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Macron brings Buhari out of purdah

Abimbola Adelakun President Emmanuel Macron of France was in Nigeria recently. One of the things his trip achieved was bringing out his host, President Muhammadu Buhari, to speak to Nigerians at a press conference. It is ironical that Nigerians needed the Fre

Osun 2018: Politicians devise new tactics of vote-buying, woo PVC holders on WhatsApp

• 48 candidates battle for 1,246,915 votes • APC, PDP clash over vote-buying allegation • EU warns against inducement • EFCC monitors money transfers   Olufemi Atoyebi, Femi Makinde, Success Nwogu, Jesusegun Alagbe, Olaleye Aluko and Dayo Ojerin
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Osun 2018: Politicians devise new tactics of vote-buying, woo PVC holders on WhatsApp

• 48 candidates battle for 1,246,915 votes • APC, PDP clash over vote-buying allegation • EU warns against inducement • EFCC monitors money transfers   Olufemi Atoyebi, Femi Makinde, Success Nwogu, Jesusegun Alagbe, Olaleye Aluko and Dayo Ojerinde As 48 governorship candidates from 48 political parties jostle for 1,246,915 votes in the Osun State governorship election […]

Power-drunk soldiers torture woman who challenged them for driving against traffic

Afeez Hanafi A sales representative of a mobile phone firm based on Victoria Island, Adetoun Adenuga, says she has yet to get over the torture she went through in the hands of some soldiers from Bonny Camp located along Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. Aden
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Power-drunk soldiers torture woman who challenged them for driving against traffic

Afeez Hanafi A sales representative of a mobile phone firm based on Victoria Island, Adetoun Adenuga, says she has yet to get over the torture she went through in the hands of some soldiers from Bonny Camp located along Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. Adenuga, said the soldiers, one of whom she identified as Abubakar […]

Cleric receives death threat after failed assassination attempt, goes into hiding

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A cleric and General Overseer of a Port Harcourt-based church, known as Lively Stone Chapel International, Pastor Olaiya Adeniyi, has explained how he escaped being assassinated by unknown gunmen, who trailed him to his house a
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Cleric receives death threat after failed assassination attempt, goes into hiding

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A cleric and General Overseer of a Port Harcourt-based church, known as Lively Stone Chapel International, Pastor Olaiya Adeniyi, has explained how he escaped being assassinated by unknown gunmen, who trailed him to his house and inflicted a gunshot injury on him. Adeniyi, who spoke with Southern City News from his […]

Osun election: Why didn’t you withdraw policemen from Aregbesola, PDP asks IGP

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to explain to Nigerians why he failed to withdraw policemen attached to the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, like he did to the Governor o
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Osun election: Why didn’t you withdraw policemen from Aregbesola, PDP asks IGP

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to explain to Nigerians why he failed to withdraw policemen attached to the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, like he did to the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, before the conduct of the Ekiti governorship election. […]

APC senators, aspirants reject party’s indirect primaries

John Alechenu, Niyi  Odebode  and Leke Baiyewu Some All Progressives Congress senators and aspirants have opposed the Wednesday decision of the party, which granted the request of the APC governors on the mode of primaries for choosing candidates for the 20
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APC senators, aspirants reject party’s indirect primaries

John Alechenu, Niyi  Odebode  and Leke Baiyewu Some All Progressives Congress senators and aspirants have opposed the Wednesday decision of the party, which granted the request of the APC governors on the mode of primaries for choosing candidates for the 2019 elections. The APC National Executive Committee, after its meeting last month, had announced the […]

Church prays against vote-buying, electoral violence

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Friday organised a prayer session for the governorship election holding today to be credible and violence free. The service, which started by 6am
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Church prays against vote-buying, electoral violence

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Friday organised a prayer session for the governorship election holding today to be credible and violence free. The service, which started by 6am, was presided over by the Resident Pastor of the church in Osogbo, Mr. […]

Catholic group cautions against vote-buying, selling

Ramon Oladimeji A popular Catholic religious group, the Knight of Saint Mulumba Nigeria, has advised registered voters to reject any bid by selfish politicians to lure them to sell their votes, saying doing so will be tantamount to mortgaging their destinies
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Catholic group cautions against vote-buying, selling

Ramon Oladimeji A popular Catholic religious group, the Knight of Saint Mulumba Nigeria, has advised registered voters to reject any bid by selfish politicians to lure them to sell their votes, saying doing so will be tantamount to mortgaging their destinies and those of their children. It also urged voters not to allow themselves to […]

