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Hundreds of demonstrators have faced the police in a tense standoff in the French city of Nantes in a new wave of yellow vest protests against the government.

French police fire tear gas at ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Nantes

Hundreds of demonstrators have faced the police in a tense standoff in the French city of Nantes in a new wave of "yellow vest" protests against the government.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Turkey’s president wants Europe to share refugee burden from Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is warning Europe to share the refugee burden or face a new wave of migrants, as Turkey fears a new influx of Syrian refugees. Erdogan's threat coincides with a surge of migrants entering Greece from Turkey.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he was sticking by his close ally Richard Ferrand after the assembly president was charged with conflict of interest over a property deal.

French assembly chief, president’s ally charged over property deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he was sticking by his close ally Richard Ferrand after the assembly president was charged with conflict of interest over a property deal.
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

Eight on trial in Paris for stealing Emmanuel Macron portraits

Eight protesters go on trial in Paris on Wednesday for stealing official portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron from public buildings as part of a protest over climate change.

France moves to lift secrecy on deadly 1968 plane crash

French authorities are working to declassify military files linked to a mysterious crash more than 50 years ago of an Air France plane that plunged into the Mediterranean just minutes before it was due to land, killing all 95 people aboard, families said.
Reporters surround Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (R) as he hugs his daughter Alina Sentsova (2R) after he disembarked from a plane on September 7, 2019 at Boryspil international airport in Kiev after a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev, a day after Russian President said for the first time the “large-scale” prisoner exchange with Ukraine was being finalised. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed a prisoner exchange with Russia, on September 7, 2019, as the first step towards ending the war in Ukraine’s east and returning territory annexed by Moscow. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP

Russia. Ukraine leaders eye new talks after prisoner swap

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have discussed holding new peace talks after a landmark prisoner exchange.
Russia and Ukraine made a long-awaited swap of 70 prisoners on Saturday, a deal hailed as a first step towards ending five years of tensions and conflict.

Russia, Ukraine swap prisoners in landmark move

Russia and Ukraine made a long-awaited swap of 70 prisoners on Saturday, a deal hailed as a first step towards ending five years of tensions and conflict.
Newly appointed U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper has pressured Japan to participate in a U.S.-led maritime security mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

US ‘not surprised’ Iran starting wew nuclear centrifuges

US Defense Secretary c said Saturday he was “not surprised” Iran had turned on advanced centrifuges to increase uranium stockpiles, a further breach of the 2015 nuclear deal which Washington pulled out of last year.
The Grace 1 supertanker in the British territory of Gibraltar

US chases Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Syria

An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. across the Mediterranean Sea slowed to a near-stop Sunday off the coast of Syria, where America’s top diplomat alleges it will be unloaded despite denials from Tehran.
Hassan Rouhani

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani warns Emmanuel Macron of looming nuclear step

President Hassan Rouhani spoke with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, warning him Iran would take the next step in reducing its nuclear commitments unless Europe lives up to its own undertakings.

Brazilians apologise to French leader’s wife over President Bolsonaro’s insult

Brazilians on Twitter have been apologising to Brigitte, the wife of French President, Emmanuel Macron, after their President, Jair Bolsonaro, insulted her on social media.
Smoke rising from the fire at the Amazon forest in Novo Progresso in the state of Para, Brazil. Greenpeace

Brazil will only accept Amazon help if French leader retracts ‘offensive’ remarks

Jair Bolsonaro said his French counterpart had called him a liar, and accused him of questioning Brazil's sovereignty amid tensions over devastating fires sweeping the Amazon region.
Jair Bolsonaro. Andre Coelho-Bloomberg

Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.”

African forest fires in spotlight after Amazon outcry

In NASA satellite images, forest fires in central Africa appear to burn alarmingly like a red chain from Gabon to Angola similar to the blazes in Brazil's Amazon that sparked global outcry.
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

French leader, G-7 seek roadmap out of US-Iran quagmire

The surprise invitation of Iran’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the G-7 summit offers a “roadmap” to end a US-Iran nuclear impasse and a proposed meeting between the leaders of the two countries, France’s president said Monday.
A Hercules C-130 plane dropping water to fight fires in the state of Rondonia, Brazil. Brazil Air Force-HANDOUT-EPA

G7 to release funds for fire-fighting planes

World leaders at the G7 summit have agreed to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump changes bellicose tone on Iran

US President Donald Trump said Monday that he had agreed to the Iranian foreign minister flying in for a G7 summit and insisted he was not seeking regime change in Tehran — a change of tone that could lower tensions.
A Hercules C-130 plane dropping water to fight fires in the state of Rondonia, Brazil. Brazil Air Force-HANDOUT-EPA

Warplanes dump water on Amazon as Brazil military joins fighting fires

Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon state of Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world’s largest tropical rain forest.

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The new minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, has charged staff of the ministry to work harder and smart to realize the Next Level agenda of the federal government.

2020 Budget: Federal government maintains benchmark in spite increase in oil price

Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, has said that the Federal government would maintain its benchmark of 60 dollars per barrel in spite of the sudden increase in the price of crude oil.
A statement signed by Professor Douglas Ewharute, Engr Justin Akpobaro and made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta state also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a worthy son of Delta state Chief Bernard Okumagba as Managing Director of the commission, adding it commended the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo –Agege for his role in the appointment of Chief Okumagba.

NDYM hails Bernard Okumagba’s appointment as NDDC chief

The Niger Delta Youth Movement, Delta State Chapter, has given its nod to the appointment of Mr. Bernard Okumagba from Warri South as Managing Director, NDDC, describing it as a reward and responsibility to oil producing areas to be at the core of development of the Niger Delta.
Jurgen Klopp has denied his Liverpool future will be determined by the English weather, saying his agent was just making a joke.

Jurgen Klopp: Manchester City are the best team in the world

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are not the best team in Europe despite their Champions League success last season, as he believes rivals Manchester City are the best team on the planet.
Godwin Obaseki

Edo government plans foreign exchange programme for technical science teachers

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo says his administration is in talks with foreign governments to organise exchange programmes for experts to train teachers on technical subjects.

NLC, TUC call for immediate lifting of 56-year US economic embargo on Cuba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Sosa, and other civil society and women groups on Monday demanded the immediate lifting of the 56-year old American economic embargo, placed on the Republic of Cuba.