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  • Downpours, floods add to suffering of impoverished Afghans

    Downpours, floods add to suffering of impoverished Afghans

    Destructive floods has added to the suffering of impoverished people in Afghanistan, said an official Almost half of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, including Kabul and Parwan, have received heavy rains and snowfall since Friday, which have triggered flash floods, leading to losses of life and damage of properties. Mullah Janan Saeq, spokesman for the country’s national disaster authority, confirmed that 66…

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  • No Fewer than 10 killed in Russian attack on Chernihiv, says Zelensky

    No Fewer than 10 killed in Russian attack on Chernihiv, says Zelensky

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for more air defence support from Western partners after a Russian missile attack killed at least 10 people on Wednesday. “This would not have happened if Ukraine had received sufficient air defence and if the world had been determined enough to counter Russian terror,’’ Zelensky wrote on Telegram. The search for victims among the…

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  • Flood death toll in Afghanistan rises to 50

    Flood death toll in Afghanistan rises to 50

    Flooding caused by heavy rains over the past four days in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 50 people, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority reported on Tuesday. The agency spokesman, Janan Sayaq, added that another 36 people were injured in the floods. The authority had previously reported 33 deaths nationwide. Sayaq said that the floods had caused…

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  • Indians in Nigeria hold campaign for Prime Minister Modi’s third term re-election

    Indians in Nigeria hold campaign for Prime Minister Modi’s third term re-election

    Indian businessmen, professionals, and non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Nigeria held a campaign session for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third term re-election in Lagos on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that India’s election is to be held from April 19 to June 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been leading India since 2014 and will be contesting…

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  • FG unveils plans for inland waterways, coastal services

    FG unveils plans for inland waterways, coastal services

    The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, said on Sunday that it would soon unveil its plans for the inland waterways and coastal services in the industry. Its Minister, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, was quoted as having disclosed this in a statement issued in Lagos by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zoe Maritime, Mrs. Tosan Edodo-Moore.…

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  • China opposes negative statement by Japan, U.S., says embassy official

    China opposes negative statement by Japan, U.S., says embassy official

    China has lodged representations with Japan over a negative China-related statement. The statement issued after the Japan-U.S. summit urged Japan to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs to avoid greater damage to the China-Japan relationship, a Chinese Embassy spokesperson said on Friday. China urged Japan to respect its core interests and major concerns, implement mutually beneficial agreements between the two…

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  • China to strengthen capital market regulation, risk prevention

    China to strengthen capital market regulation, risk prevention

    China’s State Council released a guideline on Friday on strengthening regulation, forestalling risks, and promoting the high-quality development of the country’s capital market.   The council stated in the guidelines that the country should aim at building a secure, regulated, transparent, open, dynamic, and resilient capital market. It said that efforts should focus on strengthening regulation, preventing risks, and pushing…

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  • IMF says inflation to further drop in 2024

    IMF says inflation to further drop in 2024

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says inflation is easing faster than expected but has not been fully defeated. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, was quoted in a statement by the Fund on Thursday as having said this at the China Development Forum (CDF) 2024 in Beijing. The event was hosted by the Atlantic Council Think Tank. She urged…

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  • Chinese yuan strengthens to 7.0947 against dollar

    Chinese yuan strengthens to 7.0947 against dollar

    The central parity rate of the Chinese currency, the renminbi or yuan, strengthened two pips to 7.0947 against the dollar on Monday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.   In China’s spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two percent from the central parity rate each trading day.   The central parity…

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  • China`s Central Bank adds liquidity via reverse repos

    China`s Central Bank adds liquidity via reverse repos

    China’s Central Bank conducted two billion yuan (about 281.9 million dollars) of seven-day reverse repos at an interest rate of 1.8 percent on Monday.   The move aims to keep liquidity in the banking system reasonable and ample, the People’s Bank of China said in a statement.   A reverse repo is a process by which a central bank purchases…

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  • Ukraine denies involvement in drone attacks on Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

    Ukraine denies involvement in drone attacks on Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

    Ukraine on Sunday denied the accusation of Kiev’s involvement in drone attacks on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). “Ukraine is not involved in any armed provocations on the territory of the ZNPP,” Andriy Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s military intelligence, was quoted as saying. He was quoted by the press service of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian…

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  • NDLEA nabs male passenger carrying 4,000 tramadol pills in MMIA

    NDLEA arrests India-bound passenger who excreted 80 wraps of cocaine

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a Delhi, India-bound passenger at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on March 31 for ingesting 80 wraps of cocaine. Its spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, stated on Sunday in Abuja that the passenger was to board a Doha-bound flight en route to Delhi using a Liberian passport with the name Carr Bismark…

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  • China-Vietnam border land port reports 520,000 passengers in Q1

    China-Vietnam border land port reports 520,000 passengers in Q1

    The Youyiguan border gate along the China-Vietnam border recorded some 520,000 inbound and outbound passengers in the first quarter of 2024, up 189 per cent year on year, according to local authorities.   In the first three months of this year, the land port cleared over 100,000 vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 22.75 per cent, according to the Youyiguan entry-exit…

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  • UN Human Rights Council calls for end to arms exports to Israel

    UN Human Rights Council calls for end to arms exports to Israel

    The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday called for an end to arms exports to Israel in a resolution that made no mention of the Palestinian militant organisation Hamas. The step is necessary to “prevent further violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights,” according to the text adopted by the body in Geneva.…

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  • Authorities caution against chemical spill in rivers in northern Laos

    Authorities caution against chemical spill in rivers in northern Laos

    Authorities in northern Laos’ Luang Prabang province circulated a notice warning people not to bathe in the Khan and Mekong rivers or to consume or sell any dead fish seen in these rivers. The Luang Prabang City Office issued a warning on Thursday following an accident in which a tanker carrying sulfuric acid overturned in Prabang province. The acid spilled…

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  • Thousands in Iran demonstrate against Israel as funerals take place

    Thousands in Iran demonstrate against Israel as funerals take place

    On Friday, thousands of Iranians demonstrated against the actions of Israel as a funeral procession took place for members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) killed by an airstrike in Syria. Two brigadier generals and five other members of the powerful Iranian army unit died on Monday in the attack on the Iranian embassy compound in the Syrian capital…

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  • Ministry reiterates commitment to reposition Nigerian youths

    Ministry reiterates commitment to reposition Nigerian youths

    The Ministry of Youth Development has reiterated its commitment to reposition Nigerian youths to enable them to play significant roles in the socio-economic development of the country. The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Donuma Ahmed, said this when Mr. Yunus Sonmez, the Director-General of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday. Ahmed said…

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