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U.S. team tell service members they are also in Qatar defending human rights

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The United States will do their part to defend human rights at the Qatar World Cup saying on Wednesday they would draw inspiration from American service members who had come to watch them train.

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After training on Tuesday with migrant workers who helped build the World Cup stadiums, the U.S. squad hosted local army and embassy personnel telling the crowd they were committed to the same values that they are defending.

“We have anchors that revolve around change and being a team that’s outspoken against things that have come about in the United States,” said U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner. “I think it’s clear that we support human rights everywhere and I think again it is just another one of our anchors.”

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The U.S. men are showing their support for the LGBTQ community in Qatar, displaying a rainbow-themed team logo inside their training facility and media workroom.

Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar.

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The design features seven rainbow vertical stripes below “USA” in dark blue letters and is part of the “Be The Change” initiative the team adopted in 2020 with the goal of inspiring action on social justice issues.

Organisers of the World Cup say that everyone, no matter their sexual orientation or background, is welcome, while also warning against public displays of affection.

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Soccer players have raised concerns over the rights of fans travelling to the November 20-December 18 World Cup, especially LGBTQ individuals and women, whom rights groups say Qatari laws discriminate against.

“We’re very happy that you guys are here,” said U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie, to a cheering audience. “We have anchors that we follow very closely – brave, diverse, relentless – and I’m 100% sure that these are qualities you guys have and show every single day.

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“The sacrifice that you guys and your families made is incomparable.”

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. are back at the tournament for what they have billed as a “revenge tour”.

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That tour kicks off on Monday with their opener against Wales. With one of the youngest squads, the U.S. have struggled in their buildup to the World Cup, losing 2-0 to Japan in their penultimate warm-up match and then days later drawing 0-0 with Saudi Arabia.

The Americans also face England and Iran in Group A but are not looking past a crucial opener.

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“We’re going to take things one game at the time,” said Turner. “We’re not going to look past our first game against Wales and I think it’s important to take things one step at a time.”

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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