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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

US releases declassified Jamal Khashoggi report

The Biden administration has released a long-awaited declassified US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said this on Friday in a Sallah message in Abuja on Friday.

NAHCON: No hajj seats allocated to Nigeria yet

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says no hajj seats have been allocated to Nigeria for 2021 hajj by the authorities of Saudi Arabia.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he commemorates the 50 millionth coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination with a number of vaccine recipients in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 25, 2021. REUTERS

Joe Biden team looking to stop Saudi arms deals that help it attack others

After pausing half a billion dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia out of concern over casualties in Yemen, President Joe Biden’s administration may shift U.S. policy not only to cancel past deals that pose human rights concerns, but limit future military sales to “defensive” weapons.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. - Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

US to release report blaming Saudi prince in Jamal Khashoggi murder

A US intelligence report expected to be made public Friday will blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — a key figure in the US-Saudi relationship — for the murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari mourns Saudi Arabia’s ex-oil minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of former Saudi Arabia’s longest serving Oil Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, who died at a London hospital at 90.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC mourns ex-Saudi Arabia petroleum minister

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), yesterday expressed sadness over the death of a former Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Sheikh Ahmed Yamani, who passed away at the age of 90.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Saudi approves AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority has approved the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, state news agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.
Liverpool are prepared to sell Mohamed Salah this summer in replacement for the Paris Saint-Germain star, Kylian Mbappe.

Saudi funds could help Real Madrid sign Kylian Mbappe this summer

According to The Times, Real Madrid are currently in advanced talks with Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Qiddiya project over a ten-year sponsorship deal worth £130m.
FILE PHOTO - A man walks by near a cellular tower in the municipality of Guadalupe, Mexico July 6, 2020. REUTERS-Daniel Becerril

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

A plan by Mexican lawmakers to put millions of cell phone users’ data in a biometric registry, billed as a tool to fight kidnapping and extortion, has sparked a backlash from telecoms companies and rights groups who warn it could lead to stolen data and higher costs.
Broken glass is seen at the Bright Castle Motors building after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, in Erbil, Iraq February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Azad Lashkari

Iraq rocket attack hits U.S. forces, killing contractor

A rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq on Monday killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member, the U.S. coalition in Iraq said, in the deadliest such attack in almost a year.
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PDP warns APC not to contemplate another fuel price hike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to perish any thoughts of further increase of fuel price in the country.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Crude oil trades at $62, highest in 13 months

Oil prices jumped again by 2.49 per cent yesterday, hitting a fresh 13-month peak, and surpassing the $60 high set earlier this week.
Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights campaigners, has been released after more than 1,000 days in prison for what critics have described as politically-motivated charges.

Saudi women’s rights activist freed after 1,000 days in prison on ‘spurious’ charges

Her sister Lina posted the news on Twitter with a screenshot of a smiling Loujian speaking to her via video call but warned that while she was out of jail she was still not fully "free".
During a session with the club's media, Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo was surprised to receive a call from legend Andy Cole.

Gernot Rohr: Odion Ighalo still good for Super Eagles

Gernot Rohr has said he believes Odion Ighalo can score goals and also bring his wealth of experience to bear on the younger strikers on return to the Super Eagles.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has insisted that there is no plan to divest the Federal Government’s stakes in joint venture oil assets.

Nigerian government inaugurates crude oil cost optimisation programme

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Nigerian Upstream Cost optimisation Programme (NUCOP) to drive down the cost of crude oil production in the country.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

Nigerian government hands over 200 returnees from Saudi Arabia to Kano

The Federal Government on Tuesday handed over 200 returnees of Kano origin from Saudi Arabia to the State Government.
Super Eagles German coach Gernot Rohr said he was not giving up on the possibility of wooing striker Odion Ighalo back to the fold despite his recent shock retirement from international football.

