Sunday, 31 May 2015

Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing

Beheading in SaudiBeirut - A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.

Cameroon food stocks dwindle

(File)London - Food shortages threaten about 200 000 people in northern Cameroon after cross-border raids by Islamist sect Boko Haram forced people to flee their homes and fields, says the World Food Programme (WFP).

12-year-old rape victim can keep baby

(File)Montevideo - A 12-year-old Uruguayan girl who was left pregnant after being raped, will be allowed by authorities to keep her baby,

'Ebola will return', scientist warns

(File)Paris - Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world's top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976.

Judge delays request to dismiss Suge Knight's murder case

Los Angeles - A motion to dismiss a murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight is being delayed because the former rap music mogul has changed attorneys.

Steve Martin reflects on his career as he receives AFI honor

(Shutterstock)Los Angeles - In the early 1980s, when Steve Martin was a fledgling movie star, he recalls attending the American Film Institute's celebration of Frank Capra and how

President Buhari seeks Europe, U.S. support for Nigeria’s development

Nigeria's APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari. (File, AP) Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will seek the support of Europe, America and Nigeria’s neighbours in tackling the unemployment and security problems confronting the country.

I remain grateful to Bayelsa people, Nigerians - Jonathan

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan during an election campaign rally in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP, File)Yenagoa - Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Yenagoa said he remained grateful to Bayelsa people for the support he enjoyed during his political career from 1999 to date

We've not banned anyone from travelling - Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari salutes his supporters during his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, on Friday. Picture: AP/Sunday AlambaAbuja - President Muhammadu Buhari says officials of past administration, including ministers are entitled to their full rights and privileges under the constitution.
Buhari said this in a statement released in

Suicide bomber, rocket grenades kill 30 in Maiduguri city

A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. (Stephane Yas, AFP)Maiduguri — A suicide bomb blast outside a mosque and rocket-propelled grenades that exploded into homes as people slept killed at least

Buhari declares assets in graft fight

Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari waves to the public. (AFP)Abuja — President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly declared his assets, a spokesman said Saturday, in a move that is a far cry from his predecessor's adamant refusal to do so.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Small penis pageant planned

Brooklyn - The Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant will honour New York's smallest manhoods.

Nigeria pledges to protect schools in conflicts

Oslo - Almost 40 countries pledged Friday to do more to protect students caught up in conflicts, including Nigeria and Afghanistan both of which have suffered armed attacks on schools in recent years.

Probe opened after Borno suicide attack kills 6

Afghan security forces members inspect the site of a suicide attack near a bank in Jalalabad, east of Kabul. (AP)Abuja - Police have commenced investigations into the death of six people following a suicide bomb attack at a wedding fatiha in Tashan Alade in Hawul Local

Buhari vows to tackle Nigeria's problems 'head on'

Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP) Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari said in his inaugural address on Friday the nation faced "enormous challenges" but vowed "to tackle them head on", after taking the oath of office.

Seven killed by blasts at wedding venue in Borno

Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night. (Sunday Alamba, AP, File)Maiduguri -Two bombs exploded at a wedding venue in northeast Nigeria on Friday, killing seven and injuring dozens more, a witness and security sources said.
Witnesses said the blasts happened at about 6:00 am (0500 GMT) in the Tashan Alade area of Borno state, when families and friends of the bride and groom gathered to witness the ceremony.
Tashan Alade has previously been hit by Boko Haram Islamists but it was not immediately clear if the group was responsible.

"Seven dead bodies were picked from the scene," said witness Almu Mukhtar. "Over 30 people also sustained injuries and fire also destroyed two houses near the scene."
A civilian vigilante in the area, Mato Makatara said one suspect has been arrested and handed over to the police for questioning.
"It seems the bombs were planted near the scene of the wedding and probably detonated by a remote control. We would get to know the truth after interrogating the suspect," he added.
A security source in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, confirmed the incident but said details were sketchy.
- AFP

US ready to send military trainers to Nigeria in Boko Haram fight

US flag (Picture: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a> )Abuja - The United States is prepared to send military trainers to Nigeria to help new President Muhammadu Buhari's armed forces improve their intelligence gathering and logistics, a senior State Department official said on Friday.

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari

 Abuja - For those that missed the inaugural speech of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, Below are his speech...

Friday, 29 May 2015

Tracy Morgan happy Wal-Mart crash lawsuit behind him

Trenton - Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was very emotional after settling his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

Spain charges Boko Haram militant chief with crimes against humanity

A screengrab from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech. (Boko Haram, AFP)Madrid - Spain's state prosecutor charged the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, with terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack in Ganye

Buhari to be sworn in as president after historic win

Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP) Abuja - Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's new head of state on Friday, in an unprecedented ceremony after he won the first opposition victory over a sitting president in the nation's history.

Buhari deserves unalloyed cooperation, support - Jonathan

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, and opposition candidate General Muhammadu Buhari, after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections. (Ben Curtis, AP)Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday urged Nigerians to cooperate, support and show understanding in all situations to the Muhammadu

Czech teacher battles bee-killing disease with hot hive


Scientists battling a bee-killing disease are about to start testing a new weapon -- a sun-heated hive designed by a Czech high school teacher.

