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Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Russia fines Twitter, Facebook for keeping data abroad

A Moscow court on Thursday fined social networking giants Twitter and Facebook for ignoring a Russian law requiring them to store Russian citizens’ user data inside the country.

Libya truce talks break down after Haftar leaves without signing deal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Libyan military commander, Khalifa Haftar, left Moscow without signing a ceasefire deal with the rival, UN-recognised government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin observed test launches of nuclear-capable Kinzhal and Kalibr missiles on Thursday in the Russian-annexed Crimea region, state media reported.

Vladimir Putin observes nuclear-capable missile test in Russian-annexed Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin observed test launches of nuclear-capable Kinzhal and Kalibr missiles on Thursday in the Russian-annexed Crimea region, state media reported.
The U.S. killed Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in a “defensive action,” the Pentagon says.

Reactions trail US killing of top Iran general

The world reacted with alarm on Friday after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Iraq, with leaders appealing for restraint.
Image- The WWF says melting sea ice has pushed the bears to search for food on land. Maxim Dyominov-WWF-Russia

More than 50 hungry polar bears ‘invade village’

A village in Russia has been "invaded" by more than 50 hungry polar bears forced to hunt for food on land due to melting sea ice, the WWF has said.
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)

Moscow woos Africa with cash, security

Russia President Vladmir Putin says Moscow will encourage African countries to table their own development proposals for discussion during the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit that opens on Wednesday October 23.
President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Japan after participating in the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development in the country.

Russia-Africa summit: Moscow wants ‘solid package of proposals’ from Nigeria,others

Russia says it is expecting African governments and businesses to come to Sochi summit with a “solid package of proposals” on expanding ties with the continent.
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Google, Facebook rejects Russia’s allegations of meddling in elections

The US internet companies Google and Facebook on Monday rejected Moscow’s allegations that they had interfered in Russian elections by running political ads during the voting day.

Ukraine, Russia swapped prisoners, including sailors

Ukrainian prisoners, including sailors and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, are flying back to Ukraine after a prisoner swap was completed with Russia, according to comments that were reposted on Facebook by Ukraine’s general prosecutor.

Russia accuses US of stoking military tensions with missile test

Russia on Tuesday criticised the U.S. for ramping up military tensions by testing a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile weeks after withdrawing from the INF pact with Moscow.
Russia’s nuclear agency on Saturday said an explosion at an Arctic missile testing site had killed five of its staff after the military had put the toll at two.

Russia nuclear agency says five died in missile test explosion

Russia’s nuclear agency on Saturday said an explosion at an Arctic missile testing site had killed five of its staff after the military had put the toll at two.

Scientist arrested for saying ‘Soviet nuclear-powered satellites, dangerous in space’

A Russian scientist, Sergei Meshcheryakov, who warned that Soviet nuclear-powered satellites are presenting a serious danger in space, was arrested on Monday for treason.anger
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY - SPUTNIK - AFP)

Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un vow to seek closer ties at first talks

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday, vowing to seek closer ties as they look to counter US influence.
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Russia bans oil exports to Ukraine

Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday said Russia has banned exports of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine, as well as certain Ukrainian imports.
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Oil slips to $71, hit by talk of higher OPEC production

Brent oil slipped to around 71 dollars a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by expectations of higher U.S. inventories and concern about Russia’s willingness to stick with OPEC-led supply cuts.
This picture from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on February 28, 2019 and released on March 1, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi. – The United States and North Korea on March 1 put forward starkly different accounts over the breakdown of a high-stakes summit in Hanoi but offered guarded hope that they could meet again. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

North Korea may suspend nuclear talks with US

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports quoted a senior diplomat as saying.
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FIFA to hand Russia N21.7 billion for World Cup legacy fund

FIFA will allocate $60 million (about N21.7billion) to a Russia 2018 World Cup legacy fund to help develop the sport in the country, following last summer’s tournament which was widely praised as among the best ever editions of the event.
Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Venezuelans demand President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation

Venezuelans on Wednesday took to the streets around Caracas in a fresh round of protests to press President Nicolas Maduro to step down and the army to allow the entry of humanitarian aid from the U.S.

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Nigerian authorities have selected a consortium to set up an aviation leasing company as part of plans to overhaul the country’s aviation sector.

Nigeria picks Egypt Air consortium for aviation partnership

Nigerian authorities have selected a consortium to set up an aviation leasing company as part of plans to overhaul the country’s aviation sector.
Policemen wearing face masks warn drivers on the road between Codogno and Casalpusterlengo, which has been closed by the Italian government due to a coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, February 23, 2020. REUTERS-Guglielmo Mangiapane.

Coronavirus: EU orders quarantine for staff who travelled to Northern Italy

EU institutions, on Tuesday, ordered staff who travelled to areas of Northern Italy hit by an outbreak of coronavirus to stay at home for two weeks.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), has announced the demise of a former member of the house, Rep. Tony Okey. 5

Insecurity: House of Reps restates call for resignation of service chiefs

With the increasing spate of killings in the country, the House of Representatives has again passed a vote of no confidence on the Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser, calling for their immediate resignation.

Tax tribunal orders firm to pay N1.7 billion to FIRS

The Tax Appeal Tribunal, Lagos Zone, has ruled as lawful an assessment in additional tax liability of N1.738,481,875.33 issued to Prime Plastichem Nigeria Limited (PPNL) by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as the correct income tax which the PPNL should pay on its profit for doing business in Nigeria under the provisions of Transfer Pricing Regulation No1 2012.
William Troost-Ekong returned from injury to help Udinese claim a 0-0 draw against Hellas Verona in a Serie A game on Tuesday evening.

Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong risks suspension

Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong is just one yellow card away from a mandatory one-game suspension in the Italian Serie A.