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ADAPHAI: Engaging ex-service chiefs will boost fight against insurgency

The Coordinator of Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI), Sulaimon Suberu has said engaging ex service chiefs has dual positive impacts on the fight against insurgency.
US President Donald Trump has maintained support for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen [Mark Wilson-Bloomberg]

US mulls Houthi ‘terror’ label as groups say civilians to suffer

United States lawmakers, international aid groups and rights advocates are warning the outgoing Trump administration against reported plans to label Yemen’s Houthi rebel group a “foreign terrorist organisation”, saying it would worsen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
US President Donald Trump again urged Americans to vote for him as the nation goes to the polls today to decide the next American President between himself and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Donald Trump: the wrecking ball who came to ‘fix’ America

Donald Trump rose to power proposing a simple solution to the United States’ deepest problems: himself.
First polling stations opened in the U.S. state of Vermont, kicking off the in-person voting in U.S. elections where incumbent President Donald Trump is in a tight race with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Nigeria should learn from U.S. elections – scholar

A political scholar, Prof. Ayo Olukotun, on Wednesday said that Nigeria needs to learn orderliness and civility from the just-concluded U.S. presidential election.
Speakers at the virtual event also took turns to drum support for Mr Joe Biden, the presumed candidate of the party in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

U.S. election: World leaders anxious as results trickle in

Governments across the world are anxiously watching the race for the White House, as they prepare for either Republican Donald Trump securing a second term as United States president or for an electoral win by his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. 
Hilary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 U.S. presidential election cannot be blamed on Russia, in spite of accusations by Democrat officials, Sigmar Gabriel, the former German Foreign Minister, said.

Russia not responsible for Hilary Clinton’s 2016 election loss – German ex-minister

Hilary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 U.S. presidential election cannot be blamed on Russia, in spite of accusations by Democrat officials, Sigmar Gabriel, the former German Foreign Minister, said.
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.

India, United States set to sign key defence pact on satellite data

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence secretary Mark Esper are holding a dialogue on Tuesday with their Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh aimed at enhancing defence and strategic ties.
Indonesia rejected this year a proposal by the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there, according to four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter.

Indonesia rejected US request to host spy planes

Officials tell Reuters Indonesia turned down a US request to allow its P-8 Poseidon planes to land and refuel there.
Japanese lawmakers applaud newly-elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga after he won a vote in parliament [Kim Kyung-Hoon-Reuters]

Yoshihide Suga elected new Japanese premier

Japan’s parliament on Wednesday elected Yoshihide Suga prime minister, with the former chief cabinet secretary expected to stick closely to policies championed by Shinzo Abe during his record-breaking tenure.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the Emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari unveils agenda for next three years

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, listed nine areas his regime would prioritise during his remaining years in office.
China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app.

Twitter, TikTok consider merger

Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a threat to national security.
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 welcomes Mike Pompeo comments on ending terror listing

Sudan's government has welcomed remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week that he would like to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, local media reported.
US President Donald Trump suggested he may seek damages from China over the coronavirus pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world, prompting a furious response from Beijing on Tuesday.

China: U.S. ordered abrupt closure of our Houston consulate

The U.S. government abruptly ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in an “unprecedented escalation,” the Foreign Ministry said, in the latest sign of deteriorating ties between the world’s biggest economies.
The Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, Tolulope Akande Sadipe, has revealed that after the Committee’s collaborative efforts with other relevant agencies, has secured the unconditional release of Nigerians stranded in Lebanon.

House pf Reps committee, others secure release of Nigerian nationals In Lebanon

The Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Tolulope Akande Sadipe, has revealed that after the Committee’s collaborative efforts with other relevant agencies, Nigerian Government has secured the unconditional release of Temitope Ariwolo and other Nigerians stranded in Lebanon.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

Minister extols Nigeria’s security as top success story

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has identified security as a major success so far recorded by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration since the past five years.

