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Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

CUPP wants INEC to adjust timetable for Ondo, Edo polls

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on the electoral commission, INEC, to adjust its timetable for Edo and Ondo governorship elections, following the Court of Appeal judgment that upturned the deregistration of 23 political parties.
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Dollar slips after political wrangling slows rally

A dollar rebound faltered on Tuesday as political wrangling over a United States relief plan and the gloomy outlook weighed on the currency.
The United States on Monday demanded that Russia immediately release U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, after he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage.

US ex-marine will not appeal Russian espionage verdict

“(Paul) Whelan will not appeal. He does not believe in Russian justice,” his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told news agency Interfax.

INEC deregisters 74 political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deregistered 74 political parties, meaning that they would not be participating in subsequent elections in the country.
Russia's relations with the US have soured since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 [Alexander Zemlianichenko-AP]

Russia arrests American in Moscow over suspected spying

Russia has arrested an American citizen on suspicion of spying in Moscow, its domestic security service (FSB) has said.

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Suspected herdsmen kill four in Oyo

Four men have been hacked to death at Idiyan village in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State by suspected Fulani herdsmen in what seemed like a reprisal, in less than 24 hours after a suspected warlord and kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakili, was arrested by members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank sets aside N21 billion grant for displaced Adamawa, Borno women, 3 others

World Bank has made available N21 billion grant to enable women in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states affected by forced displacement participate in political and economic activities in Nigeria.
A Tunisian court has sentenced Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to ten years in jail for corruption, the state run news agency TAP reported on Tuesday.

Tunisia ousted president’s brother-in-law gets 10 years for corruption

TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian court has sentenced Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to ten years in jail for corruption, the state run news agency TAP reported on Tuesday.
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NNPC chief: Fiscal framework will enhance gas development

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has called for a legislative framework with clear fiscal terms in order to tap the full potential of the gas resources in the nation’s deepwater acreages.
Nigeria's national electricity grid collapsed on Sunday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said in a statement. Power outages in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, are common, but a system collapse is unusual.

Power: Group urges President Buhari to block alleged plot against eligible customers

The Coalition of Arewa Assembly has decried the alleged move to stop the provision of eligible customers (EC) in the Nigerian electricity market, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and his economic team to urgently wade into the matter to avert economic collapse.

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Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s priority in the January transfer window is to trim their bloated squad as he seeks to build on a mini-revival at the Premier League club.

Burnley boss pleased to see Arsenal stick with Mikel Arteta

Burnley boss, Sean Dyche, is pleased that Arsenal have stuck by young manager Mikel Arteta.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle in a conversation with US television host Oprah Winfrey. The couple's interview with Winfrey was broadcast late on Sunday in the US [Joe Pugliese-Harpo Productions via AFP]

Prince Harry: No one from family has apologised for lack of support

Prince Harry says no one from the royal family has apologised to him and Meghan after they revealed they needed to leave due to a lack of support.
Nigerian major carrier, Air Peace, has announced that it would commence flight operations to Makurdi, Benue State capital, from Lagos and Abuja on December 7, 2020.

Air Peace resumes Accra flights March 15, set for Ilorin services

The spokesperson of the airline, Stanley Olisa, who disclosed this, stated that the Lagos-Accra flight will depart daily at 07:00hrs while the Accra-Lagos flight will depart at 07:40hrs.
A Senegalese opposition collective on Saturday called for fresh protests starting Monday, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Senegalese people called to ‘take to the streets’

A Senegalese opposition collective on Saturday called for fresh protests starting Monday, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Lagos commuters stranded as bus operators protest against motor park touts

Commuters, Thursday, were stranded on roads in the Badagry/Agbara axis as operators of commercial buses, popularly known as danfo, embarked on protest against extortion by touts.