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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.
FILE PHOTO: Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) attends the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Senate Republican asks tech firms to explain account, content removals

The outgoing Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee asked the chief executives of major U.S. tech firms Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter to answer detailed questions about decisions to restrict or permanently ban accounts of conservative users and other steps to restrict content or platforms.
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Capitol dome is seen at night in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Erin Scott

US: More Republicans say they will object to election results

United States Senator Ted Cruz is among 11 Republican lawmakers that plan to object to the certification of US Electoral College votes next week, one of the final steps before President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is confirmed.
CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey gives his opening statement remotely during the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Senate hearing to reform Section 230 internet law becomes political showdown

A U.S. Senate hearing to reform an internet law and hold tech companies accountable for how they moderate content quickly turned into a political scuffle as lawmakers not only went after the companies but also attacked each other.
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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.
Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs Nikki Haley, has said the UN “is a place where dictators, murderers and thieves denounce America”.

Nikki Haley: UN a place where dictators, murderers attack United States

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs Nikki Haley, has said the UN “is a place where dictators, murderers and thieves denounce America”.
The Republican governor of the southern US state of Mississippi signed a bill Tuesday removing the Confederate battle standard from the state flag, after nationwide protests drew renewed attention to symbols of the United States’ racist past.

Mississippi governor signs bill removing confederate symbol from flag

The Republican governor of the southern US state of Mississippi signed a bill Tuesday removing the Confederate battle standard from the state flag, after nationwide protests drew renewed attention to symbols of the United States’ racist past.

Russia denounces ‘interference’ in Interpol leadership vote

The Kremlin on Tuesday denounced “interference” in the election for a new Interpol president after critics including US senators objected to a Russian becoming chief of the global police body.

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The communiqué, which was signed by NYCN President, Comrade Solomon Adodo and Secretary, Suleiman Musa, further called for support from youths and other stakeholders in the region for Buhari and Akpabio.

Niger Delta: President Buhari has surpassed all past presidents – NYCN

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on Sunday said that President Muhammadu Buhari has surpassed all past Presidents of the country in the development of the Niger Delta region.
Manchester United plan to keep Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford for the 2021-22 season by offering the striker a wage increase of £50,000, according to reports.

Edinson Cavani offered £50K pay rise to stay at Manchester United

Manchester United plan to keep Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford for the 2021-22 season by offering the striker a wage increase of £50,000, according to reports.

Federal pensioners pull out of pensions union

The crisis among pensioners on Sunday got messier as Federal Civil Service Pensioners (FCSP) finally opted out of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) over alleged denial of the branch’s rights and privileges.
David Moyes fears West Ham’s slim hopes of Champions League football could be affected further by Manchester United forced to field weakened teams.

David Moyes lashes out at Premier League chiefs over Manchester United decision

The Hammers boss – whose men were beaten by Everton – has called on the Premier League to explain the questions surrounding the integrity of the competition being affected with United’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa their first of three games in five games.
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APC needs credible candidate to win Anambra election – aspirant

Chief George Moghalu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Anambra, says electing a credible candidate is critical for the party to capture power in the state.

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People dance at the Barcelona beach, as the state of alarm decreed by the Spanish Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is due to end on Sunday, in Barcelona, Spain, May 8, 2021. Picture taken May, 8, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

‘Freedom’ fiestas: Spaniards celebrate end of coronavirus curfew

Exhilarated Spaniards danced in streets, chanted “freedom” and partied on beaches overnight as a COVID-19 curfew ended across most of the nation.
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu was on taget again for KRC Genk in their Belgian jupiler league clash with Waasland-Beveren on Sunday.

Paul Onuachu scores as Genk thrash Club Brugge 3-0

Paul Onuachu scored his 31st goal in the Belgian league tonight for KRC Genk to trounce defending champions Club Brugge in the championship playoffs.
Members of the security forces patrol Chad's capital N'Djamena following the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby in N'Djamena, Chad April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Chadian police fire tear gas to disperse protest against military government

Chadian security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who took to the streets of the capital N'Djamena on Saturday to protest against a military takeover that followed the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield last month.
David Okereke made an immediate impact as he scored after just coming on, in 10-man Club Brugge’s comfortable 3-0 home win against Eupen in Saturday’s Belgian Jupiler.

Joseph Akpala: David Okereke will shine at Genk

Joseph Akpala has given a reason why he believes fellow countryman David Okereke, who has struggled at Club Brugge, would have been a big hit at another Belgian club, Genk.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Nigerian Army: Operatives in Imo foil attack on police, kill 11

The Nigerian Army says a team of security operatives has foiled another attack on Police Area Command in Orlu, Imo, by suspected terrorists of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).