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Apple watch models import ban begins in US


A United States import ban on certain Apple smartwatch models came into effect Tuesday, after the President Joe Biden administration opted not to veto a ruling on patent infringements. The United States International Trade Commission decided in October to ban Apple Watch models over a patented technology for detecting blood-oxygen levels. Apple contends that the […]

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Congo bans protests against election ‘irregularities’


The DR Congo government said Tuesday that it would outlaw an opposition-led demonstration planned for Wednesday to protest alleged “irregularities” in last week’s elections. Five opposition presidential candidates informed the governor of Kinshasa in a letter published Saturday of their intention to organise the march. But with definitive results still not announced, the government said […]

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Bizarre Purchase: Joseph Goebbels Villa Purchased By Ukraine’s Zelensky


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Osun Defender History Corner: December 26 In Focus

Today, on the history corner, we take a trip in the realm of flashback and recall some events that marked this day. December 26 is the International Boxing Day. It is a globally celebrated holiday after Christmas used to present gifts to people and share love among mankind. December 26, 1620 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower […]
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Ukraine cuts military operations as foreign aid dries up


Ukraine has warned it is already being forced to downsize some military operations because of a drop-off in foreign aid. Top general Oleksandr Tarnavskyi said troops faced ammunition shortages along the “entire front line”, creating a “big problem” for Kyiv. It comes as billions of dollars of US and EU aid have been held up […]

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Pope Francis approves blessings for same-sex couples


Pope Francis has granted permission for priests to bestow blessings upon same-sex couples, marking a significant milestone for the LGBTQ+ community within the Roman Catholic Church. The BBC reports that the head of the Roman Catholic Church stated that, in some cases, priests ought to be able to bless same-sex and “irregular” couples. However, the […]

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How One Word Sparked a Viral Video, Conversions Among Young Americans, and Empathy for Palestinians


As international students, we shared a hostel with Riyad, my Palestinian friend. Riyad and I, unlike our peers, scraped by without scholarships or sponsorships for our master’s degrees in psychology. Riyad was older and saw me as both a younger brother and a friend. He would humbly say we learned from each other, but he […]
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Invasion: More Ukrainians undergo training in UK to repel Russian attacks  


“It was 4:25am when I woke up, went out to have a smoke and started hearing gunshots,” said Volodymyr, one of the Ukrainians undergoing military training in the United Kingdom to return home and defend their country. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022 in an escalation of the Russian–Ukrainian War that started in 2014. […]

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Man kills girlfriend, posts picture of body as WhatsApp status


A 20-year-old nursing student was reportedly killed by her boyfriend at a hotel in Chennai, who then shared a picture of the deceased on his WhatsApp status, India police said on Saturday. Chennai is a city located in the southern part of India. India Today reports that the murder was discovered when friends of the […]

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Indian army digs by hand to free 41 trapped tunnel workers


Indian military engineers were preparing to dig by hand Monday to reach 41 workers trapped in a collapsed road tunnel for 16 days, a rescue operation hit by repeated setbacks. Soldiers plan to use a so-called “rat-hole mining” technique, digging by hand to clear the rocks and rubble over the remaining nine metres (29 feet), […]

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Six pupils arraigned for b£heading teacher


Six teenagers went on trial in Paris on Monday for their role in the 2020 beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, the first of two trials in a case that horrified France. The suspects arrived holding their coats over their faces at the closed-doors juvenile court, a judicial source told AFP. The 47-year-old history and geography […]

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Experts Fault WHO’s Approach To Tobacco Control


  Experts have tasked the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure its approach to tobacco control is driven by data that are science-based, adopts reason and respect for humanism. Speaking at a webinar on “Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Challenges and Prospects for WHO”, panelists who are experts in diverse fields, advocated a change in […]

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Fact check on cockroach in human chest circulating social media platforms (VIDEO)


A social media post claims that an accompanying image shows a real chest X-ray with a cockroach. Fact checkers have checked the accuracy of this claim and found it to be false. Upon conducting a thorough fact-check, the fact chechers confidently debunk the claim made in viral social media posts suggesting the existence of a […]

