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On February 4, Iran’s incarcerated diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi and his three co-conspirators will hear a Belgian court’s verdict for their attempt to bomb the Iranian opposition rally in 2018 in Paris.

Belgian court sentences Iranian diplomat to 20 years for foiled bomb plot

The three other defendants in the case were handed sentences of up to 18 years in prison for the plan to use explosives at an event held by an exiled opposition Iranian group and attended by thousands of people near Paris in 2018.
FILE PHOTO - Empty vials of the second dose of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are pictured at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian-File Photo

Palestine to receive 10,000 Russian Sputnik vaccine doses

The Palestinian government had purchased two million doses of the vaccine, which should arrive in the occupied autonomous territory between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20, according to a statement from the minister’s office in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Tokyo Olympic organising committee president, Yoshiro Mori, apologised on Thursday after he was harshly criticised for his sexist remarks.

Tokyo Olympic chief under fire over sexist remarks

Tokyo Olympic organising committee president, Yoshiro Mori, apologised on Thursday after he was harshly criticised for his sexist remarks.
FILE PHOTO - Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York City, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS-Bria Webb-File Photo

Reports: Myanmar’s military plan to charge detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi with treason

Myanmar’s new military leaders are reportedly planning to charge detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi with treason, according to numerous reports in social media on Wednesday.
A former general named Myint Swe, who was previously serving as vice president, has been installed as acting president.

Myanmar’s military seizes power, imposes state of emergency

Myanmar’s military has declared a state of emergency for a year and installed a former general as president, the military-owned Myawaddy television station announced on Monday.
Marcus Rashford is ready to take the next step and become the leader of Manchester United's attack following Romelu Lukaku's departure to Inter Milan.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford fit after knee scare

Manchester United FC Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Marcus Rashford was fit for Wednesday’s Premier League match with Sheffield United.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure from office has resulted in reduced tension in the international arena, Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday.

Iran: Donald Trump’s departure has reduced tension in international arena

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure from office has resulted in reduced tension in the international arena, Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday.
Late on Friday, the government announced that Transport Minister Joel Matiza had died after falling ill with COVID-19, less than two days after the country lost Foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo to the same disease.

Zimbabwe loses two more ministers to coronavirus

Two ministers serving in the Zimbabwean government died of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within a matter of days, prompting the country to announce on Saturday plans to further tighten lockdown measures.
Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC that “if the clinical trial works out,” the company could significantly increase the nation’s Covid vaccine supply availability within the coming weeks.

Johnson & Johnson plans to have 100 million vaccines for Americans by spring –...

Johnson & Johnson board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC that “if the clinical trial works out,” the company could significantly increase the nation’s Covid vaccine supply availability within the coming weeks. “I do know...
France’s cautious approach to its virus vaccine rollout appears to have backfired, leaving just a few hundred people vaccinated after the first week and rekindling anger over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

French government vows to speed up coronavirus vaccinations

The French government has defended its coronavirus vaccination policy against criticism that it is going far too slowly, with 516 vaccinations reported in the first week.
Human trials began on Thursday for Nanocovax, Vietnam’s first home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, a Director of a National Medical Research Centre said.

Vietnam begins human trial of home-grown coronavirus vaccine

Human trials began on Thursday for Nanocovax, Vietnam’s first home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, a Director of a National Medical Research Centre said.
The U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, alongside other government agencies have been targeted by hackers, several media reports indicated on Sunday.

U.S. treasury, others under cyberattacks by hackers

The U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, alongside other government agencies have been targeted by hackers, several media reports indicated on Sunday.
Incumbent Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will face former president John Dramani Mahama, leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Ghana to elect president in ‘battle of two giants’

West African gold producer Ghana is preparing to elect a president on Dec. 7, in a race dubbed the “battle of two giants.”
The US government is stepping up the looming threat of sanctions in a bid to halt the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which will link Russia to Germany, a senior US official told dpa.

US government steps up sanctions threat on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The US government is stepping up the looming threat of sanctions in a bid to halt the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which will link Russia to Germany, a senior US official told dpa.
The German migrant rescue organisation Sea Eye is adding a further ship to its fleet as the numbers of people trying to reach Europe via unseaworthy vessels continues to climb.

Migrant rescue organisation to launch additional ship

The German migrant rescue organisation Sea Eye is adding a further ship to its fleet as the numbers of people trying to reach Europe via unseaworthy vessels continues to climb.
Ethiopia’s parliament has appointed a new head of Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said as a prominent rights group reported a “massacre” of scores of civilians in the conflict.

