Morocco trains 25,000 students from 47 African countries

Morocco International Cooperation Agency says 25,000 students from 47 African countries, including Nigeria have graduated from the agency since its creation in 1986.

The Director of the agency, Mohammed Metghol made this known while briefing journalists from some African countries in Rabat, Morocco.

The journalists from Nigeria, Senegal, Congo, South Africa, Angola, Mauritania, Liberia and Rwanda among others are in Morocco to cover the visit of the Pope to the country.

Metghol said that 13,000 of the graduands studied Law, Economics, Human and Social Sciences.

Five mosques attacked in Birmingham

Five mosques in the English city of Birmingham were attacked overnight, police said in the latest spate of Islamophobic incidents in Britain.

This is since the murder of 50 people by a right-wing extremist at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

West Midlands Police said detectives and counter-terrorism officers are investigating after windows were smashed at the mosques in Birmingham.

Officers responded after reports of a man seen smashing windows with a sledgehammer at one mosque, the police said.

Foundation urges FG, State to strengthen protection regulations on marine species

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called on the Federal and Lagos State Governments to strengthen regulations on marine species protection to prevent extinction of some fishes.

NCF’s Director, Technical Programmes, Dr Joseph Onoja, said in Lagos on Sunday that marine species were important to the ecosystem because it provided nutrition for over three billion people globally.

He explained that the oceans regulated climate, released oxygen for humans to breathe fresh air while absorbing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

UK minister congratulates President Buhari

Last night the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared President Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the 2019 Presidential elections.

UK Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said:

“I offer my congratulations to President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President. The UK is a long-standing friend and partner of Nigeria and the Nigerian people, and a stable and prosperous Nigeria benefits Africa and the world.

Court holds R. Kelly on $1m bond over sexual assault

Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, who has faced years of sexual abuse allegations, was held on a one million dollar bond on charges that he sexually assaulted three teenagers and a woman, as prosecutors offered new details in the case.

In Cook County court, prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez said on Saturday that Kelly met one of the teenage victims during his trial on child pornography charges in 2008 when she sought his autograph after a day in court and repeatedly had sex with her between 2009 and 2010.

Kelly was acquitted of the child porn charges.

Don't frustrate Brexit- PM May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) must not be frustrated.

Local media reported that May also said that the government must focus on delivering it.

May is trying to get changes to the Brexit package before putting it to another vote in parliament.

If she fails, May would have to decide whether to delay Brexit or endanger the world’s fifth largest economy by leaving without a deal on March 29.

Cubans vote on one-party system

Cubans will Sunday vote for or against a new constitution that recognises the right to private property but maintains a one-party system.

The new charter is expected to be approved, but possibly with a smaller majority than the current one, in 1976.

The draft constitution was discussed for three months at neighbourhood and workplace assemblies.

The discussion led to about 760 modifications to it before parliament gave it a final seal of approval in December 2018.

Pope Francis end four-day summit

Pope Francis was due to wrap up a four-day Vatican summit against child abuse on Sunday.

He will give a speech following Mass with all the world bishops who took part in the unprecedented gathering.

The meeting was called in response to a new spate of clergy sex abuse and cover-up allegations, including in the U.S., Chile, Germany and Australia, which exacerbated the Catholic Church’s decades-old sex abuse crisis.

Afghanistan civilian casualities hits record high

The Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2018 as more non-combatants lost their lives and got injured in 2018, the UN mission in Afghanistan said on Sunday.

An annual report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that more civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict in 2018 than at any time since records have been kept.

“No fewer than 3,804 civilians were killed in 2018, representing an 11 per cent increase compared to 2017. The violence also left 7,189 wounded,’’ the report said.

Saudia Arabia appoints woman to Washington

Saudi Arabia has appointed Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as new Ambassador to the United States, the Official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

She is the Saudi first woman to take the post of U.S. ambassador.

Educated at Mount Vernon College at George Washington University in the United States, Princess Rima came in 16th in Forbes Middle East magazine’s list of the 200 most powerful Arab women.