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by on February 17, 2020
The Most Valuable Player award for the NBA All-Star Game has been permanently named for Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend who died last month in a helicopter crash, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Saturday. “Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Silver said. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.” Kob...
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by on February 9, 2020
A U.S. citizen diagnosed with the novel coronavirus has died in China in what appears to be the first death of an American from the virus that has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and killed more than 700, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said. "We can confirm a 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 6," a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said. "We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their los...
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by on January 30, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo is first person to top 200 million followers on Instagram Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 200 million. The soccer star became the first person in the world to reach 200 million followers on Instagram and announced the milestone with a photo montage on Wednesday. Portuguese Professional Footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo The Juventus forward beat out, well, everyone for the mark. He stands at around 200.2 million followers. The only account he trails is Instagram itself, w...
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by on January 16, 2020
Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sworn in as the substantive governor of Imo after the Supreme Court declared him winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election. Uzodinma was sworn in on by the Imo Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi, with his team of over 30 judges from the state judiciary at exactly 7.25 pm after his Deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku who took his oath of office by 7:15 p.m. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the swearing-in cere...
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by on January 15, 2020
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party as the governor of Imo State. The apex court declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state. Mr Uzodinma originally came fourth in the election. The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad gave the unanimous decision on Tuesday in Abuja. Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha (left),...
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by on January 11, 2020
Iran's military says it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, Iran's state TV reports. The statement said it had done so due to "human error" after the plane flew close to a sensitive site belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Those responsible would be held accountable, the statement said. Iran had previously rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down the plane near the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday. But pressure mounted after the US and Cana...
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by on January 4, 2020
 Donald Trump ordered a U.S. airstrike that killed one of Iran’s most powerful generals and sent global markets reeling as the president said the military leader was plotting attacks on Americans. “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught!” Trump tweeted Friday. “He should have been taken out many years ago!” he added. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier Friday...
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by on January 2, 2020
David Stern, the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association died Wednesday, the NBA said. He was 77. Stern died from a brain hemorrhage he suffered several weeks ago, according to the NBA. Stern suffered the brain hemorrhage December 12 while dining in a Manhattan restaurant. Stern is survived by his wife, Dianne, and their two sons, Eric and Andrew. Stern became the fourth commissioner of the NBA on February 1, 1984. He previously served as the NBA's general counsel from 1...
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by on December 25, 2019
The State Security Service has released Sambo Dasuki. His lawyer, Raji Ahmed, told PREMIUM TIMES the former national security adviser was freed on Tuesday night. Mr Dasuki’s freedom comes hours after the SSS released Omoyele Sowore, an activist who was arrested in August for organising a nationwide protest for good governance. They were both released on the directive of Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, who prevailed on the SSS in a Tuesday morning statement to obey valid court orders and ...
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by on December 8, 2019
Anthony Joshua on Saturday night comprehensively defeated Andy Ruiz Jr 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in their rematch to regain his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA (super) heavyweight titles. It was a masterful performance from AJ in Saudi Arabia; the Nigerian-born British boxer schooled Ruiz from range and never allowed the Mexican-American to close the gap. Joshua jabbed Ruiz Jr to death and he never gave the champion a chance to get inside and land the nasty hooks that led to AJ’s demise the first time ...
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by on December 7, 2019
An estimated N675bn was paid in cash bribes to Nigerian public officials this year, according to a new survey by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.   The report, which was released on Friday said out of all Nigerians who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30.2 per cent paid a bribe to, or were asked to pay a bribe by, a public official. “This means that, although still relatively high, the...
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by on December 7, 2019
Nigerian authorities have detained journalist Omoyele Sowore a day after his bail was upheld by a high court. Images on Friday show Mr Sowore pinned to the floor during scuffles with state security agents at a court hearing. The former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters was first detained in August after he called for revolution. Despite being granted bail in October, authorities have continued to hold him, sparking an outcry from his supporters. His...
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