Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq

Pope Francis begins a historic visit to Iraq on Friday, the first by a pontiff to the birthplace of the Eastern Churches from where more than a million Christians have fled over the past 20 years. The visit of the pope has a highly symbolic value given the importance of Iraqi Christians in the history of the … Continue reading Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq

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Why US lawmakers are scared of holding sessions at Capitol

The U.S. House of Representatives canceled its planned Thursday session, after the Capitol Police warned on Wednesday that a militia group could be plotting to breach the building that was subjected to a deadly attack on Jan. 6. The House had been scheduled to debate and vote on a police reform bill, but a Democratic aide said … Continue reading Why US lawmakers are scared of holding sessions at Capitol

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What’s behind the increasing cases of gang violence in Paris?

France has been alarmed over recent weeks by a spate of killings of young people in gang violence in the Paris region during the school holidays. Experts say that the role of social media and the economic effects of the Covid-19 crisis are major factors behind this phenomenon. The most recent killing to shake France was that … Continue reading What’s behind the increasing cases of gang violence in Paris?

Death of H&M employee sparks claims of abuse among factory workers in India

Fashion retailer H&M said on Tuesday that it would investigate reports of sexual harassment at a supplier’s factory in southern India following the death of a female employee and the arrest of a male co-worker on suspicion of her murder. More than two dozen workers at the plant in Tamil Nadu state have spoken out … Continue reading Death of H&M employee sparks claims of abuse among factory workers in India

#EndSARS: Read President Muhammadu Buhari’s adress to the nation

SPEECH PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020 Fellow Nigerians, It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs. I must warn those who have hijacked … Continue reading #EndSARS: Read President Muhammadu Buhari’s adress to the nation

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#EndSARS: Bukola Saraki condemns Lekki killings

I appeal to the government to put an end to this shooting of protesters by security agents. We need to exercise great patience, restraint and compassion in handling the demands of these youth. We must do all that is necessary to protect and engage with them on all issues. Please let the shooting stop and … Continue reading #EndSARS: Bukola Saraki condemns Lekki killings

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One feared dead in Oyo state as #EndSARS protesters clash with police

One student was feared shot dead on Saturday during a clash between #ENDSARS protesters and police operatives in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. It was learnt the protest was allegedly hijacked by hoodlums who attempted to free detained suspects in Owode Ogbomoso Area Command Police station. But the Police Command denied it shot any protester dead, stating … Continue reading One feared dead in Oyo state as #EndSARS protesters clash with police

Buhari meets IGP, breaks silence on #EndSARS

President Muhammadu Buhari has broken silence on the #ENDSARS protests spreading across the nation. He said his administration was committed to reforms in SARS operations. The President, in a series of tweets on Friday night, said he had met with the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, who he said has briefed him on moves … Continue reading Buhari meets IGP, breaks silence on #EndSARS

Chicago shootings leave 9 dead and more wounded

Gun violence continued to plague Chicago, with eight people killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and at least 19 other people wounded so far this weekend, police said Sunday. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people were shot, a number that includes those killed, according to … Continue reading Chicago shootings leave 9 dead and more wounded

Afghan president hopeful of a peace treaty with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday that peace talks with the Taliban could begin "in a week's time," following the completion of a crucial prisoner exchange. "To demonstrate the government's commitment to peace, the Islamic Republic will soon complete the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners," Ghani told senior officials at the presidential palace. "With this … Continue reading Afghan president hopeful of a peace treaty with Taliban