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Chile’s Gary Medel and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are both shown the red card by the referee Mario Díaz de Vivar. Ueslei Marcelino-Reuters

Brazil coach Tite tells Lionel Messi to show some respect after ‘corruption comments’

Brazil coach Tite told Lionel Messi to show some respect following claims from the Argentina captain that the Copa America had been “fixed” so the hosts would win.
THE CITY of Chicago has released two 911 calls made after “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack.

Chicago releases 911 calls from Smollett incident in January

The City of Chicago has released two 911 calls made after “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack.
Lawyers for Abimbola Osundairo, left, and Olabinjo Osundairo framed the lawsuit as a way of restoring their reputations. Kamil Krzaczynski-Reuters

Nigerian brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers for defamation

The two Nigerian brothers who allegedly participated in a staged hate attack on Jussie Smollett have filed a defamation suit against Smollett’s lawyers.
Jerome Rothen

Jerome Rothen files legal complaint against Patrice Evra after rant

Jerome Rothen has lodged a legal complaint against Patrice Evra after the former Manchester United defender threatened him in a social media outburst.
Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop. Bloomberg

Melania Trump ‘mistook former female Australia FM for partner’

Australia’s former foreign minister says she was mistaken for the spouse of a politician by US First Lady Melania Trump, in her latest comments on the subordinate role of women in conservative politics.
Jussie Smollett leaves Cook county jail last month following his release in Chicago. Kamil Krzaczyński-AP

US grand jury indicts Jussic Smollett for alleged hate attack hoax

A Chicago grand jury on Friday indicted American actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Tanzania dismisses travel advisory by US

Tanzania has reacted angrily to an advisory issued by the US to its citizens, against travelling to the East African country, terming the action malicious.
Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart out as Oscars MC over anti-gay tweets

US comedian and actor Kevin Hart abruptly withdrew from hosting the Oscars on Thursday night amid flack for past homophobic and anti-gay tweets.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

John Magufuli: Tanzania prefers ‘condition-free’ Chinese aid

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has said he prefers Chinese to Western aid as it comes with fewer conditions.

Denmark, World Bank withdraw aid from Tanzania over rights concerns

Tanzania’s second-biggest donor Denmark said it would withhold 10 million dollars worth of aid funds, citing concerns over human rights abuses and “unacceptable homophobic comments’’ made by a government official.
Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s president-elect wants to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has told an Israeli newspaper he intends to defy the Palestinians and most of the world by moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), gestures to supporters during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro CREDIT- AFP

Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil’s presidential election

Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil on Sunday, promising a fundamental change in direction for the giant Latin American country, the latest to take a turn to the far-right.
Workers Party vice presidential candidate Fernando Haddad

Candidate promises not to pardon ex-president Lula if he wins presidency

Brazilian Presidential Candidate, Fernando Haddad, said on Tuesday he would not pardon former President Luiz Lula – sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges – if he is elected president in October.
Jair Bolsonaro

Attacker stabs Brazil’s presidential candidate

Brazil’s right-wing presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed and seriously injured while campaigning Thursday, with police saying the suspect claimed to be acting on orders from God.
New Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Sarri rejects racism, homophobia accusations

Maurizio Sarri insists "mistakes" in his past do not accurately represent his character and will not overshadow his tenure at Chelsea.
A protester in London - Obviously she can’t tolerate Trump

Massive anti-Donald Trump protests erupt in London

U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that he is loved by Londoners was trashed Friday as tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against him, on the second day of his four-day visit to Britain, the first since he became president in January, 2017.
FIFA HQ

FIFA descends on Argentina, Croatia, fines Swiss players for goal celebration

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Argentinian Football Association with a fine of 105,000 Swiss Francs and a warning.

Senate approves Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state

The US Senate voted Thursday to approve former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state Thursday, after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump’s nominee.

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NAF special forces destroy Boko Haram base, kill scores in Sambisa forest

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says that its fighter jets have destroyed more Boko Haram terrorist strongholds and killed scores of their fighters at Bula Korege on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met, behind closed doors, with the Northern Traditional rulers led by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari explains why he created police affairs ministry

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met, behind closed doors, with the Northern Traditional rulers led by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ousmane Dembélé

Ousmane Dembélé given ‘final warning’ at Barcelona

Ousmane Dembélé has been given his ‘final warning’ by the Barcelona directors after his failure to show up for a medical examination this week.

Adams Oshiomhole: APC‘ll maintain winning streak beyond 2023

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed optimism in the ability of the party to maintain its winning streak beyond 2023, but conceded that with the spate of litigations against the party, it was not yet Uhuru in spite of its showings in the last general elections.
Gareth Bale will act as a Real Madrid warning to Christian Eriksen, says Dimitar Berbatov, with the Tottenham playmaker needing to decide whether he wants to risk facing similar criticism.

Mauricio Pochettino: Christian Eriksen can shut out transfer speculation

Christian Eriksen remains focused on his job even as transfer rumours persist, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.