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The English Premier League have the most number of players on the 2019 FIFA FIFPro men’s World XI shortlist for the first time in 10 years.

English Premier League players dominate FIFPro World XI nominations

The English Premier League have the most number of players on the 2019 FIFA FIFPro men’s World XI shortlist for the first time in 10 years.
Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk named Champions League’s fastest player

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has been named the fastest player in last season’s Champions League.

Blessing Okagbare off to Zurich for Diamond League final as women’s 200 million begins...

Former Commonwealth Games double sprint champion, Blessing Okagbare, will not be in action when the 200m event of the 12th African Games begins today in Rabat.
Arjen Robben

Retired Arjen Robben won’t rule out shock return to action

Retired former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has not ruled out the possibility of resuming his playing career.
New Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has refuted claims that money played a big part in his high-profile move to Italy this month.

Matthijs de Ligt left baffled by Manchester United’s weight worries claim

Matthijs de Ligt was left bemused by transfer stories circulating about him before his move to Juventus, particularly one concerning Manchester United and fears about his weight.
The Netherlands reached the women’s World Cup quarter finals for the first time when Lieke Martens’ last gasp penalty earned them a 2-1 victory against Japan on Tuesday.

WWC: Lieke Martens sends Netherlands through to maiden quarter-finals

The Netherlands reached the women’s World Cup quarter finals for the first time when Lieke Martens’ last gasp penalty earned them a 2-1 victory against Japan on Tuesday.
Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum: Everything is possible

Liverpool hero Georginio Wijnaldum says his team showed "everything is possible in football" after coming from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-0 and reach the Champions League final.

Child trafficking: ILO executes £28 million project in five African countries

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has begun a 28-million-euro project, sponsored by the Netherlands, to accelerate the fight against child labour in Nigeria and four other African countries.
Sunny Ofehe

Activist urges federal government not to close foreign missions

The Federal Government has been urged to rethink the plan to close some of its foreign missions so as not to lose the flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).
An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered security personnel following a blast at St Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo. [Ishara S. Kodikara-AFP]

World leaders react to deadly Sri Lanka blasts

Religious and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 150 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners — with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them.
Virgil van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp not surprised by Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool expected Virgil van Dijk to have a huge impact at Anfield when they initially signed him from Southampton for a world record fee.

Report: Shell knew its $1.1 billion for OPL 245 will go into private pockets

A new report by a non-governmental organisation, Global Witness, has blamed Shell and Eni for their alleged roles in the acquisition of OPL 245 in the oil-rich Niger Delta which is linked to Malabu oil scandal.
Alex Nwora

3×3 D’Tigers get tough World Cup qualification draw

The senior men’s 3×3 national basketball team has been grouped alongside France, Germany and Italy in the qualification Group A for a place in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.

Zambia opposition to report President Lungu’s ‘violence’ to ICC

Opposition parties in Zambia said Wednesday they would report President Edgar Lungu to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged political violence against his rivals.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 12, 2018 French Renault group CEO and chairman of Japan’s Nissan Motor CO. Ltd and Mitsubishi Motors Corp, Carlos Ghosn poses during a photo session at the Renault headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt. – Renault boss Carlos Ghosn has handed in his resignation, France’s economy minister said on January 24, 2019 ahead of a board meeting at which the French car maker is to appoint his successor. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Report: Carlos Ghosn says arrest was result of ‘plot and treason’

Detained auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn believes his arrest and the charges against him are the result of a “plot and treason” at his former employer Nissan, he told the Nikkei newspaper Wednesday.
Armenian Hayarpi Tamrazyan (centre) attends a religious service at the Bethel Church in The Hague, The Netherlands (EPA)

Church holds continuous vigil to stall members’ deportation

Worshippers at a Church in The Netherlands that have been holding round-the-clock prayer services for more than six weeks to prevent an Armenian family from being deported are hoping for a Christmas miracle.
France's defender Samuel Umtiti (top) heads the ball to score the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

All you need to know about the Euro 2020 qualifying draw

A unique European Championships in 2020 that will be hosted in 12 cities across the continent will begin to take shape when the qualifying draw takes place in Dublin on Sunday at 1100GMT.
Alfred Yekatom appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague[Piroschka van de Wouw-Nasa-JPL-Cornell-Reuters]

CAR ex-militia leader ‘Rambo’ appears at ICC

A former militia leader from Central African Republic known as "Colonel Rambo" has for the first time faced judges in The Hague on Friday on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB fund to invest $500,000 in Nigeria’s sustainable energy

A multi-donor trust fund managed by the African Development Bank (ADB), Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), has approved a $500,000 grant to support the development and launch of the Nigeria Energy Access Fund (NEAF).

Nigeria may explode if we don’t tackle unemployment now – minister

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, has warned that Nigeria may explode sooner if unemployment in the country is not tackled urgently.

Official: 50 runners sign up for Onitsha city marathon

No fewer than 50 runners have so far signified intrest in the maiden Onitsha City Marathon (OCM) event slated for Oct. 5, in Anambra.
In this handout photograph taken by India’s Ministry of Defence on September 19, 2019, Indian Coast Guard personnel (up) pose for photographs as they keep watch on a Myanmarese ship’s crew after seizing 1160 kg of Ketamine drug from their boat near Car Nicobar islands, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Handout / INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / AFP

India seizes one tonne of ketamine on boat, arrests six Myanmar crew

India’s coast guard has arrested six Myanmar men and seized $42 million worth of ketamine after spotting a suspicious vessel in the Indian Ocean near the Nicobar Islands.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country will present a regional cooperation plan to create security in the Gulf when he attends the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Hassan Rouhani: Iran to present regional security plan at UNGA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country will present a regional cooperation plan to create security in the Gulf when he attends the United Nations General Assembly this week.