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MTN appoints ex-minister, ex-revenue chief, ex-NBA president as board members

Telecommunications firm, MTN, has notified the Nigeria Stock Exchange of a substantial change in its board structure. Pioneer board chair, Pascal Dozie, is stepping down along with five other directors.
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WhatsApp vulnerability allowed spyware to be installed on smartphones

Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed a vulnerability that allowed hackers to install spyware on smartphones.

Self testing: Expert counsels youths to know HIV status

A Public Health Specialist, Dr Oliver Ezechi, has encouraged Nigerian youths to know their HIV status through self-testing to help in eliminating the scourge.

African Union urges DR Congo to suspend final election results

The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts".
Security forces help civilians flee the scene of a terror attack in Nairobi.

American national killed in Kenya attack was 9/11 survivor

The American man who was among the 14 people killed in an attack on a luxury hotel complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi was a consultant who survived the 9/11 attacks, and specialised in emerging economies.
Polling stations in the Democratic Republic of Congo's long-delayed election have opened, two years after they were first scheduled to be held.

DR Congo awaits result after volatile presidential elections

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday began a tense wait for the results of a volatile presidential election which could see the first peaceful transfer of power in decades.
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DR Congo set to vote after troubled odyssey

Millions of voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo prepared to cast their ballots on Sunday in elections that will shape the future of their vast, troubled country.
Martin Fayulu, the joint opposition presidential candidate in Democratic Republic of Congo, speaks during an interview with Reuters in the capital Kinshasa, December 20, 2018.REUTERS-Baz Ratner-File Photo

Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu takes clear lead for Sunday election

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu is the clear favourite to win Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-delayed election on Sunday, a poll showed on Friday, though the outcome remains uncertain after voting was cancelled in several opposition strongholds.
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Nigeria seeks UN resolution on 1st-ever International Day of Education

Nigeria’s decision seeking a UN resolution to promote January 24 every year as the International Day of Education has been greeted with overwhelming support from all stakeholders at the UN headquarters in New York.
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Czech premier survives no-confidence vote amid corruption allegations

The Czech Republic's coalition government has survived a vote of no-confidence over a fraud scandal implicating embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
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DR Congo opposition leaders in Geneva for unity talks

Seven opposition leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Geneva Friday for talks to agree on a single candidate for next month's presidential election.

UN: DR Congo soldiers, militias ‘executed’ at least 92 in September

A UN rights group said on Wednesday that armed groups and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo carried out at least 92 "extra-judicial executions" in September.
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European Union to renew sanctions on Congolese officials

The European Union is set to renew sanctions in December on senior officials in Democratic Republic of Congo, including presidential candidate Emmanuel Shadary, four Western diplomats told Reuters.

Killing small businesses softly

Some years ago, I was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, for a public lecture. An obviously popular lecturer was invited to the podium to make his contributions. Students went gaga, screaming his nickname and giving him a standing ovation. In
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University makes tuition free for all medical students

The announcement was made Thursday at the end of the annual ‘White Coat Ceremony’ where new medical students are given white lab coats to mark the start of their degree program.

Fourteen found dead in DR Congo’s restive east

Ten men and four women kidnapped by suspected Ugandan rebels were found dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive east, military sources said Tuesday.

American varsities award $5.3m scholarships to 110 Nigerian students

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja says over 110 Nigerian students have been awarded scholarships worth $5.3m (about N2bn) by more than 15 leading American universities, starting in Fall 2018 Academic Calendar.

When individuals are stronger than state institutions

According to him, states with poor institutions have negative effects on growth and public policy implementation.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country will present a regional cooperation plan to create security in the Gulf when he attends the United Nations General Assembly this week.

US eager to use Saudi Aramco attack for billion-dollar deals – Iranian leader

The U.S. seeks to use the recent drone attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities to its utmost advantage by striking billion-dollar deals and attaining a permanent presence in the Middle East, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
If Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, so desires, he has the ability to seriously damage Trump’s Presidency with a few choice disclosures.Photograph by Alexey Vitvitsky - Sputnik - AP

Ukrainian leader begins US visit amid Donald Trump’s call controversy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday commenced a three-day visit to the U.S. amid a controversy over a recent phone call between the Ukrainian leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Xavi Hernandez open to managerial role in England as Barca alternative

Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed that he would welcome the chance to manage in the Premier League, should a return to Camp Nou fail to materialise.
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Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim in spotlight amid awful start to season

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is unfazed by the speculation over his future as the 2017 French champions go into a midweek derby against Patrick Vieira’s Nice still without a win this season.
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir addresses the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 28, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Angela Weiss

Saudi Arabia wants ‘good relations’ with Iran

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said yesterday that his country wants “good relations” with Iran, but Tehran meets this with “death and destruction”, the Anadolu Agency reported.