US helicopter gunship kills 7 Iraqi civilians, injures 11

US helicopter gunship kills 7, injures 11 others

US helicopter gunship kills 7 Iraqi civilians , injures 11 By Bimbo Ogunnaike A US military helicopter has targeted several vehicles in Iraq’s al-Anbar Province, killing seven civilians and wounding 11 others, including a local official. The attack occurred in the west of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, local Iraqi media reported yesterday morning. Iraqi Alsumaria television cited an unnamed security official as saying that the US helicopter gunship had targeted several civilian vehicles in the al-Baghdadi neighborhood of Ramadi. Alsumaria said the head of the al-Baghdadi township and…

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We are still in shock over Deji Tinubu’s death- Lagos govt.

Governor Ambode Special adviser, Deji Tinubu slumps, die during novelty football match

We are still in shock over Deji Tinubu’s death- Lagos govt. By Bimbo Ogunnaike The Lagos State Government has expressed shock and disbelief in the sudden death of the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Deji Tinubu. The government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said it has reached out to members of Deji Tinubu’s immediate family to commiserate with them on the loss. “We are still in shock. All of us at the State Executive Council are in disbelief. He was…

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Nigeria, China bilateral trade hits $11.2b

Nigeria, China bilateral trade hits $11.2b

Nigeria, China bilateral trade hits $11.2b By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The trade and economic cooperation between China and Nigeria has prospered with bilateral trade hitting $11.2 billion with first 10 months of 2017. The figure put the growth rate at 28.5 per cent which made Nigeria as China’s third largest trading partner and second export partner in Africa. The Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of China, Zhao Linxiang made this disclosure at a reception for participants of training courses in China in Abuja on Thursday. According to Linxiang,…

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New Fossil in Israel backs early migration out of Africa

New Fossil in Israel establishes early migration out of Africa

New Fossil in Israel establishes early migration out of Africa   By Our reporter with agency report Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the oldest fossil of a modern human outside Africa that suggests that humans first migrated out of the continent much earlier than previously believed A report on Thursday said the scientists were digging in a cave called Misliya, on the slopes of Mount Carmel on the northern coast of Israel. Mina Weinstein-Evron of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, who led the team, said:…

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German Chancellor begins formal coalition talk with parties on forming new govt.

German Chancellor begins formal coalition talk with parties on forming new govt.

German Chancellor begins formal coalition talk with parties on forming new govt. By Bimbo Ogunnaike German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the leaders of smaller parties on Friday for the start of formal talks on forming a new governing coalition. Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, their Bavaria-only sister party and the center-left Social Democrats all had a terrible outing in September 2017 national election. The long-time chancellor’s attempts at forming a previously untested coalition with the Greens and pro-business Free Democrats failed last year. Social Democrats leader Martin Schulz faces…

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Brazil court approves seizure ex-president Lula’s passport

Brazil court approves seizure ex-president Lula’s passport By our reporter with agency report A Brazilian court on yesterday approved the seizure of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s passport, the Justice Ministry said, after an appeals court upheld the corruption conviction of the left-wing hero. The decision came on the eve of a planned trip by Lula to Africa, just as it  also came a day after appellate court judges voted to uphold Lula’s convictions on taking a bribe and money laundering and extended his sentence, in a major…

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Hungarian billionaire, George Soros predicts demise of Facebook, Google

Hungarian billionaire, George Soros predicts demise of Facebook, Google

Hungarian billionaire, George Soros predicts demise of Facebook, Google By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report An Hungarian born billionaire investor, George Soros, has launched a diatribeg attack on Facebook and Google at the Davos summit on Thursday, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy. “Facebook and Google effectively control over half of all internet advertising revenue,” the 87-year-old told diners during a speech. “They claim that they are merely distributors of information. The fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should…

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Governor Ambode’s Special Adviser, Deji Tinubu, slumps, die during novelty football match

Governor Ambode Special adviser, Deji Tinubu slumps, die during novelty football match

Governor Ambode’s Special Adviser, Deji Tinubu, slumps, die during novelty football match By Bimbo Ogunnaike There has been an outpouring of grief in the social media following the sudden death on Thursday of The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Commerce and Industry. Deji Tinubu slumped around 7.30pm during a five-a-side novelty football match in Epe on Thursday, on the sideline of a retreat for Lagos cabinet members, permanent secretaries, directors of ministries. After the application of first aid by the Lagos State Emergency Service failed to revive…

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APC supports, state police, resource control

PDP dead and buried in Katsina State-Odigie-Oyegun

APC supports, state police, resource control By our reporter with agency report The All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on restructuring has recommended state police, amendment to Land Use Act, merger of some states and states’ control of minerals. Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, unveiled some of the recommendations when he submitted the committee´s report to the APC National Working Committee (NWC) on Thursday in Abuja. El-Rufai, Chairman of the committee, said that the committee also proposed the amendment to Petroleum Act to allow states to control their mineral resources…

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Tiger Woods returns to PGA Tour in California

Tiger Woods returns to PGA Tour

By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The golf icon Tiger Woods has returned  to the PGA Tour on as over 2,000 golf lovers came to watch him play on Thursday in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California, United States of America. Woods bogeyed the opening hole on the South course at Torrey Pines after hooking his drive into rough and finding the green with his second shot. He added a bogey at the par-four fifth after pulling another drive, this time into a bunker.…

