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Trump takes oath of office 6pm Nigerian time on Friday

Trump takes oath of office 6pm Nigerian time on Friday

Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States at 12 noon in Washington, and 6pm Nigerian time on Friday. The joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies disclosed this. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:30am, with a musical prelude beforehand, according to a copy of the inauguration programme. Afterwards,

Gambia Shudders as Defeated President Yahya Jammeh Won’t Quit

President Yahya Jammeh once predicted that his rule could last a billion years. Now, the fate of his nation is hanging on one more anxiety-filled day. After acknowledging defeat in an election last month, Mr. Jammeh abruptly changed his mind, refusing to step aside for the inauguration of the new president scheduled for Thursday and

Gambia: Three more ministers quit as noose tightens around Jammeh

Three more Gambian ministers have resigned from the government despite a vow by defeated President Yahya Jammeh vowed to remain in office. Jammeh the defeated candidate in the December 1, presidential election, has vowed not to step down when his term expires on January 18. The latest to hand in her resignation on Monday is

Tears as Obama delivers farewell speech

Barack Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked Vice-President Joe Biden in farewell speech. His daughter, Malia also shed a tear as she listened to her father. Some slices of emotion were all expected in Chicago where the outgoing American president began the journey to the White House eight years ago.

Obama bids America farewell today

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address to Americans today, in Chicago, ten days ahead of the handover to Donald Trump, a man he has described as polar opposite. Obama’s speech will be a parting shot “to say thank you” to Americans “and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from

U.S. Army approves beards, hijabs

The U.S Army has giving approval for Muslim soldiers ad soldiers of other religious minorities to wear beards, head scarf or hijabs for women. Soldiers who desire to wear any of the items are to obtain approval to dress and groom themselves according to their religious customs while serving in the military. In a memorandum

Obama shuns Trump, releases Guantanamo Bay detainees

President Barack Obama’s administration announced, on Thursday, the transfer of four detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The action is against the advisory of President-elect Donald Trump. The Department of Defence gave the names of the detainees as Salem Ahmad Hadi Bin Kanad, Muhammed

Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for US election hacking

The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other political organizations, in an attempt to influence the

Fake U.S. embassy shut down after issuing visas for 10 years

Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra, run by a criminal network that had issued visas illegally for one decade, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. The statement noted that until its shutdown this summer, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storey building with

Panic in Europe as Italian Prime Minister resigns after losing in anti-immigration referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prepared to hand in his resignation Monday after suffering a ruinous referendum defeat cheered by populist leaders but sparking fresh jitters in Europe. “My experience of government finishes here,” said a downcast Renzi after acknowledging a defeat of almost 60-40 per cent over his constitutional reform bid, which threw the

US Election: Vote recount begins in Michigan

Election officials in the U.S. state of Michigan have been ordered by a federal judge to begin massive hand recount of the nearly five million ballots cast in the presidential election. U.S. District Judge, Mark Goldsmith, on Monday, issued a ruling instructing state authorities to start the recount at noon (1700 GMT) in order to

Trump names Carson as housing secretary, cites his passion for poor communities

United States President-elect Donald Trump on Monday chose Ben Carson, the mild-mannered retired neurosurgeon who challenged him for the Republican nomination, to turn around troubled US inner cities as secretary of housing and urban development. Carson, an African American who is a religious conservative, has no background in housing policy but has cited his poor

Breaking: Soyinka destroys his American green card over Trump’s win

Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka said Thursday he has fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election. Shortly before the vote, Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90. His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television. Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots. His supporters

Donald Trump pledges to be president for ‘all Americans’ as Clinton concedes defeat

Donald Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world. The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House. Mr Trump pledged that he would be “president for all Americans” in

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