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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Suspected car bomb wounds around 20 outside Istanbul football stadium



A suspected car bomb outside a football stadium in central Istanbul wounded at least 20 people on Saturday hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Islamic State militants enter Palmyra after heavy fighting



Islamic State militants entered the ancient city of Palmyra on Saturday in eastern Syria after advancing to its outskirts for the first time since losing the city earlier this year, a war monitor said.

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Updated: 60 rescued from debris of Uyo’s collapsed Church



Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom on Saturday escaped unhurt as the Reigners Bible Church International building in Uyo collapsed during a worship session.
Sixty casualties were however rescued from the building.

Gambia's president-elect says loser Jammeh cannot reject polls

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Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said on Saturday the country's outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no authority to reject the results of Dec.1. polls, while the United Nations and African Union piled pressure on Jammeh to step aside.
Long-ruling Jammeh on Friday called for another election in the tiny West African country after narrowly losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow, jeopardising what was expected to be Gambia's first democratic transition of power in over 50 years. He had conceded defeat publicly last week.

Second suspect in Brazilian soccer team air crash put in jail

Gustavo Vargas Villegas of the DGAC is arrested by police officers, following last month's crash of charter airline LaMia into the Colombian jungle that killed players from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, in La Paz, Bolivia, December 8, 2016. Stringer/APG Agency via REUTERS


Bolivian authorities have jailed the second suspect accused of wrongdoing in the air crash that wiped out Brazil's Chapacoense soccer team last month, prosecutors said on Saturday.
Gustavo Vargas Villegas, a former official with Bolivia's aviation authority was arrested and will be held until trial on charges that he misused his influence in authorizing the license of the Bolivian plane that crashed in Colombia while taking the team to Medellin for the Copa Sudamericana.

Crazy world! Suicide bomb attack in Yemen kills 45 soldiers at military base

Aden has been the target of many jihadist attacks, such as this car bomb in May


A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 soldiers at a miltary base in Yemen, according to government officials.

Ooooh gracious!!! Akwa Ibom's Gov. Udom escapes death as church building collapses

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Nigeria - In what would have been a major tragedy, Gov. Emmanuel Udom escaped possible death by not arriving on time at a church programme he was supposed to attend in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State. 

According to a witness, The Reigners Bible Church, located along Uyo Village Road, was filled to capacity because its pastor was being consecrated as a Bishop, when the tragedy occurred.

Colombian president receives Nobel Prize for peace accord

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a news conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, December 9, 2016. NTB Scanpix/Terje Pedersen via REUTERS


Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos collected the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday for reaching an accord with Marxist rebels to end a 52-year civil war in which more than 200,000 people have died.

PDP and APC supporters clash as Rivers Rerun commences

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Nigeria - Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have clashed at ward 7 unit 9 in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area.
It was gathered that three persons were allegedly injured.

African Union says Gambia President's rejection of poll results "null and void"

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The African Union on Saturday called a statement by Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh rejecting his loss in December 1 polls "null and void" since he had already conceded defeat.

Suspected car bomb kills 2 policemen at checkpoint near Somali capital

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A suspected car bomb killed at least two policemen when it exploded at a checkpoint near the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police said.

Death toll rises as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria



At least five people were killed and 25 injured when a cargo train derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, demolishing around 20 buildings, police said on Saturday.
At least three of the victims remain in critical condition and the number is likely to rise, authorities said.

Turkey on counter-terrorism rampage! Turkish jets hit 39 Islamic State targets, kill four militants

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Turkish warplanes destroyed 39 Islamic State targets and killed four militants in northern Syria, the Turkish army said on Saturday.
Turkey's ramping up of its air strikes in northern Syria are part of Ankara's almost four-month-old "Euphrates Shield" operation with Turkish-backed rebels, which aims to push the jihadists and Kurdish militia fighters away from the Syrian border area.

Confirmed Tragedy!!! 53 burnt to death in Benin-Onitsha auto crash

53 burnt to death in Benin-Onitsha auto crash


Nigeria - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Edo State has confirmed that 53 persons were burnt to death in a road crash that occurred on Thursday evening at Abudu town along Benin-Agbor-Onitsha Express road.
It said eight vehicles including one motorcycle were involved in the accident. The FRSC listed the vehicles to include two commercial Toyota Hummer buses, one Dyna truck, one tanker carrying petrol, one Ford bus and one Toyota Corrolla.

How about this stat? Nigeria made N70tr from oil in 15 years, says NEITI scribe

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The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, Mr. Waziri Adio, yesterday disclosed that the nation earned N70trillion from oil between 1999 and 2014.
He said 90 per cent of the corrupt practices in the country are probably being perpetrated in the oil sector.
But he said his agency was handicapped in dealing with oil firms and the cartels in the industry because the NEITI has no enforcement mandate.

