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Polling opened on Sunday morning for a presidential election at crisis-hit Barcelona, where the winner will face the challenge of rebuilding the club's finances and squad.

Polls open for presidential election at troubled Barcelona

They are running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October and was briefly taken in for questioning following police raids on the club on Monday into the 'Barcagate' scandal which revolves around allegations that Barcelona carried out a defamation campaign against current and former players critical of club leadership.
Crystal Palace left back Patrick van Aanholt was subjected to racist abuse on Instagram following Wednesday’s Premier League draw at home to Manchester United.

Crystal Palace defender racially abused on Instagram

Crystal Palace left back Patrick van Aanholt was subjected to racist abuse on Instagram following Wednesday’s Premier League draw at home to Manchester United.

Ikedi Ohakim: I have not joined APC

A former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has debunked the speculation making the rounds that he had joined the ruling All Progressives Congress.
A staff shows the empty ballot box after delegates voted for the election of a new interim government for Libya during the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Chavannes-de-Bogis near Geneva, Switzerland, February 5, 2021. U.N. Photo-Handout via REUTERS

New Libya interim government agreed in UN talks

U.N. sponsored talks produced a new interim government for Libya on Friday aimed at resolving a decade of chaos, division and violence by holding national elections later this year.
In apparent show of solidarity Everton fans have risen in support of midfielder Allan following his son’s alopecia diagnosis.

Everton fans back Allan after son’s alopecia diagnosis

In apparent show of solidarity Everton fans have risen in support of midfielder Allan following his son’s alopecia diagnosis.
FILE PHOTO - Taiwan coast guard patrol boats along the coast of Pratas Islands January 27. sk-Photo by C.C.-File Photo

Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

Six Chinese fighter aircraft and a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Sunday, the island’s defence ministry said, in an unusual admission of U.S. military activity.
An Israeli soldier has shot dead a Palestinian suspected of attempting an attack on troops in the West Bank, according to the Israeli army.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian with ‘three-knife’ weapon

The military said in a statement “an armed assailant with three knives connected to a stick” attempted to attack soldiers on Sunday at a West Bank junction south of Bethlehem. No soldiers were hurt.
FILE PHOTO - Trading information for GameStop is displayed on the Robinhood App as another screen displays the Robinhood logo in this photo illustration January 29, 2021. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-Illustration-File Photo

Analysis: Robinhood and Reddit protected from lawsuits by user agreement, Congress

Robinhood Markets Inc’s user agreement is likely to protect the brokerage app from a barrage of lawsuits filed by customers after it blocked a frenzied trading rally in companies such as GameStop Corp that was fueled on social media forums.
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 oversight board overturns hate speech, pandemic misinformation takedowns

Facebook’s Oversight Board has issued its first round of rulings, upholding one removal and overturning four decisions involving hate speech, nudity, and misinformation. Together, the rulings take an expansive view of what users can post under the current policies, based on concerns about vague rules and protecting freedom of expression online.
Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were racially abused on social media after Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

Manchester United defender suffers racist abuse

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe was subjected to racist abuse on social media after playing in Sheffield United’s shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
A former Arsenal academy player Tyrell Robinson has been jailed for having sex with an underage girl and taking a photograph of his friend in bed with two naked 14-year-olds the same night, reports Mirror.

Former Arsenal player jailed for having sex with 14-year-old

A former Arsenal academy player Tyrell Robinson has been jailed for having sex with an underage girl and taking a photograph of his friend in bed with two naked 14-year-olds the same night, reports Mirror.
Basketball fans gathered across Los Angeles on Tuesday to remember Kobe Bryant, one year to the day after the former NBA superstar perished in a helicopter crash with daughter Gianna and seven others.

Fans remember Kobe Bryant one year after death

Basketball fans gathered across Los Angeles on Tuesday to remember Kobe Bryant, one year to the day after the former NBA superstar perished in a helicopter crash with daughter Gianna and seven others.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses to the nation on his second anniversary as the President of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Sunday, adding that his symptoms were light and that he was receiving medical treatment. Photo taken December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexican president’s coronavirus diagnosis raises questions over pandemic management

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s announcement that he had COVID-19 just a few hours after taking a commercial flight has raised fresh questions over his handling of the pandemic and set off a scramble by top officials to get tested for the virus.
A veteran Nollywood actor, Dan Nkoloagu, has died.

Veteran Nollywood actor Dan Nkoloagu passes on at 83

A veteran Nollywood actor, Dan Nkoloagu, has died.
Conor McGregor has shown off the battered right leg he sustained during his explosive defeat by Dustin Poirier and also revealed there will be a third fight between the two superstars.

