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Ukraine Crisis: Rebel Elections Obstacle To Peace - EU

4 years ago /
International News 

The European union has condemned as "illegal" elections held by Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the polls were "a new obstacle on the path towards peace". The central government in Kiev also described as a "farce" the polls in the two self-proclaimed people's republics in...

 

Car Bomb Kills Eight Shi'ites In Baghdad Ahead Of Festival

4 years ago /
International News 

At least eight Shi’ite pilgrims were killed in a car bomb in central Baghdad Sunday night ahead of a religious festival. The blast happened along one of the city's main thoroughfares. Shards of glass and debris filled the streets outside shops and apartment buildings. The festival, Oushura, commemorates the slaying of prophet...

 

Breaking: Court Restrains PDP Lawmakers From Reconvening House

4 years ago /
Nation 

Federal High Court grants injunction stopping PDP lawmakers from reconvening the House of Representatives from recess. More details later...........

2015 Nations Cup: CAF Gives Morocco New Deadline

4 years ago /
International News  Sports  

The Confederation of African Football has reiterated it will not move the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations from January and has given Morocco until Saturday to decide if they will host as scheduled. Morocco want a postponement because of fears over the Ebola outbreak. Caf has asked Morocco to "clarify their position"...

FIFA Confirms 2022 World Cup In Qatar Is Likely To Be Held In Winter

4 years ago /
International News  Sports  

Two options have emerged as the most likely dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – and both are in the winter. A meeting of a task force to look into the international calendar has identified January-February 2022 or November-December 2022 as the most likely options – meaning considerable disruption...

Ethiopia-Egypt Trade Deals To Ease River Nile Row

4 years ago /
Business and Economy  

Egypt and Ethiopia have signed a series of trade agreements which could help smooth diplomatic tensions over use of the River Nile waters. The countries fell out over Ethiopia's plans to construct a $4.3bn (£3.4bn) hydroelectric dam on the river. Egypt was apparently caught by surprise when Ethiopia started diverting the Blue...

Naira Pressure To Continue On Declining Oil Price, External Reserves

4 years ago /
Business and Economy  

The local currency, the naira, is expected to further depreciate this week as the threat of declining oil prices and steady depletion of the external reserves continue to weigh heavily on it, analysts have said. The local currency has been 2.9 percent weaker this year, according to Bloomberg figures. Brent crude,...

Borno To Reopen Public Schools On Nov. 17

4 years ago /
Education 

The Borno Government said on Monday that it would reopen all public schools on Nov. 17 which were closed down early in the year due to security concern. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the schools were shut on March 14, after deadly attacks by the Boko Haram on...

FG Plans To Honour Top 100 Business Firms

4 years ago /
Business and Economy  

The Federal Government has concluded plans to honour 100 top business endeavours in Nigeria in December. The initiative, a brainchild of President Goodluck Jonathan, is aimed at identifying and bestowing on highly performing business concerns presidential honour that will further encourage and ginger them to contribute to the economy in more...

Nigeria Exports $10BN Raw Cocoa Annually

4 years ago /
Business and Economy  

Olusegun Aganga, the minister of industry, trade and investment, has disclosed that the total value of exporting raw cocoa from Nigeria is approximately $10 billion a year. He reiterated the commitment of the country to expand the commodity’s production for additional foreign earnings. Aganga, who said this at the just concluded cocoa...

2015: Umeh, 140 Others Obtain Anambra APGA Nomination Forms

4 years ago /
Politics 

The Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Mike Kwentoh, has said not less than 141 nomination forms had been sold by the party since it commenced  sales on Oct. 27. Kwentoh told  the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Monday that the forms were sold to...

 

Committee: We Are Satisfied With Ogun PDP Ward Congresses

4 years ago /
Politics 

Two members of a five-man committee set up by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to monitor the 2014 ad hoc ward congresses in Ogun State have described the exercise as successful. This was contained in a report written to the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji...

 

Youths Demands More Participation In Governance

4 years ago /
Gender and Youth Development  Politics 

As Nigeria prepares for another round of elections in 2015, a youth group has called for a thirty percent youth participation in governance. The group, “One Heart Initiative for Equity and Good Leadership” made the demand in Abuja on Saturday. Its members say the move will help address issues of unemployment and...

 

Diner Gives Up Waiting At Ukrainian Fast-Food Restaurant And Kills Himself

4 years ago /
International News  Oddities 

A man wedged his head in a metal fence and then twisted himself to break his neck outside a busy Ukrainian fast food restaurant. Police in the north-eastern city of Sumy are investigating the bizarre and public suicide attempt, which took place in the middle of the lunchtime rush. The man was...

Explosion Rocks Yobe As Suicide Bomber Strikes

4 years ago /
Security 

A bomb attack has reportedly occurred in Potiskum, Yobe state. Witnesses say a suicide bomber targeting members of the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria, detonated his explosive vest, killing many instantly. A resident of the town, Adamu Mohammed, told PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone that nearly 20 persons were killed and...

Gunmen Attack Koton-Karfe Prison In Kogi State

4 years ago /
Security 

Unspecified number of gunmen launched an attack on the Koton-Karfe Federal Prison late Sunday night freeing the inmates and leaving one person dead and two injured, residents told Daily Trust. Koton-Karfe is a fishing community near the River Niger in Kogi state. The town is located on the Lokoja-Abuja road, close...

Real Madrid Plan To Reward Carlo Ancelotti With New Contract

4 years ago /
International News  Sports  

Real Madrid plan to offer their manager Carlo Ancelotti a new contract according to reports in Spain after the Italian guided the Champions League title holders to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Real’s 4-0 triumph away to Granada was an 11th straight victory for Ancelotti’s men and they have...

Dozens Drown In Migrant Boat Sinking Off Istanbul

4 years ago /
International News 

At least 24 illegal migrants drowned on Monday when a boat taking them towards European Union waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul, Turkish media reported. Seven people were rescued and nine more were missing from the stricken boat, which had set off earlier from Istanbul and had travelled...

 

Education Unions Demand A Stop Of Government Funding To Private Universities

4 years ago /
Education 

A week-long national education summit organized by the four unions in Nigerian public-owned universities has ended in Abuja with a resolution rejecting the use of public funds on private educational institutions in the country. The unions are the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, (NASU)...

Aganga Urges Nigerians To Patronize Local Product

4 years ago /
Business and Economy  

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, on Saturday urged Nigerians to patronise local products to boost rapid industrialisation. Aganga, who gave the advice in an interview with NAN in Ota, stressed the need for people to change their mentality about made in Nigeria products. “The more Nigerians purchased...