24 hours in Bangkok

Somali Roy Bangkok is a rapidly progressing Asian city that’s utterly comfortable in its own skin; it teems with a confidence in its culture while also presenting a healthy openness toward others. And indeed it has much to show off, as Bangkok has come a long way since its days as a city of canals and elephant paths. The economic boom of the ‘80s and ongoing globalisation have revitalised the cityscape by adding high-rises, expressways and shopping centres while also influencing art, fashion and entertainment. And yet you’ll still find…

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In Syria and Nigeria, Trump faces the limits of American power

    President Trump, inspired by TV images of faraway suffering to launch missile strikes against Syria, may be about to discover a lesson that has confounded presidents for 25 years: American power can only do so much. That truth is also embedded in another set of disturbing images that Mr. Trump has not cited publicly: those from Nigeria’s conflict-torn northeast, where a very different crisis is drawing different American action toward different ends. Those two conflicts, in both their contrasts and commonalities, reveal something of the role that Mr.…

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Dangote truck crushes three along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

It was a gory sight early Tuesday morning when a Dangote branded truck crushed to death three people along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at Arepo Bus stop. The truck, which was driving against traffic on the side going to Lagos, hit two of the victims as they were about crossing from the middle divider to the other side before swerving and hitting the third victim, who was already at the bus stop. Sadly the truck refused to stop and continued to head towards Magboro at top speed despite the efforts of…

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Lions Club donates water project to Ogun school

Lions Club International has disclosed that it is committed to touching the lives of Nigerians and other nationals as part of its centennial celebration. The District Governor of 404B2 Nigeria, Lion Taiwo Adewunmi, disclosed this at the inauguration of a water project at the St. Saviour Anglican Primary School at Ijoko-Ota, Ogun State. The club donated a borehole, 1,200-litre water tank and 3.5KVA generator to the school as part of the district’s Centennial Legacy Project. Speaking at the event, Adewunmi said the club was determined to help the less-privileged and…

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Defying zebra crossing code

Oki Samson One of the indicators of a society set on the path to become a megacity is the adherence to simple instructions such as traffic laws and codes. Motorists in Lagos generally have a disregard for traffic laws, such as use of seat belts, traffic lights and Zebra crossing unless they see a traffic enforcement officer. Zebra crossing is a pedestrian crossing marked by black and white stripes on road surfaces, especially major roads, akin to the skin of a Zebra. Its essence is to give the right of…

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EPL: Late Ibra strike saves United, Foxes continue winning

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an injury-time penalty but Manchester United drew at home again in the Premier League against Everton. The 94th-minute spot-kick was awarded after Luke Shaw’s goal-bound shot was handled on the line by visiting defender Ashley Williams, who was given a red card. But the point meant United have now drawn nine games at home in the league and 12 overall, while opponents Everton’s missed the chance to leapfrog them in the table. Everton’s opener came through Phil Jagielka’s clever, flicked finish from close range when he had…

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