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FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt departs following an extended visit in the midst of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, from Apra Harbor, Guam May 21, 2020. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier/Handout via REUTERS.

U.S. carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has entered the South China Sea to promote “freedom of the seas”, the U.S. military said on Sunday, at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan have raised concern in Washington.
Retired General Lloyd Austin testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2021. Jim Lo Scalzo-REUTERS

U.S. Senate confirms Joe Biden nominee Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, to serve as Secretary of Defense - the first Black American in the role.
FILE PHOTO - Pump jacks operate at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS-Nick Oxford-File Photo

Oil gains on stimulus optimism ahead of Joe Biden inauguration

Oil prices climbed with U.S. stock markets on Tuesday ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. president on optimism that more government stimulus will eventually lift global economic growth.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks during a televised speech on the current economic and health crises at The Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 14, 2021. REUTERS-Tom Brenner

EU calls on Joe Biden to take global leadership on coronavirus

The world needs American leadership in the battle against COVID-19, the EU’s top diplomat said, urging President-elect Joe Biden to step up after the Trump administration was widely criticised for its slow response to the pandemic.
FILE PHOTO - President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

Joe Biden intelligence pick to call for tough scrutiny of China

Avril Haines, a former White House and CIA official whom President-elect Joe Biden chose for the top U.S. intelligence job, will tell Congress on Tuesday that she will continue tough U.S. scrutiny of China and press spy agencies to help resolve the COVID-19 crisis, a Biden transition official said.
FILE PHOTO - A picture illustration shows U.S. 100 dollar bank notes taken in Tokyo August 2, 2011. REUTERS-Yuriko Nakao-File Photo

Dollar drops as traders prepare for Janet Yellen to talk up stimulus

The dollar dropped on Tuesday as investors prepared for U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen to talk up the need for major fiscal stimulus and commit to a market-determined exchange rate when she testifies later in the day.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

52 Non-career ambassadors for deployment to missions abroad

The Abia State nominee, Mrs. Uzoma Emenike will serve in Washington DC as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America while a former Minister from Ogun State, Sharafa Ishola, is posted to the United Kingdom as High Commissioner.
FILE PHOTO: Janet Yellen, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be treasury secretary, takes to the podium to speak as President-elect Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his economic policy team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WSJ: Treasury nominee Janet Yellen to say U.S. does not seek weaker dollar

Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to take over the U.S. Treasury, is expected to affirm the United States’ commitment to market-set currency rates when she testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Wendy Sherman, Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of state, was key US negotiator of 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

Joe Biden nominates Iran nuclear deal negotiator to state department

United States President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a key negotiator of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement to be the US’s next deputy secretary of state, the second-highest position at the State Department.
FILE PHOTO - Wendy Sherman arrives for a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva February 13, 2014. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

Joe Biden nominates veteran diplomats for top State posts

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated U.S. foreign policy veteran Wendy Sherman, a key negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, to be the No. 2 official at the State Department.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the tariffs would not have been “legitimate” under World Trade Organization rules in any case and redoubled his call for a global solution.

US suspends tariffs against French goods over digital service tax

The United States says it will hold off slapping tariffs on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports in retaliation for a digital services tax (DST) Washington says will harm US technology firms, while it investigates similar taxes elsewhere.
Lil Wayne has a personal bone to pick with the Recording Academy.

Lil Wayne disappointed at lack of invitation to 2021 Grammys

After learning that he hasn’t been invited to attend the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards — set to take place on Jan. 31 — the Grammy-winner expressed his disappointment on Twitter, explaining that he feels snubbed.
President-elect Joe Biden has picked Kathleen Hicks, a former Pentagon official under President Obama, to serve as deputy secretary of defense. If confirmed, she would make history as the first woman to hold the No. 2 Pentagon job.

Joe Biden picks Kathleen Hicks as first woman deputy defence secretary

U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, on Wednesday nominated Kathleen Hicks as his Deputy Defense Secretary.
Nigeria nominee and Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ishaq Usman Bello, has lost the bid to become a judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) following his uninspiring performance at the poll.

Justice Ishaq Bello loses ICC job bid

Nigeria nominee and Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ishaq Usman Bello, has lost the bid to become a judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) following his uninspiring performance at the poll.

Senate confirms Nnamani as member of PSC

The Senate, on Wednesday, confirmed the appointment of Chief Onyemuche Nnamani as a member of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his picks for several top economic positions on Monday, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary, setting the stage for a more diverse White House.