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OpenAI Makes U-turn, Returns Altman As CEO, Appoints New Board


  Popular ChatGPT company, OpenAI, has made a U-turn by returning its co-founder, Sam Altman, as its chief executive officer (CEO) with a constitution of a new board. Just last Friday, OpenAI announced the disengagement of Altman from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) company and his immediate replacement with chief technology officer Mira Murati in interim […]

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Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao, pleads guilty to money laundering charges


Binance Chief Executive, Changpeng Zhao, has resigned after pleading guilty to money laundering violations. “I made mistakes, and I must take responsibility. This is best for our community, for Binance, and for myself,” he said in a post on X. The Justice Department said it was requiring Binance, the largest crypto-exchange in the world, to […]

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Rescuing workers trapped in Indian tunnel may take 48 hours


Indian rescuers warned Friday, it could take another two days of clearing rubble before they can reach 40 workers who have been trapped in a collapsed tunnel for nearly a week. Excavators have been removing debris since Sunday morning to create an escape route for the workers after a portion of the tunnel they were […]

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Gaza War: Osama Bin Laden’s Letter to America Justifying Terrorism Goes Viral


The letter reveals why the US supports Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the reasons why terrorism is justified. The Guardian newspaper has since deleted the letter following its wider circulation among American citizens.” The late Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s famous “Letter to America,” released one year after the September 11, 2001 attacks, has gone […]

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Landlord kills girlfriend, two other tenants over unpaid rent


A 54-year-old landlord is now facing charges for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and two of his tenants inside a home in Queens, New York City. David Daniel is charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Officials say the victims, two women, ages 51 and 55, and a 57-year-old man, were found inside the […]

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UK PM appoints James Cleverly as new interior minister


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday appointed James Cleverly as interior minister, switching the 54-year-old from the role of foreign secretary which he had held for a year. The move, part of Sunak’s first major reshuffle after nearly 13 months in power, follows the UK leader sacking Suella Braverman as interior minister earlier Monday. […]

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The Criterion seeks divine intervention in Israeli-Palestinian war


THE Criterion, an association of Muslim women in business and the professions, has sought Allah’s intervention in the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine and a resolution of the conflict. The international amirah of The Criterion, Alhaja Medinat Akanni, made the intercession while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State, on the forthcoming international conference […]

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Palestine not under Hamas captivity – Envoy

Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdallah Abu Shawesh, has said the country was not under the captivity of Hamas, an acronym of the organisation’s official name, the Islamic Resistance Movement. The envoy who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday said the claim by the Israeli government that it is trying to free the […]

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Israel-Hamas war: Senate seeks ceasefire, asks FG to press for two-state solution 

The Senate on Tuesday asked the federal government to seek cooperation with the United Nations to push for ceasefire in the raging Israel-Hamas war

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US warns citizens to avoid hotels over threat of attack


The United States has issued a fresh warning to its citizens in Nigeria to avoid major hotels in the country, noting that there are elevated threats to major hotels in the larger cities of the country. The warning was contained in an emergency information for US citizens dated November 3, 2023. It stated: “The U.S. […]

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How Diddy hired me to kill Tupac for $1M, Keefe D confessed

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Duane Keith Davis aka Keefe D, an American member of the California-based gang known as the South Side Compton Crips who is charged with first-degree murder in the 1996 murder of American rapper, Tupac Amaru Shakur has made some shocking revelations about the late rapper’s death. Keefe D, while in court in Las Vegas claimed that […]

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Saudi starts fundraising drive for Gaza Palestinians


Saudi Arabia said Thursday it was launching a fundraising campaign for Palestinians in war-torn Gaza where Israel is pressing a massive military operation following the October 7 Hamas attacks. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler, donated 20 million Saudi riyals (roughly $5.3 million) to the campaign, the state-affiliated channel Al-Ekhbariya reported. The […]

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