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Human Trafficking: 46 Migrants Found Dead Inside Truck In US, 16 Others Rushed To Hospital

No fewer than 46 persons have been confirmed dead after they were discovered in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio on Monday, in what seems to be a human smuggling incident.

Washington Post reports that another 16 persons were rescued alive but have been taken to the hospital for treatment according to the San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.

The victims had reportedly suffered from extreme heat and dehydration. According to Hood, the bodies removed from the truck “were hot to the touch.”

“There were no signs of water in the vehicle, and no visible working AC unit on that rig,” he said.
The nationality of the victims was however not disclosed and three people have been taken into police custody, authorities said.
Authorities noted that the investigations will be handled by Homeland Security Investigations, a branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that specializes in human trafficking cases.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, “This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” as he described the migrants as people “who had families, who were likely trying to find a better life.”

The incident comes amid a record influx of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, where authorities are on pace to record more than 2 million arrests during fiscal 2022.
Smuggling organisations working inside the United States sometimes pack migrants into trucks and cargo trailers after they have already crossed the border, to sneak them past highway checkpoints operated by the U.S. Border Patrol.

In recent years, there have been several deadly human trafficking incidents on U.S. soil — but the death toll in Monday’s tragedy surpassed those events.

The location is close to Interstate 35, a major transit route for traffic and commerce from the border. Police said the truck full of people was discovered around 6pm local time.

Texas Republican Governor, Greg Abbott blamed the incident on the president as he tweeted, “these deaths are on Biden” saying it was a “result of his deadly open border policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”

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News Update, Thursday, 23/06/2022

** We’ll decentralise national grid, invest $550m to boost power supply – Buhari

** Buhari presides over FEC meeting, nominates Mohammed Shehu as RMAFC chairman

** Buhari off to Kigali, Rwanda for CHOGM 2022

** Senate confirms Gabriel Longpet as INEC REC

** Fashola to flag off Nembe-Brass Road project in Bayelsa

** ASUU’ll call off strike soon, says Ngige

** Peter Obi visits Wike, both meet behind closed-doors

** Army troops intercept explosives, ammunition in Cross River

** Senate to screen Buhari’s ministerial nominees next Wednesday

** Why I didn’t sack Emefiele over his political ambition –Buhari

** 6th Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF) GABFEST to hold June 28

** Osun 2022: Sanwo-Olu heads APC 86-member Campaign Council

** Lawan, Gbajabiamila, 21 Governors to Champion Oyetola’s Re-Election Bid

** Two Senators resign from APC, PDP, defect to NNPP, Labour Party

** INEC denies extending voters registration deadline by 60 days

** Oyo govt commences distribution and activation of debit cards to cctp beneficiaries

** Akeredolu appoints new Education Secretaries

** Corruption Allegation: Senate President asks C’ttee to wade into crisis rocking Judiciary

** Chibok schoolgirls narrate experience, say 20 more still in Sambisa Forest

** Tragedy as herdsmen attack, kill 16 in Gov Ortom’s hometown in Benue

** Terrorists have taken over forests in Nigeria – Akeredolu raises alarm

** Top military officer, Major Udiadenye commits suicide- Army reacts

** How I escaped from Boko Haram camp – Chibok schoolgirl narrates ordeal

** Ondo: Flood sweeps away Ikare-Akoko junior school student

** Osun Guber: ‘You’ve paid your dues, you shall be returned’, Aragbiji, Olona of Ada, others assure Oyetola

** APC Oyo State chapter moves to reconcile aggrieved party members

** Mompha skips trial, as court annuls bail, orders his arrest over alleged N6bn money laundering

** Bank urges women to engage in wealth building investments

** Why I returned $4,050 to passenger – Bolt Driver

** Court orders 21-year-old internet fraudster to sweep EFCC premises for 2 weeks

** Death toll rises to 1000 in Afghanistan earthquake

** South Korea reports first imported monkeypox case

** World Cup 2022: Have extra-marital sex during Qatar World Cup, go to jail for 7 years *******

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News Update, Friday, 17/06/2022

** 2023: Atiku announces Okowa as running mate

** We’ll rescue Nigeria, Okowa says after nomination

** Okowa suitable for president after me, says Atiku

** Nigeria endowed with commercial minerals in 500 locations – Adegbite

** 2023: Amosun rallies support for Tinubu in Ogun

** Owo massacre: Senate demands raid on killers’ hideouts, helicopter, drones deployment

** ASUU strike: Pass no-confidence vote in Buhari, HURIWA tells NASS

** It’s been hell, students lament four-month ASUU strike

** EkitiDecides2022, June 18, 2022:

** OsunDecides2022, July 16, 2022

** Day of African Child: LASUBEB’s EkoExcel calls for collaboration, support of stakeholders

** Lagos takes over land where 21-storey building collapsed, says no compensation

** Insecurity: Zamfara govt may shut down telecom services again

** Lagos organised send forth for 57 civil servants in the main stream

** Traffic Radio: Soaring higher at 10

** Overland aircraft’s engine catches fire mid-air, 33 passengers escape death

** Police Rescues 35 Teenagers Used As Sex Slaves

** Politicians are the ones making life difficult for Ghanaians not satan – Yvonne Nelson

** My mental health is taking my life – Ada Ameh

** 2023: Atiku announces Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate

** Kola Abiola: I won with my father in 1993 -We must win it again

** Police arrest Nollywood actor for rape

** Plane flying from Ilorin to Lagos catches fire mid-air

** Ekiti 2022: No Court nullified our candidate – APC, Ekiti

** Ekiti governorship candidates sign peace accord

** Ekiti poll : Oyebanji remains our governorship candidate – APC clarifies

** Lawmakers start impeachment against Deputy Governor, Olaniyan

** Police rescue 35 underage girls from sex slavery in Anambra

** MKO’s Son Kola Abiola boasts: PRP will Beat APC, PDP silly in 2023

** Canada police raid properties linked to neo-Nazi extremist group

** De Sciglio extends Juventus contract until 2025 *******

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News Update, Thursday, 16/06/2022

