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FG deports 7 Koreans from Nigeria

The Federal Government says it has deported seven nationals of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) back to their country. Mr. Sunday James, Public Relations’ Officer (PRO), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. “The Comptroller General, NIS Mr Muhammad Babandede, has carried out the deportation of seven DPRK nationals from Nigeria for life,” he said. James, however, did not indicate the reasons for the deportation, NAN reports. According to him, some of the deported Koreans included; Jo Sun Phil, Jang Sung Chol, Che…

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Former Dutch Minister Commits Suicide At 69

The family of former Dutch Minister Ella Vogelaar on Wednesday reported that she committed suicide at the age of 69. The family said in a statement that Vogelaar has been suffering from depression for quite some time and has finally put an end to her life. Vogelaar was chair of Oxfam Novib, the largest Dutch international development organisation from 2004 to 2007, Xinhua reports. From February, 2007 until 2008, she was a minister of housing, neighbourhoods and integration in the fourth cabinet of Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende on behalf…

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Italy Parliament Cut Down On Number Of Lawmakers

Italy’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved slashing the number of lawmakers, a move the left-leaning government hopes will help keep the far-right from power. Reducing the number of MPs and senators in Italy by 345 was a flagship manifesto promise of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which rules in coalition with the country’s centre-left, and promised voters it would tackle political elitism and wasteful spending. The move, linked to broader electoral law reforms, was passed by 553 MPs, with just 14 voting against and two abstentions. “It’s done!” the M5S said on its blog.…

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United States military training base attacked by Jihadists in Somalia

Jihadists have attacked a military base where US soldiers train commandos in Somalia, causing casualties, reports say. Local residents reported heavy blasts and gunfire at Baledogle airport in the southern Lower Shabelle region. The al-Shabab militant group said it had carried out the attack, using a car bomb to blast through the gates before sending its fighters inside. Military officials say the jihadists have been pushed back. Al-Shabab said in a statement it had launched the raid and that it was ongoing. “After breaching the perimeters of the heavily fortified…

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UK to repatriate 16,000 people on fourth day of Thomas Cook collapse

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said more than 70 flights were scheduled for Thursday to bring back 16,000 people to the country following the collapse of Thomas Cook. The authority also said more than 150 Thomas Cook crew and 30 per cent of the total number of passengers, in the first three days of the operation, had already been flown back. CAA said its flying programme would continue until Oct 6, with more than 1,000 flights planned in total. The aviation regulator launched the largest peacetime repatriation on Monday. Similarly,…

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Pakistan’s PM warns UN of potential nuclear war in Kashmir

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has said he has been trying to raise the alarm at the United Nations this week about the danger of a nuclear war breaking out over Kashmir. India and Pakistan came close to a conflict in February when India bombed Pakistani territory for the first time in a half-century and warplanes from both countries fought a dogfight over the divided region. Tensions were defused when Pakistan returned a downed Indian pilot. But they have grown again since India revoked a constitutional clause that endowed semi-autonomous…

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Saudi Arabia says military response to Iran is possible

Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs has said all options, including a military response, are open after attacks on two oil facilities, which it has blamed on Iran. While Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid war and escalation, Iran would be held accountable for the drone and missile strikes, Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC. A US assessment claiming Iran was behind the attacks was backed up by the UK, France and Germany this week. Iran has denied any involvement. The Iran-aligned rebel Houthi movement in Yemen, which is fighting…

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Ex-French President Chirac dies at 86

Former French President,  Jacques Chirac, a center-right career politician who served as head of state from 1995 to 2007, is dead, his family told AFP on Thursday. He was 86. “President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux said. Twice elected head of state in 1995 and 2002, his 12 years in the Elysee Palace made him France’s second longest-serving post-war president after his Socialist predecessor Francois Mitterrand. On the international stage, Chirac will be best remembered for angering the United States with…

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New South Wales becomes Australia’s last state to legalise abortion

The local parliament in New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, has passed laws decriminalizing abortion, becoming the last jurisdiction in the country to do so. The Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 passed the state’s lower house by 26 votes to 14 on Wednesday after dozens of proposed amendments prompted emotional marathon debates, heated clashes and weeks of protests. “Abortion has been decriminalized in NSW. “Sorry, it took so long,’’ Alex Greenwich, an independent lawmaker from Sydney, who had proposed the bill in August, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.…

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