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A Parish court has declared  Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, guilty of the corruption charges against him. The court also found him guilty of “influence peddling”, sentencing him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence. The 66-year-old who served as president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted on Monday for having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved. According...

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern over the abduction of over 300 students at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State. It described abduction as “a gross violation of children’s rights.” The UNICEF country representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, in a statement on Friday, condemned the attack which took place in North West Nigeria. The statement added that the school attack is coming a...

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Facebook said on Thursday that it has banned all remaining accounts linked to the Myanmar military, citing the junta use of deadly force against anti-coup demonstrators. The move, which takes effect immediately, applies to the military and entities under the control of the armed forces on both Facebook and Instagram. It added that “military-linked commercial entities” were also banned from advertising on the platforms. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated...

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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Wednesday, joined the #BeLikeNgoziChallenge, a social media challenge which has been trending online since the beginning of the week. The challenge has attracted has attracted great attention recently with the historic emergence of Nigeria’s pride, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.     Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian development economist, is known for her African print Ankara wears and peculiar headgear usually tilted...

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by John Campbell Culled from The Council on Foreign Relations When Robert Azevedo stepped down last year from the post of director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the job—except for among members of the Trump administration. Because the WTO operates on the basis of consensus, the Trump administration’s opposition effectively vetoed her in favor of the current South Korean Trade...

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BEIJING — China published on Friday a new list of moral guidelines for actors and other performers, saying they could face a permanent ban from their profession if they fail to comply. Performers should not “violate ethics, morals, social public order or good customs, causing serious negative social impact”, the Chinese Association for Performing Arts, a non-profit organisation backed by the government, said on its website. Performers should not incite hatred and discrimination between ethnic...

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The United States (U.S.) has commended Nigerian financial expert, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for her desire to contribute her wealth of knowledge to the development of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it salutes the decision of the Republic of Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee to withdraw her candidacy for Director-General of the (WTO). This endorsement and salutation were contained in a statement released by the United State Trade Representative (USTR) Public and Media Affairs, in...

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LAGOS —  Amazon studios has released “Coming 2 America’’ trailer globally on Prime Video on March 5 virtually, the officials said on Friday in Lagos. The film is set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began. https://www.youtube.com/embed/x5lrkdvEZGg...

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CANBERRA —  Researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA) have discovered a drug that can treat the most lethal form of brain cancer. Wang Shudong, Head of Drug Discovery and Development at UniSA, said on Thursday that trials of the experimental drug, Auceliciclib, have proven that it can offer a new treatment for glioblastoma, which currently has no cure in animals. Glioblastoma is the most deadly form of brain cancer with 95 per cent...

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SYDNEY –  Health authorities in Australia on Thursday said they were aiming at vaccinating the entire population against COVID-19 by October, saying they had secured 150 million doses of vaccine. According to Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia had secured an additional 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, which was approved for use in the country late in January, bringing the total doses of vaccine secured to 150 million. The total number includes...

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