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Mali’s former Defence Minister, Ba N’Daou, has been named as president of the country’s new transition government. The new president is meant to lead the country for several months before returning Mali to civilian rule.

Mali military junta appoints interim president

Mali’s former Defence Minister, Ba N’Daou, has been named as president of the country’s new transition government. The new president is meant to lead the country for several months before returning Mali to civilian rule.
Defending champion Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open with a stunning 6-2 7-5 defeat by Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Rafa Nadal stunned by Diego Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals

Defending champion Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open with a stunning 6-2 7-5 defeat by Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
France has arrested and indicted a former guard of deposed Central African Republic president Francois Bozize for “complicity in crimes against humanity”, anti-terrorist prosecutors said on Saturday.

France indicts Central Africa war crimes suspect

France has arrested and indicted a former guard of deposed Central African Republic president Francois Bozize for “complicity in crimes against humanity”, anti-terrorist prosecutors said on Saturday.
Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999 to 2015, was found guilty of corruption in a Paris court. Martin Bureau-AFP-Getty Images

Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack guilty of Russian doping corruption

The former head of athletics’ world governing body, Lamine Diack, was on Wednesday found guilty by a French court of corruption in covering up Russian doping cases and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended.
Riyad Mahrez's sisters Dounya, right, and Ines, left were attacked in their beauty shop

Riyad Mahrez’s sisters beaten up by gang in Paris

The sisters of Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez were beaten up by a gang in their beauty shop in Paris, France.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was happy to see Leo Messi have minutes in their friendly win against Nastic.

Premier League wouldn’t be good for Leo Messi – Ex-Real Madrid chief

"I feared for Messi in another league and for me it's good news that he's staying in this league," said Valdano. "He's the best player in the world not just for the image he projects but because it's a pleasure to watch a player of this level."
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has fully recovered from coronavirus. 1

Kaduna to hold maiden international marathon race

Kaduna State Government has unveiled plans to organise the maiden edition of its international marathon race in November this year.
President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande

Tijani Muhammad-Bande successfully served at most trying time – UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Nigeria’s Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was the miracle needed by the General Assembly to deliver on its mandate in the face of COVID-19.
Andre Villas-Boas took aim at Thomas Tuchel and poked fun at Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League failure after Marseille's win.

Andre Villas-Boas mocks Thomas Tuchel after Marseille win

Andre Villas-Boas took aim at Thomas Tuchel and poked fun at Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League failure after Marseille's win.
FC Zurich's Stephen Odey

Stephen Odey joins French Ligue 2 club Amiens SC on loan

French Ligue 2 club Amiens SC have announced the signing of Nigeria forward Stephen Odey on a one-year loan deal from Belgian outfit KRC Genk, Completesports.com reports.
World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

Ashleigh Barty to skip French Open over virus fears

World number one Ashleigh Barty announced Tuesday she will not defend her French Open crown, citing the coronavirus fears that also prompted her and several other top players to withdraw from the US Open.

French journalists urge Algeria to free jailed reporter

French journalists on Monday demanded the release of Algerian reporter Khaled Drareni, who was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment over his coverage of an anti-government demonstration in March.
Lionel Messi is reportedly becoming ‘worried’ that problems at Barcelona are beginning to mirror his international career with Argentina.

Leonardo: Paris Saint-Germain thought about buying Leo Messi

Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the Barca captain and six-time Ballon d’Or champion will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.
Henry Onyekuru’s Monaco have revealed that two people from the club are suspected of contracting COVID-19.

AS Monaco reveal ‘suspected’ virus cases

The Ligue 1 club did not confirm who the pair were, only that neither’s condition was a cause for worry and that health protocols were being followed.
FIFA

FIFA warns Iran over government interference

FIFA has issued another warning to the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) over interference in its affairs, amid concern regarding the involvement of the country’s judicial authorities in a dispute between the governing body and a former coach.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, Finance, and Recovery, talk to employees as they visit a site of pharmaceutical group Seqens, a global leader on the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, near Paris, France August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

Emmanuel Macron to meet Ivory Coast president on Friday in Paris-Elysee

Ouattara said in early August he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the ruling party’s nomination to be its candidate and defying opponents who say the constitution forbids a third term
France's Paul Pogba in action with Turkey's Burak Yilmaz REUTERS-Gokhan Kilincer-File Photo

Paul Pogba left out of France squad after contracting coronavirus

“But unfortunately for him, he took a test (for COVID-19) yesterday which turned out to be positive today, so at the last minute he was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.”
French Foreign Affair Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon July 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aziz Taher

Mali transition must be quick – French foreign minister

France’s foreign minister said on Thursday that the transition in Mali needs to be quick, but that the coup d’etat in the country would not stop French military operations targeting Islamist militants.

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Sequel to the collapse of a school building in Ejigbo in the early hours of Saturday, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to carry out integrity tests on both public and private schools with buildings of 3 floors and above.

Lagos residents hail governor for road construction

The residents of Ijeododo, Ijegun and Ijagemo towns have praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving the construction of Ijegun-Ijedodo, Abule Ado road.
Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso is confident that Victor Osimhen will be a great asset to his team as the season progresses.

Language barrier not a problem for Victor Osimhen at Napoli – rep

Victor Okolo, brother-in-law and representative of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has stated that the Nigerian forward is not hindered by language differences at his new club.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday asked Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the whereabouts of visiting Chinese medical personnel, saying their activities in the country must the oversighted by the parliament.

PTF: 10 percent of virus victims are below age 19

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, says records show that 10 per cent of all positive COVID-19 cases treated are below the age of 19.
A popular Nollywood actor and producer, Bolaji Amusan has said Nigeria must remain together as one indivisible entity, warning politicians to watch their tongues.

Nollywood actor warns politicians not to divide Nigeria with utterances

A popular Nollywood actor and producer, Bolaji Amusan, has said Nigeria must remain together as one indivisible entity, warning politicians to watch their tongues.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

PTF warns against neglect of virus protocols

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned against perceived neglect of the non-pharmaceutical protocols and other measures aimed at tackling the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.