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Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

Donald Trump grants clemency to 143 people, but not himself or family members

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly used his clemency authority as a political tool rather than an act of mercy, issued a final wave of pardons and commutations on his last night in office, delivering relief for a mix of beneficiaries that included former strategist Stephen Bannon, Republican Party and Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, found guilty in 2013 of corruption charges.
Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a Planned Parenthood Action Fund candidate forum in June 2019 in Columbia, S.C. Logan Cyrus-AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden introduces top economic advisers Tuesday, as pandemic threat worsens

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will formally introduce his top economic policy advisers on Tuesday as his administration prepares to take power amid a slowing economic recovery hampered by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.
US President-Elect, Joe Biden, is set to announce a Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale ‘Wally’ Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury secretary, US-based media Politico reported on Sunday.

Joe Biden to appoint Nigerian-born attorney as US deputy treasury secretary

US President-Elect, Joe Biden, is set to announce a Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale ‘Wally’ Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury secretary, US-based media Politico reported on Sunday.
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Gold rises on renewed US stimulus hope, dollar falls

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bill for a compromise stimulus package is being written as she awaits a key phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would take up a comprehensive coronavirus package if an accord is struck. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for the third straight decline.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

U.S. restricts Chinese diplomats from cultural events

The United States Government has imposed restrictions on senior Chinese diplomats, regarding their engagement in cultural and university events in the country.
Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.

UI, LASU, UNILAG make top THE world university rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019.

Ex-President Obasanjo, Gordon Brown, others demand action against pandemic

About 165 global leaders, including a former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, have called for a concerted global response to the coronavirus pandemic led by the G-20 countries.
South Korea’s total number of novel coronavirus cases — the largest outside China, where the disease first emerged — approached 6,000 on Thursday as authorities reported 145 new infections.

Scientists: Coronavirus can live on surfaces as long as three days

The new coronavirus can live in the air for several hours and on some surfaces for as long as two to three days.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 13, 2017 a person shows an App that will allow to vote for a referendum in Italy’s northern region of Lombardy to request more autonomy from central government, in Milan. – West Virginia’s disabled residents and overseas military personnel will be able to vote by smartphone in the US presidential election this year, the latest development in a push to make balloting more accessible despite persistent security fears. Rising interest in electronic voting has heightened concerns among security experts who fear these systems are vulnerable to hacking and manipulation that could undermine confidence in election results. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Smartphone voting stirs interest and security fears

West Virginia’s disabled residents and overseas military personnel will be able to vote by smartphone in the US presidential election this year, the latest development in a push to make balloting more accessible despite persistent security fears.
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie only female in 100 Most Influential Africans list

Multiple award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African decent by the Africa Report.
Shubham Chaudhuri

World Bank appoints new country director for Nigeria

The World Bank has appointed Mr Shubham Chaudhuri as the new Country Director for Nigeria, succeeding Mr Rachid Benmessaoud who completed his term recently.
Karen-Uhlenbeck

Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first time

The Abel Prize in mathematics was on Tuesday awarded to Karen Uhlenbeck of the United States for her work on partial differential equations, the first woman to win the award, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said.

Donald Trump’s G7 bust-up shows risks for North Korea summit

Donald Trump's spectacular bust-up with America's closest allies at the G7 raises the already high political stakes for Tuesday's summit with Kim Jong Un, and highlights the dangers of the US leader's self-serving diplomacy.

Mike Pompeo: US working to bring home hostages from Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday to bring home American hostages in Iran, saying “the entire United States government” is working “diligently” and is utilizing “every avenue” and “mechanism.”

Donald Trump attacks ex-CIA chief over Russia probe

President Donald Trump attacked the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia as a “political hit job” on Monday, as a part of a mounting White House effort to paint the probe as politically motivated.

Michelle Obama’s memoir for release in November

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir, BECOMING, will be published in North America on November 13 and will appear simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide.

Legacy of President Wilson’s racism clouds UN rights office

How do you condemn racism on behalf of the global community while sitting in a building named after a racist?

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont refuses to clarify independence stance

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has failed to clarify whether or not Catalonia plans to break away from Spain, and has instead called for talks.

US President Donald Trump challenges Secretary Rex Tillerson to IQ test

Donald Trump’s feud with top diplomat Rex Tillerson burst back into the open Tuesday, with the US president suggesting he and his Secretary of State compare IQ scores.

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Nigerian government begins eviction enforcement on shanties, businesses encroaching on project

The Federal Government on Sunday began the evacuation of shanties, illegal structures encroaching on its Right of Way (RoW) following the expiration of the ultimatum issued by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Ex-Rep: Plateau has let down Middle Belt through Governor Lalong’s utterances

The alarming rate of insecurity in Nigeria needs to be tackled not from the point of weakness on the part of government and security agencies but decisive actions against criminal elements causing havoc in the country.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government has extended the Lagos-Ibadan Modernisation Project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to Lagos Ports.

Minister: Workers contracting coronavirus stalled Apapa port rail project

An outbreak of COVID-19 among the workers involved in the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in January stalled the completion of the contract, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government has extended the Lagos-Ibadan Modernisation Project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to Lagos Ports.

Minister inspects Apapa port to ascertain Lagos-Ibadan rail completion

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government has extended the Lagos-Ibadan Modernisation Project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to Lagos Ports.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has vowed to get Timo Werner back on track after the Germany striker's miserable first season in the Premier League.

Timo Werner: I feel guilty over Frank Lampard sacking

Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, has stressed that his goalscoring drought this season was the worst of his career.

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House of Representatives has elected to set a limit and timeframe for any person appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on acting capacity.

Bill to remove prisons from executive list passes second reading

A bill to remove prisons from exclusive list and transfer it to the concurrent list has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.
“This will actually help in strengthening our relationship with Germany,” police spokesman, Frank Mba, said.

Attack on Abia police station: Eight suspects arrested, four killed

The Police Command in Abia has killed four suspects and arrested eight others over the attack on the Abayi Police Station in the early hours of Tuesday in Abia.
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Abia government reacts to attack on police station, places N1 million bounty on information...

Abia State Government has reacted to yesterday’s attack on Abayi police station in which two policemen were killed and arms carted away by gunmen.
Newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa, Sen. Douye Diri, has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration.

Bayelsa governor begs to Samuel Ortom, Balam Mohammed to sheathe their swords

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has called on the leadership of the People Democratic Party (PDP) to intervene in the conflict between Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and his Bauchi State counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed, saying the diatribes between the two PDP governors is becoming disturbing, and should not be allowed to escalate further.
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IPOB ‘attacks’ APC registration officers, cart away materials in Anambra

The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Anambra State Chapter, Chief Basil Ejidike, has alleged that suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) attacked registration officers and workers, carted away materials meant for the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise at Isseke in Ihiala local government area of the state.