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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 24 September 2016

VIDEO: Oh boy! Watch as man gets bitten by snake while trying to snap selfie in India

A man has been bitten by a python after trying to take a selfie with the creature.
It happened in India's northwestern Rajasthan state after forest department officials removed the snake from a school. Watch video after the cut>>>

US Election 2016 - New York Times endorses Clinton for president

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Saturday, saying her intelligence, record of public service and other strengths qualify her for the White House.
In an editorial, the influential Times as expected threw its weight behind Clinton and dismissed Donald Trump as “the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.”

VIDEO: Watch highlights as Arsenal crush Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates


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Bonny export line attacked by Niger Delta Avengers in Rivers State

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Nigeria - The Niger Delta Avengers late on Friday blew up the crude oil export line in Rivers State.
The spokesman of the militant group, Mudoch Agbinibo, in a statement posted on the group’s website on Saturday said the attack was to protest against the “over dramatisation of the so-called dialogue and negotiation process on the side of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government”.

Four dead on journey to wanted ex-militant leader Tompolo father’s burial

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Nigeria - While celebrations greeted the funeral of Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo, father of wanted ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, it was tragic on Friday as four persons reportedly died in a boat mishap on their way to the event. 

Yahoo sued over 'state-sponsored' cyberattack that affected 500 million users


Yahoo is being sued over a cyberattack which resulted in data being stolen from 500 million users.
The US internet firm said the hack, which affected eight million user accounts in the UK, was carried out by a "state sponsored actor".
Ronald Schwartz, from New York, has accused Yahoo of gross negligence and filed a lawsuit on behalf of all users in the US whose personal information was compromised.

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Four al Qaeda members killed in suspected U.S. drone strike

Four members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch, including a local commander, were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike on a vehicle traveling east of the capital Sanaa, two local officials said on Saturday.

Seven members of Shiite group granted bail by court in Abuja

A Magistrates’ Court at Karu in Abuja on Friday granted seven persons from the Shiite group bail of N100,000 each on the three-count charges against each of them. 

In Syria, warplanes mount new strikes on rebel-held Aleppo

Warplanes mounted a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday, rebel sources, a rescue worker and a war monitor reported, pressing a major offensive by the Russian-backed Syrian military.

12 killed in militant attacks north of Iraq's Tirkit

Twelve people were killed on Saturday when militants attacked a police checkpoint north of Tikrit and then detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the city, Iraqi police and military sources said.

Boxing: Tyson Fury 'medically unfit' for Wladimir Klitschko rematch

The rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title has been called off for a second time.
Fury's management company, Hennessy Sports, said that the British boxer has "been declared medically unfit to fight" and the 29 October bout in Manchester "will not be going ahead".

Football - Mourinho says he has civilised relationship with Wenger, denies "threat to break Wenger's face" in biography

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has a "civilised" relationship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Mourinho, 53, regularly clashed with the Frenchman while managing Chelsea.

Gabon court upholds Ali Bongo election win

Gabon's constitutional court has upheld President Ali Bongo's election victory, rejecting opposition calls for a recount.
There have been fears that such a decision could trigger fresh violence.

Civil Liberty Organisation distances self from Portharcourt protest against EFCC Patience Jonathan probe

Nigeria - The Civil Liberties Organisation has distanced itself from a protest held in Port Harcourt in support of Patience Jonathan, saying the protesters who stormed the Port Harcourt office of the EFCC were not members of CLO.

Manhunt after murder in TV show host's Hollywood home

Police are hunting for the killer of a man in the Hollywood Hills home of an award-winning TV talk show host.
George Stroumboulopoulos - a big star in Canada - said it appeared the killing occurred during a break-in at the property, which he rented.

Breaking News! Deadly shooting at US shopping centre, four killed in Burlington attack

Four people have been shot dead at a shopping centre in Burlington, Washington state, police say.
The Cascade Mall and nearby shops have been sealed off and a search is under way.

#5bn found in daughter's account of retired General under probe

Nigeria - Over N5 billion has been traced to the bank account of a daughter of one of the recently retired Army Generals being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

A top official of the anti-graft agency said to our source that the discovery was made by a team of operatives in the Intelligence and Special Operations Section of the Commission, saddled with the responsibility of carrying out further investigation of those indicted in the Third Interim Report of the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in July.

