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Donald Trump trial opens with clash over witnesses

The historic impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump opened with fireworks Tuesday as Democrats angrily accused Senate Republicans of seeking a “cover-up” without witnesses or new evidence.
President Donald Trump turned to some legal heavyweights to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial with the addition on Friday of former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment.

Donald Trump adds legal heavyweights Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz to impeachment team

President Donald Trump turned to some legal heavyweights to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial with the addition on Friday of former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall at the Proulx Community Center in Franklin, New Hampshire on November 8, 2019. – Biden spoke to local community members from the region shortly after signing paperwork at the NH State House where he officially joined the New Hampshire Primary as a candidate. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Joe Biden most preferred presidential candidate among African Americans

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is the most preferred Democratic presidential candidate among African American voters, according to a Washington Post/Ipsos national poll released on Saturday.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, pictured in 2018, told aides on Saturday that he planned to declare himself a Republican. Erin Schaff for The New York Times

Democrat defects to Republican Party after opposing Donald Trump impeachment

U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey is leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, confirming during a White House meeting with his new GOP ally a party switch that had been expected since last weekend.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Dec. 17, 2019. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Dec. 17, 2019.

Donald Trump angrily objects to impeachment, calls it ‘perversion’

President Donald Trump is angrily objecting to the House of Representatives' articles of impeachment, accusing Democrats of “perversion of justice and abuse of power” in their effort to remove him from office.
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., talks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Pool photo via Getty Images North America)

US lawmakers to decide rules for impeachment vote against Donald Trump

U.S. lawmakers gathered on Tuesday to set the rules of the debate and vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on the floor of the House of Representatives.
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., talks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Pool photo via Getty Images North America)

What a Donald Trump impeachment trial might look like

With the United States House of Representatives racing toward an impeachment vote this week, President Donald Trump will likely become the third president to face a Senate trial to determine whether he should be removed from office,.
A New York judge on Thursday ordered Donald Trump to pay $2 million for using his former charity to further his political and business interests, adding to the president’s legal woes.

Vote set on Donald Trump’s impeachment charges for Friday

Democrats set a vote on impeachment charges against President Donald Trump for Friday morning after a frequently caustic 14-hour debate with Republicans over the US leader’s alleged misconduct in seeking political support from Ukraine.

Punch and its sinister motives for attacks on President Buhari

The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible.
Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of detained activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, in a press briefing in the U.S. on Friday said she is afraid for her husband’s life.

Opeyemi Sowore: I’m afraid for my husband’s life

The wife of detained activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, in a press briefing in the U.S. on Friday said she is afraid for her husband’s life.
Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi asks House to draft articles of impeachment against Donald Trump

The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Thursday she would ask leaders of the chamber to proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has berated a trend in African politics where, according to him, politicians are resorting to political coups as a substitute for military coups, critiquing the phenomenon as bad the continent. 2

Gabriel Igbinedion: Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s truest democrat

Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), has extolled the rare qualities of the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, describing him as Nigeria’s truest Democrat and a man whose love for Nigeria and Nigerians is pure.
Michael R. Bloomberg has seriously explored running for president at least three times. Brittainy Newman-The New York Times

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg joins presidential race

Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg launched a video ad Sunday to formally announce his campaign for president in the 2020 U.S. election.
Fiona Hill said the president had instead listened to the views of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Impeachment inquiry: Donald Trump ‘promoted discredited Ukraine theory’

US President Donald Trump disregarded senior advisers and pushed a false theory that Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election, an ex-White House aide has told the impeachment inquiry.
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US Army examines TikTok security concerns

The U.S. Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the app’s handling of user data, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Thursday.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Apple’s Texas manufacturing plant represents a truce in the White House war on Silicon Valley and an unlikely “bromance” with chief executive Tim Cook.

Trump-Cook ‘bromance’ culminates with visit to Apple factory

President Donald Trump’s visit to Apple’s Texas manufacturing plant represents a truce in the White House war on Silicon Valley and an unlikely “bromance” with chief executive Tim Cook.
People hold their mobile phones as they gather to pray for the students who are barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus at Salisbury garden in Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on November 19, 2019. – A dwindling number of exhausted pro-democracy protesters barricaded inside the Hong Kong university defied warnings on November 19 to surrender, as a police siege of the campus stretched through the third day and China sent fresh signals that its patience with nearly six months of unrest was running out. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

US Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill, angering China

The US Senate unanimously adopted legislation Tuesday supporting “human rights and democracy” in Hong Kong and threatening to revoke its special economic status, angering China which promptly summoned a US diplomat and threatened countermeasures.
A New York judge on Thursday ordered Donald Trump to pay $2 million for using his former charity to further his political and business interests, adding to the president’s legal woes.

Louisiana re-elects Democratic governor in setback for Donald Trump

Louisiana re-elected its Democratic governor Saturday in a fresh blow to US President Donald Trump, who campaigned heavily in the state amid the ongoing impeachment investigation into his conduct as president.

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Juergen Schedema, the Log Yard Manager of the ICC, was discovered dead early Wednesday morning, January 22.

German businessman shot dead in Liberia

Details of the incident are unclear, however, a government statement gave his name as Juergen Schedema and local media reported that he worked as a manager in a logging firm in the West African state.
China Eastern Airlines crew wear face masks after arriving in Australia on Thursday. There has been a rush for masks among people living in China amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan in December [Joel Carrett-EPA]

China advises against travel to Wuhan as coronavirus deaths surge

Chinese authorities have urged people to stop travelling in and out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of a new virus outbreak that has killed 17 people.
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has expressed his delight after he returned to action for Leicester City in their 4-1 win against West Ham United, in Wednesday’s Premier League game.

Brendan Rodgers praises Wilfred Ndidi’s ‘remarkable’ return from injury

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has opened up on Wifred Ndidi’s ‘remarkable’ return.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has also intervened to ensure prompt settlement of the salary arrears that the local government councils owe to about 8500 primary school teachers that were employed in the second batch of recruitment of new teachers.

Kaduna introduces electronic traffic enforcement

The Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLEA) is being automated to make traffic enforcement in more efficient, a government statement said on Wednesday.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party to show proof of allegations that the state treasury is empty.

Governor Obaseki’s aide escapes gunmen, raises the alarm over threat to life

Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, Senior Special Assistant, (SSA) Edo State Governor on Anti-Human Trafficking Issues, on Wednesday cried out over what he described a series of threats to his life.