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United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

Message from the dead Borno farmers

That the slain Borno farmers did not get military clearance is an inconvenient truth, but the real error of judgement was taking the government at its word. In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military chiefs – the same military chiefs there today – to relocate to the North East, the main theatre in the war on Boko Haram.
The military denied accusations they had desecrated the body of the suspected rebel fighter, saying they took the photos to serve as 'substantial evidence' of a 'legitimate encounter' [Dennis Sabangan-EPA]

Philippine army under fire over alleged war crime after killing

Members of the Philippine army have been accused of committing a war crime, after posing for a photo with the body of a suspected communist rebel fighter, who is also the daughter of a member of Congress.

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Newsmen reported the passing on of the PDP state chairman, Udo Ekpenyong.

PDP confirms Akwa Ibom chapter chairman died of coronavirus

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Foreigners caught not wearing face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali are being subject to an unusual punishment- push-ups.

Foreigners without face masks punished with push-ups in Indonesia

Foreigners caught not wearing face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali are being subject to an unusual punishment: push-ups.