Europa League: Late Rashford strike takes United to semis

Marcus Rashford scored in extra time to send Manchester United through to the Europa League semi-finals at the expense of Anderlecht. After the first leg ended 1-1, Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United ahead on the night and in the tie with a low drive. Sofiane Hanni equalised with a close-range finish before United missed several chances during normal time. But Rashford sent United into the last four when he swept home to seal a 3-2 aggregate win, reports the BBC. EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS Besiktas 2 – 1 Lyon (Agg 3-3) AET…

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Policeman killed in Paris shooting

A major security operation is underway in the Champs Elysees One policeman has been killed and a second wounded in a shooting in central Paris, police say. Some reports say a gunman who fired on them has been shot dead. The Champs Elysees, where the shooting occurred, has been sealed off. France goes to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the presidential election, reports the BBC. Jihadism is a major issue in the vote after attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State.

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Russia Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist

Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses was an “extremist” organisation and must hand over all its property to the state, Russian news agencies reported. Interfax News Agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights. “We will do everything possible.” he said. Russian authorities have put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organisation that destroys families, fosters hatred…

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Supersand Eagles off to Bahamas for FIFA World Cup

Nigeria’s Supersand Eagles will fly out of the country on Thursday night to participate in the 9th FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals, taking place in Nassau, capital of The Bahamas, April 27 – May 7. The African vice champions will be led by Coach Audu Adamu, with a playing body that boasts highly experienced Isiaka Olawale, Ogbonnaya Okemiri, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Abu Azeez, Victor Tale and goalkeeper Godwin Anyalogu, as well as upcoming but talented and fearless Godspower Igudia, Emeka Ogbonna, Emmanuel Owhoferia and Suleiman Mohammed. Eight of the players…

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Amosun, Dickson, Soyinka, monarchs seek better deal for tourism

18-feet drum unveiled as African Drums Festival begins Amidst pomp and encomium, the African Drums Festival kicked off Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, with the Federal Government vowing to explore the fiesta for the promotion of unity among the black race. The event, being hosted by the state government, attracted drumming troupes and other contingents from different parts of Nigeria and the African continent. Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson were in attendance while Governors Rochas Okorocha, Abiola Ajimobi and Aminu…

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Justice Ngwuta arraigned before CCT, granted bail

The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on mostly charges of false asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja. He pleaded not guilty to the amended eight counts preferred against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. Shortly after the defendant took his plea, his lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), applied orally that the Justice of the apex court be granted bail in self-recognizance. The request was not opposed by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr….

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NNPC to commercialise 52 Hospitals

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has put its 52 clinics and hospitals across the country into public use for profit making. The hospitals and clinics, which were meant for staff of the Corporation would now be opened to the staff of other oil companies and other interested persons, according to the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru. According to the statement from the NNPC spokesperson, Ndu Ughmadu, the decision of the Corporation to diversify into the health sector was in line with the Corporation’s stand to stay afloat as…

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