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FILE PHOTO - Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China sanctions US, Canadian citizens in Xinjiang row

China announced sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body Saturday over their criticism of Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs, but Washington said the tit-for-tat measure would only intensify the spotlight on Xinjiang.
Kanye West has reportedly dropped out of the 2020 presidential race less than two weeks after announcing his bid for the White House.

Kanye West now richest black person in US history

The 43-year-old rapper, who clinched his 22nd Grammy on Sunday for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for ‘Jesus Is King,’ is now worth $6.6 billion.
Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, has reacted after he became the target of racial attacks following their 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Saturday.

Sportswear giants battle to sign Marcus Rashford in multimillion sponsorship deal

Two sportswear giants are battling it out to sign Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford in what would be a multi-million pound sponsorship deal.
Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gestures against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit- Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James close to emerging fifth-ever billionaire sportsman

LeBron James is reportedly set to become the fifth-ever billionaire sportsman in the coming weeks.
City aren't forgetting about Leo Messi.

Marc Menchen: Barcelona’s problem is not Lionel Messi, it’s economic policy

Lionel Messi and his lucrative contract is not Barcelona’s “problem”, Marc Menchen - an expert in football finances - has said, with the Liga giants warned that “economic policy” is causing their downfall.
Long-distance Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei says he is targeting the 5,000m-10,000m double at the Tokyo Olympics after breaking the world records in both events this year.

Tokyo Olympics: Cheptegei gunning for 5,000m-10,000m double

Long-distance Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei says he is targeting the 5,000m-10,000m double at the Tokyo Olympics after breaking the world records in both events this year.
Neymar is set to return from injury for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Friday with a view to facing RB Leipzig in a crucial Champions League match next week, the club said.

Reports of extravagant party dent Neymar’s improving image

The Paris Saint-Germain striker's entourage vigorously denies reports in Brazilian media, but the silence of the player, normally active on social media, speaks for itself.
A major Chinese supplier of consumer electronics components, Lens Technology, has been accused of using forced Uighur labor workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, China.

Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced Uighur labor

A major Chinese supplier of consumer electronics components, Lens Technology, has been accused of using forced Uighur labor workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, China, according to a report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) shared with the media.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 11, 2020, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP – James, who won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers and formed a coalition to battle voter suppression, was named Time magazine’s 2020 Athlete of the Yea on December 10, 2020, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Lakers’ James is TIME’s Athlete of the Year

LeBron James, who won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers and formed a coalition to battle voter suppression, was Thursday named Time magazine’s 2020 Athlete of the Year.
A video advertisement from Nike Japan against bullying and racism that features biracial athletes and other minorities, such as those of Korean descent, has prompted a sharp online response including calls to boycott the company.

Japan: Nike advertisement on bullying, racism faces backlash, boycott calls

A video advertisement from Nike Japan against bullying and racism that features biracial athletes and other minorities, such as those of Korean descent, has prompted a sharp online response including calls to boycott the company.
Spain and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is set to break even more records this international break.

Sergio Ramos moves to Adidas

Sergio Ramos broke with the American company Nike in September and it seems that he has already decided on the brand he will use from now on. During his last training session he could be seen wearing Adidas boots.
CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey gives his opening statement remotely during the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Senate hearing to reform Section 230 internet law becomes political showdown

A U.S. Senate hearing to reform an internet law and hold tech companies accountable for how they moderate content quickly turned into a political scuffle as lawmakers not only went after the companies but also attacked each other.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said that the Nigerian economy has lost over N700 billion to the #EndSARS protests over the last 12 days.

#EndSARS: Enugu protesters shut major roads

Angry protesters virtually shutdown Enugu metropolis Wednesday taking over some areas in continuation of the nationwide #EndSARS protest.
The Federal High Court Abuja has affirmed that Engr. Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau remains the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) while sacking the board led by Olamide George.

AFN supremo faces World Athletics life ban

Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, president Ibrahim Shehu Gusau risks being slammed a life ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, following a petition by nine members of the board of the federation accusing the former federal legislature of violating some articles of World Athletics Integrity Code of Conduct.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Commercial motocylist commits suicide in Ibadan

A man, known as Sarafa Ayuba, 22, has reportedly committed suicide beside his uncle’s house at Amuloko area of Ona Ara Local Government part of Oyo State.
Neymar has declared himself to be “super happy” after testing negative for Covid-19 and returning to training at Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar, Puma conclude endorsement deal

Neymar has finalised an endorsement deal with Puma, media reports in his native Brazil said Friday, two weeks after the most expensive player in football parted ways with long-time sponsors Nike.
Lionel Messi is reportedly becoming ‘worried’ that problems at Barcelona are beginning to mirror his international career with Argentina.

