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People gather at Church square ahead of Pope Francis' arrival to visit Mosul, Iraq, March 7, 2021. REUTERS-Yara Nardi

Pope Francis: Peace more powerful than war

Muslim and Christian residents in the ruined Iraqi city of Mosul told Pope Francis of their lives under brutal Islamic State rule on Sunday as the pontiff blessed their vow to rise up from ashes and told them that “fraternity is more durable than fratricide.”

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Neymar netted on 33 minutes and his corner was headed home by Marquinhos just prior to the hour mark at the Parc des Princes, with Cameroonian forward Ignatius Ganago pulling a goal back for Lens.

Report: Barcelona board sets maximum budget for Neymar transfer

The theme of constant rumours regarding Neymar’s return to Barcelona seems set to continue for the foreseeable future. Cuatro now report that club president Joan Laporta is keen on bringing the Brazilian back to the Camp Nou and has set the maximum budget for the deal as well.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 52 new coronavirus infections, 2 deaths

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered additional two new related COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, its official Twitter handle said on Wednesday.
In this file photo taken on 16 February 2017, a Mozambican woman walks in Palma, a small, palm-fringed fishing town in Mozambique. PHOTO: John Wessels/AFP

EU considers training mission to steady Mozambique

The European Union will consider sending a civilian training mission to Mozambique to help the government withstand a growing insurgency, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at the G7 foreign ministers meeting in London, Britain May 5, 2021. Ben Stansall-Pool via REUTERS

US: West must be ‘very careful’ about Chinese investment

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the West had to be very careful about the exact nature of Chinese investment in Western economies and think very carefully about investments in strategic assets.
FILE PHOTO- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin attends a news conference in Beijing, China December 14, 2020. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

China condemns G7 statement censuring Beijing, supporting Taiwan

China condemned on Thursday a joint statement by G7 foreign ministers that expressed support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan and cast Beijing as a bully, saying it was a gross interference in China’s internal affairs

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Nigeria cricket federation invites 40 women to camp

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) said it invited 40 women to resume camp ahead of the Kwibuka Women Invitational tournament in Kigali, Rwanda.
Governor Seyi Makinde has said that he would make history in Oyo State to be the first governor to hand over to a successor

Oyo governor unveils agriculture electronic centre in Ibadan

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has inaugurated Africa’s first agricultural electronic centre, an innovation provided by Farm Konnect Agribusiness Nigeria Plc in Ibadan.
The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Abok Ayuba, has joined other Nigerians to celebrate the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, on her 62nd birthday.

Minister: 30% of women, girls experience sexual abuse in Nigeria

The Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Pauline Tallen, has said 30 per cent of women and girls between the ages of 15-49 experience different forms of sexual abuse.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

Group laud CBN’s sack of First Bank directors

The Nigeria Ethnic Youth Leaders Council has lauded the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, over the apex bank’s decision to sack some key board members of First Bank Nigeria (FBN) and First Bank of Nigeria Holding Plc.
President Buhari is currently presiding over the continuation of a security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Nigerian service chiefs to brief Senate on Thursday

The Service Chiefs will on Thursday brief the Senate on the security situation of the country.