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Nigeria, others to benefit from Uk’s £30m aid

By Valentine Amanze (with agency report)
Nigeria and other African countries are to benefit from the £30 million which the United Kingdom (UK) is to inject into prosperity and security projects across Africa.
Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said the gesture was to shore up UK’s investment in the continent.
The funding boost comes as Britain signs a new strategic partnership with the African Union, strengthening the engagement between the continent and the UK government.

Islamic State says it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers: Amaq

Islamic State said on Saturday it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on Thursday in the country's northeastern Borno state, but a Nigerian Army spokesman said "no such incident was recorded."

In a statement issued through its news agency Amaq, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a village it referred to as Tdmari, near Maiduguri town. It said the attack happened two days ago.

People seriously think Meghan Markle is faking her pregnancy

The Duchess of Sussex is no stranger to online trolls — but this latest conspiracy is absolutely bonkers.

Meghan Markle been subjected to racist, classist and misogynistic scrutiny from both the media and the public, and now some people think she’s lying about being pregnant.
The hashtag that people are using to discuss Meghan’s supposed fake pregnancy is #moonbump, often accompanied by #megxit, which is a play on the word Brexit. The #moonbump refers to the alleged prosthetic bump or pillow that the Duchess “wears” under her clothes to “fake” her pregnant belly.

Lukaku secures another win for Man United

… as 'dressing room is bouncing'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits the Manchester United “dressing room is bouncing” after seeing a Romelu Lukaku brace secure a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Southampton.

Court declares detention, deportation of Cameroonian refugees illegal

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declared illegal the arrest and detention of 12 persons (Mr Sisiku Ayuk Tabe & 11 others) by the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno.

Justice Anwuli Chikere awarded N5m as damages to each of them.

The court also declared as unconstitutional the deportations of the 12 detainees and another 35 others from Nigeria to Cameroon on January 26, 2019.

Rolls-Royce pulls out of race to power future Boeing plane

Rolls-Royce no longer wishes to be a candidate to make the engine for a new midsize passenger jet proposed by US planemaker Boeing, the troubled British group said Thursday.

Rolls gave the update alongside news that it had dived into a net loss last year as its Trent engines were hit by costly repairs and a decision by Boeing's European rival Airbus to stop making the A380 jumbo.

Boeing lands huge British Airways order, after Airbus ends A380

British Airways announced a multi-billion dollar order for up to 42 Boeing 777 fuel-efficient passenger jets on Thursday, just two weeks after Airbus said it would no longer make its A380 superjumbo.

BA-parent IAG said its British carrier would purchase 18 777-9 planes made by the US giant, while an option for a further 24 of the aircraft could bring the total cost to $18.6 billion (16.3 billion euros) at list prices, before the usual heavy discounts are factored in.

Kenyan musician, Chris Kantai, is dead

Popular musician Chris Kantai alias Kantai passed away on Wednesday morning after experiencing breathing complications as narrated by a family member on Citizen TV.
The rapper passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Kasarani, where he was taken two days ago aged 42 years.
He was well known in the Kenyan HipHop industry as one of the best Kenyan rappers in time, among other top rappers like Abbas Kubaff, Mashifta, Bamboo and many more.

Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet developed in Australia

Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for a fraction of the cost.
The U.S. manufacturer hopes to sell the multi-role aircraft, which is 38 feet long (11.6 meters) and has a 2,000 nautical mile (3,704 kilometer) range, to customers around the world, modifying it as requested.

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior.

The announcement Saturday, delivered in uncharacteristically blunt language for the Vatican, meant that the 88-year-old McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., becomes the highest-ranking churchman and the first cardinal to be punished by dismissal from the clerical state, or laicization.

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