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FILE PHOTO - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts-File Photo

Recep Erdogan’s summit with Joe Biden clouded by bitter disputes

No stranger to rocky relations with Washington, President Tayyip Erdogan holds his first meeting with President Joe Biden next week overshadowed by bitter disputes and by the new U.S. president’s cool tone towards Turkey.
The US Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks permanent residency for some immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to let immigrants who have been allowed to stay in the United States on humanitarian grounds apply to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally, siding with President Joe Biden's administration.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik-Vladimir Smirnov-Kremlin via REUTERS

Russian president calls U.S. ransomware allegations an attempt to stir pre-summit trouble

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that suggestions the Russian state was linked to high profile ransomware attacks in the United States were absurd and an attempt to stir trouble ahead of his summit this month with U.S. President Joe Biden.
A general view shows tents housing internally displaced Syrians, in northern Aleppo near the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Mahmoud Hassano

UN: Millions in Syria face disaster if aid crossing is shut

Millions of people in northwest Syria face disaster if the United Nations fails to approve an extension of cross-border humanitarian operations next month, a senior U.N. aid official said on Thursday.

What is the endgame in Nigeria’s South-East?

Nigeria has been struggling with insecurity for over a decade. Against reasonable expectations six years ago when President Muhammadu Buhari was voted in, things have worsened.
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Ten years after Anders Breivik attacks, survivors seek to confront far-right extremism

Nearly 10 years after Anders Behring Breivik tried to kill her on the Norwegian island of Utoeya, Astrid Hoem is back there to explain to a group of teenagers how she ran for her life and hid in a beach cove while Breivik murdered others around her.
A poster depicting Syria’s president Bashar al- Assad is seen as supporters of of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad celebrate after the results of the presidential election announced that he won a fourth term in office, in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Bashar al-Assad wins Syria’s presidential election

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won his fourth seven-year term in the 2021 presidential race, the Syrian parliament announced on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - Flags of NATO member countries flutter at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Francois Lenoir

Turkey pushed NATO allies into softening outrage over Belarus plane – diplomats

Turkey pushed NATO allies into watering down an official reaction to the forced landing by Belarus of a passenger plane and the detention of a dissident journalist on Sunday, two diplomats familiar with the matter told Reuters.
China’s football team warmed up for a set of crucial World Cup qualifiers by receiving “patriotic education” and learning about the history of the ruling Communist Party.

China train for World Cup matches with Communist history lessons

China’s football team warmed up for a set of crucial World Cup qualifiers by receiving “patriotic education” and learning about the history of the ruling Communist Party.
A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

U.S. tiptoes through sanctions minefield toward Iran nuclear deal

As the United States searches for a path back to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it is tiptoeing through a minefield laid by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Why Boko Haram terrorists have not been defeated

The military has managed to retake territory and dislodged the fighters from some of their hideouts. But a recent spike in deadly violence, focused in the north-east, where the Islamist group began its insurgency in 2009, has led many to ask what is at the root of the authorities’ failure.
Migrants rest at a reception centre after arriving on the southern island of Lampedusa, Italy May 11, 2021. REUTERS-Antonio Parrinello

Italy to ask EU to pay Libya to stop migrant departures – newspaper

Italy's government is set to ask the European Union to pay Libya to stop migrant boats leaving its coast, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Tuesday.
“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not simple,” Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged at a press conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government makes signs of apparent overtures to US president-elect Biden.

Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia, promises best efforts

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russian president reviews military might as tensions with West soar

President Vladimir Putin reviewed Russia's traditional World War Two victory parade on Sunday, a patriotic display of raw military power that this year coincides with soaring tensions with the West.
FILE PHOTO- People crowd to get food rations from a charity kitchen in Sanaa, Yemen July 20, 2020. REUTERS-Khaled Abdullah-File Photo

Nearly 20 million more people hit by food crises in 2020

Nearly 20 million more people faced food crises last year amid armed conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and weather extremes, and the outlook for this year is again grim, according to a report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC)
Members of the Armenian diaspora rally in front of the Turkish Embassy after U.S. President Joe Biden recognized that the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2021. REUTERS

Turkey says it will respond in time to ‘outrageous’ U.S. genocide statement

U.S. President Joe Biden’s declaration that massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide is “simply outrageous” and Turkey will respond over coming months, Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Sunday.
A torchlight procession in Yerevan on Friday to mark the 106th anniversary of the massacres in which about 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed during World War I.Karen Minasyan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Joe Biden declares mass killings of Armenians a genocide

President Biden on Saturday recognized the mass killings of Armenians more than a century ago as genocide, signaling a willingness to test an increasingly frayed relationship with Turkey, long a key regional ally and an important partner within NATO.
The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.

