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Democrats set December 6 deadline for White House to say if it will participate in impeachment proceedings

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The House Judiciary Committee is setting a deadline of December 6 for President Donald Trump to decide whether his attorneys will participate in the committee's impeachment proceedings against him. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, sent Trump a letter Friday with the new date asking if the President's counsel plans to request witnesses or make a presentation as part of the proceedings. That deadline is later than the Sunday one the White House was previously given to say whether it will participate in the committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday. The letter to the President and a separate letter sent to Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Doug Collins of Georgia were largely technical, referring to the rules established by the House's impeachment resolution last month. But the letter starts the clock for the White House to decide if it will take part in the House's impeachment proceedings -- which Trump and congressional Repu…

HOTEL MUMBAI Official Trailer (2019) Dev Patel, Armie Hammer Movie

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Three Wounded In The Hague Stabbing Attack

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Police arrive at the Grote Marktstraat, one of the main shopping streets in the centre of the Dutch city of The Hague after several people were wounded in a stabbing incident on November 29, 2019. 
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Three people were wounded in a stabbing in one of the main shopping streets in the centre of the Dutch city of The Hague on Friday night, police said. “Stabbing incident with several wounded at the Grote Marktstraat in The Hague. Emergency services are on site,” the city’s police said on Twitter. Police later said that three people were wounded in the incident, which came as European cities were on alert after a suspected terror stabbing in London killed two people. Dutch news agency ANP quoted sources as saying there was “no talk of a terror motive”, but there was no immediate confirmation. Members of the public gathered behind a police cordon on the street, where shoppers had earlier been hunting Black Friday bargains, an AFP correspondent said. Police helicopters…

N33bn alleged fraud: How N18bn was paid into Mompha’s bank account —Witness

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A prosecution witness, Peter Ademola Adegoke, who works as a Compliance Officer with Fidelity Bank Plc, on Friday (today) told Justice Abdullai M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, how the sum of N18bn was paid into the account of a company, Ismalob Global Investments, belonging to Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha. Mompha was arraigned on November 25, 2019 on 14 counts bordering on money laundering to the tune of N33bn. The EFCC made this known on Friday in a series of tweets via its verified Twitter handle @officialEFCC. Continuing, EFCC states, “At today’s sitting, the first prosecution witness, PW1, Anne Nnenna Ezekannagha, a manager in the Customer Service Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria, told the court that Mompha’s company, Ismalob Ventures, was not registered with the CBN. “She also revealed that he (Mompha) did not have the license to operate as a Bureau de Change operator.” Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, Eze…

Eyes Wide Shut review – chilling secrecy, quaintly soft-porn sex

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Near the knuckle? Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorced two years after Eyes Wide Shut was released. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros Eyes Wide Shut, now on rerelease, is fascinating, flawed late Stanley Kubrick, his final film before his death in 1999 at the age of 70. It was adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s Traumnovelle, or Dream Story, published in 1926 and originally set in Vienna. The film is a tale of sexual obsession among modern-day Manhattan’s wealthy and powerful classes and I originally valued it for its satirical potency, formal control and dreamlike self-possession, all of which are bound up in a certain kind of deadpan absurdity and soft-porn seriousness. Tom Cruise plays Bill Harford, a well-off New York doctor with a fashionable clientele and a magnificent apartment in Central Park West, happily married to beautiful Alice (Nicole Kidman) a former art gallery director, now a stay-at-home mum to their young daughter. (In the book, they are Jewish, an important part of the d…

Aisha Buhari slams govs for failing to provide infrastructure, amenities

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…First Lady, Sultan disagree on social media regulation
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The First Lady, Aisha Buhari has slammed state governors for failing to provide basic social amenities and infrastructure, noting that things were getting out of hand. Stating that her husband cannot handle the challenges facing the nation alone, Buhari admonished the political leaders to work together to bail the country out of the doldrums. Speaking at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs general assembly and national executive council meeting held at the National Mosque in Abuja on Friday, the First Lady called on the Muslim Ummah in the country to embrace the directive that would be issued by the council. She said, “We should either fasten our seatbelt and do the needful or we will all regret it very soon because, at the rate things are going, things are getting completely out of hand. The VP (Vice President Yemi Osinbajo) is here, some ministers are here, they are supposed to do justice to …

Republican running to challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar has Twitter account permanently suspended

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A Republican candidate running to challenge Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had her Twitter account permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter rules, according to a Twitter spokesperson. Danielle Stella says she was banned for a tweet in which she spread a baseless claim about Omar and said if the claim is true, Omar should be tried for treason and hanged, according to a post to her Facebook account. Two Twitter accounts of Stella's have been suspended, her campaign confirmed to CNN. Omar has been a frequent target of smears and attacks by President Donald Trump and his supporters. In April, Omar said she experienced an increase in death threats after Trump tweeted about a speech she had given the month before. "This just shows how far the Republican Party has fallen under Trump. Their campaign strategy is just threats, disinformation and smears against their opponents and the people will continue to reject it," Omar said in a statement. The Minnes…

