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Nigeria Sliding Toward Despotism, Says Atiku
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

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Lagos / Abuja – Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and presidential hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has warned against what he called a consistent pattern of departure from constitutional due process to tendencies of authoritarianism.

Abubakar called on all political actors to let June 12 and all that it embodied inspire them to promote democratic principles, especially as Nigeria is about to go to the polls again.

The former vice president said in a statement marking the 25th anniversary of the June 12, 1993, presidential election that there was a growing culture of arbitrariness in some of the institutions of government at all levels that was contradictory to the notion of inclusiveness and fairness that a democratic society guaranteed.

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In the statement released on Monday, in Abuja, Atiku noted that the very foundation of a democratic society was the guarantee of fundamental human rights that gives the citizenry the freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and the ability of the people to belong to any lawful association that they were inclined to.

He noted that it was the exclusive responsibility of the state, through the various security organisations, to see to the protection of these fundamental rights of the people. According to him, it became an anathema in a democracy if institutions of government began to act in negation of those noble objectives.

Recalling the recent campaign by youths across the country against the brutality of the anti-robbery unit of the Nigeria police, Atiku noted that up till now there had yet to be a fundamental reform in the operations of that unit.

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He said: “Today, across our major cities and even in the hinterlands, citizens – especially the youths – can hardly walk freely in open avenues without the police stopping them to search through the contents of their mobile handsets.

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Father, Sons Found Dead Day After Daughter’s Wedding
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

Umuahia – Tragedy struck on Sunday at Itaja-Obohia in Olokoro, Umuahia South Council Area, Abia State, the hometown of former PDP National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, when a man, simply identified as Okechukwu Osoagbakwu, and his two sons, mysteriously died a night after his daughter’s traditional marriage.

An account had it that after the low key event which took place on Saturday, the deceased’s wife and her little son left for their abode at World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia, Abia State.

According to feelers from the community, her daughter (who wedded) called her father and brothers several times on Sunday morning but no one picked her calls which made her to be curious and apprehensive.

She quickly rushed to their house in Olokoro where she observed that the entrance doors were still locked. With the help of others, one of the doors was forced open and, behold her father and brothers were lying dead after vomiting blood.

Another account had it that after Saturday’s event, one of his daughters came down to Olokoro to see her father and siblings.

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Budget Delays Cast Doubt On Nigeria’s Growth Promises
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
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The Federal Government’s promise of a pickup in growth, investment and jobs ahead of 2019 election is getting trickier to achieve because of a political stalemate over its record budget, reports Bloomberg.

Government forecasts of 3.5 percent economic expansion this year are partly premised on a yet-to-be-signed accord worth N9.1 trillion that will increase spending on power, roads and ports. Budgets in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first democratic term have been delayed for months, and this is the worst holdup yet.

In March, Buhari predicted investment inflows of $25 billion over the next two years, and in 2017 he introduced a four-year plan to help create 15 million jobs in the country. General elections are due in February, when he intends to stand for another term.

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“The pace of capital-spending execution in the budget rarely lives up to the stated intent; this is especially so given the late passage of the budget,” Razia Khan, head of macroeconomic research at Standard Chartered Bank Plc, said in an emailed response to questions. “Even though there may be more pressure to execute spending more speedily ahead of an election, the numbers should still be treated with some caution.”

The National Assembly only approved and sent the budget to Buhari to sign into law in May, six months after he presented it to them. They raised the spending plans by 5.8 percent, and adjusted underlying assumptions for revenue, which might mean further delays in case the president disagrees with their amendments. He has 30 days within which to sign the budget.

