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France's Sarkozy Announces Return To Politics

4 years ago /
International News 

France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP in a move that would position him for a 2017 presidential bid. The announcement on his Facebook page ends months of local media speculation that the 59-year-old conservative would...

PDP Praises Scotland On Referendum, Calls For Unity Among Nigerians

4 years ago /
Nation 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has highlighted the resolve of Nigerians to live in a united and peaceful nation just like the people of Scotland have chosen to preserve their more than 300 years union by voting to stay in Britain irrespective of challenges of ethnic diversity. PDP National Publicity Secretary...

Costa To Start Against Manchester City - Mourinho

4 years ago /
Sports  

Diego Costa will return up front for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday as Jose Mourinho tries to manage the striker's fragile hamstrings Mourinho opted to name the Spain striker, who has scored seven times in four Premier League matches this term, as a substitute in Wednesday night's...

Boko Haram To Use Mechanics, Others To Deploy IEDs - Military

4 years ago /
Nation 

With the various triumphs over Boko Haram in the past weeks, indications have emerged that the group is recruiting auto-mechanic and car wash operators across the country to use their centres as loading bays to plant Intelligent Electronic Device, IEDs, on vehicles of unsuspecting members of the public to cause...

Insurgency Shouldn't Last 6 Months - Atiku Blasts FG

4 years ago /
Nation 

Nigerian presidential hopeful Atiku Abubakar on Friday derided Goodluck Jonathan's record on security, vowing that Boko Haram could be crushed easily if politicians chose to do so. Abubakar, who was vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, is looking to win the presidential ticket for the main opposition All...

Ebola Survivor Blood On Black Market

4 years ago /
Health 

As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned. The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,...

Iranian 'Happy' Video Dancers Sentenced To Jail And 91 Lashes

4 years ago /
International News 

Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says. The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds. The video shows three...

New "Open-minded" Mosque In South Africa Welcomes Gay People, Allows Women To Lead Prayers

4 years ago /
Religion 

A Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community. Women will be allowed to lead prayers at Taj Hargey's "Open Mosque" in Cape Town. "We are opening the mosque for open-minded people, not closed-minded people," Mr...

 

FG Raises N100 Billion Bonds

4 years ago /
Business and Economy  

The Debt Management Office (DMO) sold N100 billion ($610.1 million) worth of bonds at higher yields for three- and 10-year paper while it was able to offer lower yields on 20-year benchmark debt. The DMO, on Thursday, said it sold N15 billion of three-year debt at 11.49 percent, 37 basis points...

 

Bomb Kills 2 Lebanese Soldiers At Syrian Border

4 years ago /
International News 

Two Lebanese soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near the Syrian border on Friday, security sources said, the first attack of its kind since Islamist militants from Syria staged a deadly incursion into the area last month. Three soldiers were wounded by the bomb that hit a military personnel carrier...

Al-Qaeda's South Asia Plan 'Delusional' - Narendra Modi

4 years ago /
International News 

India's Prime Minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country. It was Narendra Modi's first reaction to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's announcement this month...

Catalan President Says He Will Sign Decree To Call Independence Vote

4 years ago /
International News 

The President of the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, Artur Mas, said on Friday he would sign a decree law to call a Nov. 9 vote on independence from Spain, in a move vigorously opposed by Madrid. "I will sign the decree for the consultation in Catalonia, in fact I will...

 

Germany Charges Three For Supporting Islamic State

4 years ago /
International News 

German federal prosecutors say they've charged a man and two women with supporting the Islamic State extremist group. Prosecutors said in a statement Friday the main suspect, 25-year-old Karolina R., a German and Polish citizen, is married to an Islamic State member. Using a middleman, she's accused of providing the group...

American Grandfather Kills Daughter, Her Six Children And Self

4 years ago /
International News 

A grandfather shot and killed his daughter and her six children Thursday in the town of Bell, Fla. before committing suicide after police arrived at the scene, authorities said. The children ranged in age from three months to 10 years old, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. Schultz III told reporters at...

Wenger Defends Ozil's Form, Says He Shouldn't Be A Scapegoat

4 years ago /
Sports  

Arsene Wenger has hit back at the critics of Mesut Ozil, after he failed to impress yet again during Arsenal's defeat 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Non-existent throughout, the Gunners' record signing was hauled off after just 62 minutes, and much of the criticism of...

Wembley To Host Euro 2020 Final

4 years ago /
Sports  

The iconic stadium in London will be used for the semi-finals and final of the tournament, with Munich and St Petersburg among the venues in the earlier rounds Wembley Stadium has been chosen to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, Uefa has announced. The London venue pipped Munich’s Allianz Arena...

NBA To Probe Lawyers For Fighting Over Electoral Materials In Osun

4 years ago /
Nation 

The chairman of the panel set up by the Osun state branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, to probe the misdemeanour of lawyers representing both PDP and APC at the on-going electoral material inspection, Akintokunbo Oluwole says anyone found wanting in the probe will face the full weight of...

'I Am Not Dead' - Zambia President

4 years ago /
International News 

Zambia's elusive President Michael Sata made a rare public appearance Friday, opening a new session of parliament and declaring "I am not dead." The 77-year-old leader, who until recent campaign events had not been seen in public for three months, appeared with his wife, Christine, whom he thanked for keeping him...

Story Of My Health, It's Mother Of All Lies Say's Tinubu

4 years ago /
Nation 

The former governor of Lagos state, and national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was reported to have travelled for treatment in a London hospital, has said that story about his health was the mother of all lies. Tinubu who returned to the country on Thursday said...

APC Speak The Truth About Tinubu's Health, Says PDP

4 years ago /
Politics 

On Thursday, the Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party encouraged residents to pray concerning the health of the former governor and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was said to be ill and had travelled for treatment in a London hospital. The PDP also encouraged Tinubu’s family...