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The federal government has raised alarm over the high rate of theft of valuables, including passports of Nigerians in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. “It has come to the attention of the government that Nigerian travellers to the US and some countries in Europe are having their belongings, especially money and international passports, stolen at an increasingly high rate,” the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said at the fifth edition of...

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Donation will help tackle hunger, disease, poverty and gender inequality In the next four years, Nigeria and other African countries would receive aid of $7 billion from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation said in a statement is committing the money towards tackling hunger, disease, poverty and gender inequality. According to Reuters report, the organisation said Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, will take the lion share. “The European budgets are deeply affected by...

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Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Friday gave in to the Qatari government’s demand to ban the sale of alcoholic drinks at the eight stadiums that will host the World Cup competition. Breaking the news on Twitter, FIFA said fans will only be able to access alcohol at “FIFA fan festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues.” “Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale...

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The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme David Beasley, on Thursday told the UN Security Council that 345 million people are facing acute food insecurity in the 82 countries. The Security Council was focusing on conflict-induced food insecurity and the risk of famine in Ethiopia, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. Beasley also said 70 million are pushed closer to starvation by the war in Ukraine, noted where the agency operates is more than twice the...

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Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique and Colombian singer, Shakira have announced the end of their 11-year marriage. Shakira, 45, and Pique, 35, announced the split in a joint statement released on Saturday. The couple, who have two children from the marriage, stated that the well-being of their children necessitated the separation. “We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the statement reads. “For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that...

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This was revealed by the reference website, Worldometer, a live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health. Lending a voice to the issue of maternal mortality, the World Health Organisation, WHO, said women die as a result of complications during and following pregnancy and childbirth; while most of these complications develop during pregnancy, most are preventable or treatable: “Other complications may exist before pregnancy but are...

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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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Africa must not be carried away by western paternalism and the seemingly condemnation of everything China but concentrate on where the interests of its people will be better served. —Dr. Olalekan Augustine Babatunde 20 years ago when the African leaders put pen to paper and formalized trade and investment agreements with China, little did they realize how much groundwork they were laying for future generations considering how much the world has changed in multilateralism. The...

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