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Eid-El Fitr: FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 15, and Monday, June 18 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid-el Fitr. Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd.), Minister of Interior, made the declaration on Monday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. He congratulated Muslim []The post Eid-El Fitr: FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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June 12 Declaration Better Late Than Never ‘Tanko
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Dr. Yunusa Tanko is the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) and a presidential aspirant in the 2019 election. He spoke to EJIKEME OMENAZU on the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari. Excerpts: How do you see the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu []The post June 12 Declaration Better Late Than Never ‘Tanko appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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No Federal Presence In Akwa Ibom ‘Udom Emmanuel
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Governor Udom Emmanuel, in this interview with journalists, including TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on his achievements in the last three years, Ekiti governorship election, and the preparations of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 governorship election. Excerpts: How would you assess your administration in the past three years that you have been in office []The post No Federal Presence In Akwa Ibom ‘Udom Emmanuel appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Humphrey Nwosu To Be Absent At June 12 Inauguration, Lauds Buhari For Decision
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Abuja Chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu has apologized that he would not be available for the June 12 inauguration set to take place in Abuja today. He however praised President Muhammadu Buhari for recognizing June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and for honouring the memory of Chief MKO Abiola, []The post Humphrey Nwosu To Be Absent At June 12 Inauguration, Lauds Buhari For Decision appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Tackling National Tuberculosis
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Tuberculosis (TB) prevalence rate in Nigeria is a cause for serious concern. The statistics are grim and the treatment outlook rather bleak. Figures from agencies involved in management of tuberculosis indicate that at least 600,000 Nigerians are believed to be living with the disease, with an annual death rate of 170,000 persons. According to 2017 []The post Tackling National Tuberculosis appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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AIB Boss Urges Action Against Pollution In Aviation Sector
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Engr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has called on companies and individuals operating within the nation’s aviation industry to tackle rising poor disposal of used plastics in the country’s aviation industry. He also called on airport authorities to develop policy that would discourage indiscriminate abandonment of Foreign Object Debris (FOD), which could lead []The post AIB Boss Urges Action Against Pollution In Aviation Sector appeared first on Indepe
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Arik Air Introduces New Mobile App For Air Travellers
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Arik Air has introduced a new mobile booking app for air travelers in order to boost customer experience. The airline said the new mobile app makes the booking, boarding, accessing products and its services easy and convenient, saying that the app, which is personalized to the customer, gives passengers instant access to the information they []The post Arik Air Introduces New Mobile App For Air Travellers appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Former DG NCAA Speaks At LAAC Seminar
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Dr. Harold Demuren, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has indicated readiness to the forthcoming seminar of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) Demuren, who is set to present a paper on ‘Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Financing Option for Nigeria’ said his paper would dwell on available opportunities []The post Former DG NCAA Speaks At LAAC Seminar appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Golden Tulip Hotel Accra To Host Weizo Delegates
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Golden Tulip Hotel Accra has concluded arrangements to host delegates to the forthcoming fourth Accra Weizo, which is scheduled to hold in Ghana. The hotel will treat the guests to special highlife night, while Kaya Tours, a leading tour company in Ghana plans a dinner for the international delegates. A statement by Mr. Ikechi Uko, []The post Golden Tulip Hotel Accra To Host Weizo Delegates appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Ghana, Others To Import Petroleum Products From Dangote Refinery
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Ahead of the completion of the Dangote Oil Refinery, petroleum importing African nations and bulk oil distributors based in Ghana have expressed eagerness to patronise the Nigerian refinery products when production starts. Hints of eager expectation and hopes on the Dangote Refinery were revealed at this year’s Ghanaian International Petroleum conference (Ghipcon 2018) which held []The post Ghana, Others To Import Petroleum Products From Dangote Refinery appeared first on Independent Newspa
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Japan Offers $950,000 For Humanitarian Assistance In North East Nigeria
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
ABUJA Japanese Government has offered $950,000 (about N342m) to Nigeria for humanitarian and non-military assistance to women and girls affected by the activities of insurgents in the North East. Yutaka Kikuta, Japan’s Ambassador to Nigeria, who announced this in Abuja at the launch of the new project; ‘Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building of Women in []The post Japan Offers $950,000 For Humanitarian Assistance In North East Nigeria appeared first on Independent Newspapers N
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NDSF 2018: IPv6 Council, NIG Commend DigitalSense, Drum Support For IPv6 Roundtable
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The IPv6 Council Nigeria and Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), have commended the management of DigitalSENSE Africa Media, for the consistency in providing Internet stakeholders in the country the platform to evolve and align with the global eco-system. The two organisations described DigitalSENSE Africa as ‘fore-bearers’ of good news on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D). Speaking []The post NDSF 2018: IPv6 Council, NIG Commend DigitalSense, Drum Support For IPv6 Roundtable appear
