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Kuwaiti women gather at the entrance of a polling station during parliamentary elections in Jahra City.

Kuwaitis to elect new parliament amid pandemic

Kuwaitis head to the polls on Saturday to elect a new parliament in the oil-rich Gulf country, in a vote overshadowed by the global pandemic and a fall in crude prices.
Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.

Bahrain open to imports from illegal Israeli settlements

Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wears a protective face mask during the press conference after winning the race, following the resumption of F1 after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) FIA-Handout via REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton set for knighthood after historic seventh title

Lewis Hamilton is set to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list after clinching his seventh Formula One World Championship and equalling the overall tally of Michael Schumacher
COVID-19 has drastically cut international student participation in U.S. colleges and universities, punctuating three years of declining enrollment tied to costs, immigration barriers and perceived chaos in American society.

US: New international student enrollment falls 43%

COVID-19 has drastically cut international student participation in U.S. colleges and universities, punctuating three years of declining enrollment tied to costs, immigration barriers and perceived chaos in American society.
In a statement released on Friday to The Associated Press news agency, the State Department said a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III carried Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to the Mayo Clinic hospital in Minnesota state.

US military says it flew terminally ill Bahrain premier to Minnesota

The United States military flew Bahrain’s terminally ill prime minister to America for hospital care two months before his death, the State Department acknowledged, underlining the importance of the Gulf island kingdom.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices fall sharply as virus cases surge, US vote drags on

Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Friday as new lockdowns in Europe to halt surging infections of COVID-19 sparked concern about the outlook for demand, while markets remained on edge over drawn-out vote counting in the United States presidential election.
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.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC, Russia target stability as oil price drops

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, and Russian Federation, have closed ranks, targeted at achieving stability in the global oil market.
A Nigerian-American, Yinka Faleti, has failed in his bid to become the Missouri Secretary of State in the 2020 US election.

US election: Nigerian-American loses bid to become Missouri secretary of state

A Nigerian-American, Yinka Faleti, has failed in his bid to become the Missouri Secretary of State in the 2020 US election.
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).
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Minister of Finance and Chairman, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), has urged the Federal Government to improve on immunisation coverage.

France, Germany, 104 other countries back ex-Nigerian minister for WTO post

The 27 European Union member states have backed Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her bid to become the first African and first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

Shippers council boss visits port terminals, calls for NXP adoption

Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), on Tuesday suggested that port terminal operators should adopt the Nigerian Export Proceeds (NXP) number to smoothen export transaction.
The highly elated Nigerians were flown into the country on board Air Peace airline.

Air Peace begins regular commercial flights to Jo’burg soon

The Air Peace says it will soon begin regular commercial flight operations from its Lagos hub to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran accuses France of fuelling ‘extremism’

Iran on Monday accused France of fuelling “extremism” after President Emmanuel Macron vowed to never give in to Islamic radicals and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa leaves Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr

Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has left Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr after two years.

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho contracts coronavirus

The World Cup winner, through a story he posted on Instagram, broke the news, saying that he tested positive for Coronavirus, while being asymptomatic, and self-isolating in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
(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.

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According to a statement signed by the commissioner of homeland affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the order comes into effect on April 9.

Military, police foil bandits’ attack on Kaduna community

The military and police on Friday night foiled an attack by armed bandits in Kasuwan Magani community, in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Following the confusion trailing the appeal court in Owerri validating All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Frank Ibezim as the authentic candidate of the party for the Imo North senatorial bye-election against Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Emma Okewulonu said he is contesting against two candidates.

Imo North: I’m contesting with two candidates – Emma Okewulonu

Following the confusion trailing the appeal court in Owerri validating All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Frank Ibezim as the authentic candidate of the party for the Imo North senatorial bye-election against Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Emma Okewulonu said he is contesting against two candidates.
Embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Adewumi Adesina, has survived a second round of investigation into his conduct, giving him a boost in his re-election bid next month.

AfDB: Africa’s economy shrinks by 3.4% due to coronavirus pandemic

The President of African Development Bank, AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said Africa’s economic growth this year will decline by 3.4%, because of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the US$50 million University of Transportation, Daura, scheduled to take off September next year will be built free of charge by the Chinese government.

Rotimi Amaechi: What I say’ll happen in Rivers

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has stated that what ever he says in the state would happen, adding that he would soon return.
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Man dies after sex romp in Port Harcourt brothel

Family members of a 43-year-old man identified as Enuduisu Godday Odili who died after sex romp with a commercial sex worker in a brothel in Port Harcourt, Rivers State say they suspect foul play.