Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Conjoined Indian Twins Have One Boyfriend

The 45-year-old conjoined Indian twins Ganga and Jamuna Mondal have met the love of their live in one and the same man.

The women, sharing four arms and three legs, are popularly known as Spider Sisters. The twins had been suffering from loneliness for years until 7 months ago when they met a kind school teacher Jasimuddin Ahmad, DailyMail reports.

Ganga said:

Dutch players offered free trip to space if they win World Cup

Holland is one win away from reaching its second straight World Cup final. To get there, the team will have to get through a tough Lionel Messi and Argentina on Wednesday. After losing to Spain in the championship game in 2010, the Netherlands is trying to finally get over the hump of never winning a world title. 
One Dutch company is offering the players some outer-worldly motivation to win it all. 
According to Forbes, XCOR Aerospace is offering every member of the Dutch squad a free trip to space if they win the World Cup. That’s right. Lift the 13-pound trophy, then prepare to don a space suit to see the stars up close.
From XCOR:
“Being a Dutch firm, we feel extremely proud of our team’s current achievements in Brazil. The breathtaking goal of Robin van Persie, and all newspaper headlines about ‘The Flying Dutchman’ have inspired us to also do something extra. We will literally try to take them to the next level; 103 km. The whole selection of 23 players and of course Louis van Gaal.”
Hopefully Van Gaal doesn’t make a last-minute decision to swap out Jasper Cillessen for Tim Krul on the space ride.
XCOR will be holding test flights in the fall with the goal of beginning commercial flights sometime in 2015, for which co-founder Michiel Mol claims to have 250 tickets sold. If you or I wanted to head into space, it would cost a cool $95,000. Should the Netherlands win it all, the flights would take place in the months before Euro 2016.
The Dutch are hoping the fourth time's the charm. After all, with XCOR's offer, finally winning a World Cup title would truly give another meaning to “out of this world.”

Monday, 7 July 2014

Pics: Rwandan president welcomes Davido at airport as he performs to 60k fans

On July 4th, Rwandans celebrated their annual Liberation Day celebrations at Amahoro national stadium in Kigali. Davido was the headline act for this year and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda welcomed the BET winner with his wife and children at the airport. Wow! You go, Davido. Continue to see more photos...

Nigerian troops clear terrorists bases in Balmo forest: capture foreign mercenaries

The Nigerian military released a statement on their website today saying that they have cleared and taken over terrorists bases in Borno state and also captured mercenaries. Read the statement below
Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.  Prior to the operation, Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.
Terrorists and armed gangs operating in the forests were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation.  Among those captured were two foreigners who are suspected to be mercenaries. Also captured are several weapons and equipment including power generating sets, communication equipment, vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff and kitchen utensils. (See the items from the terrorists' den after the cut)

Boko Haram reportedly recaptures 45 out of 63 that escaped from them

They escaped last week and they've already been recaptured? Makes no sense to me but according to new reports, 45 out of the 63 women and children who reportedly escaped from Boko Haram men on Saturday July 5th have been re-abducted by the sect men.

Vanguard reports that a member of the Chibok Vigilante Group, Abbas Gaya in a telephone interview confirmed the recapturing of the women who fled the Boko Haram camp when the men attacked a military base at Damboa village in Borno state

“It is very unfortunate and shocking to tell you today (yesterday) that 45 of the 63 escaped women and children were kidnapped again on Sunday night, leaving only 18 that ran into this forests.” he said

Monday, 9 June 2014

Nigeria's ex-central bank governor takes throne as Muslim monarch

KANO Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's ousted central bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, was named Emir of Kano on Sunday, making an outspoken government critic one of the most influential leaders in the largely Muslim north.

Sanusi, who regularly railed against the government's record on corruption, was suspended from his post at the bank in February by President Goodluck Jonathan in a decision that alarmed international investors. 

His move into such a revered position, after the death of his great-uncle the last emir on Friday, could unsettle some in Jonathan's administration which rules over a religiously divided country and is facing national elections in 2015. The emir is the second-highest Muslim authority in Nigeria.

Underlining local politics also raging behind the decision, several hundred supporters of another hopeful candidate - the late emir's oldest son - massed outside the state government building, destroying street signs until police fired in the air to disperse them, witnesses said.

Female suicide bomber hits Nigerian barracks: witnesses

 ABUJA/MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) - A female suicide bomber killed herself and a soldier outside an army barracks in Nigeria's northeastern city of Gombe on Sunday, the military said, as local leaders reported the death count from a string of earlier militant attacks had reached 110.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast or last week's assaults but Islamist group Boko Haram has set off bombs and killed thousands in its five-year-old bid to carve out an Islamist state in the region.
Soldiers stopped the woman as she tried to get into the barracks with explosives hidden under her robes, defence headquarters said in a statement.

The device went off, killing her and a soldier searching her, it added. "I heard a loud sound and then black smoke covering the place ... We saw soldiers moving bodies," Gombe trader Bello Kasuwankatako told Reuters.

Witnesses had earlier said between three and five people died.