (GRA) Police Station.

Read Press Statement on intense efforts by the FG to secure release of abducted Chibok girls

Nigeria - Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed reveals efforts by the FG in securing freedom for the abducted Chibok girls: 
“Precisely on July 17, 2015, the DSS opened the negotiation process with the group holding the Chibok girls. However, in return for the release of some of these girls, the group also made some demands. “These included the release of some of their fighters arrested, including some involved in major terrorist actions, resulting in several fatalities, and others who were experts in manufacture of locally assembled explosives. More details after the jump:>>>

Three attacks on Israelis shatter relative calm

Three alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis on Friday, security forces said, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

US says it killed IS information minister al-Fayad

The Pentagon says a US air strike has killed one of so-called Islamic State's most senior leaders, Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, in Syria.
Also known as "Dr Wa'il", he was minister of information for IS, and oversaw the production of propaganda videos showing executions.

Inflation rises to 17.6% as naira depreciates against the dollar

Nigeria - The Naira on Friday depreciated in most major segments of the foreign exchange market just as inflation hits 17.6 percent. The Nigerian currency fell by N2.24 to exchange at N308.69 to the dollar at the interbank market, from N306.93 recorded on Thursday.

At the Bureau De Change it closed at N420 to the dollar, N550 to the Pound Sterling and N465 against the Euro.

President Buhari set for 71st UN General Assembly in New York

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria tomorrow to participate   in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holding from September 19-23, in New York, United States.

Rise of Westeros' women keeps 'Game of Thrones' an Emmy front-runner

Subject to unspeakable violence at the hands of brutal men over the years, the women of Westeros came back with a vengeance in the latest season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and strengthened the show's leading role in Sunday's Emmy awards.

Patience Jonathan's security aides to be grilled by the EFCC over $15m scandal

Nigeria - The Forefront has learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has summoned some officials of the Department of State Services, who were attached to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, for interrogation.

Revealed! Manchester City held talks with Barcelona's Messi three times during the transfer window

Manchester City had held talks with the agents of Lionel Messi and Neymar in the summer with a view to signing them from Barcelona, The Sun reports.

Friday, 16 September 2016

VIDEO: Watch highlights as Chelsea lose 1-2 to Liverpool at Stamford bridge


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Governors hail President Buhari's measures on recovery from recession

Nigeria - State Governors on Friday threw their weight behind the economic measures being introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to bring the country out of recession.

Anambra monarch to Nigerians: Stop blaming Buhari for economic challenges

The traditional ruler of Nri in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh, has urged Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammad Buhari for the challenges facing the country.

Donald Trump accepts President Barack Obama was born in US

After years of fueling conspiracy theories, Republican White House nominee Donald Trump admitted that President Barack Obama is an American citizen in a much-hyped and nationally televised event Friday.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period,” Trump said, as his campaign tried to silence damaging charges of racism.

Futuristic laser weapon to be developed for use by British forces

A hi-tech laser weapon that could shoot down enemy missiles mid-flight is to be developed for the British military.
The futuristic "energy" cannon is set to be created under a £30m deal being finalised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Smart glasses 'will be as popular as mobile phones'

Augmented reality glasses will be as popular as laptops and mobile phones in as little as 10 years, according to a leading manufacturer of the technology.
Alberto Torres, the chief executive of Atheer, a company making 3D interactive smart glasses, told Sky News the trend will initially move faster with professionals who work in the field, like medical workers or service engineers.

Official recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s after explosion reports

Safety regulators have ordered a formal recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s after dozens of devices exploded or caught fire.
Samsung voluntarily recalled the models after a spate of serious malfunctions, but the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has now demanded the return of the potentially dangerous devices.

Finance Minister Adeosun says Nigeria will get out of recession soon

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has assured Nigerians that the current economic recession the nation was experiencing will not be prolonged.
She gave the assurance on Friday in Abuja while addressing a news conference.
She said that there was a strategic plan by the administration to see that the recession ended soon and also ensure that the economy recovered fully.

