The YNaija Weekly Review

by Ifreke Inyang

(13th – 18th June, 2011)

MONDAY

Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to build consensus after winning a third term in office with a reduced number of seats.

Award winning actress Rita Dominic and celebrated artiste Eldee will host the 2011 edition of the Headies, the organisers announced.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron pledged £814m to help vaccinate children around the world against preventable diseases like pneumonia.

Vietnam held live-fire drills in the South China Sea, amidst escalating tensions with China over disputed waters.

Barclays said it would settle all payment protection insurance claims received before 20 April on a ‘no quibble’ basis.

Four Britons held in Eritrea on spying and terrorism charges since December were released, the Foreign Office (FCO) says.

Steve McClaren became the new Nottingham Forest manager, replacing Billy Davies on a three-year deal at the City Ground. McClaren returned to England following three years coaching on the Continent after he was axed as national boss in 2008.

Former Speaker Dimeji Bankole, who is facing prosecution over alleged corruption committed while in office, was asked to submit his international passport

TUESDAY

Nokia announced that Apple has agreed to pay royalties for use of its technologies, ending the long-running legal dispute between the two.

A juror who allegedly contacted a defendant via Facebook faced contempt of court proceedings in an unprecedented case.

Author, Sir Terry Pratchett defended BBC assisted suicide film – the documentary featured death of millionaire hotelier amid ‘propaganda’ backlash against the BBC.

WEDNESDAY

Police in Papua New Guinea began investigating the discovery of a woman’s body at the home of acting prime minister Sam Abal and arrested his adopted son.

Pakistan arrested five alleged CIA informants who helped in the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in May, US media said.

US President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire in Sudan, amid claims by the UN that aid efforts in South Kordofan were being hampered.

THURSDAY

Riot police used tear gas to quell violence in central Vancouver after the Canucks lost the finals of ice hockey’s Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

The White House said President Barack Obama does not need congressional authorisation to engage in the NATO-led mission in Libya.

A powerful explosion hit the Nigerian police headquarters in the capital, Abuja, killing several people including a suspected suicide bomber, officials said.

The American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, sacked 11 indigenous professors and engaged the services of fresh 17 expatriates to fill some of the vacant positions.

The Wembley Stadium in London was announced as the venue of the Champions League final in 2013. Officials at UEFA were impressed by the home of English football and President Michel Platini has now confirmed they are returning there amid worries over other potential venues.

Twins Seven-Seven, one of the greatest artists of the Osogbo School, passed on.

FRIDAY

Alex McLeish signed a three-year contract with Aston Villa, who agreed to a compensation deal with Birmingham – believed to be in the region of £2million. He will now take over as coach of their arch-rivals in the coming season.

Australian PM Julia Gillard said she will pursue the deal with Malaysia on handling asylum seekers despite a rare parliamentary rejection of the policy.

Shares in Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion fell by more than a fifth since it announced disappointing results on Thursday. The company said that it had missed even its lowered expectations and reduced its profit forecasts. RIM’s net profit was $695m (£430m) in the three months to 28 May, down from $769m in the same period last year.

Saudi women began driving cars in the capital Riyadh in open defiance of an official ban on female drivers, in an action organised on social network sites.

A plumber, Ian Puddick was cleared of internet harassment after tweeting and blogging details of his wife’s affair.

Scrum-half Mike Phillips was suspended indefinitely from Wales squad duties after a late night incident in Cardiff.

SATURDAY

Operators of the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant suspended an operation to clean contaminated water due to a rapid rise in radiation.

South Korean troops armed with rifles fired at a passenger jet with more than 100 people on board, after mistaking it for a North Korean aircraft.

Britons in Syria were advised to leave the Middle East country now, before a further deterioration in ongoing civil unrest.

Around 2.3 million Olympics tickets are set to go on sale next week to people who missed out in the first ballot, organisers announced.

Tottenham will not sell midfielder Luka Modric ‘at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club’, chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement on the club website.

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