Friday, October 20, 2017

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    US embassy trains journalist on investigative, data journalism

US embassy trains journalist on investigative, data journalism

The United States embassy in Nigeria has organised a workshop to train Nigerian journalists in investigative and data journalism.Kathleen Struck, digital managing editor at the Voice of America (VOA) , and Jeffery Young, senior analyst and investigative journalist at VOA, facilitated the two-day workshop which held in Lagos.Twenty-five journalists cross the country attended the training themed 'Basic Tools for Investigative [...]

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    US ‘must declare Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist’

US ‘must declare Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist’

The US embassy in Nigeria has been taken before a federal high court in Abuja for saying it does not view the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.Russel Brooks, the embassy's spokesman, had said IPOB is not a terrorist organisation under US laws.In a suit filed before the court, one Nze Charles Ugwu, through his lawyer, Simon [...]

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    US withdraws from UNESCO over ‘anti-Israel bias’

US withdraws from UNESCO over ‘anti-Israel bias’

The United States has announced its plan to withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) over “anti-Israel bias”.Heather Nauert, state department spokeswoman, who disclosed this on Thursday, said Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s outgoing director-general, had been informed of the decision.“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in [...]

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    Minister flown abroad for medical treatment

Minister flown abroad for medical treatment

Anthony Anwukah, minister of state for education, has been flown to the US for medical treatment.Adamu Adamu, minister of education, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.He, however, did not reveal the ailment Anwukah is being treated for.“Please permit me to ask us to say a minute prayer for the minister of state who is away in [...]

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    IPOB: Protesters ask US to respect Nigeria’s sovereignty

IPOB: Protesters ask US to respect Nigeria’s sovereignty

Protesters from various civil society organisations stormed the US embassy in Abuja on Thursday to register their displeasure over the opposition to the declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.Russell Brooks, spokesman of the embassy, had said under US laws, IPOB is not a terrorist group.But Richard Augustine, national coordinator of Stand Up for Peace [...]

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    ‘US must not have double standards for terrorists’

‘US must not have double standards for terrorists’

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET), a civil society group, has condemned the refusal of the United State government to recognise the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.During the weekend, Rusell Brooks, spokesman for the American embassy in Nigeria, said his country would not categorise IPOB as a terrorist organisation.CESJET wondered why Rusell would make [...]

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    US: IPOB not a terrorist organisation to us

US: IPOB not a terrorist organisation to us

The US embassy in Nigeria says it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation.On Wednesday, the federal high court, Abuja, declared IPOB a terrorist organisation after the Nigerian army and south-eastern governors proscribed activities of the group.Thereafter, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of federation, said the federal government would gazette the court order proscribing IPOB.Although the court [...]

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    Femi Adesina: Buhari to transit through London on US trip

Femi Adesina: Buhari to transit through London on US trip

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave for New York on Sunday to join other world leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, said  “President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country”.Buhari returned to the country from the UK, where he received [...]

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    Thousands of Nigerian children at risk of deportation from US

Thousands of Nigerian children at risk of deportation from US

Thousands of Nigerian children in the US face possible deportation following the repealing of the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) policy by the country's president Donald Trump.DACA is an American immigration policy set up by the Barack Obama administration in 2012. It has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.Thousands of Nigerian children immigrants [...]

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    CC: When will Trump see the light?

CC: When will Trump see the light?

From the apocalyptic Hurricane Harvey in Texas to lately the hellish wildfire in Los Angeles, these are surely agonizing moments for the United States. In a rather dazingly rapid succession, the two natural disasters, the worst in half a century, have forced America's second and fourth largest cities to their knees, exacting heavy human toll and incalculable material loss.In Texas, [...]

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    Hakeem Olajuwon donates $150,000 to vicitms of Hurricane Harvey

Hakeem Olajuwon donates $150,000 to vicitms of Hurricane Harvey

Hakeem Olajuwon, a US-based Nigerian sportsman, has announced the donation of $150,000 to victims of Hurricane Harvey.Houston, America's fourth most populous city, has been ravaged by flooding, which rendered thousands homeless, while offices have remained closed.Harvey is said to be likely one of the costliest storms in US history.Olajuwon, a basketball player, has spent about 17 years of his NBA career [...]

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    US probes Chinese oil firm over ‘$100m bribe paid to Nigerians’

US probes Chinese oil firm over ‘$100m bribe paid to Nigerians’

US authorities are investigating China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation known as Sinopec over an alleged $100 million bribe paid to some Nigerian officials.According to Bloomberg, the bribe was aimed at resolving a $4 billion business dispute between the company’s Addax petroleum unit in Geneva and the Nigerian government.The dispute is said to be related to drilling and other capital costs, tax breaks and a [...]

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    Finally, US sells $593m warplanes to Nigeria

Finally, US sells $593m warplanes to Nigeria

The US has sold warplanes and weapons worth $593m to Nigeria.According to Reuters, the Pentagon notified the US Congress on Monday of the sale to Nigeria of 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons.The Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s EmbraeThe news agency said the move [...]

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    US working with Nigeria to repatriate loot stashed abroad, says Osinbajo

US working with Nigeria to repatriate loot stashed abroad, says Osinbajo

The Muhammadu Buhari administration has reached out to the US government to increase its assistance in ensuring that corrupt officials do not get a safe haven abroad for their loot, Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president, said on Monday.Osinbajo, who said this during the visit of a US congressional delegation to the presidential villa, said both countries were working on a [...]

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    NCC: Nigeria ranks third in global internet crimes

NCC: Nigeria ranks third in global internet crimes

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says Nigeria currently ranks third globally in cyber crimes behind the UK and the US.Umar Danbatta, chief executive officer of NCC, disclosed this on Tuesday at the ongoing 2017 annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.Danbatta, at a breakout session with the sub-theme: 'The Business of Cyber Law, Internet Policy and [...]

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    FLASHBACK: How White House rodent ‘disrupted’ Obama’s press conference

FLASHBACK: How White House rodent ‘disrupted’ Obama’s press conference

On Tuesday, Nigerians were shocked to hear that rodents invaded President Muhammadu Buhari's office while he was in the UK.Garba Shehu, Buhari's spokesman, was quoted to have said: “Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units.”A “national embarrassment”, some say -- but wait. On May 21, [...]

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