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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia expels 20 Czechs after blast blamed on Skripal suspects

Moscow expelled 20 Czech diplomats on Sunday in a confrontation over Czech allegations that two Russian spies accused of a nerve agent poisoning in Britain in 2018 were behind an earlier explosion at a Czech ammunition depot that killed two people.
FILE PHOTO - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivers a speech at the Afghan peace conference in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko-Pool via REUTERS

Russia furious at accusation that Skripal suspects killed two in Czech blast

Moscow reacted furiously on Sunday to Czech accusations that two Russian spies accused of a nerve agent poisoning in Britain in 2018 were behind an explosion at a Czech ammunition dump four years earlier, which killed two people.
FILE PHOTO - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the board of trustees of the Russian Geographical Society via a video conference call in Moscow, Russia April 14, 2021. Sputnik-Alexei Druzhinin-Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia says it will retaliate hard against Czechs over diplomat expulsions

Russia said on Sunday Czech accusations that Russian spy services were behind an explosion in an ammunition depot were unfounded and absurd and it would retaliate for Prague’s expulsion of 18 Russian embassy staff.
FILE PHOTO - A service member of the Ukrainian armed forces points a weapon at fighting positions on the line of separation near the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine April 16, 2021. REUTERS-Serhiy Takhmazov-File Photo

Russia and Ukraine to expel a diplomat each as tensions simmer

Russia accused a Ukrainian diplomat on Saturday of trying to obtain classified information and ordered him to leave the country by April 22, prompting a like-for-like response from Ukraine as border tensions simmer.

Igbo group: Senator Okorocha will be exonerated

Igbo indigenes living in Abuja under the aegis of Igbo Brotherhood Community in Abuja, have lauded the prompt release of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financials Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Thierry Murangira, spokesman for the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation, said Beatrice Munyenyezi will be charged for crimes ranging from murder to complicity in rape, which occurred as she was manning a road block in the southern city of Butare.

Rwandan deported from the US faces seven charges related to genocide

A Rwandan woman who was deported by the United States after serving a prison term for lying on her naturalisation application faces seven charges related to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, authorities in Kigali said.
FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Indonesia on April 24, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, for his first known foreign trip since he staged a Feb. 1 coup.
Peru’s Congress on Friday voted to ban former president Martin Vizcarra, implicated in a scandal over Covid-19 vaccinations, from holding public office for 10 years.

Peru’s ex-president banned from public office

Peru’s Congress on Friday voted to ban former president Martin Vizcarra, implicated in a scandal over Covid-19 vaccinations, from holding public office for 10 years.

NDLEA saga: My mum has handed this fight to God – CDQ

Popular Nigerian singer, Sodiq Yusuf, better known as CDQ, has cursed those allegedly behind his recent ordeal at the hands of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu looks on during a joint statement with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (not pictured), ahead of a meeting at the EEAS in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS

Turkish, Greek foreign ministers trade accusations at news conference

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece clashed openly on Thursday at a joint news conference in Ankara that began with hopes of improved relations but quickly descended into acrimonious accusations from both sides.
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Haiti arrive to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migration raises tension in Texas border town

More migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas than Martinez recalls in his 13 years as Val Verde County Sheriff. They wade across the Rio Grande river and into residents’ yards.
Journalists in Tunisia's state news agency carry flags as they protest against the appointment of a new CEO in Tunis, Tunisia April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tarek Amara

Tunisian journalists protest over new head of state news agency

Journalists at Tunisia’s state news agency protested on Tuesday against the appointment of a new chief executive, calling it an attempt to undermine editorial independence.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, centre, Prince Hamzah, second left, and others visit the tomb of the late King Hussein to mark the centenary of the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan [Royal Court Twitter account via AP]

Jordan king, prince appear together for first time since rift

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his half-brother Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein have made their first joint public appearance since a palace feud last week.

Nigerian national Owolabi Abdul extradited from Germany to US to face trial

Yusuf Owolabi Abdul, a Nigerian resident in Canada, extradited from Germany to the United States, will be presented on Monday in New York before Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.

Delta bye-election: APC, PDP disagree over card reader failure

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, Goodness Agbi on Saturday accused the People Democratic Party (PDP) of deliberately manipulating the smart card reader during the bye-election to fill the vacant seat at the state House of Assembly.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-chairmen Tino Chrupalla (L) and Joerg Meuthen (R) speak with AfD’s deputy leader Beatrix von Storch (C) during a congress of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD – Alternative fuer Deutschland) party in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. – Members of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany gather for a party congress in Dresden this weekend, despite coronavirus restrictions, to finalise their strategy ahead of the general election on September 26, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Germany’s divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

The far-right AfD will firm up its election manifesto this weekend as Germany prepares for the post-Merkel era, with the party seeking to reverse a lag in support amid infighting and an ailing effort to capitalise on the pandemic.
Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 [Fayez Nureldine-AFP]

Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers for ‘cooperating with enemy’

Saudi Arabia has executed three soldiers convicted of “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy”, with a statement from the kingdom’s defence ministry saying the trio was sentenced to death by a specialist court after a fair trial.
Ukraine’s defence minister said on Saturday his country could be provoked by Russian aggravation of the situation in the conflict area of Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. The minister, Andrii Taran, said Russian accusations about the rights of Russian-speakers being violated could be the reason for the resumption of armed aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine says it could be provoked by Russian ‘aggression’ in conflict area

Ukraine’s defence minister said on Saturday his country could be provoked by Russian aggravation of the situation in the conflict area of Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.
Customers queue outside AbouThai shop, founded by pro-democracy activist Mike Lam, who is facing charges under the city's contentious national security law, in Hong Kong, China April 9, 2021. REUTERS-Jessie Pang

Hong Kong shop founded by pro-democracy activist raided over content labelling

Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they had seized nearly 9,000 Thai cleaning products suspected to have wrong labelling from a shop founded by a pro-democracy activist facing charges under the city’s contentious national security law.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

House sets up panel to look into complaints of striking doctors

The house of representatives committee on health care services has set up three panels to address the issues raised by the striking resident doctors.
Jordan's Prince Hamza has pledged to disobey military orders to not communicate with the outside world after he was put under house arrest, in an audio recording released on Monday.

UN rights office voices concern over arrests in Jordan

The United Nations human rights office has said that it was unclear whether Jordan’s Prince Hamzah remains under de facto house arrest and voiced concern at what it called a lack of transparency surrounding at least 16 detentions.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

Prince Philip was the gruff figure at heart of Britain’s monarchy

A blunt-speaking naval officer who as Queen Elizabeth’s dutiful consort helped modernise the British monarchy, Prince Philip might be best remembered for his gruff public persona.

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Enugu State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday rescued anaccident scene at Ekulu Bridge, Abakpa Nike, Enugu East Local Government Area, where a petroleum products truck lost control and fell into a ditch.
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Wilson Inalegwu, former assistant inspector-general of police, says the southern governors should have condemned the attacks on security agencies during their meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital, on Tuesday.

Ex-AIG faults Southern governors for not condemning attacks on security agencies

Former assistant inspector-general of police, Wilson Inalegwu, says the southern governors should have condemned the attacks on security agencies during their meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital, on Tuesday.
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Coronavirus: Nigerian government bans night clubs, bars, large gathering again

The Federal Government on Monday banned night clubs, bars and others from operating till further notice in a bid to further stem the tide of COVID-19 in the country.
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