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Nigerian American Tani Adewumi is only 10 years old, but he has just become a U.S. Chess National Master with a rating of 2223.

Nigerian chess prodigy Tani Adewumi becomes U.S. chess national master

Nigerian American Tani Adewumi is only 10 years old, but he has just become a U.S. Chess National Master with a rating of 2223.
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Legislative Council meeting debating a Beijing-backed electoral reform in Hong Kong, China, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Hong Kong passes immigration bill, raising alarm over ‘exit bans’

Hong Kong’s legislature passed on Wednesday a controversial immigration bill, which lawyers, diplomats and right groups fear will give authorities unlimited powers to prevent residents and others from entering or leaving the Chinese-ruled city.
The newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Prof George Obiozor has admonished the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to thread cautiously his agitation for a separate country from Nigeria.

Ohanaeze warns Nigerian Army to stop mass arrest of Igbo youths

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has raised alarm over the alleged massive arrest of Igbo youths by the Nigerian army and taken to unknown destinations.

Presidency brushes off secessionists’ threats, says no need for confab

The Presidency yesterday shrugged off threats of Nigeria’s balkanisation by advocates of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be bullied into giving in to their demands.
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.
According to a report by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Ifemembi, originally of Nigeria, was arrested in Maryland on Wednesday, April 7, 2020, on a federal charge that he obtained U.S. citizenship under a false name. It added that he made false statements to acquire U.S. citizenship, in addition to employment with USCIS.

Nigerian faces 10 years in jail for obtaining U.S. citizenship using fake identity

The United States authorities have charged 48-year old Modestus Nwagubwu Ifemembi to court over fraudulent claims he provided to obtain the US citizenship 10 years back.
Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was found dead in 2018, was strangled in his home in southwest London by an unidentified person, a British coroner has ruled, the BBC reported.

British coroner: Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov was strangled in 2018

Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was found dead in 2018, was strangled in his home in southwest London by an unidentified person, a British coroner has ruled, the BBC reported.
Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Pemba Sports centre to receive humanitarian aid. Alfredo Zuniga

UN warns Tanzania not to reject people fleeing Mozambique

United Nations teams have received “worrying” reports that Tanzania has rejected over 1 000 people seeking refuge from an attack on a town in northern Mozambique by ISIL-affiliated fighters, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.
A spokesperson of the department, Jalina Porter, who issued the warning, on Friday, said anyone seeking to enter the US should do so through legal pathways.

US issues warnings to irregular African migrants

The US Department of State has issued a warning to potential irregular migrants from Africa, who may be drawing inspiration from the crisis at the country’s southern border.
Paul Rusesabagina looks on as he sits with some of his coaccused at the Supreme Court in Kigali. Simon Wohlfahrt - AFP

Hotel Rwanda hero refuses to attend terror trial

The man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide has said he will not appear again at his terrorism trial.
Migrants who traveled to northern Mexico seeking asylum in the United States, are pictured at a migrant encampment in Matamoros, Mexico February 18, 2021. Picture taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Daniel Becerril

Mexican camp that was symbol of migrant misery empties out under Biden

A sprawling camp in the Mexican city of Matamoros, within sight of the Texan border, has since 2019 been one of the most powerful reminders of the human toll of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to keep migrants out of the United States.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, he said.

15 UN peacekeepers from Tigray refuse to return to Ethiopia

Fifteen members of a contingent of Ethiopian peacekeepers in South Sudan, originally from the Tigray region, refused to return to Ethiopia on Monday, the UN said, citing their right to seek asylum if they fear for their lives.

Sudanese asylum seeker who killed French official had no terrorist motives – prosecutor

A Sudanese asylum seeker who fatally stabbed an employee at a migrant reception centre in the southern French city of Pau on Friday had no terrorist motives, the Pau prosecutor said on Saturday.
“This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in the statement.

DHS: U.S. to start reopening southern border to asylum seekers

The United States will next week begin reopening the southern border to asylum-seekers who the Trump administration forced to remain in Mexico while awaiting immigration court hearings.
FILE PHOTO - Honduran migrants, sent back to Guatemala from the United States look at a map at Casa del Migrante shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala March 5, 2020. REUTERS-Fabricio Alonso

U.S. halts asylum-seeker pact with Guatemala – Guatemalan government

The U.S. government has ended a controversial deal with Guatemala that sent asylum-seekers processed at the U.S.-Mexico border to the Central American country to await hearings, Guatemala’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a COVID-19 response event at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

US president to issue executive orders on asylum, legal immigration, separated families