Super Eagles boss hints on Odion Ighalo comeback

Gernot Rohr has said the Super Eagles will track Odion Ighalo at new Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab to the aim to recall him to the team.
FILE PHOTO - Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania U.S., October 5, 2017. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid

Analysts foresee faster economic recovery as oil price hits $60

Analysts yesterday forecasted a faster economic recovery for Nigeria as crude oil prices, at $60 per barrel, hit a new high since February 2020.
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced Monday a new cabinet bringing in seven ex-rebel chiefs as ministers, following a peace deal in October aimed to end decades of war.

Sudan announces new cabinet with ex-rebels as ministers

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced Monday a new cabinet bringing in seven ex-rebel chiefs as ministers, following a peace deal in October aimed to end decades of war.
Odion Ighalo will spend the next two weeks on the sidelines, which would not threaten his chances of making his Africa Cup of Nations debut, according to reports.

Ex-Eagles star: Odion Ighalo can return to national team if Gernot Rohr really desires

Nigeria’s 1980 Nations Cup winner, Henry Nwosu, has said he will like to see former Manchester United forward, Odion Jude Ighalo, returning to Super Eagles at the discretion of the national team coach.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will continue to do all within its regulatory powers to educate Nigerians to desist from use of cryptocurrencies — despite growing criticism.

CBN: No going back on cryptocurrencies

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will continue to do all within its regulatory powers to educate Nigerians to desist from use of cryptocurrencies — despite growing criticism.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN: Cryptocurrencies prone to financial crimes

Following reactions trailing a recent Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive to Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to desist from cryptocurrencies transactions, the apex bank has clarified that the intention is to ensure accountability.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president condemns abduction of Zamfara schoolgirls

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the attack on Friday on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.
The Commander, U.S. Africa Command, U General Stephen Townsend, wrapped up a three-day West African visit February 22-25, 2021, with a stopover in Nigeria to meet with the nation’s leaders and further the long-standing partnership.

U.S. Africa Command leadership visits Nigeria on security cooperation

The Commander, U.S. Africa Command, U General Stephen Townsend, wrapped up a three-day West African visit February 22-25, 2021, with a stopover in Nigeria to meet with the nation’s leaders and further the long-standing partnership and security cooperation between the two countries.
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Group drags Osun government before EFCC over ‘flyover’ project

A civil society in Osun state, Transparency and Accountability Group, (TAG) has dragged the state government before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences, (ICPC) seeking the probe the award the flyover in the state to a contractor without any bidding process.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says ensuring an indivisible Nigeria and safeguarding its sovereignty were the cardinal objectives and mandate of the force, Air Marshall, Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), said in Yola.

NAF bombs many bandits in airstrikes in Kaduna

Nigerian military troops have killed an unspecified number of bandits in numerous air raids conducted in Kaduna State communities over the past two days.
1. The former Lagos state governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has revalidated his membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

2023: Group donate N10 million for Asiwaju Tinubu ‘presidential bid’

A youth group has called on a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to run for the 2023 presidential election under the platform of the ruling party

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Prison riots leave 50 inmates dead

About 50 Ecuadorian inmates died in prisons due to riots on Tuesday, as local police described the violence as “concerted.”
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Arewa youths threaten to expose politician behind Ibadan killings

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum( AYCF), has sounded a word of warning to a political leader of the South West who has been engineering violence and arson in order to further his 2023 ambition and vowed to expose him if the killings is allowed to happen again.

Poultry farmers lament high cost of feeds, other inputs in Plateau

Farmers, who spoke to newsmen in Jos on Sunday, said that because many of the farmers could not bear the rising cost of the feeds, they “are gradually opting out of business.’’
Japan’s Naomi Osaka cemented her place as the outstanding star of the women’s game by beating American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final to win her fourth Grand Slam title.

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady in women’s final

Japan’s Naomi Osaka cemented her place as the outstanding star of the women’s game by beating American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final to win her fourth Grand Slam title.
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NSCDC rescues Abia girl chained by mother

Personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, in Abia State have rescued a teenage girl from Umuokoro Obinkita in Arochukwu Local Government Area, simply identified as Ada who was chained by the neck and limbs and locked away in their house by her mother.