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Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

US loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts in defiance of China

The State Department has announced that it will make it easier for US officials to meet Taiwanese representatives, defying pressure from China at a time of high tensions, and as the US Congress considers sweeping legislation to counter Beijing’s influence.
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Capitol dome is seen at night in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Erin Scott-File Photo

U.S. Senate moves ahead with sweeping effort to counter China

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a meeting on April 14 to consider major bipartisan legislation to boost the country’s ability to push back against China’s expanding global influence, Senate sources said on Thursday.
The United States said Tuesday it would discuss calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics with its allies after growing pressure to shun the Winter Games on human rights grounds.

US wants to ‘discuss’ Beijing Olympics boycott calls

The United States said Tuesday it would discuss calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics with its allies after growing pressure to shun the Winter Games on human rights grounds.
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected on a marble seating area following a rainstorm at the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2020. REUTERS-Tom Brenner-File Photo

US Senate Democrats seek change in Donald Trump tax reforms to create jobs

Top Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday proposed major shifts in former President Donald Trump's 2017 tax reforms to eliminate what they say are incentives for companies to move operations overseas and shift profits to tax haven countries.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor: South East benefited more from APC government than PDP’s 16 years

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum weekend, said the South East benefitted more from the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, federal government than from Peoples Democratic Party’s sixteen years of governance.
Security forces in the Republic of Congo were casting their ballots on Wednesday ahead of presidential elections in which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is frontrunner.

Congo security forces vote in upcoming presidential poll

Security forces in the Republic of Congo were casting their ballots on Wednesday ahead of presidential elections in which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is frontrunner.
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NDLEA chief to commission drug rehabilitation centre in Ogbomoso

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa, will on Friday (March 19) commission a newly built multi-purpose Clinic and rehabilitation centre in Ogbomoso in Oyo State.
Demonstrators hold signs as they march for voting rights on Election Day in Graham, North Carolina, on November 3, 2020 [Jonathan Drake-Reuters]

Joe Biden signs order to promote US voting rights, access

United States President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that aims to make it easier for Americans to vote, as Republicans in several states have sought to impose more voting restrictions following the 2020 presidential election.
Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.

Victory for Joe Biden as US Senate passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, seated in the back second row third from right, talks as senators gather in the foreground during the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump on Feb. 10. (Senate Television-AP)

US House passes Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

The relief package was approved after a 219-212 vote, and will now go to the Senate. The money is aimed at galvanizing a still-faltering US economy.
Paul Rusesabagina looks on as he sits with some of his coaccused at the Supreme Court in Kigali. Simon Wohlfahrt - AFP

Hotel Rwanda ‘hero’ goes on trial amid global calls for release

Paul Rusesabagina, the polarising hero of the hit movie "Hotel Rwanda," went on trial on Wednesday on charges including terrorism that drew international calls for his release.
Donald Trump has reportedly reverted to “self pity-mode” following his impeachment amid frustration that his Republican allies are failing to defend him.

Donald Trump acquitted for second time following historic Senate trial

The Senate yesterday acquitted former President Donald Trump by 57-43 in his second impeachment trial which ended on Saturday, voting that Trump was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riots at the Capitol.
American news outlet Politico said Tuesday that U.S. President Joe Biden was reviewing records of calls between immediate past president, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Joe Biden anxious to see how Republicans vote on Donald Trump impeachment

U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he is anxious to see how Republicans will vote in the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump.

Hilary Clinton: Donald Trump conviction will fail only if jury includes his co-conspirators

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says an acquittal in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will only be possible if the jury includes his co-conspirators.
Donald Trump has reportedly reverted to “self pity-mode” following his impeachment amid frustration that his Republican allies are failing to defend him.

Former Republican officials in talks to form ‘anti-Trump’ third party

Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, four people involved in the discussions told Reuters.
Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol is seen behind a statue of former President George Washington, before the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2021. REUTERS-Al Drago

US Senate votes to continue with Donald Trump impeachment

The US Senate has found that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional, allowing full proceedings to begin.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS-Tom Brenner

Joe Biden says no family members will be involved in government decisions

In his first interview since entering the White House, Biden, sitting next to his wife, Jill, was asked about the allegations surrounding his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China and what kind of guardrails he would put up for family.
FILE PHOTO: impeachment managers Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Diana DeGette (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Stacey Plaskett (D-US Virgin Islands AT-Large), Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA) deliver an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial on accusations of inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2021. Melina Mara/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Donald Trump lawyers to file pretrial documents with U.S. Senate in preview of impeachment...

