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FILE PHOTO - People walk on a street after Tehran reopened following a two-week shutdown, Iran December 6, 2020. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran urges Joe Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights coronavirus

Iran urged U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday to lift sanctions which it said were hampering Tehran’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure from office has resulted in reduced tension in the international arena, Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday.

Iran: Donald Trump’s departure has reduced tension in international arena

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure from office has resulted in reduced tension in the international arena, Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - People sit on a boat driving through Balikpapan bay in East Kalimantan province, Indonesia, August 28, 2019. Picture taken August 28, 2019. REUTERS-Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia seizes Iran, Panama-flagged tankers over ‘illegal oil transfer’

Indonesia said its coast guard seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country’s waters on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO - People walk on a street after Tehran reopened following a two-week shutdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Iran December 6, 2020. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

President Rouhani: Iran to begin coronavirus vaccinations in coming weeks

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks in Iran, the Middle East’s worst hit country.
Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Canadian officials meet ex-diplomat held in Chinese custody

Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
FILE PHOTO - A Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 11, 2021. REUTERS-Stephen Lam

Twitter suspends ‘fake’ account that carried a link to Iranian Supreme Leader’s website

Twitter said on Friday it had suspended what it said was a fake account that carried a link to the website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday, hours after it carried the image of a golfer resembling former U.S. President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran January 8, 2021. Official Khamenei Website-Handout via REUTERS

Twitter suspends account of Iranian Supreme Leader after apparent Donald Trump threat

Twitter suspended an account linked to Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday, hours after it carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a vow to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack.
FILE PHOTO - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud attends a news conference following talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 14, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry-Handout via REUTERS

Al-Arabiya: Saudi minister optimistic U.S. ties will be ‘excellent’ under Joe Biden

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has voiced optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be “excellent” under new U.S. President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday.
President Joe Biden looks signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House [Evan Vucci/AP Photo]

World powers hopeful for reset with U.S. as Joe Biden takes office

Leaders from around the world congratulated newly sworn-in U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, expressing cautious optimism over future relations after four years of tumult under Donald Trump.
Donald Trump led the United States for four tumultuous years with a right-wing populist approach and an “America First” message, but left office with his presidency in tatters and the country’s democratic institutions dented after a calamitous last chapter.

Donald Trump exits after four turbulent years, his presidency in tatters

Donald Trump led the United States for four tumultuous years with a right-wing populist approach and an “America First” message, but left office with his presidency in tatters and the country’s democratic institutions dented after a calamitous last chapter.
Joe Biden's top aide announced on Saturday the incoming US president would sign roughly a dozen executive orders on his first day in office.

World powers hopeful for reset with U.S. as Joe Biden takes office

Ahead of the inauguration of U.S. president-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, countries around the world expressed cautious hope for a reset in relations while prioritising their own interests.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States finds it “unbearable” that the Islamic Revolution remains in place 41 years after bringing down its ally the shah.

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani hails departure of ‘tyrant’ Donald Trump

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the departure of “tyrant” US counterpart Donald Trump, who is due to leave office later in the day making way for President-elect Joe Biden.
FILE PHOTO - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Tehran, Iran December 14, 2020. Official Presidential website-Handout via REUTERS

Iran’s president says ‘ball in U.S. court’ over nuclear dispute

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump tours medical equipment distributor Owens & Minor in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S., May 14, 2020. REUTERS-Carlos Barria

Iran blacklists Donald Trump, U.S. officials as his term nears end

Iran blacklisted U.S. President Donald Trump and several current and former senior U.S. officials on Tuesday over what it called “terrorist and anti-human rights” acts, a move widely regarded as symbolic.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks during a televised speech on the current economic and health crises at The Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 14, 2021. REUTERS-Tom Brenner

EU calls on Joe Biden to take global leadership on coronavirus

The world needs American leadership in the battle against COVID-19, the EU’s top diplomat said, urging President-elect Joe Biden to step up after the Trump administration was widely criticised for its slow response to the pandemic.
Joe Biden's top aide announced on Saturday the incoming US president would sign roughly a dozen executive orders on his first day in office.

Joe Biden’s aide: US won’t lift travel bans

US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman quickly dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that a Covid-19 ban on travelers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, underlining the fractious transition of power.
Dawood al-Marhoun is seen in this undated handout photo. Courtesy of Reprieve-Handout via REUTERS

Saudis vowed to stop executing minors; some death sentences remain – rights groups

Five people who committed crimes in Saudi Arabia as minors have yet to have their death sentences revoked, according to two rights groups, nine months after the kingdom’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) announced an end to capital punishment for juvenile offenders.
Asked about embassy reopenings, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan told journalists in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, on Saturday the issue was just a matter of logistics.

Saudi Arabia to reopen Qatar embassy in coming days

Saudi Arabia expects to reopen its embassy in Doha in the coming days, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said, following an agreement last week that ended a three-year-old dispute between four Arab countries and Qatar.

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Bobi Wine: Everywhere I’m in chains

Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine accused security forces on Tuesday of humiliating him, his family, and domestic staff while under house arrest.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s central bank retains lending rate

On Monday, the currency exchanged for 475 at the parallel market, against the 383 central bank’s official rate. Inflation hit 15.75 per cent in December 2020, the highest in three years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO issues new clinical advice on treating coronavirus patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh clinical advice on Tuesday for treating COVID-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery, and also said it advised using low-dose anti-coagulants to prevent blood clots.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu addressing journalist at the state house in Marina, during the Inspector General Police visit to Lagos on November 3, 2020. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, visit Lagos urged men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos State not to be discouraged by the destruction and killings of their men during #EndSARS protest in the state, the IG admitted that the morale of the police was down after the ugly incident, in which six cops were lynched and 36 critically injured (Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nigeria police chief directs hospitals to save lives first before asking for police report

Shedding light on the police policy on people with gunshot wounds, Adamu said, “No, we don’t do that, save life first even if it’s an individual, suspected robber or kidnapper, or bandits. If he or she has gunshot wounds and goes to the hospital, his life must be saved first before thinking of any other thing to do.”
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday inaugurate the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), Lagos

President Buhari sacks service chiefs, names replacements

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Service Chiefs.