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Pastor calls neighbours ‘hateful and racist’ over late night parties

A Nigerian pastor based in the UK, Tobi Adeboyega, has denied claims that his late-night parties were disturbing his Surrey Hills UK neighbourhood.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to inaugurate Coptic cathedral after bomb blast

Egypt’s president will inaugurate the country’s biggest cathedral on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in a country where jihadists have repeatedly targeted Christians.
Boko Haram

How to explain the return of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants?

Nigeria’s Islamic State West Africa Province, a faction of Boko Haram affiliated to the Islamic State militant group, has intensified attacks against the army in
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari administration is for all Nigerians, despite social class and status, and remains committed to improving their welfare so they can lead better lives.

Yemi Osinbajo: Muhammadu Buhari won’t abandon Nigerians

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari administration is for all Nigerians, despite social class and status, and remains committed to improving their welfare so they can lead better lives.

Abducted Catholic priests rescued in Anambra

The two Catholic priests kidnapped on Christmas Eve by unidentified gunmen at Umueze Anam, Anambra East local government of Anambra State have been rescued.
Lagos Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode: We’ll dedicate 2019 budget to complete ongoing projects

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday evening, said the Y2019 budget of the State would be dedicated towards the completion of ongoing infrastructural projects, creation of more jobs, supporting businesses to thrive, as well as strengthening the security architecture of the State.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis in Christmas address, urges peace in conflict zones

The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones including Yemen and Syria.
Pope Francis celebrates from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas message to the city and the world, on December 25, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. ANGELO CARCONI - EPA

Pope Francis assails greed, as millions celebrate Christmas

Pope Francis has urged people to lead less materialistic lives as millions across the world celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, while US President Donald Trump put his festive foot in it by asking a child if he believed in Santa Claus.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump participates in NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Santa Tracker phone calls with children at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 24, 2017. REUTERS-Carlos Barria-File Photo

Military Santa tracker live despite US government shutdown

The US government shutdown may have temporarily dimmed Washington’s National Christmas Tree but never fear, Santa Claus still came to town — with the military tracking his path across the globe.
More than 200 people have been evacuated from the Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, on Dec 24, 2018. EPA-EFE

Thousands evacuated after ‘loud crack’ in Sydney tower

Australian police evacuated thousands of people in west Sydney late Christmas Eve, after residents reported hearing a “loud crack” from a 38-storey building.
The Rainer family singers, who took the carol to America. Salzburg Museum

Austria celebrates 200th year of Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’

Austria has something special to celebrate this festive period as it marks 200 years since the first performance of one of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols, Silent Night.
Omoni Oboli

AY, Omoni Oboli to make Hollywood debut

Comedian AY Makun and actress, Omoni Oboli, will make their debut in a Hollywood animation film, “Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer”.

Ekiti guber: SDP candidate picks accountant as running mate

Ahead of the July 14, 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Akinloye Ayegbusi, has chosen an accountant and career public administrator, Mary Yemisi Adefolalu, as his running mate.

California Police concerned about marijuana impact on vehicle drivers

California Highway Patrol (CHP) police are more concerned about the impact of smoking marijuana on vehicle drivers, a TV report said on Thursday.

Southern Kaduna indigenes tasked on self-defence

Southern Kaduna People in the Diaspora (SOKAD) has urged the inhabitants of troubled communities in the southern part of the state to defend themselves against further attacks by Fulani herdsmen and unknown gunmen.

Kaduna monarch, wife shot dead by suspected herdsmen

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed a traditional ruler and his pregnant wife in the southern part of Kaduna state.

Swansea hire Carlos Carvalhal as boss until end of season

Premier League strugglers Swansea City appointed Carlos Carvalhal as their manager until the end of the season on Thursday.

Two drivers arraigned for allegedly killing bus conductor

An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday arraigned two drivers for alleged reckless driving which caused the death of a bus conductor.

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The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has cautioned politicians against overheating the polity ahead the general elections.

Senate tasks federal government on safety of Nigerian air travellers

Sequel to the death of three Nigerians in the recent crashed Boeing 737 Max 8 belonging to Ethiopian Airline, the Senate has tasked the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to ensure that all aircrafts operating within the country are air worthy in order to keep Nigerian air travellers safe at all times.

Dangote’s tomato plant resumes production

A tomato-paste factory owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, resumed production in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano after staying idle for more than two years over a supply disruption partly caused by a price dispute with farmers.

Kenyan police seize $20 million of counterfeit banknotes from deposit box

Kenyan police on Wednesday seized 20 million dollars of counterfeit banknotes that had been stored in a personal safety deposit box at a branch of Barclays Bank Kenya, the directorate of criminal investigations said.
Residents carry their belongings as they wade through flood water in Sentani, near Jayapura, Papua province [EPA]

Indonesia flood death toll crosses 100, dozens still missing

The death toll from flash floods and landslides that tore through Indonesia's Papua region has topped 100 with dozens more still missing, the disaster agency said on Wednesday.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Kazakhstan swears in new president

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev assumed the post of Kazakhstan’s president on Wednesday following the surprise resignation of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev after three decades in power.