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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a 'new era of cooperation' [Petr David Josek-AP]

US warns UN over Iran nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the UN Security Council and warned of provisions in the Iranian nuclear deal that are set to expire a year from now, in October 2020.
Mark Esper

US defense secretary wants INF-range missiles in Asia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he wants to see American ground-based intermediate-range conventional missiles deployed to Asia.
[FILE] US President Donald Trump chairs a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2019. – President Donald Trump warned Wednesday the US federal government may not reopen any time soon, as he stood firm on his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico.Addressing a cabinet meeting on the 12th day of the shutdown, Trump warned it “could be a long time” before the impasse is resolved.”It’s too important a subject to walk away from,” said the president, who was to meet later with Democratic and Republican lawmakers. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

US to test new weapon, terminates arms control treaty with Russia

The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the US and Russia ripped up on Friday.

Iran’s foreign minister sanctioned by US

“This is obviously a highly unusual action,” a senior administration official acknowledged when discussing the U.S. move against Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Tuesday that would require presidential candidates to release several years of tax returns to be on the primary ballot in the state. Rich Pedroncelli-AP

California enacts law to make presidential candidates release tax papers

California governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday that will require presidential candidates to disclose the last five years of their taxes in order to appear on the state’s 2020 primary ballot.
Iran has test-fired a medium-range missile, a U.S. military official said, further escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

US: Iran test-fires medium range missile

Iran has test-fired a medium-range missile, a U.S. military official said, further escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf region.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the Feb. 23 election to come to terms with his loss at the election.

Atiku Abubakar: US travel ban is confirmation that presidential election was rigged

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election, has said that the current travel ban imposed by the United States on some politicians in Nigeria has validated his claim that the presidential election was rigged.

US imposes visa ban on politicians who undermined Nigeria general elections

The U.S. Government has imposed visa restrictions on “individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process”.
North Korean and American officials are holding behind-the-scenes talks to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, South Korea's president said on Wednesday.

US, North Korea in talks to set up third Trump-Kim summit

North Korean and American officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, South Korea's president said on Wednesday.

Oil prices gain amid tension between Iran, US

Oil prices rose on Monday to extend gains from last week, bolstered as tensions remain high between Iran and the United States after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “significant” sanctions would be announced on Tehran.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump revives Monroe Doctrine as warning to China and Russia

In November 2013, former US Secretary of State John Kerry created a social media frenzy with a speech delivered at the Organization of American States (OAS), the world's oldest regional forum.
North Korea's special representative Kim Hyok-chol, seen here arriving for talks with his US counterpart Stephen Biegun in Hanoi AFP

Reports: North Korea executes envoy, four others over failed Kim-Trump summit

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo claimed North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump pulled the trigger Friday on a steep increase in tariffs on Chinese products and Beijing immediately vowed to hit back, turning up the heat before a second day of trade negotiations.

Senator: Donald Trump to bypass Congress to sell arms to Saudi, UAE

President Donald Trump’s administration is bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, citing a threat from Iran, despite lawmakers’ concerns about their possible use against civilians in Yemen, a senator said on Friday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been jailed for 50 weeks for violating his U.K. bail conditions in 2012 at a sentencing hearing at Southwark Crown Court today.

US charges Julian Assange with violating Espionage Act

The Justice Department on Thursday charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing military and diplomatic files in 2010, rejecting his claim that he is a journalist.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the International Arctic Forum in Saint Petersburg on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV - SPUTNIK - AFP)

Vladimir Putin wants to ‘fully restore’ ties with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants to “fully restore” strained ties between Washington and Moscow, during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The Iranian flag flutters in front the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna [Leonhard Foeger-Reuters]

US tightens restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme

The United States has tightened restrictions on Iran's nuclear programme by failing to renew two key sanctions waivers which allowed Russia and the European nations to do business with Tehran.
Ibrahim al-Assaf

Saudi Arabia welcomes US move to end Iran’s oil waivers

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Tuesday welcomed a U.S. decision to end all Iran sanction waivers by May, saying it was a necessary step to halt Tehran’s “destabilising” policy in the region.
Three of the vessels and the destroyer USS Farragut are supporting an accompanying mission in the Strait of Hormuz

US sanctions: Iran to block US ships from important waterway

The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, issued a statement on Monday that warned of “adverse consequences” if the U.S. ended their sanctions waiver on the Persian Gulf nation’s oil imports.

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The newly appointed Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, says he has adopted a three-point aggressive and purposeful strategy to rebrand the scheme.

New NHIS boss adopts aggressive three-point agenda

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INEC begins distribution of uncollected PVCs in Bayelsa and Kogi September 2

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British government worker detained in China – officials

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Anthony Joshua has played down concerns about his swollen eyes ahead of his world heavyweight title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York tonight.

Anthony Joshua reaffirms faith in trainer, will add to coaching staff

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