**Professor Wole Soyinka Losses Brother

** Electoral Act: Reps to override Buhari’s veto on statutory delegates

** APC Presidential primary: COSEG congratulates Asiwaju Tinubu

**I ’ll run for presidency again in future – Yahaya Bello

** I’ll be inaugurated gov come 2023, Ebonyi Speaker says

** Vote credible leaders, Kaduna cleric tells church members

** FG moves to take over state-owned airports

** Kano Assembly grants Ganduje’s N10bn loan request for security infrastructure

** 24 lawmakers file five allegations against Oyo Deputy Governor

** Umahi suspends Ebonyi finance commissioner indefinitely

** Nine Ibadan traditional chiefs due for promotion –Olubadan

** Brewing controversy over Wike as Atiku’s running mate

** 204 Boko Haram fighters lay down arms in Borno

** Matawalle decries rising banditry

** Tinubu’s victory reassurance of better life for Nigerians– APC Canada

** Oyo Commissioner Olatubosun inaugurates GSM market marine in Ibadan

** APC-NWC condemns Owo terror attack, wants perpetrators brought to justice

** Lagos Govt. appoints new monarch for Oworonshoki, hands over staff of office

** NAPTIP trains journalists to join crusade against trafficking in persons

** Enugu community laments kidnapping siege by suspected herdsmen

** Insecurity: Gunmen kidnap Adamawa Ex-Commissioner, demand N30 million

** Confusion as dead mother resurfaces in Enugu

** NUPENG issues warning regarding adulterated Engine oil

** Mass metering programme: Phase 1 starts in August

** How Nigerian banks survived despite the COVID -19 pandemic

** Inflation rate surges to 11-month high at 17.71% in May 2022

** Food security: ECOWAS seeks subsidy on fertilisers to improve access

** Qatar, Inuwa Foundations empower 500 people in Jigawa

** 2023: US Under Secretary to visit Nigeria, others

** Biden chastises oil industry over fuel costs

**‘ Be with us’: Zelensky presses Europe for more help

** Anthony Joshua to change tactics against Usyk *******

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News update, Wednesday, 15/06/2022

**Ekiti Guber: Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu, 13 governors drum support for APC candidate

**INEC assures Nigerians: Ekiti guber election will be historic

**Buhari holds talks with APC govs in Aso Rock

**PDP: Wike picked as Atiku’s running mate for 2023 election

**Tinubu to choose running mate not APC, govs, says Uzodinma

**Nigeria must revisit bilateral agreements with other African countries – Adamu

**Ekiti Election: Choose peace over violence, Gen Abubakar warns  electorate

**INEC cautions Nigerians against multiple registration

**FG continues talks with ASUU as strike enters fourth month

**University students lament as ASUU strike continues

**Anglican bishop, wife and driver regain freedom from kidnappers

**Terrorists kidnap wife of Niger State LG Chairman

**Owo Church Attack: Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun, AbdulRahman donate N75m victims

**Suspected pirates kidnap boat passengers in Bayelsa

**Youth group seeks Atiku’s intervention in Kano PDP crisis

**We have given Dapo Abiodun the title of ELEYI of OGUN STATE – Fayemi

**Installation: Oyo Deputy Governor, Olaniyan visits Ladoja, pledges support

**Owo massacre: Southwest will not tolerate unprovoked attacks – Akeredolu

**Obanikoro’s son takes APC Eti-Osa Rep ticket as Elegushi’s Brother withdraws from race

**We’ll continue to strengthen our security architecture – Sanwo-Olu

**Defence Academy alumni association salutes General Abubakar at 80

**NSCDC anti-vandal monitoring unit burst illegal refineries in Delta

**IYC put Ijaw communities on red alert over strange movements in riverine communities

**Colleges of education lecturers begin one-month strike

**LAWMA boss sheds light on partnership with community leaders

**Court throws out Yoruba Nation agitators suit against Ekiti guber poll, others

**2022 Hajj: Oyo govt set to airlift 779 pilgrims on Friday

**Oyo govt charges information officers on ethics of journalism, public-service

**Be magnanimous in victory, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Arapaja charges candidates

**Ajasin’s son, others protest insecurity in South-West, preach self-defence

**Ekiti monarchs sue for peace among parties, supporters

**Court sentences Abba Kyari’s co-defendants to two years in prison

**Gunmen attacks Celestial Church, abducts Assistant Shepherd, Sunday School teacher in Ogun

**Court jail Abba-kyari and co-dependents for six years

**Lagos High Court Judges set to commence Year 2022 long vacation

**Veteran female journalist Raheemat Momodu slumps, dies 

**Malabu: UK Court dismisses Nigeria’s $1.7bn claims against JP Morgan

**UK defends Rwanda migrant deportation policy

**EU buys 110,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox

**Pope says Russia’s ‘ferocious’ invasion perhaps provoked

**UK airport chaos due to Brexit ‘shambles’: Ryanair boss

**Scotland has ‘indisputable mandate’ for new independence vote: Sturgeon

**Nigerian footballer, Akeem Omolade, found dead in his car in Italy

**Japan exhibition: Mayweather to face mixed martial arts fighter

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News Update, Friday, 10/06/2022

** APC Governors pay congratulatory visit to Tinubu

** Tinubu, Adamu, 11 APC governors meet over running mate

** Buhari to address Nigerians on June 12

** Sanwo-Olu to bid Y2022 hajj pilgrims farewell on Sunday

** Democracy Day: FG declares Monday, June 13th as public holiday

** Tinubu unveils Agenda – To decentralise Police, create Jobs, ensure 12% GDP growth

** Tinubu meets Northern governors over choice of running mate

** Osinbajo congratulates, rallies support for Tinubu ahead 2023 election, says your sterling contributions to our democracy stands you out

** PDP BOT in closed-door meeting with Atiku over running mate

** FG declares Monday June 13, public holiday

** Details of Atiku’s meeting with PDP governors emerge

** 2023: Jonathan congratulates presidential flagbearers, urges them to embark on democratic campaigns

** APC Presidential Primaries: Sanwo-Olu congratulates Tinubu

** 2023: Olubadan congratulates Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, Kwakanso, others, tasks on building new Nigeria

