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U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Government’s Request To Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

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An appeals court on Sunday dismissed the United States Department of Justice’s request to restore President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

A federal judge in Seattle had on Friday blocked the controversial executive order, which placed a 90-day travel ban on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen and a 120-day ban on refugees from all countries.

Mr. Trump argued that the order would protect Americans from radical Islamist terrorists.

But the judge in Friday’s ruling, James Robart, questioned the president’s justification for the ban, pointing out that no attack in the U.S. had been carried out by an individual from the seven affected countries since the September 11, 2001 attacks. The attacks were carried out by individuals from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon, whose citizens are not affected by the ban.

Mr. Trump blasted the ruling of the “so-called judge” in a series of tweets on Saturday.

The Department of Justice subsequently appealed the decision and requested an “immediate administrative stay” of the ruling. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied the request, further frustrating Mr. Trump’s efforts to block immigrants and refugees from entering the U.S.

The ban has been met with widespread criticism, with many arguing that it is discriminatory towards Muslims. The Trump administration, however, has denied that the executive order is a “Muslim ban.”

Source: SaharaReporters

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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