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Deng Ming (C), deputy director of China's National Narcotics Control Commission attends a news conference in Beijing, China May 11, 2021. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China moves to regulate all synthetic cannabinoids

China will become the world’s first country to regulate all synthetic cannabinoid substances, in a bid to get ahead of new variations whose chemical properties are not yet subject to regulation, the country’s drugs control office said on Tuesday.
“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not simple,” Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged at a press conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government makes signs of apparent overtures to US president-elect Biden.

Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia, promises best efforts

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.

Sadiq Khan wins second term as London mayor

Sadiq Khan has been re-elected London mayor as had been widely expected, providing some joy to the opposition Labour Party which has suffered a series of disappointing results in other local elections.
FILE PHOTO - Stickers that are given to people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are pictured in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 12, 2021. REUTERS-Lucy Nicholson

How the U.S. locked up vaccine materials other nations urgently need

To fight the pandemic at home, the United States gave its own vaccine manufacturers priority access to American-made materials needed to make the shots.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there.

Antony Blinken: U.S. stands by Ukraine against ‘reckless’ Russian actions

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday Washington could increase security assistance for Ukraine after what he called Russia’s “reckless and aggressive” actions in massing troops near its border.
FILE PHOTO: Protestors demonstrate outside the home of Tucson's Mayor Regina Romero in opposition to the new mask mandate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Cheney Orr

Over half of people in democracies feel freedoms overly curbed in coronavirus crisis –...

Fifty-eight percent of people living in the world’s democracies are satisfied with the response of their government to the COVID-19 pandemic though over half believe their freedoms have been overly restricted, a survey published on Wednesday found.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Joe Biden raises refugee admissions cap to 62,500 after backlash

President Joe Biden has raised the cap for refugee admissions into the United States to 62,500, in a U-turn that more than quadruples the limit set by his predecessor.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta during a videoconference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2021. REUTERS-Leah Millis-Pool

US: China acting ‘more aggressively abroad’

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview that aired on Sunday that China had recently acted "more aggressively abroad" and was behaving "increasingly in adversarial ways."
FILE PHOTO: A student studies in the sunshine at Georgetown University in Washington, U.S., March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. eases coronavirus restrictions on Chinese students

The Biden administration on Tuesday said it was easing restrictions on Chinese and other students travelling to the United States this fall, potentially helping colleges whose enrollments declined during the coronavirus pandemic.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday cautioned Africa to beware of China’s growing role as he vowed a greater US commitment in talks with Nigeria and Kenya.

US warns Africa to be careful with China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday cautioned Africa to beware of China’s growing role as he vowed a greater US commitment in talks with Nigeria and Kenya.
Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.

Turkish lira dips to near record low on rate cut, US concerns

Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.
Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner has formally launched her campaign to run for governor of California.

Caitlyn Jenner announces bid for California governor

A recall election in the state could be confirmed this month after a petition against current governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, reached the number required to trigger a vote.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke on Friday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said, the first direct communication between the leaders of the two NATO allies whose ties have been deeply frayed.

Joe Biden, Recep Erdogan in first phone call agree to meet at NATO summit

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke on Friday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said, the first direct communication between the leaders of the two NATO allies whose ties have been deeply frayed.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden pledges to drastically slash US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

President Joe Biden announced a new goal to sharply cut down US greenhouse gas emissions this decade. The country’s new mandate is to reduce planet-heating gases by 50 to 52 percent of what the US emitted in 2005.
The federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd while in police custody is ongoing despite the guilty verdict, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

George Floyd murder: Minneapolis police to face US federal probe

A US federal investigation has been launched into policing practices in the city of Minneapolis, a day after one of its former officers was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu looks on during a joint statement with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (not pictured), ahead of a meeting at the EEAS in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS

Turkey says any U.S. recognition of Armenian ‘genocide’ would further harm ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that any move by U.S. President Joe Biden to recognise the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide will further harm already strained ties between the NATO allies.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik-Pool via REUTERS

Joe Biden bars federal agencies from using phrase ‘illegal alien’

President Joe Biden’s administration has ordered U.S. immigration agencies to stop using the controversial and dehumanising phrase “illegal alien” in reference to migrants.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, gestures as he stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Russia February 16, 2021, in this still image taken from video. Press Service of Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny being transferred to hospital

Prison doctors have decided to transfer Russia's main opposition leader Alexei Navalny to hospital, its prison authority said on Monday, 20 days into a hunger strike that has brought international warnings of consequences should he die in jail.
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 - A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS-Raheb Homavandi

Iran identifies suspect behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

Iran on Saturday named a man it wants arrested in connection with a recent explosion and power outage at its main Natanz nuclear plant, as talks got underway in Vienna to try to save Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik-Pool via REUTERS

US asks Brazil for ‘immediate’ action on Amazon

The United States on Friday welcomed Brazil’s renewed promise to end illegal deforestation but urged immediate action to protect the Amazon, a major factor in global climate change.

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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.

Ondo governor cautions monarchs over appointment of chiefs

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has cautioned traditional rulers to desist from causing unnecessary trouble over appointment of chiefs in their domain.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army vows to deal with personnel engaging authorities on social media

The Nigerian Army on Saturday vowed to deal severely with any of its personnel caught using social media to engage the authorities.
The Igbo Community in Oyo State, rose from a consultative meeting on Saturday, where they commended Governor Seyi Makinde for running an inclusive administration in the state.

Igbo community hails Oyo governor for running ‘inclusive government’

The Igbo Community in Oyo State, rose from a consultative meeting on Saturday, where they commended Governor Seyi Makinde for running an inclusive administration in the state.
Sensing the negative reactions that greeted his recent meeting with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to allegedly dissolve the leadership of the party from the ward to the state level in order to accommodate his loyalists who came from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reportedly beaten a retreat.

Governor Obaseki: No record of Indian coronavirus variant in Edo

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Friday said there was no record of Indian COVID-19 variant in the state, as was speculated on social media.
FILE PHOTO - A soldier uses a mobile phone as he sit inside a military vehicle outside Myanmar's Central Bank during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer-File Photo

Myanmar army battles anti-coup rebels as armed resistance grows

Myanmar’s army battled local militia fighters in the northwestern town of Mindat on Saturday, residents said, to try to quell a rebellion that has sprung up to oppose the junta which seized power in the Southeast Asian country in February

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The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (PAPDAN) has said that the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, creates no fewer than 8000 job opportunities for Nigerian youths.

PAPDAN: Over 8,000 employed in Lagos computer village

The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (PAPDAN) has said that the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, creates no fewer than 8000 job opportunities for Nigerian youths.
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.

Bandits kill 11, injure three in Katsina

The three injured persons are receiving treatment at Dutsin-Ma General Hospital.

NMLA advocates training of young maritime lawyers

The immediate past President of Nigeria Maritime Law Association (NMLA), Mr. Chidi Ilogu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has made a strong case for the training of young maritime lawyers to enable them acquire proper understanding of admiralty practice.

INEC creates 440 additional polling units in Bayelsa

As part of its voter access expansion exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the Commission has created 440 additional polling units in Bayelsa State.
Chidera Ejuke found the net as CSKA Moscow recorded a 3-1 triumph over FC Krasnodar in Saturday’s Russian Premier League encounter.

Chidera Ejuke scores in CSKA Moscow’s victory vs FC Krasnodar

Chidera Ejuke found the net as CSKA Moscow recorded a 3-1 triumph over FC Krasnodar in Saturday’s Russian Premier League encounter.