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FILE PHOTO - Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, inspects a guard of honour by the Kenya Defence Forces at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, May 4, 2021. REUTERS-Baz Ratner-File Photo

Tanzanian president ditches predecessor’s rejection of masks

Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission - EFCC.

EFCC to approve movement of funds by NGOs in Northeast

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday declared that movement of funds by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in the North-east must be approved by it.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy sets Champions League record against Real Madrid

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid.
These are among the latest tough measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus since President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office in March.

Tanzania stops flights to and from India amid coronavirus surge

Tanzania has suspended flights to and from India amid the COVID-19 surge in the Southeast Asian nation, the country's health ministry said, the latest sign of its increasingly active approach to tackling the pandemic under its new president.
Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Friday the country should unite and avoid pointing fingers after the death of John Magufuli, her Covid-19 sceptic predecessor, urging the east African country to look forward with hope & confidence.

Tanzania’s president visits Kenya to repair strained ties

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Kenya on Tuesday for a two-day trip to thaw relations between the neighbours, after years of disputes over trade and border issues.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Joe Biden raises refugee admissions cap to 62,500 after backlash

President Joe Biden has raised the cap for refugee admissions into the United States to 62,500, in a U-turn that more than quadruples the limit set by his predecessor.
Antonio Conte has justified his salary as the highest paid coach in Serie A by toppling his former club Juventus to end Inter Milan's decade-long title drought after two seasons at the helm.

Antonio Conte’s obsession with winning leads Inter to success

Antonio Conte has justified his salary as the highest paid coach in Serie A by toppling his former club Juventus to end Inter Milan's decade-long title drought after two seasons at the helm.
Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Friday the country should unite and avoid pointing fingers after the death of John Magufuli, her Covid-19 sceptic predecessor, urging the east African country to look forward with hope & confidence.

Tanzania installs oxygen production plants as demand increases

Tanzania has installed medical oxygen production plants in its biggest national hospitals to serve intensive care ward patients, including those ill with coronavirus, its health ministry said on Friday.
The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.

IGP commences overhauling of security architecture in South-east

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor urges President Buhari to reconstitute NDDC board

Delta State Governor and Chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) without further delay.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio: Insecurity politically motivated

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has said that the spate of insecurity in the country is politically motivated and targeted at derailing the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Auwal Daudawa, the little-known bandit leader in Zamfara State, who shot to prominence after masterminding the abduction of over 300 students in neighbouring Katsina State has gone back to the trenches, less than three months after his celebrated repentance.

Kankara abduction mastermind returns to forest

Auwal Daudawa, the little-known bandit leader in Zamfara State, who shot to prominence after masterminding the abduction of over 300 students in neighbouring Katsina State has gone back to the trenches, less than three months after his celebrated repentance.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

President Ramaphosa: ANC should have done more to prevent Jacob Zuma-era corruption

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the governing party "could and should" have done more to prevent corruption under his predecessor Jacob Zuma, in highly anticipated testimony to a graft inquiry.
The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (Avatt) – established by African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa – has secured a provisional 270 million vaccine doses for African countries.

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa to testify at inquiry into Jacob Zuma-era corruption

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday give testimony at an inquiry into corruption under his predecessor Jacob Zuma where he is expected to reveal what he witnessed as Zuma's deputy and explain why he did not act.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday cautioned Africa to beware of China’s growing role as he vowed a greater US commitment in talks with Nigeria and Kenya.

US warns Africa to be careful with China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday cautioned Africa to beware of China’s growing role as he vowed a greater US commitment in talks with Nigeria and Kenya.
FILE PHOTO: Union and Scotland flags fly over buildings in central Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, March 30, 2021. Picture taken March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Scotland’s feuding nationalists seek election majority to keep independence dream alive

For candidate Angus Robertson, helping his Scottish National Party win a majority in May 6 elections would be a dream come true. Beyond that lies a far bigger prize - another referendum and the prospect of breaking from the United Kingdom.
The Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo-led Isoni-Azama Peace Committee has indicated its readiness to visit areas in dispute between the two communities.

