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Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. Iranian Defense Ministry- WANA (West Asia News Agency)-Handout via REUTERS

Iranian MPs seek hardening of nuclear stance after scientist killed

A bill requiring Iran’s government to step up uranium enrichment closer to the level needed for a nuclear weapon, and ignore other restraints on its nuclear programme agreed with major powers, cleared its first hurdle in parliament on Tuesday.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020.

Insecurity: Nigerian governors are frustrated, almost helpless – Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday disclosed that the Nigerian governors were frustrated by the security challenges in the country, saying their roles as provided for in the Nigerian Constitution were not satisfactory.
A coffin with an image of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, can be seen among the servants of the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran November 29, 2020. Massoud Nozari-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS 5

Iran to give a ‘calculated’ response to nuclear scientist killing – official

Iran will give a “calculated and decisive” response to the killing of its top nuclear scientist, said a top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, while a hardline newspaper suggested Tehran’s revenge should include striking the Israeli city of Haifa.
Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, queue for water, at the Fashaga camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan November 24, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

UNHCR sends emergency aid to Sudan, more expected

The United Nations said Friday it had flown 32 tons of emergency aid to Khartoum, Sudan to quickly assist the thousands of refugees fleeing fighting and violence in Ethiopia.
U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, although the U.S. Navy said on Saturday the deployment was not related to any specific threat.

US aircraft carrier deploys to Gulf, Navy says unrelated to ‘specific threats’

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, although the U.S. Navy said on Saturday the deployment was not related to any specific threat.
Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray rest on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Sudanese premier vows to protect Ethiopian refugees streaming into Sudan

The head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) visited some refugee camps near the Sudanese borders with Ethiopia where over 43,000 Ethiopians fleeing from fighting in their homeland have arrived in Sudan, saying urgent assistance is needed for the refugees, most of whom are children
Budget airline flydubai on Thursday launched direct flights to Tel Aviv, the first scheduled commercial service between the two cities, following the normalisation of ties between the UAE and Israel.

First scheduled commercial flight from Dubai lands in Tel Aviv

A flight operated by budget airline flydubai from Dubai landed in Tel Aviv on Thursday, marking the first scheduled commercial flight service between the two cities.
The Management of Air Peace has received another ERJ-145 aircraft after undergoing C-Check abroad.

Air Peace: Coronavirus reason for reduction of flights

The airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Toyin Olajide, said the COVID-19 pandemic devastated airlines worldwide, Nigerian airlines inclusive and that Air Peace is not immune from this.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he has dealt with winger Willian's unauthorised trip to Dubai, but would not reveal if the Brazilian will be dropped for Sunday's Premier League trip to Leeds.

Arsenal to deal with Willian’s Dubai trip internally

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he has dealt with winger Willian's unauthorised trip to Dubai, but would not reveal if the Brazilian will be dropped for Sunday's Premier League trip to Leeds.
Arsenal duo David Luiz and Dani Ceballos were reportedly involved in a furious training ground bust-up during the international break which led to the on loan Real Madrid midfielder drawing blood.

Arsenal stars David Luiz, Dani Ceballos involved in training ground bust-up

Arsenal duo David Luiz and Dani Ceballos were reportedly involved in a furious training ground bust-up during the international break which led to the on loan Real Madrid midfielder drawing blood.
England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi in October next year, country’s cricket board says.

Cricket: England to play in Pakistan for first time since 2005

England’s cricketers will tour Pakistan next year after a gap of more than 15 years, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday, as international cricket gradually returns to the South Asian nation since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus.
On Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President announced 10-year Golden Visas for them.

UAE approves 10-year visa for doctors, engineers, students

On Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President announced 10-year Golden Visas for them.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Governor Bello: Kogi tax policy is flexible, friendly

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has described the tax policy of the state as flexible and friendly, saying it encourage people to invest in the state.
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko - TASS - Getty Images

Emirates Airlines posts first loss in more than 30 years

Dubai-based Emirates airline on Thursday posted a $3.4 billion half-year loss, its first in more than three decades, saying it had been badly hit by the coronavirus lockdown that brought air transport to “a literal standstill”.
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#EndSARS: Immigration releases passport of protest promoter

Nigeria Immigration Service has returned the seized passport of an #EndSARS promoter, Modupe Odele, on Monday.
The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions, and criminalising so-called “honour killings”.

UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions, and criminalising so-called “honour killings”.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices fall sharply as virus cases surge, US vote drags on

Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Friday as new lockdowns in Europe to halt surging infections of COVID-19 sparked concern about the outlook for demand, while markets remained on edge over drawn-out vote counting in the United States presidential election.
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#EndSARS: Immigration reacts as activist laments passport seizure

It would be recalled that her passport was allegedly seized by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) when she wanted to board an Emirate EK 784 flight from Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Dubai.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Central bank issues fresh directives on foreign currency payment of diaspora remittance

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued fresh directives to International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) on foreign currency payment in cash to beneficiaries of diaspora remittances.

Northern Elders: ‘Life has lost value’ under President Buhari

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said criticised the Buhari administration, saying ‘under this administration, life has lost its value,’ citing a rising crime wave and the general trend of insecurity particularly in the North.
Pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam and Joshua Wong walk to a prison van to head to court, after pleading guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year's anti-government protests, in Hong Kong, China December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for 13-1/2 months for anti-government protest

Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for 13-1/2 months for his role in an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019, the toughest and most high-profile sentencing of an opposition figure this year.

Thai premier found ‘not guilty’ in conflict of interest case

Thailand’s constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was “not guilty” of a conflict of interest for staying in an army residence after retiring
A fuel tanker on Wednesday morning caught fire on the busy Magboro section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Fuel tanker catches fire on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Newsmen gathered that the incident happened around 06 am. The fuel being conveyed by the tanker had spilled to the other side of the expressway – leading inward to Lagos.