UK fixes date for general election

  British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the country will hold a general election on July 4. “I spoke with His Majesty the King to request the dissolution of parliament. The king has granted this request and we will have a general election on July 4,” Sunak said at 10 Downing Street. The prime minister’s announcement came after new figures showed that the country’s inflation rate had fallen sharply to 2.3 per cent, its lowest level in nearly three years. The ruling Conservative Party considers this a heartening achievement. The prime minister’s five pledges in January 2023 included halving

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UK University orders Nigerian students to leave school

  Nigerian students at Teesside University in the United Kingdom have been told to quit the school and return to Nigeria over unpaid fees. The students were blocked from their studies and reported to the Home Office after the value of the Naira went down wiping out their savings. According to BBC on Wednesday, May 22, a spokesperson of the University said failure to pay was a breach of visa sponsorship requirements, and that it had "no choice" but to alert the Home Office. The Home Office said visa sponsorship decisions rested with the institution. A group of students, 60

Iran fixes date for Presidential Poll

  As the Iranians continue to mourn the death of former President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash over the weekend, the Islamic State will now hold a presidential election on June 28. This is coming as the United States gave a positive nod to the demise of President Ebrahim Raisi, claiming that Iranians are “probably better off” without him. Meanwhile the decision according to local media to hold the election for his replacement was published after a meeting between the heads of the republic’s judicial, executive and legislative authorities. Vice President Mohammad Mokhber has taken on the role of

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US reveals reasons for Iran’s helicopter crash

  The United States of America has revealed a number of reasons that might have led to the crash of the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi, alongside the country’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian lost their lives in a helicopter crash that occurred in a mountainous area in the province of East Azerbaijan, amid foggy conditions. Others on board the helicopter include East Azerbaijan Governor, Malek Rahmati, and Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, representative of Iranian Supreme Leader to East Azerbaijan. There were three helicopters in this convoy, two of which were carrying the ministers and officials US Defense Secretary

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Earthquake hits Iran after president’s fatal helicopter crash

  A 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck Malayer in the Hamedan province of western Iran on Monday, compounding the nation’s grief following the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi in an helicopter crash on Sunday. The earthquake, reported by the Seismological Centre of the Geophysics Institute of the University of Tehran, occurred at 08:20:52 local time at a depth of 10km. The tremor’s epicenter was located 9 kilometers from Samen, 18 kilometers from Malayer, and 18 kilometers from Oshtorinan. No immediate reports of damage or casualties have been made. The seismic event comes just a day after President Raisi perished in

Iran appoints interim president after Raisi’s death

  The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared Vice President Mohammad Mokhber the country’s acting president, effective immediately. Mokhber will remain the interim president until then. “We will follow the path of Raisi in doing the duties entrusted without any disruptions,” he was quoted as saying by state media, according to Aljazeera. The development comes barely 24 hours after President Ebrahim Raisi alongside his Minister of Foreign Affairs died in a helicopter crash. Iran, had earlier held an emergency meeting on Monday. Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has already condoled Iranian government over Raisi’s death.

Tragedy: Man crashes vehicle into church car park, kills one-year-old baby 

Tragedy struck when a Land Rover car crashed into a Plymouth Brethren church car park, resulting in the death of a one-year-old baby girl. The incident, which occurred at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, took place at the Plymouth Brethren meeting hall in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire. According to BBC Scotland News, the accident happened following a bible reading session at the hall. Emergency services swiftly responded, transporting the baby to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Sadly, despite immediate medical attention, she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital. A police inspector, Scott Dean, said “At this time, our thoughts are with

Melinda Gates Quits Gates Foundation

  Melinda French Gates announced Monday she was leaving the philanthropy mega foundation she established with her ex-husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The resignation, which becomes effective on June 7, will leave Bill Gates as the sole chair of one of the world’s most influential and powerful non-governmental organizations. “After careful thought and reflection, I have decided to resign from my role as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Melinda French Gates wrote in a statement posted on social media. The statement gave no reason for her departure, but noted that “under the terms of my agreement with

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The United States says it has no plans to build a military base in Nigeria.

  Some northern leaders have alleged that the US and French governments have been lobbying Nigeria to sign new defence pacts, allowing them to redeploy their expelled troops from the Sahel. In a letter to President Bola Tinubu, the northern leaders warned that the presence of foreign military bases would worsen already strained relations between Nigeria and neighbouring French countries. The northern leaders asked the president to prioritise the nation’s security over “short-term strategic alignments”. In an interview with TVC news on Tuesday, David Greene, US chargé d’affaires in Nigeria, refuted the reports. “I am not aware of any such

France Speaks On Plan To Set Up Military Bases In Nigeria

  The French Government has said there are no discussions between France and Nigeria to establish military bases in the country. Recall that some eminent Northern leaders and Civil Society Organisations cautioned President Bola Tinubu against allowing the United States and the French governments to relocate their military bases from the Sahel to Nigeria. In a letter to Tinubu and the leadership of the National Assembly, the leaders urged the government to resist pressures from the US and France. They questioned the benefits of foreign military bases, particularly noting the lack of effectiveness in curbing terrorism in the Sahel region

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