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Iraq hands over 33 Islamic State children to Russia

Iraq said on Monday it has handed over to Russia 33 children of Russian women suspected of joining the Islamic State extremist group, as Moscow announced that it had broken up an Islamic State cell on its home turf.
In this file photo taken on June 29, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan. YURI KADOBNOV - AFP - POOL

Turkey, Russia forge closer ties after major rupture

Ankara and Moscow have forged closer cooperation after overcoming a major rupture in 2015 following the downing of a Russian fighter jet.

Federal government urged to boost Naira-Yuan currency swap deal

The President of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Aminu Gwadabe, has urged the Federal Government to capitalise on the emerging global trends to strengthen the Naira-Chinese Yuan swap deal with a view to boosting derivatives market.

Russia supports Donald Trump’s call to include China in new arms control deal –...

Moscow supports the call of U.S. President Donald Trump to include China in a new arms control deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday.
[FILE] US President Donald Trump chairs a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2019. – President Donald Trump warned Wednesday the US federal government may not reopen any time soon, as he stood firm on his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico.Addressing a cabinet meeting on the 12th day of the shutdown, Trump warned it “could be a long time” before the impasse is resolved.”It’s too important a subject to walk away from,” said the president, who was to meet later with Democratic and Republican lawmakers. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin not to ‘meddle in the election’

Much of Donald Trump’s time in office has been overshadowed by allegations Moscow helped get him elected, but when it came to confronting Vladimir Putin on the issue, the US president did it in a joke.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha

Federal government reiterates commitment to fight against insecurity, corruption

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will consolidate on the achievements of its past administration.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised a White House announcement on Monday ending sanctions exemptions for Iran’s oil customers, calling it “of great importance” in boosting pressure on Tehran.

Israel seeks withdrawal of troops from Syria in talks with US, Russia

As trilateral U.S.-Russia-Israel talks kicked off in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the Israeli prime minister said the three countries share a common objective of “the departure of all foreign forces from Syria who entered Syria after 2011,” when the civil war broke out.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)’s President, Prof. Benedict Oramah, said this at the on-going Afreximbank Annual Meeting (AAM 2019) in Moscow on Thursday.

Afreximbank board retains Nigeria as chairman

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will pay a total of $69 million to its shareholders as dividend from its 2018 earnings, according to decisions reached during the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) of the Bank which ended in Moscow on Sunday.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Afreximbank approves $69 million dividend for investors

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Saturday announced a $69 million dividend to its shareholders from its 2018 earnings.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)’s President, Prof. Benedict Oramah, said this at the on-going Afreximbank Annual Meeting (AAM 2019) in Moscow on Thursday.

Afreximbank supports intra-regional trade with $25 billion

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has disbursed eight billion dollars out of the 25 billion dollars it planned on a revolving basis to support intra-regional trade between 2017 and 2021.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has listed what Nigeria should do to have access to $12 trillion “dormant funds”.

Former President Obasanjo urges President Buhari to sign Africa free trade agreement

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFT) agreement.
FG has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP as deeply offensive and patently divisive, saying such indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

Ex-President Obasanjo: Nepotism is corruption

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented that nepotism in Nigeria is obstructing the fight against corruption.
Part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine on 17 July 2014. Igor Kovalenko-EPA

Russians, Ukrainian accused of downing flight MH17

Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Dollar

Stocks, currencies firm up ahead of US Fed outcome

Emerging market stocks rose on Wednesday while developing world currencies broadly firmed against the dollar as investors counted on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s outlook later today to match their expectations of lowering U.S. borrowing costs.

Investigators to unveil new MH17 findings next week

International investigators probing the downing of flight MH17 said Friday they will reveal fresh findings next week, nearly five years after the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot over Ukraine.
China’s Huawei has had to battle suspicions and worries about the security of its networking equipment for many years, which most recently culminated in it being placed on a US blacklist by the Trump administration.

Vladimir Putin slams attempts to ‘push’ Huawei from global markets

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday slammed the US moves against Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has signed a deal to develop a 5G network in Russia.
Flying Eagles captain Ikouwem Utin insists the side have what it takes to beat Senegal in today’s Round of 16 encounter at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.

Wahidi Akanni: Flying Eagles performance unimpressive

Ex-international Wahidi Akanni on Tuesday said that the performance of the U-20 Flying Eagles at the ongoing World Cup in Poland was not impressive.
Russia has launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker as part of ambitious plans to tap the Arctic's commercial potential.

Russia launches nuclear icebreaker to tap Arctic reserves

Russia has launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker as part of ambitious plans to tap the Arctic's commercial potential.

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Ogun state governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has tweeted his real official portrait, as against the image that is being circulated by street traders in Abeokuta, the capital.

Governor Abiodun vows to reposition state university teaching hospital

The Governor of Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has expressed the determination of his administration to reposition the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital to a world class medical facility.
Reigning Commonwealth champion, Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye has set a gold medal target for herself at both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and next month’s Africa Games billed for next month in Morocco.

Odunayo Adekuoroye targets Africa Games, 2020 Olympic gold

Reigning Commonwealth champion, Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye has set a gold medal target for herself at both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and next month’s Africa Games billed for next month in Morocco.
Transporters plying the Elele-Omudioga- Omoku route and its environs led by the Rivers State chapter of National Union Road Transport Workers on Thursday embarked on peaceful protest over incessant robbery attacks, kidnapping of commuters and the attendant loss of lives and property.

Transporters protest incessant killings on Rivers highway

Transporters plying the Elele-Omudioga-Omoku route and its environs led by the Rivers State chapter of National Union Road Transport Workers on Thursday embarked on peaceful protest over incessant robbery attacks, kidnapping of commuters and the attendant loss of lives and property.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to light up Major League Soccer, and is closing in on a historic mark as he nears a full-season worth of matches for the LA Galaxy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic nets hat trick in upset win over LAFC

Zlatan Ibrahimovic lived up to the bravado on Friday, scoring all three goals to power the LA Galaxy to a hard fought 3-2 victory over MLS rivals Los Angeles Football Club.
Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court, on Thursday, adjourned hearing in the application for permission to travel to India for medical attention filed by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat, to July 29.

Presidency: Why President Buhari won’t ask court to free Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

The Presidency said on Friday that the issue involving the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zalzaky, could only be determined by the judiciary and not President Muhammadu Buhari.