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At least 42 people died in the attack, the deadliest in Kashmir in more than two decades [AFP]

India warns Pakistan of a ‘strong response’ for Kashmir attack

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a "strong response" one day after at least 42 troops were killed in Kashmir, with New Delhi calling for "the complete isolation of Pakistan" for harbouring the armed group behind the devastating attack.
Rights groups have accused China of engaging in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Muslims [Thomas Peter-Reuters]

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet’s death

China has hit back at claims by Turkey over its treatment of Uighur people, and denied reports a prominent poet and musician from the ethnic Muslim minority was tortured to death in prison.
Hakeem al-Araibi leaves the criminal court in Bangkok on 4 February. Sakchai Lalit-AP

Thailand to free refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officials say.

Nigeria re-elected into AU peace, security council

Nigeria, alongside Burundi, Algeria, Lesotho and Kenya, has been elected into the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC).
Foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Minister Onyeama to lead Nigerian delegation to AU 32nd ordinary session

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, will lead the Nigerian delegation to the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).
Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Nigeria, Lebanon partners on diaspora investment

Nigeria and Lebanon are in the process of increasing the investment potentials of their Diaspora for the development of both countries.
Abiy Ahmed - Ethiopia - AP

Ethiopia repatriates 154 nationals from Yemen

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said that it had repatriated 154 nationals from Yemen.

UNDP tasks journalists on fair reporting

Betty Wabunoha, the country representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria, has charged media organizations in Nigeria to report the general election in the country professionally and in manner that would not set the country on fire.
Foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Justice Onnoghen: Federal government warns envoys against interference

The Federal Government of Nigeria has cautioned representatives of foreign countries and organisations resident in the country against interfering in Nigeria’s internal affairs.
Yang Hengjun

Australia calls China to treat detained Yang Hengjun ‘fairly’

The Australian government has urged China to treat the case of detained writer Yang Hengjun "transparently and fairly", amid a growing row over the fate of the Chinese-Australian.
H.E Ibrahim ISAH, Ambassador of Nigeria in Côte d'Ivoire

Nigerian ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire passes on

The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Amb. Ibrahim Isah, has died after a protracted illness.

Nigeria, India set to sign bilateral air services agreement

Nigeria and India are set to sign Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) before the end of January that would enable direct flights between the two countries, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur has said.
Abhay Thakur

Indian high commission welcomes newly appointed envoy

Newly-appointed Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur, has arrived in Abuja.
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UN, US condemn attack on Libya

The United Nations and the United States have strongly condemned a terrorist attack on the Libya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital, Tripoli, which killed five people.
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Niger, Rwanda, others get free-visa deal with China

A visa exemption agreement between China, Niger, Rwanda and other countries have been signed and some already taken effect, the Chinese Foreign minister said
Vladimir Yermakov

Report: Russia ready to discuss inspections with US on arms treaty

Russia has expressed its readiness to discuss mutual inspections with the U.S. in order to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
Abubakar Malami

Nigeria, Russia sign treaty on legal assistance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Nigeria and Federation of Russia have signed a treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Nigeria, Valerii Aleksandruk

Ukraine envoy urges federal government to recognise ‘Holodomor’ as genocide

Valerii Aleksandruk, the Ukraine Ambassador to Nigeria, has urged the Federal Government to pass a resolution through the National Assembly recognising Holodomor as genocide.

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Some stakeholders in the education sector have expressed disappointment over the sudden postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
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Election postponement: Governor Obaseki calls for calm in Edo

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