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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.
Viktoria Marinova

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.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini speaks during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Milan, Italy, August 28, 2018. REUTERS-Massimo Pinca

Migrants: France’s Nathalie Loiseau likens Italy’s Matteo Salvini to Pontius Pilate

French European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau on Wednesday said Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was behaving “like Pontius Pilate”, over his position on migrants.
Malta Customs

Maltese Customs intercepts largest drug haul

Maltese Customs intercepted the largest ever drug haul, the Customs Department said on Tuesday.
Mohammed Sangaré

Newcastle’s Mohammed Sangare withdraws from Liberia squad

The 19-year-old is one of the 13 overseas-based players in the squad for next month's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier with DR Congo in Monrovia.
Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, arrives for an informal meeting of EU-Defence Ministers in Vienna, Austria, on August 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / HERBERT NEUBAUER / Austria OUT

EU urged to take ‘more responsibility’ on migrant mission

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday urged member states to "take more responsibility" and ensure the bloc's migrant rescue operation continues to fight human trafficking in the Mediterranean.
Italy's Matteo Salvini

Refugees allowed to leave ship as Italian prosecutor investigates deputy premier

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is under investigation by a Sicilian prosecutor for refusing to allow more than 150 migrants and refugees to enter Italy.

Banker pleads guilty in $1.2 billion money laundering scam

A former Swiss bank manager pleaded guilty in a US court on Wednesday for his role in a $1.2 billion money laundering scheme involving Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, the Justice Department announced.
Migrants say goodbye to crew members as they disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship after it docked at Bolier Wharf in Senglea, Malta, on August 15, 2018. The Aquarius, chartered by French group SOS Mediterranee along with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), arrived in Malta on August 15 after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff. The Aquarius had rescued the migrants off the coast of Libya in two separate missions on August 11, only for Italy and Malta to refuse access to their ports. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli

Malta rescues 100 migrants from boat in distress

Maltese coastguards rescued 100 migrants and recovered two bodies from a small boat south of the island on Wednesday.
Matteo Salvini - Mimmo Carriero-IPA-Rex-Shutterstock

Italy threatens to send stranded migrants ‘back to Libya’

Italy’s far-right interior minister threatened Sunday to send “back to Libya” nearly 180 people stranded for three days on an Italian coastguard ship if the EU did not step in to resolve another migrant row with Malta.
Some migrants disembark after the arrival of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms' ship in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras in San Roque, with 87 migrants on board, on August 9, 2018. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms' ship which rescued 87 migrants in distress off Libya docked in Spain today after roaming the Mediterranean for days, the third such vessel to be allowed in the country in two months after Italy refused to take them in. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO

Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain again after Italy refusal

The white ship belonging to Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms arrived in the southern port of San Roque, just across from Gibraltar near the city of Algeciras, at 9:20 am (0720 GMT).
A child aboard a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast is helped by rescuers aboard the Open Arms aid boat, of Proactiva Open Arms Spanish NGO, Saturday, June 30, 2018. Olmo Calvo - AP

Migrant rescue ship with 75 men, 12 boys, docks in Spain again after Italy...

An NGO ship which saved 87 migrants in distress off Libya docked in Spain on Thursday after roaming the Mediterranean for days, the third such vessel to be allowed in the country in two months after Italy refused to take them in.
Amnesty International

Amnesty International blames EU over migrant deaths in Mediterranean

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, in a report released in London on Wednesday blamed the countries of the European Union for the high number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean so far this summer.
African Migrants

IOM: 1,500 migrants died in Mediterranean so far in 2018

The UN says for the fifth straight year, 1,500 migrants perished in the Mediterranean, with the route between Libya and Italy being the deadliest.

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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.