** Umahi congratulates Tinubu, pledges support

** APC Primary: Amaechi congratulates Tinubu, pledges support

** Afenifere congratulates Tinubu on election as APC presidential candidate

** APC Presidential Primary: Ogunsan hails Tinubu, says win proof of oustanding qualities

** Oyo Female Rep., Akande-Sadipe congratulates Tinubu, says “Its Victory for internal democracy

** Lagos APC Chairman Ojelabi congratulates Tinubu

** Tinubu is trusted to provide leadership in uniting Nigeria – Sanwo-Olu

** Tinubu condoles with Rivers APC on death of delegates returning from convention

** Kachikwu beats Moghalu, others to clinch ADC Presidential ticket

** Sowore steps down as AAC chairman, emerges presidential candidate

** 2023: Ohaneze youths drum support for Peter Obi

** Labour Party faction elects Ezenwafor as Presidential flagbearer

** Peter Obi is Labour Party’s only presidential candidate – INEC clarifies

** Edo govt suspends ASUU, other unions, orders resumption following students protest

** NLC strike: Court declares Kaduna commission of inquiry unconstitutional

** We will continue to respect, uphold our traditional system to achive a cohesive society – Makinde

** Taraba: Fear grips politicians over threats by bandits to launch attacks during campaigns

** Owo Church Attack: Death toll rises to 40, hospitals discharge 26

** Owo massacre : Afenifere reiterates call for state police, empowerment of Amotekun

** Don’t compromise quality, standards – Dangote Cement, SON admonish block moulders

** Gunmen kill four in Ondo, three days after they killed scores of worshipers in Owo

** Terrorists in helicopter’ kill 32, shell houses, church in Southern Kaduna

** Commercial motorcycles set ablaze in Lagos after rider kills pedestrian

** Chevron Kazmunaygas collaborate on lower carbon opportunities

** NIS boss decorates promoted senior officers with new ranks

** Gunmen kill six persons in Ondo

** Waste Disposal: Oyo Govt., Mottainai takes sensitization to Hausa Community

** Lagos residents attack commercial motorcyclists over pedestrian’s death

** Basic education: Nigeria may not achieve global agenda by 2030, UNICEF laments

** Zelensky wants Russia expelled from UN agriculture agency

** Thailand takes step towards legalising cannabis

** Premier League suspends Russia TV deal – Reportl

** Gattuso joins Valencia on two-year deal

** Liverpool confirm departure of Origi, Karius, five others

** Amidst struggle, Super Eagles beat Sierra-Leone 2-1 *******

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News Update, Sunday, 05/06/2022

** 11 APC Govs tell Buhari to cede power to South, as APC Northern governors back southern presidential candidate

** Meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari concluded, No to Consensus Candidate. Southern Aspirants to go for Elections

** APC overrules Presidential Screening Committee, says all 23 presidential aspirants are qualified

** APC Primary: Supporters organisé spécial prayers for Tinubu in Badagry

** Senator Godswill Akpabio Steps Down For Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

** Umahi withdraws from Presidential race, supports Lawan

** You always travel abroad when Nigeria has problem – Shehu Sani slams Buhari

** Buhari meets with APC presidential aspirants

** Tinubu Campaign Organisation appeals to the media to avoid sensational reportage

** Buhari’s Senior aide, Darazo, rallies support for Tinubu, says President was once victim of misrepresentation

** 2023 presidential election :
NNPP presents Kwankwaso as concensus candidate

** S’East killings plot to keep Kanu in detention perpetually – IPOB

** NNPP will redefine Nigeria through quality leadership and good governance

** INEC ‘ll no longer keep sensitive election materials with CBN- Chairman

** Bauchi gov wins PDP ticket for second term

** Selection of next Alaafin ‘ll be based on Alaafin Chieftaincy declaration – Makinde

** Ekiti Governorship race: INEC to deploy 3,346 BVAS, 10,269 polling officials

** Police confirm death of 2 gallant officers from bullet wounds in Enugu

** Lagos PDP protests cancellation and re-run of House of Reps primaries

** World Environment Day: Activists ask Soludo to secure climate adaptation funds

** Why Biafra agitation will continue to prevail – Ikpeazu

** Lagos Hajj pilgrims to pay lesser than N2.5m :

** FG’ll hasten traditional medicine adoption in orthodox practice – Ehanire

** Alternative Medicine: Mrs Buhari wants quick passage of TCAM bill

** Okada will not be banned in oyo but regulated – Makinde

** Mob kills vigilante for blasphemy in Abuja

** West African leaders discuss sanctions on juntas

** Hurricane Agatha kills 11, leaves 20 missing in South Mexico

** Ukraine War: “Hungry Africans, victims of the conflict”, says Macky Sall to Vladimir Putin

** Singer Shakira separates from footballer husband, Pique

** World Bicycle Day: Abia First Lady, FRSC advocate cycling to curb emission

** United will return to glory days – Ronaldo

** Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare showers encomiums on flamingos after world cup qualification *******

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News Update, Tuesday, 31/05/2022

** Methodist Prelate, Uche, others regain freedom

** Labour Party Convention: Peter Obi emerges Presidential candidate

** Pat Utomi steps down for Peter Obi at Labour Party presidential primary

** Oyetola releases N1.1bn for payment of pension

** Uzodimma, Ekweremadu, Adamu hold marathon meeting at APC secretariat

** Yoruba Ronu urges Southwest delegates to vote Tinubu

** Atiku meets Wike after presidential primary, begs for support

** Jonathan’s name missing as APC set to screen Tinubu, Amaechi, others

** Group faults South-East exclusion from PTDF scholarship interviews

** Court remands APC presidential aspirant, Okorocha over alleged fraud

** Alleged fraud: I’m innocent, says Okorocha as court orders remand till May 31

** EFCC uncovers another N90b fraud involving suspended Accountant – General

** NSCDC boss vows to end illegal operation, gets minister’s assurance for more govt. support

** Another explosion rocks Kabba in Kogi State

** Kabba explosion: We received 11 injured- Hospital management

** NECO extends 2022 registrations

** Nationwide blackout looms as electricity workers threaten strike

** Dambazau defects from APC, says it’s time to move on

** Jonathan jets to Italy as APC finalises plans for Convention

** Oyegun chairs APC Presidential screening panel

** Insecurity: Zamfara govt relocates NYSC camp to Gusau

** NPC begins masters’ training for trial census

** IPOB sit-at-home grounds Imo

** Hungary busts Israeli-led money-laundering ring

** Arsenal’s White withdraws from England squad

** My Bayern story has ended -Lewandowski

** Boehly completes Chelsea takeover

** Marcelo confirms Real Madrid exit after 16 years after Champions League victory *******

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News Update, Friday, 27/05/2022

