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Former French president receives prison sentence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/01/21, 12:34 pm

A Paris court on Monday convicted Nicolas Sarkozy of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and two suspended years. The former president of France still faces a separate trial this month over accusations he illegally financed his 2012 presidential campaign. The judge said Sarkozy, who led the country from 2007 to 2012, can request to serve his sentence at home with an electronic bracelet.

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Myanmar security forces kill at least 18 protesters

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/01/21, 02:46 am

Police and troops used live bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas against protesters Sunday in the deadliest day of protests since the Feb. 1 military coup. The U.N. human rights office strongly condemned the weekend crackdowns in Yangon, Mandalay, and several other cities that led to at least 18 dead and 30 injured. Authorities in Myanmar, also known as Burma, have detained more than 1,100 people since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. So far they have released 300.

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Captors free Nigerian students taken two weeks ago

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/27/21, 06:39 pm

The local governor said a joint effort by security, traditional leaders, and stakeholders helped secure the release of 38 pupils, staff, and relatives abducted from the Government Science College Kagara. They will receive medical care for a few days before reuniting with their families, Niger state Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello said.

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