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KABUL — The United States wants to accelerate the peace process in Afghanistan by focusing on diplomacy and garnering wider international support, the U.S. embassy in Kabul said on Thursday. U.S. envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, discussed various options to take the peace process forward with Afghan leaders, the embassy said in a statement as he concluded a three-day visit to Kabul. According to local media reports, Khalilzad has suggested an international conference on Afghanistan in which the...

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Aside from the Saw-Scaled Vipers, COVID-19, and Donald Trump, the only other evil that I hate with a passion is this brute called Rush Limbaugh. ― Dr. Anthony Obi Ogbo I have not had this in a long time, but this day, I honestly felt that Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot would perfectly suit the occasion. So immediately after the death of the conservative talk show radio scoundrel, Rush Limbaugh, was announced, I went into a...

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LOS ANGELES —  Director Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama “Da 5 Bloods” roared back into the Hollywood awards race on Thursday when it was nominated for the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, while presumed Oscar contender “Mank” got just one nod. “Da 5 Bloods”, from Netflix Inc, scored three nominations, tying with independent Korean-language drama “Minari,” and two other Netflix films: jazz period movie “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and 1960s protest...

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SAN FRANCISCO — An engineering director and a software developer have quit Alphabet Inc’s Google over the dismissal of AI researcher Timnit Gebru, a sign of the ongoing conflicts at the search giant over diversity and ethics. David Baker, a director focused on user safety, left Google last month after 16 years because Gebru’s exit “extinguished my desire to continue as a Googler,” he said in a letter seen by Reuters. Baker added, “We cannot...

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ABUJA —  Award-winning actress and fashion model, Cicely Tyson, has died at the age of 96. Cicely was first discovered by a photographer and went on to become a very successful fashion model. In 1951, she made her acting debut in the TV series “Frontiers of Faith.” She then made her feature film debut in 1956, in the movie, Carib Gold. Tyson became the first African-American to star in a television drama when she starred...

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American Love and Hip Hop star,  Masika Kalysha has called off her engagement. Kalysha, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wrote on her official instagram page, “after much thought and careful consideration along with some unfortunate findings, I have made the difficult decision to call off my engagement. ” As a public figure, I am aware that I am not entitled to privacies most people will have. Because of this realisation, I go the extra mile to ensure...

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LOS ANGELES — Pray for movie theatres, since there don’t seem to be any respite from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Marksman,” a Liam Neeson thriller from Open Road, held onto first place for the second weekend in a row, grossing just over $2 million. The film has grossed $61 million after 10 days of release. That performance allows the movie to retain its box office crown, but that kind of distinction isn’t...

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Reinvigorating Nigeria-America relations under President Joe Biden A News Analysis by Lizzy Okoji, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) As Joe Biden becomes 46th President of the United States of America, it comes with hope for many Nigerians that the long-standing diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the U.S would be reinvigorated. This is even more so as one of the campaign promises of President Biden tagged “Biden-Harris Agenda for the African Diaspora” seeks to do away...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian Diaspora Movement (NDM) on Saturday expressed optimism that Africa could benefit significantly from the new administration in the U.S. led by President Joe Biden. Chairman of NDM, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa expressed the optimism in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The NDM has nearly 20 million Nigerians in the diaspora as members working together to build a progressive nation where every citizen is empowered to...

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the new President of the United States, Joe Biden,  and Vice-President Kamala Harris, urging the new administration to strengthen U.S.-Nigeria ties. Abubakar in a statement signed by him on Thursday in Abuja, urged Biden to assist Nigeria in winning the war against insurgency. “I also look forward to the removal of every travel restriction on Nigerian citizens, in keeping with the good relations that has existed between our two...

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