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A screen grab from alalamtv.net shows a notice saying the website has been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action, as seen June 22, 2021. REUTERS

U.S. blocks websites linked to Iranian disinformation

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday blocked some three dozen websites, many of them associated with Iranian disinformation activities, a U.S. government source said, adding an official announcement was expected.
A screen grab from alalamtv.net shows a notice saying the website has been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action, as seen June 22, 2021. REUTERS

Notices on Iran-linked websites say they have been seized by U.S.

Notices appeared on Tuesday on a number of Iran-affiliated websites saying they had been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action.
The pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily looked set to close for good by Saturday following police raids and the arrest of executives - a move that critics say undermines the city's status as a free and open society as Beijing tightens grip

Closure looms for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily after raids

The pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily looked set to close for good by Saturday following police raids and the arrest of executives - a move that critics say undermines the city's status as a free and open society as Beijing tightens its grip.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopians to vote in what government bills as first free election

Ethiopians vote on Monday in national and regional elections that the prime minister has billed as proof of his commitment to democracy after decades of repressive rule in Africa's second-most populous nation.
The last time Croatia played an international tournament, Luka Modric went on to win the Ballon d’Or, becoming the only player since 2007 to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to football’s most prestigious individual award.

Luka Modric: England home games ‘unfair’

Croatia captain Luka Modric claims England have been given an unfair advantage in Euro 2020 after all three of their group games were scheduled for Wembley.
FILE PHOTO - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech in Minsk, Belarus May 26, 2021. Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus-Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Belarus introduces prison sentences for taking part in protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed into law prison sentences for people taking part in protests or insulting state officials, part of an unprecedented crackdown by the veteran leader since a disputed election last year.
FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Nigerian government yet to give conditions for dropping Twitter ban – ministry

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stated that no conditions have been given yet for the lifting of the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Jeffrey Moyo, a freelance reporter for The New York Times, was arrested in Zimbabwe

CPJ calls for release of Zimbabwean journalist

A press freedom watchdog has called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release a local journalist who was remanded in custody on accusations of violating the country’s immigration laws to facilitate a reporting trip by two foreign colleagues.
Juventus chief football officer, Fabio Paratici, has declared Cristiano Ronaldo is going nowhere and will see out the rest of his contract in Turin.

Max Allegri’s return to Juventus could see Cristiano Ronaldo leave

Juventus announced the return of Max Allegri as coach, but it is not good news for everyone. It culd even affect Cristiano Ronaldo's future.
The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has lambasted Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, for demanding compensation from China over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Oby Ezekwesili: I never said #BBOG was set up to bring ex-President Jonathan down

Former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has urged Nigerians to ignore a “malicious quote” attributed to her regarding the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas appeared to abate slightly early on Tuesday, with no fatalities logged in Gaza for the first time since hostilities erupted on May 10, and fewer long-range Palestinian rocket attacks.

Hamas-Israel fighting abates as truce calls mount

Cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas appeared to abate slightly early on Tuesday, with no fatalities logged in Gaza for the first time since hostilities erupted on May 10, and fewer long-range Palestinian rocket attacks.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes his star man Harry Kane is surrounded by the ideal pieces.

Harry Kane tells Tottenham he wants to leave this summer

The 27-year-old has grown frustrated over the club's inability to compete at the highest level, having seen his side fall out of contention to secure Champions League football for next season.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a news conference following meetings at the Danish Foreign Ministry, Eigtved's Warehouse, in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 17, 2021. Saul Loeb-Pool via REUTERS

Antony Blinken: U.S. working ‘intensively’ to end Israeli-Palestinian hostilities

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the United States was working “intensively” to end violence between Israel and Palestinian militants, and rejected suggestions that Washington was blocking diplomacy at the United Nations
Super Eagles defender Semi Ajayi got very good ratings following his performance for West Bromwich Albion, in their 2-0 win at Millwall on Sunday.

