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Jimmy Lai arrives at the West Kowloon magistrates for one of his many court appearances. Anthony Wallace-AFP-Getty Images

Hong Kong media mogul arrested under security law

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, one of the city's most vocal Beijing critics, was among seven people arrested Monday under a new national security law, deepening a crackdown on democracy supporters.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a “phased reopening” of the country, with the resumption of international flights from August 1 as well as the lifting of internal travel restrictions.

President Kenyatta: Kenya ready to receive tourists

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday encouraged tourists to return to Kenya, saying the country was safe and open for business even with coronavirus cases having tripled in the past month.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the nation’s Nov. 3 presidential election despite its date being enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, drawing immediate objections from Democrats.

Donald Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday renewed the Trump administration’s criticism of China’s early handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

US offers $10 million for information on election intruders

The United States has announced a 10-million-dollar (N3.8 billion) reward for information on foreign interference in its elections.
President Donald Trump is days away from announcing strong action against the popular Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok to protect US national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

TikTok banning deepfakes to better protect against misinformation

TikTok is establishing new moderation policies today to better protect its platform against misinformation, election interference, and other forms of manipulative content ahead of the 2020 election. The company, which is currently embroiled in an unprecedented acquisition negotiation with Microsoft following threats of a US ban, says it now explicitly bans deepfakes. Deepfakes are artificial intelligence-powered manipulations of audio and video designed to mislead people about something someone may have done or said.
Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has said officials of the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki are different from former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Edo guber: Why we are different from Comrade Oshiomhole, Pastor Ize-Iyamu – deputy governor

Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has said officials of the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki are different from former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
A United Nations plane careened off the runway while touching down in the northern Malian city of Gao on Monday, the international organisation said, injuring 11 people.

UN plane crash-lands in Mali, injures 11

A United Nations plane careened off the runway while touching down in the northern Malian city of Gao on Monday, the international organisation said, injuring 11 people.
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as an adult. He faces 30 felony charges, according to a news release.

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the case.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

Lagos discharges 62 coronavirus patients

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced the recovery and discharge of 62 coronavirus patients, comprising of 51 Nigerians and 11 foreign nationals.
The Multiagency team of officers took him to the Moi International Airport police station for interrogation.

Wanted US fugitive arrested at Kenyan airport

Surur is said to be wanted by several agencies for his involvement in trafficking of drugs and participating the illegal trade of rhino horns and elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species, valued at more than Sh700,000,000 ($7 million).
Law enforcement officers pull open a back door at the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas [Mark Felix - AFP]

US-China ties fray as Beijing’s Houston consulate shuts down

A group of men have forced open a door at the Chinese consulate in Houston, United States, and entered the diplomatic mission shortly after staff there vacated the premises on the orders of the US government.
Ivory Coast's Foreign Minister Marcel Amon Tanoh (L) meets Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam June 18, 2019. REUTERS-Kham

Former Ivory Coast minister to run for president in break with ruling party

Marcel Amon-Tanoh, a longtime ally of President Alassane Ouattara and until recently his foreign minister, declared on Wednesday he would run in Ivory Coast’s presidential election in October, breaking with the ruling party.
Lagos State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Isolation Centre

Lagos discharges 29 coronavirus patients

Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 29 Coronavirus patients, comprising 24 Nigerians and five foreign nationals, from its isolation centres.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has said that $15.3million, which is part of the money Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka Woodberry stole, was stashed away in a Bitcoin (BTC) wallet.

Grand jury indicts Woodberry for ‘wire fraud’

Olalekan Ponle, a Nigerian held in the United States for alleged multi-million-dollar fraud, has been indicted by the grand jury, a group of lawyers empowered to conduct legal proceedings and investigate potential criminal conduct.
A man reads a message on data bundles from mobile telecoms operator Econet Wireless on his mobile phone in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 13, 2017. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe accuses mobile phone operator Econet of money laundering

Zimbabwean police have issued a warrant against the largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless to hand over a list of its mobile money transactions and subscribers because authorities suspect it of involvement in money laundering, according to the warrant.
“Throughout the world, the pandemic has entered a more acute phase,” said Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

Italy bans entry from 13 countries

Italy on Thursday banned travellers from Brazil and 12 other countries it considers to pose a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference during a visit to Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS-Hannibal Hanschke-File Photo

Sudan replaces finance, foreign and energy ministers in sweeping reshuffle

Sudan’s prime minister replaced the finance, foreign, energy and health ministers and three other senior cabinet post-holders on Thursday as part of a sweeping reshuffle, the government said.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, five others jostle for WTO job

Six candidates are vying to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation, an institution which faced mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.

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Leon Balogun made his debut while Joe Aribo was in action as Glasgow Rangers secured a 1-0 win over Aberdeen in their first game of the 2020-21 season.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hails Leon Balogun

Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said his side are lucky to have Nigeria international Leon Balogun in the team.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is confident Barcelona will bounce back.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen not world-class – Bayern chief

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has declared that Barcelona shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is not yet a world-class goalkeeper.
Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos (right) scores the only goal of the game from Éver Banega’s cross. Ina Fassbender-Reuters

Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk reach Europa League semi-finals

Sevilla midfielder Lucas Ocampos headed a late goal to snatch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers as they reached the Europa League semi-finals on Tuesday.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Monday slammed the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for not standing up for embattled Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Governor Wike dissolves task force on illegal street trading, motor parks

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Tuesday dissolved the state Task Force on Illegal Street Trading and Motor Parks.
World Athletics is set to rewrite the 2020 season calendar, following disruptions to sports schedules by the unfolding coronavirus drama worldwide.

World Athletics issue reminder of rule limiting height of track spikes

World Athletics has issued a reminder of the rule which reduces the maximum allowable height of soles in spiked track shoes.