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“Don’t travel to Delta, Rivers and 16 other states in Nigeria” — U.S. warns citizens

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Don’t travel to Delta, Rivers and 16 other states in Nigeria” — U.S. warns citizens

 

The US Department of State has advised Americans not to travel  to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed gangs, aso Naija Reports.

In its latest travel advisory shared on Wednesday, the US noted that some areas “have increased risk”.

It advised its citizens against travelling to Borno, Yobe, Kogi, and northern Adamawa states due to t£rrorism and kidna
@pping; Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states due to kidn@pping; Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime,

Kidnappings for ransom occur frequently, often targeting dual national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth.

Kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads.

Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather. Terrorists are known to work with local gangs to expand their reach.

There is civil unrest and armed gangs in parts of Southern Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta and Southeast regions. Armed criminality and gangs, including kidnapping and assaults on Nigerian security services is also pervasive in this region.

Violence can flare up between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Nigeria due to security conditions,” the advisory reads.

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Pakistan Woman Wearing Dress With Arabic Print Almost Got Killed By Mob Claiming Blasphemy

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An angry mob in Pakistan accused a woman who wore a dress adorned with Arabic calligraphy of blasphemy, after mistaking them for Quran verses, Aso Naija Reports.

According to BBC, she was saved by police who escorted her to safety after hundreds gathered. She later gave a public apology.

The dress has the word “Halwa” printed in Arabic letters on it, meaning sweet in Arabic.

Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan. Some people have been lynched even before their cases go on trial.

Police told the BBC they first received a call at around 13:10 local (08:10 GMT) on Sunday that a crowd had gathered around a woman at a restaurant in Lahore, the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab.

Around 300 people had crowded outside the restaurant by the time they arrived, said Assistant Superintendent Syeda Shehrbano.

 

Videos of the scene circulated on social media, with one showing a Pakistan woman, visibly scared, sitting in the far corner of the restaurant, shielding her face with her hand.

In another, she is surrounded by officers, who had formed the only barrier between her and a growing crowd who were shouting for her to remove the shirt.

In some videos, people can be heard chanting that those who blaspheme must be beheaded.

Footage shared on social media shows Ms Shehrbano standing at the restaurant’s entrance, trying to restore order to an increasingly charged crowd.

“Nobody actually knew what was written on the shirt,” she said. “The major feat was to try to get that woman out of the area in order to ensure that she is safe.”

Ms Shehrbano adds that she had to “negotiate” with the crowd.

“We told them we would take the woman with us, her actions are going to be taken into account and we’re going to hold her responsible for whatever crime committed as per the law of the land.”

 

The footage later showed Ms Shehrbano putting her arm around the woman, now covered by a black robe and a headscarf, and pushing through the crowd.

Other police officers formed a chain with their arms to clear their path as people in the crowd pushed against them.

Ms Shehrbano said supporters of the hardline Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party were among those in the crowd.

The women were brought to a police station, where several religious scholars confirmed that the text on her dress was Arabic calligraphy, not verses from the Quran.

The police then asked the scholars to record a video stating their findings and that the woman was innocent.

“I didn’t have any such intention, it happened by mistake. Still I apologise for all that happened, and I’ll make sure it never happens again,” she said, adding that she is a devout Muslim and would never commit blasphemy.

 

Authorities said she was in Lahore to do some shopping, and has since left the city.

 

Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, a former advisor to the prime minister on religious affairs said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the men in the crowd, rather than the woman, should have been the ones to apologise.

Ms Shehrbano said authorities have seen a “mushrooming of incidents” similar to that on Sunday.

“Had I not screamed and had I not convinced the crowd that we will do something about it, It would have turned nastier… Thank God,” she said. She has been widely praised, with the Chief of Punjab police calling for her to receive an award for her bravery.

Laws against blasphemy were first codified by India’s British rulers and expanded in the 1980s under the military government.

In August last year, scores of churches and homes were burnt in Jaranwala, a city east of Pakistan, after two men from the city were accused of damaging the Quran.

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Popular Adult Film Actress, Kagney Linn Karter Ends It All

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Kagney Linn Karter, a well-known American actress in the adult film industry and former exotic dancer, has tragically passed away at the age of 36, Aso Naija Reports.

She was discovered deceased at her residence in Parma, Ohio, USA.

In memory of Kagney, her friends Rachel and Megan have organized a GoFundMe page to gather funds for her funeral expenses.

In their heartfelt message, they shared that over the years, Kagney battled mental health issues despite her numerous achievements and talents. Even during her darkest moments, she remained committed to her work, always eager to learn, contribute, and strive for personal growth.

Although she felt isolated within her own thoughts, she never failed to support her friends and the community that cared for her.