** 2023 elections’ll be fair, Buhari insists

** Tinubu set Ondo on path of prosperity, says Akeredolu

** Gbajabiamila cleared to contest sixth consecutive term

** 2023: I have offers to be Vice President — Gov Zulum

** Buhari travels to Malabo for AU extra-ordinary session

** 2023: INEC warns against dangers of monetization of Nigerian politics

** Niyi Akintola withdraws from Oyo guber race

** Sanwo-Olu declared winner of the Primary election

** Primaries: Only Sanwo-Olu cleared to contest APC governorship in Lagos – Electoral C’ttee

** Lagos APC: Why only Sanwo-Olu participated in primary – Electoral Committee

** 2nd Term: “I’m grateful to God, delegates, leadership of APC, Sanwo-Olu after Primary

** Lagos CP assures safety of journalists in Lagos

** PDP panel declares Adebutu as Ogun gov candidate

** Liman Isah Kantigi emerges Niger PDP guber candidate

** Again, Abba Kyari begs court to grant him bail over death threats in prison

** Muhammed Abacha won Kano PDP governorship primary

** Come to Macedonia and help us, APGA leadership begs Senator Abaribe
to join party

** Abba Kyari is safe in custody, no threat to his life ― Correctional Service

** Female APC aspirant
kidnapped on election day

** Group calls for inauguration of NDDC board

** Stella Oduah issues ultimatum to NYSC to retract scandalous statement or be sued

** Buhari departs Abuja for Malabo

** Drug Trafficking: Abba Kyari and six others reappear in court

** Abba Kyari alleges threat to life in prison, begs court to revisits bail application

** Supreme Court reserves judgement on 2022 Electoral Act

** Stella Oduah to NYSC – Provide counter evidence or admit letter is fake

** INEC lists challenges ahead of 2023 elections

** Jack Dorsey quits twitter board

** Strike: ASUU sympathises with varsity students

** Stella Oduah gives NYSC 48-hrs
hours notice to retract statement

** Yaman wins Kwara PDP Governorship ticket

** Biden to receive Korean boy band BTS at White House

** Fire destroys aid donated for Ukrainians in Greece

** 11 babies die in Senegal hospital fire

** Jose Mourinho’s Roma wins first Europa conference League

** Wimbledon to remove ‘Miss’, ‘Mrs’ from female winners’ names –Report *******

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News Update, Monday, 09/05/2023

** SERAP sues Buhari, wants court to declare pardon for ex-govs Dariye, Nyame illegal

** House of Reps cancels Monday’s emergency plenary session as Speaker, others set to meet aviation regulators, airline operators

** Airline Operators suspend planned services withdrawal

** 2023 Presidency: You cant threaten us with breakup of Nigeria – Arewa Consultative Forum warns Southern politicians

** Be flexible with FG as negotiation resumes – NANS urges ASUU

** Kano APC crisis: Ganduje steps in, as party says Jibrin is ready for parley

** Jibrin’s resignation from APC had nothing to do with Tinubu – Campaign official

** Tinubu resolves Ganduje, Jubrin rift over Kano House of Reps ticket

** Wike pledges to eliminate banditry in Katsina, other states

** PDP fixes May 9 for North West Zonal Congress

** 370 statutory delegates must sign your forms, APC tells Osinbajo, Amaechi, others

** Tinubu, Osinbajo, Fayemi, Amaechi, Bello do not require 370 Statutory delegates for Nomination forms -. Study

** Lagos Govt. may takeover collapsed three-storey building site, penalize owner

** Ganduje annoints Deputy as preferred successor

** I was once a Bus Conductor, sold sachet water on streets of Mushin – Fayinka, Mushin APC Rep Aspirant

** Police arrest Prophet over fake prophecy in Edo State

** LERSA pledges support for deceased LASTMA official’s family

** Professor of Early Child Education, Adedeji Awoniyi Dies at 82

** Arthur Nzeribe dies at 83

** ASUU calls-off eight weeks warnings strike, to begin fresh indefinite strike

** Tambuwal calls for Godwin Emefiele’s resignation

** 2023: I consider being Nigeria’s president a demotion — Bishop Oyedepo

** NNPP will achieve great success in 2023 general elections — Senator Kwankwaso

** Again, bandits attack Zamfara, kill 48 persons

** Civil society group petitions EFCC over Gov. Okowa’s N150billion loan

** We cannot afford to be compromised, infractions must stop -Tanko

** JAMB to release first batch of UTME results on Monday

** Emefiele 2023 Indecision: ICPC replies HEDAS petition

** NDLEA arrest 2 pregnant women among drug traffickers at Lagos airport

** US Tech Firm to train 50000 Nigerian youths on competitive skills

** UEFA president says FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus could still be sanctioned

** Liverpool’s title hopes fade after Spurs stalemate

** Nadal acknowledges Alcaraz as his “replacement” after Madrid Open defeat

** Spanish teenager Alcaraz beats Djokovic to reach Madrid final *********

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Our Troops Will Destroy Your Weapons To Ukraine – Russia Warns US, NATO

The United States and NATO have been warned over the weapons they are supplying to Ukraine.

Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu warned that Russian forces would destroy any war equipment being transported into Ukraine by NATO and United States.

The minister said this on a conference call in Moscow as reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

He repeated the warning that it will consider NATO equipment arriving in Ukraine as a legitimate target, according to RIA Novosti, as quoted by CNN.

This latest warning came after Russian cruise missiles hit several locations Tuesday in western and central Ukraine, which Ukrainian officials said were an attempt to destroy the country’s transport infrastructure.

Shoigu warned that NATO vehicles with weapons and ammunition for Ukrainian troops will be destroyed in the country.

“The United States and its NATO allies continue to pump weapons to Ukraine,” Shoigu said.

“I note that any transport of the North Atlantic Alliance that arrived on the territory of the country with weapons or materiel for the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces is considered by us as a legitimate target for destruction.”

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Taliban begs Nigerian firms, others to invest in Afghanistan

The supreme leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has invited domestic and foreign companies to invest in the country.

Akhundzada also called upon Afghans to get together and rebuild their war-torn country.

He made the remarks in his message on account of Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of Muslim fasting month Ramadan.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attaches great importance to reconstruction of the country for which it has assigned a competent economic committee to utilise all existing capacities toward the development of the country,” he said in his message released by the state-run news agency Bakhtar on Friday.

Mr Akhundzada also described Afghanistan as the common home of all Afghans and urged those who left the country to return home.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants positive relations with the countries of the region and the world,” he added. “We allow none to pose a threat to other countries from Afghanistan and we also want other countries to engage with us on mutual respect.”

The supreme leader expressed his resolve to ban poppy cultivation and drug-producing in his country.

He explained that his administration would address the problems of farmers and the fellow citizens in general by providing alternative livelihoods.

Mr Akhundzada also called international health organisations and aid institutions to help the people of Afghanistan in the health sector, which is facing a shortage of medicines, professional staff and medical equipment.

He also highlighted education as the key to rescue “our compatriots and pave the way towards country’s development and prosperity.”

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is working to strengthen education and learning, opening new schools and madrassas (religious schools) in many central and remote areas of the country for religious and modern education. We are also providing a safe environment for education,” said the Taliban supreme leader.

