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INDIA India has lost contact with a powerful communications satellite, just two days after it was launched. The indigenously built GSAT-6A satellite was designed to improve communications for the armed forces. Confirming the incident, Indian Space and Research Organisation said “an unfortunate power supply anomaly” was to blame. It added that steps are underway to […]

NAURU Nauru has severed ties with Australia’s highest court, sparking concerns that hundreds of asylum seekers could be left without the right to appeal. With the development, the Pacific island now has no appeal system of its own. Nauru says it will establish its own local court of appeal instead. The tiny island nation hosts […]

ISRAEL Israel has announced the cancellation of a plan to deport African migrants to Africa. It has also reached an agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to send more than sixteen thousand people to Western countries instead. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, noted that other migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum, […]

FRANCE Workers at French state railway have embarked on a major strike, a move expected to paralyse rail travel across France. The industrial action, which would also involve train drivers, is billed to last for three months, as trade unions push back against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour reforms. Waste collection, electricity and energy sectors are […]

U.S U.S. President, Donald Trump, says he will discuss “reciprocal trade and investment ties” with Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, during a visit billed for later this month. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, who confirmed this, said both world leaders would meet at Trump’s Florida resort, on April 17 and 18. Abe told newsmen […]

ETHIOPIA Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has been sworn in by Parliament. The new Prime Minister has the mandate to implement democratic reforms aimed at defusing ethnic tensions in the Oromiya province from which he hails. The ruling coalition picked Abiy last week to replace Hailemariam Desalegn who quit to give way for reforms. […]

MALAYSIA It is now law in Malaysia that fake news can send an offender to prison of up to six years. Prime Minister, Najib Razak, secured a simple majority in Parliament to pass the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, silencing critics who said it was aimed at curbing dissent and free speech ahead of a general […]

FRSC Despite warnings from the Akwa Ibom state Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, thirty six drivers were found wanting during the Easter period. State FRSC Public Relations Officer, Jonas Agwu, who confirmed this to Comfort FM’s Correspondent, Ruth Amadin, explained that the thirty six offenders were prosecuted in the mobile court at […]

NIMC National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has issued a statement debunking reports in certain quarters that it had suspended the issuance of the National Identification cards. NIMC’s Head, Corporate Communications Unit, Loveday Ogbonna, described the report as “false and misleading”, insisting that it had never suspended the issuance of cards to successful enrollees at any […]

RIVERS One hundred and twenty arms have been recovered from thirteen Local Government Areas of Rivers state by the Police. Spokesman of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the arms were recovered through the ongoing mop-up exercise, which would last for two weeks. DSP Omoni explained that the State Command is taking a […]

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