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The oil-rich United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced the startup of its Barakah nuclear power plant, a first for the Arab world.

UAE starts up first Arab nuclear plant

“UAE first nuclear reactor at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved first criticality and successfully started up,” tweeted Hamad Alkaabi, the country’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

UN: Some 120 said to be killed or wounded in attack in Sudan’s Darfur...

More than 60 people were reported killed and nearly 60 others wounded during an armed attack in a village in Sudan’s restive Darfur region on Saturday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said late on Sunday.

Saudi ruler admitted to hospital – Royal court

Saudi Arabia’s 84-year-old ruler King Salman has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh for gall bladder inflammation, the royal court said on Monday.
Monir was arrested and taken to Cairo’s Tora prison last month after appearing on al-Jazeera TV, a Qatari-owned channel banned by Egypt’s government. Khaled Desouki-AFP via Getty Images

Controversially arrested Egypt journalist dies of coronavirus after leaving prison – family

An Egyptian journalist arrested after appearing on the Al Jazeera network has died of the novel coronavirus, his daughter confirmed, days after he was released from detention.Qatar
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference during a visit to Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS-Hannibal Hanschke-File Photo

Sudan declares emergency in North Darfur state after violence

Sudan declared a state of emergency in part of the conflict-ridden western region of Darfur after violence and unrest in two towns, state news agency SUNA said.

Egypt announces new gold discovery with $1 billion investment

The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Tuesday a new commercial gold discovery in the Eastern Desert.
FIFA are reportedly ready to indefinitely extend the 2019-20 season, handing domestic leagues the power to decide their own fate in the coronavirus pandemic.

FIFA announces £1.2bn coronavirus relief plan to help football through coronavirus crisis

A coronavirus relief plan for world football which could cost up to £1.2 billion ($1.5bn) has been announced by FIFA.
Harry Kane is recovering well from an ankle injury

Newcastle one of the two clubs who can afford Harry Kane

Italian agent Simone Canovi has revealed that Newcastle and Real Madrid are the only two clubs capable of signing Harry Kane right now.
A member of the medical staff at Gemotest, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) works with a saliva sample at the COVID-19 testing facility in Moscow. AFP

Kuwait reports 604 new coronavirus cases, 38,678 in total

Kuwait on Friday reported 604 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 38,678 and the death toll to 313, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
‘From tomorrow, we will be able to turn the page on the crisis that we have lived through,’ Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address. Christophe Petit Tesson-EPA-EFE-Shutterstock

President Macron rejects tearing down statues in France

President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Sunday that France would not seek to erase elements of its history or take down statues of controversial public figures, despite growing global scrutiny of former colonial powers in the wake of worldwide protests.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Sudan says three jailed Bashir aides have coronavirus

Sudanese authorities said Wednesday that three former senior aides to ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir have caught the novel coronavirus in prison.
Palestine on Tuesday declared the abolition of all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States in protest against the Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

Palestine exits all agreements with Israel, US to protest against West Bank annexation

Palestine on Tuesday declared the abolition of all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States in protest against the Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
Two Israeli police officers sustained injuries in an armed attack in the city of Tira, located in the country’s Central District, in the early hours of Saturday, the police said.

Two police officers injured in armed attack in Israel’s Tira

Two Israeli police officers sustained injuries in an armed attack in the city of Tira, located in the country’s Central District, in the early hours of Saturday, the police said.
Pnina Tamano-Shata has been chosen by incoming deputy prime minister Benny Gantz, who is forming a unity government with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel gets first Ethiopia-born minister

Israel is set to get its first Ethiopia-born minister, with the nomination of a female MP brought there in a secret operation in the 1980s.
Thirty people were killed in tribal clashes that erupted in Sudan’s South Darfur province, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office said Wednesday in a brief statement.

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s South Darfur kill 30 people

Thirty people were killed in tribal clashes that erupted in Sudan’s South Darfur province, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office said Wednesday in a brief statement.
President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has described the late Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, as an experienced lawyer and banker.

Aisha Abba Kyari: My daddy, my best friend

On 17th April, 2020, my world came crashing down and my heart shattered into a billion pieces. Upon receiving the news of my father’s passing, I immediately felt the most excruciating pain – a pain I would not wish on my worst enemy. My biggest fear in the world had materialised.

Sultan: Ramadan starts Friday in Nigeria

Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has announced that Ramadan will start on Friday, April 24.
Saudi King Salman

Muslim fasting month of Ramadan starts Friday in Arab countries

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start on Friday in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and most Arab countries.

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane completed an astonishing transfer U-turn by confirming Gareth Bale's place in his squad for the coming season.

Zinedine Zidane: Gareth Bale didn’t want to play against Manchester City

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Uche Secondus: Nigeria sitting on keg of gunpowder

National chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has likened the state of affairs in the land to sitting on a keg of gunpowder, ready to explode at a time no one can determine.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

Nigerian government approves gradual reopening of international flights

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has approved gradual reopening of international flights and train services across the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, made this known while responding to questions from newsmen in Abuja, weekend.

NCPC partners CAN, JNI to end Southern Kaduna killings

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) says it is collaborating with the Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to end the killings in Southern Kaduna.