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Indonesia Flood Death Toll Rises To 50 With 27 Missing

Rescuers recovered more bodies on Tuesday after weekend flash floods and cold lava flow on Indonesia’s Sumatra island killed at least 50 people and left another 27 missing, the country’s disaster agency said. Hours of heavy rain caused large volcanic rocks to roll down one of Indonesia’s most active volcanos into six districts on Sumatra

Record 76 Million IDPs Worldwide, Says Monitor

Conflict in Sudan and Gaza pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide to a record 75.9 million at the end of 2023, an NGO monitor said Tuesday. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said the figure was a new end-of-year high by its count, with the number of people displaced within their own borders

‘The Jungle Has Matured,’ Fubara Vows To Probe Governance Of Rivers

Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has announced a plan by his administration to set up a panel of inquiry into the governance of the state. Governor Fubara stated this on Monday after swearing in Dagogo Iboroma as the Attorney General of the state shortly after the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was screened and confirmed

Man Shoots Two Officers In Paris Police Station

A man arrested for allegedly attacking a woman with a box cutter shot and seriously wounded two officers in a Paris police station on Thursday after grabbing one of their weapons. A source close to the case said the incident happened in the French capital’s 13th district shortly before 10:30 pm (2030 GMT), and that

Invictus Games: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Arrive In Nigeria

[12:35 PM, 5/10/2024] Debo: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in Nigeria for their 72-hour tour to promote the Invictus Games. They arrived on Friday after boarding the British Airways overnight flight to Abuja which was slightly delayed after the scheduled pilot went sick, and a replacement had to be quickly arranged. Some Nigerian

Court Grants Sirika, Daughter, Two Others ₦100m Bail Each

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted ₦100m bail each to a former Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, his daughter, and two others. They are being tried over an alleged fraud to the tune of ₦2.7bn. According to the court, they are also to provide two sureties who must have landed properties in Abuja.

Stormy Daniels Back In The Trump Trial Hot Seat

Stormy Daniels is to return to the witness stand on Thursday at Donald Trump’s historic hush money trial for another round of expected tough grilling by attorneys for the former president. The X-rated film actress, who claims to have had sex with the married Trump in 2006, spent nearly five hours testifying on Tuesday, recounting

Northern Elders oppose CBN’s cybersecurity levy

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), a prominent socio-cultural organization representing the interests of the Northern region of Nigeria, has strongly condemned the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent decision to impose a cybersecurity levy on bank customers. In a statement released by the NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the forum expressed its dissatisfaction

Vietnam Marks 70th Anniversary Of Dien Bien Phu Victory Over France

War veterans, soldiers and dignitaries gathered in Vietnam’s Dien Bien Phu on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle that ultimately brought an end to the French empire in Indochina. Vietnam has invited for the first time a government minister from the former colonial power to attend official celebrations, which involve 12,000 people,

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