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MAIDUGURI — The World Bank has put the poverty rate in most states of the North-East at 70 per cent, adding that the region suffers from severe climate crisis and conflict which are diminishing its development. This was contained in a new report titled, ‘The Lake Chad Regional Economic Memorandum: Development for Peace’, which was released by the bank on Monday. The lender, in the report, revealed that the North-East and other regions around Lake...

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By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger As the world debates the successes, failures, and omissions of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, one inescapable conclusion is that Africa’s needs should be elevated on the global climate agenda. African leaders went into the conference with a clear agenda about the urgency of support for adaptation, the centrality of expanding access to power for Africans, and the overall need for partnering with African states on equal footing...

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YOLA — The Apical Diagnostic Centre Yola has conducted free Serum Glucose screening on over fifty people on Sunday in commemoration of World Diabetes Day is celebrated on the fourteenth of November each year. The Day is set aside by the United Nations to serve as a platform of creating awareness and enlightening people about the disease. Speaking at the event, an official of the centre Doctor Aminu M.C Tahir said the centre organized the...

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PARIS — France’s foreign minister told his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday that when talks with world powers on reviving a nuclear accord resume at the end of November, they must continue where they left off in June. The comments suggest growing concern over Iran’s public rhetoric before indirect talks between Iran and the United States resume in Vienna on Nov. 29 On Monday, Tehran repeated demands that the United States lift all the sanctions it...

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KAMPALA — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday said the perpetrators of the bomb attack in the capital Kampala on Saturday night will be arrested. “It seems to be a terrorist act but we shall get the perpetrators. The public should not fear, we shall defeat this criminality like we have defeated all the other criminality,’’ Museveni tweeted. The president said the Police were at the scene in Komamboga, a Kampala suburb, and will provide...

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TEL AVIV — An Israeli scuba diver had discovered a 900-year-old Crusader sword in the Mediterranean Sea. The sword, with its 1-metre-long blade and a 30-centimetre-long hilt, was lying on the seabed off the Carmel coast, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Monday. “The sword, which has been preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and evidently belonged to a Crusader knight,’’ said Nir Distelfeld, inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Robbery...

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Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. “For his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents,” announced the Swedish Academy this morning. The award comes with more than $1 million in prize money. Gurnah was born in 1948. He’s was previously a professor of English and postcolonial literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England...

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No less than 10 Nigerian politicians have been implicated in the Pandora Papers. At least eight African countries are featured in the document. In all, there are 336 politicians listed in the document, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which published the earth-shaking papers on Sunday. The ‘Pandora Papers’ is an investigation based on one of the biggest-ever leaks of financial documents which, on Sunday, exposed a hidden world of shielded wealth belonging...

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More than a dozen heads of state and government, including the King of Jordan and the Czech prime minister, have hidden millions in offshore tax havens, according to an investigation published Sunday by the ICIJ media consortium. The so-called “Pandora Papers” investigation — involving some 600 journalists from media including The Washington Post, the BBC, and The Guardian — is based on the leak of some 11.9 million documents from 14 financial services companies around...

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MOSCOW — Russia on Friday, October 1, 2021, held its first royal wedding since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution which toppled the Romanov monarchy, with aristocrats that travelled from across Europe for the lavish ceremony. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov, 40, and his Italian fiancée Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, 39, were wed at Saint Isaac’s cathedral in the former imperial capital Saint Petersburg. Hundreds of foreign guests travelled to Russia’s second city for the Orthodox Christian ceremony,...

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