Thursday, September 20, 2018

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    You can quit it if you really want

You can quit it if you really want

A physician, Dr Funsho Babawale, on Wednesday urged smokers to make up their minds to quit the habit to reduce health hazards.Babawale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that personal conviction and self-discipline were the best ways to quit smoking.He said that, without self-will, some smokers would continue the habit in spite of therapies, medication and other [...]

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    Senate defers debate on emergency rule

Senate defers debate on emergency rule

The Senate has deferred debate on the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for an extension of  emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.Jonathan had, on Tuesday, asked the Senate to extend the state of emergency in the three states for additional six months.The President argued that the extension is necessary due to continued threats of Boko Haram insurgency in the [...]

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    Bieber the robber?

Bieber the robber?

Pop singer, Justin Bieber, has been accused of attempted robbery, a Los Angeles Police Department official said on Tuesday, following media reports that he had tried to snatch a young woman's mobile telephone.Bieber, 20, has not been arrested or questioned, said LAPD spokeswoman, Rosario Herrera.A spokeswoman for Bieber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Detectives have interviewed the [...]

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US undecided on how best to help Nigeria

By Alex Rogers/TIMETop U.S. officials including Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Dianne Feinstein of the Intelligence Committee are undecided over the most effective way to help Nigeria find more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April as U.S. intelligence support begins but boots on the ground remain off the table.The social media campaign, #BringBackOurGirls, has built [...]

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    Confab committee rejects power rotation in constitution

Confab committee rejects power rotation in constitution

The National Conference Committee on Political Restructuring on Tuesday rejected the suggestion that rotational presidency and governorship should be enshrined in the constitution.Co-Chairman of the committee, Hon. Mukaila Muhammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that rather, political parties should include the provision in their constitutions."Whereas some people wanted that principle to be enshrined in the constitution [...]

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    UN appoints first female peacekeeping force commander

UN appoints first female peacekeeping force commander

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in New York, named Major-Gen. Kristin Lund, as the commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus.The Norwegian commander, the first female to command a UN force, would take over the command with 930 soldiers and 66 police on Aug. 13.Lund, 56, would replace Major Gen Chao Liu from China who has led [...]

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    New York hotel probes video leak of apparent Jay Z family fracas

New York hotel probes video leak of apparent Jay Z family fracas

A New York boutique hotel has said it was investigating how the recording of a security video that purportedly showed rapper Jay Z being attacked by his sister-in-law.The incident which involved R&B singer Solange Knowles was leaked to a website.The video posted by celebrity website TMZ.com, appeared to show the 27-year-old Knowles, younger sister of Beyonce, charging and striking Jay [...]

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    Outrageous Lady can’t go Gaga in Dubai

Outrageous Lady can’t go Gaga in Dubai

A planned Lady Gaga concert in Dubai in September will be censored to respect cultural traditions, the United Arab Emirates daily, Gulf News, reported on Tuesday.Lady Gaga, who is known for her outrageous stunts and provocative costumes, cancelled a concert in Indonesia in 2012 because of security concerns over objections by Islamic groups to her style.The Gulf News quoted Marco [...]

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    Holy Thief: Man imprisoned for stealing tithe

Holy Thief: Man imprisoned for stealing tithe

A Senior Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced one Augustine Bala, to one month of sweeping and cleaning of a church where he stole tithes.The magistrate, Mrs Chinyere Nwacheonwu, handed down the sentence to Bala, 27, of Mpape, when he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.Bala pleaded guilty to the charge and begged for leniency and [...]

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    Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to six-year jail term for corruption

Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to six-year jail term for corruption

Ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years' imprisonment on Tuesday for taking bribes, in a corruption case that resulted in the first criminal conviction of a former head of government in Israel.Olmert, a centrist credited internationally with working towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians, had denied wrongdoing in a real estate deal that took place while he [...]

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    No headway on derivation, resource control at confab

No headway on derivation, resource control at confab

The National Conference Committee on Devolution of Power emerged from a seven-hour closed-door deliberations on Monday without a decision on the twin issues of derivation principle and resource control.The committee could equally not resolve the arguments from different geo-political zones that the onshore-offshore oil dichotomy be reintroduced in states which minerals are located off the coasts.Most of the members declined [...]

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    Obasanjo seeks unconditional release of Chibok girls

Obasanjo seeks unconditional release of Chibok girls

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday condemned the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.He was speaking for the first time on the incident, which has drawn global attention.He appealed to the abductors to release them "without any condition" because the girls were innocent and should not be made to suffer unreasonably.The group [...]

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    500,000 Cameroonians seek resident permits from FG

500,000 Cameroonians seek resident permits from FG

Consul-General of the Republic of Cameroon, Dr. Paul Ekorong a Dong on Monday today urged the federal government to reconsider giving resident permits to Cameroonians in Nigeria.According to Ekorong a Dong, it is imperative for the Nigerian government to consider the plight of many Cameroonian nationals living in Nigeria without resident permits, as there are presently about 500,000 of them.“A higher number [...]

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    Forced into prostitution abroad, Nigerian girls cry for help

Forced into prostitution abroad, Nigerian girls cry for help

Seven Nigerian girls currently stranded in Abidjan have called on the Nigerian embassy in Cote d ‘Ivoire  to assist them in returning their families.Three of the girls — Dele, Rose and Cynthia — said they were brought to the country by three persons. They claimed that they were provided accommodation in a brothel in Sikensi, on the outskirts of Abidjan, and made [...]

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    Courts stops council from further investigating Sanusi

Courts stops council from further investigating Sanusi

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday restrained the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) from further investigating the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.Sanusi had, on March 26, filed a suit through his counsel, Mr Kola Awodehin (SAN), seeking a declaration that the FRCN, constituting itself into an investigating body in a manner [...]

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    Sudanese president undergoes knee surgery

Sudanese president undergoes knee surgery

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir late on Sunday underwent a successful knee surgery in a Khartoum private hospital.Imad Sidahmed, Presidential Palace Press Adviser, said on Monday in Khartoum that the surgery was carried out at the private Royal Care Hospital in Khartoum by a team of Sudanese surgeons.He said that President Bashir was in good health and responding well to treatment.A [...]

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