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Floyd Mayweather denies he will return to ring for Manny Pacquiao rematch

He retired for the second time but returned to stop Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of their exhibition clash on New Year’s Day last year.
Alex Iwobi has scored two headed goals for Everton this season, one more than he had during his professional spell at Arsenal.

Alex Iwobi thrilled with perfect start to Everton career

Alex Iwobi says it is a joy to be part of Everton’s “fluid” and enterprising forward line – and there is plenty of scope for the Blues to improve following the current international break.
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir speaks during a rally with his supporters in the Green Square in the capital Khartoum on January 9, 2019. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY - AFP)

It was time for Bashir to go, residents of home village say

Residents of deposed Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir’s home village are still coming to terms with his ouster, but most agree that the time had come for him to go.

Brendan Rodgers: I‘ll give my life to make supporters proud of Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has been appointed as the new manager of Leicester City, ending a trophy-laden two-and-a-half years at Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.
At least 10 people have been rescued from the rubble [Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP]

Russia rejects reports Islamic State behind New Year’s Eve blast

Russian investigators said Friday that a New Year’s Eve blast that killed 39 people was likely the result of a gas explosion, dismissing reports that the Islamic State group was behind it.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is to kick-start his campaign for the 2019 presidential election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

Ex-VP Atiku Abubakar outraged by invasion of Daily Trust premises

The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is alarmed at the military invasion of the offices of Media Trust Limited, Publishers of Daily Trust newspapers.
This undated handout photograph released to AFP on January 4, 2019 by the Gujarat Forest Department shows an Indian Asiatic lioness with her lion cub and an adopted leopard cub (R) in Gir National Park in India’s western Gujarat state. – An Asiatic lioness has adopted a two-month old leopard cub after it got separated from its mother in Gir National Park in India’s western Gujarat state, Indian forestry officials said. “Usually, lions kill cubs of the other wildcats to ward off future competition for prey. But this lioness is not only feeding the leopard cub along with her two three-month old cubs, but also protecting it against other predators like male lions,” said Dhiraj Mittal, deputy conservator of forests, who documented the rare sighting. (Photo by Handout / GUJARAT FOREST DEPARTMENT / AFP) /

Runaway leopard returns to Indian park after escape

A runaway leopard which escaped from an safari park in eastern India on New Year’s Day has been recaptured after a massive search operation, an official said Saturday.

Suspect arrested over deadly stabbing on London-bound train

A man has been arrested after a father was stabbed to death in front of his son and horrified passengers on a London-bound train, said British Transport Police (BTP) on Saturday.

Huawei demotes two employees for sending New Year tweet via iPhone

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has demoted two employees for posting a New Year greeting on the company’s official Twitter account using an iPhone made by arch-rival Apple, an internal memo showed.
Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio Santiago

Gunmen kill mayor on first day in office

A local mayor in Mexico, Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, has been gunned down on his first day of office on New Year’s Day.

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

The refugee influx started the day after Sunday's vote and since then dozens of people have been arriving at a time, said Irene Nakasiita, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Uganda.
Craig Bellamy

Cardiff City investigate complaint made against coach Craig Bellamy

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, speaking after Cardiff's 3-0 defeat to Tottenham on New Year's Day, said that the club's hierarchy were looking into it.
Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president

Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro - dubbed "Trump of the Tropics" - has been sworn in as president of Brazil.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

US, Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago.
Mohamed Elneny has been advised to leave Arsenal in January by one of his former coaches.

Mohamed Elneny urged to leave Arsenal in January

Mohamed Elneny has been advised to leave Arsenal in January by one of his former coaches.
Víctor Camarasa peels away after scoring Cardiff’s late winner at Leicester. Lee Smith-Action Images via Reuters

Cardiff beat Leicester to earn first away win

A late-minute goal from midfielder Victor Camarasa and a penalty kick save from goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on Saturday ensured Cardiff City beat Leicester City 1-0 for their first away victory.
President Buhari presides over Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting in State House on 12th Dec 2018-4

Muhammadu Buhari: I won’t compromise 2019 polls

President Muhammadu Buhari has used the opportunity of Christmas celebration across the world today to reiterate his commitment to free, fair, and credible elections in 2019, saying his word was his bond.
Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham can live up to expectations and become a title-winning side when they move into their new stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham Hotspur can be title contenders

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have a role to play in this season’s title race after claiming a fourth Premier League win in a row.

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Gbenga Omotoso

Lagos: Blue rail line to commence operation next year

Lagos State government on Sunday gave an assurance that by December 2020, the Blue Rail Line project will come on stream and will be fully operational in the next two years from Mile 2 to Marina in its aggressive drive to address the transportation problem in the state.
Fulani elders have distanced themselves from Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore president, Alhaji Bello Bodejo, for attacking All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over 2023 presidency.

Asiwaju Tinubu: We must handover strong, vibrant nation to young Nigerians

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has identified the need for all and sundry to be committed to steadying the nation with a view to handing over a vibrant and strengthened nation to young leaders.
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned any attempt to pay the legislators of the 9th National Assembly a whopping sum of 19.8 billion naira as welcome package.

Arewa CF: Killing of aid workers in Borno is a clear desecration of Islam

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has described the killing of four aid workers by Boko Haram in Borno State on Saturday as a clear desecration of Islam which preaches sacred inviolability of the individual.
Ibrahim Shehu Gusau emerges new AFN President

Ibrahim Gusau to face AFN probe panel Wednesday over corruption allegations

Embattled and suspended president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Shehu Ibrahim Gusau, has been given Wednesday, December 18, 2019, to appear before the panel set up by the federation investigating allegations of financial impropriety, misapplication of funds and breaches of the AFN constitution against him.
The Nigeria women national basketball team, D’Tigress on Sunday defeated hosts Senegal in the final of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket to win their fourth continental title. - 20

Olympic Qualifiers: D’Tigress coach invites Murjanatu Musa, 13 others

D’Tigress Head Coach Hughley Otis Jr. has named 2019 Nigeria Women’s Premier League MVP Musa Murjanatu in the 14-player roster for the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year.