Battered Conor McGregor insists there will be rematch

Conor McGregor has shown off the battered right leg he sustained during his explosive defeat by Dustin Poirier and also revealed there will be a third fight between the two superstars.
American comedian, Dave Chappelle, has tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently made the decision to cancel upcoming shows in Austin, Texas, EW has confirmed.

American comedian Dave Chappelle tests positive for coronavirus

In a statement, Chappelle’s representative said the comedian, “Has safely conducted socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June 2020 and he moved those shows to Austin during the winter. Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing enabled him to immediately respond by quarantining, thus mitigating the spread of the virus.”
Veteran Nigerian musician, Rotimi Martins aka Alariwo of Africa, cross-over king, has lost his mother.

Nigerian singer Alariwo loses mother

Veteran Nigerian musician, Rotimi Martins aka Alariwo of Africa, cross-over king, has lost his mother.
Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI - AFP)

Anti-fashion Bernie Sanders sparks inauguration meme storm

Standing out in a crowd of glamorously dressed guests, Bernie Sanders showed up for the US presidential inauguration in a heavy winter jacket and patterned mittens — with an AFP photo of the veteran leftist spawning the first viral meme of the Biden era.
Dr. Dre who has been dealing with his marriage crash and his health has been newly accused of domestic violence by his wife, Nicole Young in a new divorce filing.

Dr Dre back to work after suffering brain aneurysm

American music mogul Dr Dre looks back in good health as he returns to the music studio, just a day after leaving the hospital following a brain aneurysm.
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Ally of poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny jailed in Moscow for extremism

Pavel Zelensky, a member of the Anti-Corruption Foundation team of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, was jailed by a Moscow court on Saturday until Feb. 28 on charges of inciting extremism on the internet, according to a court statement.
Iranian health officials have warned that high levels of pollution will exacerbate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already caused more deaths in Iran than in any other country in the Middle East [Majid Asgaripour-Reuters]

Iran’s smog, blackouts made worse by power-sapping crypto mining

Cities across Iran have been cloaked in thick layers of toxic smog and darkened by blackouts, as the alleged use of low-quality fuel and power-sucking cryptocurrency mining deepen the country’s hardships.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin speaks during a news conference in Washington, Jan. 12, 2021.

US prosecutors expect to charge hundreds of Capitol rioters

U.S. prosecutors say they have identified more than 170 people for potential criminal charges in connection with the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol and that they expect that number to run into the hundreds in the coming weeks as a massive nationwide hunt for the pro-Trump rioters continues.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: Why we detained OPC members after arresting ‘kidnapper’

The police in Oyo State have confirmed detaining three members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) for arresting suspected kidnapper, Iskilu Wakili, on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has downplayed suggestions his side have reignited the Premier League title race after ending Manchester City’s 21-match winning run with a stunning 2-0 derby victory.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester City still far ahead of others

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has downplayed suggestions his side have reignited the Premier League title race after ending Manchester City’s 21-match winning run with a stunning 2-0 derby victory.

Anambra poll: PDP fixes date for governorship primary election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its governorship candidate for the November 6, Anambra State governorship poll will emerge on June 26.

Protest as PDP sweeps Delta council polls

Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) on Sunday in Asaba returned all the 25 chairmanship candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as winners in Saturday’s local government elections.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

PGF chief proposes N100,000 minimum wage for productive workers

The Director-General, All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Moh. Lukman, has said that the minimum wage of optimally productive Nigerian worker should not be anywhere less than N100,000.

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CBN: New policy on offshore remittances will reduce cost, tackle round-tripping

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that its new “CBN Naira 4 Dollar Scheme” which comes into effect on Monday is aimed...
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the Federal Government planned to cover 70 per cent of Nigerians within two years.

PTF: No coronavirus vaccines for under-18

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that Nigerians under the age of 18 years will not receive the COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

Cross River destroys unapproved structures in Marian Market

The Cross River Government through the Ministry of Environment has destroyed over 10 structures erected with blocks on the fence of the Marian market on Sunday in Calabar.
The Police in Ogun State on Friday arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, for alleged assault.

Ogun deputy speaker impeached for ‘gross misconduct’

Nineteen members of the Ogun State House of Assembly, on Thursday, impeached the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri, for alleged gross misconduct.
Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Chelsea plan to replace Tammy Abraham with Erling Haaland

On Sunday, The Metro ran a story that implied the England international striker was not prepared to enter into contract talks with the club while they were being linked with a move for Haaland.