Buhari Appoints Dead Man as Board Chairman of Nigerian Press Council

3 min read A man who was dead and buried over a year ago has made the list of newly appointed board members of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC). Senator Francis Okpozo died at 81, in 2016, and the Presidency issued a statement on December 28, 2016 expressing condolences to the government of Delta State on his death. NewsmakersNG found that the late…

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India to jail muslims divorcing wives with ‘triple talaq’

2 min read 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

3 min read 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

3 min read 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

2 min read 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

< 1 min read 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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The year’s top development stories: 2017 in review

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As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in Colombia

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How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith again

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After experiencing the horrors of war, Bryan Mealer lost his faith. Morning runs with a priest – and a visit to a more welcoming church – helped restore it

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Peru’s jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori pardoned, sparking protests

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Christmas Eve pardon enrages critics, who say president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has ‘bartered his political survival for the dictator’s freedom’

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Birmingham to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

< 1 min read Birmingham has been awarded the hosting rights of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. After being chosen ahead of Liverpool as Britain’s candidate city, Birmingham’s was the only bid submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) by the 30 September deadline. The CGF initially deemed the bid was “not fully compliant”. However, the city has now been confirmed as the host of…

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