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Today in History: U.S. government leaves Philadelphia for Washington, D.C.

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Today the fifteenth day of the month of May, we bring to you the top five events that unfolded this day many years and decades back.

1800 – President John Adams orders the federal government to leave Philadelphia and set up shop in the nation’s new capital in Washington, D.C.

1 May

1820 – The U.S. Congress designates the slave trade a form of piracy

2 May

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1968 – U.S. Marines relieve army troops in Nhi Ha, South Vietnam after a fourteen-day battle.

3 May

1988 – Soviets forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Ветераны-афганцы отмечают 20-ю годовщину вывода советских войск из Республики Афганистан

2008 – At least 100 people killed and scores injured when fuel from a pipeline ruptured by an earthmover exploded in Ijegun village in the Alimosho district of Lagos.

 5 May
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Former communication minister arrested over corruption in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia’s former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon, has been arrested by the federal government at his residence in the capital, Addis Ababa, multiple news sources, state and private, have reported.



Simon is also a founding member of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. Multiple local mdia channels are reporting that his arrest is in connection with corruption.

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Another arrested official is Tadesse Kassa, a former top civil servant. Simon was a member of the Amhara regional bloc in the EPRDF.

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His party, now the Amhara Democratic Party ousted him from executive committee membership.

Bereket resigned his position in government in October 2017 at the time as an advisor in charge of Policy Studies and Research to ex Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Nigeria: Council of State reaches final pegs new minimum wage at 27,000

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The National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N27,000 as the new minimum wage.



The national council approved the sum during an ongoing meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance former presidents like Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, among others.

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