Author: Osas Monday

• Govt, Army pledge full probe Okwuta-Ibeku community in Umuahia North Local Council of Abia State, yesterday, trooped out to the government house in protest against the drowning of their son and an officer-cadet at Hotel Royal Damgrete’s swimming pool in Umuahia. The Abia State born officer-cadet, Emmanuel Onyeomereneche, was reportedly found dead in the swimming pool of the hotel last week.It was gathered that the incident also led to the death of one of the Hotel Managers named Achimugu James Atumbi. The protesters, who wielded placards with various inscriptions, called for investigations to unravel the cause of the death,…

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A Muslim pupil lost a UK court challenge Tuesday against a top London school’s ban on prayer rituals, in a case about freedom of religion in schools that captured national attention. The student, who cannot be named, took legal action against Michaela Community School in northwest London, claiming the policy was discriminatory and “uniquely” affected her faith due to its ritualised nature. She argued the school’s prohibition of on-site prayer unlawfully breached her right to religious freedom and was “the kind of discrimination that makes religious minorities feel alienated from society.” The school — state-funded but independently run and renowned…

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Germany’s foreign minister called Tuesday for the European Union to impose fresh sanctions on Iranian drone technology after Tehran’s weekend attack on Israel. The 27-nation bloc has hit Iran with a barrage of sanctions in recent years, including over its drone supplies to Russia, which has frequently used the Iranian-made weapons in its war against Ukraine. Late Saturday, Iran used more than 300 drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in its unprecedented attack on Israel. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the EU had agreed on a “drone sanctions regime” last year. “I campaigned in late autumn together with France…

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2 hours ago Israel launched a “diplomatic offensive” against Iran on Tuesday, calling on 32 countries to impose sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards and their missile programme. Late on Saturday, Iran carried out an unprecedented direct attack on Israel, using more than 300 drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, in retaliation for a deadly April 1 air strike… 3 hours ago President Bola Tinubu has declared April 7 as National Police Day. Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, made this known on Monday night during the maiden edition of the Nigeria Police Awards and Commendations ceremony held in the…

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The body of a fourth construction worker who died after a bridge collapsed when it was struck by a container ship in the US city of Baltimore last month has been recovered, officials said Monday. The Francis Scott Key Bridge, a major transit route into the busy city and port of Baltimore, collapsed on March 26 when the Dali container ship lost power and collided into a support column, killing six roadway construction workers. The Key Bridge response team’s Unified Command said it had recovered the body of the “fourth missing construction worker” on Sunday at the site of the…

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The UK parliament will on Tuesday kick off its first debate on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s planned legislation to prevent young people from ever smoking, despite opposition from many in his own Conservative Party. The law would ban the selling of tobacco products to anyone born after January 1, 2009 –- effectively raising the smoking age by a year each year until it applies to the whole population. “This has the potential to phase out smoking in young people almost completely as early as 2040,” the government said when it unveiled the plan, calling the move “historic”. While the law…

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The UK government announced Tuesday that it will legislate to criminalise the creation of sexually-explicit “deepfake” images. Anyone found guilty of creating fake sexual images of people without their consent will face a criminal record, an unlimited fine and even jail if the image is widely shared, according to the government. “It is another example… (Photo: STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) This photo illustration created on July 18, 2023, in Washington, DC, shows an advertisement to create AI girls reflected in a public service announcement issued by the FBI regarding malicious actors manipulating photos and videos to create explicit content…

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Israel launched a “diplomatic offensive” against Iran on Tuesday, calling on 32 countries to impose sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards and their missile programme. Late on Saturday, Iran carried out an unprecedented direct attack on Israel, using more than 300 drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, in retaliation for a deadly April 1 air strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus. The Israeli military said it intercepted 99 percent of the aerial threats with the help of the United States and other allies, and that the attack caused only minor damage, including to a military base in the country’s south.…

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Two members of a notorious criminal gang were arrested by Indian police on Tuesday for firing at the home of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in retaliation for the superstar’s killing of two antelopes. The Bishnoi gang, accused of several murders and extortion rackets, hails from a wider desert-based religious sect that considers the species to be the reincarnation of their guru. Khan, 58, has been in the crosshairs of the group since 1998 for shooting two blackbucks on a recreational hunting trip. The gang’s jailed leader, Lawrence Bishnoi, has threatened Khan with assassination in the past. Two men on a…

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British unemployment has risen as wage growth has eased, official data showed Tuesday, leaving the door open for an interest rate cut, according to analysts. The UK unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in the three months to the end of February, up from 3.9 percent in the three months to January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. “We are now seeing tentative signs that the jobs market is beginning to cool,” said Liz McKeown, ONS director of economic statistics. The ONS added that average regular pay growth, excluding bonuses, dipped to 6.0 percent from 6.1…

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