Electoral College will vote Monday, confirming Joe Biden’s U.S. presidential win

Electors will gather in state capitols across the country on Monday to formally vote for Joe Biden as the next U.S. president, effectively ending President Donald Trump’s frenzied but failing attempt to overturn his loss in the Nov. 3 election.
Susan Rice delivers remarks today after being introduced as Biden’s choice to lead his Domestic Policy Council as Joe Biden looks on. Getty Images

Joe Biden introduces Susan Rice, others for key administration posts

During an afternoon event in Wilmington, Del., Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris presented Susan Rice as the White House domestic policy adviser; Denis McDonough as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Tom Vilsack as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Agriculture; and Katherine Tai as the nominee for U.S. trade representative.
Like mother, like daughter. Beyonce’s child, Blue Ivy, has received her first Grammy nomination. However, the timing of her nomination is a little mysterious.

Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy gets first Grammy nomination

Like mother, like daughter. Beyonce’s child, Blue Ivy, has received her first Grammy nomination. However, the timing of her nomination is a little mysterious.
FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris celebrate outside the Chase Center after Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris jointly named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time magazine’s 2020 “Person of the Year” on Thursday, chosen from a list of finalists that included the man Biden vanquished at the polls - President Donald Trump.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to church in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden introduces health team to fight coronavirus, sets goals for reversing pandemic

President-elect Joe Biden introduced the team to lead his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, emphasizing the mass vaccination distribution needed to achieve his goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate tasks government on proper funding for disability commission

The Senate on Monday, urged the Federal Government to ensure necessary funding for the newly established National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).
Xavier Becerra served 12 terms in Congress, representing Los Angeles, before becoming the attorney general of California in 2017. Rich Pedroncelli-Associated Press

Joe Biden picks Xavier Becerra to lead health and human services

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected Xavier Becerra, the Democratic attorney general of California, as his nominee for secretary of health and human services, tapping a former congressman who would be the first Latino to run the department as it battles the surging coronavirus pandemic.

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A member of the Amhara Special Forces watches on at the border crossing with Eritrea while where an Imperial Ethiopian flag waves, in Humera, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Official: Scores killed in Ethiopia ethnic strife

The latest bout of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's Amhara region has left scores dead and displaced hundreds of thousands, a federal official told AFP Friday.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House urges Police, DSS to beef up security in Edo

The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to as a matter of urgency, step up actions in curtailing the incidents of kidnapping and banditry in Owan Federal Constituency and the country at large.
SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station.

SpaceX launches its third astronaut crew, the first on a used Crew Dragon capsule

SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station.

Official: Why inmates of Kano prison rioted

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has clarified why there was violent protest among inmates of Kurmawa Custodial facility in Kano metropolis on Thursday evening.
Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi said he is very proud of his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho’s scoring feat after he grabbed a goal in their 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Wilfred Ndidi: Kelechi Iheanacho can’t stop scoring after latest heroics vs West Brom

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi said he is "very proud" of his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho’s scoring feat after he grabbed a goal in their 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

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Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Mai Tangale crisis: Gombe governor inaugurates commission of inquiry

Following the violent crisis that engulfed Billiri town in Gombe State between February 17 and 20, 2021 over the Mai Tangale stool tussle, leading to loss of lives and property, the Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, on Monday, inaugurated an 11-man Commission of Inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the crisis with a view to preventing future occurrence.
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EU, UNICEF worry over increased cases of rape, defilement in Ebonyi

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday expressed concerns over the increasing rate of defilement, rape cases and other forms of violence against women, girls and children in Ebonyi State and called on the judiciary to ensure accelerated justice to serve as deterrence to would-be offenders.
Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has charged all the Civil Societies and Non- Governmental Organizations in the state to partner with state government for progress and energies youths through empowerment activities.

N60 billion mint: APC governors disown Godwin Obaseki

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) yesterday debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things.
FILE PHOTO - A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS-Raheb Homavandi

Iran identifies suspect behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

Iran on Saturday named a man it wants arrested in connection with a recent explosion and power outage at its main Natanz nuclear plant, as talks got underway in Vienna to try to save Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
The suspect, Godwin Iboro, was arrested last Wednesday when one of the young men he had brought from Nigeria reported the sudden death of a colleague to the Amasaman police.

Scores of Boko Haram financiers arrested, accounts blocked

A massive crackdown on financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal gangs has begun, with scores of persons arrested by security agents.