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World number three Simona Halep has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA event announced on Tuesday.

Simona Halep pulls out of Qatar Open

World number three Simona Halep has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA event announced on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - An Afghan woman cries at the site of a bomb blast after she heard her relative was among of the victims, in Kabul, Afghanistan December 15, 2020. REUTERS-Omar Sobhani

UN report: Violence against civilians surges in Afghanistan after peace talks

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday, calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after weeks of inaction.
3. Shola Shoretire made his Manchester United debut in the Premier League win over Newcastle.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer assures Shola Shoretire more playing time

Ole Gunner Solskjaer has promised exciting youngster Shola Shoretire more playing time provided he keeps improving.
Christian Coleman (centre) was the fastest qualifier in the men’s 100m heats despite slowing to a trot by the end of his race. Christian Petersen-Getty Images

100 metre world champion Christian Coleman suspended for anti-doping violation

100 metre world champion Christian Coleman has been provisionally suspended after he violated anti-doping rules by missing a third test.
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Bayern Munich win race to sign RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano

France defender Dayot Upamecano will join Bayern Munich from Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig next season, according to reports Friday.

Thomas Mueller tests positive for coronavirus

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller is set to miss out of today’s Club World Cup final in Doha after testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to German media reports.
Nigeria's Tobi Amusan

Tobi Amusan runs 7.99 seconds in Lievin

Nigeria’s Tobiloba Amusan ran 7.99 seconds to place fourth in the 60m hurdles final behind Dutch woman, Naddine Visser (7.91), Nooralotta Neziri of Finland (7.91) and USA’s Christina Clemons (7.91) at the Lievin World Athletics Indoor tour Tuesday night.
Egypt has released from Mahmoud Hussein after more that four years in detention on accusations of publishing false news, a security source said on 5 February, 2021. Khaled DESOUKI - AFP

Egypt frees al-Jazeera journalist after 4 years jail – security

Egypt has released Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after more than four years in detention on accusations of publishing false news, a security source said Friday.
Roger Federer said he is hoping to make his comeback from double knee surgery in 2020 by competing at a smaller tournament after skipping the Australian Open.

Roger Federer eyes ‘smaller tournament’ for injury comeback

Roger Federer said he is hoping to make his comeback from double knee surgery in 2020 by competing at a smaller tournament after skipping the Australian Open.
Iran will only support an “inclusive” government in neighbouring Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a top Taliban delegation.

Iran calls for ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban talks

Iran will only support an “inclusive” government in neighbouring Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a top Taliban delegation.
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Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo listed for world table tennis tourney in Qatar

Quadri Aruna and Olajide Omotayo are among top African stars listed for the first official events of the World Table Tennis (WTT) in Qatar on March 3 to 13.
FILE PHOTO - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, looks on during a joint news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in Kabul, Afghanistan February 29, 2020.REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail-File Photo

Afghan president, NATO chief hold peace talks

Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, have held a phone conversation over the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the president’s office said on Tuesday.
Relatives carry the body of one of the female judges shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 17, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail

Gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan – police

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Kabul and other cities while government and Taliban representatives have been holding peace talks in Qatar.
Asked about embassy reopenings, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan told journalists in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, on Saturday the issue was just a matter of logistics.

Saudi Arabia to reopen Qatar embassy in coming days

Saudi Arabia expects to reopen its embassy in Doha in the coming days, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said, following an agreement last week that ended a three-year-old dispute between four Arab countries and Qatar.
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is one of many stars of the game who are looking forward to the 2022 World Cup which will be held in Qatar.

Robbie Fowler: 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a great spectacle

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is one of many stars of the game who are looking forward to the 2022 World Cup which will be held in Qatar.
The national carriers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced the resumption of air travel between the two countries starting next week, just days after a deal was reached to end a years-long regional diplomatic dispute.

