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A voter casts a ballot during parliamentary elections in Pristina, Kosovo, February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Florion Goga

Kosovo votes in election that could complicate dialogue with Serbia

Kosovars began voting on Sunday in a parliamentary election that an anti-establishment party is expected to win, further complicating Western efforts to resolve a decades-long territorial dispute with Serbia.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.

England drawn with Poland, Belgium grouped with Wales in UEFA World Cup qualifiers

England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.
A former senior commander of ethnic Albanian separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war who was also the country's former Parliament speaker was arrested Wednesday and taken to a special court in the Netherlands for war crimes, his lawyer said.

Kosovo former separatist commander taken to war crimes court

A former senior commander of ethnic Albanian separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war who was also the country's former Parliament speaker was arrested Wednesday and taken to a special court in the Netherlands for war crimes, his lawyer said.
Major Chinese stock indices on Friday ended mixed, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.05 per cent, at 3,083.79 points.

Asia Pacific stocks rise as investors await US election results

Shares in Asia Pacific rose modestly on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were locked in a fierce battle for the White House.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU to support flooded communities in Nigeria

The European Union has said it will provide €80,000 (N35.5 million) in emergency humanitarian funding to assist flood victims in Nigeria.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Francis Uzoho returned to action for APOEL Nicosia for the first time in over a year and kept a clean sheet.

Super Eagles goalkeeper makes first competitive appearance after after 380 days

Francis Uzoho returned to action for APOEL Nicosia for the first time in over a year and kept a clean sheet.
Barcelona are celebrating 20 years since star player Lionel Messi joined the club with his two decades outlined in an extraordinarily comprehensive report in Marca.

Javier Subirats certain Leion Messi will leave Barcelona

Former Valencia sporting director, Javier Subirats, is certain Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona this summer.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

European Union backs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for WTO role

The European Union has endorsed former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Bloomberg reported.
Former Russian attacking midfielder Andrey Arshavin says Victor Moses’ arrival has strengthened Spartak Moscow and expects him to help the club this season.

Andrey Arshavin: Moses is a strong character for Russian championship

Former Russian attacking midfielder Andrey Arshavin says Victor Moses’ arrival has strengthened Spartak Moscow and expects him to help the club this season.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 09, 2019 Brazilian football great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, arrives at Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos some 25km from Sao Paulo, Brazil. – Brazilian football legend Pele “lives reclusive” and “suffers from a form of depression” because he cannot walk normally, his son revealed on Monday at Globoesporte.com. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Pele: Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi but i’m greatest player ever

Brazilian legend Pele has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi but insisted that he is still the greatest footballer of all time.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank, IMF charged on economic transformation

The Development Committee of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Annual Meetings 2020 has called on the multilateral organisations to support and accelerate a resilient recovery centered on jobs and economic transformation.
Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira

Andreas Pereira heading for medical as loan deal with Lazio agreed

Manchester United star Andreas Pereira is on his way to Rome to undergo a medical ahead of a loan move to Serie A side Lazio.
Simy Nwankwo struggled as Crotone fell to a 2-0 home defeat against AC Milan at the Stadio Ezio Scida on Sunday.

Super Eagles forward Struggles as AC Milan beat Crotone away

Simy Nwankwo struggled as Crotone fell to a 2-0 home defeat against AC Milan at the Stadio Ezio Scida on Sunday.
Nigerian winger Moses Simon teams Nantes starting XI as Canaries trip to Principality side AS Monaco for the third match day of the French Ligue 1.

Moses Simon goes for 30th Ligue 1 start for Nantes vs Lille

Nigeria forward Moses Simon is set to make his 30th Ligue 1 start for FC Nantes who visit Losc Lille in a matchday-five encounter at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy tonight (Friday).
China on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of spreading a “political virus” at the United Nations after the US leader delivered a harsh attack on Beijing over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Donald Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War’

US President Donald Trump angrily cast blame on China over the coronavirus pandemic in an address on Tuesday before the United Nations, whose chief warned against a new “Cold War” between the two powers.

Jordon Ibe set to join Derby County on free transfer

Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is set to join Derby County on a free transfer.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his players to put behind them, the disappointment of losing to their 2019-2020 Champions League quarterfinal match to Olympique Lyon and get ready to fight as a stronger side in next season’s edition.

Pep Guardiola must rise to challenge as Manchester City chase Liverpool

Pep Guardiola faces a stern test of his managerial philosophy as the Manchester City boss aims to overhaul Premier League champions Liverpool this season.
Super Eagles defender Shehu Abdullahi is delighted to be back in training with his Turkish clubside Bursaspor after the weeks in the lockdown.

Shehu Abdullahi seeks fresh challenge after Bursaspor exit

Nigeria defender Shehu Abdullahi is ready for a challenge after announcing his exit from Turkish club Bursaspor.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020-2021 English Premier League (EPL) season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Pep Guardiola: Kun Aguero could be out of action until November

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

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Luca Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019. Italian foreign ministry-AFP-Getty Images

Investigations set to begin in DR Congo following the death of Italian envoy

Congolese investigators arrived in Goma on Thursday to try to clarify the circumstances in which the Italian ambassador, his guard - a carabinieri - and a driver working for the World Food Program were killed earlier this week.g
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Zamfara government confirms abduction of female students

The Zamfara Government has confirmed the abduction of female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata-Mafara Local Government area of the state.
Justice Abdul Kafarati, the immediate past Chief Justice of the High Court of the Federation, has passed away.

Justice Abdul Kafarati passes on

“Innalillahi Wa inna ilaihi Rajiun. It is with deep sorry that I announced the passing away of our elder statesman, Hon Justice Abdul Kafarati the immediate past Chief Justice of High court of the Federation and former Bauchi State Attorney General which occurred this night (Thursday) after magrib Salat at Abuja.”
Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Kidnappers abduct schoolchildren in northwest Nigeria – official

Kidnappers have abducted schoolchildren in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a spokesman for the state governor said on Friday, but declined to say how many people were taken or provide further details.
The Police Command in Plateau has arrested 16 suspects over kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and unlawful possession of firearms.

Kidnapped farmer’s son regains freedom in Oyo

Ayodeji Emmanuel, the 24-year-old son of a poultry farmer kidnapped on Monday in his father’s farm at Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, has regained freedom.

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As reactions continue to trail appointment of Barrister Effiong Akwa as Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, a group, the Oron Union has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for settling for a man they described as “a leader with capacity and capability to effectively confront the developmental challenges bedeviling the region.”

NDDC to train unemployed youths at Innoson Motors

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said all is now set for the training of indigent Niger Delta youths on technical skills at Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company.
Halimatu Ayinde has set her sights on scoring more goals in 2021 following her matchwinner in Nigeria's 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan.

Super Falcons: Halima Ayinde welcomes Randy Waldrum’s plan to inject young players

Super Falcons midfielder Halima Ayinde has welcomed the decision of the team’s new coach, Randy Waldrum, to expand the player pool to let in younger players into the team.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari commiserates with Delta governor over father’s demise

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his entire family over the demise of their father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa.
Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV-AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.

Cameroon police arrest ‘suspected homosexuals’ at AIDS centre

Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV/AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero's contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues miss him a lot when he's not fit to play.

Barcelona target Sergio Aguero ready to quit Manchester City

Future of Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero, is in doubt as his iconic spell with Manchester City is expected to come to an end when his contract runs out in June.