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Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during a practice session ahead of the Australia Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2020. (Photo by William WEST - AFP)

Naomi Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.
Flamboyant entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa said he agreed to the idea due to loneliness in middle age (AFP Photo-Toshifumi KITAMURA)

Japanese billionaire puts out online advert for girlfriend to fly around moon with him

A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.
Andres Iniesta has endorsed a possible Barcelona move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar given the Brazil international's talents, though he is unsure whether it would be a necessary transfer.

Andres Iniesta unsure whether Neymar would fit at Barcelona if PSG star returns

Andres Iniesta has endorsed a possible Barcelona move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar given the Brazil international's talents, though he is unsure whether it would be a necessary transfer.
A pedestrian walks past a stock indicator board for the Tokyo Stock Exchange being displayed in a window of a securities company in Tokyo on October 1, 2018. - Japanese shares powered to a new 27-year high on October 1 after the US and Canada clinched a long-awaited trade deal, but other Asian equity markets struggled in subdued holiday trading. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Asian shares rebound as US, Iran stand down, yen retreats

Asian stocks had their best session in weeks on Thursday, as the U.S. and Iran backed away from the brink of conflict in the Middle East and investors reversed their flight to safety.
This screen grab from handout video released on April 9, 2019 by representatives of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn shows Ghosn preparing to speak at the beginning of a video message recorded on April 3 before his rearrest earlier this month in Tokyo. – Japanese prosecutors rearrested Ghosn on April 4, who was out on bail, over an additional allegation that he transferred Nissan money to a dealership in Oman but siphoned off millions for personal expenses — including the purchase of a luxury yacht. (Photo by Handout / Representatives for Carlos Ghosn / AFP) /.

Carlos Ghosn may have been helped by ex-Green Beret in escape from Japan

A couple of Americans with names matching private security contractors, including a former US Green Beret who has served time behind bars, accompanied fugitive Carlos Ghosn out of Japan while he was awaiting trial for financial crimes, according to a new report.
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Oil, gold prices soar, equities tumble as Donald Trump tweets war

Oil prices surged, gold hit a more than six-year high and most equities tumbled Monday after the US assassination last week of a top Iranian general fanned fears of a major conflict in the Middle East.
Tennis player Naomi Osaka opened up on her meeting with Beyonce and Jay-Z (AFP-SAEED KHAN)

Naomi Osaka reveals Beyonce pep talk, says ‘she smelled expensive’

Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka has revealed her excitement at meeting her idol Beyonce, saying the US singer “smelled expensive” and gave her a morale-boosting pep talk at a low point last year.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it wanted Tokyo to understand the reasons why it was switching the 2020 Games marathon to the northern city of Sapporo, a decision that had infuriated the capital’s governor, Yuriko Koike.

Tokyo will deliver flawless Olympics – IOC chief

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has said that Tokyo will host a flawless Olympic Games next year after assessing the host level of preparedness for the game.
Nigeria forward Peter Utaka is thrilled to link up with Japanese J2 league outfit, Kyoto Sanga FC.

Peter Utaka thrilled to join Japanese club Kyoto Sanga

“I am delighted to have signed a contract with Kyoto Sanga FC. I am now looking forward to seeing the new environment, new teammates and club staff, and supporters. Thanking you in advance!,” Utaka told the club’s official website.
The man, Wei Wei, carried the heinous act in the city of Fukuoka, with two accomplices and his hanging was Japanese authorities’ execution of a foreigner in 10 years.

Japan carries out first foreigner’s execution in 10 years

The man, Wei Wei, carried the heinous act in the city of Fukuoka, with two accomplices and his hanging was Japanese authorities’ execution of a foreigner in 10 years.
Takumi Minamino will officially become a Liverpool player on 1 January and is understood to have a contract to 2024. Nick Taylor-Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Japanese star Takumi Minamino signs for Liverpool

Japanese international Takumi Minamino signed for Champions League holders Liverpool on Thursday for a reported fee of £7.25 million ($9.5 million) from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg, the Premier League leaders announced.
Shogo Ando, a fourth grader in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, passed Suken’s top-level 1st Kyu test, held in October by the Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan.

Nine-year old Japanese boy passes university-level maths exam — video

The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan on Tuesday said a 9-year-old boy from the Western Japanese province of Hyogo has passed a university-level maths exam.

Gunmen kill Japanese aid worker, five others in Afghanistan

Unknown gunmen have killed a Japanese aid worker and his five colleagues in eastern Afghanistan.
In what was the strongest indication yet that it is placing high premium on its take-over of the Suzuki franchise in Nigeria, CFAO Motors has re-launched the popular Japanese brand into the Nigerian market with the right degree of pomp in Lagos.

CFAO launches new Suzuki cars, woos customers with petrol, service package

In what was the strongest indication yet that it is placing high premium on its take-over of the Suzuki franchise in Nigeria, CFAO Motors has re-launched the popular Japanese brand into the Nigerian market with the right degree of pomp in Lagos.

Seven sentenced to death for Bangladesh cafe attack

Seven Islamist militants were sentenced to death for their roles in an attack in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka more than three years ago, officials said on Wednesday.
Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb.

Pope slams nuclear deterrent, ‘unspeakable horror’ of Nagasaki

Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb.
Pope Francis arrives in Tokyo’s Haneda airport on November 23, 2019, following his visit to Thailand. – Pope Francis arrived in Japan on November 23 for a visit that will take him to Nagasaki and Hiroshima to warn of the dangers of nuclear weapons and pray for peace. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Pope Francis arrives in Japan to preach anti-nuclear message

Pope Francis arrived in Japan on Saturday, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd following his visit to St. Peter's Parish church in the Sam Phran district of Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand, Nov. 22, 2019.

Pope Francis departs Thailand for Japan with anti-nuclear message

Pope Francis left Thailand on Saturday after a three-day visit and headed to Japan, where he is to visit the ground zeros of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of his campaign against nuclear weapons.

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Boko Haram insurgents have killed Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.

Disquiet in Adamawa as Boko Haram snubs N50 ransom, kills CAN chair, pastor

Details emerging from the beheading of Michika local government Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman, Rev. Lawan Andimi, suggests that Boko Haram fighters turned down an offer of N50 million during negotiators before beheading the Christian community leader, who they abducted in the early days of January, the state CAN chairman, Bishop Dani Mamza has revealed.
A Federal High court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has convicted a 21-year-old internet fraudster, Arowolo Ariremako, for defrauding an American $200.

Court convict ‘yahoo boy’ for defrauding American of $200

A Federal High court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has convicted a 21-year-old internet fraudster, Arowolo Ariremako, for defrauding an American $200.
Frank Lampard looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park. (Photo by Clive Brunskill-Getty Images)

Frank Lampard determined to make his tenure successful

Frank Lampard is determined to make his tenure at Chelsea a successful one in order to silence the doubters who have criticised the Blues’ string of bad results.
29 Nigerian words and expressions were added in the latest (January 2020) updates of Oxford English Dictionary.

Full list of Nigerian words in Oxford dictionary latest update

29 Nigerian words and expressions were added in the latest (January 2020) updates of Oxford English Dictionary.
Ibrahim Magu

EFCC chief decries UK’s refusal to extradite Diezani Alison-Madueke

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has decried the refusal of the United Kingdom to extradite a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to face trial for alleged money laundering in Nigeria.