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Police officers stand outside a hotel, where a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission or Iran nuclear deal will be held, in Vienna, Austria, April 15, 2021. REUTERS-Leonhard Foeger

Iran nuclear talks to resume amid strains over enrichment move, Natanz attack

Iran and global powers will resume talks on Thursday to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal in an effort potentially complicated by Tehran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment and what it called Israeli sabotage at a nuclear site.
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

European powers warn Iran over ‘dangerous’ uranium enrichment move

The European countries party to the Iran nuclear deal told Tehran on Wednesday its decision to enrich uranium at 60% purity, bringing the fissile material closer to bomb-grade, was contrary to efforts to revive the 2015 accord.
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken last week and obtained by Reuters on April 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Iran says it begins 60% uranium enrichment following nuclear site incident

Iran has begun 60% uranium enrichment, the country’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state media on Tuesday, a day after Tehran accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging a key nuclear site.
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken last week and obtained by Reuters on April 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Israel made a ‘very bad gamble’ by sabotaging Iranian nuclear site – minister

Iran’s top diplomat said on Tuesday that an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility which it blames on Israel was a “very bad gamble” that would strengthen Tehran’s hand in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticised his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after the recent execution of nine people in Egypt, saying he refused to talk to someone like him.

Turkish president accuses retired admirals of hinting at ‘coup’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a statement by former admirals warning that his plans for a new canal in Istanbul put the Montreux Convention maritime accord in jeopardy was hinting at a “political coup”, though he added he was committed to the pact.

Easter: Nigeria now a killing field – Bishop Kukah

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said day by day, Nigeria drifts irreversibly into a dark tunnel.

Easter message: Nigeria’s troubles increasing steadily – Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, took another swipe at the Federal Government, on Sunday, saying that Nigeria’s troubles were growing by the day while the nation’s leadership paid deaf ears to warnings of an impending disaster in the country.
“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not simple,” Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged at a press conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government makes signs of apparent overtures to US president-elect Biden.

Press TV: Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of sanctions

Iran’s government wants the United States to lift all sanctions on its country and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of the restrictions, Iranian state broadcaster Press TV reported on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and the Iranian delegation (L-R) meet during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool/File Photo

U.S, Iran to go to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks – sources

Officials from Tehran and Washington will travel to Vienna next week as part of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and global powers, though they will not hold direct talks, diplomats said on Friday.

Mastercard buys $100 million stake in Airtel Africa’s mobile money

Mastercard has sealed a pact with wireless operator Airtel Africa that will see it procure a minority interest in the telco’s mobile money division, Airtel Mobile Commerce BV (AMC BV).
FILE PHOTO - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, March 10, 2021. UK Parliament-Jessica Taylor-Handout via REUTERS

Russian envoy says UK nuclear arms plan is illegal

Russia’s ambassador to Britain has accused the UK government of breaking its international treaty commitments with a plan to increase the country’s nuclear arsenal and said the political relationship between Moscow and London is “nearly dead”.
Activists participate in a protest against Turkey's withdrawal from Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women, in Istanbul, Turkey March 20, 2021. REUTERS-Umit Bektas

Europe presses Turkey to rethink ditching violence-on-women pact

European leaders criticised what they called Turkey’s baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Tayyip Erdogan to reconsider.
American news outlet Politico said Tuesday that U.S. President Joe Biden was reviewing records of calls between immediate past president, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Iran says U.S. should lift sanctions, guarantee Trump’s mistakes will not be repeated

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday that the United States should lift sanctions and give guarantees that mistakes made by the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump will never be repeated.
The formality of confirming South African billionaire and Africa’s ninth richest person Patrice Motsepe as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially been carried out at the ongoing 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.

Patrice Motsepe emerges as new CAF president

The formality of confirming South African billionaire and Africa’s ninth richest person Patrice Motsepe as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially been carried out at the ongoing 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.

