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    Metro 18 killed by Nigeria security forces over virus lockdown: rights body - SFP

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    Business Nigeria's passport remains in 95th place in the Henley Passport Index; countries have not eased travel curbs - AFP

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    Zimbabwe legalises cannabis for medical, scientific use – Punch Newspapers

    Zimbabwe has legalised production of cannabis for medicinal or scientific use, according to new regulations seen by AFP Saturday. A statutory instrument entitled Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific Use Regulations, said prospective producers can apply to the health ministry for...
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    Sports Argentine president to cheer Messi against Nigeria – Vanguard News

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Tuesday he hoped to be in Russia to watch matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off this summer in 11 cities across the country. “I hope to come to the world football championship together with my daughter Antonia,” Macri told journalists...
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    Sports Italian Player, Giovanni Liberti, Gets 5-game Ban For Urinating on Pitch

    An Italian footballer who was banned for five matches for urinating towards rival fans will appeal the decision, his club said on Thursday. Giovanni Liberti, a 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Serie D side FC Turris, has denied the offence during last Sunday’s game against rivals Sarnese...
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    Metro Nigeria Begins Secret Trials of Boko Haram Suspects

    The first in a series of trials of more than 6,600 people, accused of being members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, has opened in Nigeria. The trials are being held in secret by civilian court judges at a military facility in north-central Kainji town. A government source involved in...
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    Metro Boko Haram Launches Surprise Attack On Nigerian Army, Kills 7 Soldiers

    At least eight Nigerian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on Friday, sources said, highlighting the Islamist group's capacity to strike despite government claims it is seriously weakened. Troops heading to the town of Dikwa came under attack at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) at Ajirin...
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    World Gambia Kills Dog That Bite Barrow's Son To Death Amidst Witchcraft Rumours

    A dog that killed the son of Gambian President Adama Barrow has been put down, an agriculture ministry source said, with mystery over the circumstances sparking witchcraft rumours amid political turmoil in the country. Eight-year-old Habibou, one of Barrow’s five children, died after the attack...
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    Business ExxonMobil Records Big Drop In 4Q Earnings Over Low Oil Prices

    ExxonMobil recorded a big drop in fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday, as low oil and natural prices continued to weigh on results. Net income in the fourth-quarter plunged 39.6 percent to $1.7 billion, while full year earnings fell by more than half to $7.8 billion. Results also were marred by a...
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    World Morocco Offers Yahya Jammeh A 'Golden Opportunity'

    Morocco has offered The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh a golden opportunity asylum in return for accepting election defeat and stepping down, a local news website reported on Tuesday. Recall that Nigerian Bulletin reported that the House of Representatives in Nigeria had voted to grant the...
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    World Saudi Arabia Carries Out First Execution In 2017

    Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most prolific executioners, on Tuesday carried out its first death sentence of the year, after more than 150 in 2016. Authorities put Mamdouh al Anzi to death following his conviction for shooting dead another Saudi in a dispute, the interior ministry said. He...
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    World 5 Nigerian Judges Hired By Jammeh To Shun Supreme Court Sitting

    Nigerian judges reportedly hired by Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh, to help him with election case won't be going to Banjul, The Gambian city for the Supreme Court sitting. A Nigerian and Gambian legal experts told AFP on Monday that although five Nigerian judges and one from Sierra Leone had...
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    World India: Couple Beaten To Death Over Witchcraft Allegations

    A mob beat to death an elderly couple accused of witchcraft in eastern India, police said Saturday, the second such killing in the region in two weeks. Three people have been arrested over the lynching, police said, adding that the couple, both in their late sixties, had been suspected of using...
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    Politics Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka Fulfils Promise, Destroys Green Card

    Nigerian Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka said he has fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election. Prof. Soyinka told AFP on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg...
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    Metro Boko Haram Leader, Skehau Sends Message to Donald Trump

    The leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram has reacted to the election of Donald Trump to the White House with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West. “Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan...
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    World New Group Surface, Threatens Attacks in Niger

    A new armed group has threatened to launch attacks in the uranium-rich west African country of Niger to protest against the marginalisation of the minority Toubou population. The arid country, one of the world’s poorest, is facing attacks from Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists and other groups...
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    World Islamic State Leader, Abu Duaa al-Ansari, Killed in Egypt Airstrike

    An Islamic State leader has been killed in a series of airstrikes, according to Egypt’s military. Abu Duaa al-Ansari, who the country identifies as the forerunner of a group calling itself Sinai Province, died after the attack near Arish, along with 45 other Islamist fighters. In 2014, an...
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    Business Crude Oil Prices Regain Strength

    World oil prices gained strength Friday from six straight sessions of losses, as investors eyed rising global equities and increasing risk appetite on receding Brexit concerns, dealers said. At about 1100 GMT, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in August was up 99 cents at $48.18 a barrel. US...
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    Business Crude Oil Prices Dip on Stronger Dollar

    Crude prices dipped further in Asia on Friday on a stronger dollar, dampening a rally that saw the commodity hit 11-month highs earlier in the week. The losses were in line with a sell-off on equities markets from Asia to the Americas fuelled by worries about the state of the global economy...
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    Metro Chibok Vice-Principal Reacts to Rescued School Girl

    The rescue of two of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years has thrown global attention onto Amina Ali and Luka. “She was completely changed. She had become very thin and awkward,” Blamadu...
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