Arms Importation: Buhari Meets Turkish Leader

By Bayo Bernard High level diplomatic talks are currently on going between the Nigerian government and its Turkish counterpart. The meeting taking place in Ankra, the Turkish capital, the magazine learnt was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had arrived Turkey, yesterday October 18 where he was expected to take part in the 9th summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) tomorrow.. The relations between the two friendly nations have recently been challenged by incessant importation of dangerous arms into the country. Four times within the last eight months…

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Stoichkov Backs Catalonia Independence Referendum

Former Barcelona favourite Hristo Stoichkov on Thursday backed the independence referendum in Catalonia and denounced the violence that marred the banned vote. “The leaders of Catalonia and the people who voted decided that the moment has come to separate and I will back them,” Stoichkov, a Bulgarian, told his country’s public broadcaster BNT. “This is only natural. I’ve lived there for 27 years. I know what they have given me and what I have given them.” Renowned for his sharp tongue, 51-year-old Stoichkov accused the Spanish government of being responsible…

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Senate Says Nigerian Embassies Are Facing Threats From Host Countries

THE Senate, yesterday, raised the alarm that the nation’s diplomatic missions were facing challenges of inability to pay home-based officers allowances, local staff salaries, rent for residences, chanceries and other staff official quarters. According to the Senate, with these myriad of issues and financial woes, the collective and corporate image of Nigeria is suffering at the moment, thereby resulting in the loss of prestige and influence in the comity of nations. It, however, vowed to come up with ways to fix what it described as total mess and embarrassment to…

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Saudi Arabia Appoints First Female Spokeswoman

Saudi Arabia appointed its first female spokesperson at its embassy in Washington, hours after Saudi women were granted the right to drive. “Proud to serve the @SaudiEmbassyUSA as the spokeswoman. I’m grateful for the opportunity, the support, and well wishes,” the spokeswoman, Fatimah Baeshen, wrote on Twitter. Baeshen previously worked at the ministries of labour and economy between 2014 and 2017, according to the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya broadcaster. She also worked as a consultant at the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. On Tuesday, King Salman ordered the Interior…

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Hurricanes, quakes in increasing intensity

Angry nature has continued to ignore the seeming helplessness of the civilized world to protest man’s degradation of the earth surface through hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. This time, the continuous pummeling of the American coastline continues with Hurricane Maria, a tropical storm that moves with increasing anger across the Caribbean. from a category two storm, it continued to increase in intensity until it has currently been designated as Category 5. Puerto Rico saw the fury firsthand in what the governor described as a potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit the…

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Yacob Becomes Singapore First Female President

Singapore got its first female president Wednesday, but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post after authorities decided her rivals did not meet eligibility criteria. It was not the first time in the affluent city-state — which is tightly controlled and has been ruled by the same party for decades — that the…

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The Rage Of Nature

Nature seem to rage at humans as rains unleash flood all over the world with devastating consequences By Uche Mbah Its a monster. It is deadly. It is a Hurricane. Its in a rage. It is Irma. The purr of Irma touched down at the Florida Keys in a rage, battering the Peninsula with 145mph gusts. It flooded downtown Miami, battering the die hard stay-backs-as for example, st. Petersburg, where many refused to leave- after millions were ordered to evacuate.It left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, and according…

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Arms Sale To Nigeria, US Soft Pedals

The United States government soft pedals in the sale of arms to Nigeria, renewing the military  confidence to fight Bokoharam By Stephen Ubanna After several years of behind the scene manourvering , the United States government has finally agreed to sellmilitary  war planes and weapons to the  Nigeria government  to support the military campaign against the terrorist group, Boko Haram , which have ravaged the country over the past 16 years.  This is coming on the heels of the insurgents repeated attacks and killing of soldiers in the south east…

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North Korea and the ‘Fire and fury’ threat by Trump

After diplomatic hide and seek, threats and counter threats, the spectare of nuclear Holocaust has suddenly become real. With recent reports that North Korea has been able to build a nuclear warhead miniaturized enough to fit into the head of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the walls built around the possibility of attack on the United States crumbled into a ruin of uncertainties.With recent United Nations Sanctions stoking more tensions, the question now is no longer if but when the escalating hostilities will result in direct confrontations.On North Korea’s current trajectory,…

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North Korea: Fear Grips Americans

By Bayo Bernard In the event of any preemptive nuclear strike against the United States of America by the North Korea regime what will the President Donald Trump administration do? This is the question now agitating the minds of many Americans as the tension between the two countries escalates. The regime leader Kim Jong-Un has lately threatened to attack Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific. Senior military officials in PENTAGON, United States military arm have been meeting to respond to any threat from the North, sources say. North…

