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A Christmas tree with names of those who died during Beirut port explosion, is seen near the damaged grain silo, in Beirut, Lebanon December 22, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Azakir

Beirut seeks Christmas cheer after devastating year

Near the wreckage of Beirut’s port, a charity is bringing Christmas cheer to a city hammered by a devastating explosion, rising coronavirus infections and the worst economic crisis since Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war.
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.
Kanye West has officially launched his campaign for the 2020 US presidential election, with an unorthodox rally in Charleston, South Carolina.

US election: Kanye West launches campaign for presidency

Kanye West has officially launched his campaign for the 2020 US presidential election, with an unorthodox rally in Charleston, South Carolina.
A 15-year-old Coco Gauff took down former World No.1 Venus Williams in straight sets.In one of the most-anticipated first-round clashes at the 2020 Australian Open, 15-year-old Coco Gauff took down former World No.1 Venus Williams in straight sets.

Australian Open: Coco Gauff insists she will be aggressive against Naomi Osaka

Coco Gauff is still learning to drive and was scared when she went on a highway — but the 15-year-old warned Naomi Osaka she will not be overawed when they clash Friday at the Australian Open.
For Ishaku Abbo, 2019 will definitely ranked as a good year as he had the privilege of joining the upper chamber of National Assembly with his victory in the February 23 election into the Adamawa North Senatorial District.

Senator Abbo: I was a labourer 20 years ago

With the year 2019 coming to a close in less than three days, many Nigerians are taking stock of the progress they have made in the various areas of their lives in the past 12 months.
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Technical hitches mar Senate plenary

Plenary on the floor of the Nigerian Senate was disrupted Tuesday following a major technical hitch that affected microphones and other sound systems in the Red Chamber.
Yahaya Usman, popularly called Yahaya Makaho, a blind singer who rose from being a street beggar to a famously known singer in northern Nigeria, poses for a portrait wearing his trademark sunglasses in Kaduna, Nigeria, on September 25, 2019. The singer has carved out a niche by focusing on the pressing problems that confront his fans in their daily lives. With his soft voice he croons his way through lyrics that tackle ills such as begging, drug abuse and corruption.Dwelling on sensitive subjects has proved problematic on occasion.Makaho upset some in northern Nigeria’s blind community after he wrote two singles that criticised the widespread practice of street begging — often the only means of earning an income for the visually impaired.Makaho managed to resolve the conflict and has now established a foundation that provides school tuition, uniforms and brail books to help disabled youths get an education. Kola Sulaimon / AFP

Blind singer goes from streets to stardom in northern Nigeria

Yahaya Makaho feels his way to the microphone before launching into a song for his new album at a recording studio in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.
A protester waves a Catalan pro-independence “estelada” flag during clashes with police near the Police headquarters in Barcelona, on October 18, 2019, on the day that separatists have called a general strike and a mass rally. Spain’s protest-hit northeast was gripped by a general strike today as thousands of “freedom marchers” converged on Barcelona for a mass show of dissent over the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders. Pau Barrena / AFP

Nearly 200 injured in police clashes with Catalan separatists

Nearly 200 people were hurt in another night of violent clashes in Catalonia, authorities said Saturday, after radical separatists hurled rocks and fireworks at police who responded with teargas and rubber bullets.
Security researcher Patrick Wardle has spotted a number of noteworthy flaws in the hack protection systems used by macOS, and has identified (via TechCrunch) a significant new one with Apple’s WWDC only hours away

Researcher hacks macOS using plugins for secretly whitelisted apps

Security researcher Patrick Wardle has spotted a number of noteworthy flaws in the hack protection systems used by macOS, and has identified a significant new one with Apple’s WWDC only hours away: an attacker can use a malicious plugin for a trusted app to seize control of a user’s microphone, camera, and location data, thanks to a variation on an exploit that’s been known for four years.
Roger Federer

Roger Federer: Nick Kyrgios is better on court than behind mic

Roger Federer’s third-round masterclass against American Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open on Friday drew gushing praise from bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios.

Scavenger jailed for stealing church property

A Grade One Area Court in Karu, Abuja, on Monday, sentenced a 25-year old man, Umar Hamisu, to one-year imprisonment for stealing church property worth N250,000.
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Rapper Mo’Cheddah reveals depression struggles

Singer, rapper and fashion designer, Modupe-Oreoluwa Oyeyemi, aka Mo’Cheddah, 28, has revealed how she battled depression due to the hostility and hate she experienced in the music industry.

Killing small businesses softly

Some years ago, I was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, for a public lecture. An obviously popular lecturer was invited to the podium to make his contributions. Students went gaga, screaming his nickname and giving him a standing ovation. In
Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and France's Emmanuel Macron

President Macron in Lagos calls on Africans to “succeed in Africa”

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called for Africa and Europe to reach a "win-win" solution to migration during an address to 300 young entrepreneurs on the second day of his visit to Nigeria.

Mo Salah in apparent discomfort in World Cup training

Egypt’s super striker Mohamed Salah needed help from three teammates pulling on a jersey over his injured shoulder on Saturday, according to AFP reporters at the team’s training camp.

Cristiano Ronaldo presents a happier face as Real Madrid celebrate European triumph

As Cristiano Ronaldo milked every last drop of his moment on the microphone at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, it was hard to imagine this was a player about to leave Real Madrid.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Nine state commands, other police formations get new CPs

There was a major shakeup at the Police High Command yesterday, as nine Commissioners of Police were posted to State Commands, while 12 others were redeployed to other Police formations across the country.

BUK staff protest government’s failure to honour MOU

Non–teaching staff of Bayero University, Kano, Tuesday organised a peaceful protest against the failure of the Federal Government to honurr a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it entered with their Unions.

INEC mulls new technologies for 2023 general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is contemplating introducing new technologies to improve the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Ekiti launches solar-powered refrigerators for storage of coronavirus vaccines

In what could be described as a proactive move to prepare for the planned COVID-19 vaccines promised by the Federal Government, Ekiti State has acquired 187 solar-powered cold chain refrigerators for vaccine storage for its primary healthcare centres in the 177 wards of the state.
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Kidnapped farmer found dead after family paid N1.6m ransom

It was learnt that the death of the farmer is coming after the family had allegedly paid the sum of one million, six hundred and fifty thousand naira as ransom for the release of their kinsman.