President Buhari voices out: Looters responsible for Niger Delta bombings, recruited militants

Nigeria - President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday took a fresh dig at those who “stole Nigeria dry.”
The looters, he said,in New York instigated the recent spate of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta by recruiting militants to  cripple the economy under his administration

Defying U.N., North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear capability

North Korea vowed on Friday to further strengthen its nuclear weapons capability, in spite of U.N. condemnation and sanctions, and said it would never abandon its deterrence while it was threatened by nuclear-armed states.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The PDP asks INEC to declare Senator Dariye's seat vacant after defection

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the seat of Sen. Joshua Dariye in the Senate vacant.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Dariye, on Thursday at the Senate, announced his defection from PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing lingering leadership crisis in the party as reason.

Twitter shares surge 21% on reports that it is in takeover talks

Twitter shares have surged by a fifth after reports that it was the target of a possible takeover.
Google and cloud computing company Salesforce were among those in talks with the social media company, according to US broadcaster CNBC.

Double blessings for Bayelsa Governor as wife gives birth to quadruplets after years of waiting for a baby

Nigeria - Less than 24 hours his election as the governor of Bayelsa State was affirmed by the Court of Appeal, Governor Seriake Dickson’s wife has been delivered of a set of quadruplet.

Egypt migrant boat death toll jumps to 162 as more bodies recovered

The number of people who died when a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt has risen to 162, authorities say.
The boat dank on Wednesday, with officials originally saying 42 people had been killed.

Spanish High Court orders Neymar's transfer case reopened

The Spanish High Court has ordered a judge to reopen the investigation into the transfer of Barcelona forward Neymar from Santos in 2013.

Star Wars star Daisy Ridley quits Instagram over 'pressure'

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Star Wars actress Daisy Rijdley has deleted her Instagram account because of the "pressure" of posting to millions of followers.
Ridley, who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stepped back from the photo-sharing social media service - and her 2.3 million followers - last month.

Nigeria new war ship departs China for Lagos


The second Nigerian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) NNS UNITY which was under construction in China has been completed and has commenced her journey to join the Nigerian Navy fleet.

A statement from the Nigerian Navy Spokesman Commodore Chris Ezekobe said the vessel has been handed over to Nigeria and has commence her 9719 nautical miles back home.

Photos: Youths in PorthHarcourt Rivers in protest for EFCC to leave Patience Jonathan alone over laundering probe

Nigeria - Some youths in Portharcourt today took to the streets to protest alleged victimization of the former First Lady Patience Jonathan by the EFCC over money laundering. More photos after the jump>>>

Landlords kidnapped in Isheri in Lagos last weekend regain freedom

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Nigeria - Three landlords at Oshorun Heritage Estate, Isheri and their trainer kidnapped last Saturday on Channels Avenue have been freed.
Kennedy Ucheagwu, Dr. Omololu Bello, Fidelis Esang and trainer Coach Oni were whisked away by gunmen clad in military camouflages during their routine exercise near Lekki Gardens Estate.

Tennis - Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury

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Serena Williams announced Friday that she has pulled out of two forthcoming tournaments in China citing an ongoing shoulder injury.

Bomb kills three Thai police officers in southern ambush

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Three Thai policemen were killed and two wounded on Friday in a bomb and gun attack in the southern province of Yala where Muslim separatists have been waging a simmering insurgency against the state.
The attack came just over a month after a series of bombs in three of Thailand's main tourist towns killed four people and wounding dozens and raised fears the insurgents were expanding their fight to tourist targets.

Heavy bombardment hits Aleppo for second day in Syria

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Rebel-held areas of Aleppo have come under heavy bombardment for a second day after the Syrian government announced the start of a major offensive.
A squadron of five aircraft was in the skies above the city on Friday morning, with bombing waves targeting the east of the city, according to Ammar al Selmo, the head of the civil defence rescue service.

Nigerian Navy arrests Avengers' strike force leader in Delta State

Nigeria - A suspected serial pipeline vandal and strike force leader of the Niger Delta Avengers has been arrested by the Nigerian Navy in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspect, Abraham Suru, also known as Gabon from Ondo State, was arrested weeks after he had been declared wanted by the Nigerian military for being responsible for the incessant attacks on oil and gas facilities within Warri North and South-West LGAs of the state.

Opposition 'minister' among 12 dead in Syria bombing

 A "minister" in Syria's opposition government was among at least 12 people killed in a car bomb attack in the south of the country on Thursday, the body's spokesman said.
The Islamic State group (IS) claimed the attack in a statement on Telegram, saying one of its jihadists had detonated an explosive vest at an opposition meeting.

Undersea quake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes southeast of Tokyo

Japan - A strong undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck southeast of Tokyo on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.