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Cybercrime: Benin Republic Releases Nigerian Students To Embassy

Seven out of the 12 Nigerian students detained on allegations of Cybercrime have been released in Benin Republic, says Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.   In a statement, the SSA said the findings were contained in a brief sent in by the Nigerian Ambassador in Benin Republic, Ambassador Kayode Oguntuase.   In a letter written to a petition by Ms Joke Kujenya from Katsina state UNICEF where it was alleged that over 50 Nigerian students were detained and arrested, Dabiri-Erewa explained that only…

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Tragedy! 24 Die, 318 Injured As Trains Derails In Turkey

At least 24 people were confirmed killed, 318 injured in the derailment of a passenger train in north western Turkey. Deputy Prime Minister, Recep Akdag said Monday that heavy rain had caused the ground under the rails to collapse, causing Sunday’s crash. The train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members on board. Five of its six cars derailed. Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 were injured, with some 124 of them still being treated in hospitals. Transport Minister…

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Mexico Elects Left-Wing Obrador, New President

Left-wing candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico’s presidential election, saying “profound change” is coming. The ex-Mexico City mayor, known by his initials Amlo, is projected to win about 53%. His rivals have conceded in a crushing defeat for the main parties. Mr López Obrador’s key pledge has been to tackle the “evil” of corruption. He has also been highly critical of President Donald Trump and ties with the United States will now be closely watched. Relations with Washington have been hugely strained, with Mr Trump strongly…

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Redoine Faid: Gangster In Helicopter Prison Break In France

A notorious gangster has escaped by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region, the French authorities say. Redoine Faid was helped by several heavily armed men who created a diversion at the prison entrance while the helicopter landed in the courtyard. The helicopter flew to the nearby Gonesse area, where it was found by local police. Faid, 46, has been serving a 25-year sentence for a failed robbery during which a police officer was killed. This is his second prison break: in 2013, he escaped after seizing four guards…

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Mother, 100 Years Old, Meets Daughter, 79, For The First Time

It was an emotional family reunion on Sunday in Florida when a 79-year-old daughter met her 100-year-old biological mother for the first time, both having been told decades ago that the other had died. For years they’ve lived less than 100 miles apart along the Florida coast, not knowing about each other until a recent DNA test and the dedication of family members brought them together. Joanne Loewenstern, 79, found out at the age of 16 that she was adopted. She was told her birth mother had died soon after she was born, according to…

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Plane Falls Into Ditch, Fails To Gain Speed After Take Off

An airplane fell into a ditch at Orlando Executive Airport in Florida, United States Monday  morning, said Carolyn Fennell, a spokeswoman for the airport. Fennell said the plane failed to gain sufficient airspeed after take off. According to flightaware.com, the airplane was en route to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for an 8 a.m. flight when it fell. Four people were on board the aircraft, but no one was injured, Fennell said. The City of Orlando Fire Department’s hazmat team was called into the scene to contain a minor fuel leak shortly…

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Court Sentences Radical Cleric To Death For Attacks

Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court Friday for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta. Abdurrahman, who police and prosecutors say is a key ideologue for IS militants in the world’s largest Muslim nation, kneeled and kissed the floor as the panel of five judges announced the sentence while counterterrorism officers guarding him uttered “praise be to God.” Several hundred paramilitary and counterterrorism police secured the Jakarta court where the trial…

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Trump Bows To Pressure, Drops Family Separation Policy

President Donald Trump of the United States has bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order promising to “keep families together” in migrant detentions. Mr Trump reversed his own policy amid international fury over the separation of undocumented parents and children. He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing. It was not immediately clear when Mr Trump’s order would be implemented. “It’s about keeping families together,” Mr Trump said at the signing…

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Russia Condemns US Withdrawal From UNHR Council

Russia has criticised the United States for withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Coucil describing the action as a reflection of America’s approach to global affairs. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” Haley is President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations. She says a year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if “essential reforms were achieved.” She says it’s clear those…

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US Set To Quit UN Human Rights Council

The Trump administration is set to announce Tuesday its departure from the United Nations’ main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will deliver the verdict on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a joint appearance at the State Department, according to four officials familiar with the matter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly preview the decision, the specifics of which are to…

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