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March 18, 2018

Breaking: Nigerian Elected President Of International Criminal Court


SaharaReporters | New York A Nigerian jurist, Chile Eboe-Osuji has been elected the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Justice Eboe-Osuji was elected by the judges sitting in a plenary session for a three-year term with immediate effect. Judge Robert Fremr from the Czech Republic was elected First Vice-President with Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France as Second Vice-President. Nigerian jurist, Chile Eboe-Osuji has been elected the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Justice Eboe-Osuji was elected by the judges sitting in a plenary session for a three-year term with immediate effect. Judge Robert Fremr from the…

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Nigerian Elected Senator in Italy

Tony Iwobi

  A Nigerian has been elected as senator in Italy, it was announced on Tuesday. Toni Iwobi of Spirano in Lombardy who belongs to the anti-immigration League is the first black to be so elected in the history of Italy. Iwobi, announced “with great emotion” on his Facebook page that he had been elected to the senate in Italy’s general election. “After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure:’ Iwobi wrote; going on to thank leader Mating teo Salvini and his fellow party members. “I’m ready, friends:’…

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Reformist Pope Paul VI, murdered Archbishop to be made Saints�

Reformist Pope Paul VI and murdered Archbishop to be made Saints

  Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the l960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating Mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Pope Francis signed decrees giving the go-ahead for the honours on the basis of miracles attributed to each candidate, the Holy See said in a statement. The pope put Paul VI on the path to sainthood by beatifying him in October 2014, while Oscar Romero was likewise elevated to the status of “blessed” in May 2015. Paul VI completed the reforms of the…

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Why I resigned – Bishop Okpaleke

Bishop Okpaleke

  Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpaleke said he threw in the towel as the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese for his own good and that of the church. In his resignation letter to His Holiness Pope Francis dated February 14, 2018, which was Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, Bishop Okpalaeke said the problem at Ahiara was eating him up, spiritually and he can’t hold any longer. “Unfortunately the situation in Ahiara Diocese to the best of my knowledge has not improved. Most importantly, this has been threatening my spiritual life. Taking the above into consideration, I am convinced, in conscience that…

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One family, three officers: The Igbo in US Army

  Recently, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri acknowledged various achievements of Ndigbo living in various parts of Europe and America, including those born overseas, who he described as FBI (Foreign Born Igbos). He mentioned an Igbo family who migrated to America, where they had children, three of who are medical doctors. Now, there is another family resident in USA, who has produced three full-fledged officers for the US Army. They are the Odocha family. L-R: Lt Chioma Odocha, Lt. Tochi Odocha and Capt. Kelechi Odocha, all children of Dr. & Mrs. Harold Okay Odocha, from Mbaise, Imo State….

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Trump explains tweeting habit, his controversial comments

  US President, Donald Trump has spoken on why he often uses Twitter. He also reacted to criticisms of his controversial comments and revealed what time of the day he gets on the social networking tool. “Well, perhaps sometimes in bed, perhaps sometimes at breakfast or lunch or whatever,” Trump told Piers Morgan in an interview aired on Sunday. “Generally speaking during the early morning, or during the evening, I can do whatever, but I am very busy during the day, very long hours. I am busy”. On his topic choices and wording styles, which many have condemned, he said:…

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George Weah sworn in as Liberia’s 24th president

George Weah sworn in as Liberia's 24th president

  To the cheers of a crowd fired by his promise to bring them jobs and prosperity, former football star George Weah was sworn in as president of Liberia on January 22, 2018, completing the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944. Weah, 51, took over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who over 12 years steered the country away from the trauma of a civil war, although prosperity eluded her.. Weah was sworn in as president by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Korkpor, at a packed sports stadium near the capital, Monrovia. The presidents of…

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It’s now illegal to pay men more than women in Iceland

  Iceland is the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women. Equal pay policies are now mandatory for companies with 25 or more employees. Those that cannot show that they provide equal pay will be subject to fines. The law, which was passed last year, went into effect on January 1. Iceland is already a leader in gender parity. The World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Iceland as the top country for gender equality for the last nine years based on criteria involving economics, education, health, and politics. For example, Icelandic women make up 48% of the…

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Israel to give up parts of Jerusalem in peace deal

Israel to give up parts of Jerusalem in peace deal

  Israel set a higher threshold on Tuesday for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Palestinians wanted the eastern part of the city for a future independent state. The amendment passed by the Israeli parliament to existing legislation raised from 61 to 80 the number of votes that would be required in the 120-seat Knesset to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to “a foreign party”. The amendment, long in the legislative pipeline, comes less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world…

