India election 2019: Narendra Modi thanks voters for ‘historic mandate’

Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist politics were under scrutiny in the marathon election Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of India for giving him a “historic mandate” of five more years in office, after a landslide victory in the general election. “We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you,” he said in a victory address to supporters of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP is projected to get about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament. It is likely…

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‘Prostitution is seen as a leisure activity here’: tackling Spain’s sex traffickers

It’s staggeringly big business in Spain, where demand is being met by traffickers. Can a groundbreaking team turn the tide? Anti-trafficking police officers speak to a woman in Colonia Marconi Madrid. All photographs Ofelia de Pablo and Javier ZuritaThe Guardian On a sunny morning in Madrid, two young women duck down a side street, into a residential block and up to an apartment front door. Then they start knocking. Marcella and Maria spend a lot of time banging on doors and yelling through letterboxes all over the city. Most of…

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‘You cannot muzzle the media’: Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

A billboard for Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, who won re-election in February. (CPJ/Jonathan Rozen)  By Jonathan Rozen When Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president–who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985–and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and called for voters to let them “continue” their work and take the country to the “Next Level.” Under Buhari’s first…

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Alan García: Peru’s former president kills himself ahead of arrest

Alan García served as president of Peru from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011 A former Peruvian President Alan García has died after shooting himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery allegations. Mr García was rushed to hospital in the capital, Lima. His death was confirmed by current President Martín Vizcarra. A crowd of supporters gathered outside the hospital and were held back by a line of police. Mr García was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht – claims…

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Peru’s ex-President Alan García shoots himself before arrest

Mr García was taken to Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima after shooting himself Peru’s former President Alan García has shot himself as police came to arrest him. Casimiro Ulloa hospital in the capital, Lima, said he was in surgery where he was being treated for “a bullet wound to his head”. Mr García is accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht – claims he has repeatedly denied. Officers had been sent to arrest him in connection with the allegations. Health minister Zulema Tomás said Mr García’s condition was…

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UNICEF Cash Transfer: What next?

By Carl Umegboro Quintessentially, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which was created by the UN-General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide succours to underprivileged children and mothers originally in countries devastated by World War II, is extensively, in its characteristic interventions making headway, touching more lives. A two-day media dialogue on Educate-A-Child (EAC) Cash Transfer Programme in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State on 8-9 April, 2019 unwittingly, exposed extreme wickedness, exploitation and egotism of the ruling class against the people. Steve J. Stowell notably said, “Great leaders find ways to connect with their people…

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Congestion in Nigerian prisons and matters arising

Inside a typical Nigerian prison Prisons are public correctional institutions established by government where inmates — both suspects and convicts — are detained. Concerned citizens observe that over the years, the situation in Nigerian prison cells across the country has become miserable where many inmates who are awaiting trial languish. They observe that some of the inmates have even spent more years in prison than the actual years required if they had been convicted. But Justice Ishaq Bello, Chairman, Presidential Committee on Prisons Reform, observes that apart from this, inmates…

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Gunmen storm Somalia government building, killing minister, others

Civilians fleeing the scene of a gunfight between Somali security forces and Shabab fighters in Mogadishu on Saturday.CreditCreditSaid Yusuf Warsame/EPA, via Shutterstock Gunmen from an Islamist militant group stormed a government building in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, after a suicide car bombing on Saturday, killing at least five people, including the country’s deputy labor minister, the police said. Somali security forces fought an hourslong gun battle with at least five assailants to retake control of the building, which houses the ministries of labor and works, a police officer, Capt. Mohamed Hussein,…

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US President Trump announces 100% defeat of ISIS

US President Trump The United States President, Mr Donald Trump on Saturday announced the total defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria territories. Trump, in a statement issued by the White House Office of the Press Secretary, said ISIS had been defeated 100 per cent in its former controlled territories of Iraq and Syria. “I am pleased to announce that, together with our partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, including the Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces,…

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Online shopping: When trust, confidence become buyer/seller’s concern

Unarguably, many people are now living a world where information is at fingertips in which they can book a ride, order food and plan an entire holiday, using an internet connected phone or device. Technology changes the way people live completely in all activities, including business transactions with a massive impact on seller-buyer relationship. For instance, more business transactions are online unlike before and it is possible to start a small business with an online presence so as to reach the outer world. Goods and services were, hitherto, bought by…

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