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24 Mali soldiers and 17 jihadists die in clashes in East

Twenty-four Malian soldiers and 17 jihadists fighters were killed in clashes in the east of the country, the army said, as security in the West African nation deteriorates further.
Protesters attend a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the yellow vest movement in Nantes, France, Nov. 16, 2019.

Yellow vest protesters mark anniversary with rallies, violence

France's yellow vests staged demonstrations Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a protest movement for greater economic justice that once captured international headlines.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts as he arrives at the front entrance of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, as flames engulf its roof on April 15, 2019. – A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)

Report: Two arrested for planning to attack French president

Two men close to the ultra-right were indicted for “terrorist criminal conspiracy” and placed in pre-trial detention, as part of the investigation of a bombing project against French President Emmanuel Macron.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 20, 2019, one of the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) spokespersons, Priscillia Ludosky, looks on in front of the Eiffel tower, in Paris, during a gathering to protest against the government and the police violence. On November 17, 2018, hundreds of thousands of angry French donning fluorescent jackets took to the streets across the country, beginning one of the biggest and most unusual protest movements in the country’s modern history. Twelve months after that first November 17 demonstration against social inequalities by the “gilet jaunes” (yellow vests) protesters, the numbers taking to the streets have starkly diminished, the movement is rudderless and French President can claim to have largely seen off the challenge.Eric FEFERBERG / AFP

France’s yellow vests seek show of strength for anniversary

French “yellow vest” protesters began a series of nationwide demonstrations on Saturday in a bid to show the government they can still muster support on the first anniversary of their movement.
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French government faces backlash after student sets himself on fire

The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardship he faced.
Children play on the West side of the Berlin wall in 1986, three years before the fall. Getty

Divisions rife as Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Germany on Saturday marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall that ushered in the end of communism and national reunification, as the Western alliance that helped secure those achievements is riddled with divisions.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech to honor Japan’s architect Arata Isozaki at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 24, 2019. Isozaki is the laureate of the 2019 Pritzker architecture prize.-br --Francois Mori - POOL - AP - AFP

Emmanuel Macron: NATO suffering ‘brain death’

The NATO military alliance between the U.S., Canada and European states is suffering `brain death,’ French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview published on Thursday.
Handout photo released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization shows the atomic enrichment facilities at Natanz nuclear power plant [Handout via AFP]

Iran resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow plant in new step-back from deal

Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant south of Tehran on Thursday in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

ISIS claims responsibility for attacks on fifty soldiers in Mali

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a devastating raid that killed 49 Malian troops as well as a blast that led to the death of a French soldier who became the latest casualty in the conflict-torn region.
Access Bank has unveiled a new brand logo to reflect its new status following the completion of its merge with Diamond Bank.

Access Bank lifts creative industry with N20 billion facility

Access Bank Plc has announced the disbursement of N20 billion loans to beneficiaries in the entertainment industry under the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI) of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The fund, which represents the first tranche of the loans, was made accessible to the borrowers in the sector.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

Brexit: EU gives UK another extension

European Union ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week as the EU Commission said work on this would “continue in the coming days”.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks to members of Britain’s military during a reception for the Armed Forces inside 10 Downing Street in Central London on September 18, 2019. John NGUYEN - POOL - AFP

British premier to seek extension after MPs back Brexit delay

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to Brussels seeking a Brexit deadline extension after MPs voted Saturday to demand he delay Britain’s October 31 departure date.
Hungary’s Prime minister Viktor Orban looks on as he is welcomed by French President in the courtyard of the Elysee presidential palace before their meeting on October 11, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN - AFP)

Hungary’s Viktor Orban faces growing heat over climate change

As Hungarians increasingly fret about climate change, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban is facing growing heat over the government’s perceived ambivalence on a burning issue.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts as he arrives at the front entrance of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, as flames engulf its roof on April 15, 2019. – A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)

French leader urges world leaders to contribute more to fight infectious diseases

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday took the unusual step of singling out a series of countries that he said could contribute more to funding the fight against infectious diseases.

Emmanuel Macron to host Angela Merkel for dinner ahead of Brexit cutoff

French President Emmanuel Macron will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a working dinner on Sunday, just days before an EU summit seen as the last chance for reaching a deal on Britain’s looming exit from the bloc.
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Donors gather in France to fund fight on AIDS, TB, Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria says that reaching its goal could help save 16 million lives and avoid 234 million infections by 2023.
Paris prosecutor Jean-François Ricard gives a press conference at the Paris courthouse Saturday. French prosecutors opened an investigation Friday that treats the fatal knife attack that a civilian employee carried out at Paris police headquarters as a potential act of terrorism. The longtime police employee stabbed four colleagues to death Thursday before he was shot and killed. | AP

Paris police attacker had colleague details on USB key

The Paris police employee who killed four colleagues at the force’s headquarters had a USB key with details on dozens of officers, raising fears he intended to pass them to other radicalised Islamists, a French daily reported Tuesday.
“Obviously, there were failings because three men and a woman have been killed,’’ the minister, Christophe Castaner, told TF1 television of a rampage by a man armed with a knife at the main Paris Police Headquarters on Thursday.

French minister rejects resignation calls over police killings

France’s Interior Minister rejected opposition calls for his resignation on Sunday but acknowledged opportunities had been missed to prevent the killing of four police personnel by a radicalised colleague.

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, on Wednesday disclosed that the Corporation was poised to automate its downstream facilities such as depots, pump stations and measurement systems across the Country.

Ex-AGF Adoke’s arrest in Dubai proof anti-graft war working – Itse Sagay

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President Buhari signs Executive Order 009 on open defecation-free Nigeria

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PACAC endorses Ibrahim Magu’s appointment as substantive EFCC chairman

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