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Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing did not have advance knowledge of North Korea's test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device, adding that it firmly opposes Pyongyang's action. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Coronavirus: China criticises US travel restrictions

China’s Foreign Ministry has blasted the US government for restricting the entry of Chinese nationals due to the coronavirus outbreak, which this week was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, other countries evacuate citizens from China

Thousands of foreigners are among millions of people stuck in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the country struggles to get to grips with the spread of a SARS-like virus which has claimed 132 lives nationwide.
The U.S. State Department said on Sunday it will evacuate personnel from its Wuhan consulate to the United States and will offer a limited number of seats to private U.S. citizens on a flight out of the epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak.

US to evacuate consulate staff, citizens from Wuhan

The U.S. State Department said on Sunday it will evacuate personnel from its Wuhan consulate to the United States and will offer a limited number of seats to private U.S. citizens on a flight out of the epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak.
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday that it is the U.S. regime which must change its nature and not Iran.

Deportation: Iran condemns ‘inhuman’ treatment of nationals by US

Iran condemned Saturday what it called the "illegal and inhuman" treatment of its nationals by US border security officers, after reports a student was deported despite having a valid visa.

Libya truce talks break down after Haftar leaves without signing deal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Libyan military commander, Khalifa Haftar, left Moscow without signing a ceasefire deal with the rival, UN-recognised government.
The talks, at an isolated conference centre on the outskirts of Stockholm, were the first such formal discussions since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.

North Korea says leaders’ relations not enough after Donald Trump sends birthday wishes to...

North Korean President Kim Jong Un received birthday greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump, even though their personal relationship is not enough for a return to talks, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.

US denies Iranian foreign minister visa for UN trip

The U.S. has denied Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif a visa to enter the country for a trip to the UN Headquarters in New York City, according to Zarif.
The Supreme Court is shielding President Donald Trump's financial records from House Democrats for now.

Donald Trump warns Iran of ‘major retaliation,’ threatens sanctions on Iraq

US President Donald Trump threatened “major retaliation” Sunday if Iran avenges the killing of a key military commander and he warned of massive economic sanctions against ally Iraq if the country expels US troops based there.
Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb.

US vs Iran: Pope Francis reacts as tension rises over war threats

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has declared his position on the brewing tensions in the Middle East following the assassination of Iranian army General, Qassem Soleimani, by the US government.
Saudi King Salman

Saudi ‘not consulted’ over US strike that killed Iran general

Saudi Arabia was not consulted by its ally Washington over a US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, an official said Sunday, as the kingdom sought to defuse soaring regional tensions.

Russia sends message to Iran over killing of top commander

Russian Foreign Ministry says the assassination of top Iranian commander will raise tensions in the Middle East.
(FILES) A handout picture taken in 2012 in an unlocated location and released on July 16, 2019 by Sciences Po university shows Franco-Iranian academic Adelkhah Fariba, 60, a well-known expert on Iran and Shiite Islam at the prestigious Sciences Po university. Two French and Australian academics held in Iran over espionage charges have gone on a indefinite hunger strike as of Christmas Eve, France’s Sciences Po University confirmed. “The Ceri confirms the hunger strike started by Fariba Adelkhah and her cellmate Kylie Moore-Gilbert,” the Centre for International Studies and Research at Sciences Po University said in a December 25, 2019, tweet. “On this Christmas day, our solidarity and thoughts of hope go to Fariba, Roland and all the other prisoners in arbitrary detention. #FreeFariba #FreeRoland,” it added. Thomas ARRIVE / Sciences Po / AFP

Iran blasts France for ‘interference’ over jailed academic

Iran accused France on Sunday of “interference” in the case of an Iranian-French academic held in the Islamic republic, saying she is considered an Iranian national and faces security charges.
Mesut Ozil has moved to quash rumours that he will leave Arsenal during a period of uncertainty, insisting that the Emirates is his home and that he will honour his contract that runs through until the summer of 2021.

Mesut Özil has been deleted from Pro Evolution Soccer in China

Arsenal’s Mesut Özil has been removed from the Chinese version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 following his criticism of China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has explained why he subbed off Mesut Ozil during their Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool.

China: Arsenal midfielder ‘deceived by fake news’

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil was “deceived by fake news” before criticising China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, says the country’s foreign ministry spokesman.
FILE - Protesters attend a Human Rights Day march, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, in Hong Kong, Dec. 8, 2019.

Reuters’ distributor blocked company’s Hong Kong protest news

As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters' demands in a bid to defuse the unrest.
China has expressed anger over passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for official actions against Beijing over its crackdown on millions of ethnic Muslims.

US House approves bill denouncing China’s crackdown of Uighur Muslims

China has expressed anger over passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for official actions against Beijing over its crackdown on millions of ethnic Muslims.
Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing did not have advance knowledge of North Korea's test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device, adding that it firmly opposes Pyongyang's action. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China criticises US for passing Uighur bill

China has criticised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill that aims to hold Beijing accountable over alleged violations of human rights against Muslim minorities, including Uighurs.
A trade deal between the U.S. and China has stalled because of newly signed U.S. bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, according to the news website Axios.

China retaliates after US legislation supports Hong Kong pro-democracy movement

A trade deal between the U.S. and China has stalled because of newly signed U.S. bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, according to the news website Axios.

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered vehicular restriction from 6am – 6pm tomorrow 16 February during the election.

Easter: Police to continue enforcement of restriction order

The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday said the social restriction order would continue during the Easter celebration in states where the order had been in ordered.
FILE - A volunteer receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, March 16, 2020.

China recruits volunteers for phase two coronavirus vaccine trial

Barely a week after Chinese scientists finished injecting an experimental coronavirus vaccine into their first group of volunteers, official news outlets reported Thursday that a second batch of participants was being recruited.
The government’s expression is coming after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, assured on his verified Twitter handle that he was going to engage the Chinese Government over the allegations immediately.

Nigeria summons Chinese envoy over allegations of maltreatment of nationals in China

The government’s expression is coming after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, assured on his verified Twitter handle that he was going to engage the Chinese Government over the allegations immediately.
The Shell companies in Nigeria have presented eight vehicles to the governments of Lagos and Rivers States to support the efforts at contact tracing and treatment of novel coronavirus disease cases.

Shell equips three hospitals, provides eight vehicles

The companies, comprising: The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company and Shell Nigeria Gas, also joined other players in the oil and gas industry to support the Federal Government with $30 million to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
Nyesom Wike

Rivers relaxes restrictions for Easter celebrations, others

The Rivers State Government has temporarily relaxed the restrictions on large religious gatherings to enable Christians carry out their religious obligations during the Easter Period.