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Top Turkish officials on Sunday lashed out at an open letter signed by more than 100 retired admirals warning about a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey’s key waterways.

Turkey condemns warning by retired admirals over Bosphorus treaty

Top Turkish officials on Sunday lashed out at an open letter signed by more than 100 retired admirals warning about a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey’s key waterways.
“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not simple,” Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged at a press conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government makes signs of apparent overtures to US president-elect Biden.

Press TV: Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of sanctions

Iran’s government wants the United States to lift all sanctions on its country and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of the restrictions, Iranian state broadcaster Press TV reported on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and the Iranian delegation (L-R) meet during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool/File Photo

U.S, Iran to go to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks – sources

Officials from Tehran and Washington will travel to Vienna next week as part of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and global powers, though they will not hold direct talks, diplomats said on Friday.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi attends a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria, September 1, 2020. European Commission EbS - EEAS-Handout via REUTERS -File Photo

Iran rejects meeting with U.S. at Vienna nuclear deal talks

Iran on Friday rejected any meeting with the United States in Vienna, where it is taking part next week in a session with the remaining participants in its 2015 nuclear deal, an Iranian Foreign Ministry website reported
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

EU to sanction Iran militia, police, three entities over 2019 protests – diplomats

The European Union will target eight Iranian militia and police commanders and three state entities with sanctions next week over a deadly crackdown in November 2019 by Iranian authorities, three diplomats said on Wednesday.
Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North chairman Abdelaziz al-Hilu and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir gesture after signing a declaration of principles between Sudanese Transitional government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North in Juba, South Sudan March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

Sudan and rebel group sign agreement on separation of religion and state

The Sudanese government and a major rebel group from its southern Nuba Mountains on Sunday signed a document which paves the way for a final peace agreement by guaranteeing freedom of worship to all while separating religion and the state.
Last month the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, met military chief Min Aung Hlaing, who has now assumed power, during a visit to Myanmar.

Iran, China sign 25-year cooperation agreement

The Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers on Saturday signed a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two allies in a ceremony carried live on state television.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Sokoto governor: Northern governors seeking constitutional role for monarchs

The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) is working on an initiative to solicit for a constitutional amendment that will prescribe a role for the traditional institution in the country.
A sign reading 'EU hands off Ulster' is seen affixed to a lamp post in the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, March 6, 2021. REUTERS-Clodagh Kilcoyne

Brexit reality stokes fears for the peace in Northern Ireland

The deep anger among some pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland over post-Brexit trade barriers that cut it off from the rest of the United Kingdom is emblazoned along the road from Belfast to the mainly Protestant port town of Larne.
Activists participate in a protest against Turkey's withdrawal from Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women, in Istanbul, Turkey March 20, 2021. REUTERS-Umit Bektas

Europe presses Turkey to rethink ditching violence-on-women pact

European leaders criticised what they called Turkey’s baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Tayyip Erdogan to reconsider.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger governor pledges to continue to accord education top priority

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has pledged to continue to accord top priority to the development of education despite other contending demands.
An Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, has congratulated Chief Ayo Adebanjo on his emergence as the new leader of the apex Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.

Igbo group asks Ayo Adebanjo to use Afenifere to help build Nigeria

An Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, has congratulated Chief Ayo Adebanjo on his emergence as the new leader of the apex Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.

Boundary dispute: Enugu, Ebonyi agree to live in peace

Relative peace seems to have returned to the disputed boundary communities of Ishielu Isi-uzo, Ishielu/Nkanu-East, Onicha/Nkanu East, Ohaozara/Aninri, Ohaozara/Nkanu East, Ivo/Aniniri, Ivo/Awgu of Ebonyi and Enugu States, following strong commitment from both sides of the divide to live together.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, have described Nigeria’s constitution as illegal.

Igbo group: Afenifere under Ayo Adebanjo will help build Nigeria

Nzuko Umunna, an Igbo think-tank, has congratulated Ayo Adebanjo on his emergence as the new leader of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political group.
2. Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, who is on a one-week operational visit to Borno, said his visit was to enhance the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North East.

