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Police Discover Cocaine Smuggled In Fake Pineapples

Spanish and Portuguese police discovered an enormous shipment of cocaine hidden inside fake pineapples during a raid on shipping containers. Nine gang members alleged to have transported the drugs from Latin America were arrested. A video by police showed the skin of one “pineapple” being peeled off to reveal a layer of yellow wax and beneath that the cocaine. Police seized 745kg of the drug hidden in the fruit  along with €400 000 (£352,000) in cash, according to Reuters. A laboratory where the drug was cut with additives was also…

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Army Releases 244 ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Suspects

Nigeria military says it has released 244 “repentant” Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. The authorities say they have been de-radicalised and can re-enter society, but critics are sceptical about whether they have repented. The group, which includes women and children, has been handed over to the governor of Borno state, an area badly affected by Islamist violence. Some 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. The army released the suspects as part of activities marking Armed Forces Remembrance Day. “The detainees have been de-radicalised for…

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Dangote Retains Title As Africa’s Richest Man

…….For 7 years running For the seventh year in a row, President and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote was adjudged as the richest man in Africa with a net worth that Forbes pegged at $12.2 billion. That was an increase of $100 million from a year ago. Bill Gates maintained his position as the richest in the world with a net worth of $86 billion, while Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos were second and third consecutively with a net worth of $75.6 billion and $72.8 billion. Forbes further stated…

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InterContinental Hotels Group Exits Nigeria Over Loan Disagreement

InterContinental Hotels Group is withdrawing from Nigeria four years after it opened its first site in Africa’s most populous country following a disagreement with local partners over the terms of how to bring the property out of receivership. The United Kingdom company’s 358-room hotel in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, will no longer operate as an InterContinental-branded property as of January 18, Simon Stamper, IHG’s director of African operations, said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. The company’s other hotels in sub-Saharan Africa are in South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia. “We…

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Ethiopia Bans Foreign Adoptions To Prevent Child Abuse

Ethiopian government has banned foreign adoptions in order to “prevent crimes against children.”  Spokesman at the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, Solomon Asfaw, said on Wednesday that the ban was aimed at protecting Ethiopian children and avoid mistreatment in the future.  “We also want to avoid cases wherein some children are stolen and then are sold before taken abroad,” he said. Lawmakers approved the bill to prohibit foreign nationals from adopting Ethiopian children on Tuesday. Some had raised concerns that the ban comes amid a shortage of local orphanages…

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Egypt’s President Attends Coptic Christmas Mass Amid Tight Security

In a show of solidarity with Egypt’s embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made a symbolic appearance Saturday at an Orthodox Christmas Mass in a new cathedral as tens of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed outside churches across the country. The tight security was ordered in anticipation of possible attacks by Islamic militants on the Christian holy day. ‘‘We, with the grace of God, are offering a message of peace and love from here, not just to Egyptians or to the region, but to the entire world,’’ Sissi told…

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Israel Offers African Migrants $3500 To Leave, Or Jail

Israel on Wednesday said it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.   Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in public made the remarks at a cabinet meeting on the payment program in Jerusalem.   Netanyahu said a barrier Israel completed in 2013 along its border with Egypt had effectively cut off a stream of “illegal infiltrators” from Africa after some 60, 000 crossed the desert frontier.   The vast majority came from…

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Pakistan Summons US Envoy Over Trump’s Angry Tweet

Pakistan summoned the United Sttes Ambassador, David Hale, in protest against  President Donald Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistan’s “lies and deceit”, while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed the outburst as a political stunt. Ambassador Hale was summoned by the Pakistan foreign office on Monday to explain Trump’s tweet, reports said. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the meeting took place. In a withering attack, Trump on Monday said the United States had “foolishly” handed Pakistan more than $33bn in aid in the last 15 years and had…

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CAF Congratulates Newly Elected Liberian President, Weah

Confederation of the African Football (CAF) was among the earliest global football family to send congratulatory message to the newly elected president of Liberia, George Opong Weah shortly after the result of the re-run was announce on Wednesday. Shortly after his declaration, Weah took to his Twitter handle saying, “it is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today. It is great hope. #Liberia#Liberia2017” he stated. The AC Milan legend had indeed reaped the most votes in the first…

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