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Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has called on FIFA to retire the number 10 shirt from the game to honour Argentine great Diego Maradona, who died aged 60 on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.

Pele: Diego Maradona was ‘incomparable’

Pele has described Diego Maradona as "incomparable", while expressing his belief that the death of his "great friend" should teach the world to "admire each other more" and spread a little more love.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was not surprised by the electoral commission of the Ivory Coast Football Federation’s (FIF) rejection of the former striker’s presidency bid, his staff said Thursday.

Didier Drogba pens emotional tribute to Diego Maradona

Ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba has paid an emotional tribute to Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who passed away in November.
William Saliba is reportedly prepared to give up £90,000-a-month in order to quit Arsenal in the January transfer window.

William Saliba willing to give up £90k-a-month to quit Arsenal in January

William Saliba is reportedly prepared to give up £90,000-a-month in order to quit Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Argentine police and fans who were lined up to see the casket of soccer icon Diego Maradona clashed on Thursday as authorities moved to shut down access to the Casa Rosada presidential palace ahead of a planned 4pm shutoff for the public wake.

Argentina fans, police clash over access to Maradona wake

Argentine police and fans who were lined up to see the casket of soccer icon Diego Maradona clashed on Thursday as authorities moved to shut down access to the Casa Rosada presidential palace ahead of a planned 4pm (1900 GMT) shutoff for the public wake.
According to 'Mundo Deportivo', Ezequiel Garay is in the running to take over from Gerard Piqué, who will be out injured for quite some time.

Barca considers Ezequiel Garay as a replacement for Gerard Piqué

According to 'Mundo Deportivo', Ezequiel Garay is in the running to take over from Gerard Piqué, who will be out injured for quite some time.
I Alice Iyabo Ojo, will never support, campaign or vote for any APC or PDP member ever again in my life even if you are my family or friend, we need a New Nigeria Flag of Nigeria, we need to stop recycling Universal recycling symbol.

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo loses mum

Nollywood actress and entrepreneur, Iyabo Ojo, has lost her mother.
Jose Mourinho insists he wouldn’t swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes despite the former Tottenham target’s impressive start to life at Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho: I wouldn’t swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes

Jose Mourinho insists he wouldn’t swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes despite the former Tottenham target’s impressive start to life at Manchester United.
Wogene Debele of Takoma Park, Maryland, was eight months pregnant when she fell ill. She died from coronavirus shortly after giving birth. Here, her family mourns at her graveside.

Man mourns wife who died of coronavirus shortly after giving birth

“The newborn baby reminds me of my mother,” she said. “I feel like I am finding my mother through my siblings. From now on, they are all I’ve got. Mom used to say when I have my own children that I wouldn’t need a babysitter and that she would raise my children.”

AC Milan, Chelsea, others pay tribute to Ray Wilkins

Former England, Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins died on Wednesday at the age of 61, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Botswana president steps down with 57-date ‘farewell tour’

President Ian Khama of Botswana this week wrapped up a national "farewell tour" before he stands down on Saturday in a power transfer designed to stress his statesmanship and the country's stability.

Stories behind the mask: writers and their names

From George Eliot to John le Carre, writers reaching out for the disguise or anonymity offered by a pseudonym is nothing new in the literary world.

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Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Minister meets with media leaders, warns on danger of social media

The federal government has cautioned the Newspapers’ Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) about the malaise of social media as a source of information. It derided the social media as a purveyor of fake news.
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, admitted that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram exists in many parts of the state and are threat to over six million people in the state.

Families of slain rice farmers get N600,000 each

Families of the 48 farmers killed at a rice field in Borno State have been given N600,000 each by Borno State Government.
Director, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, who made this known at a media briefing, also indicated that the DHQ has provided three additional treatment and isolation centres of its own.

Insurgency: Nigerian government will decide on mercenaries – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday placed the issue of the propriety or otherwise of hiring mercenaries to prosecute the war against insurgency on the doorstep of the federal government.
Turkey’s health minister has announced a plan to start using an experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine later this month amid a surge in infections and deaths.

Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac

Turkey’s health minister has announced a plan to start using an experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine later this month amid a surge in infections and deaths.
Relief agencies in Ethiopia prepared convoys on Thursday to truck aid into the Tigray region, where a month of war is feared to have killed thousands of people and has forced refugees to flee along corpse-strewn roads.

Ethiopia: Aid coming to Tigray as refugees recount war suffering

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory over the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after federal forces captured the northern region’s capital Mekelle at the weekend.