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FILE PHOTO - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Tehran, Iran December 14, 2020. Official Presidential website-Handout via REUTERS

Iran’s president says ‘ball in U.S. court’ over nuclear dispute

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Telegram says it ‘shut down hundreds of public calls for violence’ in US last...

Amid rising political tensions in the United States, Telegram founder Pavel Durov says his chat service has taken down hundreds of public calls for violence, in accordance with the platform’s terms of service.
Mike Dunn, a member of the Boogaloo Boys movement, attends a gathering outside the Virginia State Capitol on Lobby Day, a day traditionally set aside for the public to lobby lawmakers, in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Leah Millis

Annual pro-gun event at Virginia fizzles in wake of U.S. Capitol siege

Only a few dozen gun-rights activists converged on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that typically draws thousands, with this year’s protests dampened by tensions in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.
FILE PHOTO - Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai speaks after meeting with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon July 15, 2020. Dalati Nohra-Handout via REUTERS

Lebanon patriarch tells feuding president and premier-designate to reconcile

Lebanon’s top Christian cleric has urged President Michel Aoun to set up a reconciliation meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri to form a cabinet and end the country’s political deadlock.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as part of its commitment to link the entire country by rail, Monday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line

NYLF: North not satisfied with President Buhari’s performance

The Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) yesterday revealed that the north was not satisfied with the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari, especially his handling of security challenges in the north.

Mali army probes jihadist prisoners death

The Malian army has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of three jihadist prisoners while they were being transferred to a military camp, Mali’s armed forces said on Saturday.
Wendy Sherman, Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of state, was key US negotiator of 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

Joe Biden nominates Iran nuclear deal negotiator to state department

United States President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a key negotiator of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement to be the US’s next deputy secretary of state, the second-highest position at the State Department.
This handout photo provided by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website via SEPAH News on January 16, 2021, shows a launch of a missile during a military drill in an unknown location in central Iran. – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched a missile and drone drill in central Iran, their official website reported, marking the third exercise held by the country’s military in almost two weeks. (Photo by – / SEPAH NEWS / AFP) / / XGTY /

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on targets at sea

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards test-fired ballistic missiles against targets in the Indian Ocean as they wrapped up a two-day exercise, their official website reported Saturday.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

Benue governor: Quit notice to Bishop Kukah a recipe for disintegration

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has warned that the quit notice by a muslim group demanding the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah to tender an unreserved apology over his Christmas Day message or leave Sokoto State, is capable of causing the disintegration of the country.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

Donald Trump condemns Capitol Hill attack

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.
A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.

US diplomat visits Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal

A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing to the media at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool via REUTERS

Mike Pompeo angers China with Hong Kong sanctions threat

Washington may sanction those involved in the arrest of over 50 people in Hong Kong and will send the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to visit Taiwan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, drawing anger and the threat of retaliation from Beijing.

South Korea sends warship after Iran seizes tanker

A South Korean warship with anti-piracy soldiers on board is moving towards the Strait of Hormuz, close to where a South Korean oil tanker was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi being escorted by Iran's Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images

South Korea to send delegation to Tehran after Iran seizes tanker

South Korea is sending a delegation to Iran to seek the release of a tanker seized in Gulf waters by Iranian forces, with a senior diplomat set to go ahead with a scheduled visit to Tehran on Sunday amid tensions over $7bn in Iranian funds frozen in Korean banks due to sanctions imposed by the United States.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

Saudi, Qatari leaders hug ahead of summit focused on Gulf detente

Gulf Arab leaders arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a summit focused on ending a long-running dispute with Qatar which shattered Gulf unity at a time of heightened regional tensions with Iran.
FILE PHOTO: Visitors attend an exhibition on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that previously served as a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

China doubles down on coronavirus narrative as WHO investigation looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, but also shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began.
South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi being escorted by Iran's Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images

Iran seizes South Korean-flagged oil tanker

Iranian forces captured the South Korean-flagged chemicals tanker in the Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz. Tehran wants US sanction-related funds frozen in South Korean banks released. Revolutionary Guards in speed boats seized the Hankuk Chemi, a...
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said the outgoing Donald Trump administration was doing “enormous damage” to agencies critical to the nation’s security.

