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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the International Arctic Forum in Saint Petersburg on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV - SPUTNIK - AFP)

Vladimir Putin wants to ‘fully restore’ ties with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants to “fully restore” strained ties between Washington and Moscow, during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell

Spain lashes out at Donald Trump over Cuba, Venezuela

Spain’s foreign minister on Wednesday lashed out at Washington’s decision to lift a ban on lawsuits in US courts over property confiscated by Cuba, calling the move an “abuse of power” that would lead to a “legal battle”.

Iran takes new position on nuclear deal

Iran has announced it would be suspending several commitments within the nuclear deal.
Kim Jong-un held his first summits with the leaders of the US and South Korea last year [Leah Millis-Reuters]

North Korea fires ‘short-range projectiles’ into East Sea

North Korea has fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang's growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament.
US President Donald Trump and his business organisation sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records.

US toughens the embargo against Cuba

Today will come into effect Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, by which any citizen or American company, which was subject to nationalizations in the 1960s, can go to the US courts demanding measures against the companies, both Cuban and foreign, that are allegedly “trafficking” with those assets or nationalised assets.
The head of Venezuela's feared secret police has turned his back on disputed President Nicolas Maduro in an open letter made public Tuesday night.

One dead, 46 injured in Venezuela May Day clashes

May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against President Nicolas Maduro.

US blocks Venezuela’s oil export, harshest sanction till date

US harshest sanction against Venezuela came into effect Sunday with the blocking of the country’s economic lifeline of oil exports.
President Buhari receives in Courtesy Visit Labour Leadership led by President of Nigeria Labour Congress Ayuba Wabba in State House on 7th Mar 2019-3

President Buhari donates $500,000, electoral kits, others for Guinea Bissau elections

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday donated $500,000, an equivalent of N180, 000,000, to Guinea Bissau in support of the West African country’s legislative election tomorrow.
Kim Jong Un welcomed onto Russian soil

Kim Jong Un in Russia ahead of Viladimir Putin summit

The two leaders will meet in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid tensions surrounding the North Korean leader's nuclear programme.
Ibrahim al-Assaf

Saudi Arabia welcomes US move to end Iran’s oil waivers

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Tuesday welcomed a U.S. decision to end all Iran sanction waivers by May, saying it was a necessary step to halt Tehran’s “destabilising” policy in the region.
Iran crude

Asian countries assess impact of US sanctions against Iran

The reaction from Asia’s top economies following the United States' decision to not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports has ranged from cautious to combative.

UN envoy: Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar offensive on Tripoli ‘sounded like a coup’

The United Nations’ top envoy for Libya has said that renegade General Khalifa Haftar tried to stage a coup when he issued an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met Sunday with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting for control of the capital Tripoli, state media reported.

Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in Cairo – state media

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met Sunday with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting for control of the capital Tripoli, state media reported.
Julian Assange being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England by British Police on Thursday morning

Wikileaks chief Julian Assange arrested in London

Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
FILE PHOTO- Mozambique's former finance minister Manuel Chang appears in court during an extradition hearing in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 8, 2019. REUTERS-Shafiek Tassiem-File Photo

Court: Mozambique ex-minister can be extradited to US

A South African court ruled Monday that a Mozambican ex-finance minister, held since December on a US warrant over corruption allegations, can be extradited to the United States.
South Africa Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Minister: South Africa downgrades it’s embassy in Israel

South Africa has downgraded its embassy in Tel Aviv, the foreign minister said Sunday, following a decision taken by the ruling party more than a year ago.
Benjamin Netanyahu held surprise talks with Oman's Sultan Qaboos in Muscat last year [ Reuters]

Oman calls on Arabs to ease Israel’s ‘fears for its future’

A top Omani government official has said Arabs must take initiatives to make Israel overcome "fears for its future" in the region, drawing criticism from Jordan.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses a press conference in Multan on April 7, 2019. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on April 7 claimed his government had reliable intelligence that India was planning to carry out aggression against Pakistan between April 16 and 20. SS MIRZA / AFP

Pakistan foreign minister claims India planning military aggression

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Sunday claimed his government had reliable intelligence that India was planning to carry out aggression against Pakistan between April 16 and 20.

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service ((FIRS) plans to extend Value Added Tax (VAT) to online transactions soon, according to the chairman of the agency, Babatunde Fowler.
Muslim groups on Friday commended the Federal Government for efforts to secure the release of Miss Zainab Aliyu and Mr Ibrahim Abubakar detained by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Zainab Aliyu: How I survived 124 days in Saudi prison

Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian who was detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, says she learnt “pure Arabic” and memorised half of the Qur’an during her 124-day stay in prison.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is already planning his assault on next season, claiming his collection of superstars will have to push the 100-point barrier again to keep Liverpool’s clutches off their Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola: Liverpool will be hungrier, stronger next season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is already planning his assault on next season, claiming his collection of superstars will have to push the 100-point barrier again to keep Liverpool’s clutches off their Premier League title.
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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City treble feat harder than Champions League

Pep Guardiola feels Manchester City's clean sweep of domestic trophies is harder than winning the Champions League but predicted the feat will be achieved again.
Ajax star Hakim Ziyech

European clubs on red alert as Ajax confirm Hakim Ziyech can leave

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will be allowed to leave the club this summer.