Ethiopian rights group warns of ‘ethnic profiling’ of Tigrayans

Ethnic profiling and discrimination is taking place against Tigrayans, an Ethiopian rights group said on Saturday, as fighting between the army and rebel Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) continued.

Austria plans to go into lockdown until early December

The Austrian government plans to impose new lockdown measures from Tuesday, lasting until Dec. 6, a draft government regulation obtained by dpa revealed on Saturday.
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2014. (AP Photo-Hasan Jamali-File)

Telephone calls between UAE, Israel ring for the first time

Telephone calls began ringing Sunday between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, marking the first concrete step of a U.S.-brokered diplomatic deal between the nations that required Israel to halt plans to annex land sought by the Palestinians.
Member Representing Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Idirissu Lawal, has called on the Federal Government to take urgent step towards the conduct of a reliable population census in the country for effective planning.

Reps member to re-present bill seeking 50% derivation fund

A member representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency from Rivers State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Awaji-Inombei Abiante, has vowed to re-present a bill that seeks to alter the Constitution by increasing the derivation fund from 13 per cent to 50 per cent in order to ensure the development of all the States and regions where mineral resources are being extracted.
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, has cleared the air over the alleged hostility between him and his boss, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Ondo guber: PDP chieftain drags Ondo deputy governor to court, seeks disqualification from party’s...

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, Mr Konstante Timi Olopele, has dragged the state deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, before an Akure High Court, seeking his disqualification from the July 22, 2020, primary election of the party.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has disclosed that large gatherings such as concerts and major sporting events are unlikely in his city until 2021.

Coronavirus: Sports, concerts unlikely till 2021 – US mayor

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has disclosed that large gatherings such as concerts and major sporting events are unlikely in his city until 2021.
Bayern Munich should be considered one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season amid their turnaround under coach Hansi Flick, Lothar Matthaus says.

Jupp Heynckes: Hansi Flick is the ideal coach for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have made "a wise decision" by appointing Hansi Flick on a permanent basis, says former manager Jupp Heynckes.

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Leganes will listen to offers for Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo this summer.

Kenneth Omeruo: Leganes won’t give up on promotion fight

Leganes defender Kenneth Omeruo insists the club will keep pushing for a return to LaLiga, reports Completesports.com.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honoured at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Man Utd ‘make contact with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over return this summer’

Manchester United have been in touch with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over a return to the Premier League for the player, according to reports in Italy.
Anthony Joshua’s blockbuster undisputed heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury is reportedly on course to take place in Saudi Arabia in August.

Tyson Fury confirms Anthony Joshua bout will be in July

Addressing Arum’s comments during an interview with talkSPORT, Hearn said: “Yeah that was a comment made by Bob Arum. You can’t really tell Bob what to say and what not to say. I’m keeping quiet on the matter.

Pension review: FEPPPAN pulls out of protest

The Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN), has directed its members not to participate in the planned mass action called by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) to protest the implementation of minimum pension.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

FAAC: Federal government, states, local councils share N680 billion

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), shared the sum od N680 billion among the three tiers of government Thursday.

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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.

Gunmen waylay, kidnap commercial bus passengers in Oyo

Gun-wielding kidnappers have attacked an 18-seater passenger bus along Ibarapa road in Oyo State and marched the travellers off into the forest.
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Edwin Clark: No Igbo-speaking person from Delta, Rivers should contest for president in 2023

Ahead of 2023 general and presidential elections, former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor should come from the South-East geo-Political zone of the country.

Ex-Anambra governor: How an Igbo can be president in 2023

An Ohaneze Ndigbo chieftain and former Governor of Anambra’ State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife has said that only Igbo can derail the Presidential dream of the Southeast in 2023. He noted that God has endorsed the plan and it enjoys support from other regions in the country.
“A Ukrainian diplomat, a consul of Ukraine’s Consulate General in Saint Petersburg, Alexander Sosonyuk, has been detained by Russia’s FSB,” the security service said in a statement.

Russian security service detains Ukraine diplomat

Russia’s FSB security service said on Saturday it had detained a Ukrainian diplomat, accusing him of receiving sensitive information from a Russian national.
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd.) said this at the bilateral meeting of ministers of defence of the two countries in Abuja.

Defence minister, service chiefs visit North East theatre command

Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, on Sunday, led the service chiefs on an assessment visit to Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State.