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Adama Dieng

UN: Rise in hate speech alarming

The current rise in hate speech, racial tensions and identity-based violence is alarming, the UN Special Adviser on Preventing Genocide, and head, UN Office on Genocide Prevention, Adama Dieng, has said.
President George Bush’s coffin was carried into Washington National Cathedral during his funeral Wednesday in Washington. Doug Mills-The New York Times

George Bush to be buried after four-day tribute

George H.W. Bush was to be laid to rest Thursday, concluding a four-day tribute to the 41st president that saw America briefly set aside its political divisions.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 20, 2016 Nissan Motors chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn answers a question during a joint press conference in Tokyo. - Executives at Japanese car firm Mitsubishi Motors on November 26, 2018 decided to sack Carlos Ghosn as chairman as the once-revered tycoon faces allegations of financial misconduct that sparked his shock arrest. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP)

Carlos Ghosn arrest puts Japan’s justice system in the dock

The shock arrest of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has thrown the international spotlight onto Japan's criminal justice system, where suspects face prolonged detention and interrogation without lawyers present.
Donald Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in honour of the 41st president [Jonathan Ernst-AP]

Donald Trump sets aside disdain of George Bush clan in tribute to ex-president

President Donald Trump paid his respects on Monday to the late George HW Bush, setting aside his animosity to the former president's clan, whose family members he had derided in the past.
Flowers laid are seen at the base of the statue at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas on December 1, 2018. - Flags flew at half-staff in Washington as Americans prepared for a week of solemn tributes to George H.W. Bush, in his home state of Texas and in the US Capitol, a day after the former president died aged 94. Tributes poured in from world leaders in memory of the 41st US president, who guided America through the end of the Cold War and launched the international campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP)

Air Force One collects George Bush casket for days-long homage

America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush begins Monday with the transfer of his casket aboard the presidential plane from Texas to Washington, where he will lie in state in the rotunda of the US Capitol.
George H.W. Bush

Week of solemn tributes for the late George Bush

Flags flew at half-staff across the United States on Saturday as Americans prepared for a week of solemn tributes to George H.W. Bush, in his home state of Texas and in the US Capitol, a day after the former president died aged 94.

Ex-US President George HW Bush passes on at 94

George H.W. Bush was the definition of establishment success: Yale graduate. Prosperous business career. Forty-first president of the United States.
China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Xi Jinping visits Philippines to cosy up to historical US ally

Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit Tuesday to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel hug after unveiling a plaque as part of the Armistice commemorations. AFP

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel meet amid WWI centenary debate on European army

The leaders of France and Germany met in Berlin on Sunday to jointly remember the victims of European wars, presenting also a united front in countering global turmoil stoked by the mercurial US President Donald Trump.

Muhammadu Buhari ‘the dead’ and his body double

The notorious rumour in circulation on Nigerian streets sounds every bit like a citation from a James Hadley Chase. Chase had a pleasant notoriety with his crime fiction novels that hold you spellbound. With a gloating slide to it, the rumour is trending, with celebrated gusto, about the “death” of the man Nigerians elected into office in May, 2015.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Darwin on November 16, 2018, on the sidelines of Abe's visit to Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (Photo by MICHAEL FRANCHI - POOL - AFP)

Shinzo Abe visits Australia’s Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Darwin on Friday, some 75 years after Japan bombed the northern Australian city, as the two countries cement ties in the face of an emergent China.
Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, said he has never used a computer, instead instructing his secretaries and employees. Wavebreakmedia Ltd-A-Alamy

Japan’s cybersecurity minister says he has never used a computer

A Japanese Minister, Yoshitaka Sakurada, in charge of the Government’s cybersecurity strategy has drawn controversy after admitting that he has never used a computer.
Anthony Lester

UK lawmakers block suspension of member accused of sexual harassment

Britain’s upper House of Lords on Thursday voted to block the suspension of a parliamentarian who allegedly tried to force a woman to sleep with him in exchange for a promotion.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk attends a wreath laying ceremony at the monument of Marshal Jozef Pilsudski on the centennial observances marking 100 years of Polish independence on November 10, 2018 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)

Poland marks independence centenary amid tensions

Poles mark a century of independence on Sunday amid tensions in the isolated and deeply polarised country over the prominent role that marginal far-right groups gained in shaping the main state parade.
People cast their ballots for or against the independence of New Caledonia from France. Theo Rouby-AFP-Getty Images

Early results show New Caledonia votes to remain part of France

The "no" vote against independence for New Caledonia is in the lead with about half the ballots counted in the French Pacific territory, reports say.

Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave Philippines after battle with Rodrigo Duterte

An Australian nun who battled a government bid to expel her from the Philippines after she angered President Rodrigo Duterte, said Wednesday she will leave rather than face certain arrest and deportation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 25, 2018. (Photo by Roman PILIPEY - POOL - AFP)

Japan’s Shinzo Abe meets Chinese premier as relations thaw

Japan's Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang commemorated the 40th anniversary of a friendship treaty on Thursday, at the start of a rare trip to Beijing by the Japanese prime minister, who is seeking to repair frayed relations.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 08, 2018 the river bed of the Rhine is dried in Duesseldorf, western Germany, as the heatwave goes on. - Businesses and boats at a standstill, discoveries of wrecks and even a bomb from the Second World War: the Rhine reached its lowest level on October 18, 2018, due to lack of rain for months in Germany. (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP)

Drought cripples crucial German waterways

The docks are eerily quiet at Cologne's main port on the mighty River Rhine, with hundreds of containers piled up and awaiting their journey north on one of Europe's busiest commercial arteries.

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NLC urges federal government to respect ILO principles

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President, National Labour Congress (NLC), has urged the federal government to respect International Labour Organisation (ILO) principles and the rights of workers in order to have peaceful industrial relations.
More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.

Explosion in Japanese restaurant leaves more than 40 injured

More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.

Nigerians ‘too religious’ – Chinese cleric

A representative of the International Assembly (IA) of the True Jesus Church in Nigeria, Pastor Hong-Hsiung Ko, has described Nigerians as “too religious a people” who also have respect for their religious leaders.
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2019: Debates will not win election – APC chieftain

The immediate past Commissioner for Works in Lagos State, Ganiyu Johnson, on Sunday said debates would not determine who would win the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo urges Nigerians to appreciate local talents

Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, has urged Nigerians to show better appreciation of local abilities and talents to enable the country to be competitive globally.