Nigerian traders protest Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open locked shops

The Nigeria Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), has carried out a peaceful protest over Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians in that country. Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the President of NUTAG, who led the protest, told NAN at the weekend that the authorities in Ghana refused to open their shops since last year. Nnaji said that the protest was to press the Ghanaian authorities to open shops owned by Nigerians living in Ghana, to enable them to tackle economic challenges amid COVID-19 outbreak. “I’m in talks…

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Nigerian burnt alive in Libya

Three men stormed a factory in Tripoli, doused a Nigerian worker in petrol, and set him on fire, according to a statement by the Libyan interior ministry, in a new reported attack on migrants in the North African country. The United Nations has described the man’s death “another senseless crime against migrants in the country.” A statement by Tripoli’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday said the suspects — all Libyan nationals — had been detained for the attack on the man, who has not been named. The ministry cited witness testimony…

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Shares, oil prices plummet after Trump contracts COVID-19

Oil prices extended losses to about 3 percent on Friday, after US President Donald Trump said he tested positive for COVID-19. Trump tweeted news of his positive result, just hours after the White House announced that Hope Hicks, one of his aides, had come down with the virus after travelling with the president several times this week. Brent crude slipped on the Trump news and was down $1.12, or 2.7 percent, at $39.81 a barrel by 0710 GMT. U.S. oil was also down $1.12, or 2.9%, at $37.60. US and…

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First man cured of HIV/AIDS dies of cancer

The first person to be cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown — known as the “Berlin Patient” — has died after a battle with cancer, the International Aids Society (IAS) announced Wednesday. Brown made medical history and became a symbol of hope for the tens of millions of people living with the virus that causes AIDS when he was cured more than a decade ago. He had been living with a recurrence of leukaemia for several months and received hospice care at his home in Palm Springs, California. “On behalf…

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Emir of Kuwait dies at 91

Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, state media announced.  “With great sadness and sorrow we mourn to the Kuwaiti people, the Arab and Islamic nations, […] the death of the late His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait,” read a royal court statement carried by the official Kuwait News Agency. The Kuwaiti Cabinet announced a 40-day national mourning and the closure of government departments for three days starting on Tuesday, according to the news agency. …

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Mali crisis: Jonathan, Buhari meet, suggests next action

Heads of State and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at the behest of their Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, may confer again to discuss outstanding grey areas in the Mali political situation, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated. The President spoke after receiving a briefing at the State House, Abuja on Monday, from the ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan. Mali has appointed a civilian as Interim President, who will stay in office for 18 months, and lead the country…

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Saudi resumes ‘Umrah’ pilgrimage October 4

Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round umrah pilgrimage from October 4, the interior ministry said Tuesday, after it was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.  In the first stage, “6,000 citizens and residents within the kingdom will be allowed to perform the umrah per day from October 4,” the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.  Visitors from outside the kingdom will be permitted from November 1, when umrah’s capacity will be raised to 20,000 pilgrims per day, the ministry said. 

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Mali’s military junta announces transition president

Mali’s military junta announced the leaders of a new transition government in the Sahel state on Monday, which will retain strong army links despite international pressure to appoint civilians after a coup. Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita said in a televised statement that former defence minister Bah Ndaw would become transition president — while he himself would serve as vice president. The announcement comes after the 15-nation West Africa bloc ECOWAS last week gave Mali’s ruling officers “days” to appoint civilian leaders, warning that it would not lift sanctions on…

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Visa ban: Don’t disrespect Nigeria, FG tells US, UK

The Federal Government, has told the United States and the United Kingdom that the country has ample provisions in its laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud in the country. The government said it took note of the concerns of some of its partners, specifically the United States and the United Kingdom governments regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo States. The government also noted that both countries expressed their intention to take punitive measures against those they decide will be involved in what they termed…

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Nigerian-born political scientist elected first African councillor in Germany

A Nigerian-born political scientist, Dr John Emeka Akude, has been elected a member of the Cologne City Council (Stadtrat) in Germany. By his election, Akude made history as the first councillor of African origin in Cologne, Germany’s 4th biggest city with about 1 million residents. He is from Abatete in Anambra State. Akude was elected on Sunday 13 September, when millions of voters went to the polls in towns and cities across North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, to vote for lord mayors, mayors, councillors and the integration councils. Reacting…

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