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Nigeria to pay Swiss govt $79m commission over Abacha's $400m loot

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The Federal Government may have agreed to pay the Government of Switzerland $79m (N25.2bn) as part of conditions for the repatriation of almost $400m (N128bn) recovered from the family of the late military ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha.
The Chairman of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraj, said this during a seminar to commemorate the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja on Friday.

A week after, Gambia President Jammeh rejects outcome of Dec. 1 election



Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections.
The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after the unexpected election result ended Jammeh's 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope.

Ghana's opposition leader Akufo-Addo wins presidential election



Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won Ghana's national election, becoming president elect at the third attempt and cementing the country's reputation as a standard bearer of democracy in a region that has been blighted by civil wars and coups.
Akufo-Addo defeated President John Mahama by 53.8 percent to 44.4 percent, electoral commissioner Charlotte Osei said late on Friday, sparking scenes of celebration in the capital Accra.

Turkish air strikes kill 19 Kurdish militants in north Iraq

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Turkish jets carried out air strikes against Kurdish militants in the Gara region of northern Iraq on Friday and killed 19 militants, Turkish military sources said on Saturday.
The warplanes took off from an air base in Diyarbakir in response to threats that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were preparing an attack on military units at the border, the sources said.

Drone strike kills militant in Syria linked to Charlie Hebdo attack of last year

Gunmen gesture as they return to their car after the attack outside the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo (seen at rear) in this still image taken from amateur video shot in Paris January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Reuters TV


A U.S. drone strike in Syria has killed an Islamic State militant linked to the Jan. 7 2015 attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, defense officials said on Friday.
Boubaker el Hakim was killed late last month in Raqqa, the Islamic State's defacto capital in Syria, the officials said, adding he was believed to be involved with planning the attack.

Revealed! CIA probe 'finds Russia tried to sway US election in Trump's favour'

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A secret CIA assessment has found that Russia tried to tip last month's US presidential election in Donald Trump's favour, according to reports.
President Barack Obama ordered a review of all cyberattacks during the 2016 election cycle, amid growing calls by Congress on the extent of Russian interference in the process.

US adds 200 military personnel to Syria anti-IS campaign



The United States is sending 200 additional military personnel to Syria to help the campaign to drive the Islamic State militant group from Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday.

In US, Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop election recount



A U.S. judge in Wisconsin on Friday rejected a request by President-elect Donald Trump supporters to stop a recount of election votes while the Michigan Supreme Court denied an appeal by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to restart the state's recount.

NFF to Super Falcons: We are yet to settle Super Eagles’ bonuses



The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has told players of the Super Falcons to show understanding over delay in settling their entitlements after emerging victorious at the 10th African Women’s Nations Cup in Cameroon.

Friday, 9 December 2016

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Updated: Blasts in Madagali, Adamawa left 56 killed and 177 injured according to LG boss


Nigeria - Mr. Yusuf Muhammed, Chairman, Madagali Local Government, Adamawa, said 56 persons died and 177 injured in the twin blasts that that hit Madagali Market on Friday in Adamawa.

Samsung Note 7 to be 'killed' by software update



Samsung Note 7s that have not already been returned will be killed off by a software update released later this month.
About 2.5 million Note 7s were recalled in September after reports some had caught fire because of faulty lithium batteries.

Oh my! FG to exhume body of late NYSC member for autopsy. Read why



Nigeria - The Federal government may exhume the body of Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo, a serving corps member in Kano State who died in controversial circumstance to ascertain the cause of her death. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered for investigation into her death. 




Bomb blast in Egypt capital Cairo kills six police

Egyptian security services cordon off the site of a bomb attack next to a police checkpoint in the western Talibiya district of the capital Cairo on December 9, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER


A bombing killed six policemen at a checkpoint in Cairo on Friday, the latest in a string of attacks in Egypt’s capital targeting security forces and officials, the interior ministry said.
The attack struck in the western Talibiya neighbourhood of the capital, shortly before the weekly Muslim prayers and when Cairo’s streets are mostly empty.
The bloodied bodies of several policemen could be seen at the blast site next to police vehicles that had been stationed there, an AFP photographer reported.

South Korea’s unexpected, unelected new leader

South Korea's Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn delivers a public address at the government complex in Seoul on December 9, 2016 after parliament passed a motion of impeachment. South Korean lawmakers on December 9, voted to impeach President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal and opening a new period of national uncertainty. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je


Hwang Kyo-Ahn, a former prosecutor who has never held elected office, found himself elevated to de-facto leader of South Korea on Friday, and supreme commander of a military under constant threat from nuclear-armed North Korea.
It’s a role that Hwang can never have imagined for himself when he was appointed prime minister by President Park Geun-Hye in May last year.
In a country where nearly all political power lies in the hands of the executive, the prime minister is a largely ceremonial figure who, more often than not, is the first head to roll in the event of a political crisis.

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World Health Research: White wine may raise skin cancer risk, experts say

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The festive season is upon us, meaning that many of us will be indulging in a drink or two at office parties or family gatherings. But a new study suggests it might be worth steering clear of white wine because it could raise the risk of melanoma.