Meghan Markle baptised ahead of royal wedding in church of England

U.S. actress Meghan Markle has been baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Church of England, ahead of her royal wedding in May to Britain’s Prince Harry. The 45-minute ceremony conducted by Justin Welby, spiritual head of the Anglican communion of millions of Christians globally, took place at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London on Tuesday. The secret baptism was followed immediately by her confirmation, it added. “That’s not something that we are commenting on,” Harry’s office said about the report. The Mail…

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Arsenal stun AC Milan to ease pressure on Arsene Wenger

Arsenal claimed an impressive 2-0 victory at AC Milan in their Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday to ease some of the pressure on under-fire manager Arsene Wenger. Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before half-time as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score. Wenger desperately needed a positive result after coming under pressure for a run of four straight defeats, and he got just that against a Milan side who saw a…

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Senator Adamu kicks as suspension looms over plot to remove Saraki

Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) who was accused on the floor of the senate of allegedly plotting to spearhead the impeachment of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, may be suspended for the rest of the days for the 8th senate. Adamu, a former Nasaraswa State governor, was also recently removed as the chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum. He was indicted of leading some senators to plot to destabilize and cause disaffections amongst the senators ostensibly to remove Saraki as senate president….

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Pacquiao to fight Argentine Matthysse in June

Manny Pacquiao is to fight Argentina’s World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia on June 24, the Philippine ring legend has announced. The 39-year-old will be co-promoting the bout after rejecting an offer to fight in Las Vegas on an undercard to his recent conqueror Jeff Horn, who will be facing Terence Crawford on April 14. Pacquiao said he considers himself the “underdog” against the brawling Matthysse, 35, who has 39 wins — all but three of them via the short route — against four losses. “This is…

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Governor Wike: I’ve not been informed President Buhari is visiting Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Federal Government has not informed him of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state and the reason for it. Wike said this on Thursday at the flagging off of the reconstruction of Egbelu Street and construction of link roads in East-West in Rumuodara, Obio Akpor Local Government Area. He said: “I hear they say that the President is coming to our state. “I have not been told the President is coming and why he is coming. “He has the…

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Donald Trump hails ‘great progress’ ahead of meeting with Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump has hailed the “great progress” made with North Korea after agreeing to meet with Kim Jong Un by May this year. In an extraordinary turn of events, he confirmed on Twitter that a meeting was being planned despite the two leaders trading insults for months and economic sanctions on North Korea being ramped up in response to its nuclear weapons programme. President Trump had previously threatened “fire and fury” in response to threats from North Korea. Mr Trump also referred to the North Korean leader as “Little Rocket…

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Two killed in Osun cult clash

Two persons were reportedly killed in Esa-Oke in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State on Thursday as two rival cult groups engaged in a fight. It was gathered that the clash was caused by dispute over a lady who the two members from the rival cult groups were dating. A female student Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen on the telephone that two cult members were killed during the clash which left the town deserted for some hours. The student said some members of…

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Serie A resumes after Astori’s death

Italy’s Serie A resumes this weekend after six days clouded by grief following the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.Last Sunday’s fixtures were postponed after Astori’s body was found in his hotel room ahead of an away game against Udinese. That match was immediately called off. The rest of the day’s Serie A programme followed, as Italian football reacted with shock to the news. On Thursday, thousands of mourners, teammates and the cream of Italian football gave Astori, a defender who played 14 times for his country, an emotional…

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Buhari and the wrath to come

The interred voice of America’s 28th president, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, roused me out of a deep sleep early this morning, piercing through my spirit being like a hot knife through a pack of cheese: “There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed”. I concur with Wilson’s voice of wisdom. The late legendary heavyweight boxing champion of all champions, Muhammed Ali, also put it so soothingly smooth: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”….

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Ex-House of Reps Speaker Dimeji Bankole’s supporters dump PDP for APC

Hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State have renounced their membership of the party and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress. The decampees, from Yewa North and Imeko Afon Federal Constituency, who were loyal to the PDP faction of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, were received by Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta on Thursday. Leader of the decampees, Bashorun Sola Akinfenwa, said: “We have come to stay permanently in APC, having seen the transformational and developmental projects that the Governor Ibikunle Amosun…

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