Accusations, allegations from PDP sign of impeding loss – APC

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The APC Campaign Council for the Osun Governorship election has described the allegations and accusations emanating from the camp of the PDP ahead of Saturday’s polls as a manifestation of the fear of impending defeat. In a statement i
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Accusations, allegations from PDP sign of impeding loss – APC

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The APC Campaign Council for the Osun Governorship election has described the allegations and accusations emanating from the camp of the PDP ahead of Saturday’s polls as a manifestation of the fear of impending defeat. In a statement in Osogbo on Friday, the Council’s Media Committee Chairman and Minister of Information and […]

What we want from our next governor –Osun residents

Ahmadu Musefiu, welder, Ede I expect the new governor to provide good environment for market men and women, small and medium-scale entrepreneurs and artisans. He should provide good road network to ease movement. The incoming governor must be able to provide
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What we want from our next governor –Osun residents

Ahmadu Musefiu, welder, Ede I expect the new governor to provide good environment for market men and women, small and medium-scale entrepreneurs and artisans. He should provide good road network to ease movement. The incoming governor must be able to provide credit facility for artisans and traders to grow their business. He should get supervisors, […]

SERAP, CD scold communications minister for skipping NYSC scheme

John Alechenu,    Adelani Adepegba and Olaleye Aluko Groups, including the Campaign for Democracy and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, have scolded the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, for not participating in the mandatory
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SERAP, CD scold communications minister for skipping NYSC scheme

John Alechenu,    Adelani Adepegba and Olaleye Aluko Groups, including the Campaign for Democracy and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, have scolded the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, for not participating in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps scheme. They noted that the minister’s public service life without an NYSC certificate must be investigated. An […]

Presidential primary: We’ll abide by PDP decision, says Mark

Umar Muhammed, Lafia A former Senate President and federal lawmaker from Benue State, Senator David Mark, has said he and others vying for political offices will abide by the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party on all matters as the primary elections app
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Presidential primary: We’ll abide by PDP decision, says Mark

Umar Muhammed, Lafia A former Senate President and federal lawmaker from Benue State, Senator David Mark, has said he and others vying for political offices will abide by the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party on all matters as the primary elections approach. Mark, who said this while addressing Nasarawa State PDP delegates in Akwanga […]

One dies in military, Shi’ttes’ clash in Yobe

Kayode Idowu, Damaturu One person was reportedly killed and three others injured during a clash between the military and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Potiskum, Yobe State. It was gathered that the fracas ensued shortly after the IMN members r
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One dies in military, Shi’ttes’ clash in Yobe

Kayode Idowu, Damaturu One person was reportedly killed and three others injured during a clash between the military and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Potiskum, Yobe State. It was gathered that the fracas ensued shortly after the IMN members rounded off a procession with prayers around 8:30am near Central Hotel, Potiskum. The […]

Jihadists killed 2,000 Christians in nine months – Intersociety

Friday Olokor, Jos Over 2,000 Christians have been killed by Fulani jihadists alone since January 2018 with no fewer than 250 casualties recorded between July 15 and September 15, 2018, a human rights organisation, International Society for Civil Liberties an
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Jihadists killed 2,000 Christians in nine months – Intersociety

Friday Olokor, Jos Over 2,000 Christians have been killed by Fulani jihadists alone since January 2018 with no fewer than 250 casualties recorded between July 15 and September 15, 2018, a human rights organisation, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, has said. According to the group, at least 120 persons were killed […]

Gov aspirants, emirs clash over power shift in Kwara

Success Nwogu, Ilorin Three governorship aspirants from Kwara Central have disagreed with nine emirs from Kwara North and some governorship aspirants over the demand for power shift to the northern part of the state in 2019. Those who disagreed with the deman
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Gov aspirants, emirs clash over power shift in Kwara

Success Nwogu, Ilorin Three governorship aspirants from Kwara Central have disagreed with nine emirs from Kwara North and some governorship aspirants over the demand for power shift to the northern part of the state in 2019. Those who disagreed with the demand are Alhaji Ibrahim Ajia and Alhaji Ladi Hassan of the Peoples Democratic Party […]

Customs seize N126m contraband

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘B’, Kaduna, has announced a total seizure of over N123m contraband between August and September, 2018. Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, the National Coordinator of th
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Customs seize N126m contraband

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘B’, Kaduna, has announced a total seizure of over N123m contraband between August and September, 2018. Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, the National Coordinator of the Federal Customs Strike Force, Alhaji Abdullahi Kirawa, warned smugglers to change their ways. Kirawa, a deputy comptroller […]

