Pope Francis takes Stronger Actions on Child Abuse in the Vatican

Pope Francis on Friday issued new directives to prevent child sexual abuse within the Vatican City State, as had been promised after February’s anti-abuse summit. The pontiff released three documents in total: a “motu proprio” apostolic letter, plus a law and guidelines covering the territory of the Vatican, the world’s smallest nation. The package, valid[...]

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FG approves execution of many Power Projects – Fashola

The Federal Government has approved the execution of several power projects aimed at achieving more improvement in electricity distribution in the country. Fashola said principal among the approvals, received from the Federal Executive Council meetings on memos presented by him, was that for Aso Villa to benefit from the Eligible Customer Policy. He said the[...]

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Germany extends weapons embargo on Saudi Arabia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has extended a weapons embargo on Saudi Arabia for six months, resolving a dispute in the ruling coalition over European defence projects. The halt to weapons deliveries will run until September 30 and no new contracts would be permitted during that time frame, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in an[...]

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FIRS Discovers 55,000 Tax Defaulters, as Fowler gives indication of VAT increase

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has disclosed that it recently discovered not less than 55,000 tax defaulters from the bank accounts substitution initiative that it embarked upon earlier this year. The Chairman of the Service, Babatunde Fowler, made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ forum and the official presentation of the ‘Nigerian Tax Outlook 2019,’[...]

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PDP’s Fintiri wins Adamawa Guber Elections

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s Fintiri has been declared winner of the Adamawa Guber elections.   It has been a sensational outcome for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday thursday as its candidate in the Adamawa State governorship tussle, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, finally subdued the incumbent governor, Alhaji Jubrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC),[...]

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Google is suspended from Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ equality index for failing to remove controversial gay conversion therapy app from Play Store

Google has been suspended from a top LGBTQ rights organization's corporate equality index after it failed to remove a controversial gay conversion therapy app from its Play Store. The Human Rights Campaign issued its annual corporate equality index on Thursday and notably omitted the search giant from its rankings, citing the ongoing presence of a conversion therapy app on its[...]

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Saudi Arabia begins releasing women activists after arrest, torture and detention since last year for crimes such as ‘women applying to UN for job’

Saudi Arabia has released three out of 11 women arrested last year in a sweeping crackdown on activists, after the group testified yesterday about the torture they suffered at the hands of interrogators.   The detainees are facing charges related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats, with one woman - Loujain[...]

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IMF warns that the Eurozone is ‘not resilient enough’ to weather another economic crisis- advises a common deposit insurance and capital market

The eurozone is in better financial shape than a decade ago, but still not solid enough to withstand another economic crisis, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told a Paris conference that the currency union 'is not resilient enough' to emerge unscathed from 'unexpected economic storms'.[...]

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Buhari Launches Micro Pension Plan for self employed Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the Micro Pension Plan and assured Pensioners of regular payment of their entitlements. The President on Thursday assured Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to pension payment despite the lean resources of government. He stated this during the launch of a micro pension plan at the Presidential Villa in[...]

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Venezuelan gov’t bars Guaido from public office for 15 years

The Venezuelan government yesterday Thursday said it has barred opposition leader Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years, though the National Assembly leader brushed off the measure and said it would not derail his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The announcement by state comptroller Elvis Amoroso, a close Maduro ally, cited alleged[...]

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Trump orders FBI, Justice Department to review Jussie Smollett Case, describes it an embarrassment

President Trump said he has asked federal law-enforcement agencies to investigate the Jussie Smollett case, while Chicago sent the actor a letter seeking $130,000 in overtime for detectives who worked on the case—and threatened legal action for untimely payment. The Wall Street Journal reports that earlier this week, prosecutors dropped 16 charges alleging the actor had staged a[...]

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Theresa May makes Desperate Moves to Sign Brexit Deal Before Quitting!

Prime Minister Theresa May will make a last-ditch attempt to push through her Brexit deal on Friday after a series of votes in the U.K. Parliament showed that political deadlock is as strong as ever. Here's the lowdown on what just happened and what could happen next. What just happened? Members of Parliament voted Wednesday[...]

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Iceland Airline Wow Air, Collapses, Cancels All Flights

Iceland's low cost carrier Wow Air has canceled all flights and told passengers to book with other airlines. Its website has a travel alert that begins: "Wow Air has ceased operation. All Wow Air flights have been canceled." The alert said people who wanted to travel should now look for "so-called rescue fares" which may[...]

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Minister of finance says Nigeria will introduce new taxes to increase revenue

The federal government has concluded plans to increase revenue by introducing new taxes, Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, told lawmakers on Wednesday. Premium Times gather that Mrs Ahmed spoke at the public hearing on the 2019 budget organised by the Senate and House of Representatives committees on appropriation. The minister said the federal government has[...]

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Emefiele- CBN to Reintroduce Cashless Policy Nationwide

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has unveiled plan to extend the cashless policy nationwide almost two years after the policy was halted.   Emefiele said all necessary structures have been put in place to improve banking services in the country.   He made this remark Wednesday during the First[...]

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