Prof. Olaniyan dies of heart failure in US

Tony Okuyeme One of the most brilliant and accomplished Professors of English and African Literature in America, Tejumola Olaniyan, is dead. He died on Saturday afternoon at his home in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, of heart failure. Prof. Laniyan, who turned 60 on April 3, this year, was about to set out for a trip to Europe for a conference. He was the Louis Durham Mead Professor in English and the Wole Soyinka Humanities Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between August 7 and 10 this year, he…

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US accuses Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema, of money laundering

Allen Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, has been indicted in the US for bank fraud and money laundering. The Nigerian businessman was accused of moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through US bank accounts in a scheme involving “false documents” based on the purchase of airplanes. Onyema was indicted alongside Ejiroghene Eghagha, the airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, who is said to have committed aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme. In a statement issued by the district attorney’s office on Friday, Onyema and…

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Report: US considers pulling up to 4,000 troops from S’Korea

The United States is considering a significant cut to its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the cost of the deployment, South Korean newspaper ‘Chosun Ilbo’ reported on Thursday. The US broke off talks on defence costs with South Korea this week after demanding Seoul raise its annual contribution to $5bn, more than five times what it pays now, in a rare public display of discord in the alliance. Neither side has publicly confirmed the numbers, but US President Donald Trump has said the…

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US: Four dead in mass shooting during football party

Ten people were shot and four of them were killed Sunday at a party in Fresno when suspects sneaked into the backyard and fired into the crowd, police said. The shooting took place about 6pm on the city’s southeast side while people were gathered to watch a football game. Deputy Chief Michael Reid said a total of 10 people were shot, with three people being found dead in the backyard, reports metro.co.uk. A fourth victim died at the hospital. Six others are expected to survive and are recovering at the…

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China says it has agreed with US to cancel tariffs in phases

China and the United States have agreed to cancel in phases the tariffs imposed during their months-long trade war, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, without specifying a timetable. An interim U.S.-China trade deal is widely expected to include a U.S. pledge to scrap tariffs scheduled for December 15 on about $156 billion worth of Chinese imports, including cell phones, laptop computers and toys, reports Reuters. Tariff cancellation was an important condition for any agreement, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said, adding that both must simultaneously cancel some tariffs on…

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Apple asks US to waive tariffs on Chinese-made watches, iPhone parts, AirPods

Apple Inc asked the Trump administration to waive tariffs on Chinese-made Apple Watches, iPhone components and other consumer products, according to company filings with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. The company on Thursday sought tariff exclusions from 11 products, including HomePod speakers, iMac computers, parts for use in repairing iPhones, iPhone smart battery cases, AirPods and others. The public has until November 14 to submit comments on the requests, reports Reuters. Apple told the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office the products were consumer electronic devices and “not strategically important or related…

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US withholding $105m in security aid for Lebanon – sources

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is withholding $105 million in security aid for Lebanon, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, two days after the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. The State Department told Congress on Thursday that the White House budget office and National Security Council had decided to withhold the foreign military assistance, the two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The officials did not say why the aid was blocked. One of the sources said the State Department did not give Congress a reason for…

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Islamic State vows revenge against US for Baghdadi killing

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States. The Iraqi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before Islamic State’s control disintegrated under U.S.-led attacks. The group confirmed his death in an audio tape posted online and said a successor, identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had been…

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US releases Baghdadi raid video, warns of likely retribution attack

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend’s commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a “retribution attack.” The declassified, grainy, black-and-white aerial videos from Saturday’s raid showed U.S. special operations forces closing in on the compound and U.S. aircraft firing on militants nearby. The most dramatic video showed a massive, black plume of smoke rising from the ground after U.S. military bombs leveled Baghdadi’s compound, reports Reuters. “It…

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N’Korea warns US, Europe against raising missile tests at UN

North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday against raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the United Nations Security Council saying it would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.” The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said last week it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The discussion was requested by Germany with the support of Britain and France. “We know well that the United States is behind impure moves of the UK,…

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