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Many Killed In N'Djamena Following Attack On Security HQ

Africa News

Several people were reportedly killed on Wednesday following a deadly attack on the headquarters of the National Security Agency (ANSE) in Chad's capital city N'Djamena. The violence in N'Djamena came as tensions rose ahead of a presidential election set for May and June that could return Chad to constitutional rule after three years of military-backed rule. Security forces have surrounded the headquarters of the Socialist Party Without Borders (PSF), after accusing "elements" of the main opposition party of launching the deadly attack on the country's internal security agency.

ECOWAS Will Re-Examine Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger Position - Tinubu

Africa News

Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bola Tinubu, during an extra-ordinary summit on the peace, political, and security situation in the Sub-Region, in Abuja on Saturday has urged Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger to reconsider their withdrawal from the regional body and not see the body as an enemy. He also went on to push the regional body to re-examine its approach in ensuring constitutional order in embattled member states.

Tinubu Bags AU Appointment As Champion For Health

Africa News

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been crowned by the African Union as a new Champion for Human Resources, Health and Community Health Delivery Partnership. Accordingly, the Nigerian leader will be addressing participants at the ministerial executive leadership programme by tomorrow Saturday, February 17, 2024. The news was issued in a statement today by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Ajuri Ngelale , titled ‘President Tinubu appointed as AU Champion for health’. 

Philippines Landslide Death Toll Increases To 68

Middle East & Asia News

The death toll following Tuesday's landslide at a gold mining village in Davao de Oro province, Philippines has risen to 68 according to officials. A three-year-old girl was the last person pulled alive from the mud. Her rescue after more than 60 hours buried was described as "a miracle". A disaster agency official of the province, Edward Macapili, said that at the time of the rescue of the girl it had given hope to the workers. But on Monday, those hopes appear to have faded.

Stop Interfering In Other Countries Affairs - Russia, China Chides USA

Middle East & Asia News

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have berated the United States of America (USA) for interference in the affairs of other countries. The two leaders, during an hour-long phone conversation on Thursday 8th, February 2024, discussed the creation of a “multipolar, fairer world order”. Moscow and Beijing have continued to expand their global influence over the past two years as they ramp up ties in trade and defense.

Gaza/Israeli War: Hamas Express Readiness For Ceasefire Negotiation

Middle East & Asia News

Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has today Tuesday expressed their readiness that his followers, the Hamas group is working on a draft agreement with Israel to bring an end to the war currently going on. Haniyeh disclosed that the draft agreement if concluded would lead to an exchange of hostages of prisoners and a longer ceasefire in the Gaza war. 

Haiti Declares Curfew As 4,000 Inmates Escape Following Attack On Prisons

US & Canada News

The government of Haiti had declared a 72-hour state of emergency on Sunday after armed gangs stormed two major prisons including the Port-au-Prince prison, leading to the killing of at least 12 persons and the escape of about 4,000 inmates. Haitian local media reported that police stations were attacked by the gangs, distracting authorities before the coordinated assault on the prisons. The government said the attacks left “several wounded” among prison staff and inmates. Among the prisoners who escaped were those connected with the 2021 killing of President Jovenel Moïse. Gang leaders have revealed that they intend to force the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who at the time of the attacks had traveled abroad.

British-Nigerian Minister Suspended For Calling Israel's Actions 'genocide'

US & Canada News

A British-Nigerian minister, MP Kate Osamor has been suspended after she accused Israel of genocide on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. Osamor, who is a British-Nigerian-born MP for Edmonton, sparked resentment after claiming in her weekly newsletter that Gaza should be added to the list of 'recent genocides'. Posting a picture of herself signing the Holocaust Education Trust's commemoration book in Westminster, she wrote on X, "Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day, an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of other people murdered under Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Gaza."

Alabama Witness First Nitrogen Gas Execution

US & Canada News

The Southern US State of Alabama executed a convicted murderer, Kenneth Eugene Smith, using nitrogen gas on Thursday. Smith, 58, who was pronounced dead at 8:25 pm (0225 GMT Friday), was on death row for more than three decades after being convicted of the 1988 murder-for-hire of a pastor’s wife. The State Attorney General, Steve Marshall said, “Justice has been served. Tonight, Kenneth Smith was put to death for the heinous act he committed over 35 years ago.” 

UK To Sign Trade Deal Allowing British Lawyers Practice In Nigeria

Europe News

The United Kingdom is expected to sign a new deal with Nigeria on February 13, to boost trade, and investments and unlock new opportunities in various sectors. This was revealed in a statement by the UK's Department of Business and Trade on Tuesday. According to the statement, Kemi Badenoch, the UK’s business and trade secretary, and Doris Uzoka-Anitie, minister for trade and investment in Nigeria, will be signing the deal today. The statement explained that the Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) is the first the UK has signed with an African country and is designed to grow the UK and Nigeria’s already thriving trading relationship, which totaled £7 billion in 2023. According to the statement, the new trade partnership aims to eliminate barriers in the legal services and film industry by allowing UK lawyers to practice international law in Nigeria and foster collaboration between the film and media industry in both countries.

King Charles Diagnosed With Cancer - Buckingham Palace

Europe News

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and is already receiving treatment that will prevent him from undertaking public duties for the immediate future, Buckingham Palace has announced. The monarch has personally informed both his sons, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, of his diagnosis, as well as his siblings, Princess Royal, Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke of York.

Amb Tuggar Calls For Equity In UN Security Council

Europe News

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has said there is a need to democratise the United Nations (UN) security council, saying Nigeria with its population, economic size and strategic role in Africa has earned the right to be part of the UNSC. He made the assertion while speaking on a panel with the theme: “Securing an Insecure World”, according to Alkasim Abdulkadir the minister’s media aide in a statement Saturday morning.