Credit: Xinhua/NAN

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News Updates, Sunday, 01/05/2022

** Eid-el-Fitr holds Monday in Nigeria – Sultan

** ASUU strike: Activist slams education, labour ministers over 2023 presidential bids

** iger Delta militants declare massive support for Tinubu

**‘ Buhari would have been on the streets if Jonathan piled up debt as he did’ Shehu Sani

** GAC yet to adopt any Lagos Senatorial candidate – APC Chieftain

**Sanwo-Olu, Makinde, Gbenga Daniel set to ‘attend UNILAG Alumni luncheon

** Ramadan Celebration: Tinubu donates food, other items to Plateau Muslims

** New Alaafin ‘ll emerge soon, says Oyo government

** 2023: Agege political leaders purchase APC Assembly nomination form for Obasa

** 2023: Reason I relocated from Lagos West to Ogun West – Sen Olamilekan Adeola

** 2022 UTME: JAMB directs candidates to begin printing notification slips

** Two bankers bag jail term for stealing N2.9m from dead customer

** EFCC arrests five suspected oil thieves at private jetty in Port Harcourt

** Eid-Fitr: LAWMA canvasses environmental sustainability

** We are tired of unresolved murders in Bayelsa, says APC gov aspirant

** 500 wrestlers to participate in maiden edition of Douye Diri classics – Hon. Igali

** Ongoing implementation of NIN-SIM linkage policy frustrating terrorists- NCC

** Workers’ day: Oluyede greets Ekiti workers

** CISLAC expresses dissatisfaction on lack of trial, conviction of Nigerians named in Panama Papers

**M TN loses 1.3 million subscribers to NIN-SIM restrictions

** EFCC arrests 18 suspected internet fraudsters in Lagos

** 2022 UTME: JAMB says candidates can now print notification slips

** Oyo Govt partners media & digital skills center to train public schools on coding, robotics, others

** Yul should become Muslim, family against marrying second wife – Uche Edochie

** Gunmen invade Anambra ‘Beer Parlour’, kill five persons

** One killed, dozens injured as Police, Shiites clash in Kaduna

**’ EU sanctions Nigeria over dearth of anti money laundering legislation’

** Iran to pardon, cut terms for over 1,500 prisoners as Ramadan ends

** Football Super agent Mino Rai ola dies at 54

** EPL: Ronaldo tipped to dump Man Utd, join Messi at PSG

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Macron Becomes First French President In 20 Years To Win Re-election

Emmanuel Macron has made history after being re-elected for a second term as French president.

He becomes the first president in 20 years to win re-election after defeating his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, on Sunday.

According to Reuters, cheers of joy erupted as the results appeared on a giant screen at the Champ de Mars park at the foot of the Eiffel tower, where Macron supporters waved French and EU flags. People hugged each other and chanted “Macron”.

Macron will join a small club – only two French presidents before him have managed to secure a second term.

But his margin of victory looks to be tighter than when he first beat Le Pen in 2017, underlining how many French remain unimpressed with him and his domestic record.

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Elon Musk’s Bid To Buy Twitter Close In His Favour

Billionaire, Elon Musk, has sent a message to his critics, as his bid to buy social media platform, Twitter, closed in his favour.

Buying Twitter in a deal worth
over $40 billion, Musk has revealed he wants even his toughest critics to remain on the platform.

He tweeted, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

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News Update, Wednesday, 20/04/2022

** 2023: God told us to support Tinubu – South South Pastors

** Dariye, Nyame: You squashed putrid egg against Nigerians’ faces, Soyinka hits Buhari

** Foundation to FG: End the increasing security challenges in the country now

** Interim govt’ll create anarchy, says Uzodinma

** CDHR faults decision of Buhari, Council of State to pardon ex-thieves

** After consulting with God, Ngige declares for presidency, explains why he wants to succeed Buhari in 2023

** Kukah replies Presidency: Aisha disagrees with Buhari’s policies

** Nigeria needs “problem solver” as president, not consensus candidate – Peter Obi

** Sanwo-Olu performs groundbreaking ceremony of a $250million hyperscale data in Lagos

** Mbaka says sit-at-home will stop once Nnamdi Kanu is released

** Ganduje approves resignation of seven commissioners

** In a curious twist, Ganduje rejects resignation of Chief of Staff, three commissioners

** 2023: Oyetola urges political appointees with interest in 2023 election to resign

** FG renames National Theatre, Lagos Creative and Entertainment Center

** IGP orders maximum security in schools, colleges

** LAHA 2023- Independent campaign group endorses Bolowotan as consensus aspirant for Ikorodu Constituency 1

** Inspector-General of Police confirms appointment of Adejobi Force PRO

** Chrisland identifies five students involved in Dubai sex scandal

** Chrisland teacher, parents in Police net over Chrisland School girl

** Drama as Ibadan-based Muslim Cleric, 40, vows to succeed Buhari

** Ramadan lecture: Makinde reiterates commitment to religious harmony peaceful co-existence in Oyo

** Bishop Kukah challenges Buhari’s image makers to public debate

** University Of Ibadan Graduate appointed Surgery Head at US University

** Former Youths and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung dumps APC

** 2023 Presidency: Why I ran round Stadium during declaration – Amaechi

** Osun Monarch, Olukoyi of Ikoyi is dead

** Gunmen abduct five wedding guests in Anambra

** Soludo announces eight more appointments

** 2023 Presidency: I would have withdrawn from the race if Ganduje was running — Wike

** FCTA seals Ministry of Works over N10bn debt

** 2023: You will lose Presidential bid – Ganduje tells Wike during visit

** Officers feared dead as NAF Aircraft crashes

** Panic As bomb explosion rocks Taraba cattle market

** PDP Will Be Defeated In 2023 If…….. — Bode George

** Lagos pilgrims depart for umrah

** Drought: 20 million risk starvation in eastern Africa – UN

** Sri Lanka: IMF to consider request for financial aid

** Ronaldo out of Manchester United FC squad after tragedy

** AFCON 2023: Nigeria draw Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau in Group A

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Ukraine On The Verge Of Joining EU After Completing Membership Questionnaire

Ukraine is on the verge of joining the European Union after successfully completing European Union membership questionnaire.

The questionnaire will form a starting point for the European Union to decide on membership for Kyiv, Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, said, according to Reuters.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed the questionnaire to Zelenskiy during her visit to Kyiv on April 8th, pledging a speedier start to Ukraine’s bid to become a member of the EU following Russia’s invasion of the country. read more

“Today, I can say that the document has been completed by the Ukrainian side,” Zhovkva told the Ukrainian public broadcaster Sunday evening.

The European Commission will need to issue a recommendation on Ukraine’s compliance with the necessary membership criteria, he added.

