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Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Sadio Mane didn’t go down for a penalty in Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea on Thursday because he didn’t want Mohamed Salah to score from the spot.

Michael Owen: Why Sadio Mane didn’t go down for penalty vs Chelsea

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Sadio Mane didn’t go down for a penalty in Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea on Thursday because he didn’t want Mohamed Salah to score from the spot.
Monaco extended their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 2-0 win over Brest on Sunday to move Niko Kovac’s in-form side to within three points of the top of Ligue 1.

Monaco extend unbeaten run, move closer to Ligue 1 summit

Monaco extended their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 2-0 win over Brest on Sunday to move Niko Kovac’s in-form side to within three points of the top of Ligue 1.
Humaira Mustapha, whose 2 daughters were kidnapped by gunmen at the Government Girls Secondary School, cries at her home, the day after the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls.

Nigerian schoolboys freed as forces search for 300 abducted girls

Gunmen in Nigeria on Saturday released 27 teenage boys who were kidnapped from their school last week in the north-central state of Niger, while security forces continued to search for more than 300 schoolgirls abducted in a nearby state.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday offered automatic employment to 110 ex-corps members in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships for the pursuit of post-graduate studies up to doctoral level in any university in Nigeria.

President Buhari welcomes release of Kagara students

The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, commended the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger state for their responses in securing the release.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United’s win over Wolves is a “big step forward” after they moved two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Manchester United draw AC Milan in Europa League Round of 16

The draws of the round of 16 ties in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League were drawn on Friday and the star fixture will be that between Manchester United and AC Milan. Both are former European champions but United have one triumph-2017, in Europe’s second trophy while AC Milan have never won it. The two teams have met thrice in European competition, and all the ties have been won by the Italians.
Leicester City are chasing Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

Leicester City intensify bid for Brentford striker

Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers is starting to prepare for life without talisman Jamie Vardy, with the 34-year-old in the twilight of his career at the King Power Stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti says Everton's special Merseyside derby victory against Liverpool was a gift to their fans.

Carlo Ancelotti: Liverpool win a gift to Everton fans

Everton earned their first win at Anfield since 1999 thanks to goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, moving level on points with Liverpool in the Premier League standings in the process.
Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal has upset Xavi Hernandez over claims regarding the Al Sadd coach.

Xavi: Everyone sees me as a Barcelona coach

Speculation regarding further change in the dugout at the Liga giant has intensified on the back of a humbling 4-1 defeat to Kylian Mbappe-inspired Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Liverpool must keep fighting to save their season after picking up a crucial victory over RB Leipzig says Jordan Henderson, who has stressed it's only one good result.

Liverpool must ‘keep fighting’ to save season after Leipzig victory – skipper

Liverpool must "keep fighting" to save their season after picking up a crucial victory over RB Leipzig says Jordan Henderson, who has stressed "it's only one good result".
Locusts swarm from ground vegetation as people approach Lerata village near Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenya’s locust hunters on tireless quest to halt ancient pest

Pilot Kieran Allen begins his painstaking survey from zebra-filled plains and lush maize farms, to dramatic forested valleys and the vast arid expanses further north, his eyes scouring the landscape for signs of the massed insects.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Liverpool can no longer hope to defend their Premier League title.

Manchester City boss: Liverpool can win EPL title despite Jurgen Klopp concession

The Reds suffered a third successive league defeat on Saturday, as they threw away a 1-0 lead with a late capitulation that saw them go down 3-1 against Leicester at the King Power.
Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Barcelona are not good enough to win the Champions League this season.

Arsene Wenger: Premier League title chase over for Liverpool

Arsene Wenger has ruled Liverpool out of the Premier League title race, branding their chances of catching Man City as “impossible”.
”I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to take all necessary steps needed to reconnect with the Nigerian Youths and understand the pulse of the Nigerian people. #EndSARS

Minister: Nigerian government won’t allow second wave of #EndSARS protest

As some Nigerians prepare to occupy certain parts of Nigeria under the second wave of ENDSARS protest, the Federal Government has vowed that the planned protest will not be allowed this time around.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-File Photo

Australia urges calm over AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after South Africa suspends use

Australia on Monday moved to reassure its citizens over the efficacy of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after South Africa suspended use of the shot because data showed it offered limited protection against a new strain of the virus.
David Alaba has hit back Uli Hoeness after the former Bayern Munich president said that the Austrian has a greedy piranha for an agent.

Liverpool still interested in David Alaba

The Austria international is rumoured to be close to agreeing a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid ahead of his Bayern deal expiring in the summer.

