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UN calls for ceasefire in Gaza

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, has urged all parties involved in the escalating violence in Gaza to halt further hostilities.
Antonio Guterres

UN: De-escalation ‘an absolute must’ in Israel-Palestine conflict

UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared on Wednesday that de-escalation of the Palestine-Israel conflict was “an absolute must”, saying that the mounting death toll, including children, is totally unacceptable.
Palestinians react as Israeli police fire stun grenades at the compound that houses al-Aqsa Mosque [Ammar Awad-Reuters]

Hundreds injured in renewed fighting at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque

The Red Crescent organisation on Monday reported that 215 people were injured, four of them serious, with over 150 sent to hospital after the fight at al-Aqsa Mosque.
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UN chief seeks second term

The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has laid out his case for a second, five-year term to the Member States.
FILE PHOTO- People crowd to get food rations from a charity kitchen in Sanaa, Yemen July 20, 2020. REUTERS-Khaled Abdullah-File Photo

Nearly 20 million more people hit by food crises in 2020

Nearly 20 million more people faced food crises last year amid armed conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and weather extremes, and the outlook for this year is again grim, according to a report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC)
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UN chief ‘realistic’ as Cyprus talks open in Geneva

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is being “realistic” about the prospect of progress during key talks on reunifying Cyprus, and urged Greek and Turkish Cypriot parties to “be creative” in their approach.
Greek Cypriots march during a reunification rally along the medieval walls circling the divided capital Nicosia [Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters]

Cyprus rivals seek ‘common ground’ at Geneva talks

Four years after their last peace talks failed, rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in Geneva this week to explore elusive “common ground” on the divided Mediterranean island.
Liberian President George Weah (L) intends to send a delegation 'shortly' to the Ivory Coast to meet with authorities there [Sia Kambou-AFP]

Liberia pledges to prevent attacks on Ivory Coast from its territory

Liberia has pledged to prevent rebel attacks from its territory on neighbouring Ivory Coast, where security sources reported that Liberian documents were found on assailants raiding a military camp outside Abidjan.
Niger’s newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in, a democratic watershed overshadowed by armed groups’ violence and alleged coup bid two days ago.

Niger’s new president blasts terrorists for war crimes

Niger's new president Mohamed Bazoum lashed out on Friday at jihadists who have carried out devastating attacks on his country, accusing them of "war crimes" after he took the helm of the troubled nation.
Niger’s newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in, a democratic watershed overshadowed by armed groups’ violence and alleged coup bid two days ago.

Mohamed Bazoum sworn in as Niger president after failed coup

Niger’s newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in, a democratic watershed overshadowed by armed groups’ violence and alleged coup bid two days ago.
Two of the front runners in the upcoming poll are former Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum, the anointed candidate of outgoing President Mamadou Issoufou, who scored less than 40 per cent of the vote and second place runner-up, a former President, Mahamane Ousmane, scored less than 18 percent.

Niger new president to be sworn in after ‘attempted coup’

Niger’s newly-elected president Mohamed Bazoum is set to be sworn into office on Friday, a democratic watershed overshadowed by jihadist violence and alleged coup bid two days ago.
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UN projects Nigeria’s GDP to expand by 1.5 percent

Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to expand by 1.5 per cent this year, after a contraction of 3.5 per cent in 2020, a United Nations (UN) report said on Wednesday. In the latest...
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

UN chief calls on countries to protect UN staff

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday, urged all countries to support the international treaty protecting UN staff and associated personnel.

ECOWAS to formulate regional action plan on disability

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the weekend disclosed that it would unveil Regional Action Plan on Disability to fully include persons with disabilities in all strata of the society.
FILE PHOTO - An anti-coup demonstrator sprays a fire extinguisher as he runs away from a barricade during a protests in Yangon, Myanmar, March 9, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar protesters stage rallies as army accused of using battle tactics

Protesters took to the streets in several parts of Myanmar on Thursday, defying an increasingly brutal crackdown by security forces that rights group Amnesty International says are now adopting battle tactics against demonstrators.
Tear gas and fire extinguisher gas float around demonstrators during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Sporadic protests in Myanmar after hundreds escape overnight security siege