“We expect the recommendation … to be positive, and then the ball will be on the side of the EU member states.”

Zhovkva added that Ukraine expects to acquire the status of a candidate country for EU accession in June during a scheduled meeting of the European Council meeting.

The European Council is to meet June 23-24th, according to the Council’s schedule on its website.

“Next, we will need to start accession talks. And once we hold those talks, we can already talk about Ukraine’s full membership in the EU,” Zhovkva said.

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World War III Has Already Started, Russian State TV Declares

Russian state TV propagandists have declared that World War III had already started after Ukrainian forces managed to sink Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea flagship, the Moskva. 

The Kremlin’s main propaganda mouthpiece went off on a rant last night after the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet was taken out.

The flagship sank while being towed to port yesterday after suffering heavy damage under circumstances that remained in dispute, Daily Mail reports.

Kyiv said it was struck by two Neptune cruise missiles fired by a coastal battery, which struck the port side of the vessel, causing it to roll over. 

Olga Skabeyeva, one of Putin’s leading propagandists said Western support for Ukraine amounted to direct conflict with Russia.
She said, “What it’s escalated into can safely be called World War Three. That’s entirely for sure.

“Now we’re definitely fighting against Nato infrastructure, if not Nato itself. We need to recognise that.”
Military commentator Dmitry Drozdenko said on separate state-run Channel 1: “In actual fact a full-scale multi-level war is underway with the collective West. And the West has long been preparing for the war.”

Anchor Olesya Loseva, host of Vremya Pokazhet, told viewers that the West was now supplying “zillions of weapons” to Ukraine.
She claimed Ukraine was doing the West’s bidding by carrying out “yet more provocations, bloody, horrible, completely unthinkable.”

These will “force people to shudder once again and say that Russia Is a country which is unworthy of even being on the world map and that all Russians should simply be wiped off the face of the earth”.

Skabeyeva also claimed that Ukrainians were delighted to see Russian troops in their country. 
She said, “for some reason ordinary Ukrainians themselves aren’t noticing any genocide.

“In the Kharkiv region, they’re welcoming our soldiers like real liberators. 
“People are coming out with Russian tricolours onto the streets where our military kit is. 
“The people of Kharkiv are accusing not the Russian army of genocide, but the Ukrainian armed forces.”

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Elon Musk makes huge $43 billion offer to take over Twitter

The Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, Elon Musk, has offered to buy micro-blogging and social media platform, Twitter, for $43 billion.

Musk announced the offer in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

The billionaire will offer 54.20 per share in cash, representing a 54% premium over the January 28 closing price and a value of about $43 billion.

In a letter to Twitter’s board, Musk said he believes Twitter “will neither thrive nor serve [its free speech] societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.”

Musk had first disclosed a stake of about 9% on April 4.

On March 24, the 50-year-old ran a poll asking whether or not Twitter’s algorithm should be open source.

Musk later asked whether or not Twitter rigorously adheres to the principle of free speech.

After the majority replied ‘no’, Musk asked whether a new networking site was needed, disclosing he was considering starting his own.

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News Update, Wednesday, 13/04/2022

** APC National Chairman, Deputy resign from Senate

** 2023 presidency: Osinbajo meets APC Senators, House of Reps on Tuesday

** 2023: Osinbajo’s declaration unsettles Presidency

…As Buhari, aides weigh possible options

** Ortom charges Benue indigenes to rise up in self defence as Fulani herdsmen kill 23 in fresh attacks

** FG admits gaps in provision of health, social needs for older persons

** Reps bar President from appointing non-Customs officer as CG

** Utomi recommends candlelight, midnight song to tackle Nigeria’s challenges

** FG declares 15 & 18 April, as Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 2nd May, Workers’ day, 3rd, 4th May, 2022 for Muslim celebration.

** Appeal Court strikes out EFCC’s N211.3 million fraud case against Gbenga Daniel

** House of Reps approves repeal of 63-year-old Customs & Excise Management Act

** Kaduna Train Attack: Troops seize N60m ‘ransom’ from ‘Security’ operatives working for Bandits

** Reps Minority caucus commiserates with Senator Wabara over wife’s death

** Daddy told us that beating women is good, says late Osinachi’s son

** Nigerian Debt profile in excess of N50 trillion – Dr Muda Yusuf

** Show respect, withdraw from Presidential race’ Joe Igbokwe advises VP Osinbajo

** NSCDC deploys 2,418 officers for Easter celebrations in Delta

** Ogun First Lady lauds Ecobank’s support for Adire fabric industry, laments activities of counterfeiters

** 2023: Wike vows to tackle insecurity and hunger if elected President

** Ekiti 2022: Fayemi leads APC campaign council

** APC wins 31 LGs in Katsina election

** 2023: Osinbajo is ‘a pawn on the chessboard’ – Lagos APC

** 2023: APC denounces Osinbajo over Presidential bid, says he’s no longer a member

** FG insists barred SIMs won’t be unblocked without NIN linkage*

** 2023 Presidential Declaration: 3 S’West Govs caught between Osinbajo, Tinubu

**’ Ban on cows outside ranches takes effect April 27 —IPOB

** Fintiri seeks re-election for second term

** I am tired of ASUU strikes and disputes with the federal government -Ngige

** Nigerian Varsity students to stay at home for additional 6 weeks

** U.S inflation rises to 8.5% in March – Highest in 40 years

** Crisis-hit Sri Lanka defaults on foreign debt

** Russian-Ukraine War: Europe turns to Nigeria for gas

** Fernandinho announces exit from Man City

** Napoli, Juve directors face ban over Osihmen, others’ transfers

** Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick gets new FIFA assignment

** Drogba cleared to run for Ivorian FA presidency *******

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Those Who Choose War Always Loose – President Zelensky tells Putin

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has told his Russian counterpart that there is no chance of him winning the war.

Zelensky told the Greek Parliament on Thursday that “those who choose war always lose.”

The Ukrainian leader sounded it clear that anyone who blackmails Europe with an economic and energy crisis always lose.

Zelensky, who addressed the Greek Parliament on Thursday, called on them to “do more” and use its “opportunities as a member of the European Union to organize the salvation of Mariupol.”

“Those who choose war always lose. Those who try to deprive a country of its independence and its territorial integrity always lose.

“Those who blackmail Europe with an economic and energy crisis always lose,” he said.

Zelensky said that Russia’s actions were not only directed at Ukraine but also at Europe.

