Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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    UN: $1.7trn spent on arms and armies in 2017 – highest since end of Cold War

UN: $1.7trn spent on arms and armies in 2017 – highest since end of Cold War

Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, says the fears of nuclear war are still with humanity, 73 years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs in August 1945.Guterres said countries still spent large sums of money on arms and armies.The UN chief said: “Sadly, 73 years on, fears of nuclear war are still with us.“Millions of people, including here in Japan, live [...]

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    EXTRA: Politician dismantles boreholes after losing election, asks residents to look elsewhere for water

EXTRA: Politician dismantles boreholes after losing election, asks residents to look elsewhere for water

Patrick Okumu-Ringa, a Ugandan politician, has reacted angrily to a defeat in a recent parliamentary by-election.Okumu-Ringa, who lost in the recently concluded Nebbi municipality parliamentary poll, decided to dismantle all the boreholes he had sunk in the area.The boreholes have been supplying water to the residents, free of charge, for the past two decades.Confirming the dismantling, the lawmaker accused his [...]

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    44 people shot in Chicago within 14 hours

44 people shot in Chicago within 14 hours

The police in Chicago say at least 44 people were shot within a space of 14 hours in the city on Sunday.Police records showed that five people were killed in the disturbing incident which began at 1:30am.Fred Waller, chief, Bureau of Patrol, Chicago police department, said: “As you may be aware, the city of Chicago experienced a violent night.“Incidents of [...]

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    FG to repatriate 116 Nigerians stranded in Libyan slave camps

FG to repatriate 116 Nigerians stranded in Libyan slave camps

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, says 116 of the Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya slave camps would soon be repatriated.In statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, her media aide, Dabiri-Erewa said the federal government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have located the detention camps of the Nigerians and offered to bring those willing [...]

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    ‘How my son was radicalised in the university’ — mother of Osama bin Laden speaks

‘How my son was radicalised in the university’ — mother of Osama bin Laden speaks

Alia Ghanem, mother of Osama bin Laden, deceased al-Qaeda leader, says her son was radicalised in the university.Speaking in an interview with UK Guardian, she said her eldest son was brainwashed into extremist ideology.Ghanem said bin Laden was a shy, academically capable boy, who turned into a strong, pious figure while an economics student in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in his [...]

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    Mnangagwa elected Zimbabwe’s president

Mnangagwa elected Zimbabwe’s president

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been announced as the winner of Zimbabwe’s presidential election.The 75-year-old leader polled 50.8 percent of votes as against 44.3 percent polled by his closest challenger Nelson Chamisa.In the final result announced Friday by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Mnangagwa led with 2,460,463 votes while Chamisa trailed with 2,147,437 votes.The opposition has, however, rejected the outcome of the poll, accusing [...]

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    US jails Nigerian-American for cyber fraud

US jails Nigerian-American for cyber fraud

Emeka Ndukwu, 46, a Nigerian-American based in Maryland, has been sentenced to four years in prison for engaging in business e-mail scheme and conspiring to launder more than $900,000 proceeds of scams.In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Ndukwu tricked seven companies in the United States and abroad into wiring more than $900,000 into accounts controlled by [...]

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    Nigerian killed after ‘harassing female worker’ at South African bar

Nigerian killed after ‘harassing female worker’ at South African bar

Chibuzo Nwankwo, a patron of a local bar in Johannesburg, South Africa, was on Friday killed after allegedly harassing a female worker.The Nigerian community in South Africa confirmed the killing, saying the deceased hailed from Enugu state.The community said Nwankwo’s death brings the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa to 121, since January 2016.Habib Miller, publicity secretary of the [...]

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    Security operatives attack anti-Erdogan protesters in South Africa

Security operatives attack anti-Erdogan protesters in South Africa

Protesters under the Turkey Solidarity Network (TSN) were attacked by security operatives at the Turkish embassy in Pretoria South Africa.According to Majesty Mnyandu, interim chairperson of TSN, members of the civic society group were holding a peaceful protest ahead of President Recep Erdogan's visit to South Africa when they were attacked.He lamented that officials of the South African police service were [...]

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    North Korea returns remains of US soldiers

North Korea returns remains of US soldiers

A US military aircraft flew the remains of American servicemen out of North Korea on Friday, a move hailed by the White House as a “positive” step for the fragile detente between the two rivals.The return of the remains — on the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War — marks the partial fulfilment of an agreement reached [...]

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