Afghan defence chiefs resign over attack

    Afghanistan’s defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of a Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened on Friday at an army base near Mazar-e Sharif. Insurgents targeted troops leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque and in a canteen, the army said. It was the Taliban’s deadliest attack on the armed forces since it was removed from power in 2001. The resignations coincided with the arrival of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on an…

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Adeleke’s burial postponed

The burial of Isiaka Adeleke, which was earlier scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, has been postponed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adeleke, a former civilian governor of Osun, died in the earlier hours of Sunday at Biket Hospital in Osogbo. Adeleke’s corpse, which was brought to his residence in Ede at 1:10 p.m. in preparation for the Islamic burial rites, was returned to Ladoke Akintola Hospital in Osogbo for autopsy. The younger brother of the late politician, Deji, ordered for autopsy to be carried out to…

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French election: Le Pen, Macron reach run-off

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, near-final results show. With 96% of votes counted from Sunday’s first round, Macron has 23.9% with Ms Le Pen on 21.4%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted Macron defeating his rival in the run-off. The two fought off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Whoever wins the second round, the voting marks a shift away from the decades-long dominance of leftist and centre-right parties in…

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N’Korea varsity names US detainee

  A North Korean university has named the US citizen detained on Saturday as Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim. The Korean-American lecturer had taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) for several weeks prior to his arrest. The investigation into Kim was for matters “not connected in any way” to the university, PUST said. Kim was arrested just as he was about to leave Pyongyang. Authorities have not yet disclosed the reason, reports the BBC. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, Kim, who is in…

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Venezuelan president calls for talks

  Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called for talks to resume with the opposition. He also said he wanted local elections to take place. His comments came as another large demonstration is planned for Monday after three weeks of tense protests across the country. Demonstrators have been calling for presidential elections due next year to be brought forward and for President Maduro to step down. Last year’s negotiations between the opposition and the government broke down when the opposition accused Maduro of breaking agreements and using the talks to buy…

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B’Haram: FG places 1,000 orphans in foster care

No fewer than 1,000 children who lost their parents to Boko Haram’s insurgency in the North-East have been placed on the Foster Care Programme of Victims Support Fund (VSF). Under the programme, the orphaned children are put in the care of responsible families with the payment of N14,000 monthly to them for each child in order to provide health, education and other essentials for the children. The VSF was inaugurated by the Federal Government to help in the reconstruction of North- East and rehabilitation of victims of insurgency. The Executive…

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N15bn recovery: Osinbajo panel invites Emefiele

Govt officials, contractors to face presidential committee   The presidential investigative panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke, will this week interrogate the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele. The panel, which has 14 days within which to complete its assignment, is expected to question the CBN governor on how the sum of $43 million,…

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