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FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden plans to reverse Donald Trump policies during first days in office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign dozens of executive orders and send sweeping bills to Congress in his first days in office, aiming to roll back some of Donald Trump’s signature policies on immigration and climate change while taking action to ramp up the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
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.
FILE PHOTO - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, U.S., January 12, 2021. Andrew Harnik-Pool via REUTERS

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Donald Trump presidency

The United States on Friday sanctioned companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) says it is providing one billion dollars grant to African countries to support the implementation of the Agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Group lauds Nigerian government over AfCFTA Secretariat inauguration in Ghana

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has lauded the role of the federal government in the inauguration of the secretariat for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Ghana.

Nigerian government, DisCos miss meter installation target

The pact between the federal government and the power Distribution Companies (Discos) to supply and install one million meters between last October and December did not come close to hitting target, as only 16,308 of the projected installations, representing 1.6 per cent, was done at the end of November.
The new President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Asefon, has said his victory at the election in Abuja last weekend was designed by God.

NANS: Nigerian government’s 2021 budget for education worst in 10 years

The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Com. Sunday Asefon, has frowned at the 2021 budgetary provision for education under President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as the worst in the last ten years in the country.
South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi being escorted by Iran's Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images

South Korea to send delegation to Tehran after Iran seizes tanker

South Korea is sending a delegation to Iran to seek the release of a tanker seized in Gulf waters by Iranian forces, with a senior diplomat set to go ahead with a scheduled visit to Tehran on Sunday amid tensions over $7bn in Iranian funds frozen in Korean banks due to sanctions imposed by the United States.
Iran's atomic energy agency has said the country plans to quadruple production of low-level enriched uranium and will reach the limit of the stockpile allowed under the nuclear deal within days.

Iran says it resumes 20% enrichment at Fordow in latest nuclear deal breach

Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, the government said on Monday, breaching a 2015 nuclear pact with major powers and possibly complicating efforts by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the deal.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed smiles during an African Union (AU) summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

African countries begin trading under AfCFTA pact

African Union (AU) Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have congratulated Africans for starting trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

Africa heralds onset of free-trade pact after years of talks

The first goods will begin to flow under an Africa-wide free-trade pact on Friday, the culmination of more than five years of negotiations on cutting cross-border tariffs.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

U.S. FDA advisory panel sets stage for Moderna vaccine authorization

A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed emergency use of Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine, virtually assuring a second option for protecting against COVID-19 for a pandemic ravaged nation.
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said last week they would decide whether an agreement was possible by the end of Sunday, but agreed in a crisis call to “go the extra mile”.

UK, EU extend Brexit talks after ditching deadline

The European Union and Britain ordered their negotiators back to work Sunday after agreeing to abandon a supposed make-or-break deadline for a post-Brexit trade pact.
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

U.N. chief urges leaders of every country to declare ‘climate emergency’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis.

Oil prices hit $50 on coronavirus vaccine rollout

Oil prices touched their highest level since March on Thursday, as hopes of swifter-than-thought vaccine rollout fueled bullish expectations of strengthening oil demand early next year.
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a post-Brexit trade deal are complex and France would oppose any pact that “sacrifices” its fishermen.

France will not sacrifice its fishermen in any Brexit deal – minister

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a post-Brexit trade deal are complex and France would oppose any pact that “sacrifices” its fishermen.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress signed the six-point pact to ensure peace before, during and after the 2020 general elections. This is the third such pact since 2012.

Ghana’s two main presidential candidates sign peace pact

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress signed the six-point pact to ensure peace before, during and after the 2020 general elections. This is the third such pact since 2012.
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.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. REUTERS-Alexander Natruskin

Joe Biden urged to extend US-Russia arms treaty for full five years without conditions

Arms control advocates are urging Joe Biden to extend the last U.S.-Russian treaty limiting deployed strategic nuclear arms for five years, but some experts argue the U.S. president-elect should go for a shorter period to maintain leverage over Moscow.
Rep. Fred Agbedi, who represents Sagbama-Ekeremor Federal Constituency of Bayelsa, on Saturday said that the legislature lacks the powers to control funds appropriated for constituency projects.

We lack control of constituency projects – Reps member

Rep. Fred Agbedi, who represents Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency of Bayelsa, on Saturday said that the legislature lacks the powers to control funds appropriated for constituency projects.
A screen grab taken from Vietnam Host Broadcaster’s November 15, 2020 live video shows China’s Premier Li Keqiang (L) clapping as Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan (R) holds up the agreement during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that is being held online in Hanoi. (Photo by Handout / VIETNAM HOST BROADCASTER / AFP)

World’s largest free trade agreement signed in coup for China

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes 10 Southeast Asian economies along with China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, with members accounting for around 30 percent of global GDP.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Russia may be wishing to see his Democratic rival Joe Biden emerge victorious on Election Day.

US formally quits Paris climate agreement

The United States (US) left the Paris accord on Wednesday, becoming the first country to ever withdraw from an international climate change pact as the fate of its presidential election hangs in the balance.
A Police officer prepares to fire teargas towards protesters during a anti-government demonstration in Luanda. Osvaldo Silva - AFP

CPJ: Angolan police detain, harass journalists covering protests

At least six journalists and one media worker were arrested – with four held for more than two days – and another was harassed while covering anti-government protests by civil society groups and opposition parties in the capital, Luanda, on October 24, according to news reports and Teixeira Candido, secretary general of the Union of Angolan Journalists (SJA), who spoke with CPJ via messaging app. All those detained were released without charge, Candido said.

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VfB Stuttgart are eager to buy Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

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Chelsea suffered late VAR heartache as they slipped to back-to-back FA Cup final defeats after a 1-0 loss to Leicester City, Youri Tielemans’ second-half strike proving decisive.
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Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte it set to play for Spain at the European Championship.

Euro 2020: Manchester City star set to switch to Spain after being ignored by...

The Spanish Football Federation has lodged paperwork with FIFA and is awaiting the final approval from the world governing body, and he could play at this summer's tournament alongside team-mate Eric Garcia.
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Eid el-Fitr: Former APC governorship aspirant donates food items to 5,000 in Oyo

Olasunkanmi Tegbe, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Oyo State in 2019, has distributed about 5,000 packed food stuffs to the less privileged for Eid el-Fitr celebration.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Military kills 48 bandits, recovers rounds of ammunition

Troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army operating in Zamfara and adjoining states have stated that they made tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against banditry and other violent crimes in the North-west.
National Electoral Board of Ethiopia Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa addresses a news conference on the upcoming election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 8, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri-File Photo

Ethiopia postpones June 5 parliamentary elections

Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary elections due on June 5, the country’s electoral body said on Saturday, adding it did not foresee a delay of more than three weeks
FILE PHOTO - A soldier uses a mobile phone as he sit inside a military vehicle outside Myanmar's Central Bank during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer-File Photo

Myanmar army battles anti-coup rebels as armed resistance grows

Myanmar’s army battled local militia fighters in the northwestern town of Mindat on Saturday, residents said, to try to quell a rebellion that has sprung up to oppose the junta which seized power in the Southeast Asian country in February