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EU agrees on new sanctions against North Korea

The EU agreed Thursday on new sanctions against North Korea, diplomatic sources told AFP, as the international community steps up efforts to punish the pariah state for its nuclear weapons programme.

Threats with razor blades mailed to Merkel, other lawmaker

Anonymous threatening letters in Arabic containing white powder and razor blades have been sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home and other politicians before Sunday's election, police said.

UN Security Council adopts peacekeeping reforms

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on the importance of reforming UN peace keeping operations to ensure they become responsible, efficient and transparent with several other sub regions in the continent.

Iran’s Khamenei slams Trump’s ‘gangster and cowboy’ speech

Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday lashed out against US President Donald Trump describing the speech he delivered at the UN this week as full of “gangster and cowboy” rhetoric.

Merkel’s party dips in poll, still ahead before Sunday vote

Angela Merkel’s conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term.

Hurricane Maria lashes Dominican Republic after direct hit on Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria thrashed parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast on Thursday after making a direct hit on Puerto Rico.

Police arrest sixth suspect linked to London underground attack

A sixth man was arrested in Britain early on Thursday as part of the probe into the bomb attack on a London Underground train last week, police said.

Puerto Rico prepares for flash flooding in Maria’s aftermath

Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding on Thursday after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid.

Journalist killed while covering protest in India

A young television journalist has been killed while covering a protest in the north-eastern Indian state of Tripura, police said on Thursday.

Flesh-eating bacteria puzzles Australian health authorities

A spike in Australians being attacked by flesh-eating bacteria has left health authorities puzzled and concerned.

Eleven musicians executed by anti-aircraft guns – N’Korean defector

A defector from North Korea has described the shocking brutality she witnessed from inside Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Buddhist protesters block aid to Muslim Rohingya

Police in Myanmar have clashed with a mob blocking an aid shipment in Rakhine state while nine people have died in a road accident involving a Red Cross truck in Bangladesh.

Hurricane Maria drags Puerto Rico into darkness

After days of devastation by hurricane Maria, Island of Puerto Rico with a population of 3.5 million people has been put into total darkness.

Mexico searches for earthquake survivors against increasing odds

Rescuers laboured against long odds into the dawn on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and untold other survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country’s deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

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NBA chief urges IPOB, Kanu to challenge proscription

Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Monday Ubani, has called on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to challenge its proscription in a competent court of law.

Four dead, 20 missing as migrant boat sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea

Four people drowned and up to 20 were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey’s Black Sea coast, reports said.

Refrain from hate speeches – NUJ tells Nigerians

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi State council, has appealed to Nigerians to refrain from engaging in hate speeches so as to douse tension and promote mutual co-existence among various ethnic groups in the country.

Fed govt sets up c’ttee to address multiple charges in airports

The Federal Government has set-up an 11-man committee to address the issue of multiple charges raised by the Airlines Operators of Nigeria.

IPOB activities putting lives of 11.6m Igbos at risk – Ikpeazu

The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has declared that the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu has the lives of 11.6million Igbos residing outside the South East at risk.

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