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday will order a major review of asylum processing at the U.S.-Mexico border and the legal immigration system as he seeks to undo some of former President Donald Trump’s hard-line policies, two senior administration officials said on Monday evening.
Main defendant Stephan Ernst arrives at the courtroom as he waits for the verdict in the case of the murder of Walter Luebcke, at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt, Germany January 28, 2021. REUTERS-Kai Pfaffenbach-Pool

Far-right gunman handed life sentence for killing German politician

A German court sentenced a far-right sympathiser to life imprisonment on Thursday for shooting dead a pro-immigration politician two years ago in a case that raised questions about whether Germany is doing enough to tackle right-wing radicalism.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden plans to reverse Donald Trump policies during first days in office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign dozens of executive orders and send sweeping bills to Congress in his first days in office, aiming to roll back some of Donald Trump’s signature policies on immigration and climate change while taking action to ramp up the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
The crowd dispersed in front of the headquarters of the Mouvement Coeur Unis (MCU), after the outgoing president and party member, Faustin Archange Touadera, cancelled a visit to his supporters in Bangui on January 5, 2021. – The country’s National Electoral Authority (ANE), late on January 4, 2020 declared Faustin Archange Touadera winner of the December 27, 2020 vote with 53.92 percent of the ballot, if confirmed by the CAR’s top court, it means a runoff will not be needed. (Photo by FLORENT VERGNES / AFP)

UN: 30,000 flee Central Africa over election unrest

More than 30,000 people have been forced to flee the Central African Republic due to violence surrounding its elections, the UN said Friday, and tens of thousands more have been internally displaced.
Tony Chung, a 19-year-old who led a now-disbanded pro-democracy group, was convicted earlier this month for throwing the Chinese flag to the ground during scuffles outside Hong Kong’s legislature in May 2019.

Hong Kong teen jailed for China flag insult

A Hong Kong teenager was ordered to spend four months in prison on Tuesday for insulting China’s national flag and unlawful assembly as Beijing increasingly targets prominent activists from the financial hub.
Karima Mehtab Baloch received several death threats before she went missing on Monday and was found dead a day later.

Canadian police rule out ‘foul play’ in Pakistani activist death

Karima Mehtab Baloch received several death threats before she went missing on Monday and was found dead a day later.
Ruhollah Zam, a dissident journalist who was captured in what Tehran calls an intelligence operation, speaks during his trial in Tehran, Iran June 2, 2020. Picture taken June 2, 2020. Mizan News Agency-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran executes dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam

Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during the 2017 anti-government protests, was executed on Saturday, Iran’s state television reported.

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John Aldridge: Liverpool should never rely on Manchester United

He wrote for the Sunday World: “Plenty of Liverpool fans were moaning as Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked a second-string team to play Leicester on Tuesday night, but I think they were missing the point.”
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is set to take delivery of an aircraft from Italy for the commencement of the Deep Blue Sea project.

NIMASA set to enhance maritime safety with multi-million dollar systems

In bid to halt piracy and other acts of criminality in Nigeria’s territorial waters, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has taken delivery of a Special Mission Aircraft (SMV).
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Cross River to withhold salaries of MDAs who fail to meet revenue targets

The Cross River Auditor-General and Acting Chairman State Internal Revenue Service (IRS), John Odey, has disclosed that henceforth governement would withhold salaries of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who fail to meet their revenue targets.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

Israel-Palestine crisis: Nigeria asks parties to de-escalate hostilities

Amidst growing crisis between the State of Israel and the State of Palestine, the Federal Government of Nigeria, has called on both sides to de-escalate hostilities.

James Ibori ‘funds’: AGF being manipulated by British government – group

A socio-political group, Rescue Nigeria Economy Project, says that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is being manipulated by the British Government on the repatriation of £4.2 million allegedly seized from Chief James Ibori, a former governor of Delta State.

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Ebonyi governor: We are fighting two wars in South East

The Chairman of South East Governor’s Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has said the people of the zone are fighting two separate wars.
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Eid-el-Fitri: NSCDC deploys 1,000 officers in Kwara

The Kwara Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says it has deployed 1,000 personnel for the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
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U.S. trade chief: Vaccine waiver talks can make drug firms the heroes

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Wednesday she is pushing for a waiver of COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights because the United States and drug makers have "an obligation to help save the world right now."
This was part of a press release signed by MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola and made available to journalists on Tuesday.

MURIC: Nigeria needs to recruit more policemen, soldiers

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the Federal Government to recruit more policemen, soldiers and other security agents as a means of bringing the spate of insecurity to a halt.
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