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FILE PHOTO- A woman sits next to an image of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Catarina, Nicaragua October 1, 2020.REUTERS-Oswaldo Rivas-File Photo

U.S. blasts Nicaragua ‘campaign of terror’ as global condemnation grows

International pressure mounted on Nicaragua on Tuesday, with President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on the opposition described by Washington as a “campaign of terror” that the United Nations said meant November elections were unlikely to be free or fair.
Protesters cast their shadows on a Bulgarian flag as they shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in central Sofia June 19, 2013. REUTERS-Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarians welcome US graft sanctions, EU nods approval

Leading Bulgarian politicians welcomed U.S. sanctions on three Bulgarians and 64 companies linked to them over alleged corruption on Thursday, while the European Union signalled its approval by saying it would not impose countermeasures.

40 Nigeria’s envoys-designate report in host countries

Others are Amb. Abiodun Adejola, Nigeria’s representatives to the United Nation, Geneva, Switzerland and Amb. Victor Adekunle Adeleke, Ambassador-designate to Ethiopia\ Permanent representative of Nigeria to African Union and UNECA, with concurrent accreditation to Djibouti
A demonstrator takes part in a protest demanding government action to tackle poverty, police violence and inequalities in the health and education systems, in Bogota, Colombia May 6, 2021. REUTERS-Luisa Gonzalez-File Photo

Cuba protests diplomat’s expulsion from Colombia amid protests

Communist-run Cuba called in Colombia's ambassador on Friday to protest the expulsion of one of its diplomats from the Andean country amid a wave of violent protests against its right-wing government.
FILE PHOTO: Dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara speaks during an interview at the headquarters of San Isidro Movement in Havana, Cuba, April 6, 2021. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/File Photo

Cuban government ends leading dissident’s hunger strike

Cuba’s government put an end on Sunday to a week-long hunger strike staged by a leading dissident - the head of a group that has protested state censorship of artistic works - and was reported by authorities to be in stable condition.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 17, 2019 an activist backing the depenalization of abortion reacts after the Ecuadorean Congress voted against the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape, outside the Congress building in Quito. – Ecuador’s Constitutional Court decriminalized abortion in cases of rape on April 28, 2021, the country’s human rights ombudsman announced, a major step in Catholic-majority Latin America where termination of pregnancy is largely taboo. (Photo by Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

Ecuador court decriminalizes abortion in rape cases

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday decriminalized abortion in cases of rape, the country’s human rights ombudsman announced, a major step in Catholic-majority Latin America where termination of pregnancy is largely taboo.
FILE PHOTO - Cuba's President Raul Castro attends to an ALBA alliance summit in Caracas March 17, 2015. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins-File Photo

Cuba’s Raul Castro leaves the political stage, his legacy yet to be written

Raul Castro, who is retiring from high public office, for most of his life toiled in the shadow of his older brother, Fidel Castro. Yet he also played a key role in Cuba’s 1959 leftist revolution and the preservation of Cuban socialism.
The head of Cuba’s Communist Party, Raul Castro, has announced that he would be relinquishing his position.

Raul Castro steps aside as Cuba’s communist party leader

His retirement will be ending an era of formal Socialist leadership that began with his elder brother, Fidel Castro, and the country’s 1959 Revolution that saw the overthrowing of the dictator Fulgencio Batista.
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Haiti arrive to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migration raises tension in Texas border town

More migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas than Martinez recalls in his 13 years as Val Verde County Sheriff. They wade across the Rio Grande river and into residents’ yards.
Hundreds of Cubans took to Havana’s famous seaside drive on Sunday in a colorful caravan of cars, motorcycles and bicycles to demand the United States lift its 60-year-old embargo on the Caribbean island nation.

