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Pope Francis flies out on Wednesday for a week-long tour visiting three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honour the small Catholic communities in each country.
Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria Sunday as part of a planned so-called safe zone that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region.

Turkey, US begin ‘safe zone’ joint patrols in North Syria

Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria Sunday as part of a planned so-called "safe zone" that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region.

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held key district after five years

Officials in Afghanistan Saturday announced that security forces have recaptured a key northeastern district from the Taliban after five years, as heavy clashes raged in provinces elsewhere in Afghanistan.
Newly appointed U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper has pressured Japan to participate in a U.S.-led maritime security mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

US ‘not surprised’ Iran starting wew nuclear centrifuges

US Defense Secretary c said Saturday he was “not surprised” Iran had turned on advanced centrifuges to increase uranium stockpiles, a further breach of the 2015 nuclear deal which Washington pulled out of last year.

African leaders ‘sacked from office’ since 2010

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, whose death was announced on Friday, was on a long list of African leaders forced from power since 2010.
Joe Walsh, 57, served one term as a Republican representative from Illinois between 2011 and 2013 before losing his bid for re-election. Carolyn Kaster-AP

Former congressman Joe Walsh to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 GOP primary

Former Republican Congressman, Joe Walsh, once a backer of President Donald Trump, said he would mount a Republican primary challenge to the president because “we can’t take four more years of Donald Trump”.
“Flights are suspended until further notice due to rocket fire,” the Mitiga airport said on its Facebook page.

Flights suspended at Libya airport after rocket fire

Located east of Tripoli, Mitiga is a former military airbase that has been used by civilian traffic since Tripoli international airport suffered severe damage during fighting in 2014.
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Donald Trump cancels Denmark visit after rebuff over Greenland

US President Donald Trump has called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country’s prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.
President of EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - JOHN THYS

Jean-Claude Juncker cuts short holiday for emergency gallbladder surgery

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has cut short his holiday to have urgent surgery to remove his gallbladder.
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Libyan government agrees to UN-backed Eid al-Adha ceasefire

The internationally recognised Libyan government (GNA) has accepted an offer by the United Nations for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday.
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US’s threats to withdraw troops causes stir among German politicians

The U.S. Ambassador, Richard Grenell, on Thursday threatened to withdraw its troops from Germany.
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Drone strike kills dozens at wedding in Libya – reports

At least 40 people have been reported killed and dozens injured after an air strike hit a wedding ceremony in southwestern Libya, according to media reports.
[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)

US withdraws from arms control agreement with Russia

The United States on Friday will formally withdraw from a landmark arms control treaty with Russia, claiming it undermines its national security interests.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said this in its latest report on Tuesday.

UN: 3,812 Afghans killed or wounded in first half of 2019

At least 3,812 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first half of 2019 in the war against militant groups, the UN said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Recep Erdogan says Turkey to turn elsewhere if US will not sell F-35s

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey would turn elsewhere for fighter jets, if the United States will not sell it the F-35 jets.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army: How terrorists killed colonel, captain, three soldiers in Borno

Army authorities on Friday, confirmed the killing of a Colonel, Captain and three soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.
UK Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan (D37) inbound to Portsmouth Naval Base on 17 June 2016. Brian Burnell-CC-BY 4.0

UK deploys second warship in Persian Gulf

The UK is deploying its second warship in the Persian Gulf to protect country’s commercial interests, thus increasing military presence in the world’s busiest shipping lane.
Russia begins delivery of S-400 missile defence system to Turkey

Russia delivers missile defence system to Turkey, in test of NATO

Russia began delivery of an advanced missile defense system to Turkey on Friday, a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally and drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance.

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PDP denies reported romance between Bayelsa governor, petroleum minister

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General Abdulsalami: We cannot bequeath chaos, disunity to future generation

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has called on Nigerians to raise the bar of peace in all their endeavors.
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Floods submerge 150 communities in Kogi

Kogi Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Sanusi Yahaya, announced that over 150 communities have been submerged following floods in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State.

Man dies while jogging at Cross River university

Tragedy struck the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, community, Calabar, as a popular shop operator, Goody, died while jogging at the wee hours of Saturday.