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FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's Defence Minister Andriy Taran (R) and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Homchak wearing protective face masks attend a memorial service for Taras Matviyiv, a Ukrainian serviceman, killed on July 10 in the fighting against pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine says Russia could store nuclear weapons in Crimea

Ukraine’s defence minister said on Wednesday that Russia was preparing to potentially store nuclear weapons in Crimea and warned that Moscow could attack Ukraine to ensure water supplies for the annexed peninsula.

Ten killed in inter-communal violence amid protests in eastern Congo

Ten people have been killed and 34 injured in fighting between rival ethnic communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma, a spokesman for the provincial government said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - Anti-coup protesters burn a Chinese flag in Yangon, Myanmar April 5, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Eleven killed as Myanmar protesters fight troops with handmade guns, firebombs – media

Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought back with handmade guns and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a town in the northwest but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, domestic media reported on Thursday.

UN: 40 people killed in ethnic clashes in West Darfur

At least 40 people have been killed in Sudan's West Darfur region after three days of ethnic clashes that have prompted the government to declare a state of emergency, the United Nations announced Monday.
A person shows a painted Easter egg with a sign reading Spring Revolution following the protests against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar April 3, 2021 in this picture obtained by Reuters from social media.

Easter eggs a symbol of defiance for Myanmar protesters

Opponents of military rule in Myanmar inscribed messages of protest on Easter eggs on Sunday while thousands of others were back on the streets, denouncing a Feb. 1 coup and facing off with the security forces who shot and killed two men.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Five killed in Myanmar protests as junta cracks down on online critics

Myanmar security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protests on Saturday killing five people, a protester and media said, as the military reinforced its bid to end dissent with arrest warrants for online critics and internet blocks
The US Department of State's acting special envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS, John Godfrey, told reporters the attack was in line with what has been seen from ISIS in Mozambique and said the US government is closely monitoring events.

Mozambique attacks: Palma insurgency may show increasing ‘brazenness’ of Islamic State – US official

The US Department of State's acting special envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS, John Godfrey, told reporters the attack was in line with what has been seen from ISIS in Mozambique and said the US government is closely monitoring events.

Dozens dead after Islamic State attack near Total’s Mozambique project

Dozens of people were said to have been killed in a raid by Islamist militants in Mozambique, as an upsurge of violence threatens billions of dollars worth of energy projects in one of Africa’s poorest nations.
A man stands behind a barricade during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar March 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Troops fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup

Myanmar security forces opened fire on Sunday, witnesses said, at people gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup on Feb. 1.
Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

UN: Men forced to rape family members in Ethiopia’s Tigray

"Women say they have been raped by armed actors, they also told stories of gang rape, rape in front of family members and men being forced to rape their own family members under the threat of violence," Wafaa Said, deputy UN aid coordinator in Ethiopia, said in a briefing to UN member states in New York.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC U.S., February 22, 2021. Demetrius Freeman-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

U.S. dispatches senator to Ethiopia over humanitarian crisis, gives additional aid

U.S. President Joe Biden is sending Senator Chris Coons to Ethiopia to meet with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and convey Biden’s “grave concerns” over the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region, where thousands have died following fighting.

Saudi-led coalition destroys 10 Houthi drones – Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday that it destroyed 10 armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including at least five fired towards Saudi Arabia, state television channels reported.
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced Monday a new cabinet bringing in seven ex-rebel chiefs as ministers, following a peace deal in October aimed to end decades of war.

Sudan announces new cabinet with ex-rebels as ministers

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced Monday a new cabinet bringing in seven ex-rebel chiefs as ministers, following a peace deal in October aimed to end decades of war.
Last month the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, met military chief Min Aung Hlaing, who has now assumed power, during a visit to Myanmar.

China ‘notes’ Myanmar coup, hopes for stability

China said on Monday it had “noted” the military coup in Myanmar and hoped that all sides could properly manage their differences under the constitution and uphold stability.

Nigeria drops in latest corruption perceptions index

Nigeria has dropped from 146th in 2019 to 149th in the latest global ranking of public sector corruption, according to Transparency International.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads Sudan's armed forces and the Sovereign Council. Mazen Mahdi-AFP

Sudan troops deployed in Darfur after clashes kill 155

A heavy Sudanese troop presence helped restore calm Tuesday in the Darfur region, local sources said, after three days of inter-ethnic violence claimed at least 155 lives and displaced tens of thousands.

Lagos DPP: 91% of prison inmates are awaiting trials

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, has said that 2,663 inmates out of 2,423 representing 91 percent of total inmates enrolled at the five federal correctional centres in the state, as at December 2020, are awaiting trial.
Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.

Tigray: Ethiopian army kills ex-foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin

Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.
Rebel forces in the Central African Republic on Wednesday launched two attacks that were pushed back on the outskirts of the capital Bangui, Interior Minister Henri Wanzet Linguissara told AFP.

Rebels launch attacks close to Central African Republic capital – minister

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic on Wednesday launched two attacks that were pushed back on the outskirts of the capital Bangui, Interior Minister Henri Wanzet Linguissara told AFP.

CAR imposes night-time curfew amid rebellion claims

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra said the curfew would be in place from 20:00 local time to 05:00, but it’s unclear how long it will last.
The United Nations-African Union mission in DarfurMembers of the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) look on as Sudanese internally displaced people stage a sit in to protest against the end of their mandate, in Kalma camp in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, on December 31, 2020.

Peace mission in Sudan’s Darfur ends, stoking fears of new clashes

The United Nations and African Union on Thursday ended a 13-year mission to keep the peace in the vast Sudanese region of Darfur, even as recent violent clashes leave residents fearful of renewed fighting.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

Ethiopian crisis: Humanitarian aid for children must be a priority – UNICEF

Providing aid to millions of children uprooted by the ongoing crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must be a priority, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Tuesday.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) as Acting Inspector General of Police, with immediate effect.

IGP Usman Baba retains Frank Mba as FPRO

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Friday, announced new postings, appointments and reappointments of top police commanders.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor: I’ll leave after my tenure

“I don’t steal from public funds, we are not stealing public funds to build houses. I have only a house at Unguwar Sarki and till date it’s the only house I own in Kaduna because after my tenure, I will not stay in Kaduna. So, I’m not going to add another house in the state,” he said

INEC declares PDP candidate winner of Delta bye-election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, winner of the Isoko North Constituency by-election.
AC Milan travel to relegation-threatened Parma desperate to cling onto second place in Serie A this weekend and stay on course for the Champions League as city rivals Inter can tighten their grip on top spot against lowly Cagliari.

AC Milan desperate to cling on as Inter race towards Serie A title

AC Milan travel to relegation-threatened Parma desperate to cling onto second place in Serie A this weekend and stay on course for the Champions League as city rivals Inter can tighten their grip on top spot against lowly Cagliari.
Leader of the group and National President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, confirmed told newsmen, Wednesday, that he was invited by the DSS, adding he had concluded arrangements to be at DSS headquarters on Wednesday morning in honor the invitation.

DSS invites youth leader over planned protest at Abuja airport

Leader of the group and National President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, confirmed told newsmen, Wednesday, that he was invited by the DSS, adding he had concluded arrangements to be at DSS headquarters on Wednesday morning in honor the invitation.