Arsenal are chasing their normal seasonal title – fourth place in the league.
Arsenal are chasing their normal seasonal title – fourth place in the league.
Mr. Saraki has reneged on several such promises in the past.
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 28: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (2nd-R) during a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (2nd-L) at the UN headquarters on April 28, 2017 in New York City. The growing threat of a nuclear North Korea is going to be the focus for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson while he chairs a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council.. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions.
The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of "catastrophic consequences" if the international community — most notably China — failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.
Military options for dealing with the North were still "on the table", Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body.
The launch ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat and escalating military preparedness.
US President Donald Trump, who has warned of a "major conflict" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime, said the latest test was a pointed snub to China — the North's main ally and economic lifeline.
"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" Trump tweeted.
The US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile-defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that officials say will be operational "within days".
North Korea recently conducted its biggest-ever firing drill and has threatened to "bury at sea" the US aircraft carrier, amid signs it could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.
South Korea's defence ministry said it suspected Saturday's missile test had failed after a brief flight, while the US military's Pacific Command confirmed the rocket did not leave North Korean territory.
South Korea condemned the launch, with foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-Hyuck saying that if the North continued to "play with fire", it would "face strong punitive steps in various levels", including from the UN Security Council.
Japan has lodged a "serious protest and criticism" to the North, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a national security council meeting.
– Risk of nuclear attack 'real' –
China pushed back at Tillerson's call at the UN Security Council for it to do more to rein in Pyongyang, arguing that it was unrealistic to expect one country to solve the conflict.
"The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
His country, he said, should not be "a focal point of the problem on the peninsula" and stressed that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side".
Russia joined China in appealing for a return to talks and de-escalation.
Military action was "completely unacceptable", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the council, and a miscalculation could have "frightening consequences".
But Tillerson argued that diplomacy had to be backed with credible muscle.
"Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary," he said.
"The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland."
– Key powers divided –
The meeting of the top UN body on Friday laid bare major differences among key powers over the way to address the North Korea crisis.
Over the past 11 years, the Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions on Pyongyang — two adopted last year — to significantly ramp up pressure and deny the North Korean regime the hard currency revenue needed for its military programmes.
But UN sanctions experts have repeatedly told the council the measures have had little impact because they have been poorly implemented.
Tillerson called on all countries to downgrade or sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and impose targeted sanctions on entities and individuals supporting its missile and nuclear program.
The United States is ready to impose sanctions on third countries where companies or individuals are found to have helped North Korea's military programmes, he said.
China instead wants Pyongyang to freeze its military programmes in exchange for a halt to US-South Korean annual drills.
"Now is the time to seriously consider talks," said Wang.
But Tillerson was blunt in saying it was up to North Korea to take the first concrete steps.
"We will not negotiate our way back to the negotiating table," he said. "We will not reward their bad behaviour with talks."
The United States, Russia and China took part in six-party talks on North Korea's denuclearisation from 2003 to 2009, along with Japan, South Korea and Pyongyang.
David Adeoye: A 65-year-old man on Friday told an Ibadan Customary Court, sitting in Agodi, how his wife of 38 years committed adultery with his typist while he was away on official assignment.
The husband, Mr Alaba Aigbe, had asked the court to dissolve his marriage with Veronica over alleged adultery and witchcraft.
In his testimony, the complainant said that while he was on official assignment in Jigawa in 2006, he asked his typist to be collecting his salaries and give to his wife.
“Since the assignment will take a year to complete, I asked my typist to receive my salaries on my behalf and forward it to my wife because I did not want her and the children to suffer when I was away.
“My typist used the opportunity to woo my wife and they started the illicit affairs until 2007 when I returned home.
“I suspected the immorality when things turned upside down for my family and I sought for a spiritual solution.
“It was in the course of finding a solution to the problem that I got to know about the relationship between her and the typist.
“She confessed to me but said the typist only fingered her private part on four different occasions when I was away.