Semi Ajayi receives racist abuse after West Brom’s loss vs Liverpool

West Brom Super Eagles defender Semi Ajayi was the victim of racist abuse on social media after Sunday’s Premier League home defeat by Liverpool.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Afaka students were never sexually molested by bandits – parents

Disturbed by the news that freed Afaka students were sexually molested while in captivity, parents of the students have said that none of the 37 kidnapped (now freed) Afaka students was sexually or homosexually molested by the bandits.
File photo of Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed in parliament in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ethiopia revokes press credentials of New York Times reporter

Ethiopia has revoked the press credentials of a foreign journalist working for the New York Times, according to the newspaper and an Ethiopian official.
Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has dragged her colleague and Baba Ijesha supporter, Yomi Fabiyi, to court and sued him for N100 million for “defamatory publication.”

Baba Ijesha: Nollywood actress to sue Yomi Fabiyi for N100 million over ‘defamation’

Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has dragged her colleague and Baba Ijesha supporter, Yomi Fabiyi, to court and sued him for N100 million for “defamatory publication.”
People protest in Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar May 2, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters.

Seven reported killed as Myanmar protests aim to ‘shake the world’

Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing seven people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis.
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it is set to complete analogue switch off across Nigeria by end of 2022.

IPC: NBC’s threat on Channels TV unacceptable

The International Press Centre (IPC) has rejected the decision of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction Channels Television for interviewing the spokesman of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), during the broadcast of its ‘Politics Today’ programme on Sunday April 25, 2021.
FILE PHOTO: Anti-government protesters hold placards to show their support and welcome the new National Unity Government found by ousted NLD legislators and call to continue strike from traditional new year in Myanmar, in Yangon, Myanmar, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/

Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end...

Myanmar’s neighbours have to negotiate with a newly formed government of national unity if they want to help resolve the turmoil triggered a by a Feb. 1 military coup and they should not recognise the junta, a unity government official said.
FILE PHOTO - A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS-Raheb Homavandi

Iran identifies suspect behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

Iran on Saturday named a man it wants arrested in connection with a recent explosion and power outage at its main Natanz nuclear plant, as talks got underway in Vienna to try to save Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran nuclear talks to last several days then pause – EU official

Talks on rescuing Iran's 2015 nuclear deal will carry on for several days before breaking so that Iranian and U.S. officials can return home for consultations, a European Union official said on Friday.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

Three suspected armed robbers on Saturday were involved a ghastly motor accident at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, while escaping with a car they allegedly snatched at gunpoint.

Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

A group of Russians detained by the police in a part of northern Chad where the army has been battling a rebel invasion from Libya said on Wednesday that they were tourists who had come to sightsee in the Sahara Desert.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will publish the names of government agencies that have refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to defend the interrogations of the Auditor-General for the Federation in the 2015 report.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Blessing Okagbare sets new African record at AFN Olympic Trials

Blessing Okagbare has set a new African record at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials in Lagos.
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UN: UK aid cuts likely to cause thousands of needless deaths

Millions of people risk death and disability as Britain shuts down a major aid programme targeting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the World Health Organization said.
The Netherlands suffered a terrible blow in losing to Turkey at the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday, coach Frank de Boer said.

Netherlands coach: Barcelona move will give Depay ‘something extra’

Netherlands coach Frank de Boer is hopeful Memphis Depay’s Euro 2020 form will be positively impacted after the confirmation the striker will play for Barcelona next season.
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Enugu APC ward chairman removed over ‘anti-party activities’

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ward 7, Igbo Eze North LGA, Mr. Nwokedi Ugwoke, has been removed from office for alleged anti-party activities.
Italy is reintroducing a five-day quarantine on arrivals from Britain after a spike in coronavirus cases there, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday.

Italy re-imposes quarantine on arrivals from Britain

Italy is reintroducing a five-day quarantine on arrivals from Britain after a spike in coronavirus cases there, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday.