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The United Nations-African Union mission in DarfurMembers of the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) look on as Sudanese internally displaced people stage a sit in to protest against the end of their mandate, in Kalma camp in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, on December 31, 2020.

Peace mission in Sudan’s Darfur ends, stoking fears of new clashes

The United Nations and African Union on Thursday ended a 13-year mission to keep the peace in the vast Sudanese region of Darfur, even as recent violent clashes leave residents fearful of renewed fighting.
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Amnesty International releases findings on Mai-Kadra massacre

Scores of freshly-dug graves fill the church compound in Mai-Kadra. Shovels abandoned by weary hands are strewn on the dirt among empty cans of lemon air freshener that fail to mask the stench of death.
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.

Tigray rebels standing firm against Ethiopian advance – leader

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.
President-General, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, said that the decision for change of name was unanimously adopted by delegates of 87 Yoruba Socio-Cultural and Self-Determination Groups within Nigeria and 126 countries.

Yoruba World Congress changes name to honour Obafemi Awolowo’s philosophy

Yoruba World Congress, YWC, has announced the change of its name to “ILANA OMO OODUA” to help propagate the quest for self-determination of Yoruba nation and in honour of Obafemi Awolowo philosophy.
The Gendarmerie patrols with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in PK5, the predominantly Muslim shopping district of Bangui, on January 7, 2020. Florent Vergnes-AFP

UN peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic attack

Militiamen killed a United Nations peacekeeper from Rwanda and injured two others in an ambush on a convoy in northwest Central African Republic on Monday, the UN said.
Osun State has recorded two new cases of coronavirus and discharged two other patients.

Global coronavirus deaths top half a million

The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.
At least 18 people including eight Somali government soldiers and 10 al-Shabaab militants were killed, and more than 13 others wounded when fighters from al-Shabaab attacked Somali National Army and African Union peacekeeping mission troops bases

Nine soldiers among 40 killed in central Mali attacks

Forty people, including nine soldiers, have been killed in a spate of attacks in central Mali, authorities said Friday, with most of the deaths caused by inter-ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on 12 January 2020 (Reuters)

Iran: We agree de-escalation ‘only solution’ to solve crisis with US

Iran signalled Sunday it favours a de-escalation after 10 days of heightened tensions with the United States during which both sides fired missiles and Tehran accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft.
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a speech to evangelical supports in Miami, Florida, U.S., January 3, 2020. REUTERS-Eva Marie Uzcategui

Donald Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian targets if Iran retaliates after drone strike

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets after a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, as tens of thousands of people marched in Iraq to mourn their deaths.
Mohammed al-Tabatabai (C), deputy Secretary General of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq faction, attends the funeral. [Sabah Arar-AFP]

Iraq holds massive funeral for top Iranian general Soleimani

Thousands of Iraqis, including senior politicians, attended the funeral of a top Iranian general and Iraqi militiamen in Baghdad on Saturday, following a U.S. airstrike that sharply escalated tensions across the region.

Central African Republic traders in deadly battle over militia taxes in Bangui

At least 35 people have died in clashes between traders and militiamen in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, the local Red Cross says.
Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia:herdsmen

Suspected militiamen kill dozens in Taraba community

Suspected militiamen reportedly opened fire on residents of Takum, a Taraba community Sunday morning, killing dozens.
A satellite image showing a small base in the Syrian town of Aqrabah from which the Israeli military says Iran tried to launch explosive-laden drones into northern Israel from Syria in August 2019. (Israel Defense Forces).

IDF: Why Israel bombed Iran’s Quds Force in Syria

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday gave additional information about its bombing of Iranian Quds Force in Syria, alleging that the drones that Iran intended to use against the Jewish state on Saturday night had been flown into Syria from Tehran several weeks ago.
Two new drugs have shown remarkable promise at treating Ebola in a clinical trial, increasing survival rates for people who recently contracted the disease to between 89 and 94 percent.

Officials: First two Ebola cases confirmed in Congo’s South Kivu

A woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in Congo’s South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak.

16 militia killed in northeast DR Congo – army

Sixteen militiamen have been killed in northeastern DR Congo, the military said on Tuesday, an area where ethnic violence has left at least 160 dead and forced hundreds of thousands to flee in the past two weeks.
Islamic State ISIS

IS launches deadliest attack on Syria Army since crisis

Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the “caliphate”.

Two killed in suicide attack in Borno

Two people, including a soldier and a vigilante, were killed when two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Borno state, military and militia sources said Friday.
The United States has called for an immediate halt to military operations in Libya as the Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by Khalifa Haftar advanced on the capital, Tripoli.

Fighting rages in Libya despite UN call for truce

Fighting raged south of Libya's capital Sunday despite a UN call for a two-hour ceasefire, as forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar and the internationally recognised government exchanged air strikes.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAPTIP seeks partnership with UNODC to fight human trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it will continue to deepen partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to fight trafficking in person in the country.
Arsenal have reportedly made a move for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard.

Arsenal ‘make approach’ for wantaway Real Madrid playmaker

However, the 22-year-old has played just five minutes in the last six games and earlier today, reports in the Spanish press indicated that the player had told Zinedine Zidane of his intention to leave on loan during the window.
FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer on Epiphany, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican, January 6, 2021. Vatican Media-­Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Pope urges U.S. reconciliation as bishops call out Joe Biden on abortion

Pope Francis told U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States, while the nation’s bishops condemned Biden’s pro-choice stand on abortion.
A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

John Mrabure emerges new acting correctional chief

A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

Jigawa PDP inaugurates 29-member reconciliation committee

The Jigawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a 29-member reconciliation committee to unite and bring back its lost glory in the state.