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Lagos council poll: AAC to contest only three councillorship seats – chairman

The African Action Congress (AAC) on Tuesday said it would contest only three councillorship seats in two local government councils at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
FILE PHOTO - Pro-democracy activist Owen Chow speaks at a news conference after pre-election in Hong Kong, China July 15, 2020. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong court grants bail to activist charged under security law – media

Hong Kong’s High Court on Tuesday approved bail for a pro-democracy activist who is among 47 charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed on its freest city last year, the city’s public broadcaster RTHK reported.
Athletics - Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Test Event - Athletics - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - May 9, 2021 General view inside the stadium REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo 2020 venues, despite warnings

Up to 10,000 domestic spectators will be allowed in Tokyo 2020 venues, Olympics organisers said on Monday, a decision that cuts against the recommendation of medical experts who said holding the event without fans was the least risky option.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

New poll indicate rising support for Tokyo Olympics this summer

Although a majority in Japan still prefer the cancellation or postponement of the Tokyo Olympics but support for the event has recorded an increment nonetheless.
Norway's football community will on Sunday decide whether to boycott next year's World Cup in Qatar. Under pressure from grassroots activists the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) is holding an extraordinary congress to decide whether to pass up football's showpiece event.

Norway’s football clubs to decide whether to boycott World Cup

Norway's football community will on Sunday decide whether to boycott next year's World Cup in Qatar.
The faithfuls celebrate the Archangel Michael, a revered saint in Ethiopia. Photo-Yahoo

Ethiopians pray for peaceful vote ahead of key election

Draped in sacred white cloth, the procession drifted silently towards a priest calling the faithful to celebrate the Archangel Michael, a revered saint in Ethiopia.
The favourite to succeed Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist prevented under the constitution from serving a third four-year term, is hardline Ebrahim Raisi.

Hardline judiciary chief wins Iranian presidential

Conservative judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi is clearly in the lead with most of the votes counted in Iran’s presidential election, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook, has spoken out against the practice of side-loading apps onto iPhones in an interview with Brut America.

Tim Cook: Android has more malware than iOS

One of the best things about Android compared to iOS is the greater level of control users are given, with side-loading of apps being one of the biggest benefits.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions in Parliament, in London, Britain June 16, 2021. UK Parliament-Jessica Taylor-Handout via REUTERS

British premier suffers embarrassing by-election defeat

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an embarrassing defeat when his Conservative Party lost a parliamentary by-election on the outskirts of London, just a few miles from

Appeal Court upholds Ondo governor’s election

The Court of Appeal sitting ìn Akure Wednesday declared that the appeal filed by the Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede, against the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Oluwatotimi Akeredolu’, in the October 10, 2020 poll, lacked merit.
Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, gestures as he speaks during a news event after members of his security detail were released on bail, at his party's headquarters in Kampala, Uganda June 14, 2021. REUTERS

Uganda court grants bail to 18 supporters of Bobi Wine

A Ugandan military court on Monday released on bail 18 supporters of singer-turned-opposition leader Bobi Wine detained since the start of the year on charges lawyers and government critics say are politically motivated.
Hamza Al-Mustapha, ex-chief security officer to Sani Abacha, former head of state, says Nigeria doesn’t have any excuse for inadequate power supply.

Hamza Al-Mustapha: Nigeria has no excuse for inadequate power supply

Hamza Al-Mustapha, ex-chief security officer to Sani Abacha, former head of state, says Nigeria doesn’t have any excuse for inadequate power supply.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

President Buhari: I hope for APC to be at the centre beyond 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his desire for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre to outlive his government after 2023.
FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

What Twitter ban teaches the world about Nigeria

The Nigerian government thinks Twitter is the greatest source of its misery. After straining at the leash for months, it couldn’t resist swatting the microblogging platform with a ban last week.
Algiers, Algeria - Polls opened on Thursday in a controversial presidential election with critics saying all candidates should be purged because of their ties to the unpopular former government.

Algeria to elect parliament amid protest movement boycott

Algeria holds a parliamentary election on Saturday under the shadow of a protest movement boycott and deep scepticism that the North African nation can escape political paralysis and worsening economic crisis.
Prosecutors failed to attend Tuesday’s hearing at the federal high court in Lagos, having previously failed to present some of their witnesses in a case that had been adjourned on several occasions.

Forgery: Court admits certified copy of WAEC’s certificate against Edo lawmaker-elect

An Edo State High Court (Criminal Court 1), has admitted in evidence a certified copy of a certificate issued by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), against a lawmaker-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Mr. Ugiagbe Onaiwu.
Japan has been backed into a corner over the Tokyo Games, a member of the country’s Olympic committee said Friday, arguing the virus-postponed event has “lost meaning” – but adding that it’s too late to cancel.

Tokyo Olympics committee top official commits suicide

A top official from the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Yasushi Moriya has died after jumping in front of a subway train on Monday morning.
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Eric Adams: Nigeria’s endorsement, boost to my mayoral victory

Eric Adams, a leading New York City Mayoral candidate, has praised the Nigerian community for endorsing him, and expressed the hope that the gesture will increase his chances of emerging victorious in the November election.

Somaliland opposition win majority in first parliamentary vote since 2005

Two opposition parties in Somalia's breakaway Somaliland region won a majority of seats in the region's first parliamentary election in 16 years, the National Electoral Commission said on Sunday.
Oliver Kirchner, the top candidate of the far-right AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) party, casts his vote for the federal state election of Saxony-Anhalt, in Magdeburg, Germany, June 6, 2021. REUTERS-Kai Pfaffenbach

East German state votes in final test before election to decide who replaces Angela...

The eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt started voting on Sunday in the last test of public opinion before September’s national election, one which could deal a blow to conservative Armin Laschet’s hopes of succeeding Chancellor Angela Merkel.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with the management of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by the Chairman, Dr Mahmoud Yakubu.

President Buhari meets with INEC chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with the management of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by the Chairman, Dr Mahmoud Yakubu.
Reacting to the development, the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district.

Zamfara governor to defect to APC on June 12

The dissolution of the Zamfara State executive council on Tuesday is part of Governor Bello Matawalle’s preparations for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a source close to the governor has said.

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Stella Moris, the partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, stands for a portrait during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, June 24, 2021. Picture taken June 24, 2021. REUTERS-Dylan Martinez

Julian Assange’s fiancée urges Joe Biden to free WikiLeaks founder to show U.S. has...

President Joe Biden must let Julian Assange go free if he wants the United States to become a beacon for a free press once again and put the legacy of Donald Trump behind it, the fiancée of the WikiLeaks founder told Reuters.

One million households to benefits Nigerian government’s coronavirus intervention in Plateau

Plateau State Coordinator of State Operation Coordinating Units (SOCU), Kenneth Isah, said over one Million households in Plateau State captured on Rapid Response Register (RRR) would benefit Federal Government N5,000 monthly intervention to cushion the economic effect of COVID-19.

ICPC asked to investigate NECO examination scandal

A media organization, Signature TV has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe some staff of the National Examination Council (NECO) for involving in examination scandals at a centre in Kaduna State.
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States assembly speakers storm Asaba for quarterly conference

Speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly in Nigeria have started arriving Asaba, Delta State for their second quarter general meeting.
At only 29, Nigerian pop-artist Osinachi has sold paintings on Microsoft Word for several thousand euros, or the equivalent amount in ether, a cryptocurrency often used to buy digital art.

Nigerian artists and entrepreneurs bank on crypto-art

At only 29, Nigerian pop-artist Osinachi has sold paintings on Microsoft Word for several thousand euros, or the equivalent amount in ether, a cryptocurrency often used to buy digital art.

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Thomas Mueller said confidence is now sky high in the Germany camp after getting their Euro 2020 campaign back on track with a 4-2 thumping of holders Portugal on Saturday.

Thomas Mueller: Germany back on track at Euro 2020

Thomas Mueller said confidence is now sky high in the Germany camp after getting their Euro 2020 campaign back on track with a 4-2 thumping of holders Portugal on Saturday.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gestures during celebrations to mark Afghan New Year (Newroz), in Kabul, Afghanistan March 21, 2021. REUTERS-Omar Sobhani-File Photo

Joe Biden to meet with Afghan president as violence surges

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Friday to discuss U.S. troop withdrawal amid a surge in fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban across the country.
An international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), has empowered 7000 women with free poultry production business in Adamawa and Borno States.

Catholic agency empowers 7000 Adamawa, Borno women with free poultry business

An international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), has empowered 7000 women with free poultry production business in Adamawa and Borno States.
Caf president Patrice Motsepe, the former Mamelodi Sundowns president, has given the green light for an African Super League.

Caf supremo: African Super League being assessed

Caf president Patrice Motsepe, the former Mamelodi Sundowns president, has given the green light for an African Super League.
FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

NGOs, journalists challenge Nigerian government’s Twitter ban at ECOWAS court

Five non-governmental organisations and four journalists have filed a suit against the federal government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja.