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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani to visit India this week

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will visit India this week for three days, local media reported on Monday.

IMF chief urges Arab states to slash spending

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday urged Arab countries to slash public wages and subsidies in order to rein in spending, achieve sustainable growth and create jobs.

Louvre to probe Qatar map distortion at UAE franchise

The Louvre Museum in Paris has launched an official investigation into the distortion of the Gulf map at its Abu Dhabi franchise, Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) said.

Saudi, UAE intended to invade Qatar – Defence minister

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had intentions to invade Qatar at the beginning of a diplomatic crisis that erupted in June, according to Qatar's defence minister.

Nine dead in Mexico shooting

Authorities investigating the slaying of nine men at a house in Monterrey, Mexico said Sunday small local drug-trafficking groups appeared to be involved but not major drug cartels.

Gulf pressure on Qatar unacceptable, unfair – Iran’s Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has expressed support for Qatar, dismissing any “unjust and unfair pressures” on Doha by its Arab neighbours, as he urged the Gulf countries to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiations.

Saudi condemns Qatari interception of UAE civilian planes

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday condemned Qatar for using fighter jets to intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Bahrain, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Iran foiled plot to overthrow system through protest – Khamenei

Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

Muslim scholar Salman al-Awda held in Saudi for months without charge

A prominent Muslim scholar has been detained by Saudi Arabia for the past four months without charge, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

Saudi boosts citizen benefits as taxes bite

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it had boosted stipends and benefits for citizens to cushion the impact of economic reforms including the kingdom’s first ever taxes after an oil price slump.

Oman projects a budget deficit in 2018 on low oil price

The Gulf state of Oman adopted on Monday its 2018 budget projecting a deficit of $7.8 billion due to low oil prices, but said the shortfall is declining.

15 killed in road accident in Jigawa

At least 15 people were on Saturday evening killed when a truck loaded with sand collided with a car.

Ethiopians deported en masse by Saudi Arabia allege abuses

Undocumented Ethiopian migrants who are being forcibly deported from Saudi Arabia by the thousands in a new crackdown say they were mistreated by authorities while detained.

Tunisia demands formal UAE apology over women row

Tunisia is demanding a public apology from the United Arab Emirates after Emirates Airlines denied boarding to Tunisian women on flights to the Gulf country.

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Lionel Messi is the ‘greatest ever’ – Eden Hazard

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has brushed off comparisons with Lionel Messi ahead of the Champions League clash against Barcelona.

SON commences nationwide mop-up of substandard tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has embarked on a nationwide mopping up of substandard tyres with the aim of destroying them in an operation code-named, ‘Operation Gbale’.

Lazio confirm departure of Manchester United target Stefan de Vrij

Stefan de Vrij will not be returning to Lazio after his contract expires this summer, the Serie A club have confirmed.

Ex-President Obasanjo is a pathological liar, betrayer – MASSOB

Movement for Actualization of Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) Monday berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his alleged hatred of Igbos and for claiming to be what he is not.

South-South PDP leaders vow to ‘liberate’ Nigeria from APC

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-south have resolved to work together to ensure that the party wins the 2019 presidential election.

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Nigeria, UN sign agreement on hosting of African tourism ministers’ meeting

Nigeria and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Friday in Madrid, Spain, signed an agreement on the hosting of the 61st UNWTO Commission for Africa (UNWTO CAF) Meeting 4-6 June 2018 in Abuja.

I sympathise with APC – Asiwaju Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has expressed sympathy with the ruling party.

NHRC urges federal govt to punish suspected killers in Zamfara, Benue

The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday urged the Federal Government “to carry out a massive scrutiny of the nation’s security architecture.”

Five feared dead as suspected rival cult groups clash in Anambra

Five persons have been feared dead in Ihiala, Anambra State, following clash by rival cult groups in the area, necessitating an emergency meeting by stakeholders and security operatives to find ways of stemming the tide.

18 new sexual abuse claims against UN peacekeepers in DR Congo

The United Nations said Wednesday it had registered 18 alleged cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers and civilian personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year.