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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the youth and the Synod Fathers at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican on October 6, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Tiziana FABI

Distrust and anger shadow Vatican summit on sex abuse

Pope Francis has opened a four-day summit to fight the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy amid scepticism and anger over the mishandling of decades-long cases.
Among those rescued are at least 13 minors, and their stay at sea had taken its toll on them, the Sea-Watch crew said [Salvatore Cavalli-AP]

Italy to allow rescued migrants to disembark after 10 days

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said a group of 47 rescued refugees and migrants will be allowed to disembark the Sea-Watch NGO vessel they had been on for 10 days.
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Nigeria improves in Transparency International anti-corruption ranking

Nigeria moved to 144th from 148th in Transparency International latest corruption perception index worldwide, that also saw the United States dropping four notches out of the top 20 countries in the world.
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EU to stop issuance of ‘golden passports’ for big investors

The European Commission has urged a crackdown on member states handing out “golden passports” and visas to non-EU nationals in exchange for large investments.
Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show “concrete solidarity” with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.

Pope urges EU leaders to show solidarity with migrants off Malta

Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show “concrete solidarity” with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.
Sea-Watch 3 has been stranded in the Mediterranean with 32 refugees and migrants on board [Darrin Zammit Lupi-Reuters]

Netherlands ready to take in refugees from NGO ship off Malta

The Netherlands has announced it was prepared to welcome some of the 32 refugees and migrants waiting to disembark from a Dutch-flagged vessel in the Mediterranean, if other countries did the same.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya docks in Spain

A charity rescue vessel carrying 311 mainly African migrants plucked off Libya docked in Spain Friday, ending a traumatic journey which saw them spending Christmas at sea and several European nations denying the ship entry.
A migrant woman holds her new born baby after being rescued by the Proactiva Open Arms organisation with other nearly 300 migrants off the coast of Libya on December 21, 2018. Italy on December 22, 2018 closed its ports to hundreds of migrants rescued off Libya who face a chilly Christmas at sea after a mother and newborn baby were evacuated to Malta. Olmo CALVO / AFP

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

A civilian ship with 33 migrants aboard rescued off the Libyan coast appealed Sunday for a European port to take them to before the weather turns at Christmas.
Some 1,200 people, including pilgrims, relatives and friends of the beatified, filled the Chapel of our Lady of Santa Cruz [Abdelaziz Boumzar-Reuters]

Catholic monks beatified in Algeria, first in a Muslim nation

The Catholic Church beatifies seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed in Algeria during the country's 1990s civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim country
France's defender Samuel Umtiti (top) heads the ball to score the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

All you need to know about the Euro 2020 qualifying draw

A unique European Championships in 2020 that will be hosted in 12 cities across the continent will begin to take shape when the qualifying draw takes place in Dublin on Sunday at 1100GMT.

Ignatius Kaigama: Why hostility, intolerance, violence persist between Muslims, Christians in Nigeria

Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, has identified reasons behind the competitive spirit, hostility and intolerance between adherents of Islamic and Christian religions in Nigeria.

UN spends $70 million on humanitarian assistance in North-East

The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (COHA) has spent 70 million dollars in providing humanitarian assistance in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
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UN to carry out human rights review of Nigeria, others

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights is to be carried out by UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) to track records of 13 countries, including Nigeria.
Usain Bolt takes a tumble during training. News Corp Australia

Ange Postecoglou: Usain Bolt has slim chance in football

Former Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has cast doubt on Usain Bolt’s hopes of re-inventing himself as a football player and earning a professional A-League contract at the age of 32.
Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt rejects Maltese club move

Usain Bolt has rejected a two-year deal with Maltese champions Valletta, the eight-time Olympic champion’s agent has confirmed.
Usain Bolt has marked his first start for A-League side Central Coast Mariners with two goals against Macarthur South West in a preseason friendly.

Usain Bolt offered contract with Malta football club

Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said on Tuesday, with the club saying it wanted to “write history” with the signing.
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Bulgarian man charged with murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova

Police have arrested and charged a man with the murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova.

Migrants land in Malta after standoff

The Maltese authorities on Sunday finally took 58 migrants from the Aquarius to Valletta after they had waited for days in rough seas on the rescue ship that can no longer go to port after its flag was pulled.

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Governor Fayemi: APC won’t buy votes to win

Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will never buy votes to win any election.

Election: Card reader fails in Chris Uba’s Anambra ward

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Anambra South senatorial district, Chief Chris Uba, and his people could not vote until 1pm due to card reader failure.

Governor Emmanuel commends INEC, complains about intimidation

Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on its improved electoral process in the 2019 general elections.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Saturday called for a shift from the current manual method of voting in elections in Nigeria to electronic voting system.

Governor Ikpeazu calls for e-voting in subsequent elections

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Saturday called for a shift from the current manual method of voting in elections in Nigeria to electronic voting system.
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Great Ogboru: Muhammadu Buhari’ll be President till 2023

The Delta State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, Saturday expressed confidence about the victory of the All Progressive Congress Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and other candidates of the party in the area.