“I told her that the only condition to forgive her was to follow me to my village to make some rituals and appeal to my family gods because adultery is an abomination in my village.
“She refused to follow me, saying that she is a Deaconess and that she had taken the typist to her pastor for confession of sin and forgiveness,” the complainant narrated.
In her defense, Veronica, who did not deny the allegation, said her husband was the cause of the incident, saying that she had warned her husband not to allow the typist come to their house.
Veronica, however, pleaded the court not to dissolve the marriage which was blessed with seven children, saying she had suffered enough about the issue.
In his judgment, Chief Mukaila Balogun, the president of the court, dissolved the marriage and ordered the complainant to pay N17,000 to the defendant for her to pack her load.
Balogun further directed that the defendant should take custody of the seventh child while the husband should pay her N5000 monthly allowance or the upkeep of the child.
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Pope Francis (C) walks alongside Coptic Pope Tawadros II (R) during a visit at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul church in Cairo, which was target by a suicide bomb attack that killed 29 people last December, on April 28, 2017. Francis, who started a two-day visit, has said he hoped his trip would contribute to dialogue with Muslims and show support for Egypt's Coptic Christians. Andreas SOLARO / AFP
Thousands of Egyptian Catholics waving the colours of the Vatican flag gathered amid tight security Saturday in a Cairo stadium where Pope Francis was to lead mass.
Crowds of pilgrims poured out of buses into the stadium in the early hours of the morning, eager to see the Argentine pontiff in the flesh for the first time.
"I'm so happy to be seeing the pope in real life," said Siham Ghali shortly after daybreak.
"It's a great honour for me and all Egyptians."
Nearby, Jihan John said she was delighted to be attending a mass led by a Catholic pope for the second time after seeing former pope John Paul II when he visited Egypt in 2000.
Francis "came to Egypt to show everybody — the whole world — that Egypt is safe," she said.
Policemen and republican guards, deployed in great numbers, checked cars and buses outside the stadium. Helicopters flew overhead.
The 80-year-old pontiff is visiting Cairo to show solidarity with the country's Christian minority after a series of deadly church bombings.
The Vatican said the already scheduled visit would go ahead as planned after twin church bombings killed 45 people north of Cairo on Palm Sunday earlier this month.
The attacks, as well as a December church bombing that killed 29 people, were claimed by the Islamic State group.
The jihadist group has threatened more attacks against Christians.
Dressed in his brown robes, Franciscan Father William Abdel Masseeh said the Pope's visit was "an invitation to peace" after the bombings.
"The Pope is famous for always striving for peace," he said.
Thousands gathered in the stadium's terraces and in its centre to listen to the homily of the spiritual leader of the world's almost 1.3 billion Catholics.
Egypt's Catholic community — Coptic, Armenian, Maronite and Melkite — is estimated at about 272,000.
Christians, who make up around 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million, have long complained of marginalisation in the Muslim-majority country.
Anthony Joshua on Friday night claimed he would be driven by a fear of failure when he faces Wladimir Klitschko Saturday night in their £50 million Wembley showdown, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Joshua has not lost since being beaten in the final of the 2011 World Amateur Championships and said he never wanted to experience that feeling again.
“I think it’s the fear of losing, that’s why you want to perform," Mirror.uk quoted the Nigerian-born British boxer as saying.
“I’ve dreamt about this fight and the fear of losing only makes you stronger. When you go through a loss you naturally come back stronger.
“Because I’ve lost before, I can embrace what happened before. For me, even if you lose and you’ve tried, you’ve still won.”
The IBF heavyweight champion who has Nigerian parentage and bears the Yoruba name Oluwafemi , 27, learnt he needed to be stronger after losing to Magomedrasul Majidov, which was when he last cried, and has won every amateur and professional fight since.
“I cried walking back to the changing rooms,” he said. “You don’t think you will cry because you’re a tough man, but it’s just the passion coming out.
“I went back to the gym and did some weights because I knew I needed to be stronger. And here I am today.”
