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Hong Kong pro-independence protesters shout during a demonstration on China's National Day in Hong Kong [Bobby Yip-Reuters]

Hong Kong’s government tightens grip, moves closer to China

Hong Kong's government deployed an elite police unit for political monitoring and surveillance as it tightens the political screws and moves closer to mainland China.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says Senate President Bukola Saraki slowed down the progress of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Lai Mohammed: Atiku Abubakar’s choice a return to sordid corruption era

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says a vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 election is a return to “a sordid corruption lading past.”
President Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari raises alarm over ‘misuse’ of social media

President Muhammadu Buhari has alerted Nigerians on the challenges and danger associated with the misuse of what he described as “today’s world of social media.’’

Power stakeholders jittery over 2019 terminal date for N701 billion PAG programme

Palpable fear may have gripped stakeholders in the power sector value chain over the fate of the electricity Generating Companies (Gencos) should the N701 billion Payment Assurance Guarantee (PAG) programme end next year.

Facebook, Google to tackle spread of fake news

Facebook, Google and other tech firms have agreed a code of conduct to do more to tackle the spread of fake news, due to concerns it can influence elections, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
The European Parliament has voted on changes to the Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the internet age.

EU approves controversial internet copyright law, including ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’

The European Parliament has voted on changes to the Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the internet age. In a session this morning, MEPs approved amended versions of the directive’s most controversial provisions: Articles 11 and 13, dubbed by critics as the “link tax” and “upload filter.”

Muslims demand holiday for Islamic New Year

For the umpteenth time, some Islamic groups have called on the Federal and State Governments in Nigeria to declare Muharram 1, the first day of the Islamic Hijrah Calendar, as a public holiday.

India’s top court expected to rule on gay sex

India's Supreme Court is likely on Thursday to deliver an eagerly awaited judgement on colonial-era legislation criminalising homosexuality, lawyers said.

Qatar scraps controversial exit visa system

Qatar has approved legislation to scrap controversial exit visas which require all foreign workers to obtain their employers’ permission to leave the country, according to official statements published on Tuesday.

Ousted Australian premier resigns from parliament, government loses majority

Australia’s former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday resigned from parliament, a source familiar with the matter said, stripping the government of its one-seat parliamentary majority.
National Chairman, APC, Adams Oshiomhole

Comrade Oshiomhole: Senator Saraki will be lawfully and democratically impeached

The All Progressives Congress has resolved to explore every legal means to ensure that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is impeached and replaced with a loyal party member.
Chinese President Xi Jinping | Xinhua

China condemns new US defense act

China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it would comprehensively assess aspects that beef up the role of a panel tasked with reviewing foreign investment proposals.
Senator and former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sits next to Senator Fuentes as lawmakers debate on a bill that would legalize abortion, in Buenos Aires. REUTERS

Argentina Senate votes against legalizing abortion

Argentine senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women’s rights groups after the bill was approved by the legislature’s lower house in June.
Egypt Parliament

Egypt passes bill to block popular social media accounts

Egypt's parliament has passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news," the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news.

UN: World’s fish consumption unsustainable

A third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the UN warned in a report on Monday.
Protesters against the supreme court changes in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Kacper Pempel-Reuters

EU opens new legal case against Poland over Supreme Court changes

The European Commission formally launched infringement proceedings against Poland one day ahead of the implementation of a controversial reform that would force out about 40 percent of sitting judges at its highest court.

Nigeria kick starts voluntary asset repatriation scheme

Nigeria is set to partner foreign consultants, comprising legal practitioners and other experts in Switzerland on a voluntary offshore asset repatriation scheme.

CIBN charges Senate on speedy passage of FSS 2020 bills

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CBN) has called on the Senate to urgently pass the Financial System Strategy (FSS 2020) Bills into law to promote financial inclusion and strengthen electronic payment system in the country.

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EU ‘no-deal’ Brexit plan has bad news for travellers

The EU published contingency plans for a “no-deal” Brexit on Tuesday, outlining a host of travel rights Britons would lose, from recognition of driving licences to loss of pet passports.

INEC: 13,000 PVCs unclaimed in Kuje

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says no fewer than 13,000 registered voters were yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.
Kola Ologbondiyan

Kwara bye-election: PDP warns against use of security to intimidate voters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned against “plot’’ to use the police as a tool to intimidate voters and rig the Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin Federal Constituency by-election in Kwara scheduled for Saturday.
Second Niger Bridge

Federal government awards N206 billion contract for 2nd Niger Bridge to Julius Berger

The federal government has awarded Julius Berger Construction Company a N206 billion contract for the main work on the 2nd Niger Bridge.

Rob Shuter: MTN to acquire banking licence in Nigeria

Rob Shuter, the chief executive officer at MTN Group, says the group will acquire an independent banking licence in Nigeria by 2019.