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Senator in child pornography scandal

Michael Folmer, a Pennsylvania State Senator, is facing charges of possession of child pornography.
Smoke billowing after a fire at a Saudi Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. VIDEOS OBTAINED BY REUTERS-REUTERS

Oil prices surge by 20 percent on drone strike on Saudi Arabia

Crude oil prices have surged more than 19 per cent after a drone strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility wiped out about five per cent of global supplies.

Guard ‘kills’ Lebanese boss, dumps body in septic tank

A Lebanese national identified as Basan Khodari was on Tuesday found dead inside a septic tank in his Lagos residence.

Airstrikes kill 18 pro-government fighters in eastern Syria

Unknown warplanes carried out airstrikes against Iranian-run military bases and weapon depots in the Al-Bukamal city and nearby areas in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province in eastern Syria close to the Iraqi border.
Saad Hariri

Lebanese premier vows to keep currency pegged to dollar

Lebanon's prime minister is pledging to keep the national currency pegged to the dollar and says the government won't consider an International Monetary Fund program that would leave it to the markets to decide the price of the Lebanese pound.
The Grace 1 supertanker in the British territory of Gibraltar

US chases Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Syria

An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. across the Mediterranean Sea slowed to a near-stop Sunday off the coast of Syria, where America’s top diplomat alleges it will be unloaded despite denials from Tehran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a 'new era of cooperation' [Petr David Josek-AP]

US warns UN over Iran nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the UN Security Council and warned of provisions in the Iranian nuclear deal that are set to expire a year from now, in October 2020.

US: Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, others not fiscally transparent

The classification, contained in a report released Thursday by the U.S Department Of State, means Nigeria’s budgeting process, including its contracting and licensing processes in the extractive industry, did not meet the standards required of the American government.

Presidency: We’ve defeated real Boko Haram

He said: “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated.”
Professor Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC boss

NAFDAC: Beware of the ‘Ponmo’ you buy

The Management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted the public, especially consumers of animal hides, popularly known as ‘Ponmo’ in local parlance on the activities of some unscrupulous business men and traders who are selling industrial animal hides as food article.
China’s Qu Dongyu has been elected Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

China’s Qu Dongyu elected new FAO chief

China’s Qu Dongyu has been elected Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Lebanese president seeks US participation in domestic oil, gas projects

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Monday called on the U.S. to take part in oil and gas exploration in Lebanon, the Presidency’s website reported.

Two Lebanese workers kidnapped in Rivers

Gunmen in oil-rich Rivers state kidnapped two Lebanese workers helping to build a road, a police spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

Rivers youth leader tasks police, others to rescue three kidnapped Lebanese

Mr Mkpon Ijonama, President, Andoni Youth Coalition, has urged the police and other stakeholders to swing into action and ensure the rescue of three Lebanese construction workers kidnapped in Rivers on Saturday.
Amirali Hajizadeh

Iran: US carrier, troops in Gulf now a target

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.
Retired Lebanese army and security personnel on Tuesday staged sit-ins and blocked roads in Beirut as the cabinet was set to discuss an austerity budget proposing cuts to end-of-service benefits for state employees and the army.

Protests in Lebanon as cabinet sets to discuss austerity budget

Retired Lebanese army and security personnel on Tuesday staged sit-ins and blocked roads in Beirut as the cabinet was set to discuss an austerity budget proposing cuts to end-of-service benefits for state employees and the army.
US President Donald Trump on Friday urged China to abolish tariffs on agricultural products imported from the United States — adding that trade talks between the rival powers were going well.

White House: Donald Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports

The United States announced on Monday it will no longer grant sanctions exemptions to Iran’s oil customers, potentially punishing allies such as India as it tries to squeeze Tehran’s top export.
Russian hackers recently attacked a number of US embassies around the world by emailing malicious attachments disguised as official State Department documents to officials, according to a new report from Check Point Research.

Report: Russian hackers targeting US embassies

Russian hackers recently attacked a number of US embassies around the world by emailing malicious attachments disguised as official State Department documents to officials, according to a new report from Check Point Research.

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Stakeholders lament deplorable state of federal roads, urge government intervention

Some stakeholders have lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in their respective areas, saying the situation is adversely affecting the socio-economic lives of the people.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country will present a regional cooperation plan to create security in the Gulf when he attends the United Nations General Assembly this week.

US eager to use Saudi Aramco attack for billion-dollar deals – Iranian leader

The U.S. seeks to use the recent drone attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities to its utmost advantage by striking billion-dollar deals and attaining a permanent presence in the Middle East, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
If Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, so desires, he has the ability to seriously damage Trump’s Presidency with a few choice disclosures.Photograph by Alexey Vitvitsky - Sputnik - AP

Ukrainian leader begins US visit amid Donald Trump’s call controversy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday commenced a three-day visit to the U.S. amid a controversy over a recent phone call between the Ukrainian leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Xavi Hernández

Xavi Hernandez open to managerial role in England as Barca alternative

Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed that he would welcome the chance to manage in the Premier League, should a return to Camp Nou fail to materialise.
Real Madrid Leonardo Jardim Julen Lopetegui

Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim in spotlight amid awful start to season

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is unfazed by the speculation over his future as the 2017 French champions go into a midweek derby against Patrick Vieira’s Nice still without a win this season.