Former President Donald Trump faces a deadline on Tuesday to respond to the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment charging him with inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to supporters before last month’s deadly assault on the Capitol.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a COVID-19 response event at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

US president to issue executive orders on asylum, legal immigration, separated families

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday will order a major review of asylum processing at the U.S.-Mexico border and the legal immigration system as he seeks to undo some of former President Donald Trump’s hard-line policies, two senior administration officials said on Monday evening.
Donald Trump has reportedly reverted to “self pity-mode” following his impeachment amid frustration that his Republican allies are failing to defend him.

Donald Trump hires new defence team ahead of impeachment trial

Broadcaster CNN had reported earlier that Trump’s initial defence team of five lawyers would not be representing the Republican after all, citing differences over his legal strategy.
FILE PHOTO: Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) walk to the office of the Majority Leader from the Senate Chamber ahead of a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

U.S. Republican senators urge Joe Biden to compromise on coronavirus plan

A group of 10 moderate Republican U.S. senators urged Democratic President Joe Biden on Sunday to reconsider his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, saying they wanted a meeting to discuss a compromise that they said could win swift bipartisan support.
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican., speaks during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Threats to the Homeland, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2020. Tom Williams-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Donald Trump impeachment trial faces challenge from Republican senator

The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Capitol siege could draw its first challenge on Tuesday, with a Republican senator arguing that trying a former president would violate the U.S. Constitution.

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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 84 new coronavirus cases, one more death

Nigeria on Saturday recorded 84 new COVID-19 infections and a single fatality from the disease, according to health authorities.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen kidnap 13-year-old boy, demand N50 million ransom

Unknown gunmen in Nigerian Army Camouflage reportedly kidnapped a 13-year-old boy in Obada-Odo Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba continued his rise in the heavyweight division with a third round brutal knockout of American, Brian Howard, in front of a sold out crowd at the Osage Casino, in Tulsa on Sunday.

Efe Ajagba knocks out Brian Howard in third round

Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba continued his rise in the heavyweight division with a third round brutal knockout of American, Brian Howard, in front of a sold out crowd at the Osage Casino, in Tulsa on Sunday.
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5,000 persons displaced as Boko Haram attacks Adamawa community

The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency says no fewer than 5,000 persons are displaced after some groups suspected to be Boko Haram members attacked a community in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa on Friday.
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EFCC: Why we are making use of hotel seized from Colonel Dasuki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained the reason for making use of Halal Fountain Hotel (Annex), situated at No. 29A, Rabah Road, Kaduna, reportedly seized from Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former National Security Adviser.

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UN: Death toll from clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur climbs to 56

The death toll from days of tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur has risen to 56, with 132 wounded, the United Nations and a local doctors committee said on Tuesday.
Chelsea’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel celebrates at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 4, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF - POOL - AFP)

How West Brom defeat disorganised Chelsea boss

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is “too emotional” to pick over the bones of a maiden loss as Chelsea manager, after the former Paris Saint-Germain boss saw his side thumped 5-2 by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

House, NBA urge judiciary staff to shelve planned strike

The House of Representatives and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have appealed to the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to shelve its planned strike over financial autonomy.
FILE PHOTO - Anti-coup protesters burn a Chinese flag in Yangon, Myanmar April 5, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

China in touch with ‘all parties’ in Myanmar – embassy

China’s embassy in Yangon said on Friday it had been in touch with “all parties” in military-ruled Myanmar, when asked about a report that a diplomat had spoken to a parallel government representing Aung San Suu Kyi’s ousted administration.
Twitter said Saturday that hackers “manipulated” some of its employees to access accounts in a high-profile attack, including those of Joe Biden and Elon Musk, and apologized profusely for the breach.

Russian Twitter slowdown to last into May

Russia’s government will throttle data to and from Twitter for users in the country for at least another month as the company works to remove banned content.