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FILE PHOTO - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (not pictured), in Rome, Italy, June 22, 2021. REUTERS-Remo Casilli

EU to take steps against Hungary over anti-LGBT bill

The European Commission will take action against Hungary over planned new restrictions on LGBT rights, the head of the bloc’s executive said on Wednesday, saying they violated fundamental EU values.

APC chieftain: Senator Sheriff used his empire to handpick Kashim Shettima as Borno governor...

A chieftain in the All Progressive Congress (APC) and a former law maker in the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Hon. Dr Kassim Mohammad Kassim, has recalled how former Borno Governor Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff installed his successor, Senator Kashim Shettima in 2011.
Pedro Sánchez

Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday pardoned all nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for their role in a failed independence bid in the region in 2017, one of whom reacted with defiance to news of his impending release.
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gestures as he explains his plan to issue pardons to a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, at Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain, June 21, 2021. REUTERS-Albert Gea

Spain’s cabinet to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders on Tuesday

The Spanish government plans to pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopians to vote in what government bills as first free election

Ethiopians vote on Monday in national and regional elections that the prime minister has billed as proof of his commitment to democracy after decades of repressive rule in Africa's second-most populous nation.
Hungary players salute the fans at a packed-out Puskas Arena. Tibor Illyes-EPA

UEFA probes discrimination at Hungary’s Euro 2020 matches

UEFA is investigating “potential discriminatory incidents” during Hungary’s European Championship matches against Portugal and France at the Puskas Arena, European football’s governing body said on Sunday.

Oyo PDP debunks claims of ‘factionalisation’

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has debunked the news making rounds that the state party has fictionalised.
President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party will hold its congress Saturday ahead of September parliamentary elections that come amid a sweeping crackdown on the beleaguered opposition.

Vladimir Putin’s party holds congress amid opposition clampdown

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party will hold its congress Saturday ahead of September parliamentary elections that come amid a sweeping crackdown on the beleaguered opposition.
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attend his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections

Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country’s first free and fair polls after decades of repressive rule.
Zambia's founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to hospital, his office said Monday.

Zambia’s former president Kenneth Kaunda hospitalised

In a statement, it said Kaunda, 97, "has been unwell and was admitted to... Maina Soko Medical Centre," a military hospital in the capital Lusaka. It gave no further details.
A member of the National Guard stands guard ahead of midterm elections in Nahuatzen, Mexico, June 5, 2021. REUTERS-Alan Ortega

Mexicans vote in midterm elections seen as referendum on president

Mexicans headed to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new lower house of Congress, state governors and local lawmakers, in a race seen as a referendum on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's policies and efforts to shake up Mexico's institutions.

Somaliland opposition win majority in first parliamentary vote since 2005

Two opposition parties in Somalia's breakaway Somaliland region won a majority of seats in the region's first parliamentary election in 16 years, the National Electoral Commission said on Sunday.
“Our thoughts and our compassion are with the victims, the injured and their families in these very difficult hours for the republic of Austria,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said before a cabinet meeting.

‘Unimaginable’ for Austria’s Sebastian Kurz to stay on if convicted – vice chancellor

It would be “unimaginable” for Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to stay in office if convicted of perjury, the country’s vice chancellor and leader of the Greens, Werner Kogler, said in remarks broadcast on Saturday.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC group insists President Buhari working on better Nigeria

The All Progressives Congress Legacy Awareness and Campaign Group has insisted President Muhammadu Buhari is working on a better Nigeria.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC group: Six years of President Buhari better than PDP’s 16 years

The group operating under the auspices of All Progressives Congress (APC) Legacy Awareness & Campaign, made this remark on Friday in Abuja while reeling out some of the achievements of the APC-led government led by President Buhari.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, August 21, 2019. Ahmet Bolat-Pool via REUTERS

Turkish mobster’s videos targeting top politicians draw millions of views

When Sedat Peker, a convicted Turkish mob boss, began posting videos on social media earlier this month in which he made uncorroborated claims of corruption, murder and drug running against top politicians, millions of Turks tuned in to watch.
Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz

Zambian president bans campaign rallies to stem coronavirus spread

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday banned campaign rallies ahead of elections scheduled for Aug. 12, saying large gatherings risked spreading the COVID-19 virus.

