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Kofi Annan dies at 80, Former UN secretary General

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian has died.The Kofi Annan Foundation said the former UN boss, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, died on Saturday aged 80.He died in Switzerland, after a brief illness, according to a tweet by the Foundation“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday…

‘Facebook asks big banks to share customer details’

Facebook has asked major US banks to share customer data to allow it to develop new services on the social network’s Messenger texting platform, a banking source told AFP on Monday.Facebook had discussions with Chase, JPMorgan, Citibank, and Wells Fargo several months ago, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.The Silicon Valley-based social network also contacted US Bancorp, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.Facebook, which has faced intense criticism…

Trump says anyone trading with Iran will not trade with US

As new US sanctions against Iran take effect President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to warn of the consequences of trading with Iran."In November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with theUnited States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" he tweeted.

Osinbajo sacks DSS boss Lawal Daura

Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo has sacked the director-general of the country’s secret service following the service’s operatives blockade of the National Assembly on Tuesday.Masked operatives of the Department of State Services earlier on Tuesday prevented lawmakers, staff and journalists from entering the National Assembly.Opposition lawmakers accused the ruling all Progressives Congress of being behind the blockade which saw the lawmakers locked out of their offices. The clerk of th…

Frankfurt Airport evacuated over breach of security

The Frankfurt Airport is being evacuated due to what the authorities described as “security breach” when an unauthorised individual gained undue access into unauthorised space. Taking to its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, the FA wrote: “Due to a police action, the German Federal Police is currently evacuating Piers A and Z at Frankfurt Airport’s T1. “As a result of this measure, flight disruptions can be expected. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight.” Parts of Frankfu…

Senators got $1m each to impeach Saraki, Kwara lawmaker Rafiu Ibrahim alleges

Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (PDP-Kwara South), has alleged that lawmakers under the aegis of Parliamentary Support Group, were given $1m each to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.The lawmaker said this on Tuesday in an interview with reporters at the National Assembly. His allegations could, however, not be independently verified, as none of the leading members of the Parliamentary Support Group for Muhammadu Buhari could be reached for comments. Calls to th…

Eight Nigerian Men Arrested In Thailand For Online Romance Scam

Eight Nigerian men arrested in Thailand alongside six others for engaging in online romance scam, are currently being paraded by the Police in the Asian country.The men reportedly engaged in swindling nearly Bt2 million from Thai women in Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Phitsanulok, Chon Buri and Bangkok’s Dusit district.Deputy Tourist Police chief Maj-General Surachate Hakpan told a press conference on Monday, August 6, that the investigation began after complaints from victims – each of whom wired b…

Medical school admits it altered tests to keep women out

A Tokyo medical school on Tuesday admitted entrance test scores for female applicants were routinely altered to keep women out and apologised for the discrimination after a probe.“We betrayed the public trust. We want to sincerely apologise for this,” Tokyo Medical University managing director Tetsuo Yukioka told reporters as he bowed deeply.Such alterations “should never happen,” added Keisuke Miyazawa, vice president of the university, pledging next year’s entrance exams would be fair without…

Serena Williams reveals struggles with ‘postpartum emotions’

Serena Williams was in a “funk” last week because she felt her hectic schedule was not leaving her enough time to care for her 11-month old daughter, the 23-time grand slam champion, said in a social media post on Monday.The 36-year-old American pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Saturday, citing “personal issues”, days after she was beaten 6-1 6-0 by Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic, the most lopsided defeat of her career.“Last week was not easy for me. No…

Lassa fever kills one in Enugu

The Enugu State Government on Monday confirmed the death of one person from Lassa fever in a health facility within Enugu metropolis.The Permanent Secretary, in the state Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, made the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu.He said that the health providers at the health facility tried to manage the patient but lost him.Agujiobi revealed that the ministry’s epidemiology officials had commenced massive contact-tracing of those people that had conta…