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Russia probes BBC after British regulator warns RT

Russia’s broadcasting watchdog on Friday said it was probing the BBC in retaliation after the British regulator said Kremlin-funded RT television broke broadcasting standards.
This handout picture taken on August 25, 2017 and released by the Russian Defence Ministry shows Igor Korobov, the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, addressing participants during an ARMY 2017 round table in Moscow. - The head of the Russian military intelligence agency linked to a series of notorious operations abroad has died after a long illness, the defence ministry said on November 22, 2018. (Photo by HO / Russian Defence Ministry / AFP) /

Chief of Russia’s military intelligence agency dies

Russia's military intelligence chief who oversaw a series of notorious operations abroad has died after a long illness, with Moscow praising him Thursday as a "great man" and a patriot.
This picture taken on September 14, 2018 shows the Spiez Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection (nuclear, biological, chemical), in Spiez, 40km from the capital Bern, as Swiss newspapers reported that two Russian agents suspected of trying to spy the laboratory were arrested in the Netherlands and expelled early this year. At the time, Spiez was analysing data related to poison gas attacks in Syria, as well as the March 4 attack using the nerve agent Novichok on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, Swiss newspapers reported. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Poisoning suspects ‘tourism’ claims raise eyebrows even in Russia

Two Russian men's claims that they were innocent tourists wrongly branded would-be assassins met with mockery in Britain Friday and even raised eyebrows in the usually patriotic Russian media.
A handout picture taken on Fisherton Road in Salisbury shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov. Metropolitan

UK nerve agent poisoning suspects say they were tourists

Two Russian men accused by the United Kingdom of attempting to murder a former Russian double agent and his daughter have claimed they were in the country as tourists.

Jose Mourinho: Mikel Obi not a good No. 10 for Super Eagles

Mikel has often played an advanced role for the Super Eagles while he played a much deeper role for Chelsea successfully for close to 11 years.

Jose Mourinho: This is probably Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo’s last chance to win...

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "probably have one last chance" to win the World Cup, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho hopes Nemanja Matic, Serbia exit World Cup early

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping Serbia make an early exit from the World Cup so Nemanja Matic can have a holiday.

Egypt protests to Moscow over RT poll on disputed territory

Egypt said it protested on Saturday to Moscow about an online poll by Russian state-owned channel RT on whether readers view a disputed border territory as Egyptian or Sudanese.

Kaspersky publishes open letter revealing Twitter banned its ads

Twitter Inc. said on Friday that it has banned ads from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, saying the cyber-security company’s business model conflicts with advertising rules and citing U.S. government claims that Kaspersky has ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

Kremlin rejects ‘unfounded accusations’, ultimatums over poisoning row

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday rejected Britain's "unfounded accusations" and "ultimatums" over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan’s “martyr” remark to young girl sparks opposition

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has been criticized after telling a six-year-old girl that she would be honored if “martyred” in fighting, with the remarks regarded as “child abuse” by some.

YouTube to start labeling videos from state-funded broadcasters

YouTube will start labeling videos it identifies as coming from state-funded broadcasters starting today. Under the changes, PBS, for example, would carry a label that states it’s a “publicly funded American broadcaster.”

US desperate after ‘losing’ five centuries of global influence – Russia

The U.S. resorts to illegitimate measures in a bid to stop its influence on the international arena from shrinking, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

Twitter bots boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics – backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.

Russian lawmakers ban US media from parliament

Russian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to ban US media labelled as "foreign agents" from accessing the lower house of parliament in response to the US Congress stripping state channel RT of its credentials.

US plotting to discredit World Cup – Russian senator

A top Russian senator said on Thursday he had credible evidence of the United States plotting to “discredit” the 2018 World Cup his country is staging for the first time.

Hamilton 68 website tracks Russian-backed propaganda on Twitter

A website launched on Wednesday seeks to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, part of a growing non-governmental effort to diminish Moscow’s ability to meddle in future elections in the United States and Europe.

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Official: US to partner Nigeria in stolen assets recovery, repatriation

The US says it is committed and will continue to work closely with Nigeria on recovery and repatriation of stolen assets to the country.
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Patience Jonathan: Return my seized $5.7 million because nobody complained I stole money

Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, on Friday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the release of the $5.7m and N2.4bn seized from her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Kabir Marafa, senator representing Zamfara central, says he will remain in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to fight injustice.

Senator Marafa: Supreme Court judgment on Zamfara APC a bitter-sweet experience

Senator Kabir Marafa (APC-Zamfara) has described the Supreme Court judgement on Zamfara All Progressives Congress candidates in the last elections as “a sweet, bitter but a huge victory for democracy.”

Governor Ambode: I have served humanity, posterity will judge me

As he prepares to bow out of office, Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Friday said he has served humanity throughout his reign and that posterity will judge him.
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Nigerian Navy university inaugurated, matriculates 231 students

The Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN), Ibusa, near Asaba was inaugurated on Friday by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Ibok Ete-Ibas, with the first batch of 231 students matriculating.