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FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

NGOs, journalists challenge Nigerian government’s Twitter ban at ECOWAS court

Five non-governmental organisations and four journalists have filed a suit against the federal government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja.
Peter Gulacsi is ready to wreck Germany’s dreams of reaching the last 16 of Euro 2020 and cement his reputation as one of Europe’s best goalkeepers, but off the pitch the Hungary shot-stopper is a strong believer in human rights.

Euro 2020: Hungary’s Peter Gulacsi a guardian in more ways than one

Peter Gulacsi is ready to wreck Germany’s dreams of reaching the last 16 of Euro 2020 and cement his reputation as one of Europe’s best goalkeepers, but off the pitch the Hungary shot-stopper is a strong believer in human rights.
President Cyril Ramaphosa urged developed economies to aid Africa’s post-pandemic recovery by allocating more International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserves to the continent.

Cyril Ramaphosa demands more IMF reserves for African coronavirus recovery

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged developed economies to aid Africa’s post-pandemic recovery by allocating more International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserves to the continent.
The Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, who gave the assurance on Monday, said the amendments to the acts and other relevant laws should not be misinterpreted as an attempt to gag the freedom of speech and free press in the country.

Senate: National Assembly won’t gag media

The Senate has said it was not possible for the 9th National Assembly to stiffen the media in Nigeria with its current amendments to the acts which established the National Broadcasting Commission and the Nigerian Press Council.
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Nasarawa PDP assemblyman defects to APC

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State has witnessed another calamity, with an erstwhile member representing Karu/Gitata constituency, Hon David Maiyaki, officially defecting to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily looked set to close for good by Saturday following police raids and the arrest of executives - a move that critics say undermines the city's status as a free and open society as Beijing tightens grip

Closure looms for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily after raids

The pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily looked set to close for good by Saturday following police raids and the arrest of executives - a move that critics say undermines the city's status as a free and open society as Beijing tightens its grip.
Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi attends a news conference in Tehran, Iran June 21, 2021. Majid Asgaripour-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran’s president-elect backs nuclear talks, rules out meeting Joe Biden

President-elect Ebrahim Raisi on Monday backed talks between Iran and six world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal but flatly rejected meeting U.S. President Joe Biden, even if Washington removed all sanctions.
RéAnna Simone Kelly, the granddaughter of legendary American singer-songwriter Nina Simone, has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of causing the family to lose control of Simone’s estate and giving to “white people” while Harris was California attorney general.

Nina Simone’s family accuse Kamala Harris of taking away singer’s estate

RéAnna Simone Kelly, the granddaughter of legendary American singer-songwriter Nina Simone, has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of causing the family to lose control of Simone’s estate and giving to “white people” while Harris was California attorney general.
FILE PHOTO- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was “deeply disturbed” by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said in terms of business opportunities, employment and earnings, the entertainment industry is an unexplored keg of potentialities.

Twitter: SERAP sues Nigerian government over directive to broadcasters

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja “to stop the federal government and the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Muhammed from using their patently unlawful directive to all TV and radio stations not to use Twitter, and to delete their accounts as a pretext to harass, intimidate, suspend or impose criminal punishment on journalists and broadcast stations simply for using social media platforms.”
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gestures during celebrations to mark Afghan New Year (Newroz), in Kabul, Afghanistan March 21, 2021. REUTERS-Omar Sobhani-File Photo

Joe Biden to meet with Afghan president as violence surges

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Friday to discuss U.S. troop withdrawal amid a surge in fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban across the country.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

NADECO: President Buhari’s ‘Fulanisation’ policy, disregard for constitution fueling secessionist agitations

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has said it has no option but to join those insisting that there should be no more elections under the 1999 constitution, while also demanding the return to the 1960 and 1963 Federal Constitutions which were in operation in the First Republic.

