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Barack Obama: French World Cup victors show triumph of diversity

Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out the African heritage of many players in France’s World Cup-winning football team in a speech paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Protesters barricade a street in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petion-Ville on July 7, 2018, to protest against the increase in fuel prices. Haiti's Prime Minister, Jack Guy Lafontant, on Saturday called for patience from residents of the Caribbean nation amid deadly protests over an unpopular fuel price rise. At least one person has died there in the past day. The capital has stood paralyzed since July 6, following the government announcement that gasoline prices would rise by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and kerosene by 51 percent starting this weekend. HECTOR RETAMAL AFP/Getty Images

Haiti government suspends controversial fuel price hike after violent protests

Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant on Saturday announced the suspension “until further notice” of an unpopular fuel price hike that triggered violent protests in the Caribbean nation.
Barricades placed by demonstrators are seen on the streets of Petion Ville, in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on July 6, 2018, to protest against the increase in fuel prices.The Haitian government announced a significant increase in fuel prices on Friday, July 6, 2018. The Ministries of Economy, Finance, Trade and Industry decided to increase gas prices by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent, and kerosene by 51 percent starting on Saturday, July 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

Haiti premier asks for patience amid fuel price protests

Haiti's prime minister on Saturday called for patience from residents of the Caribbean nation amid deadly protests over an unpopular fuel price rise.
The Founder of Throneroom Christian Ministry and Secretary General of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Pastor Emmanuel Kure

Resign if you can’t handle Nigeria’s security – PFN tells President Buhari

The Founder of Throneroom Christian Ministry and Secretary General of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Pastor Emmanuel Kure, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if the task of presiding over the affairs of Nigeria is becoming too difficult for him.

Uhuru Kenyatta absent at AU Summit

Urgent state matters have forced President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to deploy his Foreign Affairs cabinet secretary, Monica Juma, to represent him at the African Union (AU) Summit in Mauritania.
Efua Traore

Nigerian shortlisted for £5,000 Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018

A Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré has been selected as one of the five regional winners for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, from 5,182 entries and a shortlist of 24 stories.

Oluwo apologises for traditional rulers’ participation in slave trade

The Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has apologised to the victims of slave trade in Nigeria for the role played by traditional rulers who helped in selling their subjects to foreign buyers.

UK may deport 1,000 migrants who lied in their applications

About 1,000 highly skilled migrants may be deported from the UK for security reasons, as the Home Office has refused “indefinite leave to remain” (IRL) according to a paragraph of the Immigration Act, targeting terrorist threats.

Oil prices reach highest level since 2014

U.S. oil prices rose above $70 a barrel on Monday for the first time since November 2014 and Brent crude climbed to fresh highs, buoyed as a deepening economic crisis in Venezuela threatened the country’s already tumbling oil supply.

FIFA proposes staging a new mini-World Cup every two years

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed staging what would effectively be a mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event.

Taiwan loses Dominican Republic to China

The Dominican Republic and China have established diplomatic relations as the Caribbean country became the latest nation to dump Taiwan.

Mali FA normalisation committee to stay on until Ocotober

FIFA has extended the mandate of a normalisation committee set up to run Mali's Football Association (Femafoot) until 31 October.

Pope pleads for Nicaragua violence to end after protest deaths

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence which has engulfed Nicaragua following anti-government protests that have seen 11 killed, including a journalist.

Queen Elizabeth marks 92nd birthday with Commonwealth concert

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday on Saturday with traditional gun salutes and a Commonwealth-themed charity concert featuring Tom Jones, Kylie and Shaggy.

Pope Francis tells young Cubans to ‘fall in love with Jesus’

Pope Francis on Saturday invited young people of Cuba to have courage and to work together to build up the Cuban Church of tomorrow.

British prime minister apologises to Caribbean leaders over deportation row

Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday personally apologised to Caribbean leaders after her government threatened to deport people who emigrated to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

British government regrets treatment meted out on ”Windrush generation” of migrants

The British government has expressed regret over treatment meted out on British residents who arrived from the Caribbean decades ago and are now being denied basic rights.

Sierra Leone cut down by war and Ebola

The West African nation of Sierra Leone, among the world's poorest countries despite significant mineral wealth, has been scarred by a brutal civil war and the deadly Ebola virus.

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Odion Ighalo in action for his Chinese club

Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo scores ninth goal in China

Odion Ighalo netted his ninth goal of the season in the Chinese Super League today, but his club Changchun Yatai still fell 2-1 at home to title chasers Shandong Luneng.

PDP: APC will lose Bauchi bye-election

The Peoples Democratic party has said that it cannot be intimidated by security agencies in an attempt to disenfranchise its member in the coming senatorial bye-election billed for August 11, 2018.

15-year-old raped by brother jailed over abortion

A 15-year-old girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an Indonesian official said Saturday.
Alex Otti

Abia guber: I have forgiven Olisa Metuh – Alex Otti

Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the 2015 election in Abia State, Dr.Alex Otti , said he had forgiven the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, for the role he played during the collation of the results of the election at the INEC collation centre , Umuahia , in 2015.

‘Prophet’ arrested after trying to resurrect corpse

An aspiring prophet has been arrested in Ethiopia after he failed to bring a dead man back to life.