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Hoda Muthana is the only US citizen among an estimated 1,500 foreign women and children at the al-Hawl refugee camp [Fadel Senna-AFP]

US woman ‘deeply regrets’ joining ISIS, wants to return home

A US woman who ran away from home at the age of 20 to live in ISIL's so-called 'caliphate' says she "deeply regrets" her decision, and has pleaded with US authorities to allow her to return home.
Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas seizes Riviera lead as Tiger Woods surges

Justin Thomas eagled the first hole of the third round on Saturday to open a one-shot lead over Adam Scott at the rain-hit Genesis Open, where Tiger Woods was surging as darkness halted play.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a photograph after the recording of her annual New Year's speech at the Chancellery in Berlin. JOHN MACDOUGALL-AFP

Angela Merkel: US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday that Washington’s plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region.
AURORA, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 15: Workers are escorted from the property after a shooting the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were reported dead and 5 police officers wounded from the shooting. The gunman has been identified as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old man believed to be an employee at the company. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country’s latest mass shooting.
US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski - AFP)

US lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown, still no $5.7 billion for Trump wall

U.S. lawmakers on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall.
Ashraf Ghani

Taliban takes centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignores his overtures for peace and negotiates instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan.

Corrupt public officials must be treated as thieves – cleric

A cleric, Rev. Fr. Aniedi Okure, says every corrupt public official must be treated as a thief to get Africa to work.
Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris emerges as frontrunner to oust Donald Trump as rivals circle

Early 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris introduced herself to American voters Monday by drawing a sharp contrast with Donald Trump, offering a robust defence of her progressive positions a day after formally declaring her White House bid.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 11, 2018 North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.US President Donald Trump has received a "very positive" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said on September 10, 2018. "It was a very warm, very positive letter," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that the message showed Pyongyang's "continued commitment to focus on denuclearization" on the Korean Peninsula. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Sanctions, peace deal on cards for new US-North Korea summit

As Donald Trump seeks progress with North Korea at a second summit, the United States has a series of cards it can play including easing sanctions, signing a peace declaration or even pulling troops from South Korea.
Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Ben Murray-Bruce in the US. Twitter-Ben Murray-Bruce

Atiku Abubakar’s visit to US an exercise in futility – APC scribe

The Northwest Zonal office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the recent visit of the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the United State of America (USA) as ”an exercise in futility.”
Union members and Internal Revenue Service workers rally outside an IRS Service Center to call for an end to the partial government shutdown in Covington, Kentucky [John Minchillo-AP Photo] [Daylife]

US shutdown: Donald Trump to sign off on back pay for federal workers

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday is expected to sign legislation providing 800,000 federal employees with back pay when the partial government shutdown ends, even though a conclusion to the impasse remains no where in sight.
A convoy of U.S. military vehicles near Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018. (Delil Souleiman-AFP-Getty Images)

US troops killed while on patrol in northern Syria

The US military has confirmed servicemen have been killed while on routine patrol in northern Syria.

Ghana urges people of African heritage to ‘come home’

Sicley Williams was ready to escape what she found an unfriendly climate in the United States and take a leap of faith, leaving her native Chicago for Ghana.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman at the Irga Palace in Riyadh on January 14, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS - POOL - AFP)

Mike Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Jamal Khashoggi

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces a tough balancing act on Monday as he presses Saudi Arabia’s crown prince over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder while shoring up strategic ties with Riyadh.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signs an MOU and statement of intent with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs (not pictured), at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha on January 13, 2019.ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP

Mike Pompeo to push for end to Gulf dispute during Qatar visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Qatar on Sunday pushing for an end to a diplomatic rift between Washington’s Gulf allies on the latest leg of his Middle East tour.
A sign on the front of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka notifies visitors of the impact of the federal government shutdown. As the event continues into three weeks, multiple impacts are being felt, including the lack of important economic reports that keep people updated on economic conditions. [Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal]

US shutdown sends economy into uncharted waters

The US government shutdown on Saturday became the longest in history and is taking a growing bite out of the world’s largest economy with each passing day, economists say.
In a new poll conducted by Gallup, more Americans than ever, 16 per cent, said they want to leave the country and permanently move to another country.

More Americans want to leave Donald Trump’s US – poll

In a new poll conducted by Gallup, more Americans than ever, 16 per cent, said they want to leave the country and permanently move to another country.
A still from the video for Apeshit, featuring the Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine (1804), by Jacques-Louis David. Youtube

Beyonce helps Paris Louvre attract record visitor numbers

The world’s most popular museum, the Paris Louvre, received over 10 million visitors in 2018, a record which it partly attributed Thursday to a Beyonce video shot against the backdrop of the Mona Lisa and other famous works.

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Joseph Kabila

Party leaders sign loyalty pledge to ex-president Kabila

Democratic Republic of Congo ex-president Joseph Kabila, who yielded power to Felix Tshisekedi after December elections, moved Wednesday to assert his political clout, making the leaders of his FCC coalition sign a loyalty pledge.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP publicity secretary

Election: PDP advises General Buratai not to drag military into politics

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, not to drag the military into politics.

Elections: INEC promises automatic employment to exceptional NYSC members

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has pledged automatic employment to members of the National Youth Sevice Corps, NYSC, who are outstanding during the general elections, starting from Saturday.

Minister: Federal government intervention to rescue Arik Air, Aero saved jobs

The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, yesterday said the federal government interventions in Arik Air and Aero Contractors airlines saved the Nigeria aviation sector from witnessing what would have been huge job loses.
The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service, (FCT-IRS) yesterday said that the service was not embarking on any recruitment exercise as being speculated in some quarters.

FCT-IRS denies recruitment exercise

The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service, (FCT-IRS) yesterday said that the service was not embarking on any recruitment exercise as being speculated in some quarters.