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UN notes ‘tangible progress’ on Libya, demands troops leave by end of the week

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed "tangible progress" made in recent months in tackling Libya's almost decade-long crisis, in a report submitted on Monday to the Security Council in which he demanded all foreign troops and mercenaries leave the country by the week's end.
Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic's capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is under control, a spokesperson for UN peacekeeping forces said on Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections.

UN: Rebels thwarted in attack near Central African capital

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic on Wednesday mounted their closest attack to the capital Bangui before being repelled with the death of a peacekeeper, the country's UN mission said.
Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has formally launched his new novel, titled- Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth.

Wole Soyinka: Nigeria’s sovereignty taken over by armed groups

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has condemned the insecurity across Nigeria, saying the nation’s sovereignty has been taken over by armed groups.

Wole Soyinka urges Nigerian government to seek external help on insecurity

The Nobel Laureate berated some northern governors for negotiating with bandits and criminal elements, saying, “You don’t appease evil; we are dealing with evil, there is no other word, we are dealing with the proliferation, the enthronement of evil in the society. And unfortunately, we have encouraged its manifestation, its proliferation, its entrenchment.

Military contractor offers to help Nigerian Army subdue Boko Haram

A South African military contracting company, Conella Services Ltd., engaged by President Goodluck Jonathan administration to contain the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014, yesterday expressed its readiness to return to the country, if asked to by the federal government, to finish the job of routing the deadly sect.
United States Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador-at-Large, Nathan Sales, stated this during a special briefing via telephone yesterday.

Counterterrorism: No country can match our capabilities in Africa – US

The United States Government, has said no other country in the world can match the capabilities it brings to the African continent as far as counterterrorism is concerned.
Some of the foreign mercenaries with Nigerian counterparts in 2015

Boko Haram: Foreign mercenaries snub Nigeria

To enable Nigeria hold elections in 2015, Jonathan brought in contractors such as Blackwater from South Africa and also Russia, who cleared three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe of the insurgents.
United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

Message from the dead Borno farmers

That the slain Borno farmers did not get military clearance is an inconvenient truth, but the real error of judgement was taking the government at its word. In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military chiefs – the same military chiefs there today – to relocate to the North East, the main theatre in the war on Boko Haram.
Director, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, who made this known at a media briefing, also indicated that the DHQ has provided three additional treatment and isolation centres of its own.

Insurgency: Nigerian government will decide on mercenaries – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday placed the issue of the propriety or otherwise of hiring mercenaries to prosecute the war against insurgency on the doorstep of the federal government.

Report: Over 900 Syrian fighters return home from Karabakh

More than 900 pro-Turkish Syrian fighters have returned to Syria after the end of fighting in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, a Britain-based Syrian war monitor said Wednesday.
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, admitted that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram exists in many parts of the state and are threat to over six million people in the state.

Boko Haram: Governor Zulum urges President Buhari to engage mercenaries to clear Sambisa

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Monday, gave six recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari to check the lingering Boko Haram crisis in the North-East.
A backed-up line of cars and trucks stuck climbs along the road from Kalbajar on Saturday [Dmitry Lovetsky-AP]

Armenia cedes disputed land to Azerbaijan after peace deal

Armenia has begun handing over disputed territory to Azerbaijan as part of a peace accord that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Anambra: Police post, vehicles razed in land dispute

Hoodlums have allegedly burnt a police post and some vehicles during a land dispute in Ukpo, in the Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority has been suspended from office by the board of the agency.

#EndSARS: Hoodlums destroyed 30 vehicles, looted Cross River basin authority – official

The Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority, Engr Bassey Nkposong, has disclosed that hoodlums destroyed 30 vehicles, caterpillars and looted the agency on Saturday, October 24.
The Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority has been suspended from office by the board of the agency.

Hoodlums demand N15 million to spare Cross River basin authority

The managing director of Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBDA), Engr. Bassey Edet Nkposong, has said that his inability to immediately raise N15 million on Saturday led to the wanton looting of all the offices and guest houses, destruction and burning of 34 vehicles and factories in the entire basin town.
A former U.S. soldier captured in Venezuela said on Wednesday that he had been contracted by a Florida security firm to seize control of Caracas’ airport and bring in a plane to fly President Nicolas Maduro to the United States.

US mercenaries sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted invasion

Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab Friday reported that the two former U.S. military officers Luke Denmnan and Airan Berry, who participated in the failed invasion attempt in Venezuela, were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, has cleared the air over the alleged hostility between him and his boss, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Ondo guber: PDP chieftain drags Ondo deputy governor to court, seeks disqualification from party’s...

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, Mr Konstante Timi Olopele, has dragged the state deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, before an Akure High Court, seeking his disqualification from the July 22, 2020, primary election of the party.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 17, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP-Jim Watson)

Donald Trump says would consider meeting Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro

US President Donald Trump has said he would consider meeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and indicated that he is not entirely confident in the country’s opposition leader, according to an interview published Sunday.

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Fulani youth group criticises Ondo governor’s ‘marching order’ to herdsmen

The National Youth Leader of Fulani Association in Nigeria under Jondajam, Alh Adamu Saidu Maikano, has criticised the ‘marching order’ issued by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to unregistered herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves within seven days.

Ondo governor: Only unregistered Fulani herdsmen were asked to leave our forests

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has said that his government has directed Fulani herdsmen not registered with the state government to vacate the forests in the state.
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Thai government files royal insult complaint against opposition figure over vaccine criticism

Thailand’s ministry of digital economy and society will file a criminal complaint of defaming the country’s monarchy against banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the ministry said on Wednesday.
The militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for a landmine explosion in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, that killed four people.

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for deadly Somalia explosion  

Six others were injured in the explosion just two days after the United States completed the withdrawal of 700 military personnel from Somalia who supported security forces with counter terrorism operations.
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Google investigates ethical AI team member over handling of sensitive data

Alphabet Inc’s Google is investigating a member of its ethical AI team and has locked the corporate account linked to that person after finding that thousands of files were retrieved from its server and shared with external accounts, the company said on Wednesday.