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The Senate has described as “erroneous” report that it approved fresh loan of N850 billion at the plenary on Tuesday.

Finance Bill scales second reading in Senate

The Finance Bill 2020, proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari, scaled the first and second reading on Wednesday in the Senate.

PDP faction insists on participating in Kano council polls

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano called the PDP Interim Administrative Committee has dissociated itself from the stance of the PDP Caretaker Committee that announced last Tuesday that the party would not participate in the oncoming January Local Government election in the state saying, “this is far from the truth”.
FILE PHOTO- Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a question and answer session with lawmakers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 30, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

United Nations, Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray

Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi directs public officers, top civil servants to declare assets

All public officers and top cadre civil servants in Bauchi State have been directed to immediately declare their assets in line with the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau to avoid running against the law.
FILE PHOTO- French President Emmanuel Macron stands outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 28, 2020. REUTERS-Charles Platiau

France to ‘deter’ skiers searching for resorts still open abroad

France will put restrictions on people traveling abroad to find ski resorts not subject to COVID-19 shutdowns this Christmas, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

Australian telescope maps deep space at record speed

A powerful new telescope in outback Australia has mapped vast areas of the universe in record-breaking time, revealing a million new galaxies and opening the way to new discoveries, the country’s national science agency said on Tuesday.
Mesut Ozil’s lucrative contract extension at Arsenal has led to “tension” in the Gunners camp, claims former forward Jeremie Aliadiere.

Jack Wilshere: Arsenal missing Mesut Ozil creativity

Ozil has been exiled by current Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and has been left out of the north Londoners' 25-man squads for the Premier League and Europa League.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on efforts by the military to tame the wave of banditry and terrorism, especially in the North.

General Buratai affirms commitment to revitalise Army schools

Buratai stated this at the opening of a Four-Day Workshop for Nigerian Army Education Corps Officers on Instructional and Professional Skills, organised by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) on Monday in Abuja.
Ifueko Omoigui Okauru

Ifueko Okauru: How we reformed FIRS, grew Nigeria’s revenues

Between 2004 and 2012, Ifueko Omogui Okauru led a revolutionary campaign in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Under her leadership during the period, FIRS witnessed extensive reforms and fundamental transformation.
Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, queue for water, at the Fashaga camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan November 24, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

UNHCR sends emergency aid to Sudan, more expected

The United Nations said Friday it had flown 32 tons of emergency aid to Khartoum, Sudan to quickly assist the thousands of refugees fleeing fighting and violence in Ethiopia.

Expert warns against trade malpractices

A trade expert, Prof. Ken Ife, has decried the high volume of trade malpractices across land borders in the country.
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to remand Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, in the Nigerian Correctional Service’s centre pending the determination of the case.

EFCC: How Abdulrasheed Maina stole N14 billion using fictitious accounts

A prosecution witness has narrated how a former chairman, Pension Reform Task Force Team, (PRTFT), Abdulrasheed Maina, who is standing trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja, stole about N14 billion from pension accounts through several illegal payments to fake pensioners, non-existing contracts, and other pension reform unions.
YINKA ODUMAKIN

Afenifere calls for implementation of 2014 Confab report

Rising from its monthly meeting held at the country home of its national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the Group opposed the proposed rail line and an N30bn highway to connect the Niger Republic with Nigeria.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank constructs 330km roads in Enugu

World Bank, through Rural Access and Mobility Project, (RAMP-2) says it has completed construction of 330km out of 385.419km rural road in Enugu state.
Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sabri Boukadoun, disclosed this at a meeting with President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou in Abuja.

Algeria seeks improved multilateral ties with ECOWAS

Algeria says it is seeking to strengthen economic, trade, political, diplomatic, and security relations with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Manchester City’s Spanish coach Josep Guardiola gestures during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Olympiakos and Manchester City, on November 25, 2020 at Georgios-Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus, near Athens. AFP

Manchester City ease into Champions League last 16

Manchester City booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League but there were more concerns for Pep Guardiola over his side’s lack of ruthlessness in a 1-0 win at Olympiakos on Wednesday.

How Abdulrasheed Maina, others stole N14 billion from pension account – witnes

The trial of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, on money laundering charges continued in his absence on Wednesday, as a witness, Mrs. Rouquayya Ibrahim, narrated how he stole over N14billion from the federal pension account.
Olusegun Runsewe

NCAC: Take handcraft seriously, desist from crime, frivolous activities

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), on Tuesday advised Nigerian youths to embrace handcraft to enable them to remain creative and productive rather than engage in frivolous activities and social vices.

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Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.

Bahrain open to imports from illegal Israeli settlements

Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.
A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the border early in the Trump administration, according to a court filing that also said the government last week provided additional phone numbers to aid the long-running search [File: Santiago Billy/AP Photo]

Search persists for parents of 628 kids separated at US border

A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the United States-Mexico border early in the Trump administration, according to a court filing on Wednesday that also said the government last week provided additional phone numbers to aid the long-running search.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

#EndSARS: Police file suit to end judicial panels’ probes

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have filed a suit to stop the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governors to probe allegations of police brutality by men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Palace razed in Ondo communal clash

Two persons have been feared killed in a fracas between Ude and Isinigbo communities in Akure North local government area.
Nigerian singer and record producer, Duncan Wene Mighty Okechukwu, popularly called Duncan Mighty, has expressed his annoyance at men who take care of their partners but neglect their mothers.

Duncan Mighty: ‘God will punish men who neglect their mothers but take care of...

According to Duncan Mighty, “If your woman gets car wey u buy for her and your mother dey still trek, GOD go punish you. If you dey send your woman card and transfer money to