Hajj to be limited to 60,000 pilgrims in Kingdom this year – Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says this year’s Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom made the announcement this Saturday, on its state-run Saudi Press Agency. It cited the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for making the decision.In last year’s hajj, as few as 1,000 people already residing in Saudi Arabia were selected to take part in the Hajj. Two-thirds were foreign residents from among the 160 different nationalities that would…

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South African woman gives birth to ten babies, breaking Guinness Record

A South African woman has given birth to 10 babies, otherwise called nonuplets, breaking the World Record held by Malian woman, Halima Cisse, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco in May. According to South African local media, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, underwent a caesarian operation to give birth to seven boys and three girls making her the Guinness Record-holder for the most children birthed by one woman at once. Reports further indicate that the Sithole and her husband Teboho Tsotetsi were expecting eight babies but two babies had…

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French President Macron slapped in face on public walkabout

Two people have been arrested after French President, Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man in a crowd today, during a public appearance. A video footage of the incident in south-eastern France shows a man in a green T-shirt and glasses shout: “Down with Macronia” in French, which is the battle cry of the French armies when the country was still a monarchy, before slapping the president in the face. Security for Macron quickly tackled the man to the ground, and moved the president away to safety.…

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Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban from 11 countries

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will lift the travel ban that was imposed on people arriving from 11 countries to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the State news agency reported yesterday. Citing people familiar with the development, the Saudi Press Agency, (SPA), said that the travel ban will be lifted from 11 countries starting at 1 a.m on Monday (local time). However, the travellers from these countries will be required to go through institutional quarantine, SPA reported. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia allowed vaccinated individuals to fly abroad…

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Security: President Buhari embarks on 4-day visit to France

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to embark on a 4-day official visit to France, beginning today, to attend the African Finance Summit and also meet with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, over security. This was revealed in an official press statement issued by the Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, yesterday. According to the statement, the Summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will draw major stakeholders in the global financial institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private…

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Insurgency: G-7 countries pledges £276 million support for Nigeria

The Group 7 (G-7) countries have pledged to assist people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria with £276 million ($389 million or roughly N148 billion). The group of wealthy countries will be supporting the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies in helping victims of the conflict. A statement issued from the UK High Commission in Nigeria disclosed that Britain is leading the coordinated move by the G-7 countries to provide humanitarian assistance this year. According to the statement, the move intends to call for more efforts…

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Saudi Arabia considers barring foreign pilgrims from 2021 Hajj – Report

Saudi Arabia has said it is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual Hajj for the second year running as Covid-19 cases rise globally and worries grow about the emergence of new variants, two sources familiar with the matter said yesterday. Such a move, it said, would restrict the pilgrimage to Mecca, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, to Saudi nationals and residents of the Kingdom who were vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 at least months prior to attending.  While discussions about a possible…

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Breaking! Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced because they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”, the pair said, in an issued statement. The tech entrepreneur and his wife are among the richest people on the planet and also a huge driving force in the world of global philanthropy. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” a joint statement read. “Over the last 27 years, we…

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‘Deby’s death may complicate Nigeria’s security matters in N/East, N/West’ – Olawepo-Hashim warns

Global energy executive and former presidential candidate in 2019, Mr..Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has alerted that the death of Chadian leader, Marshall Idris Dedy, has potential of complicating Nigeria’s security issues, particularly in the North-East and North-West regions. While reacting on the death of the Chadian strongman, Olawepo-Hashim, in an interview said that Nigeria’s policy experts must of necessity, be very worried of the development now. According to the businessman, “the death of Marshal Idris Deby, until yesterday President of Chad, is undoubtedly a setback for Nigeria’s national security”. Idris Deby has…

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Chad’s President Déby killed by rebels after 30 years in power

By Ishaku Yohanna In a swift change of fate, a broadcast  on national radio today has announced the death of Chad’s veteran president, Idriss Déby after he  won a sixth term by 79.3%, according to provisional results on Monday. According to a confirmation from the national army of Chad read on national television, the newly re-elected President Idriss Déby has died of wounds he received while commanding his army in battles against rebels in the north. The country’s army released a statement saying that Deby died after being “injured on…

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