Ex-Juve striker and 1968 European champion Anastasi dies, aged 71

Former Juventus striker Pietro Anastasi, who scored in Italy’s 1968 European Championship final victory over Yugoslavia, has died at the age of 71, the Turin club announced Friday. “Today is a sad day for Juventus, Italian football and for all those who knew him. Pietro Anastasi has left us at the age of 71,” said[...]

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‘Satanic’ group tortures pregnant woman, six children to death

A pregnant woman and five of her children are among seven people who have been killed in a suspected exorcism in Panama. The victims, who were from an indigenous community, were rounded up by 10 lay preachers before being tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent for their sins”. Police managed[...]

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Buhari: I hope I can hand over to my successor quietly

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the wish for the 2023 presidential election to be conducted without hitches so he can hand over peacefully to whoever succeeds him. Buhari spoke at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition on Thursday in Abuja. Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as[...]

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Buhari, Security Chiefs in closed-door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with Security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting is holding a few hours to the take-off time of the President to London, the United Kingdom where he will be attending the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit. The meeting is believed to be the routine security[...]

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Number of suicides in Japan hits record low

The number of suicides in Japan fell to a record low in 2019, the government said Friday, as the country tackles one of the world’s highest suicide rates. Preliminary data released by the health ministry showed 19,959 people died by suicide in 2019, a 4.2 percent drop for the country of 127 million people. Seventy[...]

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Court affirms Ifeanyi Ubah’s sack from Senate

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Kubwa, on Friday, declined to set-aside its judgement that nullified the election of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Peoples Party, YPP, for allegedly using a forged National Examination Council, NECO, certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in Anambra South on February 23,[...]

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Inflation hits 11.98% — highest in 19 months

The consumer price index, which measures inflation, stood at 11.98% in December 2019. This is 0.13 percentage points higher than the 11.85% recorded in November. This is the highest point the index has reached in 19 months. “On month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by 0.85 percent in December 2019, this is 0.17 percentage points[...]

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Mighty Bucks pull out close win over surging Celtics

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks made the right plays down the stretch to avenge an earlier loss to the Boston Celtics with a 128-123 victory on Thursday. Alone by a comfortable margin atop the Eastern Conference, the Bucks came out quickly in the first quarter by opening a[...]

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Blackout as TCN suffers first system collapse in 2020

THE nation was yesterday thrown into darkness as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) suffered the first major system collapse, resulting from poor and obsolete infrastructure. System collapse is witnessed when a system disturbance occurs with the grid not being able to withstand the disturbance, which usually leads to a blackout or abnormally low voltage[...]

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EFCC to strengthen existing collaboration with NYSC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reiterated its commitment to strengthen the existing synergy with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in combating crimes in the country. The Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, made this known when he visited the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim. This was contained in[...]

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Comedy now one of Nigeria’s major exports – Shete

An Ibadan based-comedian, Olakunle Akinsete, popularly known as Shete, says comedy is now a major export in Nigeria. Shete told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that comedy is one of Nigeria’s greatest assets. “Nigerian comedians are representing and flying the Nigerian flag all around the world. “We are well recognised and appreciated[...]

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Miyetti Allah: South-west may lose 2023 presidency because of ‘Amotekun’

The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore has asked south-west governors to give up “Amotekun”, a regional security outfit. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had declared the security outfit as "illegal" but Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, insisted that the region would go ahead with the initiative. In an interview with The PUNCH, Alhassan Saleh,[...]

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I have 39 more prophecies, says Mbaka

The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, says there are 39 more prophecies of his that will come to pass in 2020. Mbaka said this in a statement while reacting to the removal of the Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, by the Supreme Court and the inauguration of Senator Hope[...]

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Iran crown prince predicts regime will collapse within months

The heir of Iran’s deposed monarchy predicted Wednesday that the clerical regime will collapse within months and urged Western powers not to negotiate with it. Reza Pahlavi said that major protests which erupted in November and again this month, after the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet, reminded him of the uprising that ousted[...]

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2021 AFCON to be played at start of year, say hosts Cameroon

The Africa Cup of Nations will revert to its former time slot of January and February for the next edition in 2021, hosts Cameroon said on Wednesday. The tournament’s organising committee, as well as the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot), revealed that the tournament will be played from January 9 to February 6, 2021 after a[...]

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We are going ahead with Amotekun – Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, says the constitution does not prohibit the establishment of a regional security outfit. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had declared the outfit illegal, saying security is an exclusive preserve of the federal government. But in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday, Akeredolu, chairman of the south-west governors’[...]

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Mbaka present as Uzodinma is sworn in as Imo governor

Ejike Mbaka, a Catholic priest in Enugu, was present at the swearing-in of Hope Uzodinma as governor of Imo state on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the supreme court declared Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected governor of Imo, effectively removing Emeka Ihedioha as the chief executive officer of the state. Uzodinma[...]

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U.S., China sign ‘Phase One’ trade deal as tensions ease

The U.S. and China signed a so-called ‘Phase One’ deal on Wednesday thus putting on hold a trade war between the two economic giants but leaves in place massive tariffs on Beijing’s goods while also sidestepping some of the thorniest issues. The trade war has roiled world markets and slowed global growth over the past[...]

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Insecurity: Katsina govt. bans use of motorcycles

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has signed an Executive Order restricting the use of motorcycles and tricycles between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. across the state with effect from Jan. 20. The state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Ahmed El-Marzuq announced this on Wednesday in Katsina. “Section 5, sub section 2 of[...]

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