Nigerian schoolboys freed as forces search for 300 abducted girls

Published On: February 28, 2021 08:57 AM NPT By: Reuters

JANGEBE, Feb 28: Gunmen in Nigeria on Saturday released 27 teenage boys who were kidnapped from their school last week in the north-central state of Niger, while security forces continued to search for more than 300 schoolgirls abducted in a nearby state.

MYANMAR, Feb 28: Opponents of military rule in Myanmar planned protests on Sunday a day after the security forces launched their biggest crackdown, arresting hundreds of people and shooting and wounding at least one.

Biden White House asks 'Trump who?' ahead of speech to conservatives

Published On: February 27, 2021 07:05 PM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 27: President Joe Biden’s White House has made it clear it plans to ignore Donald Trump’s speech on Sunday to a conservative conference in Florida, where the former president is expected to go on the attack against his successor.

House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

Published On: February 27, 2021 03:55 PM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Feb 27: The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.

MAIDUGURI, Feb 27: Gunmen on Saturday released 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped from a boarding school last week in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger, its governor said.

MYANMAR, Feb 27: Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a Feb. 1 coup.

WASHINGTON, Feb 27: Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States imposed sanctions on some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom.

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

Published On: February 27, 2021 08:59 AM NPT By: Associated Press

LAGOS, Feb 27: Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.

WASHINGTON, Feb 27: The Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans on Friday targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of imposing sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself.

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals

Published On: February 26, 2021 06:28 PM NPT By: Reuters

SYDNEY, Feb 26: Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers.