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Mario Balotelli left out of Italy’s squad to face Portugal

Italy forward Mario Balotelli, widely criticised for his performance in a 1-1 draw against Poland on Friday, has not even made the substitutes’ bench for Monday’s UEFA Nations League match away to Portugal.

Italy’s Mario Balotelli set to lose spot as Roberto Mancini defends ‘bad game’

Italy coach Roberto Mancini defended Mario Balotelli from criticism of his performance against Poland on Friday, but he hopes a changed side will deliver their first UEFA Nations League win against Portugal on Monday night.
Climate Change

US accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks over how to fund poorer nations as they battle against global warming, multiple sources told AFP Saturday.

Roberto Mancini determined to rekindle Italy’s love affair with football

Roberto Mancini takes charge of his first competitive game as Italy coach in Friday’s Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna with the tough task of rekindling the nation’s love affair with their national side, decimated after the low of their World Cup fiasco.

World Bank commits $600 million to Berlin Conference on Boko Haram

The World Bank has announced an additional $600 million (about N216 billion) for projects in the Lake Chad Basin region devastated by the Boko Haram terrorists.
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Italy boss Roberto Mancini blasts Queen, Rolling Stones at training sessions

Italy hosts Poland in Bologna on Friday then visits Portugal three days later. They are Mancini's first competitive matches in charge and the Azzurri's first since failing to qualify for the World Cup last November.

Italy boss Roberto Mancini upset over lack of Italians playing in Serie A

Italy coach Roberto Mancini bemoaned the dearth of Italian players in Serie A as he focuses on youth in his attempt to get the Azzurri back to the top of international football.
Serena Williams won her 35th night match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the most by any player, male or female. DON EMMERT-AFP-Getty Images

Serena Williams cruises in US Open first round

Serena Williams was ruthless on her return to the US Open on Monday, opening her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over Magda Linette.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference at the Energy Interconnections Summit at the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon on July 27, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

Emmanuel Macron: EU security must no longer depend on US

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for Europe to stop relying on the United States for its military defence as he pushed for fresh EU integration in the face of rising nationalism around the continent.
MASON, OH - Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during Day 4 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 14, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. Rob Carr-Getty Images-AFP

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal headline opening night at US Open

Serena Williams launches her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on Monday, sharing the Arthur Ashe Stadium stage with defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal in a blockbuster US Open opening night.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse looks on during his team's World Cup match against Poland

Senegal’s Aliou Cisse names five uncapped players in squad

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has named five uncapped players in his 23-man squad for the Teranga Lions' 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar next month.

French Open bans Serena Williams’ ‘super hero’ catsuit

The French Open is introducing a strict dress code from next year and has effected a ban on Serena Williams’ casuit which she said made her feel like a ‘Super Hero’.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State on Friday, declared his intention to seek re-election, saying his current performance would return him to the Government House.

Governor Udom: Senator Akpabio lied on projects he claimed to have executed

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, yesterday carpeted Senator Godswill Akpabio, his predecessor in office, for alleged false claim about projects he executed while in office.
Governor Udom Emmanuel declares his intention to run for a second time as Akwa-Ibom governor at a rally... August 25, 2018. Twitter-MrUdomEmmanuel

2019: Governor Udom urges Akwa Ibom people to ignore opposition

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has charged the people of the state not to panic over former governor Godswill Akpabio’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying his move would not deter him from winning a second term in office.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State on Friday, declared his intention to seek re-election, saying his current performance would return him to the Government House.

Governor Emmanuel: Senator Akpabio is not God

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is not God and cannot stop his second term aspiration.
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Clasico will not be played in New York – La Liga chief

La Liga president Javier Tebas has ruled out the prospect of a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona being played in New York this season as part of plans to stage a match in the United States.

UEFA considers VAR use in Champions League latter stages

UEFA has confirmed it is considering the possibility of implementing Video Assistant Referee's (VARs) in the Champions League, with ESPN reporting that it could be introduced for this season's quarterfinals.
Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski: Why I wanted to leave Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski has taken a shot at the directors of Bayern Munich, claiming they failed to protect him when he was being heavily criticised.

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Ex-permanent secretary drag Sokoto government to court over dismissal

A former Permanent Secretary in the Sokoto State Civil Service, Alhaji Aminu Dikko, has dragged the state government before the National Industrial Court to challenge alleged wrongful termination of his appointment.
Muhammadu Buhari

2019: Olusegun Obasanjo’s son joins Muhammadu Buhari campaign team

Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, joined President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign team in Abuja on Wednesday despite his father’s recent endorsement of Atiku Abubakar for the number one seat in 2019.
Muhammadu Buhari

FEC: No-work, no-pay to apply during strike

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the implementation of the no-work, no pay principle when workers go on strike in the federal public service.
Foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Nigeria, Botswana sign agreement on cultural affairs, diplomatic relations

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said Nigeria and Botswana have signed agreements on cultural cooperation and diplomatic relations as part of efforts to deepen bilateral relations.
Governor Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom church leaders back Udom Emmanuel’s re-election bid

Church leaders under the aegis of Spiritual Fathers Forum (SFF) has affirmed their support for the re-election bid of Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom.