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    South Africa legalises marijuana use

South Africa legalises marijuana use

South Africa’s constitutional court has decriminalised the private use of marijuana.The ruling came after a provincial high court in 2017 held that the use of cannabis in private space should be allowed because laws against it were inconsistent with the country’s constitution.The state appealed to the constitutional court, which upheld the high court’s findings.“It will not be a criminal offence [...]

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    US court jails Nigerian accused of running global email scam

US court jails Nigerian accused of running global email scam

A Manhattan federal court in New York has sentenced Onyekachi Emmanuel Opara to five years in prison for participating in business email compromise scams.According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the southern district of New York, made the announcement.FBI said the sentence was based upon Opara’s participation in fraudulent business email compromise scams [...]

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    Saraki, Obasanjo join world leaders at Kofi Annan’s funeral

Saraki, Obasanjo join world leaders at Kofi Annan’s funeral

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, ex-military head of state, and Senate President Olusegun Obasanjo were among the Nigerian leaders who paid final respect to Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, in Ghana  on Thursday.Annan died after a brief illness in Switzerland on August 18. He was aged of 80.Antonio Guterres, current UN secretary-general, attended the funeral. He described Annan [...]

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    20,336 people murdered in S’Africa in one year

20,336 people murdered in S’Africa in one year

Bheki Cele, South African minister of police, has disclosed that 20,336 murders were recorded in the country from 2017 to 2018 period.According to NAN, Cele said South Africa is close to being a war zone while commenting on the trend."Never again can we come here to give such statistics. It cannot be that South Africans are put under such fear, such [...]

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    ‘I just grabbed and kissed her’ — Mugabe opens up on love affair with Grace

‘I just grabbed and kissed her’ — Mugabe opens up on love affair with Grace

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has spoken on how he started his romance with his then secretary Grace, while his Ghanaian wife Sally was dying.In a report by New Zimbabwe, Mugabe revealed that he one day just grabbed and kissed Grace Marufu, marking the beginning of their affair.The now 95-year-old former Zimbabwean leader was speaking at the funeral of Grace’s [...]

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    China outlaws Zion Church

China outlaws Zion Church

Beijing authorities have banned Zion Church, one of the largest unofficial Protestant churches in the city and confiscated “illegal promotional materials”, amid a deepening crackdown on China’s “underground” churches.The church had for years operated with relative freedoms, hosting hundreds of worshippers every weekend in an expansive specially renovated hall in north Beijing.But since April, after they rejected requests from authorities [...]

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    Jubilation as India lifts 157-year-old ban on gay sex

Jubilation as India lifts 157-year-old ban on gay sex

"Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates fundamental rights. "The constitution is a living organic document; pragmatic interpretation has to be given to combat rigorous inequality and injustice."Social morality cannot be used to violate the fundamental rights of even a single individual; constitutional morality cannot be martyred at the altar of social morality."The verdict sparked celebrations among members of the [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Fighting climate change can add $26trn to global economy

Okonjo-Iweala: Fighting climate change can add $26trn to global economy

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, co-chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, says fighting climate change can add $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030.The former Nigerian minister of finance said addressing climate change issues could generate more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs and avoid more than 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution.Speaking at the 2018 Global Commission [...]

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    US-based Nigerian parents arrested after son dies during fasting

US-based Nigerian parents arrested after son dies during fasting

Kehinde Omosebi and Titilayo, his wife, have been arrested by the Reedsburg police department in Wisconsin, US, following the death of their 15-year old son.Ayanfe, their teenage son, was found dead in the family house and another child, an 11-year old was hospitalised following what the father described as a week-long religious fast.According to Wisconsin State Journal, the 49-year old [...]

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    Berlin conference pledges $2.5bn for Boko Haram war

Berlin conference pledges $2.5bn for Boko Haram war

The international donor conference on Boko Haram has pledged $2.52 billion to help countries in the Lake Chad Basin in the fight against insurgency.The conference, currently holding in Berlin, Germany, made the pledge on Monday.Germany’s foreign ministry said the aid will be disbursed “in the coming years” to Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, where Boko Haram insurgents have continued to [...]

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