COAS reiterates troops commitment to annihilate Boko Haram

The Army Boss who is on one week operational visit to the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole , had yesterday inspected another sets of heavy weapons recovered by the troops from the terrorists, which were displayed at the headquarters of 7 Division Nigerian Army, before later display of another sets of recovered weapons at the Command and Control Centre of Operation Lafiya Dole.

Rivers State: The rise of politics and fall of reason

The Rivers State people should not be victims of naked, primordial politics by a governor who is more of an absolute monarch than a facilitator of development. Their interests should be of utmost importance to their leaders. The game of politics should not be taken too far – to the extent that it begins to undermine development.

Anambra communities clash over airport land

The people of Aguleri community in Anambra East Local Government of Area of Anambra State have accused the people of Umueri community of breaching peace accords they reached which were targeted at bringing lasting peace to them.

Accord Party chieftain empowers 30 widows in Oyo

He said: “I organize this programme to alleviate poverty, people are suffering too much and there is nobody to help them, so I have to give back to them from the little I have. As you can see, they are widows who don’t have husbands; they will pay rent, feed and clothe and school fees of their children.”
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the State House, Abuja.

EFCC boss: Fight against corruption will be intelligence driven

The Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, has pledged to steer the organisation towards proactive and intelligence-led investigation.
Governor Bala Mohammed and Governor Babagan Zulum

North East governors: Mambila power project exists only on paper

North East Governors Forum has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fast-track work on the Mambila Hydroelectric Power Project.

Rivers government dragged to court over ‘disparity in salaries’

Fourteen lawyers in the employ of the Rivers State Government have approached the National Industrial Court in Port Harcourt, asking for an order compelling the state to accord them same salary commensurate with other lawyers employed in same salary grade in other states.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate seeks amendment to university teaching hospitals act

The Senate is seeking to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc) Act No..10 1985, so as to include the Federal University Lafia, Teaching Hospital.

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Some more information has emerged regarding the plans for a European Super League including funding and the stance of the parties involved.

European Super League shelved as more clubs withdraw

The European Super League collapsed on Wednesday as eight of the 12 founding members from England, Italy and Spain abandoned the breakaway project.

Ryan Mason dedicates first Tottenham win to Ugo Ehiogu

Tottenham Hotspur interim manager, Ryan Mason, has decided his first win in charge to former coach Ugo Ehiogu, who passed away four years ago.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Edo: Police charge 331 suspects to courts in two months

The Police Command in Edo on Wednesday disclosed that no fewer than 332 suspects have been charged to courts in the last two months.
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PSG president replaces Juventus supremo as ECA chairman

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been appointed as the new European Club Association chairman, replacing Andrea Agnelli in the wake of the Juventus executive's departure.
The federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd while in police custody is ongoing despite the guilty verdict, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

George Floyd murder: Minneapolis police to face US federal probe

A US federal investigation has been launched into policing practices in the city of Minneapolis, a day after one of its former officers was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

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Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland’s wage demands make his transfer impossible

Sources close to Goal have revealed in a recent report, that Erling Haaland’s astronomical wage demands will most likely drive off potential suitors this transfer window. His move to Barcelona is now looking increasingly improbable, as is a transfer to rivals Real Madrid.

Nasarawa speaker: We will support Dangote refinery

Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has assured that the House would give Dangote Sugar Refinery in the state all the necessary legislative backing and support to succeed.
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Bayern Munich confirm opposition to Super League

On Sunday, 12 teams from England, Spain and Italy confirmed they are set to join the new competition which has been designed to rival the current Champions League.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao- says Service Chefs will submit to DHQ under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor.

NAF chief: Terrorists’ll be brought to their knees

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has said the Nigerian military will win the war on insecurity in the North-East and other parts of the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Oyo: Police rescues three abducted women after four days in captivity

The Oyo State Police Command on Friday confirmed the release of the abducted victims at Onipe, a suburb along the Ijebu-ode/Idi-Ayunre axis of Oluyole Local Government Area of the state on Monday by unknown gunmen.