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Glo Gains Over 400,000 Subscribers In One Month
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Lagos The subscriber base of Globacom has been lifted by over 400,000 in the month of April, 2018. This became manifest in the April telecom industry report released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The report, which is already on the website of the regulatory body, indicated that Globacom’s subscriber figure rose from 39,042,979 in []The post Glo Gains Over 400,000 Subscribers In One Month appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Safe Water, Hygiene Is Critical To Child Survival, Development
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Experts have said that improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is critical to child survival and development, noting that it reduces neonatal and maternal disease and deaths. The experts, who spoke at a two-day media dialogue on WASH in Awka, Anambra state, Monday, stressed that safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene contributes to ‘key outcomes []The post Safe Water, Hygiene Is Critical To Child Survival, Development appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Labour Re-Echoes ‘Change’ At International Women’s Day Celebration
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Lagos This year’s International Women’s Day which held globally recently shed lights on the attendant challenges facing women and the clarion calls on the folks to gird the loin to achieve their goals. There is no doubt that women are fast becoming an endangered species and victims of hunger,deprivation,violence ,danger and unemployment in the global []The post Labour Re-Echoes ‘Change’ At International Women’s Day Celebration appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nig
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Police Bar Prostitutes From Super Eagles Camp
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Lagos Russian police have put in place measures to ward off sex workers from the Super Eagles camp in Russia. We gathered that law enforcement officials have launched a massive raid aimed at clearing the team’s camp of prostitutes. Report indicates that police officers have been busy raiding Super Eagles’ base camp, Essentukhi, in order []The post Police Bar Prostitutes From Super Eagles Camp appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Championship side, Stoke City, have announced the signing of Oghenekaro Etebo, Super Eagles star, from Portuguese club, Feirense, for a fee of ‘7.2 million. The former Warri Wolves star has put pen to paper on a five-year deal that will keep him
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Championship side, Stoke City, have announced the signing of Oghenekaro Etebo, Super Eagles star, from Portuguese club, Feirense, for a fee of ‘7.2 million. The former Warri Wolves star has put pen to paper on a five-year deal that will keep him at the Potters until June 30, 2023. Etebo spent the second half of []The post Championship side, Stoke City, have announced the signing of Oghenekaro Etebo, Super Eagles star, from Portuguese club, Feirense, for a fee of ‘7.2 million. The forme
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Avoid Distractions, SWAN Tells NFF, Rohr
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) calls on the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr and the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to avoid any distractions and remain focused on the objective of delivering at the World Cup. ‘Our admonition comes against recent statements credited to Rohr, alleging that some journalists were []The post Avoid Distractions, SWAN Tells NFF, Rohr appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Senegal Gave Us Recipe For Nigeria Game ‘ Dali
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Lagos Zlatko Dalic, the coach of Croatian national football team, has said that their match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal gave them the right recipe on what to expect from Nigeria when both countries clash in the Group B’s second match on Saturday, June 16. It will be recalled that Croatia had to come []The post Senegal Gave Us Recipe For Nigeria Game ‘ Dali’ appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Pogba, Bale, Dybala In 3-Way Transfer Swoop
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale and Paulo Dybala are all said to be involved in a three-way transfer circle, which could be sparked if Bale joins Manchester United. Bale is considering his future at the Real Madrid following a season in which he was often left out of the starting lineup, although the winger is willing []The post Pogba, Bale, Dybala In 3-Way Transfer Swoop appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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United Get 35m Tag For Augsburg’s Max
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Manchester United according to reports have been told to pay 35 million to sign Augsburg left-back Philipp Max. The left-back position has become an issue for United in recent seasons, with Ashley Young the latest to play there after stints from Daley Blind, Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw. According to German outlet Bild, Max could []The post United Get 35m Tag For Augsburg’s Max appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Hazard Worried About Conte’s Future
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Eden Hazard has admitted that he would like to know whether Antonio Conte will stay on at Chelsea as his own future is directly linked to whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge. More than three weeks after ending their campaign, the Blues are understood to still be deliberating over whether to swing the axe []The post Hazard Worried About Conte’s Future appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Viera Takes Over At Nice
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Patrick Vieira, former Arsenal captain has been appointed as the new manager of French Ligue 1 side Nice. The ex-Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder was in his third season as head coach of New York City. The 41-year-old had been tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal before the appointment of Unai Emery. []The post Viera Takes Over At Nice appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Asensio Set to Quit Madrid
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Marco Asensio, Real Madrid midfielder is apprehensive of his future at the club as he is said to have threatened to leave the club if they complete the signing of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Madrid have been increasingly linked with a blockbuster move for Neymar, who became the most expensive player in football []The post Asensio Set to Quit Madrid appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Do You Know That
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