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News Update, Thursday, 07/04/2022

** Buhari elevates Mohammed Abdullahi from minister of state to minister of environment

** PDP consensus: Why I won’t step down for Atiku, Saraki – Fayose

** Court orders FG to comply with 35% affirmative action for women

** Buhari assents to Executive Order 11 on maintenance of public buildings

** Super Bazaar as APC fixes presidential expression of interest, nomination forms at N100m

** APC announces dates for presidential, NASS, governorship & Assembly primary elections

** Former President Goodluck Jonathan escapes death as two aides die in road crash

** Atiku reacts to ex-President Jonathan convoy’s auto crash

** Jonathan mourns two police officers killed in convoy crash

** Train attack: Kidnapped BOA director regains freedom from terrorists

,** “Refusal by PDP to zone presidential ticket offends party constitution”–Afegbua

** 2023: PDP zoning committee to submit decisions to NEC amid fresh hint

** Okechukwu mocks PDP for jettisoning zoning says buying vehicle tagged “no refund after payment”

** Insecurity: Reps urge Police to construct Divisional HQs in Oyo town

** Ortom’s clarifications: PDP zoning panel didn’t throw open presidential ticket; NEC to decide on report

** Soludo sets up Truth, Justice Committee, appoints Odinkalu, Bianca as Chairman, Secretary

** Ex-ANAN President, Sam Nzekwe,seeks more sensitisation against Naira abuse

** Adeboye’s son deletes post calling RCCG pastors ‘goats’

** Emir insists on genotype screening before marriage in Gombe

** Ramadan: Kebbi reduces working hours for workers

** NDLEA arrests notorious female drug supplier in Taraba

** National NURTW sacks MC Oluomo as Lagos chair; It is a big joke, says Oluomo

** COVID-19: FG lifts midnight curfew, crowd restriction at weddings, concerts, others

** FGC alumni honour the late Okunbo, open solar power project in Delta

** Drug trafficker arrested with 32,700 Tramadol in Adamawa

** Kaduna govt faults NBS report on Foreign Direct Investment

** Court shifts judgment in defection suit against Ayade till April 7

** Veteran fuji musician, Easy Sawaba is dead

** Small number’ of Ukrainian soldiers receive drone training in US

** US slaps sanctions on Putin’s daughters, Russia’s biggest banks

** Burkina Faso’s ex-president Compaore handed life sentence in absentia over Sankara murder

** EPL: Burnley fight back to defeat Iwobi’s Everton

** Champions League: Bayern Munich suffer shock defeat against Villarreal

** 2022 World Cup: Senate summons Sports Minister, NFF President for vandalisation of stadium *******

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“I am sometimes lonely, my death would come as a relief to me” – World’s richest man, Elon Musk

The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has given an in-depth interview in which he has stated that his own death ‘would come as a relief’. The world’s richest man gave insight into everything from the possibility of life-extending technologies to his own personal life, in which he expressed loneliness.

In the interview with Insider’s Mathias Döpfner, Musk stated he did not believe in potential future life-extending technologies as such things would have a terrible impact on democracy, due to the fact that it would not allow for an evolution of ideas, and result in leaders who were too out of touch. He said:

“I don’t think we should try to have people live for a really long time. That it would cause asphyxiation of society because the truth is, most people don’t change their mind. They just die. So, if they don’t die, we will be stuck with old ideas and society wouldn’t advance.

“For a democracy to function, the leaders must be reasonably in touch with the bulk of the population. And if you’re too young or too old, you can’t say that you will be attached.”

Speaking of his own death:
“I think it would come as a relief.”

Musk’s views on life-extending technology seems to be somewhat opposed to that of fellow mogul Jeff Bezos, who has recently invested billions in businesses developing solutions to ageing and death.

When talking about his own life and his relationships, Musk said:

“I think there are degrees of love. But certainly, for one to be fully happy, I think you have to be happy at work and happy in love. So, I suppose I’m medium happy.”

“There are times when I’m lonely. I’m sure there are times when everyone is lonely. But it’s pretty basic. Say if I’m working on the Starship rocket and I’m just staying in my little house by myself, especially if my dog is not with me, then I feel quite lonely because I’m just in a little house by myself with no dog.”

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NATO approves 4 battle groups to counter Russia

NATO leaders have approved the deployment of four additional battle groups to member States, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia.

Ahead of NATO’s summit on Thursday, March 24, the US Ambassador to NATO, Julie Smith said forces from different NATO members would be deployed to the Eastern European countries to counter Russian aggression in Europe.

Smith noted that the additional forces are “not just national forces” and would be revealed on Thursday.

Speaking at an Atlantic Council event, Smith said NATO is discussing its medium and long-term force presence in its eastern European flank.

“We are going to have to make a series of ongoing assessments about our force posture that will take us weeks and months into the future.

“It’s still an open question of how the alliance takes the NATO-Russia Founding Act which NATO allies believe Russia is in clear violation of and moves to its longer-term posture.

“All options are on the table, including permanent basing,” Smith said.

Smith then claimed Poland’s proposal of a NATO peacekeeping mission for Ukraine isn’t “dead in the water,” but said there are “a lot of open-ended questions” and “allies want to know more about what Poland is suggesting here.”

“We want to encourage this type of fresh thinking,” she said, adding that “no one ever shirks or turns away when an ally brings an idea into our discussions here.”

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Zelensky Asks Biden Not To Sanction Chelsea Football Club Owner, Abramovich

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked American President, Joe Biden not to sanction Roman Abramovich as the Chelsea owner may be able to help with Russian peace talks, a report says.

Early this month, officials inside the US Treasury Department drafted a set of sanctions to punish Roman Abramovich, a prominent Russian oligarch, following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, say people familiar with the plans.

When it came time to announce those sanctions, which had been designed to go out in tandem with sanctions from the U.K. and European Union, the White House’s National Security Council told the Treasury to hold off, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mr Zelsneky had asked the US president to wait on sanctioning Mr Abramovich, who has a close relationship with Vladimir Putin, as Ukraine’s leaders believe he might be a crucial go-between with Moscow, an official told the newspaper.

On the call, Mr Biden reportedly spoke with Mr Zelensky on a range of sanctions that the White House intended to implement.

“We are not going to read out private conversations between President Biden and President Zelensky,” said Emily Horne, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council.

The Chelsea Football Club billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich had earlier been hit by sanctions from the UK government.

But Top Flight reports that Chelsea Football Club could still be sold by the end of the month despite being under several sanctions and under the control of the UK Government.

Following the government taking control of the assets of former owner, Roman Abramovich, an American Investment firm has been tasked with selling the club, and following positive conversations, they believe the club could be sold by the end of the month.

