India to jail muslims divorcing wives with ‘triple talaq’

The Indian government on Thursday introduced a bill in parliament aimed at prosecuting and jailing Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce. Indian muslim women have  complained that ‘triple talaq’ violates their right to equality. In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional , the religious practice which allows Muslim men to divorce their…

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Lagos bridges under threat of collapse from parked trucks

Some bridges in Lagos are at a risk of buckling under the weight of parked heavy-duty trucks. The Ijora, Eko and Carter Bridges are under great strains from immobile articulated vehicles, a situation worsened by recurring gridlocks and the deplorable state of roads leading to ports and tank farms. Other bridges affected by similar stress are those at Abati Barracks, Ojuelegba…

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Two decades of Federer, and still going strong

The amazing Roger Federer will embark on his 21st professional season when he leads Switzerland in the mixed teams Hopman Cup starting in Perth on Saturday. The 36-year-old Swiss is coming off an extraordinary year where he took his majors tally to 19, with a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth Wimbledon. Federer finished the year at number…

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Apple begs iPhone users over glitches, offers discounted battery

Apple on Thursday apologized to its customers for slowing down performance of older iPhone models and said it would discount replacement batteries for some of its handsets. The move by Apple was a response to an uproar from iPhone users — and a series of lawsuits — after news of the battery problems stoked concerns the company was unfairly nudging…

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George Weah wins 62% of votes for Liberian presidency

Provisional results just announced by Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) have placed former international football superstar, George Weah, ahead with 720,023 votes or 61.5 per cent. Incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai is far behind with 451,088 votes or 38.59 per cent. Chairman of NEC, Mr Jerome Korkoya, announced the results at a press conference in Monrovia. Meanwhile, out of a…

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