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Cairo- A car bomb exploded outside the Italian Consulate in downtown Cairo early Saturday morning, killing at least one person and significantly damaging part of the building, authorities said.

Seven others were injured in the blast, the health ministry said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Egypt has seen escalating attacks by Islamist militants. The Saturday incident was the first attack targeting a consulate or an embassy in recent years.

None of the victims were consulate staffers, Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet.

 

“Italy is not intimidated,” he added.

The consulate is located in the heart of the city on a busy intersection. The Italian Embassy is in a different neighborhood.

The timing of the blast — early in the morning on a weekend — helped minimize casualties. On week days, the area is teeming with pedestrians and vehicle traffic.

“There’s significant damage to the side of the building, a wall has collapsed and there was blood on the debris,” photographer David Degner told CNN from the scene.

The explosion damaged the side of the consulate facing a vacant lot.

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Degner said he saw at least one burned and twisted wheel.

Police pushed back a crowd of several hundred people who converged on the blast site, Degner said.

Increasing attacks

Militants have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsy in July 2013.

Previously, militants, including the ISIS-aligned Ansar Beit Al Maqdis (now called the “State of Sinai) mostly targeted Egyptian government officials and security forces.

But four people were killed and 14 wounded when Ansar Beit Al Maqdis targeted a bus of South Korean tourists traveling from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula into Israel in February 2014.

That month, it warned all foreigners to leave the country.

Egypt’s army has struggled to crush the militants but the attacks go on.

In June, two assailants were killed and one injured in a thwarted attack at Karnak Temple in Luxor, a popular destination for tourists.

The Egyptian government has been trying to lure back tourists for the summer high season.

Tourism represents 11.3% of Egypt’s gross domestic product and 19.3% of its foreign currency revenues, Egypt’s State Information Services says.

CNN’s Yousuf Basil, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Yasso Tarif and Brian Walker contributed to this report.

 

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Involve Africa Holds An Evening With Youngest Local Govt Boss In Lagos, Gbenga Abiola

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The Involve Africa Group hosted the youngest Local Government Area boss, Hon Gbenga Abiola, the current SOle Administrator of Agege LGA.

The event was held at the MRC Hall, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, June 27th.

Sole Administrator of Agege LGA, Hon Gbenga Abiola with the Convener of Involve Africa, Ibrahim Owolabi during an interactive session

The event which was themed; Youth & Governance: Access, Capacity and Engagement had Hon Abiola share his experience so far in politics of the State and how he remained relevant till he was appointed by the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The Founder and Executive Director of Involve Africa, Ibrahim Owolabi stated that the project is to encourage young active Africans get involved in the democratic governance process of Nigeria and Africa at large.
He stated that with the likes of Abiola in governance, it was certain that youth still have a place if they get engage properly in grassroots politics.

In his remarks, Hon Abiola urged the youth to get themselves rooted in the activities that make up a party. He shared his testimony of starting off as a party agent and rose in the Local Government hierachy before he was recommended by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt

Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

Hon Abiola disclosed that his loyalty to his party, the ruling All Progressives Conress rewarded him with the lofty position when the time of  appointment came forth.

Hon Abiola giving his acceptance speech after he was presented with recognition award by the Involve Africa Team.

He disclosed that despite being told to step down for an aspirant in the past did not stop him from participating in the party’s activities.

He encouraged the youth present at the programme to always remain focus in order to change the narrative in the playing of politics in Nigeria and also to always be ready to demand for accountability from their elected officials.

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president Buhari sick absent at fec meeting again 

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President Muhammadu Buhari was absent again today at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

The meeting is being presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The cabinet had awaited the president’s arrival until the State House Chief of Protocols suddenly stepped in at 11.00am and whispered to Osinbajo.

A security officer had also stood anxiously behind the president’s official seat in expectation of Buhari’s attendance.

The Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa are scanty as only about 20 ministers were seated as of the time journalists were leaving.

Osinbajo kick-started the meeting with a call for the recitation of the national anthem as well as prayers by the Ministers of Education and Health, Adamu Adamu and Isaac Adewole respectively.

Immediately the meeting commenced, ministers were sighted curiously whispering.

A fortnight ago, Buhari was also absent at the weekly council meeting.

The meeting did not hold last week with the Presidency citing the Easter break.

The acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habibat Lawan, is in attendance.

Lawan became acting SGF last Wednesday following the suspension of Babachir David Lawal who is being investigated for alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the development of the northeast.

Daily Trust

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Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

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Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better
Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

She is amazing, beautiful and captivating. She makes us look forward to each new day that we spend together. She goes by the name ‘Juliena Temitope Ali’ popularly called Oloori Jay, a business woman, mega real estate realtor, consultant, charity lover and a hustler. She believes that whatever a man can do, a woman can do even better.Juliena Tosin Ali is constantly on our mind, and not a moment goes by that we want to be apart. She holds the keys to our heart, and she deserves to know it.

After having a little interview with her, she explained to us how busy she can be and took us around showing us how she spends her daily life, check it out below;

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by Lucky O. Freeman
Lagos, Nigeria

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