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Super Falcons get new Swedish coach

Super Falcon get new Swedish coach

Super Falcon gets new Swedish coach By Bimbo Ogunnaike The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has signed an agreement with Swedish coach, Thomas Denner to take charge of the senior female team, Super Falcons. The NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire in a statement made available to Daily Mandate, said  the contract also enables Dennerby to come into the job with an assistant, Jorgen Petersson. “The assistant is another highly-experienced Swedish coach nominated by Dennerby himself. Dennerby, who spent nine years with Hammarby IF of Allsvesnkan and played in the European…

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Saudi airstrikes killed 160 fishermen killed, destroyed 250 boats in Yemen-Report

Saudi airstrikes killed 160 fishermen killed, destroyed 250 boats in Yemen-Report

Saudi airstrikes killed 160 fishermen killed, destroyed 250 boats in Yemen-Report By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report Latest report in Yemen has estimated that no fwer than 150 fishermen have lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries in the wake of Saudi airstrikes against residential areas and non-military sites across the country. The report published by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network  yesterday,  said Saudi fighter jets continue to target Yemeni fishermen and their boats at sea, and the air raids have resulted in the death of 160 fishermen and…

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41 dead, 70 injured in South Korea hospital blaze

41 dead, 70 injured in South Korea hospital blaze

41 dead, 70 injured in South Korea hospital blaze By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report No fewer 41 people were killed and 70 others injured and eight of those injured listed as being in critical condition aftera blaze at a hospital in South Korea on Friday. Video footage and pictures showed a helicopter flying above the building in Miryang, engulfed by heavy grey smoke and surrounded by multiple fire trucks. The head of Miryang city’s fire station , Choi Man-woo told newsmen after the incident that the fire started at…

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Finnish govt. sacks convicted state prosecutor

Finnish govt. sacks convicted state prosecutor

Finnish govt. sacks convicted state prosecutor By our reporter with agency report The Finnish government on Thursday sacked the state prosecutor Matti Nissinen, after he had been fined by the Supreme Court late last year for negligence of duty through taking part in procuring services from a company controlled by his brother. The Minister for Justice Antti Hakkanen said that “particular impeccability” should be required from the state prosecutor. The Ministry of Justice had concluded that Nissinen was no longer credible in supervising the country’s prosecutors or able to be…

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Somalia govt. rescues 35 children from Al-Shabaab

Somalia govt. rescue 35 children from Al-Shabaab

Somalia govt. rescues of 35 children from Al-Shabaab By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The Somali government confirmed Wednesday its security forces rescued 35 children who had been taken as recruits by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab. The ministry of information said the government is looking after the un-accompanied children who are now receiving full protection and rights after being rescued from terrorists groups on January 19. “The government will provide all basic services to these children, as the necessity in rehabilitating these children is indeed critical to their long-term…

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Mourinho extends new contract with Manchester United till 2020 

Mourinho extends new contract with Manchester United till 2020

Mourinho extends new contract with Manchester United till 2020 By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The Manchester United Football Club of England announced on Thursday that manager, ManJose Mourinho has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until at least 2020, ending rumours he is unhappy at Old Trafford. Mourinho became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup last year, and he also led the club to victory in the Europa League,…

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U.S. Senate panel to release transcript on Russian lawyer meeting

U.S. Senate panel to release transcript on Russian lawyer meeting

U.S. Senate panel to release transcript on Russian lawyer meeting By our reporter The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley has said on Thursday that the committee will release the transcripts of its interview with President Donald Trump’s aides who attended a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer. “So, now it’s time to start releasing the transcripts of all witness interviews we have done related to that meeting,” Grassley said in a statement. “Let’s get them out there for everyone to see.” Grassley said the panel is…

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U.S. dollar rises after Trump remarks

Trump blames Obama, Russia, Iran for Syrian chemical attac

U.S. dollar rises after Trump remarks By Our reporter The assets required for declaration include immovable property and movable property worth more than 100,000 U.S. dollars. U.S. dollar rose in late trading on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he ultimately wants a strong dollar. Trump told a news medium  that the dollar is going to get stronger and stronger as the country is becoming so strong in economy and many other fields. He added the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s comments on the dollar were misinterpreted. The dollar…

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Declare your assets-Zimbabwe govt. orders ministers, senior civil servants

Declare your assets-Zimbabwe govt. orders ministers, senior civil servants

Declare your assets-Zimbabwe govt. orders ministers, senior civil servants By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The Zimbabwean government has ordered its ministers and senior civil servants to declare their assets, as it moves to curb corruption in the public sector. A statement issued by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda late Tuesday said the written declaration must be submitted by no later than Febuary 28. It said the order covered ministers and their deputies, permanent secretaries, senior principal directors, board members of state enterprises and parastatals…

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Cilic beats Edmund to reach Australian Open final

Cilic beats Edmund to reach Australian Open final

Cilic beats Edmund to reach Australian Open final By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The dream run of 23-year-old British talent Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open has come to an end on Thursday, after going down in straight sets to world number six Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Despite overcoming some big names like Andreas Seppi and Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the tournament, Edmund seemed flustered in his first Grand Slam semi final appearance as Cilic showed his experience and dictated play from the top of the baseline.…

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