Bush fire near PH airport grounds flights, leaves passengers stranded

      Wole Shadare     A bushfire that spread very close to the Port-Harcourt International Airport led to the closure of the runway on Saturday.   According to an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) villagers set fire on bushes around Omagwa, the community housing the airport, stressing that the inferno spread rapidly close to the area which forced FAAN to close the runway.   The closure NewTelegraph learnt led to the grounding of aircraft from take-off while arriving airplanes returned back to where they…

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FA Cup: Man United need replay; wins for Man City, Saints

  *Fulham upset Aston Villa   Manchester United failed to have a shot on target in a domestic game for the first time since January 2015 as they played out a goalless FA Cup draw at Molineux.     With United having a two-legged EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City this month, the Old Trafford replay will take up their only spare January midweek without a game.         For Wolves, it adds to a marathon season that has already reached 36 games, reports the BBC.    …

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Police exhume body of LASU student killed by lover, pastor

The corpse of female Lagos State University (LASU) student, Seun Favour, murdered by a pastor, Segun Philips and her lover, Owolabi Adeeko,  in Ikoyi-Ile, Osun State, was on Saturday exhumed by homicide experts from the Osun State Police Command.     The State Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo, who led the team that exhumed the corpse, said the move would enable the police to conclude investigation into the matter.   While responding to questions from newsmen, Philips said he killed the deceased to experiment with what he read in the…

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Many killed as gas explosion rocks Kaduna

Baba Negedu, Kaduna An unspecified number of persons have been killed in a gas explosion in Sabon – Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis in Chikun Local Government Area. The incident took place at about 1:00pm on Saturday in what those around the area described in an illegal gas station located by Kachia Road, opposite a Total Filling Station. The detonation caused fear and apprehension among many residents close to the gas station who initially thought it was a bomb explosion. Many were said to have taken to their heels to…

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 14 students killed in Burkina Faso

Fourteen students died on Saturday morning in Toeni, Sourou province, in northwestern Burkina Faso when the bus transporting them jumped on a mine, Xinhua learned from a security source. “A bus transporting students to the city of Toma jumped on a mine. “The death toll is 14 and four injured,” an army official said on condition of anonymity to Xinhua. The reason of the incident was not immediately clear and further details had yet to emerge. An Islamist insurgency last year has ignited ethnic and religious tensions in Burkina Faso,…

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California beefs up security after US kills Iranian general

California authorities have ramped up security after a U.S. airstrike killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Mark Ghilarducci, California Homeland Security Advisor and Director of Emergency Services made this known in statement on Saturday. Ghilarducci added that the state’s office of emergency services maintained strong relationships with security and intelligence departments around the country and the world, and was continually monitoring the situation. “At the same time, the California Cybersecurity Integration Centre is working closely with its partner networks to prevent, protect against and mitigate possible cyber-attacks,” Ghilarducci said in…

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Report: Boko Haram kills 50 fishermen in Lake Chad attack

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed at least 50 people on an island on Lake Chad, bordering Cameroon and Chad, a local official told the BBC. The militants, disguised as traders, attacked fishermen, local mayor Ali Ramat said, quoting a survivor. The attack happened on December 22, but news from the remote area is only just beginning to come out. Boko Haram, formed in Nigeria in 2009, has since spread its activities to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Ramat, the mayor of Darak in Cameroon’s Far North Region, told the…

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Iraq holds massive funeral for top Iranian Gen. Soleimani

Thousands of Iraqis, including senior politicians, attended the funeral of a top Iranian general and Iraqi militiamen in Baghdad on Saturday, following a U.S. airstrike that sharply escalated tensions across the region. The attack near Baghdad airport killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy head of Iraq’s Muslim Shiite militia Hashd al-Shaabi, along with six other Iran-allied militiamen. On Saturday, the bodies of those killed in the strike were carried inside caskets onto military vehicles in a funeral procession led by…

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Two die, others injured as vehicles collide fall from Otedola Bridge

Muritala Ayinla Tragedy has struck in Lagos as two people lost their lives in fatal accident involving a truck laden with several tons of granite and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Although the exact cause of the accident was sketchy, New Telegraph learnt that the truck lost control veered across the road burst through the crash barrier on the bridge before colliding with a black coloured Lexus SUV. The fatal accident occured at Otedola bridge inward the Secretariat Alausa. Following the impact of the collision, the truck head subsequently detached…

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Alarms raised in China as pneumonia outbreak infects dozens

China’s health authorities are trying to identify what is causing an outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, officials said, as the number of its cases rose to 44 and Singapore said it would screen arrivals at the airport from there. Authorities this week said they were investigating 27 cases of infection after rumours on social media suggested the outbreak could be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was aware of the reports on Friday, and was monitoring the situation.…

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