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Turkey, Scotland Allows Policewomen To Wear Hijabs

Turkey has for the first time allowed policewomen to wear headscarves while on duty as part of their uniform.   Women serving in the police force “will be able to cover their heads” under their caps or berets so long as the headscarf is “the same colour as the uniform and without pattern”, said the ruling published in the government’s Official Gazette on Saturday.   It came into force immediately.   The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has long pressed for the removal of restrictions on women wearing the headscarf in the officially secular...
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Japan Warns On Measles After Infected Fan Joins Bieber Concert

Japanese authorities have warned of a possible measles outbreak after a fan who went to a Justin Bieber concert near Tokyo was diagnosed with the contagious disease, officials said Friday. A 19-year-old man had a fever of more than 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) and a rash over his body after returning from Indonesia earlier this month, the Disease Control and Prevention Center (DCC) and local media have said. Despite the condition, the man, whose name was withheld, went to Bieber’s concert on August 14 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, east of Tokyo, where some 25,000 fans gathered for the event,...
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Lagos To Wait For Crude Export To Get 13% Derivation

In spite of the commencement of production from its newly discovered oil wells, Lagos State may have to wait until crude oil export commences before it joins the league of states benefitting from the 13 per cent derivation principle. This clarification was made yesterday at Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting. This emerged just as allocation available for sharing by three tiers of government for the month of July dipped by N115.369 billion to N443.663 billion as against June’s allocation of N559.032 billion. The reduction was caused by sustained attacks on oil installations by...
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Eight Police Officers Killed In Southeast Turkey PKK Bomb Attack

Eight Turkish police officers were killed and 45 more people injured on Friday when a car bomb blamed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants exploded outside a police building in the southeast of the country. The bomb attack caused immense damage to the headquarters of the special anti-riot police force in Cizre, with television pictures showing a thick plume of black smoke heading into the sky. Eight police officers were killed and 45 more people wounded, two of them seriously, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, quoting the local governorate. Television quoted the health ministry as saying...
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Thierry Henry Becomes Belgium Assistant Coach

Former France star Thierry Henry has been named as the new assistant coach of Belgium, the national coach announced Roberto Martinez announced on Friday. "Thierry is an important figure. He will bring something different. He agreed right away to join us," said Martinez, who was appointed at the start of the month to succeed the sacked Marc Wilmots.
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Buhari, Alaafin Meet Over Avengers, Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari  yesterday  was in a closed  meeting with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Alaafin of Oyo said discussions at the meeting bordered on problems facing the country, including militancy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the North. According to him, Buhari requested traditional rulers to convey their advice on problems in the country in writing. He said: “As a Nigerian and one of the topmost traditional rulers in the country, I sent a memorandum to the President,...
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INEC To Deploy 18,511 Personnel To Edo

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will deploy a total of 18,511 officials to conduct the Edo governorship election; the election management body announced yesterday. The commission also yesterday announced that a total of 1,925,105 voters had been registered for the election in the 18 local government areas of the state. The details of the personnel being deployed for the election showed the division of the state into 192 Registration Areas (RAs); 2,627 Polling Units (Pus); and 4,011 Voting Points (VPs). The statement further revealed that “The Commission will deploy 1 Returning...
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NYSC Seeks UN’s Intervention In Camp Development, Others

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier-General Sulaiman Kazaure, has requested for the United Nation’s intervention to address the problem of deficit in Orientation camp infrastructure, as well as capacity building for members of staff of the scheme. nyscmembersnyscmembersAlso, the DG sought the world body’s assistance in the establishment of the skills centre for corps members undergoing entrepreneurship programme in the country. Kazaure made the requests, Thursday, when he received the Country Director of UNAIDS, Mr. Bilali Camara, in his office, in Abuja, said this...
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Italy Quake Death Toll Nears 250

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses would be found in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Rescuers sifted through collapsed masonry in the search for survivors, but their grim mission was clouded by uncertainty about exactly how many people had been staying in communities closest to the epicentre of Wednesday’s quake. Hundreds of people spent the night sleeping in their cars, in hastily-assembled tents or as guests of families in nearby areas less affected by the quake. Monica, a survivor from the tourist town of...
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Usain Bolt’s Girlfriend Finally Reacts To Cheating Scandal

