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U.S. blocks websites linked to Iranian disinformation

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday blocked some three dozen websites, many of them associated with Iranian disinformation activities, a U.S. government source said, adding an official announcement was expected.
A screen grab from alalamtv.net shows a notice saying the website has been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action, as seen June 22, 2021. REUTERS

Notices on Iran-linked websites say they have been seized by U.S.

Notices appeared on Tuesday on a number of Iran-affiliated websites saying they had been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action.
The joint statement on China was read out by Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton on behalf of countries including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Canada leads call on China to allow Xinjiang access – statement

More than 40 countries urged China on Tuesday to allow the U.N. human rights chief immediate access to Xinjiang region to look into reports that more than a million people have been unlawfully detained there, some subjected to torture or forced labour.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon June 19, 2021. Dalati Nohra-Handout via REUTERS

EU: Iran nuclear deal still possible after hardliner’s election

Iran and world powers can still clinch a deal to revive their 2015 nuclear accord after the election victory of a hardline Iranian president but time is running out, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday.

Group advocates death penalty for looters of public funds

The Ndigbo Unity Forum worldwide, a non-governmental organisation, has advocated the death penalty for looters of public funds to eradicate the current spate of corruption in the country.
Iran summoned Britain’s ambassador Saturday to protest what it said were violent incidents targeting its expatriates as they voted in presidential elections at polling stations set up in the UK.

Iran summons UK envoy over alleged attacks on expat voters

Iran summoned Britain’s ambassador Saturday to protest what it said were violent incidents targeting its expatriates as they voted in presidential elections at polling stations set up in the UK.
A health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center in Bangkok, Thailand, June 14, 2021.

Thailand starts human trials of homegrown coronavirus vaccines

Thailand has begun human trials with two of four homegrown vaccine candidates local scientists are developing against COVID-19, as the country scrambles to secure shots from abroad amid its worst wave of infections since the pandemic began.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a news statement in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Axel Schmidt-Pool

French, German leaders urge EU coordination on reopening borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called on Friday for European Union countries to coordinate their COVID-19 border reopening policies and guard against new variants of the virus.
Italy is reintroducing a five-day quarantine on arrivals from Britain after a spike in coronavirus cases there, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday.

Italy re-imposes quarantine on arrivals from Britain

Italy is reintroducing a five-day quarantine on arrivals from Britain after a spike in coronavirus cases there, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria could launch pilot digital currency by year-end – central bank

Nigeria's Central Bank is preparing a digital currency pilot that could launch as early as the end of this year, its director of information technology said in a recording heard by Reuters on Friday.
Moscow has closed its Euro 2020 fan zone and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday.

Moscow closes Euro fan zone following coronavirus spike

Moscow has closed its Euro 2020 fan zone and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has described Zambia’s first President and liberation hero, Kenneth Kaunda, as one of the greatest African and world leaders of all time who loved his country and people profoundly.

President Buhari pays tribute to late Kenneth Kaunda

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Zambia’s first President and liberation hero, Kenneth Kaunda, as one of the greatest African and world leaders of all time who loved his country and people profoundly.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions in Parliament, in London, Britain June 16, 2021. UK Parliament-Jessica Taylor-Handout via REUTERS

British premier suffers embarrassing by-election defeat

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an embarrassing defeat when his Conservative Party lost a parliamentary by-election on the outskirts of London, just a few miles from
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UN: UK aid cuts likely to cause thousands of needless deaths

Millions of people risk death and disability as Britain shuts down a major aid programme targeting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the World Health Organization said.
Zambia's founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to hospital, his office said Monday.

Zambia’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda passes on

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's founding president and liberation hero, has died, aged 97, at a military hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia, his son, Kambarage, said on Wednesday.
Britain on Thursday said it had agreed on a truce with the United States over a 17-year long tariffs dispute involving European planemaker Airbus and US rival Boeing.

UK, US strike deal over Airbus-Boeing dispute

Britain on Thursday said it had agreed on a truce with the United States over a 17-year long tariffs dispute involving European planemaker Airbus and US rival Boeing.
Passengers wait at the Terminal 5 departures area at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, June 10, 2021. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

Britain considers vaccine passports to restart international travel

Britain is looking at easing travel restrictions, including allowing those who are double vaccinated against COVID-19 to enjoy a foreign holiday without intrusive red tape, a step that indicates vaccine passports are firmly back on the agenda.
Zambia's founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to hospital, his office said Monday.

Zambia’s founding president treated for pneumonia

Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991. He is among the continent’s few surviving liberation heroes.
The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS-Thomas Peter-File Photo-File Photo

China urges NATO to stop exaggerating ‘China threat theory’

China's mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the "China threat theory" after the group's leaders warned that the country presented "systemic challenges".
U.S. President Joe Biden meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a NATO summit, at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq-Pool via REUTERS

NATO takes tough line on China at first summit with Joe Biden

NATO leaders designated China as presenting “systemic challenges” in a summit communique on Monday, taking a forceful stance towards Beijing at Joe Biden’s first summit with an alliance that Donald Trump openly disparaged and ridiculed.
NATO Heads of the states and governments pose for a family photo during the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. REUTERS-Yves Herman-Pool

NATO designates China as a “systemic” challenge

NATO will confront China’s military ambitions for the first time and designate Beijing as presenting “systemic challenges”, according to a copy of a summit communique seen by Reuters and set for release later on Monday.
NATO soldiers inspect near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail-File Photo

NATO approaches Qatar to seek training base for Afghan forces after withdrawal

Security officials under NATO command have approached Qatar to secure a base that can be used to train Afghan special forces as part of a strategic commitment after foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan, three senior Western officials said.

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Mike Ozekhome: President Buhari disconnected from Nigerians

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