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Libya's new Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, speaks during a news conference in Tripoli, Libya February 25, 2021. REUTERS-Hazem Ahmed

Libyan premier-designate proposes unity government plan

Libya’s designated prime minister, chosen via a U.N.-facilitated process last month, said on Thursday he had proposed a governing plan to the country’s divided parliament as part of a peace process.
FILE PHOTO - Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Huocheng County in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 3, 2018.REUTERS-Thomas Peter-File Photo

Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying that the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.
Facebook has accused Apple of privacy shortcomings and abusing its market power after the iPhone maker took a swipe at the social media platform’s data collection practices.

Australian parliament passes media reforms after last-ditch changes

Australia’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to make Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc pay media companies for content on their platforms in reforms that countries such as Britain and Canada are looking to replicate.
Georgian police arrest the opposition leader Nika Melia after storming the United National Movement party offices in Tbilisi. Irakli Gedenidze-Reuters

Transparency condemns arrest of Georgian opposition leader

The rights body said it believes the raids on the offices of the United National Movement opposition party and arrest of its leader will only worsen the current political crisis in the country.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

House of Reps grills NNPC, contractors, summon BPP over $2.6 billion AKK pipeline project

House of Representatives has begun investigation of the alleged breach of Nigeria’s laws on local content in the execution of the Federal Government project to construct a gas pipeline from Ajaokuta to Kano.
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, said it had ended implementation of the so-called Additional Protocol at midnight (2030 GMT) on Monday. The agreement allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections.

Iran’s rulers close ranks, raise pressure on Joe Biden to lift sanctions

An Iranian government newspaper warned on Tuesday that overly radical actions in the nuclear wrangling with the West may lead to the country’s isolation after Tehran ended snap inspections by United Nations inspectors.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook to restore Australian news pages after tweaks to media laws

Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to a proposed law designed to force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday.
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.
Voters queue at a polling station during the second round of the country's presidential election, in Niamey, Niger February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tagaza Djibo

Nigeriens cast ballots in run-off vote for new president

The second round of Niger’s presidential election kicked off on Sunday, as Nigeriens cast their ballots between a ruling party stalwart and a former president touted as the first peaceful succession between two elected presidents.

Somali president challenged in his bid to secure new term

Somalia’s president, whose four-year term expired this month, should not take part in talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has caused a delay in choosing a new head of state, two of Somalia’s five regional governments said on Sunday.
A protester steps on an image of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a rally after he and nine ministers survived no-confidence debates, outside the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, February 20, 2021. REUTERS-Athit Perawongmetha

Thai protests outside parliament after PM survives vote

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a parliamentary no-confidence motion on Saturday after a four-day censure debate.
FILE PHOTO - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House, in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS-Chalinee Thirasupa-Pool

Thai premier survives no-confidence vote as protests planned

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume.
FILE PHOTO - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato

Australian premier warns of ‘culture problem’ after allegations of rape in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday he was “sickened” by allegations of sexual assault in Parliament House, adding that there was a “culture” problem at the government building.
FILE PHOTO - Tourists walk around the forecourt of Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, October 16, 2017. REUTERS-David Gray

Australian woman to lodge police complaint over ‘rape’ in parliament – media

A woman who says she was raped by a colleague in Australia’s parliament two years ago said in a statement given to Australian media on Friday that she would lodge a formal complaint with police to open an investigation into the incident.

How ICPC is combating corruption in MDAs, stopped diversion of N189 billion personnel cost

In the past few years, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission, as part of its statutory mandate, has been conducting systems study and review of ministries and organisations in the federal public service.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

House of Reps summons NNPC subsidiaries over finances

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account has summoned all subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over financial queries raised by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Official: NNPC not owing federation account N3.8 trillion

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), has said that contrary to reports that it is owing the Federation Account the sum of N3.8 trillion, it is the Federation Account and Allocation Committee (FAAC) that’s owing it the sum of N787 billion from over draft.
FILE PHOTO - Italy's 5-Star Movement's leader Vito Crimi arrives for a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy January 29, 2021. REUTERS-Guglielmo Mangiapane-File Photo

Italy’s 5-Star party to kick out senators who voted against premier

The leader of Italy’s 5-Star Movement on Thursday said a group of senators who broke ranks and rejected Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government in a parliamentary confidence vote will be expelled from the party.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook ‘unfriends’ Australia as news pages go dark in test for global publishing

Facebook faced an angry backlash on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide.
Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga returned to the capital Harare on Saturday after spending four months in China, according to Bnnbloomberg.ca reports.

Zimbabwe starts coronavirus vaccinations, VP Chiwenga gets first shot

Zimbabwe kicked-off its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Thursday after receiving a donation of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China earlier in the week.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information.

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FILE PHOTO - A worker looks on as the second delivery of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is offloaded at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 27, 2021. Kim Ludbrook-Pool via REUTERS

South Africa signs J&J vaccine deal, eases restrictions

South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) congratulates players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 28, 2021. – The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / AFP)

Manchester United rages at penalty talk as team draw another blank

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are being negatively influenced by opposition managers referring to their penalty record after being denied a spot-kick in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that construction work on the Gusau Airport project would commence this month.

Zamfara governor: Abducted schoolgirls will be released soon

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be released very soon.

Primate Ayodele: President Buhari has broken Nigeria’s unity

The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has once again knocked the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over the unsecured state of the country.
NANS National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon

NANS asks Nigerian government to declare abductors of students terrorists

Following the gale of abductions of school children in the Northern part of the country, the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), has advised the federal government to list bandits perpetrating such horrendous crime as terrorists.

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1. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the State House, Abuja.

AYCF urges new EFCC boss not to spare any corrupt officials

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a young man in the person of Bawa to head the EFCC.

IMF, Ethiopia agree framework for loan deal reviews

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday it had agreed a blueprint for the completion of reviews of Ethiopia’s loan programme, taking account of the impact of the coronavirus and the country’s “domestic security situation”.

Nigerian Army arrest two ‘drug peddlers’ in Cross River

Troops attached to “Operation Akpakwu” Nigerian Army 13 Brigade Calabar, have arrested two suspected drug Peddlers allegedly involved in the peddling of substances suspected to be hard drugs in Calabar.

Olisa Metuh: My detention experience taught me a great lesson

Chief Olisa Metu, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says his recent experience in detention has taught him a ‘great lesson’.

Isa Yuguda: Nigerian government is supporting agric, it must subsidise herdsmen’s businesses

A former Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda, has stated that Nigeria has treated Fulani people unfairly, pointing out that for the herders crisis across the country to be addressed, justice must be done to them.