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Pro-democracy protesters are detained by riot police officers during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police launch most extensive crackdown; one woman dead – media

Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of protests against military rule on Saturday in towns and cities across the country, with media reports of a woman shot dead and dozens of people detained.
A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police officers during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police crack down on protests after envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup

Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a Feb. 1 coup.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive overhaul of the structures and operations of the African Union (AU) for it to be more functional in meeting set targets and relevance.

President Buhari seeks comprehensive overhaul of African Union

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive overhaul of the structures and operations of the African Union (AU) for it to be more functional in meeting set targets and relevance, warning that failure to do so will result in the organisation becoming stale.
Former United Nations, UN, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has described the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa ”in a broader sense.”

Ibrahim Gambari: PDP has chosen wrong person to malign – Presidency

The Presidency has again frowned at the repeated sentiments being played around a recent video clip by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as ”a complete waste of time”.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, five others jostle for WTO job

Six candidates are vying to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation, an institution which faced mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ambassador Godknows Igali, on the joyous occasion of his 60th birthday.

President Buhari celebrates Godknows Igali at 60

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ambassador Godknows Igali, on the joyous occasion of his 60th birthday.
Donald Trump demanded the dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch, the ambassador to Ukraine and a key figure in the president’s impeachment trial, according to a video recording released to US media on Saturday.

Donald Trump in recording says ‘get rid’ of Ukraine ambassador

Donald Trump demanded the dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch, the ambassador to Ukraine and a key figure in the president’s impeachment trial, according to a video recording released to US media on Saturday. =
Kazakh police detain protestors in Almaty, southeastern Kazakhstan, on October 26, 2019. – More than two dozen people were detained in Kazakhstan’s main cities after a banned opposition group called for a protest against the government and Chinese economic expansion. (Photo by Ruslan PRYANIKOV / AFP)

Police detain 26 at anti-government protests in Kazakhstan

Police detained more than two dozen people on Saturday in Kazakhstan’s main cities for participating in protests called by a banned opposition group where they criticised the government and Chinese expansion.
As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.

Report: Donald Trump allies pressed Ukraine over gas firm

As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.

Bayelsa guber: Godknows Igali pledges to prioritise human capital development

Amb. Godknows Igali, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa, on Wednesday pledged to prioritise human capacity building if elected governor of the state.
US Ambassador to Estonia, James Melville

US envoy to retire over frustration with Donald Trump

The US ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, will retire from the State Department next month, a move he said was prompted by Donald Trump's jibes and treatment of European allies.

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As Nigeria celebrates her 59th year independence anniversary, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said that though the country is 59 years old, it has not matured.

Taraba governor advises Nigerian government on state police

Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba has advised the Federal Government to try state police in addressing the security challenges in the country.

Nigerian journalist: Why I returned missing $3,000 to owner

Mr Abdulkadir Shehu, a journalist with Progress FM, a private radio station in Gombe, said he returned the $3,000 dollars he found along the road to its owner, because it would be wrong for him to claim it.
Lady Chidi Alexandra Onyemelukwe, the daughter of the Second Republic vice President Alex Ekwueme, says she is contesting the November governorship election in Anambra State in order to add value to governance and make a difference.

Anambra election: PDP female aspirant urges electorate to shun inducement

A female aspirant in the Nov. 6 governorship in Anambra, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe, has urged the electorate to guard against monetary inducement in making their choice of candidates.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Kidnappers demand N100 million ransom for abducted Kogi council boss

The Kogi State Government has assured the family of abducted chairman of Yagba West local government council, Hon. Pius Kolawole, of its commitment to ensure his release.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

Bill Gates, Melinda Gates to end marriage after 27 years

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 43rd virtual Federal Executive Council, meeting at the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa Abuja.

President Buhari presides over FEC at First Lady Conference Hall

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 43rd virtual Federal Executive Council, meeting at the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa Abuja.
FILE PHOTO: Software professionals assisting municipal authorities work on their terminals inside a "war room" focused on tracking the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike office in Bengaluru, India July 2, 2020. Picture taken July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Nivedita Bhattacharjee/File Photo

War-rooms and oxygen: India’s IT companies scramble to handle coronavirus surge

India’s giant IT firms in Bengaluru and other cities have set up COVID-19 “war-rooms” as they scramble to source oxygen, medicine and hospital beds for infected workers and maintain backroom operations for the world’s biggest financial firms.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

#EndSARS: Ondo panel recommends N755 million compensations for victims

A judicial panel of police brutality and other related matters has recommended about N755 million as compensations for petitioners.
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11 Nigerian banks pay N308.2 billion dividends to shareholders

A total of 11 listed banks have declared a cumulative N308.206 billion dividends to their numerous shareholders in their respective 2020 financial year, in a move to give these investors good returns on investment, according to a report.

West Ham vice-chairman: Refereeing in the Premier League worse than ever

Writing in her column in the Sun, Hammers vice-chairman Brady said: “The Stockley Park mob, blinking in front of an array of screens, may get more offsides right although, goodness knows, they often do so to the fury of people who don’t see any sense in arms or shirt sleeves being involved.