The government will need to grant the club a new licence for a sale to go through after it placed sanctions on the club, but after an agreement was made that funds from a sale would go to charitable organisations and into a frozen account, the process of getting a new licence should be easy.

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President Zelensky Blames NATO For Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia attacked Ukraine simply because his country is not a member of NATO.

Zelensky said that Sunday that if his country had been admitted into the NATO alliance earlier, then Russia would not have invaded.

“If we were a NATO member, a war wouldn’t have started. I’d like to receive security guarantees for my country, for my people,” Zelensky told CNN.

According to the President, he was grateful for how member nations of NATO have been. able to help his country since the invasion began.

But Zelensky called on the US, EU and other members of NATO to quickly admit Ukraine into the organisation if they truly want his country as a member.

“If NATO members are ready to see us in the alliance, then do it immediately because people are dying on a daily basis,” he added

He continued, “But if you are not ready to preserve the lives of our people, if you just want to see us straddle two worlds if you want to see us in this dubious position where we don’t understand whether you can accept us or not — you cannot place us in this situation, you cannot force us to be in this limbo.

“I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five, just say it directly and clearly, or just say no.

And the response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open,” he said.

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Thousands Protest In Spain Over Soaring Fuel, Food Prices

Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets across Spain on Saturday in protest at the soaring cost of food, light and fuel, which have been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The rallies, which took place in Spain’s main cities, were called by the far-right Vox party which sought to tap into growing social discontent over the spiralling cost of living that has left many families struggling to pay their bills.

Outside City Hall in Madrid, a crowd of several thousand people gathered, waving hundreds of Spanish flags and chanting angry slogans calling for the resignation of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

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Putin Quotes John 15:13 From The Bible To Hail Ukraine Invasion At Moscow Rally

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022.

Putin paraphrased John 15:13 to justify the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which has killed hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children.

During his speech at the rally held in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to “celebrate” the eighth anniversary of Crimea’s annexation, which is not recognized by most countries, Putin lauded the Russian military for “heroically” fighting in Ukraine.

“You know, I remember the words from the Bible. There is no other love rather than if someone gives soul for their friends,” Putin said,

The remark was followed by huge applause from the crowd.

Putin’s remark was a reference to John 15:13, which states: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

“We are seeing the heroic deeds of our guys in this operation,” Putin added, according to the CNN translation. “These words from the holy scripture of Christianity, it’s something that is very dear to those who profess this religion.”

“But everything is down to the facts that this universal value for all the peoples and all the confessions of Russia and for own people above all and the best confirmation of that is how our guys are fighting in the course of this military operation, shoulder to shoulder, helping and supporting each other,” he continued. “If the need comes, they will shield each other on the battlefield from the bullets as brothers. We have not had such unity for a long time.”

During Putin’s speech, Russia 24, the state-owned media outlet broadcasting the address, switched to footage of a military band playing on the same stage, The Moscow Times reported. The independent news outlet noted that “Russian state television is tightly controlled and such interruptions are highly unusual.”

However, the Kremlin later claimed the broadcast was “interrupted due to technical problems on the server.”

While the RIA Novosti news agency reported over 95,000 in attendance and over 100,000 outside the stadium, the newspaper cited reports of some people being forced to attend the rally.

“They stuck us in a bus and drove us here,” one woman was quoted as telling the SOTA news outlet outside the stadium.

Some reports in Russian media also suggested that people were offered 500 rubles (approximately $5) to attend the event.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday it had recorded 2,149 civilian casualties, including 816 killed and 1,333 injured, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24.

Those dead include 152 men, 116 women, seven girls, 16 boys, 36 children and 489 adults whose sex is not yet known. However, “the actual figure could be much higher,” the OHCHR reported.

“Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes,” the OHCHR statement said.
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News Update, Saturday, 19/03/2022

** Medical Check-up: Buhari returns to Abuja

** 2023: Group obtains PDP Presidential form for Atiku

** Nigeria effects court judgement allowing appointees contest elections while in office

** Senate approves Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Iwo

** Government fumes as thugs attack officials on House demolition exercise in Lagos

** Resignation of political appointees: Court upholds Buhari’s position on electoral act

** Governing councils of state varsities lack capacity to negotiate with our union- ASUU blasts Yusuf Ali

** Rep Akande Sadipe proposes 3-year validity for UTME results

** N17bn Racket: EFCC moves Obiano to Abuja after first night as ex-governor in Lagos custody

** Why I slapped Obiano’s wife — Bianca Ojukwu

** Feud: Lawyer demands arrest of Obiano’s wife, Bianca

** Obiano’s wife desecrated Awka land, must appease gods – Anambra monarch

** Court orders Malami to delete section 84(12) of Amended Electoral Act

** Lagos Head of Service announces appointment of permanent secretaries

** JAMB discovers one million ‘Illegal’ admissions

** All LASU First Class graduates to get automatic employment – VC

** Court orders public office holders to resign 30 days to election

** Prepaid meters to be developed in Nigeria to address metering challenges

** Court vacates order stopping APC convention

** Electricity tariff review looms, NERC insists action statutory every 6 months

** GenCos, NBET bickering degenerates, generation firms lampoon bulk traders

** MTN, Glo, Airtel Mull Tariff Hike For Nigerians, Blame High Diesel Price

** How gunmen attacked Ondo community, took away 4 year-old victims’ daughter

** Late Lagos GAC member begins final journey

** Pay attention to Lassa fever, cholera like you did COVID-19, NMA tells FG

** We”ll provide conducive environment for Nigerians who want to continue their education in Russia – Minister

** News of Hushpuppi’s fresh $.4 fraud in Prison Fake – U.S. Attorney-General

** How some Nigerian media were deceived by the scintillating (fake) news

** Chinua Achebe’s Son, Chidi, Wins US Bard Award in Medicine and Science

** Parents return from holiday to find son has gone to fight in Ukraine

** Russian troops shoot themselves in the legs to avoid fighting in Ukraine

** Bulgaria expels 10 Russian diplomats

** You’ll leave Kumasi with bucket of goals, Ghanaians taunt Eagles

** 2022 WCQ: Wilfred Ndidi injured ahead of Must Win Qualifier with Ghana

** Nigerians want to win every trophy – Eguavoen ******

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US Announces New Military Aid To Ukraine

U.S. President Biden signs legislation to offer Ukraine additional $800 million in military assistance, sending more anti-aircraft, anti-armor weapons, and drones.

At the same time, China’s third batch of humanitarian assistance is approaching Ukraine, including food, sleeping bags, moisture-proof pads and milk powder for small children.

China said wars and sanctions won’t bring peace, and urged all sides to prioritize fostering peace talks and avoiding humanitarian disasters.