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What Niger, Benin, others must do before we reopen border – Emefiele

THE Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, on Monday insisted that neighbouring countries must engage with Nigeria before the Nigerian border is reopened.

The border was closed few weeks back due to the substandard products that are smuggled and dumped into the Nigerian markets.

Emefiele spoke with State House correspondents after closed doors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also claimed that the Nigerian economy is doing well with the closure of its borders.

Kanye West is an unreliable pastor on Jesus Is King

The idea that Kanye West does gospel to re-endear himself to his black fans feels pat.
It’s too legible of a scheme for an artist whose grand gestures are regularly PR messes. And though his discography is chameleonic, Christianity has been one of its most consistent undercurrents. It was there near the bottom of his mania, during the ill-fated The Life of Pablo era.

Pope's Amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders

Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition.

The majority of 180 bishops from nine Amazonian countries also called for the Vatican to reopen a debate on ordaining women as deacons, saying "it is urgent for the church in the Amazon to promote and confer ministries for men and women in an equitable manner."

Eddie Murphy Reveals The Questions That Obama Surprised Him With

Former President Barack Obama surprised actor Eddie Murphy with his questioning when the pair met in 2015, the “Dolemite Is My Name” star revealed on Friday’s broadcast of “The Late Show.”

Murphy recalled talking with Obama after receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The former commander-in-chief had two questions for him: whether he was returning to stand-up comedy and what rinse he used for his hair.

“I was like, what?” Murphy told host Stephen Colbert.

Pope to predators: Stop plundering the Earth

Pope Francis said Sunday it was time for "predators" to stop plundering the Earth for financial gain, holding up the "scarred face of the Amazon" as a warning.

The poor are "threatened by predatory models of development", the pope said at a Mass at the end of a three-week Vatican assembly, or synod, on the Pan-Amazonian region.

"The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region," he said.

Beijing's new $63 bln mega-airport begins international flights

Beijing's new $63 billion Daxing airport began its first scheduled international flights on Sunday as it ramped up operations to help relieve pressure on the city's existing Capital airport.

Shaped like a phoenix - though to some observers it is more reminiscent of a starfish - the airport was designed by famed Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, and formally opened in late September ahead of the Oct. 1 celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Cameroon calls for freeze on Douala port contract over Bollore court case

Cameroon's president has ordered its main Douala port to suspend contract talks with Swiss firm Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) until the conclusion of a court case brought by France's Bollore, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

TIL was chosen to renovate and manage the Atlantic port in September after Bollore, which had managed the hub since 2015, was eliminated earlier in the bidding process as it sought to renew its contract. It is contesting the decision in the Cameroonian courts.

Xenophobia: South Africans attack Nigerians again

South Africans living in Mpumalamga province have attacked Nigerians in a fresh wave of xenophobic violence.

Channels Television correspondent in South Africa reports that further information concerning the attack is still sketchy as the crew is on its way to the province for details.

The leadership of Nigerian Citizens In South Africa (NICASA) and Nigeria’s Consular General to South Africa are also on their way to Witbank in Mpumalanga province to gather more information on the attack.

Rich Chinese outnumber wealthy Americans for first time

The number of rich Chinese has surpassed the count of wealthy Americans for the first time as both countries keep churning out millionaires, a study by Credit Suisse showed.

The Swiss bank's annual wealth survey released on Monday found 100 million Chinese ranked in the global top 10% as of the middle of this year versus 99 million in the United States.

U.S. makes history with first all-female spacewalk

astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on Friday became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk — a historic milestone as NASA prepares to send the first woman to the Moon.

“It symbolizes exploration by all that dare to dream and work hard to achieve that dream,” Meir said after the 7-hour, 17-minute spacewalk to replace a power controller on the International Space Station.

The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism.

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