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Israeli troops massed at Gaza’s border on Thursday and Palestinian militants pounded Israel with rockets in intense hostilities that have caused international concern and touched off clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire, air strikes and clashes in...

Israeli troops massed at Gaza’s border on Thursday and Palestinian militants pounded Israel with rockets in intense hostilities that have caused international concern and touched off clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Shoot-at-Sight order: President Buhari jittery over impending Biafra Day lockdown – MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has said that the shoot-at-sight directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian army was a result of the President’s growing frustration on the impending lockdown of Nigeria cities on the May 30th Biafra Day celebration.
Flames and smoke rise during Israeli air strikes amid a flare-up of Israel-Palestinian violence, in the southern Gaza Strip May 11, 2021. REUTERS-Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinian rocket fire, Israeli air strikes in Gaza

Palestinian militants fired barrages of rockets into Israel and Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday, and unrest also spread within Israeli Arab communities in Jerusalem.

IPOB asks US president to deny arms sales to Nigeria

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has written a letter to the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, petitioning him to deny arms sales to Nigeria, which the federal government has requested for assistance in tackling insecurity in the country.
An Israeli policeman gestures as others aim their weapons during clashes with Palestinians a at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Jerusalem tensions high as thousands head to Al-Aqsa after clashes

Israel said it was beefing up security forces on Saturday in anticipation of more confrontations with Palestinian protesters, a day after fierce clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli seurity forces advance amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI - AFP)

Israel boosts security forces ahead of tense night in Jerusalem

Israel said it was beefing up security forces on Saturday in anticipation of more confrontations with Palestinian protesters, a day after fierce clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli seurity forces advance amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI - AFP)

New protests called after Jerusalem clashes wound over 200

Israel braced for more protests Saturday after clashes at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound wounded more than 200 people and as the US, EU and regional powers urged calm after days of escalating violence.
Israeli police keep guard during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Turkey accuses Israel of ‘terror’ over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

Turkey criticised Israel and accused it of unleashing “terror” on Palestinians after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday.
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

Iran’s supreme leader says fight against Israel is a public duty

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Muslim nations on Friday to keep fighting against Israel, which he said was not a state but a "terrorist garrison" against the Palestinians.
An Israeli border policeman scuffles with a Palestinian protester during clashes amid ongoing tension ahead of an upcoming court hearing in an Israeli-Palestinian land-ownership dispute in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Clashes in Jerusalem ahead of court case on Palestinians’ eviction

The troubles erupt after the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, when Jewish settlers, guarded by Israeli police, and Palestinians trade abuse on the streets of East Jerusalem.
Orthodox Christian worshippers sit outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the day of the Holy Fire ceremony, amid eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 1, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Crowds gather for Holy Fire ceremony at Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre

Orthodox Christians flocked to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday to celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony, gathering in far greater numbers than last year because coronavirus restrictions have eased.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says arms used by its Eastern Security Network (ESN) are produced locally.

Ex-minister urges ESN to defend themselves if attacked

First Republic Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, has advised members of the Eastern Security Network to defend themselves if attacked.
FILE PHOTO: Palestinian demonstrators stand in front of a Jewish settlement during a protest, in Kafr Qaddum in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman/File Photo

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ crimes against Palestinians

An international rights watchdog accused Israel on Tuesday of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians - and against its own Arab minority - that amount to crimes against humanity
Mbazulike Amaechi, First Republic Minister of Aviation, has cautioned people of the Southeast against seeking political powers to develop the region.

Mbazulike Amechi: There’s plan to exterminate Ndigbo

Nationalist and first Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, yesterday, warned Ndigbo to be at alert, saying there is a grand plan to wipe Ndigbo out of Nigeria.
A torchlight procession in Yerevan on Friday to mark the 106th anniversary of the massacres in which about 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed during World War I.Karen Minasyan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Joe Biden declares mass killings of Armenians a genocide

President Biden on Saturday recognized the mass killings of Armenians more than a century ago as genocide, signaling a willingness to test an increasingly frayed relationship with Turkey, long a key regional ally and an important partner within NATO.
Israeli police officers walk during clashes with Palestinian protesters, as the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan continues, in Jerusalem, April 24, 2021. REUTERS-Ammar Awad