CBN revokes Skye Bank’s operating licence

•Renames it Polaris Bank Nike Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank Plc. Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, made the announcement at a press briefing in Lagos. He also said a bridge bank known as Po
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CBN revokes Skye Bank’s operating licence

•Renames it Polaris Bank Nike Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank Plc. Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, made the announcement at a press briefing in Lagos. He also said a bridge bank known as Polaris Bank had been created to assume the assets and liabilities […]

Expatriate dies, one other injured in Ogun multiple auto accident

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta An expatriate, whose name was given as Ehisan Fahed Johari, has reportedly died while his personal assistant was injured in a multiple auto accident which occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Friday. The operatives of the Ogun
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Expatriate dies, one other injured in Ogun multiple auto accident

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta An expatriate, whose name was given as Ehisan Fahed Johari, has reportedly died while his personal assistant was injured in a multiple auto accident which occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Friday. The operatives of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps said the accident occurred around Danco Filling Station, on […]

UN, AU advise Nigeria, others on security

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States have stressed the need for Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel  to implement a unified approach in the f
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UN, AU advise Nigeria, others on security

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States have stressed the need for Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel  to implement a unified approach in the fight against terrorism and radicalism in the region. They agreed that the […]

Gunmen kill five in Benue

John Charles, Makurdi Gunmen on Friday attacked Tse Vue community in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, killing five people in the process. The police in the state told our correspondent that they received a report of the attack at about 9:00am, promp
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Gunmen kill five in Benue

John Charles, Makurdi Gunmen on Friday attacked Tse Vue community in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, killing five people in the process. The police in the state told our correspondent that they received a report of the attack at about 9:00am, promptly deploying men to the area. According to the spokesperson for the […]

Ondo chief empowers 104 youths

The Sasere of Ondo Kingdom, High Chief Johnson Adeduro, has empowered and trained 104 youths in the state in different vocations. The youths under the aegis of Ondo Ekimogun Youth Congress, on Friday assembled at the Ondo Civic Center for their graduation cer
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Ondo chief empowers 104 youths

The Sasere of Ondo Kingdom, High Chief Johnson Adeduro, has empowered and trained 104 youths in the state in different vocations. The youths under the aegis of Ondo Ekimogun Youth Congress, on Friday assembled at the Ondo Civic Center for their graduation ceremony, appreciating the kind gesture of the traditional chief. Speaking at the ceremony, […]

Buhari condoles with Bamigboye’s family

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Bamigboye family on the death of retired Brigadier-General David Bamigboye, the first military governor of Kwara. The president’s condolence message was made available in a statement by his Senior Specia
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Buhari condoles with Bamigboye’s family

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Bamigboye family on the death of retired Brigadier-General David Bamigboye, the first military governor of Kwara. The president’s condolence message was made available in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday. The president affirmed that Bamigboye, who […]

BREAKING: Tanzania president orders arrest of ferry operator after tragedy

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday said he had ordered the arrest of “all those involved in the management of the ferry” which sank on Lake Victoria, claiming 131 lives. “It appears clear that the ferry was overloaded,” he sai
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BREAKING: Tanzania president orders arrest of ferry operator after tragedy

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday said he had ordered the arrest of “all those involved in the management of the ferry” which sank on Lake Victoria, claiming 131 lives. “It appears clear that the ferry was overloaded,” he said in a speech on TBC One public television, also referring to “negligence”. “The arrests have […]

NNPC denies hiding $470.5m, N8bn in commercial banks

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it has no hidden 470.5 million dollars and N8 billion in any commercial bank as alleged by the Nigerian police. The NNPC in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughama
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NNPC denies hiding $470.5m, N8bn in commercial banks

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it has no hidden 470.5 million dollars and N8 billion in any commercial bank as alleged by the Nigerian police. The NNPC in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Friday, explained that the allegation was not only misplaced […]

Osun election: Residents in last-minute shopping in pictures

Residents make last-minute shopping on Friday ahead of Saturday’s governorship election at Owode-Ede market, Ede, Osun State. Photos: Saheed Olugbon See photos.
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Osun election: Residents in last-minute shopping in pictures

Residents make last-minute shopping on Friday ahead of Saturday’s governorship election at Owode-Ede market, Ede, Osun State. Photos: Saheed Olugbon See photos.