Antigraft agency EFCC wants Patience Jonathan to forfeit the $15m in skye bank

Nigeria - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to file an application in court seeking the total forfeiture of $15,591,700, belonging to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The money is currently lodged in the Skye Bank account of four companies: Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.

Nigerian troops kill 4 Boko HARAM terrorists and 7 cattle rustlers

Soldiers on Wednesday killed four Boko Haram terrorists during a 15-minute gun duel in Jororo and Jombaeji  villages in Giedam LGA  of Yobe State.

This is even as troops of the 223 Battalion, 1 Division in Zamfara State gunned down seven livestock  rustlers, recovering  arms and ammunition in Zamfara State.

APC says the PDP must apologise to Nigerians as war of words continue

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the fresh call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as “a silly statement  not worth the ink it was written with.

APC urged the opposition party to apologise to Nigerians for years of misrule.

Train hits landslide and derails near Watford Junction

England - A train has hit a landslide near Watford Junction causing it to strike another train and derail.
A man and a woman were injured in the accident at the Hunton Bridge Tunnel.
Emergency services and engineers are on the scenes and trains in and out of London Euston are facing "major disruption".

Man shot in New York after 'slashing officer with meat cleaver'

A man has been shot by police on a crowded street in New York City after striking an off-duty detective with an 11-inch meat cleaver, authorities said.
The late-afternoon confrontation began when two uniformed officers found the suspect trying to remove a wheel clamp from a vehicle he appeared to be living in.

Philippines foreign minister says the nation is not 'little brown brother' of US

The Philippines is firmly committed to its alliance with the United States but will not be lectured on human rights and treated like a "little brown brother," the country's Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Thursday.
Speaking in Washington after recent remarks by the Philippines' outspoken new President Rodrigo Duterte that have strained relations with the United States, Manila's main ally, Yasay said some of Duterte's remarks had been misunderstood.

Myanmar soldiers jailed with hard labour for village killings

A Myanmar military court has jailed seven soldiers for five years each with hard labor for murdering five ethnic minority villagers in June, state media said on Friday, in a rare prosecution of military personnel.
The seven, including four officers, will serve their time in civilian prisons, said a report from a court martial in northeastern Myanmar.
Soldiers have often been accused of serious human rights abuses in Myanmar's long-running wars with ethnic armed groups, but the allegations are rarely acknowledged, let alone heard in court.

Wow! ‘Made-in-Nigeria Suzuki ready in October’

Boulos Enterprises Ltd, authorised dealer of Suzuki products in Nigeria, said it will push a made-in-Nigeria Suzuki Super Carry to the Nigerian market next month.

According to the organisation, the vehicle will launch with complete vehicle warranty and extended service intervals as the first of the vehicles are expected to be available to order from next month.

Skepta beats David Bowie to win 25th Mercury Prize, UK's biggest music award


Grime artist Skepta has been announced as the winner of the Mercury Prize, the UK's most prestigious music award.

US Election 2016 - Hillary Clinton says she's 'doing great' back on campaign trail

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has insisted she is "doing great" after a health scare.
However, following her recovery from pneumonia, the Democratic nominee faced a series of questions about her illness on her return to the campaign trail.

Ministerial Retreat: Think out of the box, Buhari tells ministers over recession

President Muhammadu Buhari has told his 36 ministers to think outside the box in order to save the country from the current economic recession.
Buhari said this while addressing his ministers at the Ministerial Retreat on the Economy and the Budget at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja on Thursday.

Nigeria's former First Lady Patience Jonathan denies links with companies that pleaded guilty over $15m laundering

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, Thursday denied allegations that her accounts were used to launder huge sums.
In a statement by her media aide, Yemi Akinbode, Mrs Jonathan said she was constrained to respond to “tissues of lies being churned out” by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).