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The Japanese Supreme Court has upheld a law that married couples must have the same surname, which was a blow to the hopes of women's rights activists who described the law was discriminatory since most couples end up using the husband's surname.

 

However, the apex court ruled against a separate law that bans women from remarrying within six months of a divorce.

 

By Temitope Banidele  

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Police has disclosed the kidnapping of more than 27 Qatari hunters, including members of the ruling family, in a desert area of Iraq near the Saudi border by some unknown gunmen. The Police, however, added that a wide-scale search has been launched for the abductors.

 

Meanwhile, the Qatari foreign ministry has released a statement saying it was working with the Iraqi government "at the highest security and political levels... to find out the details of the Qatari citizens' abduction and work on their release as soon as possible".

 

Though the Qatari Ministry had said they had been hunting with official Iraqi permission, the Iraq's interior ministry has accused the hunters of failing to abide by its instructions to remain in secured areas.

 

The Interior ministry, however, said the aim of the abductors was "to achieve political and media goals".

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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Amid UN sponsored talks to end the fighting in the Arabian Peninsula country, a mass prisoner exchange is under way between the two fighting sides: Houthi fighters and government forces in Yemen.

 

However, expectations for a deal at the peace talks in Switzerland are low as both sides seem to fail to honour a weeklong ceasefire, as there were reports of fighting between the two sides around the city of Taiz in central Yemen on Wednesday.

 

A member of the prisoners' affairs committee, Mokhtar al-Rabbash, confirmed that an agreement was in place to swap 375 opposition fighters for 285 pro-Hadi soldiers.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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Hillary Clinton, in a speech at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis on Tuesday, contrasted herself with Republicans running for president, saying Muslim-Americans are the "first, last and best defense against homegrown radicalization and terrorism."

 

She added that: "I am confident once again we will choose resolve over fear and we will defeat these new enemies just as we have defeated those who have threatened us in the past, because it is not enough to contain ISIS, we must defeat ISIS."

 

While offering a "360-degree strategy to keep America safe" measure against terrorism, she proposed more strict screenings for anyone entering the country who had visited a country known for terrorism. On her plan to end ISIS online radicalization, she proposed shutting down ISIS-inspired Facebook and Twitter profiles and removing terrorist content.

 

Clinton added that: "Our security professionals need to more effectively track and analyze ISIS' social media posts and map jihadist networks. We have to stop jihadists from radicalizing new recruits in person and through social media, chat rooms and what is called the dark web. To do that, we need stronger relationships between Washington, Silicon Valley and all of our great tech companies."

 

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A federal high court on Tuesday sentenced nine foreigners to five years in prison. The convicts were arrested by the Nigerian Navy on March 27 while trying to export the product which was loaded on their vessel, out of the country.

 

Among the convicts were five Filipinos and four Bangladeshi. They are Axel Joseph, Gibo Jabone, Juanito Camireno, Suarin Fernando and Gatila Jaypee. Others are Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul, Shibli Nomany and Rolando Comendador.

 

Justice Ibrahim Buba convicted them on four counts in relation to the crime and sentenced each of them to a jail term of five years. The suspects were given an option of N20 million fine. Delivering the judgment, Buba said that he was satisfied that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.

 

Buba while speaking said the case of the prosecution is as clear as the daylight. He added that the failure of the convicts to supply evidence that they had a lawful permit to deal in crude oil further strengthened the prosecution's case. The judge said the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was not opposed.

 

The judge noted that it was the likes of the convicts that had made Nigeria a laughing stock in the eye of the world. He said it was not right for anyone to deprive the country the enjoyment of its natural resources by illegal means.

 

Justice Buba said the court had the duty to send a strong signal to Nigerians and non-Nigerians, that the country had laws which were enforceable. It is not right for either Nigerians or foreigners to deny this country its God-given natural resources through illegal use. They will serve their term effect from March 27th. He also sentenced them to five years imprisonment each on counts two, three and four or a fine of N5 million for each count. The judge held that all the sentences were to run concurrently excluding the option of fine.

 

In addition, the judge ruled that the vessel, MT Asteris, and the cargo on board are to be forfeited to the Federal Government.

 
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The Nigerian Police has offered scholarship to children of an assaulted civilian in Isheri area of Lagos. Addressing a gathering in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said the police officer involved in the act has since been relieved of his duties and remanded in prison.

 

The police high command also offered scholarships to 355 children of some officers, deceased and serving.The IGP explained that the gesture is aimed at supporting members of the public, who have suffered human rights abuses by police officers and also assist children of serving and deceased police officers.

 

Government officials at the event gave advice on how to sustain the laudable programme and promised to give their support when the need arises.

 

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On Saturday, October 24, the election tribunal had held that Nyesom Wike was not duly elected Governor of Rivers‎ State.

 

It ruled that a fresh election be held in the State within 90 days. But the Governor had appealed the judgement. Today it was announced that the three-man Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja has struck out the appeal of Nyesom Wike seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers election petition tribunal which sacked him as Governor of the State. 

 

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The recent clash between the Nigerian army and members of the Shiite Muslims has led to international uproar. The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday, said it had constituted a Special Investigative Panel to probe circumstances that led to the bloody clash. 

 

A statement written on behalf of the NHRC Executive Secretary, Prof Bem Angwe said: "The Executive Secretary noted that the country is operating a democracy which demands that institutions must act within the ambit of the law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In a democracy, the rule of law is supreme and it is important that we continue to remind everyone about the need to respect each others' right."

 

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Boko Haram reportedly attacked villages, killing 30 people. The villages attacked include: Warwara, Mangari and Bura-Shika in Borno State. The Islamists invaded the villages, hacking and slaughtering their victims before setting the villages on fire.

 

The villages are near Buratai, the hometown of Nigeria's highest Military Chief Tukur Yusuf Buratai. The attackers killed six people in Bura-Shika and another four in Mangari, he said.

 

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Barcelona's Dynamic trio (Messi, Neymar & Suarez) fail to make this season's Uefa Champions League group stage XI, despite the fact that Messi and Neymar are contending for the current Ballon d'Or award and Suarez is the top scorer in group E with 5 goals.

 

The trio have scored 46 goals between them in all competitions this season.

The UEFA Champions League team of the group stage include:

GK: Kevin Trapp (Paris)

DF: Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)

DF: Thiago Silva (Paris)

DF: Diego Godín (Atlético)

DF: David Alaba (Bayern)

MF: Sven Kums (Gent)

MF: Willian (Chelsea)

MF: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

FW: Thomas Müller (Bayern)

FW: Hulk (Zenit)

FW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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