Kagney faced her internal struggles with the same determination and ambition that she exhibited in all aspects of her life, demonstrating remarkable strength throughout her journey.

Kagney Linn Karter embarked on her career in the early 2000s and received multiple nominations for her contributions, although she never secured a victory.

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United Kingdom’s Economy Enters Recession

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United Kingdom’s Economy Enters Recession

The United Kingdom’s economy has entered a recession as its gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.3 percent in December 2023, Aso Naija Reports.

According to the UK’s Office For National Statistics (ONS), the fall in GDP was due to a decline in all main sectors of the economy.

This is the “mildest recession” witnessed in 50 years — unlike the huge drop of over 1 percent sometimes seen, according to BBC.

The ONS said the real GDP fell 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2023.

The agency said hard-pressed households cut back on spending in response to soaring interest rates and rising living costs.

The UK GDP was estimated to have increased by 0.1 percent for the full year in 2023, following a growth of 4.3 percent in 2022.

According to ONS, this is the weakest annual change in real GDP since the financial crisis in 2009, excluding the year 2020, which was affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have fallen by 0.3% in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2023, following an unrevised fall of 0.1% in the previous quarter,” the UK statistics agency said.

While the economy has now decreased for two consecutive quarters and entered recession, across 2023, GDP is estimated to have increased by 0.1% compared with 2022.

“In output terms in Quarter 4 2023, there were falls in all three main sectors in the latest quarter with declines of 0.2% in services, 1.0% in production, and 1.3% in construction output.

In expenditure terms, there was a fall in the volume of net trade, household spending and government consumption in Quarter 4 2023, partially offset by an increase in gross capital formation.”

The ONS noted that all main sectors shrank in the fourth quarter — with manufacturing, construction and wholesale being the biggest drags on growth — but added the economy was broadly flat overall in 2023.

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Colombian Woman Expecting 20th Child Plans to Continue Giving Birth, Says It Is Profitable

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Colombian Woman Expecting 20th Child Plans to Continue Giving Birth, Says It Is Profitable

A 39-year-old Colombian woman named Martha from Medellin is expecting her twentieth child and has revealed her intention to keep having children until she is physically unable to conceive, Aso Naija Reports.

Martha acknowledges that she does not know who the fathers of her children are, as she has conceived each child with different men.

Martha sees motherhood as a practical business endeavor, considering the financial support she receives from the government for each child. However, due to the large number of children she has, the financial assistance she receives barely covers the costs associated with raising and caring for them. The government provides Martha with approximately $76 for her oldest children and around $30.50 for the youngest ones.

Each month, she receives around $510 from the Colombian state to support her children.

In addition to government support, Martha also receives assistance from her local church and neighbors.

Despite the challenges posed by having many children, Martha plans to continue expanding her family until her body no longer allows it. She believes that her current children will eventually leave home as they grow up.

However, Martha acknowledges that life in their small three-bedroom house can be extremely challenging, with the eldest child having to sleep on the sofa.

She sometimes struggles to provide adequate meals for everyone due to the limitations of her budget.

Nevertheless, Martha views having more children as a profitable endeavor for her.

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Racehorse Tests Positive for Methamphetamine After Winning Run in Ohio

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Racehorse Tests Positive for Methamphetamine After Winning Run in Ohio

After winning a race at the MGM Northfield Park in Ohio, a racehorse known as Gardys Legacy A has tested positive for methamphetamine, Aso Naija Reports.

The blood test, conducted on September 3, confirmed the presence of D-methamphetamine, which is considered a Class 1 Category A offense by the U.S. Trotting Association.

Also, the Ohio State Racing Commission took action. They suspended trainer Samuel Schillaci for a period of one year and imposed a fine of $1,000.

Additionally, the Standardbred horse was disqualified, and the $4,500 winnings were returned.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an animal rights organization, is now calling for a ban on the trainer, criticizing the punishment as inadequate.

PETA’s Senior Vice President, Kathy Guillermo, expressed her dissatisfaction, stating that the fine and suspension were not proportional to the severity of the violation.

Additionally, she emphasized that administering methamphetamine puts the horse’s life at risk and suggested that trainers who exhibit such callousness may pose a danger to other horses as well.

Guillermo urged the commission to prioritize the safety of Gardys Legacy A and all the other horses in Schillaci’s barn.

However, she argued that individuals who demonstrate such cruelty, even once, display a clear disregard for regulations and should be permanently barred from competing in the state for the sake of creating a safer environment for all participants.

Subsequently, the Ohio State Racing Commission stated to FOX 8 in Cleveland that the judges had imposed the maximum penalty allowed by law.

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