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Russia’s former economy minister found guilty of corruption

  Former Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Friday was found guilty of demanding a bribe of 2 million dollars in exchange for a decision to allow the country’s largest oil company, Rosneft, to acquire a state-controlled rival. It has been the highest-profile case of its kind since Soviet times. Ulyukayev was convicted of accepting the bribe in cash during ...

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French tourist dies in rafting accident in Nepal

  A 24-year-old French tourist died after his raft capsized on a river in north-western Nepal, a local police officer said on Friday. Dalbir Bika, a police officer in Kalikot district in the country’s Karnali region, said the man along with his two compatriots was halfway through a week-long rafting trip on the Karnali River when the accident happened. “The ...

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Japan expands sanctions against North Korea

  Japan on Friday stepped up its economic sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. “ Tokyo said it will freeze the assets of 19 additional North Korean firms working in the finance, oil and coal sectors,’’ the Japanese foreign ministry announced. A government spokesman said the fresh sanctions are in reaction to North Korea’s recent test ...

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Australia to creep north by 1.8metres, no-one will notice

  Australia is heading north riding the continental plate, which means the country’s mapping co-ordinates are being realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east, it was announced on Friday. “Australians are on the move and they’re all heading north – even though the vast majority won’t realise it,’’ Matt Canavan, minister for resources and northern Australia, said in a statement. The continental ...

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Nigerian gets 18 years in Vietnamese prison for import scam


A Southern Vietnam court has sentenced a Nigerian to 18 years in prison over a fake customs enforcement scam, state media reported on Friday. A local media reported that Michael Ikechukwu Leonard, 45, was convicted on Thursday of “deceiving others to steal their assets” in a scam which targeted wealthy Vietnamese women. The court in Can Tho city determined that ...

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1,317 Nigerians returned from Libya in 10 days – NEMA


  The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days having been stranded in the volatile country enroute Europe. The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure while receiving a fresh batch of 116 Nigerians who arrived the country on Friday morning. That the new ...

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US Lawmaker Commits Suicide After Sexual Assault Allegations 

A Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2013 killed himself Wednesday, officials say, a day after he denied the allegations. Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead of a single gunshot wound near Mount Washington, Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said. Johnson drove onto a bridge in a rural area southeast of Louisville, parked and ...

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Sierra Leone Prepares for Presidential Elections

The West African country of Sierra Leone is holding its presidential election march next year with the ruling All Peoples Party having as its candidate a technocrat politician and former foreign minister, Dr Samura Kamara. Kamara had emerged as the consensus candidate after the ruling party national convention presided over by the outgoing president, Dr Bai Koroma whose two-term tenure ...

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5 dead in Malaysia nursing home fire

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Five people died after a fire broke out in a nursing home outside the Malaysian capital on Wednesday, officials said. Four of the victims were residents in their 60s and 70s, and the fifth was reportedly a 25-year-old Pakistani caretaker. The incident occurred in Kajang, about 25 kilometres south-east of Kuala Lumpur. “The two-storey nursing home was not registered, and ...

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