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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits Arsenal deserve maximum points after their 1-1 draw with Burnley in Saturday’s Premier League encounter.

Arsenal skipper: We should have won Burnley game with chances created

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits Arsenal deserve maximum points after their 1-1 draw with Burnley in Saturday’s Premier League encounter.
Commercial vehicle drivers in Badagry axis have rejected the newly introduced N800 levy imposed on buses and cars by the Lagos State Government.

Badagry drivers reject new N800 levy by Lagos government

Commercial vehicle drivers in Badagry axis have rejected the newly introduced N800 levy imposed on buses and cars by the Lagos State Government.
Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan taking the oath as a Member of Parliament. AFP

Pakistani premier to face confidence vote

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will on Saturday face a vote of confidence in parliament, days after the country’s ruling coalition lost a crucial Senate seat.
Demonstrators clash with policemen during a protest against corruption and lacks in the health system, demanding the resignation of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez, in Asuncion, on March 5, 2021. NORBERTO DUARTE - AFP

Paraguay protests erupt over government handling of coronavirus

Protestors angry over the Paraguay government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis clashed with police late Friday, with shops ransacked and cars set on fire.
Seventy-five members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups have been killed by the military across the North East in the last six weeks.

Nigerian military kills six terrorists in Borno

Troops of the Nigerian Military have killed six suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Dikwa and Gamboru Ngala local government areas of Borno State.
10. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Nigeria records 371 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

Nigeria on Friday recorded 371 new COVID-19 infections in 20 states, health authorities have said.
Fulham boss Scott Parker believes Josh Maja will make it tough for Aleksandar Mitrovic to win back his place.

Martin Keown: Ademola Lookman, Josh Maja will trouble Liverpool

Arsenal legend Martin Keown says struggling Liverpool will have their hands full when they come up against Fulham’s frontline that has Ademola Lookman and Josh Maja.
The President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Architect Ibrahim Kabir, Saturday, warned that without adequate food the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation will worsen as government fights to contain its spread in the country.

Food blockade: AFAN blames institutional failure, inequity

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Friday, blamed institutional failure for the blockade of foodstuff supply and transportation to Southern Nigeria as the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, AUFCDN, embarked on the protest over factors militating against their business.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Shasa crisis: Afenifere condemns prosecution of only Yoruba suspects

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Friday, condemned the prosecution of only Yoruba suspects in respect of the recent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa in Shasa market of Ibadan in Oyo State.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra-Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Iran to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave positive signs about opening informal talks about its nuclear programme.
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud speaks via video link during a virtual emergency meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC countries, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 9, 2020.Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi Arabia doubts oil recovery, keeps taps tight

This week’s surprise decision by Saudi Arabia and other top oil producers to broadly stick with output cuts despite rising crude prices was influenced by events in an unexpected place - Italy.
FILE PHOTO - Myanmar soldiers from the 77th light infantry division walk along a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

U.N. Security Council urged to act as Myanmar protesters are again met with gunfire

Police in Myanmar on Friday opened fire on protesters against last month’s military coup, killing one man, as international condemnation rained down on the junta and the U.N. special envoy on Myanmar urged the Security Council to act.

ECOWAS Court orders Nigeria to pay German N63.6 million, $10,000 for ‘illegal detention’

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered Nigerian government to pay a German national about N63.6million and $10,000 for his about 11 days of illegal detention by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) last year.
Chelsea’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel celebrates at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 4, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF - POOL - AFP)

Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea players deserve all credit for unbeaten run

Thomas Tuchel says his Chelsea players should take the credit after masterminding a 10-match unbeaten run since he replaced Frank Lampard as manager.
Myanmar police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters in the city of Yangon on Tuesday, witnesses said, as foreign ministers of neighbouring countries were due to hold talks with the military in an effort to quell deadly violence.

U.N. