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Congolese Mai-Mai rebels who surrendered their weapons to government officials stand in a formation in Kitchanga, in the Masisi territory of North Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo June 21, 2021. REUTERS-Djaaffar Al Katanty

Dozens of Congo’s rebels lay down weapons in the east

Dozens of militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have laid down their weapons and surrendered, the first to do so since President Felix Tshisekedi announced martial law to tackle worsening security in two eastern provinces.
Afghan Commando forces are seen at the site of a battle field where they clash with the Taliban insurgent in Kunduz province, Afghanistan June 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Taliban launch major offensives in northern Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents have conducted a wave of offensives in Afghanistan's north in recent days, moving beyond their southern strongholds as international forces withdraw.
Zambia's founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to hospital, his office said Monday.

Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda to be buried on July 7

Zambia's founding president Kenneth Kaunda will be buried on 7 July, three weeks after he died aged 97, the presidency announced on Monday.
NATO soldiers inspect near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail-File Photo

NATO approaches Qatar to seek training base for Afghan forces after withdrawal

Security officials under NATO command have approached Qatar to secure a base that can be used to train Afghan special forces as part of a strategic commitment after foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan, three senior Western officials said.
People pass a shop sign written in French, mandated by local laws, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada May 27, 2021. REUTERS-Christinne Muschi

Quebec nationalism push poses election challenge for Canada premier

Some 25 years after an independence bid by Quebec almost broke Canada apart, a new push by the province to strengthen its French-speaking identity poses an awkward challenge for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau months before an expected election.
Segun Osoba

Former Ogun governor warns against undermining Southern governors’ open grazing ban

A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, yesterday cautioned against undermining Southern governors’ decision banning open grazing.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Constitution review: lt’s time for federal to shed excess weight – Ondo governor

Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has asked the Federal government to shed itself of the excess weight it has appropriated over time.
A soldier disinfects a person who is leaving a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing site following a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in Taipei, Taiwan May 19, 2021. REUTERS-Ann Wang

Taiwan criticises WHO ‘indifference’ after failing to get into meeting

Taiwan criticised on Monday what it called World Health Organization (WHO) "indifference" to the health rights of Taiwan people and for capitulating to China after the island failed to get invited to a meeting of the WHO decision-making body.
The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

Thailand reports new daily record of nearly 10,000 coronavirus infections

Thailand hit a new daily record with the discovery of nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday.

Afghan forces fight to recapture Taliban-held district outside Kabul

Afghan security forces mounted an operation to recapture a Taliban-held district outside the capital Kabul on Wednesday just before the start of a three-day ceasefire at midnight, a local official said.
FILE PHOTO- Taiwan Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Joanne Ou speaks at a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, February 11, 2020. REUTERS-Ben Blanchard

Taiwan says China is ‘maliciously’ blocking it from WHO

Taiwan accused China on Tuesday of “maliciously” blocking its access to the World Health Organization (WHO) and putting politics above people’s well-being, after Beijing signalled it would not allow the island to attend a major WHO meeting.
Two years after his death in Belgium, a state funeral has been held for veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 1

DR Congo announces ‘state of siege’ in two provinces

The Democratic Republic of Congo announced a "state of siege" late Friday in two provinces in the east of the country wracked by violence from armed groups and civilian massacres.
Primate of the African Church, Julius Abbe, has challenged President Mohammadu Buhari to resign honourably and give way to someone who has solutions to the myriads of problems facing Nigeria as a nation.

Primate asks President Buhari to resign over security challenges

Primate of the African Church, Julius Abbe has challenged President Mohammadu Buhari to resign honourably and give way to someone who has solutions to the myriads of problems facing Nigeria as a nation.
Security forces in Italy on Monday detained dozens of people across the country in a crackdown on Mafia organisations.

Police nab 30 members of Black Axe criminal cult gang in Italy

Police in Italy have arrested 30 suspected members of Nigerian Black Axe mafia syndicate over alleged involvement in drug and people trafficking, prostitution and internet fraud.
Security forces in Italy on Monday detained dozens of people across the country in a crackdown on Mafia organisations.

Italian police arrest 99 in anti-Mafia operations

In the morning, Italian police executed 99 arrest warrants in the southern city of Bari as part of an anti-Mafia operation, news agency ANSA reported.
FILE PHOTO: A man pulls his luggage past baggage carts at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kyaw Soe Oo

Canadians avoiding hotel quarantines for air travellers fuel taxi boom on U.S. border

U.S. taxi and limousine services are seeing a boom in business from customers seeking to enter Canada by land to avoid a restriction on international travel that applies only to air traffic.
The founder of Thodex, a cryptocurrency exchange in Turkey, has been accused of fleeing the country with billions of dollars in investor assets. In the photo, a woman uses a bank ATM next to a Bitcoin ATM machine at a shopping mall on April 16, 2021, in Istanbul, Turkey. CHRIS MCGRATH/GETTY IMAGES

Turkish police seek 78 suspects over cryptocurrency fraud

Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued detention warrants for 78 suspects over their alleged involvement in a cryptocurrency exchange fraud, local media reported.
Patients are seen inside an ambulance while waiting to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 22, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India’s hospitals report dire oxygen shortage as coronavirus cases spiral

India on Friday logged over 332,730 new COVID-19 infections, the highest-ever daily infection worldwide.
Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has died of wounds suffered on the front line in the country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, the armed forces said.

Chad President Idriss Deby dies visiting front-line troops – army

Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has died of wounds suffered on the front line in the country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, the armed forces said.
Chadien soldiers are seen on an ERC 90 Sagaie light armoured vehicle given to Chad by France, in N'Djamena, Chad, on January 23, 2021. (Renaud MASBEYE BOYBEYE / AFP)

Over 300 rebels, five soldiers killed in Chad – army

The Chadian army said Monday it had killed 300 rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, adding that it had lost five of its soldiers.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Canada records second case of blood clot after AstraZeneca shot

Canadian health authorities said Saturday the country has recorded a second case of rare but serious blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, but still recommend the shot for use.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.

Turkey issues warrant for 84 suspects over 2016 failed coup

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 84 suspects over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin can see “no way” that Liverpool could finish the season without the Premier League title.

UEFA scrap away goals rule in club competitions

UEFA has abolished the away goals rule for all of its club competitions from next season.
Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, is warming-up his engine in Lagos by playing regularly with local footballers in the community.

Osimhen aims to return to Napoli in top shape, keeps fit with local footballers

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, is warming-up his engine in Lagos by playing regularly with local footballers in the community.
Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, has called on the Premier League to continue.

Manchester City to confirm Jack Grealish transfer after Euro 2020

Jack Grealish's stock in the footballing world has been on the rise for quite some time now.
BBNaija reunion on Thursday night witnessed a brawl as two female housemates, Kaisha and Lucy, engaged in a physical fight.

BBNaija: Kaisha and Lucy get physical at reunion

BBNaija reunion on Thursday night witnessed a brawl as two female housemates, Kaisha and Lucy, engaged in a physical fight.
Staff members of Apple Daily and its publisher Next Digital pose with the final edition of Apple Daily at its headquarters in Hong Kong, China June 24, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

China dismisses concern for Hong Kong freedom after tabloid closure

China's foreign ministry on Friday rejected comments by U.S. President Joe Biden that the closure of Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper signaled intensifying repression by Beijing in the semi-autonomous city.

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Manchester United have made an improved offer for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.

Manchester United make improved offer for Jadon Sancho

United’s initial approach for the 21-year-old winger was worth an initial £67m plus add-ons which took the value of the offer to around £75m.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs arrests six for smuggling adulterated diesel in polythene bags

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday paraded six suspects who smuggled 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel contained in 750 giant polythene bags, which were carefully concealed among sacks of sawdust to deceive security operatives. The seized product has an estimated value of N21,920 million.
Niran Adedokun

IPOB is not Nigeria’s problem

Last week, an incredible development occurred wherein 75 organisations from northern Nigeria placed a N100m bounty on fugitive leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Benue 2023: Senator Gemade declares intention to contest for governor

Senator Barnabas Gemade has formally informed the people of Jechira about his intention to contest the Benue gubernatorial election come 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

NEITI report: Minister applauds staff on revenue increase

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, has applauded the staff of the sector for contributing and setting a new record for mining revenue generation as reported by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).