Doubt over Islamist link to Dortmund bombs

Investigators in Germany say there is “significant doubt” that Tuesday’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus was the work of radical Islamists. They say letters found at the scene may be an attempt to trick people into thinking there was an Islamist motive. But they said it may have been the work of political extremists – from the left or right – or violent football fans. Two people received medical treatment after three bombs exploded near the team bus, shattering glass. Spanish footballer Marc Bartra underwent wrist surgery and…

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Scholar underscores significance of fasting in month of Rajab

Islamic scholar, Sheik Najeemdeen Yusuf Aduralongba has underscored the significance of fasting in the month of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. Aduralongba who doubles as the chief Imam of Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters (YOUMBAS) Ogun state and Republic of Benin, said this in a telephone interview with New Telegraph, maintaining that the month of Rajab, in its superabundant favors and benefits, reverence and sanctity, is next to none. “It is linked to Almighty Allah (SWT) as Sha’ban to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Ramadan to…

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Trump Nato ‘no longer obsolete’

  US President Donald Trump has said Nato is “no longer obsolete”, reversing a stance that had alarmed allies. Hosting Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance’s importance. He called on Nato to do more to help Iraqi and Afghan “partners”. Trump has repeatedly questioned Nato’s purpose, while complaining that the US pays an unfair share of membership. The Nato U-turn wasn’t Trump’s only change of heart on Wednesday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he…

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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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EPL: Man City too strong for Hull, Liverpool bounce back

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Hull City on Saturday that boosted their hopes of finishing in a Champions League spot. Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring before half time at Etihad Stadium, as the Hull defender turned in Jesus Navas’ dangerous low cross. Raheem Sterling’s jinking run then set up Sergio Aguero and the Argentine’s powerful effort squeezed past Eldin Jakupovic. The Hull goalkeeper had no chance from City’s third, with Fabian Delph allowed time and space to…

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IS militants kill 14 police officers, 17 others in Iraqi attacks

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  At least 31 people were killed, including 14 police officers, and more than 40 wounded in attacks overnight by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, security and medical sources said on Wednesday. The militants wore police uniforms and used a police vehicle to enter the city, located 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police colonel Khalid Mahmoud told Reuters. He said there were around 10 attackers, including two suicide bombers. A total of 31 bodies were taken to hospital, including 14 belonging to policemen,…

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QI 2017: Recession retards stock market growth

Nigeria’s capital market witnessed an unprecedented lull in the first quarter of the year. CHRIS UGWU writes that the recession, which has fuelled uncertainty, has impacted negatively on the market Despite hope of a bouyant 2017, investors’ cumulative Year-to-Date (YTD) returns on investments in equities during the first quarter of the year closed negatively at -5.05 per cent. Available statistics analysed by New Telegraph showed that activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), which opened the trading year high at N9.246 trillion in market capitalisation and 26.874.62 in index at…

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