2018 will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, 88 years after the initial tournament in Uruguay (1930) and for the first time in Russia. ‘ During 1930 World Cup hosted by Uruguay, only 300 fans watched the match between Romania against Peru inside Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo. It is the lowest attendance in the history of []The post Do You Know That’ appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Cultists, Vigilante Group Clash Claims Eight Lives, As Residents Flee
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Ughelli Over eight persons have been confirmed dead in Okpara community, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State following a clash between members of the vigilante group and a cult group identified as Dominion Confraternity. Daily Independent reliably gathered that the clash started after an investigation into a robbery incident by the vigilante pointed []The post Cultists, Vigilante Group Clash Claims Eight Lives, As Residents Flee appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Why Unidentified Lagos Woman Jumped Into Lagoon
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Lagos Sketchy information about the identity of the lady who committed suicide by jumping into the Lagos lagoon on Saturday, June 9, at about 6 pm has revealed that she was a based Texas; the United States based Nigerian married with three kids. According to available information, her husband name was given as Tunde, just []The post Why Unidentified Lagos Woman Jumped Into Lagoon appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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NDLEA Arrests Drug Trafficker With 37Kg Of Compressed Cannabis
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
LAGOS Operatives of Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have foiled an attempt to smuggle cannabis with one of the buses belonging to Edo City Transport Service. The operatives also arrested one Raymond Ojero, a 40-year-old graduate of Political Science and suspected member of a notorious cannabis smuggling cartel. The []The post NDLEA Arrests Drug Trafficker With 37Kg Of Compressed Cannabis appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Accident Claims Lives Of Delta Civil Servants
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Nsukwa Almost a year some school principals lost their lives in a fatal road accident on their way to a meeting, another fatal motor accident which occurred, over the weekend, has claimed the lives of three Delta State civil servants with others sustained severe injuries. Findings revealed that the victims of the accident who are []The post Accident Claims Lives Of Delta Civil Servants appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Man Gets Life Imprisonment For Defiling Teenager
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere on Monday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Kingsley Inyang, to life imprisonment for defiling his church member’s 12-year-old daughter. Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya convicted Inyang following a trial lasting one year and three months. The judge found him guilty of having unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl, a Junior Secondary []The post Man Gets Life Imprisonment For Defiling Teenager appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Oyo Political Turbulence Distracted Me, Says Lam-Adeshina
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Ibadan Dapo Lam-Adeshina, representing Ibadan North-East/South-East Federal Constituency, says the political turbulence in Oyo State during the last few weeks distracted him from embarking on some of his plans. While speaking on Monday in Ibadan at the third edition of his yearly competition tagged ‘Omo Olore 2018 Quiz and Debate Competition’ final, said: Today we []The post Oyo Political Turbulence Distracted Me, Says Lam-Adeshina appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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ISIS Claims Responsibility As Suicide Bomber Leaves 13 Dead, 31 Wounded In Kabul Attack
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A suicide attacker blew himself up Monday as government workers queued for an early bus home during the holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 31, officials and hospital staff said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the Afghan capital, a day before the governments []The post ISIS Claims Responsibility As Suicide Bomber Leaves 13 Dead, 31 Wounded In Kabul Attack appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Dennis Rodman Arrives In Singapore Ahead Of Trump-Kim Summit
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore’s airport Monday night to a flurry of cameras and reporters ahead of the historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. ‘The Worm’ is a mutual friend of both world leaders and previously boasted to have ‘great’ friendships with them, Foxnews.com has reported. The former basketball player was bombarded []The post Dennis Rodman Arrives In Singapore Ahead Of Trump-Kim Summit appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Trump Lashes Out At America’s Key Allies
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
United States (U.S.) President, Donald Trump, has fired off a string of angry tweets criticising America’s closest allies hours after leaving a divisive G7 summit in Canada. Trump said the U.S. paid ‘close to the entire cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)’ to help protect countries that ‘rip us off on trade’. []The post Trump Lashes Out At America’s Key Allies appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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North Korea Eyes New Relationship With U.S.
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
North Korean state media have raised the possibility that the isolated country could ‘establish a new relationship’ with the United States (U.S.) It came a day before North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, meets U.S. President, Donald Trump, for historic talks. The comments mark a shift in tone from North Korea after decades of animosity towards []The post North Korea Eyes New Relationship With U.S. appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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UN Seeks Probe Into ‘Russian’, Syrian Air Strikes
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an investigation into deadly air strikes in Syria last week that were allegedly conducted by Russian jets. Guterres expressed deep concern about Thursday’s attack on the rebel-held town of Zardana, which activists said killed at least 47 civilians. The dead included a []The post UN Seeks Probe Into ‘Russian’, Syrian Air Strikes appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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Italy Shuts Ports To Migrant Rescue Ships
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A rescue ship carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, promised during Italy’s recent general election to take a tough stance against migration. He says Malta should accept the Aquarius, but it refused, arguing []The post Italy Shuts Ports To Migrant Rescue Ships appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
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