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White House backs unofficial Venezuela poll

The White House on Monday threw its weight behind an unsanctioned opposition-organized vote in Venezuela, saying the plebiscite provided an “unmistakable statement” in condemnation of the embattled ruling regime. “We congratulate the Venezuelan people for the huge turnout in the referendum yesterday,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. He added: “We condemn the violence inflicted by government...

Trump threatens Venezuela with economic actions

US President Donald Trump threatened Venezuela with swift “economic actions” on Monday if its leader pushes on with an unpopular bid to change his country’s constitution amid mounting condemnation. The warning came as Venezuela’s opposition coalition called a nationwide strike for Thursday to kick off a “final offensive” aimed at forcing President Nicolas Maduro from office through early...

Macron-Trump tussle in new 25-second handshake duel

Their handshakes are becoming a talking point of every encounter and US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron didn’t disappoint on Friday. In their first meeting at a NATO summit in May, 39-year-old Macron crunched Trump’s knuckles in a show of power he said was deliberate to underline how he wouldn’t be intimidated in their talks....

Turkey dismisses over 7,000 police, soldiers

Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 police, soldiers and ministry officials under a new decree published Friday under a state of emergency imposed after last year’s failed coup, state media reported. A total of 7,563 people — including police — have been dismissed in the latest purge, the Anadolu news agency reported. Turkish authorities also stripped 342 retired...

US returnee slumps, dies on arrival at Lagos Airport

A Nigerian passenger on Emirates Airlines on Wednesday slumped and died on arrival at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The passenger, who arrived on the aircraft with registration number EK783 (DX),was identified as Dr Olusola Dada with passport number A04501199. The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the...

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter hospitalised in Canada

Former US president Jimmy Carter became dehydrated while working on a Habitat for Humanity building site in Canada and was treated at a local hospital, his Carter Center said. CBC television said the 92-year old appeared fatigued and to have fainted at the charity event in Winnipeg. “Former US president Jimmy Carter became dehydrated this morning while...

Armed customs officers search Ronaldo’s luxury yacht

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was treated to a surprise visit abroad his rented yacht when Spanish customs agents boarded the boat in what tax authorities said Wednesday was merely a “routine check.” The Real Madrid star is said to have been stopped at high sea after leaving a restaurant on the paradise island of Formentera near Ibiza. ...

Customs intercept N94.7m harmful drugs imported from India

The Nigerian Customs Service on Wednesday said it had intercepted pharmaceutical products suspected to be unfit for human consumption and other contraband suspected to have been smuggled from India The products, which were seized by NCS’s operatives in Zone ` C ’ Benin, were valued at N94.7m. The Comptroller of Customs, Abubakar Azarema, who is also the...

New York budgets $32m to fight rats

Desperate to turn the tide in its war on rats, New York unveiled a new $32 million effort Wednesday to cull thousands of them with rodent-proof trash cans and tighter garbage rules. Rodents are one of the least savoury aspects of life in America’s financial and cultural capital, a daily menace scurrying between subway tracks or darting around...

Google escapes 1.1 bn euro tax bill in France

Google is not liable for 1.115 billion euros ($1.272 billion) in unpaid taxes claimed by the French state, a French court ruled Wednesday, saying the internet giant’s Irish subsidiary is not taxable in France. “The French company Google Ireland Limited is not taxable in France for the 2005 to 2010 period,” the court ruled. Google paid...

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Etisalat Nigeria now 9Mobile

In a series of tweets, the new telecommunications company name in town is 9Mobile. This came after the UAE group behind...

Mali free from Ebola

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