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Coach Gernot Rohr has said the Super Eagles played to beat South Africa today but at the same time they did not want to take too many risks.

Gernot Rohr: NFF must give me the right support to win AFCON

Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has stated that his team (Super Eagles) has all it takes to win this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt if given all the necessary support by the Nigeria Football Federation.
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.
Egypt Police

Egypt police kill six militants in shootout – ministry

Egyptian police killed six suspected Islamist militants in a shootout early on Saturday in the country’s south, the interior ministry said.

Regional powers stick with President Omar al-Bashir as Sudan protests mount

As angry protests pile pressure on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to step down, key powers are standing by his regime to ensure stability in a strife-torn region, analysts say.
Cairo International Airport

Egypt confirms arrest of two Germans, deports one

Egyptian authorities have confirmed two German nationals suspected of attempting to join an Islamic State group affiliate have been arrested, and one was deported, Egyptian security sources said Friday.
The relief was originally exhibited at the open museum of the ancient temple of Karnak in the city of Luxor. [Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP]

Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repatriated from UK

An ancient Egyptian pharaonic stone tablet that was stolen from Karnak temple was repatriated this week from Britain where it had been touted for sale, Egypt's antiquities ministry said.
Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo: US to pull forces from Syria, continue fight against Islamic State

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would withdraw its troops from Syria while continuing to finish the battle against ISIL.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Iraq’s President Barham Saleh in Baghdad, during a Middle East tour, on January 9, 2019. – The eight-day tour comes weeks after the US President announced that the United States would quickly pull its 2,000 soldiers out of Syria, declaring that IS — also known as ISIS — had been defeated. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)

US top envoy Mike Pompeo meets Iraq officials on unannounced Baghdad visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Iraqi officials, including the speaker, on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Wednesday, a statement from parliament said.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to inaugurate Coptic cathedral after bomb blast

Egypt’s president will inaugurate the country’s biggest cathedral on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in a country where jihadists have repeatedly targeted Christians.
Fresh protests against bread price hikes rattled Sudan Sunday, as riot police deployed around the capital Khartoum five days into demonstrations that have claimed at least eight lives.

Sudan fresh protest planned as President Omar al-Bashir sacks health minister

A Sudanese group organising anti-government protests has called for a march on the presidential palace as President Omar al-Bashir sacked the health minister Saturday over rising costs of medicines.

Police officer killed defusing bomb at church

A policeman was killed while trying to dismantle an explosive device outside a Coptic church in Egypt on Saturday, a security source said.

President el-Sisi: Egypt, Israel in close cooperation against Sinai fighters

Egypt's president has told a US broadcaster his country and Israel are cooperating against armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula, a potentially damaging acknowledgment that could explain a request that the network not air the interview.
Several armed groups are active in Cairo, where they have targeted security forces in the past few years [Anadolu]

Egyptian forces ‘kill 40 fighters’ in response to tourist bus attack

Egypt's interior ministry has said at least 40 fighters have been killed on Saturday in response to an attack on a tourist bus in which four people killed the night before.
Amal Fathy

Egypt releases jailed anti-harassment activist

Egyptian authorities on Thursday released a rights activist jailed over a video she posted online criticising sexual harassment in the country, her husband said.

Afreximbank, African Guarantee Fund seal $30 million SMEs support deal

Hopes of better better funded Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa brightened recently, as the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), signed an agreement with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) for a $30 million re-guarantee facility to support them in the trade value chain to strengthen their operations.
Mubarak refused to answer most questions, saying he needs permission from President Sisi and the military. [Amr Abdallah Dalsh-Reuters]

Hosni Mubarak testifies against Mohamed Morsi in Egyptian court

Two former Egyptian presidents have appeared in the same Cairo courtroom with Hosni Mubarak testifying in the retrial of his successor Mohamed Morsi on mass jailbreak charges.
Lobi Stars

Lobi Stars to reinforce Caf Champions League squad

Lobi Stars vice chairman Mike Idoko has revealed that the Pride of Benue are looking at strengthening their squad with four players ahead of the group stage of the Caf Champions League.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2018 a French riot police officer aims at protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) with a non-lethal hand-held weapon (LBD40) during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. – The number of serious injuries caused by non-lethal hand-held weapons (LBD 40) harbours anger and mistrust towards the French government and the police, who have had to call its forces to be more cautious. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

French police under fire as ‘yellow vests’ casualty toll mounts

Twenty years ago Jean-Marc Michaud was a paratrooper who proudly marched with the army down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on France’s national holiday.
Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar asks federal government to show evidence he benefitted from N156 million slush...

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has challenged the Federal Government to show evidence that he benefitted from the N156m slush fund that allegedly led to the collapse of the defunct Platinum Habib Bank.
Kano Pillars gaffer Ibrahim Musa

Ibrahim Musa returns as Kano Pillars’ technical adviser

The club’s Team Manager Kabiru Baleria was installed as the acting technical adviser and he was in charge of the team’s last two Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches against Heartland and El Kanemi Warriors respectively.

NYSC: 11,000 Corps members undergoing INEC training in Kano

No fewer than 11,000 Corps members in Kano state are currently undergoing training organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Nigerians need honest president like Muhammadu Buhari

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has declared that the country needs a sincere and honest President like Muhammadu Buhari to lead the country.