Ramadan: Israel, Palestinians clash on Gaza border as Jerusalem violence continues

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Saturday drawing retaliatory air strikes, the Israeli military said, after nightly Ramadan clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police had resumed in Jerusalem
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-chairmen Tino Chrupalla (L) and Joerg Meuthen (R) speak with AfD’s deputy leader Beatrix von Storch (C) during a congress of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD – Alternative fuer Deutschland) party in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. – Members of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany gather for a party congress in Dresden this weekend, despite coronavirus restrictions, to finalise their strategy ahead of the general election on September 26, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Germany’s divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

The far-right AfD will firm up its election manifesto this weekend as Germany prepares for the post-Merkel era, with the party seeking to reverse a lag in support amid infighting and an ailing effort to capitalise on the pandemic.
A man stands still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Ashkelon, Israel April 8, 2021. REUTERS-Amir Cohen

Israel honours Holocaust victims as coronavirus vaccines keep survivors alive

A memorial siren brought traffic to a halt in Israel on Thursday as it honoured six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, and gave thanks for its swift rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as a lifesaver for elderly survivors.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Easter: Nigerians‘ll triumph over agents of disunity, insecurity – Ebonyi governor

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has stressed the need for oneness among Nigerians, noting that upholding the unity of the nation will conquer every form of disunity.

JFI: Nnamdi Kanu is a threat to existence of true Judaism in Nigeria

The Judaism Fellowship Initiative (JFI), an umbrella organisation of all the Jewish synagogue in Nigeria, has accused Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), of feeding gullible minds with wrong doctrine of Judaism.
Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his visit to Iraq, at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, March 5, 2021. REUTERS-Remo Casilli

Pope returns from Iraq, criticises treatment of women

Pope Francis, on his return flight from Baghdad, reviewed his four-day trip to Iraq and criticised the treatment of women.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi walks with Pope Francis upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq March 5, 2021. Vatican Media-­Handout via REUTERS

Pope urges Iraqis to shun past violence and give peace a chance

Pope Francis, beginning the first trip by a pontiff to Iraq, made an impassioned call on Friday for an end to the militant violence and religious strife that has plagued the country for decades, saying peacemakers should finally be given a chance

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), for additional five-year tenure.

Suspended NPA boss: Truth will always triumph

The suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman on Thursday said that truth will always triumph.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor: Opposers of Southern governors ban on open grazing have hidden agenda

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday said any Nigerian opposed to the Southern Governors’ decision banning open grazing of cattle has a hidden agenda.
Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Sikiru Kayode Akande, has raised the alarm that intelligence sources have confirmed massive infiltration of strange characters and suspected criminals.

Police alarmed at criminal infiltration into Cross River

Commissioner of police in Cross River State, Sikiru Kayode Akande, has raised the alarm that intelligence sources have confirmed massive infiltration of strange characters and suspected criminals.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,

AGF: Nigerian government set to prosecute 400 Boko Haram financiers

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Thursday, said the Federal Government would prosecute 400 suspected Boko Haram financiers.
Nigeria’s renowned musicians, Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia and Chike, ‘boo of the booless’ crooner, are to perform at the launch of the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc’s campaign.

2Baba, Chike to perform at NGX Group’s launch

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Kelechi Iheanacho tonight fired Leicester City to the England FA Cup Final for the first time in 52 years.

Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho in contention for more Premier League awards

Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has been nominated for the Premier League League Player and Goal of the Month awards for April.
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Scottish nationalists vow new independence vote from UK after election success

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed on Saturday to press ahead with plans for a new referendum on leaving the United Kingdom after saying there was no doubt elections to the Scottish parliament would return a pro-independence majority.

Group: Over 200 people killed in Benue this year

A group, MINDA Strategic Contact Group (MSCG) has disclosed that over 200 people have been killed by suspected herdsmen between January and April of this year in Benue State.
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Lagos to deal with fraudulent estate agents

The Lagos State government has vowed to deal ruthlessly with real estate agents who exploit and defraud residents, saying that their days are numbered.
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Andre Pirlo: I won’t resign as Juventus manager

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo has insisted that he won’t throw in the towel despite the team losing 3-0 to AC Milan on Sunday