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Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace

2018 new year message by pope francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS – JANUARY 1, 2018 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peace Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers, I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children,…

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Defiant Trump confirms US will recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel …Pope calls for caution

Pope Francis warns Donald Trump

  US President Donald Trump has defied overwhelming global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made…

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Pope Francis: The Poor are Our ‘Passport’ to Paradise

Pope Francis on World Day for the Poor

  On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because in them we see the face of Christ, and urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet. “In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor,” the Pope said Nov. 19. Because of this, “in their weakness, a saving power is present. And if in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven.”…

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Utomi, Agbakoba, Okpanachi Headline Emerging African Leaders Conference

Leading minds in Nigeria’s civil liberties community are set to address an international conference for emerging African leaders scheduled to take place at the Domus Fidei Hotel, Ikeja,Lagos, November 25, 2017. Senior Advocate of Nigeria and NBA nominee for the Nigerian Supreme Court, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba will speak on the State of the Nation to expose future leaders to problems and prospects facing them, while Professor Pat Utomi, former presidential candidate in Nigeria and founder of Centre for Value Leadership will speak on Ethical Leadership to immerse the future leaders  in the virtues needed for effective leadership in Africa. Others…

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Coup Zimbabwe: Army sacks Mugabe

Robert Mugabe

  Zimbabwe’s military has seized state TV and blocked off access to government offices in the capital Harare. In a televised address early on Wednesday morning, military spokesperson, Major General SB Moyo, said the army was seeking to “pacify a degenerating, social, and economic situation” in the country. Moyo denied that the army was carrying out a coup against President Robert Mugabe’s government and said the leader and his family were “safe and sound and their safety is guaranteed”. “We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country,…

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Pope donates N76m car gift to charity … Africa benefits

Pope donates N76m car gift to charity ... Africa benefits

On Wednesday, Pope Francis became the new owner of a papal-themed Lamborghini Huracán, which was given to him by company executives at the Vatican and will be auctioned off for charity. The sleek white Huracán with gold lines running along the hood and angles of the car’s body was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top executives from the luxury Italian sports car brand. The car will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London, and the Pope has decided to give the…

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Pope warns against use of mobile phones in church

Says Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist. “The Mass is not a show: it is to go to meet the passion and resurrection of the Lord,” the Pope said Nov. 8. “The Lord is here with us, present. Many times we go there, we look at things and chat among ourselves while the priest celebrates the Eucharist… But…

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Despite reports, Pope Francis isn’t opening the door to all married priests

Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the priesthood in the region during a 2019 Synod of Bishops focusing on the Church in the Amazon basin. His comments came in response to a question on the matter from Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, according to the newspaper Il Messaggero. The comments have been broadly interpreted in media outlets to mean that Pope Francis is considering opening the door for priests throughout the Roman Catholic Church to get married. However, the Pope’s…

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Queen Elizabeth to face trial over fraud

Queen Elizabeth II

Britain’s main opposition party, Labour Party, on Monday called for a public inquiry after the Paradise Papers identified Queen Elizabeth II and a donor to the ruling Conservatives as users of controversial offshore tax avoidance services. Labour Party’s chancellor, John McDonnell wrote on Twitter on Monday, “In spite of government claims of cracking down on tax dodgers, #paradisepapers confirm tax avoidance is clearly continuing.‎ “The PM or the chancellor need to explain how this scandal has been allowed to go on so long and what action is to be taken now.” Also a BBC programme on Sunday, based on the…

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Gunman attacks First Baptist Church, kills 27 worshipers

Pope Francis condemns Texas-church-shooting

…Pope grieved by the ‘senseless violence’ On Tuesday Pope Francis voiced his sorrow after 27 people were killed at a Baptist Church in Texas over the weekend, offering his support and praying that such acts of meaningless violence would come to an end. In a Nov. 7 telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis said he was “deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries” caused in Sunday’s shooting at a Baptist church in Texas. Francis condemned the “senseless violence” and offered his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims…

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A Modern Horror: Global Persecution of Christians at Historic Peak, Report Says

Global Persecution of Christians at Historic Peak

Anti-Christian persecution is “worse than at any time in history” and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity “now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out,” says a new report from Aid to the Church in Need. The report, titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?”, covers the years 2015-2017. Its contents are bleak, describing Christianity as “the world’s most oppressed faith community.” Anti-Christian persecution in the worst regions has reached “a new peak” and its impact is “only now beginning to be felt in all its horror.” “In 12 of the 13…

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