Bayelsa reassures security agencies of support

Bayelsa State Government has restated its commitment to supporting the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
A torchlight procession in Yerevan on Friday to mark the 106th anniversary of the massacres in which about 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed during World War I.Karen Minasyan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Joe Biden declares mass killings of Armenians a genocide

President Biden on Saturday recognized the mass killings of Armenians more than a century ago as genocide, signaling a willingness to test an increasingly frayed relationship with Turkey, long a key regional ally and an important partner within NATO.
FILE PHOTO: A worker adjusts British and China (R) national flags on display for a signing ceremony at the seventh UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue "Roundtable on Public-Private Partnerships" at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

UK parliament declares genocide in China’s Xinjiang; Beijing condemns move

Britain’s parliament called on Wednesday for the government to take action to end what lawmakers described as genocide in China’s Xinjiang region, stepping up pressure on ministers to go further in their criticism of Beijing.
Willy Bakonga, a former education minister in the DR Congo, was arrested while attempting to fly to Paris from the Congo capital Brazzaville late Tuesday after Kinshasa requested his extradition, the source said.

DRC ex-minister held in Brazzaville over embezzlement case

A former DR Congo minister has been arrested in neighbouring Republic of Congo at the request of authorities in Kinshasa who have accused him of embezzlement, a police source said Wednesday.
Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro.

Lesotho premier faces ouster after ruling party break-up

After barely a year in office, the Lesotho prime minister's future hung in the balance on Wednesday after an overnight split of his ruling party risked upsetting the parliamentary majority he needs to stay in power.
Former United States Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who famously told voters to expect a tax increase should he win the presidency, died on Monday, US media reported. He was 93 years old.

Former US vice president Walter Mondale passes on at 93

Former United States Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who famously told voters to expect a tax increase should he win the presidency, died on Monday, US media reported. He was 93 years old.

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Taraba governor: Senator Alhassan’s demise a personal loss

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has described the death of former minister of Women Affairs Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan as a personal loss to him.

President Buhari mourns Senator Al-Hassan’s demise

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he is deeply saddened by the death of Hajiya Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, “Mama Taraba’’, who was Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development during his first term in office.
Newcastle gave their Premier League survival hopes a huge boost after hammering Leicester 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.

Newcastle boost survival hopes after hitting four past Leicester

Newcastle gave their Premier League survival hopes a huge boost after hammering Leicester 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo to spend N3 billion on economic recovery programme

Edo state government will spend over N3 billion to implement the Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC begins work on Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has kicked off construction work in the Port Harcourt Refinery rehabilitation project with a firm commitment not to fail Nigerians.

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PDP: President Buhari haunted by leadership failure

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the allegation by the Buhari Presidency that some Nigerians were plotting a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership, as a resort to blackmail in the face of leadership failure.
Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze was forced out of his side's Europa League encounter at Arsenal on Thursday in what could be a major blow for the Yellow Submarine.

Samuel Chukwueze hopeful to face Manchester United in Europa League final

Recuperating Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze remains upbeat he will be fit in time for the UEFA Europa League final clash against Man United after he cropped an injury in the semi-final return leg at Arsenal.
The Vice Chancellor (V-C) of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Fasina, on Wednesday said that his administration would be targeting to complete 100 projects in its first 100 days in office.

FUOYE vice chancellor promises to deliver 100 projects in first 100 days in office

The Vice Chancellor (V-C) of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Fasina, on Wednesday said that his administration would be targeting to complete 100 projects in its first 100 days in office.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Minister: Nigerian government overfunded military operations in Northeast

Federal government yesterday said it has overfunded “Operation Lafiya Dole” which is fighting insurgency in the North East zone.
[File] Nigeria's Senate leader, Bukola Saraki, announces that he would stand to become the main opposition candidate in 2019's presidential elections in Abuja, Nigeria, August 30, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Senator Saraki: Journalists must be empowered to engender national development

The immediate past President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for the empowerment of Nigerian journalists in order to help tell stories that will change the narrative of the country for better.