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Brazil book World Cup berth as Argentina collapse


Brazil’s midfielder Marcelo (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Paraguay during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay ...

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Conflict is necessary in a democracy, says Dogara

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has said the current face-off between the executive and the legislature is normal in democracy. Dogara, who spoke to Senior Editors in Abuja on Wednesday, said the nation stands to benefit from it. According to him, conflicts are a natural ...

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Messi ban unfair, says Barcelona

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Lionel Messi’s four-match international ban for swearing at an assistant referee was “unfair and totally disproportionate”, his Spanish club Barcelona said Wednesday. “FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture between Argentina ...

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Crisis-hit Argentina risk missing World Cup


(L-R) Argentina’s Mateo Mussacchio, Matias Caruzzo (2nd-L) and Ever Banega leave the field after losing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Bolivia in La Paz, on March 28, 2017. JUAN MABROMATA / AFP The world’s top-ranked football nation Argentina risk failing to qualify for the World Cup ...

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Nigeria, Norway rally investors on non-oil export promotion


Director NORAD, Bjorn Holter Eriksen (left); Regional Director, Innovation Norway, Ole Johan Sandvaer; Chairman Nigerian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce( NNCC) ; Chijioke Igwe; Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud; Vice Chairman NNCC, Bertrand Huet; and Director-General (Interim) NNCC, Adebowale Ed Doherty, at the business roundtable held by the Chamber, ...

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Governor locks out SSG, workers for lateness

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Cross River State Governor Senator Ben Ayade Wednesday locked out the staff of Government House including the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) for coming late to work. Ayade, who was said to have arrived earlier than 7:30 am, met his office door locked gave an instruction that the main ...

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Cameron defends referendum call as Brexit launched


(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) accompanied by his wife Samantha arriving to speak to the press in front of 10 Downing street in central London. British Prime Minister Theresa May will formally launch Brexit on March 29, 2017 after ...

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Lagos yet to relocate Mile 12 market 13 months after promise


Thirteen months after the Lagos State Government promised to relocate the Mile 12 market, the government has yet to complete work on its new site in Ikorodu. The Mile 12 Market is currently situated at the Ikosi-Isheri axis of Lagos-Ikorodu Road in Kosofe Local Government Area. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had ...

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Britain launches EU exit process


European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (L) and European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt address a press conference after Britain initiated the process to leave the EU at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 29, 2017. Britain launched the process to leave the European Union on March 29, saying ...

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‘We already miss you,’ EU’s Tusk tells Britain


EU president Donald Tusk said the bloc already misses Britain but would act as one to defend its interests after London triggered the two-year exit process on Wednesday. “What can I add to this? We already miss you. Thank you and goodbye,” Tusk said in Brussels after receiving a letter ...

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Jeb Bush to Trump: ‘Stop saying things that aren’t true’


Jeb Bush has some advice for his onetime rival President Donald Trump: “Stop saying things that aren’t true.” Trump’s unsuccessful rival for the Republican presidential nomination says the new tenant in the White House has made “some really good appointments” and acted “decisively” on rolling back regulations — but he ...

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Witness explains how Dokpesi got N2.1b from ONSA


A prosecution witness, Mrs Zainab Kokobili, on Wednesday told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that Raymond Dokpesi, received N2.1billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Kokobili, the third prosecution witness to testify in Dokpesi’s trial, confirmed that the money was paid on four different occasions from the ...

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Senate suspends Ndume for six months


The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday suspended former majority leader Senator Ali Ndume for six months for not ‘making due diligence’ before asking the upper chamber to investigate both the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye. Ndume’s suspension followed the adoption of a ...

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Jacob Zuma attacked at anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada funeral


The funeral of celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada on Wednesday was transformed into a rally against President Jacob Zuma, who had been barred from the event. The family of the African National Congress stalwart, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white minority rule who ...

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Lagos State tops the list of indebted states in Nigeria


According to the latest statistics released by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI,Lagos State topped the list of indebted states followed by Delta, Osun and Akwa Ibom State. The debt burden of the 36 states, according to NEITI, rose to over N3.342 trillion at the end of 2016. According ...

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President Buhari submits ministerial list to senate


President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of two new ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. A source close to the Senate told NAN that the letter arrived the Senate late Tuesday. The source revealed that the two nominees are from Kogi and Gombe state. Our correspondent gathered that the ...

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