Usain Bolt's girlfriend has reacted to his night of passion with a Brazilian student, and near-constant wild nights out with a bevy of beauties since finishing the Olympics. Model Kasi Bennett, 26, who he refers to as his 'First Lady', has remained silent on claims her man has cheated following his victory at the Games. But now she appears to have thrown serious shade online, by liking a series of cutting comments from fans, and memes online hitting out at the star. The brunette beauty liked an Instagram meme showing her and Brazilian Jady Duarte pictured side by side with the caption: ''When your...
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Banks Banned From Forex Deals Allege Cover-up By CBN

Banks accused of not remitting the $2.3 billion belonging to the Federal Government into the Treasury Single Account (TSA) have alleged a cover-up by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). They alleged that the apex bank is shielding some of their peers, which they claim are equally guilty of the same offence. The affected banks, which have been banned from further foreign exchange transactions, include United Bank for Africa (UBA), $530million; First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), $469million; Diamond Bank Plc, $287million; Sterling Bank Plc, $269million; Skye Bank Plc, $221million; Fidelity Bank, $209million;...
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Robert Mugabe Orders The Arrest Of Zimbabwean Olympic Team For Not Winning Any Medal

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately the arrive at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23. Zimbabwe which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position. Mr. Mugabe who is incensed with the team’s performance told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them. “We have wasted the...
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Zamfara ‘Blasphemy’ Killings: What Really Happened

Further details has been obtained of the killings in the Talata Marafa town of Zamfara State, where eight residents were burnt to death by a mob suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic. Reporters spoke to a resident of Talata Mafara, Salisu Mafara on Tuesday. He said trouble began when a student of the Polytechnic was accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. “The young man was a Muslim before he converted to Christianity and fellow students always accused him of saying nasty things about Islam. “However, he reportedly said terrible things about the prophet and the students around...
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LOL! You Won’t Believe What This 105-Year-Old Woman Requested For Her Birthday

After 105 years on this planet, all Ivena "Ivy" Smailes wanted for her birthday was a bunch of "hunky firefighters" to sweep her off her feet — and that's exactly what she got. Thanks to the crew over at Addison Court Care Home in Crawcrook, England, Smailes was surrounded by 40 friends and family members along with five gorgeous firefighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for her birthday last week. One of them even climbed through her window as an added surprise! "[Ivy] sends us little challenges for her birthday every year and this year she asked for firemen," one of the facility's...
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Shallow Graves Found In Lagos Pastor’s Home

The police in Lagos yesterday claimed that shallow graves were discovered at the residence of 70-year-old Prophet Emmanuel Adeyemi arrested for chaining his son and 27 others. Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni who confirmed the allegation said the place was raided following a tip-off that the suspect traded human parts to ritualists. He claimed that Adeyemi who was arrested alongside his first wife on Friday, buried some dead persons in the swamps and three others at his residence. Owoseni said: “We got a tip-off that they were people he buried in that compound and he confirmed it during...
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Man Who Named Dog Buhari Still In Prison

The man who named his dog Buhari, Joachim Iroko, aka Joe, has spent two days in the Ibara Prison, Abeokuta, due to the inability of his family members to perfect his bail conditions.   The Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Prisons Service, Ogun State Command, Victor Oyeleke, confirmed this to PUNCH Metro on Tuesday.   He told our correspondent on the telephone around 6.44pm that the defendant’s family members had yet to perfect his bail conditions.   He said, “The man is still in Ibara Prison. His family members have yet to perfect his bail conditions. It is already late...
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President Buhari says the Govt needs Credible Information in Order to Rescue Abducted Chibok Girls

President Buhari during a meeting  with the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon at the Presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday, said that in order for the government to successfully rescue the abducted Chibok girls, they need credible information on their exact location and the cooperation of the relevant persons. General Gown said he talked about various issues with the country including the governments efforts at fighting corruption in the country. He said: “We discussed the general affairs of the country, the problems of the country, his fight against corruption, and all the efforts that...
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Hotel Workers Kill Boss, Abscond With CCTV, Car

The Niger State Police Command has started investigations into the killing of the owner of Deploo Hotel and Suites, Mr. Lucky Okonkwo, who was murdered in his hotel in Suleja, Niger State. Punch Metro learnt that 59-year-old Lucky was stabbed to death on Friday by a three-man gang, suspected to be workers at the hotel, shortly after he returned from a trip to Kaduna. He was said to be at the hotel for the purpose of supervision. It was learnt that after killing the victim, the suspects took away the Closed Circuit Television decoder of the hotel, the victim’s phones and fled in his Peugeot 406 saloon...
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