Ondo election judgment: PDP accuses appeal court of withholding certified true copies

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ondo State Chapter, has decried deliberate delay by the Court of Appeal in making the Certified True Copies of the judgment on Ondo governorship election available.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

PDP warns President Buhari on references to civil war

The Peoples Democratic Party has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against “pushing the nation to the precipices by his arrogant and dictatorial remarks as well as inflammatory referencing to war, particularly in his apparent aversion towards the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerians.”
The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone. The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Official: South-east governors to hold talks with IPOB

The governors of Nigeria’s South-east region may be preparing to hold talks with IPOB, going by the positions adopted by the governors and other leaders of the region during their Saturday’s meeting in Enugu.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a ceremony marking the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong, China April 15, 2021. REUTERS-Lam Yik

Carrie Lam: Hong Kong seeking closer integration with mainland China

Hong Kong's strategy to strengthen the city's global financial hub status is through greater integration with mainland China, now that Beijing has helped restore "stability" in the city, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Sunday
Harry Kane insists that neither a lack of fitness nor speculation over his future at Tottenham have been the reasons for his disappointing start to Euro 2020.

Harry Kane dismisses Euros fitness fears

Harry Kane has shrugged off fears that he is not fully fit for England at Euro 2020, insisting he felt “as good as he has all season” against both Croatia and Scotland.
Governor David Nweze Umahi

South-east governors, others ask security agencies to stop extrajudicial killings

South-east governors and leaders have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the zone.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

SERAP sues Nigerian government, minister over directive to broadcasters to stop using Twitter

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja “to stop the Federal Government and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed from using their patently unlawful directive to all TV and radio stations not to use Twitter, and to delete their accounts as a pretext to harass, intimidate, suspend or impose criminal punishment on journalists and broadcast stations simply for using social media platforms.”

2023: Political parties task INEC on need for new electoral laws

Eighteen political parties recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has mounted pressure on the commission to impress it on the National Assembly to pass the new electoral laws before the next general election in 2023.
Nigeria’s foremost human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday challenged the federal government to dialogue with various groups agitating for secession from the federation.

Femi Falana: APC has perfected plans to rule nigeria indefinitely

Unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that boasted to rule Nigeria for 60 years, Nigeria’s foremost human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had perfected plans to rule the country indefinitely.
The favourite to succeed Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist prevented under the constitution from serving a third four-year term, is hardline Ebrahim Raisi.

Rights groups call for probe into Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Ebrahim Raisi's election as Iran's new president was a blow for human rights and called for him to be investigated over his role in what Washington and rights groups have called the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.

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A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest 15 ‘cultists’ in Akwa Ibom

The Police Command in Akwa Ibom said it arrested 15 suspected cultists in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
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.

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger has commended the efforts of Mr Hamzat Adekunle with state code number NG-19C-1696, for conducting free diabetes tests for 65 persons in the camp.

NYSC targets 30,000 beneficiaries for 2021 HIRD in Nasarawa

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says it is targeting about 30,000 rural dwellers in five communities across Nasarawa State for its Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme.
Oscar De La Hoya is planning to call out long-time rival and former opponent Floyd Mayweather after his comeback fight against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, set for September this year.

Oscar De La Hoya planning to call out Mayweather for mega-fight

Oscar De La Hoya is planning to call out long-time rival and former opponent Floyd Mayweather after his comeback fight against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, set for September this year.
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Minister: Nigerian government has paid N24 billion to 413,630 beneficiaries of special public works...

The minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, says the federal government has paid N24 billion to 413,630 beneficiaries of the special public works scheme.
Speaking through its Secretary General, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Afenifere said that the restructuring being clamoured for by various interest groups in the country will not be at the whims and pleasure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Afenifere: Restructuring popular among knowledgeable personalities, others

The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Sunday said the call for restructuring of the country’s political architecture is a popular one among all knowledgeable personalities, elected governors and leaders of entrenched federating ethnic nationalities.
Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Mr Abdulkareem Asuku, has called for youth assertiveness in political party structures.

Kogi governor’s aide urges youth assertiveness in party structures

Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Mr Abdulkareem Asuku, has called for youth assertiveness in political party structures.