Red Cross condemns ‘horrific’ sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.
Damaged buildings are shown after what Syrian authorities said was an Israeli air strike in the western suburbs of Damascus, Syria in this handout released by state news agency SANA on April 27, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

Israel intensifying air war in Syria against Iranian encroachment

Israel has dramatically expanded air strikes on suspected Iranian missile and weapons production centres in Syria to repel what it sees as a stealthy military encroachment by its regional arch-enemy, Western and regional intelligence sources say.
FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu looks on during a joint statement with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (not pictured), ahead of a meeting at the EEAS in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS

Turkey says any U.S. recognition of Armenian ‘genocide’ would further harm ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that any move by U.S. President Joe Biden to recognise the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide will further harm already strained ties between the NATO allies.
People march during a protest against the military coup in Dawei, Myanmar April 13, 2021. Courtesy of Dawei Watch/via REUTERS

Myanmar activists stage ‘bloody’ protests against military

Opponents of Myanmar’s coup splashed red paint and dye on roads and signs outside government offices on Wednesday to represent the blood of people killed protesting against the junta, on the second day of the traditional new year holiday.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, centre, Prince Hamzah, second left, and others visit the tomb of the late King Hussein to mark the centenary of the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan [Royal Court Twitter account via AP]

Jordan king, prince appear together for first time since rift

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his half-brother Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein have made their first joint public appearance since a palace feud last week.

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England centre-half Harry Maguire has claimed that the Three Lions are now a better side than the squad that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018.

Euro 2020: Harry Maguire could play against Croatia – England boss

Harry Maguire could play for England in their opening Euro 2020 clash with 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia on Sunday although manager Gareth Southgate says it “is a longshot.”
Tottenham have appointed Fabio Paratici as managing director of football.

Tottenham confirm Fabio Paratici appointment as sporting director

"I am thrilled by this fantastic opportunity and I thank the club and the chairman for the trust in me. Tottenham is one of the top clubs in the UK and in Europe with an ambitious long-term plan," he told the club's website.
A header from towering Kieffer Moore claimed a point for Wales in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Baku on Saturday to start both teams’ Euro 2020 campaigns.

Euro 2020: Kieffer Moore snatches point for Wales vs Switzerland

A header from towering Kieffer Moore claimed a point for Wales in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Baku on Saturday to start both teams’ Euro 2020 campaigns.
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WTO boss sees way for deal to speed coronavirus vaccines for poor nations

The head of the World Trade Organization said there was a pathway for a global deal to get more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, despite a split over whether drugs firms should be stripped of their intellectual property rights
Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a footballer by accepting an offer from a professional club.

Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to switch to football

Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a footballer by accepting an offer from a professional club.

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Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) has celebrated veteran comedian, Chief Chika Okpala, popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya (ZB) alias 4.30, for using his craft to promote unity in the country.

Group celebrates veteran comedian Chief Zebrudaya at 71

Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) has celebrated veteran comedian, Chief Chika Okpala, popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya (ZB) alias 4.30, for using his craft to promote unity in the country.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is to kick-start his campaign for the 2019 presidential election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

2023: Atiku Abubakar disowns campaign posters

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has disowned campaign posters pairing him and a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, for the 2023 presidential race.
Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed into law the bill to establish Bauchi State Public Procurement Bureau 2020.

State houses of assembly to reopen Monday

The gates of the Houses of Assembly in the 36 states of the federation will open on Monday following the suspension of the 64-day strike embarked upon by workers to demand Implementation of full financial autonomy for the Legislative and Judicial arms of government.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Niger abduction: Bandits reduce ransom demand to N150 million

The bandits, who abducted 156 pupils from the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina town of Rafi Local Government of Niger State 10 days ago, have reduced their ransom demand to N150 million.
Onyema Nwachukwu, acting director for defence information, DHQ

Nigerian Army gets new spokesperson

Brigadier-General Nwachukwu, an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Post Graduate School Kaduna.