Leonardo: Paris Saint-Germain thought about buying Leo Messi

Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the Barca captain and six-time Ballon d’Or champion will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.
Ahead of the October 31 by-election for Isi-Uzo State Constituency, the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has vowed to resist all forms of electoral manipulation.

Enugu by-election: APC conducts primary, vows to resist electoral manipulation

Ahead of the October 31 by-election for Isi-Uzo State Constituency, the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has vowed to resist all forms of electoral manipulation.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices hold near multi-week lows on demand worries

Oil prices edged up on Thursday, but held near multi-week lows hit overnight after U.S. data showed gasoline demand fell and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was lagging.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

NFF to unveil new national team jerseys October

“New 2020 kits for Nigeria: Home kit’s hand drawn design fuses the traditional aesthetic of an agbada robe w/ modern football design. Away kit trim is inspired by Onaism. Broader collection of Super Eagles apparel includes a poncho, vest, dress, & more,” Burgett wrote.
Neymar Jr. is the most-tweeted-about male athlete of 2019 according to Twitter so it’s no surprise that his recent goal celebration has sparked speculation.

Neymar, Nike end romance after 15 years

Renowned sports kits manufacturers Nike revealed it had parted ways with Neymar on Saturday, ending one of its most high-profile sponsorship deals a decade and a half after signing the star striker as a 13-year-old prodigy.
Nigeria winger Chidera Ejuke has linked up with Russian club CSKA Moscow on a four-year contract

Chidera Ejuke reacts after joining CSKA Moscow from Heerenveen

Chidera Ejuke has expressed his delight after completing his move to Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow from Heerenveen.

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DPR: We will sustain uninterrupted petroleum products supply

The Bauchi office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it will continue to ensure the availability of petroleum products across the 500 existing filling stations in the state.

INEC loses three staff in Borno accident

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of the INEC, Barr. Festus Okoye in a statement on Monday gave the name of the three staff as Adamu Mohammed (Electoral Officer, Biu LGA), Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar (Assistant Electoral Officers AEOs, Damboa LGA).
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INEC: Inadequate polling units responsible for electoral violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has attributed the prevailing electoral violence bedevilling the country to inadequate polling units and population growth.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

CSO urges DSS to invite Isa Pantami for questioning

A civil society organisation, Concerned Nigerians, has asked the Department of State Service to invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning.
Fans of juju music icon, Ebenezer Obey, were gripped with apprehension on Saturday, July 4, 2020, as news spread on the Internet that he had passed away.

Ebenezer Obey: My mother never believed I could succeed through music

Veteran juju musician and national award recipient, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, has revealed that his mother never believed he could become successful through music.

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Afe Babalola mulls 100 as retirement age for Supreme Court judges

A legal luminary, Afe Babalola (SAN), has suggested 100 years as retirement age for Supreme Court justices from 70.
Following the decision to host The Experience Lagos — an annual gospel event — virtual, Head Pastor of the Rock Cathedral, Paul Adefarasin, has underscored the importance of technology in a pandemic-riddled year.

Pastor Adefarasin, if Nigeria is a scam; then we’re all scammers

It is the bounden duty of every citizen to hold the government to account. In fact, citizenship is a call to duty – for the state. And there is no compelling duty which supersedes citizens subjecting their employees – the government – to scrutiny and constant vigilance. Criticising the government is within the rights of every citizen, and active citizenship demands taking the government through its paces. No government is without criticism, and none is too special for criticism.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest two men with 125 rounds of live ammunition in Bayelsa

Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of Police Command in Bayelsa have arrested one Solomon Ibe, 43 years, and Chris Amuka 23 years at Ovom Waterside, Yenagoa, for the alleged possession of 125 rounds of live ammunition.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo APC faults governor’s comment on state of economy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted claims by Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, that Nigerian economy was in critical situation due to huge debt burden.
Pioneer Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Hon. Nduka Irabor, has opened up on several challenges facing the Nigeria Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

NPFL’s inconsistency bane of Nigeria football – 3SC boss

Head coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Edith Olumide Agoye, has identified inconsistencies in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as a major factor affecting Nigeria’s football.