Experts advocate need for review of Nigeria’s foreign policy

Nigeria’s foreign policy like those in other places is expected to achieve great benefits for Nigeria and her citizen but this expectation, by the judgment of many informed Nigerians, is yet to be fully realised.
The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, has congratulated Israel on its formation of a new government.

EU congratulates Israel’s new government

The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, has congratulated Israel on its formation of a new government.
A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has made his Nollywood debut in a new series titled Silent Prejudices (Season 2).

Femi Fani-Kayode: Why I like Sani Abacha

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has revealed reason he liked late Nigeria’s despotic leader, Gen. Sani Abacha, in view of the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

EU sees trade as bridge to solve perennial problems with Africa

The European Union is adjusting its Africa policy to focus on strengthening trade even as it targets solving the perennial problems of illegal migration and insecurity.
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Skepticism mounts over evidence of ‘imminent’ threat that Donald Trump says justified Qasem Soleimani...

Top US national security officials continue to defend the Trump administration's claim that it killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in response to an imminent threat to American lives, but the lack of evidence provided to lawmakers and the public has fueled lingering skepticism about whether the strike was justified.

AGF Malami: I received no letter from US lawmakers

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said he did not receive any correspondence from some lawmakers in the United States of America over detained activist, Comrade Omoyele Sowore.
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Omoyele Sowore: I have not received any letter from US lawmakers – AGF

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, has denied being in receipt of any correspondence from lawmakers of the United State of America over the re-arrest and continued detention of convener of the RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore.

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Pope Francis meets Abdullah Kurdi, father of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy whose dead body was found washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015, in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Vatican Media-Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis meets father of drowned Syrian boy

Pope Francis on Sunday met the father of Alan Kurdi, the boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach six years ago became an image of the suffering of Syrians trying to escape war.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead after 101 seconds when Gabriel Jesus fouled Anthony Martial on the edge of the area and Bruno Fernandes stepped up to squeeze home the early penalty.

Manchester United end City’s winning streak at Etihad

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead after 101 seconds when Gabriel Jesus fouled Anthony Martial on the edge of the area and Bruno Fernandes stepped up to squeeze home the early penalty.
Demonstrators hold signs as they march for voting rights on Election Day in Graham, North Carolina, on November 3, 2020 [Jonathan Drake-Reuters]

Joe Biden signs order to promote US voting rights, access

United States President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that aims to make it easier for Americans to vote, as Republicans in several states have sought to impose more voting restrictions following the 2020 presidential election.

Archbishop Kaigama: Nigeria’s insecurity, corruption will be over if…

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has said Nigeria’s problems of insecurity and corruption would be over should the people observe the laws of Islam and Christianity.
Kano State business community has urged the Federal Government to resume international flights at the Aminu Kano International Airport in order to ease their business activities.

Lawmakers call for reopening of Aminu Kano airport

Members of the House of Representatives from Kano and Jigawa States have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen the International wing of Malam Aminu Kano Airport.

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Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

Reps speaker urges Nigerians not to believe conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccine

The speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has advised Nigerians not to believe conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) has set up an Education Endowment Fund worth N6billion.

NEDC reconstructs bridges, empowers 140 in Adamawa

The North East Development Commission has flagged off the reconstruction of Kudzum, Dilechim and Wuro-Ngaindi Bridges destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa State.

Pat Utomi decries growing ethnic conflict in Nigeria

A political economist, Professor Pat Utomi, has decried the growing ethnic conflict in Nigeria, saying it is the bane of development.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigeria launches strategy for effective coronavirus vaccination

The Nigerian government on Monday launched the ‘T. E. A. C. H Strategy’ to ensure the effective roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines when they finally arrive the country.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino called on Friday for a fair and just solution to the issue of players who could be forced to quarantine upon their return from international duty later this month.

PSG boss wants ‘fair solution’ for interationals facing quarantine

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino called on Friday for a "fair and just" solution to the issue of players who could be forced to quarantine upon their return from international duty later this month.