James Ibori’s kinsmen rise in his defence over forfeited corruption assets

The Oghara Development Union, (ODU) Lagos Branch, has called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Chief James Onanefe Ibori’s associates in the London trial, be returned to Nigeria.
The camp of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Ondo state was depleted over the weekend as its former deputy state chairman, Engr. Abayomi Adebayo and others defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC in the state.

Oyo ZLP collapses structure, joins APC

The Oyo State chapter of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has collapsed its structure in all the 33 local government areas of the state.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Oil slips on fears over higher OPEC supply, slower China demand

Oil prices slipped, on Tuesday, as expectations that top producers would agree to raise oil supply in a meeting this week weighed on sentiment, already hit by concerns over slowing Chinese demand.
Victor Oladipo has been in NBA trade rumors since the offseason. Even after being sent to the Houston Rockets, Oladipo is still not safe. The Rockets are beginning to retool the roster and Oladipo could get them a nice return.

Victor Oladipo shuns Houston Rockets $45.2 million contract extension

Victor Oladipo reportedly turned down a two-year, $45.2 million contract offer from the Houston Rockets.
FILE PHOTO: Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and the Iranian delegation (L-R) meet during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool/File Photo

Iran dismisses idea of talks with EU and U.S. to revive 2015 nuclear deal

Iran on Sunday ruled out holding an informal meeting with the United States and European powers to discuss ways to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, insisting that Washington must lift all its unilateral sanctions.

Niger Delta militants threaten to bomb Lagos, Abuja

The last has not been heard of the face-off between the federal government and Niger Delta militants over the continual marginalization of the people of the Niger Delta region.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran January 8, 2021. Official Khamenei Website-Handout via REUTERS

Ali Khamenei: Iran may enrich uranium to 60% purity if needed

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday Iran might enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country needed it and would never yield to U.S. pressure over its nuclear activity, state television reported.
FILE PHOTO: Iranian lawmakers attend the opening ceremony of Iran's 11th parliament, practicing social distancing as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Tehran, Iran, May 27, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian lawmakers criticise Tehran’s deal with IAEA on snap inspections

Iranian lawmakers protested on Monday against Tehran’s decision to permit “necessary” monitoring by the U.N. nuclear watchdog for up to three months, saying the move broke a law mandating an end to the agency’s snap inspections this week.

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Eight family members killed in Afghanistan mosque shooting

Eight members of the same family were gunned down in an attack on a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
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Lothar Matthaus: Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich

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UNESCO, TIG urge more participation in tradditional sports

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and TIGGymnastics have called for more participation in traditional sports in the country.

Kebbi secures World Bank grant for girl-child education

Governor Atiku Bagudu says his administration has secured a $70 million World Bank Grant to strengthen Adolescent Girl-Child Education.

NUJ berates media owners owing journalists’ salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Saturday, berated media owners for their continued non-payment of journalists’ salaries in the country.

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APC mobilising for victory in Anambra election – chieftain

Chief Ekene Enefe, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra, says the party is working assiduously to ensure it emerge victorious at the Nov. 6 governorship election.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN tells banks to get on its central credit management platform

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mandated all development finance institutions (DFIs), microfinance banks (MFBs), primary mortgage banks (PMBs) and finance companies (FCs) operating in the country to enrol on its credit risk management system (CRMS).
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Troops repel terrorists incursion, eliminate scores in Borno

The Nigerian Army says, its troops supported by Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have thwarted Boko Haram terrorists’ incursion into Damasak, Headquarters...
Landing crafts of the Russian Navy's Caspian Flotilla are pictured on the Don River during the inter-fleet move from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea, on the outskirts of Rostov-on-Don, Russia April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov

Russia beefs up warship presence in Black Sea as Ukraine tensions simmer

Two Russian warships transited the Bosphorus en route to the Black Sea on Saturday and 15 smaller vessels completed a transfer to the sea as Moscow beefs up its naval presence at a time of tense relations with the West and Ukraine.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja after a 17-day medical trip to London, the United Kingdom.

President Buhari commiserates with Niger over death of 20 children in fire incident

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the fire incident that razed a primary school in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic, killing more than 20 children.