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Euro 2012 – Russian fans attack stewards at Polish stadium

Euro 2012 – Russian fans attack stewards at Polish stadium

Fears over violence erupting at Euro 2012 were borne out when stewards inside Wroclaw’s Stadion Miejski were attacked by fans inside the ground on Friday. Amateur footage following Russia’s 4-1 win in their Group A opener against Czech Republic has appeared online which shows dozens of supporters attacking a handful of officials in a main […]

UN warns on irreversible change in Earth's pattern

UN warns on irreversible change in Earth's pattern

With forests and fish stocks declining, water demand rising and lack of action on climate change, humanity’s path is anything but sustainable, the United Nations warns. The Global Environmental Outlook says significant progress is seen on only four out of 90 environmental goals. Meanwhile, a team of scientists warns that life on Earth may be […]

Ex-Egyptian leader, Mubarak, sentenced to life imprisonment

Ex-Egyptian leader, Mubarak, sentenced to life imprisonment

Erstwhile Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption and ordering the killings of hundreds of protesters demanding his exit from power early last year. Mubarak, 84, was sentenced amid an uproar by huge crowds of Egyptians who thronged the courtroom to watch the proceedings. Millions others around the world […]

Charles Taylor gets 50-year jail term for war crimes

Charles Taylor gets 50-year jail term for war crimes

Former Liberian leader, Charles Taylor, was on Wednesday sentenced to 50 years in jail by a United Nations-backed war crimes court. Last month Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. Judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone said the sentence reflected his status as […]

Jonathan receives three new envoys

Jonathan receives three new envoys

Three new ambassadors to Nigeria on Thursday presented their letters of credence to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. A statement from the Presidential Villa, Abuja, signed by Musa Aduwak, on behalf of the Special Adviser to the President, on Media and Publicity, named the diplomats as Mr. Tagelsir Mahgoub Ali of Sudan, Mr. Paul William Lumbi […]

Senegalese Makhtar Diop becomes new World Bank Vice-President for Africa

Senegalese Makhtar Diop becomes new World Bank Vice-President for Africa

The world bank has announced a new Vice president for Africa. He is Makhtar Diop, a Senegalese national with more than 25 years of development experience. According a release from the bank’s country office in Abuja today, Diop has been previously Country Director for Brazil since 2009 where he managed the World Bank’s largest country […]

Jonathan congratulates French president elect

Jonathan congratulates French president elect

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has sent a message of congratulation to Francois Hollande, who was last night declared winner of the Sunday’s French Presidential run-off. President Jonathan in a statement this afternoon signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, also saluted the people of France on the success of the elections, […]

ECOWAS nations urged to step up fight against money laundering

ECOWAS nations urged to step up fight against money laundering

Member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been advised to step up efforts in the fight against the money laundering and terrorism financing in the sub-region. The Inter- Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa, (GIABA) which made this call at the annual briefing session for ECOWAS Ambassadors […]

ICC convicts Charles Taylor for war crimes

ICC convicts Charles Taylor for war crimes

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was today found guilty of sponsoring brutal rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone’s civil war. The charismatic war lord-turned elected president was judged to have funnelled arms, ammunition and even mining equipment to rebels in return for blood diamonds and power in the volatile West African region. The 64-year-old was […]

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea’s keenly watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed. The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday. The US, Japan and South Korea say it flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into […]