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LAWMA’s truck catches fire near filling station


There was panic in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State on Tuesday after a PSP truck of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency went up in flames close to a filling station. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident, which happened around 2pm, could have been worse, but for the ...

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Anxiety, tears, as Lagos shuts Ladipo Market


IT was frustration, anger and tears at the Ladipo Spare Parts Market yesterday as traders scampered to salvage the little wares they could find following the demolition of some of their shops and the eventual shutting of the market by “officials of Mushin local council. The officials claimed that the ...

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Okonjo-Iweala denies ‘unauthorised spending’ of $2.1b ECA fund


FORMER Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has described the allegation by some governors that $2.1 billion was frittered away from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without authorisation as a clear vendetta and witch-hunting exercise. In a statement issued yesterday by her media aide, ...

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UN: South Sudan Army Said to Have Sexually Abused, Burned Girls Alive


South Sudanese armed forces and associated groups reportedly embarked on a “campaign of violence” against its own population, killing civilians, looting villages and, in some instances, sexually abusing women and girls and then burning them alive in their own homes. The allegations are contained in a new report released today ...

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In first, IS beheads two Syria women for ‘sorcery’: monitor


Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in eastern Syria accused of “witchcraft and sorcery”, a monitor said Tuesday, in the jihadists’ first decapitations of female civilians. The extremist group has become infamous for gruesome executions and mass killings, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

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Okonjo-Iweala spent $2.1bn without approval, says FG

World Bank Managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (R) addresses media at a press conference in Colombo on December 18, 2010. The World Bank said it has opened another lending window for Sri Lanka thanks to the improved credit worthiness of the war-ravaged island. The Washington-based bank's Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced that the island will be eligible to borrow from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an arm of the World Bank. AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI

The National Economic Council, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday accused a former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of spending $2.1bn from the Excess Crude Account without authorisation. “We looked at the numbers for the Excess Crude Account. ...

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SHOCKING: See New Born Baby Looks As Old As 70yrs Old-Man


Stumble over this on social media, precisely facebook. The new born baby reportedly born at west zone Maharashtra, India. Newly born baby in west zone Maharashtra looks as old man, mother refuse to feed!! According to report, the mother of the weird baby scared and refused to feed her. Credits: ...

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US gay marriage ruling unleashes debate in Russia


Moscow (AFP) – The US Supreme Court’s move to legalise gay marriages triggered heated debate in Russia on Sunday, with one MP saying Facebook should be blocked while a senator urged the adoption of the US army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In a show of support for the US ...

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French police escort suspect in beheading to his home

The suspect in the beheading of a businessman, Yassine Salhi, a towel over his head to mask his face, is escorted by police officers as they leave his home in Saint-Priest, outside the city of Lyon, central France, Sunday, June 28, 2015. A security official tells The Associated Press the move to his home aims to find his passport, to determine if he traveled abroad. The suspect allegedly crashed a truck into a U.S.-owned chemical warehouse on Friday, setting off an explosion, and hung his employer's head on the factory's gate. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

SAINT-PRIEST, France (AP) — Police investigators wearing masks escorted a man accused of a beheading to his home in southeastern France on Sunday, searching for a possible international link to the killing after he sent a photo of the victim to a contact in Syria, a security official said. Yassine ...

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Kuwait to bury victims of IS mosque bombing


Kuwait is to hold a mass funeral on Saturday for 26 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. The interior ministry said in a statement early Saturday that 26 people and the bomber were killed and 227 others wounded in ...

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Philippine Church stands firm against gay marriage


The leadership of the Philippines’ dominant Roman Catholic church stressed its opposition to legalising gay marriage on Sunday despite last week’s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The Philippine government meanwhile affirmed that under its law, marriage is still between a man and a woman and only an act ...

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Sierra Leone announces new curfew to halt Ebola


An Ebola health worker wearing protective equipment gives to drink to an Ebola young patient at Kenama treatment center run by the Red cross Society on November 15, 2014  An Ebola health worker wearing protective equipment gives to drink to an Ebola young patient at Kenama treatment center run by ...

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Bus Carrying British Children Crashes in Belgium; 1 Dead


A bus carrying British schoolchildren went off a highway and overturned near the Belgian coast on Sunday, killing one adult chaperone and injuring the driver and some of the children, officials said. Belgian highway authorities said the vehicle apparently went out of control, struck a bridge pillar on the E40 ...

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Boko Haram: 277 soldiers languish in Jos detention facility


More than 277 soldiers arrested for various offences in the ongoing war against insurgency by Boko Haram in the North-East are currently languishing at the Maxwell Khobe cantonment, Rukuba Barracks detention facility of the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, Plateau State. SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the ...

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Traders protest Boko Haram prisoners’ transfer to Anambra

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Commercial activities were paralysed on Saturday in Anambra State following protests by traders across the state. The traders, who closed their shops as early as 9am in major cities of Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and Agulu, took to the streets protesting what they termed plan by the Federal Government to ...

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Tanker explosions kill six, injure 16 in Edo, Kebbi


No fewer than six people, including a middle-aged driver, died on Saturday in Edo and Kebbi states when two tankers laden with petrol crashed and exploded. The crashes also left no fewer than 16 people seriously wounded and about 12 houses razed by the inferno. The Edo crash, which killed ...

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