Osun election: Adeleke still in the race – Osun PDP Chairman

Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Osun State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, on Friday said the state PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Ademola Adeleke, has not withdrawn from the race. Speaking during a media briefing in Osogbo, the Osun
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Osun election: Adeleke still in the race – Osun PDP Chairman

Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Osun State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, on Friday said the state PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Ademola Adeleke, has not withdrawn from the race. Speaking during a media briefing in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, he said there was a text message being circulated that Adeleke had […]

NAPTIP arrests Sweden-based Nigerian for allegedly ‘buying’ baby

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has arrested a Nigerian based in Sweden for allegedly buying a two-month-old baby. The NAPTIP’s Director of Investigation and Monitoring, Mr Josiah Emerole, made this known in Abuja on Friday
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NAPTIP arrests Sweden-based Nigerian for allegedly ‘buying’ baby

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has arrested a Nigerian based in Sweden for allegedly buying a two-month-old baby. The NAPTIP’s Director of Investigation and Monitoring, Mr Josiah Emerole, made this known in Abuja on Friday. He explained that the case involved a 43-year-old Stephany Bassey, who lives in Sweden. He […]

Three babies stabbed at childcare centre

Three newborn babies and two adults were stabbed during a pre-dawn attack at a suspected illegal childcare centre in New York on Friday, allegedly carried out by a female employee, police said. The injured infants ranged from three days to one-month old, poli
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Three babies stabbed at childcare centre

Three newborn babies and two adults were stabbed during a pre-dawn attack at a suspected illegal childcare centre in New York on Friday, allegedly carried out by a female employee, police said. The injured infants ranged from three days to one-month old, police said. One woman suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso, while a […]

2019 election: Abdulsalami warns against Nigeria’s disintegration

Former Head of state,  Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Friday said he will forever be an enemy of anyone that tried to hinder the democratic development of Nigeria or plunge Nigeria into crisis. Abdualsalami said this at the Maiden Edition of General Abdulsal
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2019 election: Abdulsalami warns against Nigeria’s disintegration

Former Head of state,  Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Friday said he will forever be an enemy of anyone that tried to hinder the democratic development of Nigeria or plunge Nigeria into crisis. Abdualsalami said this at the Maiden Edition of General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Peace Lecture, organised by the staff and students of the Abdulsalami Abubakar Post […]

Theresa May hits back at EU over Brexit plan

Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Friday at the European Union after it roundly rejected her Brexit plan, saying its refusal to compromise was “not acceptable” and warning she was still prepared to walk away from the talks. In a defiant statemen
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Theresa May hits back at EU over Brexit plan

Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Friday at the European Union after it roundly rejected her Brexit plan, saying its refusal to compromise was “not acceptable” and warning she was still prepared to walk away from the talks. In a defiant statement from Downing Street, May blamed Brussels for the “impasse” just weeks ahead of […]

Osun election: Traders lament low patronage

Success Nwogu Trader in Owode, Ede in Osun State on Friday decried low patronage. In interviews with our correspondent, the traders stated that many of their customers are afraid of the presence of security operatives in the state and thus reluctant to come t
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Osun election: Traders lament low patronage

Success Nwogu Trader in Owode, Ede in Osun State on Friday decried low patronage. In interviews with our correspondent, the traders stated that many of their customers are afraid of the presence of security operatives in the state and thus reluctant to come to the market. They also said the few people, who patronised them […]

137 APC aspirants jostle for 25 assembly tickets in Adamawa

No fewer than 137 aspirants under the All Progressives Congress are jostling for the 25 House of Assembly tickets Adamawa state. The Adamawa state Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday i
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137 APC aspirants jostle for 25 assembly tickets in Adamawa

No fewer than 137 aspirants under the All Progressives Congress are jostling for the 25 House of Assembly tickets Adamawa state. The Adamawa state Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Yola. According to Ahmed, 11 of the aspirants are females and […]

EU countries still losing billions in VAT due to fraud

EU member states lost almost 150 billion euros (177 billion dollars) in Value Added Tax revenues in 2016, with a third of that estimated to be due to fraud, the European Commission announced on Friday. VAT is a consumption tax charged on most goods and servic
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EU countries still losing billions in VAT due to fraud

EU member states lost almost 150 billion euros (177 billion dollars) in Value Added Tax revenues in 2016, with a third of that estimated to be due to fraud, the European Commission announced on Friday. VAT is a consumption tax charged on most goods and services and is an important contribution to national budgets helping […]

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from US senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms su
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Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from US senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the world this year since […]

At least 15 killed in bus crash

At least 15 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck in western Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in the second major traffic accident this month. Another 30 were wounded in the early morning crash in Bakwa district of Farah province, provinci
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At least 15 killed in bus crash

At least 15 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck in western Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in the second major traffic accident this month. Another 30 were wounded in the early morning crash in Bakwa district of Farah province, provincial police spokesman Mohibullah Mohib told AFP. The bus had been travelling […]

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