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FILE PHOTO - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud attends a news conference following talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 14, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry-Handout via REUTERS

Al-Arabiya: Saudi minister optimistic U.S. ties will be ‘excellent’ under Joe Biden

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has voiced optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be “excellent” under new U.S. President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday.
Less than a week of the commencement of e-ticketing on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, over 8,000 passengers have accessed the portal, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said.

Nigerian government launches N900 million e-ticketing solution on Abuja-Kaduna rail line

Following complaints of racketeering and sundry ills by passengers plying the Abuja-Kaduna railway corridor, the federal government, Thursday, launched the e-ticketing solution in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Comrade Jacob Adejo, said commercial drivers were no longer safe in the state.

Solidarity rally in Akure over Ondo governor’s order to herdsmen

There was a solidarity rally in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Thursday as commercial drivers, forest guards, farmers and traders stormed the streets to express support for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu order to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state within seven days.
Speaking to newsmen after the enforcement exercise, Head, Media and Enlightenment, FCT COVID-19 Taskforce, Comrade Ikharo Attah, explained that the order to seal up the four gardens for a period of two weeks was issued by an FCT Mobile Court.

FCT threatens to arrest, prosecute teachers flouting coronavirus protocols

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has urged teachers in Abuja to comply fully with COVID-19 protocols or be arrested and prosecuted in the court of law.
A Tokyo court rejected on Thursday a lawsuit by Japanese living in Europe who sought to retain their nationality even after taking foreign citizenship, instead of losing it automatically, as happens now.

Japanese court rejects expatriates’ bid to cling to citizenship

A Tokyo court rejected on Thursday a lawsuit by Japanese living in Europe who sought to retain their nationality even after taking foreign citizenship, instead of losing it automatically, as happens now.

FHA: Nigerian government set to provide 900 housing units in Oyo

To meet the yawning housing demands of Nigerians, the Federal Government is set to construct 900 housing units in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at the frigate Bretagne before he delivers his new year wishes in Brest, France, January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe-Pool

Malian police disperse protest against French military presence

Malian security forces used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse an unsanctioned protest in the capital Bamako against France’s military presence in the country, one of the rally’s organisers said.
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman, who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her child under a World Food Programme banner in Hamdayet village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the eastern Kassala state, Sudan December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray – agencies

Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region.
The United States (U.S.) reported more than 4,000 Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in one day for the first time on Thursday, as health systems struggle to cope with the number of sick and dying patients.

US deaths from coronavirus surpass 400,000 as Donald Trump leaves office

More than 400,000 people in the United States have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, Johns Hopkins University said on Tuesday, as many states around the country struggle with mounting infections and hospitalisations.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden cries during an event at Major Joseph R. Beau Biden III National Guard-Reserve Center at New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Delaware, U.S. January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Tom Brenner

EU hails Joe Biden’s ‘new dawn’ but wants tough tech rules

The European Union hailed Joe Biden’s inauguration later on Wednesday as U.S. president as a “new dawn” for Europe and the United States, while insisting U.S. technology companies should be regulated to stop the “dark forces” of hate speech online.
Polling stations in Uganda have opened for the voters to elect city mayors and district chairpersons.

Ugandan voters return to polls to elect city mayors

Local media are reporting low voter turnout in the local government council elections compared to last week’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
The militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for a landmine explosion in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, that killed four people.

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for deadly Somalia explosion  

Six others were injured in the explosion just two days after the United States completed the withdrawal of 700 military personnel from Somalia who supported security forces with counter terrorism operations.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that more private and public sector collaboration will be encouraged as Nigeria steps up effort to realise its target of boosting domestic gas utilisation.

Minister: Special Public Works programme aimed at shielding the most vulnerable from effects of...

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, has stated that the aim of the Federal Government Extended Special Public Works Programme, ESPW, was to shield the most vulnerable from the ravaging effects of Covid-19 pandemic which include but not limited to, pervasive hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and joblessness.
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain in Cross River State, Chief Linus Okom passed away on Tuesday.

Cross River PDP chieftain passes on

Confirming his death, Mr Edward Ajang the member representing Bekwara State Constituency in the House of Assembly said the demise of Chief Okom is a great loss to the state and country at large.
Dr Herbert Wigwe, Managing Director of Access Bank Plc

Nigerian bank targets eight more African countries in expansion drive

Access Bank Plc has unfolded plans to expand to eight more African countries as part of a strategy to support trade and finance in the continent and take advantage of the newly formed African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

LAUTECH: Oyo to pay Osun N8bn as assets sharing negotiation

Oyo State Government, yesterday, approved the sum of N8billion to be paid to the Osun State Government, which formed part of assets sharing negotiation reached between the two states during the negotiation for the sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTEH), Ogbomoso.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Nigerian government raises N2.36 trillion from capital market in 2020 – NSE chief

The Federal Government dominated capital raising at the fixed income segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 2020, raising over N2.36 trillion.
Security forces clash with demonstrators during anti-government protests in Tunis, Tunisia, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisian protesters revive ‘Arab Spring’ chant to demand government’s fall

Protesters rallied in Tunisia’s capital on Tuesday after several nights of street violence, reviving the chant that rang a decade ago in a revolution that brought in democracy: “the people want the fall of the regime”.

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Chelsea are a crisis club according to Chris Sutton, who thinks the Blues' season is in danger of turning ugly under Frank Lampard.

Mikel Arteta insists Chelsea boss ‘needs time’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta survived a difficult run of form earlier this season and looks to have turned the club around and the Spaniard said his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard should also be given time to get them back on track.
Kenya’s Tourism Minister Najib Balala has defended the decision to name British model Naomi Campbell as the country’s international tourism ambassador.

Kenya defends Naomi Campbell tourism role

Kenya’s Tourism Minister Najib Balala has defended the decision to name British model Naomi Campbell as the country’s international tourism ambassador.
Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC that “if the clinical trial works out,” the company could significantly increase the nation’s Covid vaccine supply availability within the coming weeks.

Johnson & Johnson plans to have 100 million vaccines for Americans by spring –...

Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC that “if the clinical trial works out,” the company could significantly increase the nation’s...
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna SUBEB confirms sack of 65 illegally recruited teachers

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on Friday confirmed the sack of 65 primary school teachers.
AC Milan are reportedly keen to have central defender Fikayo Tomori at their disposal for Saturday’s Serie A clash with Atalanta BC.

AC Milan to complete Fikayo Tomori deal by weekend

The Rossoneri’s sporting director Paolo Maldini has confirmed that the club are closing in on a deal to sign the 23-year-old on loan, and the agreement includes an option to buy for £25m.