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Novak Djokovic qualifies for last eight of Qatar Open

Novak Djokovic is through to the last eight of the Qatar Open after surviving a huge scare from world number 36, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Djokovic is on course to meet Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals in Doha after the Swiss beat Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6. STILL IN TENNIS – Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie...

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US and Colombia vow to reduce coca production by 50 per cent

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is “deeply concerned” about the increased production of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in Colombia. At a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, Pompeo said the two countries would try to reduce coca production by 50% in 2023. Colombia has already vowed to step up...

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NANS set for nationwide protest over ongoing ASUU and ASUP strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has issued a notice to all its structures and organs to commence mobilisation for mass action against the Federal Government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities-ASUU and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics-ASUP. This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s President, Danielson Akpan who blamed...

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INEC dismisses allegation to rig 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to provide evidence that it’s plotting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the 2019 elections. PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan had advised INEC to distance itself from an alleged plot to compromise the Electoral Guidelines and pave...

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Genevieve Nnaji celebrates two decades in the film industry

Nollywood actress and film maker, Genevieve Nnaji has celebrated two decades in the film industry. Nnaji, who recently premiered her directorial debut, ‘Lion Heart’, began acting at the age of 19 in 1998 with the movie, ‘Most Wanted’. The actress marked her 20 years in the art of filmmaking in her New Year post, while...

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Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace fails

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness. Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday. But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because...

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Zimbabwe president cuts short holiday over doctors’ strike

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short his annual vacation to try to resolve an impasse with doctors who have been on strike for a month. According to a government spokesman, hundreds of junior doctors in public hospitals across Zimbabwe withdrew their services in November demanding salaries in US dollars, an increase in on-call allowances and...

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ImaBridge Africa in partnership with Planet FM organizes free medical outreach

A Non-Governmental Organization the Imabridge Africa, in Partnership with Planet FM has conducted a free medical outreach for the indigenes of Ibiaku Uruan and its environs, where patients were tested and given free drugs. Speaking on the activities of Imabridge in the state, the Founding Director, Father Nsikak Ubom Asuquo, stated that the intention of...

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Nigeria Labour Congress begins indefinite strike on January 8

The Nigeria Labour Congress – NLC has set January 8 as date for commencement of an indefinite nationwide strike following the inability of the Federal Government to urgently transmit the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly. NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the strike would be inevitable if nothing happened...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Taiwan people to unite with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China. In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis but also warned that China reserved the right to use force. While...

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Residents of Uyo warned against buying off-the-counter drugs

The Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Dr Emem-Abasi Bassey, has warned residents of Akwa Ibom State against buying off-the-counter drugs, adding that recent events in the country had put the health sector in serious threat. Bassey, who gave the warning while speaking with journalists in Uyo, said most of the...

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INEC urged to curb issue of underage voting in 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC has been urged to ensure that the issue of under-age voting does not assume the character of the nation’s electoral process in the forth-coming general elections. A public analyst Barrister Edet Eyo Bassey who gave the charge in a chat with planet News said the issue of under-age voting which...

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Federal Government begins mandatory use of National Identification Number

Federal Government has begun implementation of the mandatory usage of the National Identification Number -NIN. The National Identity Management Commission-NIMC, which announced the development, said it was in line with the government’s directive on identity management in the country. The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, who made the disclosure urged all federal Ministries, Departments and...

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US and Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace. The Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017 and Israeli Prime Minister...

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Nigeria Labour Congress-NLC pledges commitment to workers welfare

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has pledged commitment to workers welfare while appealing to the Federal Government to urgently transmit the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly. NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, made the appeal in a New Year message to workers in in Abuja. According to him, 2018 remains one...

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Akwa Ibom state to hold New Year Solemn Assembly in Uyo

Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel is inviting the public to a New Year Solemn Assembly scheduled to hold today Wednesday January 2, at the Ibom Hall Grounds in Uyo, by 10 a.m. to mark the beginning 2019 and re-dedicate Akwa Ibom to God. According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, the...

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JAMB warns candidates against fake advertisement on social media

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board -JAMB has called on prospective candidates to disregard advertisements in the social media, announcing sales of registration documents with some illegal centres and subject combinations. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, gave the warning in an interview in Lagos. He said JAMB would soon publish the list...

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Aisha Buhari appointed Chairperson of APC Women and Youths Presidential Campaign team

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has been appointed the Chairperson of the All Progressives Congress Women and Youths Presidential Campaign team for the 2019 election. The wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo, is also appointed as the Co-chairman of the campaign team. This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja...

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