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Tigrayan forces fighting Ethiopian government troops are standing firm on the southern front and engaging soldiers round the town of Adigrat to the north, said Debretsion Gebremichael, head of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, via text message.

Protests break out in captured Ethiopian city – Tigrayan leader

The leader of Ethiopia's rebellious Tigrayan forces said on Friday that protests were breaking out in the regional capital which fell to federal troops days ago in their month-long war.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched a military campaign against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) on 4 November, accusing its forces of attacking two federal military camps in the region and the party of defying his government and seeking to destabilise it.

Ethiopia’s PM savours victory, Tigrayan leader says war not finished

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict.
Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed they shot down a military plane and retook a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in the northern region.

Tigray forces say they shot down Ethiopian plane, retook Axum

Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed they shot down a military plane and retook a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in the northern region.
A member of the Amhara Special Forces looks on as he holds his rifle at the 5th Battalion of the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Army in Dansha, Ethiopia. EDUARDO SOTERAS - AFP

Ethiopia says military operation in Tigray region is over, hunt for Tigray leaders begins

The police late on Saturday issued arrest warrants for 17 more military officers charged with crimes in connection with the conflict that include treason and embezzlement of public properties, state-affiliated Fana TV reported. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out.
Ethiopian jets bombed the Tigray region on Friday and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pledged more air strikes in the escalating conflict, as reports emerged that Tigrayan forces had seized control of key federal military sites and weapons.

Ethiopian air strikes in Tigray will continue – premier

Ethiopian jets bombed the Tigray region on Friday and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pledged more air strikes in the escalating conflict, as reports emerged that Tigrayan forces had seized control of key federal military sites and weapons.
Ethiopia’s government has declared a state of emergency in the northern Tigray region after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused the opposition-led local government of attacking federal troops and trying to “loot” military assets.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency in opposition-held Tigray

A statement issued by Abiy’s office on Wednesday said the Federal Council of Ministers made the declaration “recognising that illegal and violent activities within the National Regional State of Tigray are endangering the constitution and constitutional order”.

Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, others pay tribute to Robert Mugabe

Mugabe – the oldest African leader when he was removed from power in November 2017 – died of an undisclosed illness in a hospital in Singapore on Sept. 6.

Boris Johnson launches UK leadership bid

Boris Johnson launches his campaign Wednesday to replace Theresa May as Britain’s next leader, as lawmakers moved to stop him and other hardliners from delivering a “no deal” Brexit.

Activists: Chinese police step up use of video ‘confessions’

Students in Beijing said Saturday that Chinese police had forced them to watch new video “confessions” from fellow labour activists, as authorities tighten their grip on campus activism.

1,000 Oromo rebels give up arms in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has said some 1,000 fighters with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebel group have given up arms and entered rehabilitation camps, according to state media.
Colombia's leftist ELN rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker and derailed peace talks being held in Cuba.

Colombia’s ELN rebels claim deadly police academy attack

Colombia's leftist ELN rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker and derailed peace talks being held in Cuba.
Colombian police hold flowers during a vigil at the scene of the attack on Thursday [Leonardo Munoz-EPA]

21 dead in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

Colombia’s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after at least 21 people died in a car bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy, and 68 were wounded — the worst such incident in the city in 16 years.
Colombia's special investigation unit blamed 'illegal armed groups and criminal organisations' for the killings [Luis Benavides-AP Photo]

UN: 85 FARC members killed in Colombia since peace deal

In the two years since Colombia signed a peace deal with the left-wing FARC rebels, 85 members of the armed-group-turned-political-party have been killed, the United Nations said.
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China arrests Marxist student leader for celebrating Mao Zedong’s birthday

Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist student activist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, for attempting to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong, whose legacy in China remains controversial.
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Benin under fire over huge hike in election candidate fees

Benin's former leader on Tuesday accused President Patrice Talon of "declaring war" on the nation through the adoption of a new law demanding exorbitant fees from anyone running for election.
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President Ramaphosa: No reason to believe South Africa would face sanctions over land reform

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday there was no reason to believe that any country would impose sanctions on South Africa over plans to redistribute land to address racial disparities in ownership.

Four killed, 30 injured in political violence

Police on Wednesday said four political party workers were killed after activists of rival parties clashed in India’s Eastern State of West Bengal.

CSO urges Edo government to prosecute contractors of abandoned projects

A civil society group, Talakawa’s Parliament (TP), has called on the Edo State Government to allow the Ministry of Justice press criminal charges against contractors who abandoned projects in the state to serve as deterrent to others that want to toe the same line of corruption.

Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup

There has been nothing in recent memory like the build-up to Nigeria’s first match at the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Football is Nigeria’s greatest unifier: when it is football, our compatriots drop all ethnic, religious and ideological differences and profess the missing faith and ideology of one Nigeria.

Ex-Minister bags 10-year jail term in Congo-Brazzaville

A court in Congo-Brazzaville has sentenced a former government minister to ten years in prison on charges of violating state security and being complicit in the illegal possession of weapons.

Colombia extradites accused drug kingpin to US

Colombia on Monday extradited to the United States a former right-wing paramilitary leader who is accused of having headed one of the country’s largest drug cartels.

Former Guatemala dictator Rios Montt passes on at 91

Former Guatemala dictator Rios Montt, accused of genocide, has died.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister blames declining non-oil exports on lack of extension support

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Sabo Nanono, yesterday lamented that lack of extension workers to guide exporters has cost the country massive opportunities in its agricultural exports drive.
The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma briefing the State Press after a ‘closed door’ meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja. PHOTO - SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JAN 18 2021

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Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two false whistle blowers- Dominic Okem and Chukwunonso Igweonu, to two months imprisonment each for conspiracy and giving false information

Court jails two ‘whistle blowers’ in Port Harcourt

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Kano governor approves recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, others

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday approved the recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and other allied health workers.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, called for synergy among President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, security chiefs and other stakeholders, saying such would de-escalate tension occasioned by the challenge of insecurity in the country.

Insecurity: Ex-President Jonathan calls for collaborative effort among leaders

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, called for synergy among President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, security chiefs and other stakeholders, saying such would de-escalate tension occasioned by the challenge of insecurity in the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police rescue kidnap victims, nab robbery suspect in Delta

Operatives of the Delta Police Command have rescued two kidnap victims who are members of a popular church in Delta from their abductors.
The naira this morning reversed its two weeks loss to the dollar in the parallel market, appreciating by N20 to N470 per dollar.

Exiting recession not enough to guarantee economic recovery – analysts

While the slight improvement in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) recorded in Q4 is good news, analysts say it is not significant enough to mark economic recovery.
Jan Blachowicz bounced back from a slow start to outpoint Israel Adesanya and retain his light-heavyweight title after an enthralling tactical battle at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Blachowicz edges Adesanya to retain UFC crown

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