National carriers announce resumption of Qatar-Saudi air travel

The national carriers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced the resumption of air travel between the two countries starting next week, just days after a deal was reached to end a years-long regional diplomatic dispute.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia and allies restore diplomatic ties with emirate

Diplomatic relations have been restored between Qatar and four Arab states that imposed an embargo against it for three years, the Saudi foreign minister says.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

Eyeing Gulf detente, Saudi Arabia opens summit with call to counter Iran threat

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman opened a Gulf Arab summit on Tuesday by taking aim at Iran and lauding a deal towards ending a long-running dispute with Qatar.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

Saudi, Qatari leaders hug ahead of summit focused on Gulf detente

Gulf Arab leaders arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a summit focused on ending a long-running dispute with Qatar which shattered Gulf unity at a time of heightened regional tensions with Iran.
Besmullah Adel Aimaq, editor-in-chief of Voice of Ghor radio, was killed en route to Firoz Koh city, the capital of Ghor province. COURTESY-TOLO NEWS

Afghan radio journalist shot dead in car ambush

Targeted killings of prominent figures, including journalists, politicians and rights activists, have become more common in recent months as violence surges in Afghanistan despite ongoing peace talks with the Taliban.
Qatari Dakar rally driver Nasser Al-Attiyah is preparing for the race’s second edition in Saudi Arabia with a strict training regimen to build muscle adapted to coronavirus restrictions.

Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah eyes fourth Dakar title in Saudi

Qatari Dakar rally driver Nasser Al-Attiyah is preparing for the race’s second edition in Saudi Arabia with a strict training regimen to build muscle adapted to coronavirus restrictions.
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Coronavirus: ATP postpones Open and revises calendar for 2021

The BNP Paribas Open held in Indian Wells has become the latest sporting event to be postponed as a consequence of the most recent wave of the spread of the coronavirus.

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American news outlet Politico said Tuesday that U.S. President Joe Biden was reviewing records of calls between immediate past president, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Joe Biden revokes Donald Trump’s visa suspension for temporary foreign workers

President Joe Biden has revoked former President Donald Trump’s order that limited the number of new work visas for temporary foreign workers in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Manchester United threaten Liverpool plans for Leeds dazzler Raphinha

Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha.
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OPL 310: Optimum’s default clause termination letter invalid – Lekoil

An oil and gas E&P company with a focus on Nigeria and West Africa, Lekoil, yesterday maintained that a letter written by Optimum Petroleum Development Company, operator of the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 310, proposing to terminate the Cost and Revenue Sharing Agreement (CRSA) executed for the facility, remains invalid.

27,500 applicants sit for teachers’ recruitment test in Osun

Over 27,500 applicants, out of which over 19,000 were female sat for the recently-concluded teachers’ recruitment test exercise conducted by the Osun State Government.
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NDLEA arrests 8 drug traffickers in Niger

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested eight suspected drug traffickers with 603.24 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in different parts of the state.

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The newly-elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has listed security and education as well as guaranteeing a robust economic growth for the Igbo people as some of the immediate priorities of the socio-cultural organisation.

Insecurity: Military solution is a threat to Nigerian unity – Ohanaeze

The President-General of the Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, has cautioned those calling for a military solution in solving the country’s security challenges to be wary of the fact that they are threat to Nigerian unity.
3. Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina at the federal high court after his extradition from Niger on Friday. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Court fixes date to rule on Abulrasheed Maina’s fresh bail request

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, slated February 25 to rule on fresh application the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, who is facing money laundering charge, filed to be released on bail pending the conclusion of his trial.
Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Bandits kill 3, injure one in Kaduna

Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.
Former Lagos State governor from 1979 to 1983, Lateef Kayode Jakande, has passed on.

Lagos closes market in honour of Lateef Jakande

All markets in Lagos State will be shut down on Friday, February 19, 2021 in honour of the late pioneer civilian governor of the state, Chief Lateef Kayode Jakande (LKJ) who died on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
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 move to stop casualisation of Nigerian graduates

Mr. Akinyelure said the issue of employing graduates as casual workers raised a concern, as “more workers continue to groan under this immoral strategy of cutting costs by employers rendering them inferior to their counterparts in other countries of the world.”