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Neymar Left Barcelona Out Of Respect For Messi

Neymar Sr says his son made the world record €222m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain out of respect for the Blaugrana talisman, Leo Messi. The 25-year-old Neymar Jr last week moved to the Ligue 1 side on a five-year deal reportedly worth €600,000 (£540,000) per week after tax. Though many analysts have opined that the Brazillian left the Nou Camp for the money, his father claimed his son left because he did not want to challenge the status of Messi out of respect for his teammate. Speaking in a…

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Super Cup: Ronaldo Could Line Up Against Manchester

Cristiano Ronaldo could face former employers Manchester United on Tuesday as the Portuguese star has been named in Real Madrid’s Super Cup squad. There were initial doubts over his inclusion as the 32-year-old missed his side’s summer tour of America after he was given an extended break following the Confederations Cup. Ronaldo took to Instagram to say he was ‘looking good’ as he walked through Madrid Airport with his team-mates. Cristiano Ronaldo has finally returned to training with Real Madrid but the defending European champions are set to be without…

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Mourinho Says Neymar’s Deal Isn’t Expensive

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he does not believe the record-shattering 222 million euro ($260 million) transfer fee Paris St Germain are willing to pay for Neymar is expensive. But the Reds boss, speaking after his side beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin in a pre-season friendly, is concerned how the staggering figure will affect future transfers. Mourinho shelled out 105.2 million euros ($111 million) last summer to re-sign their former midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, but the French outfit are poised to double that record to tempt the…

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Klitschko Retires

By Akinwale Kasali Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing – ruling out a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th round by current world champion Joshua t Wembley Stadium in April. Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his rematch clause for a proposed fight in Las Vegas on 11 November. “I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko. The two-time former champion, who held the unified…

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Neymar Off To PSG For 223 Million Euros

Barcelona confirmed Neymar’s wish to leave the Catalan giants on Wednesday but insisted the Brazilian’s 222 million euro ($260m) buyout clause must be paid as his potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer. “Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club,” Barca said in a statement. “The club have informed them that the buyout clause in his contract that from July 1 is 222 million euros must be paid in full.” Such a fee…

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Pyongyang, Trump and drumbeats of war

After fourteen missile tests in one month, North Korea has been able to test missiles that has the capability to reach the coastal areas of the United states of America.This has resulted in the US and South Korea revving up threats, threatening that “military options” are on the table against North Korea.The latest launch of the Intercontinental ballistic Missile now puts even the United States Mainland in danger should Pyongyang decide to become naughty. United states President Trump has reacted by saying that the US will take “all necessary steps”…

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George Weah, 18 Others Run for Liberian Presidency

Twenty candidates will contest presidential elections in Liberia in October, among them a former warlord, a footballer and a fashion model, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down after two terms, the electoral commission said Monday. There is no obvious front-runner to replace the Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf as head of the fragile West African state she was elected to lead in 2005 following a long civil war, one that has left deep scars on its economy and social fabric. Elections for the presidency and House of Representatives take place on October…

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Mbappe’s Root Traced to Nigeria

Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has attracted some of the biggest sides in world football in the last few weeks, making the 18-year-old football’s most courted teenager. The striker took Europe by storm last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his first full season at  senior club level. Mbappe is one of the most sought  after players in the summer transfer market in  Europe. Reports on Tuesday claimed that the teenage sensation has Nigerian origin. Close followers of the emerging striker acknowledge his ability to carve out goals, not…

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Danish Legendary Goalkeeper, Sorensen Retires at 41

Former Denmark international goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen said Monday he is retiring from professional football after a playing career spanning 24 years. A veteran of over 350 matches in the English Premier League with Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City, Sorensen played 101 times for the Danish national team. The 41-year-old ends his career after two seasons with Melbourne City in Australia’s A-League, where he was named the league’s goalkeeper of the year in his first season. “It was a very challenging decision, but after reflecting on my career and my…

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Customs Seize Cocaine Worth $920 Million

Customs officials in Hamburg presented a record haul of 3.8 tonnes of cocaine with a street value of $920m to the media on Thursday. The haul, which originated in South America, was displayed under tight security in a military barracks in the northern port city of Hamburg. The drugs, which were stacked before the press in colourful, shrink-wrapped plastic packages, were seized in three batches during customs operations in Hamburg’s harbour earlier in the year. The haul was the first time several tonnes of class `A’ drugs were seized by German customs.…

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