Joshua weighed in 10lbs heavier than Klitschko earlier on Friday, tipping the scales at 17st 12lbs 2oz.
Joshua was introduced into boxing by his cousin Ben Ileyemi and he reminisced of his growing up years.
“Where I have come from will always sit close,” he said. “Me and Ben were talking about it the other day and it’s crazy.
“Back in the day, Wembley to me meant hustling, the market, trying to get fake clothes, man. This is where the market is. This where we used to come and get our clothes and CDs.
“I liked the jeans, the Evisu ones. They were like a statement pair of jeans, everyone knew they were Evisu. And Air Force 1s. They were about £20.”
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Wandoo Sombo: The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu was released from Kuje Prison on Friday after perfecting what was thought to be tough bail conditions.
Kanu was brought from Kuje Prison to the Federal High Court Abuja to sign the necessary bail papers.
The process, which took about 10 minutes saw Kanu emerging with smiles from the court in the company of his sureties and relatives.
Earlier, his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, his three sureties, the Chairman, South East Senate caucus, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu signed his bail bond.
Justice Binta Nyako had on Tuesday 25 April, admitted Kanu to bail on health grounds.
Nyako, in her ruling, said that one of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction, such as a senator.
He was also to produce a highly respected and recognised Jewish leader and a highly respected person, who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja.
Nyako ruled that each of the sureties would deposit N100 million each.
In addition to the bail conditions, Kanu was barred from attending any rally or granting any form of an interview.
Kanu who is standing trial on allegations of treasonable felony along with three others has been in detention since October 2015.
Until his arrest in Lagos, he was the director of the UK-based radio station, Radio Biafra.
He was charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted conditional release by Chief Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja High Court.
Kanu’s father, His Royal Highness, Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, rejected the bail conditions, saying their son should be released unconditionally.
But apprehensions that the bail conditions were insurmountable were extinguished by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), who said all the conditions had been met.
Abaribe told NAN on Friday in Abuja, that he and two others had signed the bail bond for Kanu and that they were hopeful that he would be released.
“I came to the Federal High Court to sign the bail bond for Nnamdi Kanu according to the conditions given by Justice Nyako for his bail, part of which was that a senator will sign for him,” Abaribe said.
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Thompson Yamput(NAN): An Upper Area Court sitting at Pankshin in Plateau on Friday remanded a medical doctor, Philemon Brazil, in prison for allegedly raping his patient.
Brazil, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence. The Judge, Mr Joseph Chollom ordered the remand of Brazil in custody and adjourned the case to May 22 for further mention.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Singbon Hosea, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 25 at the home of his victim.
Hosea explained that the rape victim had a history of miscarriages and had been a patient of the doctor before the incident.
“But my lord, on that fateful day, April 25, when he visited the patient, as usual, he went too far by forcing himself on her and ended up raping her.
“By that action, the accused has committed offences of rape and act of gross indecency, contrary to and punishable under Section 283 and 285 of the Penal Code.’’
He said that after the arrest of the doctor, the police conducted HIV test on him and that the result was negative.
Hosea also told the court that after the rape, the woman suffered yet another miscarriage.
The prosecutor asked the court to remand the accused in prison, pending completion of investigation on the matter.
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Daily Trust Foundation in collaboration with MacArthur has trains journalists, drawn from different Media organizations on improving data gathering method and use of statistics for investigative Journalism in Abuja.
The training which began on April 24, 2017 was concluded yesterday.
The Chairman of Daily Trust Foundation, Mr. Wada Maida while declaring open the workshop tasked journalists on the need for investigative stories to save Nigeria from her challenges.
He stressed that today’s journalism is not only about reporting news but by also providing analysis of what the government is doing so as to explore and correct the ills in the society.
According to him, “We must provide report that will refine and make Nigeria a better place for all of us.”
While commenting on the need for data journalism, he said it can help boost transparency and good governance in Nigeria.
Also speaking, representative of MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Amina Salihu said journalists are part and parcel in the fight to correct ills in the society.