Qatari jet sits on tarmac in Baghdad as royal hostages await release

A Qatari plane sent to collect 26 kidnapped members of Doha’s ruling family has remained in Baghdad for a fourth day, as a regional deal that ties their release to the evacuation of four besieged Syrian towns resumed earlier this week. The jet, which Iraqi officials suspect was carrying millions of dollars, arrived on Saturday ahead of the group’s expected release, which was later stalled by the bombing the same day of a convoy carrying residents of two Shia towns in northern Syria, Fua and Kefraya, whose fate had been…

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End of Euro era but business as usual for Lahm, Alonso

Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso insisted it’s business as usual despite the ex-Champions League winners making their final European appearances in the quarter-final defeat at Real Madrid. Lahm and Alonso both retire from all football at the end of the season. The veterans said their Champions League farewells at Real’s Bernabeu when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 4-2 quarter-final defeat after extra time. Bayern’s return-leg defeat meant they failed in the bid to reach the semi-finals for the sixth year running and bowed out 6-3 on…

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Troops kill 6 Boko Haram suspects, recover N29,000

  The Nigerian Army has said that its troops on clearance operation in Borno State on Tuesday, killed six suspected Boko Haram elements. In a statement by its spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Army disclosed that a total of N29, 040. 00 was recovered from the body of one of the neutralised suspected insurgents. Usman further disclosed that another operation, had culminated in the rescue of a 36-year-old woman. Among the items recovered during the exercise, according to Usman, were an Ak-47 rifle as well as three bicycles. “Troops…

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SGF, NIA boss’ suspensions: Frank calls for more of such action

  The suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has called for more suspensionS of public office holders alleged to be corrupt, just as he commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a committee to investigate the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Engr. Babachir Lawal. In a statement he issued Wednesday in Abuja, he called on the President to take a step further by sacking all the serving…

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Kukah to EFCC: Be less dramatic in your work

  Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto,  Mathew Hassan Kukah has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to be  less dramatic but more effective in its war against corruption.  Bishop Kukah gave this advice  at the National Anti-money Laundering/ Counter Financing of Terrorism Sensitization seminar which was organised by the Inter-governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) in Kaduna Wednesday.  According to the Bishop: “I think that the agencies concerned should have a less dramatic but more effective way of telling us the…

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INEC begins CVR‎ April 27

  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to begin nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise from April 27. The date was arrive at after a meeting between the commission and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Administrative Secretaries in Abuja on Wednesday. INEC had before now, held consultations‎ with political parties, civil society organisations and the media, to finalise its preparations for the commencement of the exercise. The commission said in a statement after the meeting with RECs that the planned voter‎ registration exercise will take place only on weekdays…

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New smartphone app to replace finger prick diabetes tests

A sensor in the arm may help thousands with diabetes avoid having frequent finger prick tests to help determine their blood sugar level. According to a report published in the ‘mailonline’, the device, called Eversense, is slightly larger than a pill and is implanted under the skin in a fiveminute procedure. It then continuously monitors blood sugar levels from the fluid that bathes cells just below the skin and transmits the data to a smartphone. If blood sugar levels drop too low or are too high, the patient receives an…

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