Cubans stage caravan to protest U.S. trade embargo, sanctions

Hundreds of Cubans took to Havana’s famous seaside drive on Sunday in a colorful caravan of cars, motorcycles and bicycles to demand the United States lift its 60-year-old embargo on the Caribbean island nation
FILE PHOTO - A vintage car passes by a billboard which reads in Spanish No to the blockade - No to the Helms-Burton law in Candelaria, Cuba, February 28, 2021. Picture taken February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Alexandre Meneghini

U.S. terrorism sponsor listing further complicates Cuba banking

Former President Donald Trump’s decision to put Cuba back on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism just before he left office threw up fresh obstacles to international banking with the island, according to five Havana-based foreign businessmen and diplomats.
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Biafra, Oduduwa Republic – ’liberation struggle’ as the new hustle

In the tome of liberation struggles, a few names resonate infinitely. One name that rings trenchant to this day is Ernesto ‘’Che’’ Guevara. ‘’Che’’ envisioned a world as recreated in the dialectics of Karl Marx – where those in the lowest rung of the social strata can command their destiny. Che fantasised about an ‘’international revolution’’ which would sweep across the world beginning from Latin America.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Venezuela rules out AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Venezuela will not authorise the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca due to “adverse effects’’ around the globe, the Foreign Ministry cited Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said.
The Central Student Disciplinary Committee, CSDC, of the University of Ibadan, UI, has meted various punishments to 22 erring students of different departments.

UI, LASU, UNILAG ranked among top 800 world universities

The University of Ibadan (UI), Lagos State University (LASU), and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have ranked among the top 800 universities in the world, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Julio Borges, designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy, told reporters that the gold was refined in Mali and then resold primarily in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mali, Emirates facilitated Venezuelan gold trade in 2020 – opposition

Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and U.S. dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite U.S. sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO - A policeman walks past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2018. REUTERS-Faisal Mahmood-File Photo

Pakistan court orders release from prison of mastermind in U.S. journalist’s murder case

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release from prison on Tuesday of a British-born militant who had been convicted in the kidnapping and murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl by al Qaeda and Pakistani Islamist militants in 2002.
FILE PHOTO - People walk on a street after Tehran reopened following a two-week shutdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Iran December 6, 2020. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

President Rouhani: Iran to begin coronavirus vaccinations in coming weeks

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks in Iran, the Middle East’s worst hit country.
“Without any evidence, the British side has repeatedly cooperated with the United States to discriminate against and suppress Chinese companies under the pretext of unfounded risks,” said a ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

Beijing opposes adding Cuba to US list of terror sponsors

Beijing strongly opposes adding Cuba to U.S. blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and regards the move as a demonstration of political pressure on Havana, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive as UK tops 3 million cases

Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, as the UK reported it had surpassed more than three million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Abortion-rights activists outside Congress in Buenos Aires celebrate Wednesday after the Senate approved a bill legalizing the prodcedure.

Argentina abortion: Senate votes in favour of legalisation

Argentina’s Congress has legalised abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

Three suspected armed robbers on Saturday were involved a ghastly motor accident at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, while escaping with a car they allegedly snatched at gunpoint.

Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

A group of Russians detained by the police in a part of northern Chad where the army has been battling a rebel invasion from Libya said on Wednesday that they were tourists who had come to sightsee in the Sahara Desert.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will publish the names of government agencies that have refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to defend the interrogations of the Auditor-General for the Federation in the 2015 report.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Lagos polls: Accord to contest in 12 council areas of strength come July 24

Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday’s 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back’s time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed.

Euro 2020: Germany boss not surprised by heroics of Robin Gosens

Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday’s 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back’s time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed.
President Cyril Ramaphosa urged developed economies to aid Africa’s post-pandemic recovery by allocating more International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserves to the continent.

Cyril Ramaphosa demands more IMF reserves for African coronavirus recovery

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged developed economies to aid Africa’s post-pandemic recovery by allocating more International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserves to the continent.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

NADECO: President Buhari’s ‘Fulanisation’ policy, disregard for constitution fueling secessionist agitations

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has said it has no option but to join those insisting that there should be no more elections under the 1999 constitution, while also demanding the return to the 1960 and 1963 Federal Constitutions which were in operation in the First Republic.
Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez says returning to play at the Santiago Bernabeu was a 'unique feeling' despite the team failing to grasp all three points.

Colombian media believe James Rodriguez is on his way back to Real Madrid

In James Rodriguez's home nation of Colombia, they feel that the still Everton man could be on his way back to Real Madrid. Despite the player himself recently ruling it out, 'Gol Caracol' assure that president Florentino Perez would be willing to bring him in for Ancelotti, who has reportedly specifically asked for his signing.