Inauguration Day: Road users ordered to comply

Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari waves to the public. (AFP)
Abuja - The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, has urged Nigerians to obey traffic rules and regulations while celebrating the

Temperature's rising: expert says dinosaurs were warm-blooded


Vertebrate paleontologist Michael D'Emic is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, May 28, 2015, with a fossil of the meat-eating dinosaur Majungasaurus, dug up by Stony Brook University field crews.  REUTERS/John Griffin/Stony Brook University/Handout via ReutersDinosaurs, those bygone masters of the planet, were warm-blooded just like today's mammals, according to a scientist who judged their metabolism using

Osinbajo inspects office, Aguda House, thanks Sambo for his cooperation

 Abuja - The Vice-President elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was on Thursday conducted round his new office and residential quarters at the Aguda

Police wish country well on Democracy Day

Policemen stand guard during the funeral service for author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force,

Saturday, 23 May 2015

wow! Dog domestication much older than previously known

The lower jawbone of the Taimyr Wolf that lived approximately 27,000 to 40,000 years ago is seen in an undated handout picture courtesy of geneticist Love Dalen of the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in northernmost Russia is shedding new light on people's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought.  REUTERS/Love Dalen/HandoutGenetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought.

I am scared of what Nollywood will become when Buhari resumes office – John Okafor

Nollywood comic actor John Okafor, popularly referred to as Mr Ibu, is worried the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian celebrities introduce the ‘Strengthie’ on social media

(Shutterstock) Lagos - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde , Waje  and Yemi Alade have now gone on social media to push Poverty Is Sexist’ campaign,

'Live Earth' global climate change concerts delayed

Paris - Organisers of Live Earth, a set of global concerts backed by Al Gore aimed at pushing for urgent action on climate change, on Friday announced a delay.

'Dad bods' conquer Cannes

Cannes - The movie industry's obsession with slim figures and six-packs is notorious but if the Cannes Film Festival is anything to go by, a generous gut may now be key to winning critics' hearts.

Michael Fassbender on making 'Macbeth': 'the Scottish film'

Die begaafde X-Men-span bekyk hul nuwe tuiste en leerskool in die fliek X-Men: First Class, met onder andere Michael Fassbender (voor links) en James McAvoy (voor regs) in die rolverdeling. Cannes - Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the "Macbeth" curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive


United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.

Iyanya celebrates relationship with MTN

MTN staff members outside the head offices in Fairlands, Johannesburg. Lagos - Singer, Iyanya is celebrating 8 years of being with telecommunications giant MTN.

MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) holds in July

Lagos - Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base have just announced the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards

SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule leaves space station


The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the International Space Station in this May 25, 2012 NASA handout photo.  REUTERS/NASA/Handout via ReutersA Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule sailed away from the International Space Station on Thursday and headed for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Paul Okoye issues scam alert

Scam Alert (Shutterstock) Lagos - Paul Okoye of Psquare has issued a scam alert regarding a fake Paul Okoye Facebook page.
Paul Okoye of Psquare warned his fans of the fake account impersonating him on his Instagram page.

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food


Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Russian rocket with Mexican satellite destroyed over Siberia

http://s2.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20150516&t=2&i=1048823908&w=976&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=LYNXMPEB4F05FA Proton-M carrier rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned and burned up over Siberia soon after launch on Saturday, the latest in a series of mishaps for Russia's space industry.

A deepwater fish joins mammals, birds in the warm-blooded club

http://s2.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20150514&t=2&i=1048385061&w=976&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=LYNXMPEB4D0XBMove over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club.
Researchers said in the journal Science on Thursday that this deepwater denizen is

Friday, 15 May 2015

Kris Jenner is happy for Bruce and supports him all the way!

Los Angeles - Kris Jenner is "super supportive" of Bruce Jenner's transition.

Davido collaborates with Akon

Davido (Instagram: lifeofdavido)
Lagos - Davido recently took to his Twitter handle to confirm that he  has completed recording a song with Akon.

Ace Hood confirms collaboration with Sarkodie

Lagos - American rapper Acehood said that he is working with Sarkodie.

Rihanna's Met dress thrusts designer into spotlight

Beijing - Among the opulent outfits on display at last week's Met Gala, one dramatic design stole the show.

Woman, 38, loses pregnancy to alleged rape by pastor

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Lagos - "My husband raped me and I had to lose a two-month old pregnancy in the process. I want the dissolution of my two-year-old marriage," a-38-year-old wife of a pastor had told a Lagos Island Customary Court .

Kylie Jenner's relationship with Tyga is concerning her parents

Los Angeles - Bruce and Kris Jenner are "worried' about Kylie Jenner's relationship with Tyga.
The former couple are reportedly concerned the 25-year-old rapper, who has two-year-old son King Cairo with ex-fiancée Blac Chyna,

British gay woman in legal fight to settle in Hong Kong

(Shutterstock)Hong Kong - A gay British woman on Thursday launched a challenge against the Hong Kong government's refusal to grant her a visa to live in the territory with her partner, calling the decision "discriminatory".

23 dead in new massacres in DR Congo's east

Shutterstock [http://www.shutterstock.com]Goma - Twenty-three people have been killed in two new massacres blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restless east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official told AFP on Thursday.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Argentine lab peddles prized export: thoroughbred polo horse embryos


Argentina is famous for its Malbec red wine and beef, but it boasts two lesser-known but equally prized exports: the sperm and frozen embryos of thoroughbred polo horses.

Mass funeral for 45 bus attack victims in Pakistan

Pakistani residents light candles during a vigil for the victims following an attack by gunmen on a Shiite Ismaili minority bus in Karachi. (Asif Hassan, AFP) Islamabad - A mass funeral was held in Pakistan for 45 people from a minority community killed in a gun attack on a bus a day before.

Zambia police quiz journalists over presidency graft story

Lusaka - Zambian police said they had questioned two journalists at a newspaper that published a story illegally drawn from classified documents about a graft investigation of a presidential aide, who was subsequently cleared.