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Jeffrey Feltman speaks during a news conference in Colombo. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

U.S. concerned about increasing political, ethnic polarization in Ethiopia

The United States is deeply concerned about increasing political and ethnic polarization throughout Ethiopia, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, adding that Washington will work with allies to secure a ceasefire in the Tigray region, provide assistance and hold human rights abusers accountable.
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UN: De-escalation ‘an absolute must’ in Israel-Palestine conflict

UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared on Wednesday that de-escalation of the Palestine-Israel conflict was “an absolute must”, saying that the mounting death toll, including children, is totally unacceptable.

2023: Igbo will occupy Aso Rock – Ohanaeze chieftain

Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, the immediate past spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Saturday vowed to ensure the emergence of an Igbo presidency in 2023.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as an indivisible entity despite its diversity, saying that way, it will be a better and stronger nation.

President Buhari parts ways with influential cleric over contract

President Muhammadu Buhari has parted ways with an influential Catholic cleric, who previously described Buhari as “messiah’’ because the president refused to give him a juicy contract.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB, IFAD, others pledge to strengthen food security in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have expressed their commitment to work with African leaders to redouble efforts at strengthening food security in the continent.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria priortising innovation, technology investments in agriculture

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria is prioritising innovation and technology investments in agriculture in order to transform the sector by attracting young people and also scaling up productivity.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 43rd virtual Federal Executive Council, meeting at the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa Abuja.

Nigeria pledges better collaboration with Zambia

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria and Zambia will deepen collaboration for the good of their peoples and benefit of the African continent.

WFDP, CEPEJ partner to promote peace, environmental programmes

The World Funds for Development and Planning (WFDP) has agreed to partner Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) for better promotion of peace and environmental sustainability.
The World Funds for Development and Planning (WFDP) has agreed to partner Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) for better promotion of peace and environmental sustainability.

WFDP to partner CEPEJ for promotion of peace, environmental programmes

The World Funds for Development and Planning (WFDP) has agreed to partner Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) for better promotion of peace and environmental sustainability.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Security agents in manhunt for abducted Kaduna students

A combined team of security agents are on the trail of bandits that abducted 39 students at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Thursday night.

African Bar Association wants Cape Verde sanctioned by ECOWAS

The African Bar Association (AfBA) has explained why it called on ECOWAS to sanction Cape Verde. President of AfBA, Hannibal Uwaifo, said that the refusal of the small Island nation to release a Venezuelan Diplomat, Mr. Alex Saab who has allegedly been detained in Cape Verde since 2019, is at the heart of the matter.
AfBA’s President, Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, who made the call in a World Press Conference in Lagos, said the continued detention of Saab since June 2020 for possible extradition to the United States, violated settled global diplomatic virtues and statutes, as contained in the Vienna Convention.

AfBA urges AU, ECOWAS to effect release of Venezuela envoy

The African Bar Association (AfBA) has called on the African Heads of States and governments to rise as a body, and persuade the authorities of the Cape Verde Island to rescue itself from the diplomatic mud of holding on to Ambassador Alex Saab, accredited Venezuela Special Envoy and Alternate permanent representative to the African Union.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters cover with makeshift shields during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar forces fire tear gas, stun grenades on protest as U.N. envoy calls for...

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar called on the U.N. Security Council to take action against the ruling junta after the killings of protesters who have continued to defy security forces at demonstrations against last month’s coup.
FILE PHOTO - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS-Emma Farge-File Photo

Ngozi goes to WTO

The biggest piece of happy-ending news in Nigeria in the month of February 2021 is the endorsement of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the United States.
President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Republic of Chad for what he calls the effective “security back-up” given to Nigeria in fighting against insurgency.

