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Riot police try to disperse people as they protest on a highway against increased gas prices in Tehran ( Reuters )

Over 304 protesters killed in Iran

Amnesty International says Iranian security forces have killed at least 304 protesters between November 15 and 18, using “lethal weapons” to suppress dissent.

Nigeria government urged to fight crime to encourage foreign investors

The Chief Executive Officer of Bi-Communications, Dr Aisha Agberebi, has urged the federal and state governments to do all within its power to fight crime in the country.
Commemoration in Istanbul for Slain Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Istanbul remembers slain Saudi journalist with calls for justice

A somber commemoration marking the first anniversary of the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was held Wednesday in Istanbul just a few meters from the Saudi consulate where he was dismembered.

#RevolutionNow: SERAP writes UN Human Rights Council over attacks on journalists, protesters

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to all member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, urging them to “urgently convene a special session on Nigeria over arbitrary arrests and repression by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security forces of ‘RevolutionNow’ protesters, organizers, activists, and journalists who covered the protests on Monday across the country.”
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WhatsApp vulnerability allowed spyware to be installed on smartphones

Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed a vulnerability that allowed hackers to install spyware on smartphones.

SERAP sues federal government, states over alleged attacks on journalists, bloggers

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Federal and state governments to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over alleged attacks on journalists and bloggers.

Beyond the illegal search of Edwin Clark’s house

The three police inspectors who searched Chief Edwin Clark’s house at Abuja a fortnight ago have been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force with ignominy for gross abuse of police powers.

Femi Falana drags Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to UN over alleged rights violations

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has appealed to the United Nations (UN) to investigate Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over alleged grave human rights violations in Uganda.

UAE rights activist Ahmed Mansoor put on trial in Abu Dhabi

The trial of an Emirati human rights activist, who was arrested after falling foul of the country's cybercrime laws, has started in the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi.

South Sudan: UN condemns violations of freedom of expression

A UN report has revealed that undue restrictions on freedom of expression are having a “chilling effect” and “further shrinking the space for debate and dissent” in war-torn South Sudan.

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Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit.

Neymar criticises PSG injury handling after Borussia Dortmund defeat

Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

Coronavirus: New research places Nigeria among high risk African countries

The study suggested other countries – among them Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Angola, Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya – would all need support with detecting and handling imported cases of the coronavirus.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Facebook sued by US for $9 billion in unpaid taxes

That lawsuit went to trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, and the crux of the case is a 2010 deal between Facebook and an Irish subsidiary it uses to shuffle money around internationally. The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued the intellectual property it sold to the subsidiary, thereby dodging billions in taxes.
Lionel Messi, who did not score or provide an assist for the first time in a home Champions League group game since 2012, struck the bar and had the best of Barca’s six shots on target.

Lionel Messi speaks out after Barcelona social media scandal

Lionel Messi, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, has spoken publicly for the first time since reports emerged that Barcelona hired PR firm I3 Ventures for their social media channels which were aimed at tarnishing the images of Gerard Piqué, Messi himself and others associated with the club.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not implement policies that will affect the existence of the poor while raising revenue to fund the nation’s infrastructure projects.

BMO: President Buhari fully in-charge of critical affairs of government

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), says President Muhammadu Buhari is “fully in charge of critical affairs of government” in the country