Indonesia earthquake: At least 91 dead as tourists evacuated after ‘massive’ damage



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Indonesian security forces and emergency workers were racing on Monday to aid victims of a magnitude 7 earthquake on Lombok that killed at least 91 people, while tourists were being evacuated from the worst-hit areas.

The tremor, which came just a week after another quake killed 17 people on the island, was also felt on the neighbouring resort island of Bali, where frightened tourists ran onto the streets. Continue reading “Indonesia earthquake: At least 91 dead as tourists evacuated after ‘massive’ damage”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames enemies as he says he survived ‘drone death attempt’


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Nicolas Maduro, the Leftist leader of Venezuela, blamed far Right opponents, neighbouring Colombia and financiers based in Florida for what he said was an assassination attempt with a drone in Caracas on Saturday night.

He appeared on TV hours after cutting short a speech to the country’s military amid scenes of panic to point the finger at a familiar list of enemies.
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Tony Benn’s granddaughter attacked online for suggesting Corbyn should quit over anti-Semitism row


Tony Benn’s granddaughter was attacked by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday after she called for his resignation and accused him of turning Labour into an “institutionally anti-Semitic” party.

Emily Benn, whose grandfather was one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies for several decades, faced a torrent of abuse from online trolls, including a prominent trade union official. Continue reading “Tony Benn’s granddaughter attacked online for suggesting Corbyn should quit over anti-Semitism row”

You have to resign: Falana tells Saraki

Right activist- lawyer Mr. Femi Falana, (SAN) has said lawmakers who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ought to resign from the legislature.

In a statement made available to The Nation yesterday, Falana advised the defectors, who are mostly members of the Reformed- All Progressives Congress (R-APC), to seek a fresh mandate from the electorate. Continue reading “You have to resign: Falana tells Saraki”

Akpabio: I will retain my seat as Senator through any party


Speculations about Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio’s political future has ended.

The former Akwa Ibom State governor is set to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He completed his consultations with leaders of the ruling party at the weekend in London, the United Kingdom where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a 10-day vacation.

Akpabio yesterday afternoon posted the photo of the meeting on his twitter handle with a line on why he met with the President. He, however, avoided any indication of his likely defection.

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Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio has said he will return to the National Assembly in 2019 whatever platform he chooses.

Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio has said he will return to the National Assembly in 2019 whatever platform he chooses.

Akpabio, who represents Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, spoke yesterday at the grand endorsement rally in his honour and Governor Udom Emmanuel by the people of his senatorial district.

In a veiled reference to criticisms trailing the formation of the Coalition of United Political Parties( CUPP), the former governor said he could contest the 2019 senatorial election on any party platform. Continue reading “Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio has said he will return to the National Assembly in 2019 whatever platform he chooses.”