PDP governors warn EFCC to stop witch-hunting opposition parties

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against harassing opposition parties and their officials over some phoney allegations.
FILE PHOTO - Gergely Karacsony, opposition parties' candidate, delivers a statement after being elected Mayor of Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary, October 13, 2019. REUTERS-Bernadett Szabo-File Photo

Budapest mayor launches bid to challenge Hungary’s premier next year

Budapest mayor Gergely Karacsony on Saturday announced his bid to become the prime minister candidate for Hungary’s six opposition parties which are trying to forge an alliance to take on Prime Minister Viktor Orban in national elections next year.
Rauf Olaniyan

2019: PDP’s victory in Oyo shocked opposition – deputy governor

The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan has disclosed that the victory recorded in 2019 by the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde remained a big surprise to some people, particularly the opposition parties.
Chad police clash with opposition demonstrators in N'Djamena Issouf SANOGO / AFP

Chad opposition calls for fresh anti-junta protests

Opposition parties and civil society groups in Chad said fresh protests would be held on Saturday against the junta that took power after longtime ruler Idriss Deby Itno died fighting rebels.
Members of the security forces patrol Chad's capital N'Djamena following the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby in N'Djamena, Chad April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Chadian police fire tear gas to disperse protest against military government

Chadian security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who took to the streets of the capital N'Djamena on Saturday to protest against a military takeover that followed the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield last month.

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Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano governor: Crime has attained ‘next level’, technology needed to check it

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said on Wednesday that the introduction of technology in addressing the security challenges in the country was necessary if the fight is to be won.
‘Sky Sport’ journalist Gianluca di Marzio reports that PSG have completed their deal for Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan. They will pay 70 million euros for the player, who will earn a salary of 8 million euros a year as well as potentially another two in bonuses.

PSG complete Achraf Hakimi deal, official announcement imminent

‘Sky Sport’ journalist Gianluca di Marzio reports that PSG have completed their deal for Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan. They will pay 70 million euros for the player, who will earn a salary of 8 million euros a year as well as potentially another two in bonuses.
Jadon Sancho is ‘confident’ of sealing a move to Manchester United this summer as the Premier League side work on a deal to sign the Borussia Dortmund winger.

Manchester United moves to seal deal on Jadon Sancho

English Premier League side Manchester United have made progress in their attempt to reach a deal with Borussia Dortmund for the Old Trafford-wanted Englishman Jadon Sancho, who is currently playing for the national team in the ongoing Euros 2020 competition.

CAF releases interclub competition details for next season

The continental Football governing body in Africa, CAF, has released the 2021/22 interclub season schedule which details the information relating to the list of countries that are allowed to enter two clubs in the 2021/22 campaign.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

AFN chief: Lagos ready for open athletics championships

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa as well as the Chairman of the Lagos State Athletics Association (LAA), Solomon Alao are both optimistic ahead of Thursday’s Lagos Open Athletics Championship.

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The Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday, said the potentials embedded in sports have been highly underestimated in Nigeria.

Lagos assembly considers bill criminalising illegal organ harvesting

A bill to ‘regulate’ human organs harvesting and transplantation has scaled its second reading in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

IMF advises Nigerian government to keep central bank overdrafts within legal limits

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the federal government to keep reliance on overdrafts from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) within legal limits.
Fortune seekers are seen as they flock to the village after pictures and videos were shared on social media showing people celebrating after finding what they believe to be diamonds, in the village of KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith, in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

South African ‘diamond rush’ unearths only quartz crystals – officials

Unidentified stones that lured thousands of fortune seekers to a rural South African village to mine the land with picks and shovels were not diamonds as hoped, officials said on Sunday, but quartz stones with relatively low, if any, value.
Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, is ready to adjust and play in different roles to justify himself under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Callum Hudson-Odoi warned against playing for Ghana

Charles Taylor has advised Callum Hudson-Odoi to continue playing for England despite strong interest from Ghana.

Lagos polls: Accord to contest in 12 council areas of strength come July 24

Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.