You can’t stop EFCC from investigating you, court tells El-Rufai

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from investigating him. Justice Binta Nyako said this while delivering a judgment on Friday, in a suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 filed by El-Rufai. The governor was seeking the court’s determination whether, as the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, he had complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council for the sale of Federal Government houses between May 2005 and May 2007. News Agency of Nigeria reports that while El-Rufai was the applicant, the defendants from 1st to 13th include: EFCC, FCT minister, FCDA, AGF, CBN, Oceanic Bank, Access Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, Union Homes, Akintola Williams Deloite and Aminu Ibrahim & Co. In the originating summons brought pursuant to Section 302 of 1999 Constitution and Section 3 and 18 of the FCT Act 1990, El-Rufai also sought court’s determination: “…

Angry Mob Beat 3 Suspected Transformer Vandals To Death In Imo

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Three armed robbery suspects, midnight Thursday, met their waterloo as an angry mob pounced on them in Umuohiagu community of Ngor Okpala Local Government Area and Egbelu Obube community in Owerri North Local government area of Imo State. Two of the suspects whose names were given as Ifeanyi Mgbakabala and Kelechi Eke(aka Agwo) hailed from Amagwa kindred in Umuagwu village in Umuohiagu, while the other suspect’s identity could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report. Witnesses said the suspects, who specialized in vandalizing electricity transformers within the airport communities, were apprehended at Umuekwune kindred in Umuorisha village, attempting to vandalize the only remaining transformer in Umuohiagu. They were said to have already vandalized eight transformers in Umuohiagu alone in the past three months, effectively throwing the community into darkness. This was even as they also vandalized the dedicated cables being installed for the new radio house for the S…

FC Ifeanyi Uba Players Attacked By Armed Robbers Along Kabba Road

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Players of FC Ifeanyi Uba have been attacked by armed robbers operating along Kabba Road near Lokoja in Kogi State.  A statement by the management of the club on Friday said that the players were travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL matchday 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars when they ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms. Driver of the bus conveying the team was said to have been shot while some members of the coaching crew and players were critically injured.  Some of the victims were said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state. The statement reads,  "This is to inform the general public that at about 1:30pm today,  players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL matchday 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms near Lokoja in Kogi State." The club called on the government as well as football regulatory bodies including the Nigerian Foo…

Relic of Jesus’ crib to return to Holy Land after over 1,000 years

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Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land Leopoldo Girelli leads a mass at the Our Lady of Peace at the chapel at Notre Dame in Jerusalem, on November 29, 2019, opening the celebrations of the arrival of a small piece of Relic of the Holy Crib of the Child Jesus as a gift from the Pope Francis. – The relic, donated by Saint Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem to Pope Theodore I (642-649), was until now in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore of Rome. The Relic will be transferred to Bethlehem On November 30, coinciding with the start of the celebrations of the Advent, at the Franciscan church of St Catherine. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP) A wooden fragment said to be from the crib of the infant Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on Friday on its way back to Bethlehem after a Millenium-long absence. The relic, housed in Rome since the seventh century, was presented to the Franciscan custodians of the Holy Land at a mass in the Notre Dame Catholic centre opposite the walls of Jerusalem’s Old city. It wi…

Albanians hold mass funeral for earthquake victims

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A relative mourns over the coffins of six members of the Cara family who died during the earthquake in Thumane, on November 29, 2019. – The 6.4 magnitude quake that jolted Albania before dawn on November 26 was the most deadly and destructive in decades. Entire families were crushed by their homes while they were sleeping. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) Albanian families buried their loved ones on Friday and the country mourned the 49 people known to have died in this week’s earthquake, as officials grapple with the destruction left in its wake. Entire families were crushed by their homes when the 6.4 magnitude earthquake — the most deadly and devastating in decades — jolted the Balkan country before dawn on Tuesday. In the town of Thumane, where numerous buildings collapsed, loved ones wept before the six wooden coffins of the Cara family and three more belonging to the Greku family. The victims were among more than 20 people whose bodies were pulled from ruins in Thumane, where a s…

Buhari seeks $29.6b loan, says oil earnings not enough

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President Muhammadu Buhari (right), presenting a gift to the outgoing Cuba Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Carlos Trejo Sosa during a farewell audience at the State House in Abuja…yesterday. • Eyes digital economy, directs execution of ICT master plan
President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented what he considers as meagre earnings Nigeria is deriving from oil. Buhari who spoke while receiving in farewell audience the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa, at the State House, Abuja, noted: “We have deficit in infrastructure, in education, health care, and many other areas. But Cuba has always been helpful. What we earn from oil does not meet our needs, and we can use any assistance we get.” The president also re-submitted a request to the Senate seeking approval for a $29.96 billion loan. In a letter read on the floor by Senate President Ahmad Lawan at the commencement of plenary, Buhari hinged the renewal of the request on the rejection of the same by the last Senate. He stated that an…