Leaked call: Outrage over Donald Trump’s move to manipulate Georgia vote

The release on Sunday by US media of a stunning audio tape in which President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn his election defeat there to Democrat Joe Biden sent shockwaves across Washington.
Thomas Tuchel joined Paris Saint-Germain at the beginning of the 2018-19 season

Thomas Tuchel ‘overachieved’ with PSG, sacking a ‘surprise’ – ex-assistant

Former Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach Zsolt Low thinks Thomas Tuchel “overachieved” with the club and says he was “surprised” when news of his sacking broke.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz conducts a service on Christmas Eve at a cathedral following his arrival in Minsk, Belarus December 24, 2020. REUTERS-Stringer-File Photo

Archbishop who angered Minsk resigns after hitting age limit

Pope Francis on Sunday accepted the resignation of the head of the Catholic Church in Belarus, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who was banned from Belarus last year after angering President Alexander Lukashenko.
Iraqis, including supporters of Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), hold placards as they gather to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. attack, in Baghdad, Iraq January 3, 2021. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqis chanting anti-US slogans mark year since Soleimani killing

Tens of thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans streamed to Baghdad’s central square on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
President Donald Trump stands on the balcony outside of the Blue Room as returns to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US closes key money-laundering, tax evasion channel

A major avenue for global money laundering and tax evasion has been closed off by a new law requiring disclosure of owners of US shell companies used to hide billions of dollars.

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Arsenal delivered a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1 on Sunday.

Arsenal come from behind to beat Leicester

Arsenal delivered a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1 on Sunday.
Gareth Bale scored twice and made another as Spurs thrashed Burnley 4-0 in a scintillating display with the Welshman back to his best on Sunday.

Gareth Bale fires brace as Tottenham thrash Burnley 4-0

Gareth Bale scored twice and made another as Spurs thrashed Burnley 4-0 in a scintillating display with the Welshman back to his best on Sunday.
Despite denial by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, that he did not punch the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo, he (Agbowu), on Sunday, insisted that Oluwo punched him.

Oluwo: Insecurity in Nigeria is perennial problem

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi said insecurity in Nigeria is a perrenial challenge which requires a linear process to be tamed.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police nab three ‘cultists’ in Anambra

The Police Command in Anambra say they have arrested three suspected members of different cult groups in the state.
Saudi Aramco’s multibillion-dollar share sale, likely the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history, is officially underway after the company formally announced its plans to list stock on the Kingdom’s stock exchange, the Saudi Tadawul.

Aramco seeks one-year extension on $10 billion loan – sources

Saudi Aramco has asked banks to extend, by a year, a $10 billion loan it raised last May, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
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 approves N11.35 billion 2020 budget for police trust fund

The Senate has approved the sum of N11,352,457,101.70 as year 2020 budget for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF), the implementation of which will lapse by April 30, 2021.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Nigerian government celebrates rising price of crude oil in the global market

The federal government has described as a welcome development, the rising price of crude oil in the global market, saying, “this is a good omen for Nigeria”.
West Ham midfielder, Declan Rice, has revealed that a pre-match jibe from Jose Mourinho inspired them to beat Tottenham Hotspur.

West Ham midfielder: Jose Mourinho’s jibe inspired us vs Tottenham

West Ham midfielder, Declan Rice, has revealed that a pre-match jibe from Jose Mourinho inspired them to beat Tottenham Hotspur.
Andy Ruiz Jr has stunned boxing fans by showing off his incredibly body transformation ahead of a potential return to the ring later this year.

Andy Ruiz leaves boxing fans baffled with weight loss

After producing one of the greatest upsets of all time by dethroning Joshua at Madison Square Garden six months earlier, Ruiz piled on the pounds in the rematch – weighing in at an astonishing 284lbs – and was left to rue his excessive pre-fight “eating and partying” as Joshua comfortably outpointed him to reclaim his championships.