Predient Buhari thanks Chad for ‘security back-up’ in fight against Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Republic of Chad for what he calls the effective “security back-up” given to Nigeria in fighting against insurgency.
Protesters opposed to the military coup block the railway between Yangon and the southern city of Mawlamyine, Myanmar February 16, 2021 in this still image taken from social media video. Than Lwin Times Media via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Myanmar military guarantees new election; protesters block train services

Myanmar’s military on Tuesday guaranteed that it would hold an election and hand power to the winner, denying that its ouster of an elected government was a coup and denouncing protesters for inciting violence and intimidating civil servants.
People take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar protesters block railway line; U.N. warns against crackdown

Protesters opposed to Myanmar’s military coup blocked train services between Yangon and a southern city on Tuesday, hours after a U.N. envoy warned the army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations.
Alex Saab is facing money laundering charges for allegedly helping the government of President Nicolas Maduro transfer around $350m (£257m) out of Venezuela.

Cape Verde defends detention of Venezuelan diplomat in ECOWAS court

Cape Verde’s grounds for neglecting ECOWAS court’s ruling on the release of the detained Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab, were the highlights of the case when it came up for hearing on Friday.
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, non-OPEC withdraw 2.1 billion barrels in 9 months

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, and non-OPEC member States, have withdrawn 2.1 billion barrels of excess oil from the volatile oil market, thus raising hope on market stability.

ECOWAS court stops extradition of Venezuelan to USA

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Republic of Cape Verde not to extradite the detained Venezuelan, Mr. Alex Nain Saad Moran to the United States of America (USA) at the request of the US government.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan refuses to rule out 2023 ambition

As the 2023 general election draws nearer, former President Goodluck Jonathan has declined to rule out the possibility of him seeking election in 2023.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed optimism that improvement in relations between Nigeria and South Africa would speed up the process of development on the African continent.

President Buhari: Improved Nigeria-South Africa relations will quicken African development

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed optimism that improvement in relations between Nigeria and South Africa would speed up the process of development on the African continent.

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Ebonyi housing commissioner passes on

Governor David Umahi on Saturday commiserated with the husband of the deceased, Celestine Okah, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi: APC, PDP bicker over abduction of opposition chieftain

The kidnap of Amos Ogbonnaya, of a former Coordinator of Anuagata Development Centre, in the Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State by hoodlums, on Thursday evening, has continued to generate mixed reactions from various segments of the state.
Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe

President Buhari greets Obi of Onitsha at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe on the occasion of his 80th birthday, commending the royal father’s unwavering dedication to Nigeria’s unity and development.
Most of the Palestinian deaths occurred in Gaza but on Friday clashes spread to the West Bank, where 11 Palestinians died and hundreds were injured. Israeli forces used teargas, rubber bullets and live fire, as Palestinians threw petrol bombs.

US envoy arrives in Israel for de-escalation talks

Most of the Palestinian deaths occurred in Gaza but on Friday clashes spread to the West Bank, where 11 Palestinians died and hundreds were injured. Israeli forces used teargas, rubber bullets and live fire, as Palestinians threw petrol bombs.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

NFF owes Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr six months salary

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has not been paid his wages by the Nigeria Football Federation for six months.

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Harry Kane’s cycle at Tottenham Hotspur could come to an end this summer according to reports in England carried by Marca.

Harry Kane keen to secure move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer

Harry Kane’s cycle at Tottenham Hotspur could come to an end this summer according to reports in England carried by Marca. The English forward, who’s spent most of his career with Tottenham, is considering a change of scene, and will ask club owner Daniel Levy to listen to offers for him in the summer.

INEC increases Kwara polling units to 2,887

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the weekend said Kwara has 2,887 polling units after the commission converted 1,015 voting points to polling units.
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

Eid-El-Fitr: CUPP laments worsening security situation, calls for prayers, tolerance

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has lamented that the country was indeed in a deep trying time following the recent burglary incident in the Aso Rock residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police nab five ‘pipeline vandals’ in Delta

The Police Command in Delta, on Wednesday apprehended five suspected pipeline vandals, according to its spokesman, DSP Edafe Bright.
FILE PHOTO - Gergely Karacsony, opposition parties' candidate, delivers a statement after being elected Mayor of Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary, October 13, 2019. REUTERS-Bernadett Szabo-File Photo

Budapest mayor launches bid to challenge Hungary’s premier next year

Budapest mayor Gergely Karacsony on Saturday announced his bid to become the prime minister candidate for Hungary’s six opposition parties which are trying to forge an alliance to take on Prime Minister Viktor Orban in national elections next year.