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BREAKING: Ekweremadu Bags 10 Years In Prison For Organ Harvesting

Africa News

Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice and Doctor Obinna Obeta have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in the organ harvesting charges brought against them by a UK court. The former deputy senate president was sentenced to ten years while his wife received six years sentence in prison.

Sudan Crisis: FG Evacuates 500 Nigerians, Spends $1.2M

Africa News

The Federal Government (FG) says it has spent $1.2million (about N560m) to transport Nigerians stranded in Sudan by road to safe places where they can be flown home. The Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, who disclosed this, Wednesday, also said no Nigerian had died in the fight between warring military factions in Sudan so far.

Sudan Crisis: Buhari Calls For Ceasefire As Death Toll Rises

Africa News

Fierce fighting between military and para-military has continued in Sudan’s capital despite a temporary ceasefire to address humanitarian needs including the evacuation of wounded, on the second day of battles that left dozens killed. The death toll among civilians… has reached 97, more than half of them in Khartoum and its suburbs, while “dozens” of military and paramilitary personnel died according to pro-democracy doctors. Over 1000 were wounded on Sunday. The clashes are part of a power struggle between Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the commander of the armed forces, and Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti”, the head of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) group, thousands of ex-militiamen of the Darfur war who have become official auxiliaries of the regular troops, degenerated into violence on Saturday morning in the streets of this country of 45 million inhabitants, among the poorest in the world, torn by war for decades.

President Buhari Leaves For Saudi Arabia On Official Visit - Presidency

Middle East & Asia News

President Muhammadu Buhari traveled out of the country on Tuesday morning to embark on an eight-day diplomatic visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Buhari is expected to perform the lesser pilgrimage (Umrah), during his stay in the Kingdom of Saudi. This was revealed in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday evening.

New Era: Iran, Saudi, China Now On The Same Side

Middle East & Asia News

Middle East oil-producing rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran have ended their rift, and have agreed to restore ties and reopen embassies after China brokered a deal between both states. The giants have also agreed to reimplement the 1998 security pact where they agreed to cooperate on terrorism, drug-smuggling and money laundering, as well as reviving trade and technology. The rivalry between predominantly Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia has dominated Middle East politics in recent years, spreading into Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. It further deepened in 2016 when Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital following the execution of a Shi’ite cleric in Saudi Arabia.

China's Parliament Endorse Xi Jinping Third Term Rule As President

Middle East & Asia News

China's parliament has backed the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and head of the military, Xi Jinping a historic third term as president, making him the longest-serving head of state of Communist China since 1949. More than 2,000 members of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People to keep President, Xi Jinping for another five years, making a three-term tenure having assumed office a decade ago.

White Homeowner Charged With Shooting Of Black Teenager In US

US & Canada News

A white 84-year-old homeowner in the US state of Missouri has been charged with shooting a black teenager, Ralph Yarl, who rang the wrong doorbell while picking up his siblings. Andrew Lester has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, says Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson on Monday evening. Mr. Lester, allegedly shot Yarl, 16, once in the head and once in the arm last Thursday night. The boy survived. “I can tell you there was a racial component to this case,” Thompson said at a press conference on Monday. There is no indication that Lester or Ralph spoke to one another before the Thursday evening shooting, Thompson said. The prosecutor added there is no evidence that the teen entered the home and preliminary evidence shows Lester opened fire on the teen through a glass door with a .32 caliber revolver. There is no video of the encounter, Thompson added.

Trump Expected To Turn Himself To Law Enforcement Following Indictment

US & Canada News

Former US President Donald Trump is expected to turn himself into law enforcement on Tuesday thereby officially becoming the first former president to face criminal charges when he appears in a New York court following last week's historic grand jury indictment. The indictment is expected to be unveiled today Tuesday, April 4, providing the public, and Trump's legal team, with the first details regarding the specific charges he is facing. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been investigating a $130,000 (£105,000) payment made by Mr. Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels, which was initiated to keep her mute about an alleged affair.

Nashville School Shooting: Biden Directs U.S. Flag To Be Flown At Half-Mast

US & Canada News

U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered the country’s flag to be flown at half-mast following the shooting at a private Christian grade school in Nashville, on Monday. The President who said this was to show respect for the victims in a White proclamation, describe the incident as “senseless. Three nine 9-year-olds and three adults were shot dead during the incident. They were named as Katherine Koonce, Mike Hill, Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, Evelyn Dieckhaus, and Cynthia Peak. “Flags should be flown at half-mast upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the federal government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset, March 31, 2023.

Russia Ukraine War: Ukraine Retakes Land Around Bakhmut

Europe News

Ukrainians had seized high ground overlooking Bakhmut and opened the main highway leading into the city from the West said Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russia’s Wagner mercenary group. Prigozhin claims Russian troops which were deployed to hold territory his troops had seized in the city are “fleeing'” the area and not regrouping like the ministry says. He said: ”The situation on the flanks is shaping up according to the worst predicted scenario.

Buhari To Stay In UK For Additional Week Over Dental Procedure - Presidency

Europe News

President Muhammad Buhari will spend another week in London before returning to Nigeria, the presidency said. The Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday which stated that the delay in Buhari's return is at the "behest" of his dentist.

President Buhari Attends King Charles Coronation Ceremony

Europe News

President Muhammadu Buhari joined other world leaders for the coronation ceremony of King Charles III which was held on Saturday in the United Kingdom. King Charles ascended the throne on September 8, 2022, after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II who reigned for 70 years, the longest-serving British monarch.