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Facebook blocks news content in Australia

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information.
Livestock and native animals that could not escape were destroyed by the fires, and as the Australian climate heats scientists say more extreme fires can be expected [Saeed Khan-AFP]

Australia faces more fires, drought as climate continues to heat

Australia’s climate is expected become hotter and drier, increasing the risk of drought and extreme weather events such as the bushfires that devastated swathes of southeastern Australia in the last southern hemisphere summer, according to the latest climate report from the country’s weather bureau.
A man wears a mask as poor air quality from Australia’s bushfires hamper qualifying for the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2020. (Photo by William WEST - AFP)

Bushfire smoke hits Australian Open again, but rain raises hopes

Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up Wednesday for a second straight day to deepen concerns about the fate of the year’s first tennis Grand Slam, but a cool change late in the day raised hopes of rain soaking the blazes.
There have been devastating aftermath of bushfires across New South Wales after they tore through the state’s south coast, leaving homes and wildlife scorched.

Australian town in ruins after catastrophic bushfires

There have been devastating aftermath of bushfires across New South Wales after they tore through the state’s south coast, leaving homes and wildlife scorched.

Firefighter dies while battling inferno

A volunteer firefighter died Monday while fighting bushfires that are raging across eastern Australia, the Rural Fire Service reported.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media after touring the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service (RFS) control room in Sydney. REX

Australian premier returns, apologizes for Hawaii holiday

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised on Sunday for his decision to take an unannounced family holiday to Hawaii in the midst of a bushfire emergency and record-breaking heat.
Firefighters try to protect homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor. Three firefighters were hospitalised after being ‘enveloped’ by fire and 20 structures are estimated to have been lost. Dean Lewins-EPA

State of emergency declared as bushfires rage in Australia

A state of emergency was declared in Australia’s most populated region on Thursday as an unprecedented heatwave fanned out-of-control bushfires, destroying homes and smothering huge areas with toxic smoke.
Australia's maximum average temperature broke records on Tuesday ( via REUTERS )

Australia experiences hottest day on record

Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said Wednesday.
An unprecedented number of out of control bushfires have threatened vast areas in the Australian states of New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, authorities have said.

Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four

The death toll from devastating bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four after a man’s body was discovered in a scorched area of bushland, police said Thursday.

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor: Nasir el-Rufai a sycophant, religious bigot

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Saturday described Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna as a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him.

Senator Alhassan to be laid to rest Sunday

The remains of Sen. Aisha Jummai Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba would be laid to rest tomorrow, Sunday, her family has said.

2023: Igbo will occupy Aso Rock – Ohanaeze chieftain

Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, the immediate past spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Saturday vowed to ensure the emergence of an Igbo presidency in 2023.

IPOB asks US president to deny arms sales to Nigeria

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has written a letter to the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, petitioning him to deny arms sales to Nigeria, which the federal government has requested for assistance in tackling insecurity in the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Anambra: Ban on tinted glasses still in force – Police

The Anambra State Police Command has reiterated the earlier ban placed on the use of tinted glasses, warning individuals whose vehicles glasses are tinted to remove them immediately.

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Nigeria's assistant captain Asisat Oshoala does not believe demanding for equal pay is a top priority for women's national teams in Africa.

Super Falcons skipper: US invitational tourney a ‘great opportunity’

Super Falcons captain Asisat Oshoala can’t wait to see the team participate in the 2021 Summer Series in the United States of America.
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Bird flu: Bauchi government kills 27,000 birds to curtail spread

Samaila Burga, Chairman, Technical Committee on the Control of Avian Influenza, said the Bauchi government has killed about 27,000 birds to curtail the spread of Bird flu in the State.
The wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Folu Adeboye, on Tuesday inaugurated a new Redeemer’s Health Centre (RHC) annexe in Ibadan.

Folu Adeboye: Nigeria going through a siege

“These prayers, if you need to weep, you better weep because weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. This is the time we need to cry. It is becoming overwhelming, it is too much, people are dying every day from hunger, people are dying every day from all kinds of terrorism, and people are dying from kidnapping,” she said while calling on God to have mercy on Nigeria.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba

NLC president: Insufficient funds not an excuse for not paying workers

As the tussle for a full implementation of minimum wage in some states continues, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba has slammed erring Governors for using insufficient funds as an excuse.
The third child of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, Pastor Dare Adeboye, is dead.

Ex-President Jonathan commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.