World News for Nigerians Today 2/01/2019

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1. Driver Injures 4 in ‘Xenophobic’ Attack

A man injured four people in Germany after driving into a group celebrating the new year, in what police described as an anti-migrant attack Tuesday.

The German authorities think that this is a targeted attack, motivated by the driver’s hostility to foreigners.

They also said they thought the 50-year-old suspect has mental health issues. The incident took place a little after midnight in the town of Bottrop, about 12 kilometres North of Essen in Germany’s west.

2. Vardy Celebrates New Year with Acrobatic Display

Leicester City’s English striker Jamie Vardy rescued a dire match with an eye-catching celebration as his goal secured Leicester City a 1-0 win away at Everton in their New Year’s day Premier League fixture on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old showed remarkable agility after scoring in the 58th minute for a result that will see the Foxes move into seventh, seven points adrift of Arsenal who occupy the fifth-placed spot.

Vardy has been rumoured to have strained relations with Leicester manager Claude Puel said the acrobatic display had not been a spontaneous one.

“I have had it in my locker for a while, “I saved it for a special occasion, what better one than New Years Day. New year, new me.” He had said.

3. Ireland Introduces Legal Abortion Services

Ireland has introduced its first abortion services today following a 2018 referendum decision to liberalise the ban on terminating pregnancies.

Laws were quickly passed following the referendum to ensure that as of midnight on Tuesday, the country’s National Health Service was able to offer abortions free of charge.

4. Warren Takes Step to Challenge Trump in 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a progressive Democrat who has exchanged stinging criticism with President Donald Trump, said she has formed an exploratory committee to run for US presidency in 2020.

5. North Korea Warns Of ‘New Path’

Although Kim Jong Un says he is committed to denuclearization, he is demanding that economic sanctions against Pyongyang be eased.

The Little Drone Man (according to Trump), has warned there will be consequences if the US “continues to break its promises and misjudges the patience of our people”.

6. Internet Blackout As Congolese Await Election Results

Reports indicate that there is a total internet blackout in the DRC capital Kinshasa. Text message service has also been affected to an extent.

But a member of the electoral body, CENI, confirmed that there is no cause for alarm because they have their own means of communication.

In a statement issued on Monday, a group of western envoys tasked government to refrain from blocking means of communication and also called for observers to have access to result compilation centers.

7. Cameroon President Ready for Dialogue Over Anglophone Crisis

Cameroon president Paul Biya says he is ready for dialogue with separatist elements to bring an end to the ongoing security crisis in the country’s English speaking regions.

Biya in his New Year address to the nation said he was ready to engage with persons with goodwill to end the crisis that has been going on since October 2017.

8. Company That Hijacked Twitter Accounts Deny Breaking Law

The chief executive of a company which demonstrated a security flaw in Twitter by hijacking the accounts of Eamonn Holmes and Louis Theroux has denied breaking the law.

Mr Holmes and Mr Theroux were among celebrities and journalists who tweeted messages on Thursday stating their accounts had been “temporarily hijacked by Insinia Security”.

Mike Godfrey, who runs Insinia Security, had explained that the accounts had been hijacked to demonstrate how Twitter allows anyone who knows your phone number to tweet from your account.

9. US Federal Workers Sue Trump for Forcing Them to Work Without Pay

Amidst the ongoing shutdown brought on by President Donald Trump’s refusal to pass funding measures without $5 billion for his “border wall,” the nation’s largest union of federal workers sued the Trump administration on Monday for forcing them to work without pay doing some of the most essential and in many cases the most dangerous jobs performed by government employees.

10. Reform, Hope, Change: New Year messages from African presidents

Several African presidents addressed their citizens on the eve of a new year, outlining the priorities their governments will address in 2019.

The New Year is traditionally viewed as an opportunity for individuals and institutions to reflect upon the past year, and set resolutions for the forthcoming 12 months.

In this article, we sample some New Year Messages from different heads of state, across the continent.

Chad: Chad’s President Idriss Deby pledged to ensure that the the long-delayed legislative and local elections in the central African state will be held in the first half of 2019.

Cameroon: Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya also addressed the nation on Monday, focusing his speech on the ongoing Anglophone crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions.

South Africa: South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, caleld upon all eligible citizens to register to vote in the forthcoming elections.

Kenya: It is my humble privilege, as the President of the Republic, to wish all Kenyans and our Brothers and Sisters across the World, a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Thank You and God Bless the Republic of Kenya – Uhuru Kenyatta

Ethiopia: A very happy new year to all Ethiopians in the Diaspora and at home as well as to the international community marking the start of 2019. Wishing you all a year of peace and prosperity – Office of the Prime Minister




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