Boko Haram Kills 20 in Borno
Suspected Boko Haram militants on Thursday killed at least 20 people in an attack on a remote village near Askira Uba, Borno State.
Survivors, according to an online news medium, Premium Times, said the insurgents stormed Dile village at 2 a.m. in several vehicles, burning houses and killing anybody in sight. Read more
Army recovers 8 ballot boxes, 310 PVCs in Delta
Men of the 222 Battalion, Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State have recovered 8 Ballot Boxes and 310 Permanent Voters Card, PVCs from suspected political thugs who tried to use them for election irregularities during the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections.
Addressing newsmen Friday during a show of force exercise aimed at reassuring electorates of the commitment of security agencies in protecting them during and after the governorship and state House of Assembly election, the Commanding Officer of the battalion, Lt. Col. Mathew Oyekola stated that owing to the success of the exercise, the system has deemed it fit for it to be repeated ahead of the April 11 elections. Read more
Obama, Castro to break bread at historic summit
US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will put aside decades of Cold War-era tensions Friday, sitting at the same table with other regional leaders for a landmark summit.
Obama and Castro will join some 30 other presidents at the two-day Summit of the Americas in Panama City, breaking bread at a seaside dinner in a complex of ruins from the era of the Spanish conquistadores. Read more
Suicide bomber strikes Afghan NATO convoy, three killed
A Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan Friday, killing at least three civilians as security forces brace for the start of the Taliban’s traditional spring offensive.
Separately, 12 civilians onboard a minivan were killed Friday when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the militant-plagued southeastern province of Ghazni. Read more
Gunmen kill 2 in Delta, abduct Corps member
Two persons have been confirmed dead as a result of the Wednesday attack by gunmen numbering over 20 who laid siege at Eku community, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State while an unidentified member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC is being rumoured to have been abducted by the gunmen.
The deceased, both whom are males in their early 30s had sustained life threatening gunshot wounds and died the next day (Thursday) at the Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara having been referred from the Eku Baptist Government Hospital where they had earlier been taken to for medical attention. Read more
Fayose’s Impeachment: CJ Directed to Constitute Panel
The efforts by 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to impeach Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose was stepped up a notch when the legislators directed the state’s Chief Judge, Mr. Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to set up a seven-man panel to investigate allegations raised in the impeachment notice to the governor.
A statement signed by Mr. Wole Olujobi, the Special Adviser, Media, to the Speaker, Hon. Adewale Omirin, said the lawmakers took the decision at a special sitting held at Mary Hills Boys High School, Ado-Ekiti, Thursday. Read more
Police arrest man with 813 PVCs in Ebonyi
Special Election Team of the Nigeria Police, Cone six command, has arrested one Mr Sunday Madueke with 813 permanent voter cards, PVCs.
The team was inaugurated by Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of the zone, Tunde Ogunsakin, who has consistently warned against improper conduct before, during and after the general election. Read more
AON rues unemployment of 500 pilots, engineers
Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has raised an alarm over the fate of over 500 unemployed Nigerian licenced pilots and engineers, who graduated from several aviation colleges in the country and abroad.
The body also congratulated the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, for his victory at the March 28 poll. Read more
31 killed in Morocco head-on crash
A fiery head-on collision between a truck and a bus carrying a delegation of young athletes in southern Morocco has killed 31 people and injured nine, according to reports.
The crash took place just before sunrise at 7am in the district of Chbika, near the southern desert city of Tan-Tan, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying. Read more
Lebanese Police Kill Prominent Islamic Militant in Shootout
Lebanese police say they have killed a prominent Islamic militant who was wanted on terrorism-related charges in a shootout in the country’s north.
A statement issued by police on Friday says Osama Mansour was shot dead along with an accomplice in the city of Tripoli during a security operation in the area the previous night. The operation sought to arrest a radical cleric, Sheikh Khaled Hoblos. Read more
Russian middle class slowly stirred to action by economic crisis
It was when her nine-year-old son said he wanted to be ill to keep her home that Ekaterina Chatskaya knew the cuts at her Moscow clinic had gone too far and she was working too many hours.
The 33-year-old Russian gynaecologist said her work burden became unbearable when management announced new job losses in November. Unable to cope, she and dozens of other doctors in Moscow started a “work-to-rule” action – refusing to work beyond their official contract hours – to try to protect a health service they say is being driven to ruin. Read more
Female Jihadists set up anti-Assad training camp in world’s oldest Byzantine church to ’empower women’
A group of Syrian female jihadists has apparently established a training camp in the world’s oldest Byzantine church near Aleppo (Darat Izza)”to empower women to be the same as men” in the fight against embattled president Bashar al-Assad, according to a video that emerged online.
The footage, which could not be independently verified by IBTimes UK, depicts around 45 black-clad AK-47-wielding women marching towards the church of Saint Simeon Stylites, located in northwest Aleppo, while shouting out the takbir (Allahu Akbar) and other religious slogans. Read more
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