Myanmar security forces quickly snuffed out sporadic anti-junta protests on Tuesday after hundreds of young activists who had been trapped overnight in a district of its biggest city Yangon were able to get out.
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UN receives conflicting letters concerning Myanmar’s representative

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received two letters that conflict with each other concerning the position of Myanmar’s permanent representative to the United Nations, his spokesman said on Tuesday.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

UN amplifies condemnation of Zamfara schoolgirls’ abduction

President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Volkan Bozkir, has added his voice to the growing condemnation of Friday's abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.
Luca Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019. Italian foreign ministry-AFP-Getty Images

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda over Italian ambassador’s killing

Rwandan Hutu rebels on Tuesday denied allegations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and instead accused the armies of the DRC and Rwanda.
FILE PHOTO - An armoured vehicle is seen on a street during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. Picture taken February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar junta chief urges economic action as Western pressure grows

The leader of Myanmar’s junta has called for energetic efforts to revive an ailing economy, state media reported on Tuesday, as Western countries considered more sanctions to press the generals to shun a violent crackdown on democracy protests
A flag is waved as demonstrators protest against military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Strike shuts Myanmar, anti-coup protesters defy junta warning

A general strike against military rule shut businesses in Myanmar on Monday and huge crowds gathered peacefully despite fears of violence after authorities warned that confrontation could be deadly.
Erik Prince, the former head of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and a prominent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince accused of helping evade U.N. Libya sanctions

Erik Prince, the private security executive and supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, “at the very least” helped evade an arms embargo on Libya, according to excerpts from a United Nations report seen by Reuters.

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Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

NFF owes Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr six months salary

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has not been paid his wages by the Nigeria Football Federation for six months.

PCN seals 424 pharmacies, medicine shops in Abuja

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 424 premises, comprising 99 pharmacies and 325 patent medicine shops, during an enforcement exercise in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
One of the most disconsolately heart-rending sports news from last year was the sudden passing away of Kobe Bryant, the American professional basketball player, the shooting guard, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kobe Bryant’s daughter wears hall-of-fame jacket for late dad’s induction

One of the most disconsolately heart-rending sports news from last year was the sudden passing away of Kobe Bryant, the American professional basketball player, the shooting guard, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Enugu: 88-year-old woman, 24 others raped in three months

No fewer than 25 rape cases were recorded in Enugu State from January to March 2021, the Centre Manager, Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Tamar SARC), Mrs Evelyn Onah, said.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Ondo: Man arrested for ‘stealing’ human hair

A 70 year old man, Micheal Omolayo, suspected to be a ritualist has been arrested in Akure, the Ondo State capital for allegedly packing human hair in large quantity at a barber’s shop.

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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor to pay salaries, allowances of axed council chairmen, councillors

The Oyo State Government says it will comply with the Supreme Court judgment which ordered the state to pay the salaries and allowances of...
Antonio Guterres

UN calls for ceasefire in Gaza

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, has urged all parties involved in the escalating violence in Gaza to halt further hostilities.
State Governor Aminu Bello Masari urged security agencies and healthcare professionals to ensure compliance with the directive.

Katsina governor inaugurates conflict resolution centre

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina on Monday inaugurated a Community Conflict and Dispute Resolution Centre to reduce the burden and workload of conventional courts in the state.
Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi’s Ugo-Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF) that donated to the ENS–PHCDA large quantities of multivitamins, de-worming drugs, other drugs and medical consumables for the ongoing programmes.

Enugu first lady calls for prayers over nation’s security challenges

The wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi has called on women to pray fervently for God’s intervention in the security and economic challenges confronting the nation.
Superstar South African rapper, Kiernan Forbes, has stated that he is not a suspect in the ongoing investigation into the death of his fiancée, Nellie Tembe, by the South African Police.

AKA: I’m not a suspect in my fiancée’s murder investigation

Superstar South African rapper, Kiernan Forbes, has stated that he is not a suspect in the ongoing investigation into the death of his fiancée, Nellie Tembe, by the South African Police.