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US govt shuts down over budget crisis U

P to one million federal workers were thrown temporarily out of work on Tuesday as the United States government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years in a standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over healthcare reforms. The stalemate closed museums and national parks and slowed everything from trade negotiations to medical research, while sparking new questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to perform its most basic functions. Continues on Pg 6

Mixed reactions trail Jonathan’s proposed national conference

INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY …Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, his wife Mercy Orji, Deputy Gov. Sir Emeka Ananaba and his wife Nene during the celebration of Nigeria’s 53rd Independence Annivrsary in Umuahia, Abia State capital, yesterday.


Protest: 16 Nigerian students arrested in Moscow

OSCOW police have M detained 16 Nigerian students accused of smashing furniture inside their country’s embassy, reportedly in anger over unpaid grants. The 16 suspects were removed from the embassy building at the request of

Nigerian staff, Russia’s interior ministry told local media. All of them are enrolled at colleges of higher education in Russia, it added. Other African students in Russia have protested in the past over their home countries’ failure to pay their

grants. The 16 students arrested in Moscow face administrative charges, the interior ministry said. Trouble erupted at the embassy on Malaya Nikitskaya Street following a hearing Continues on Pg 6


Nigeria @ 53: Security tightened in Abuja AKEEM OYETUNJI, Asst News Editor, Abuja


ECURITY was beefed up in most parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday even as President Goodluck Jonathan marked the nation’s 53rd independence anniversary in low key. Dr. Jonathan presided over the traditional Change of Guards parade mounted by 136 officers of the Nigerian Army at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria Continues on Pg 6


CBN bans importation of foreign currencies

HE Central Bank of Nigeria Timportation (CBN) has banned the of all foreign


currencies except with approval. This was contained in a statement signed by CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Ugo

Okoroafor, on Tuesday in Abuja. It said that the move was sequel to the Bank’s withdrawal of the operating licence of 20 Bureaux de Change (BDCs). The CBN alleged that Continues on Pg 6

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