Italy jails suspected al Qaeda foreign fighter caught in Turkey

A 24-year-old Italian suspected of fighting in the Middle East since 2014 with al Qaeda-affiliated groups was arrested in Turkey and jailed in Italy, police said on Wednesday.
The name in the frame is Real Sociedad’s Robin Le Normand, who has excelled at the Spanish side and has been a key player in their renaissance under coach Imanol Alguacil.

Robin Le Normand being heavily scouted by Manchester United

Manchester United are still in the hunt for a new centre-back despite the excellent recent form of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof and have turned their attentions to a second French candidate.
Fabinho has insisted that Mohamed Salah is very happy at Liverpool amid speculation over the Liverpool star's future.

Mo Salah: Liverpool ‘need to win’ against Manchester United

Liverpool’s mercurial forward, Mohammed Salah, has stated that the Reds “need to win” their North-West derby against bitter rivals Manchester United because of the high stakes involved.
Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic will look to sign Bright Osayi-Samuel during the January transfer window.

Bright Osayi-Samuel joins Turkish club Fenerbahce

Turkish side Fenerbahce have announced Bright Osayi-Samuel will join them at the end of the season on a four-year contract.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin speaks during a news conference in Washington, Jan. 12, 2021.

US prosecutors expect to charge hundreds of Capitol rioters

U.S. prosecutors say they have identified more than 170 people for potential criminal charges in connection with the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol and that they expect that number to run into the hundreds in the coming weeks as a massive nationwide hunt for the pro-Trump rioters continues.
Chief of National Transportation Safety Committee Soerjanto Tjahjono, left, and Chief of National Search and Rescue Agency Bagus Puruhito with the retrieved flight data recorder on Tuesday.

Indonesia recovers first black box from crashed plane

A black box from the crashed Indonesian passenger jet has been recovered, officials said Tuesday, a discovery that could offer critical clues to explain why the plane with 62 people aboard slammed into the sea.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police desert duty posts after three officers killed in Ebonyi

Apparently troubled by the recent attacks meted out on policemen on duty at various divisions in the State, Policemen seem to have deserted their duty posts and their popular checkpoints in Ebonyi State.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria threatens to ban flights from UAE, Netherlands

The task force said the Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies have been mandated to take the necessary reciprocal measures as may be permissible under the laws and other international obligations expected to be discharged against Emirates airlines operating from the UAE and other airlines from The Netherlands.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

Manchester United boss rules out late title push despite derby win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

NIOB, PSN, 28 others seek more roles for Nigerian professionals

Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as well as 28 other bodies under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) have called for more patronage of indigenous professionals.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB approves $1.3 million grant for female financial inclusion research in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two grants worth $1.3 million for research aimed at increasing women’s access to a range of digital financial services on the continent.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp hopes for respite for struggling Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes a change of competition will give his side a break from their wretched Premier League form that has put their chances of a top-four finish in jeopardy.

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Bruno Fernandes has called for disappointing Manchester United to win at all costs, insisting it doesn't matter how we play.

Manchester United to hand Bruno Fernandes new contract

According to The Sun, the Portuguese midfielder has been the best player in the last two campaigns for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stuttering side but is way behind in the earnings charts.
The PDP and its candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi, are urging the court to disqualify the APC candidate, Tokunbo Abiru, over his alleged possession of two voter cards.

Lagos East: Senator Abiru floors Babatunde Gbadamosi again

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has struck out the new facts sought by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Mr Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, challenging the indigeneship of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Senator Tokunbo Abiru, in the recently conducted Lagos East Senatorial District poll.
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APC: We’re set to uproot Governor Makinde

The All Progressives Congress, Oyo State Chapter has praised members of Zenith Labour Party and loyalists of former Governor Rasheed Ladoja for defecting to the APC on Tuesday in the state.
Deeply worried by the spread of arms among bandits in Zamfara State, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle said he was taking the option of instructing the security to invite former governor Abdulaziz Yari to explain the whereabouts of about 1000 AK47, he, the former governor allegedly purchased with the state’s funds in 2013.

Zamfara: Nigerian soldier arrested supplying ammunition, uniforms to bandits

The Zamfara State Government on Friday said a Nigerian soldier and his girlfriend were recently caught supplying ammunitions and military uniforms to armed bandits in the state.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has appointed Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the Mai Tangale.

Gombe governor appoints Danladi Maiyamba as Mai Tangale

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has appointed Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the Mai Tangale.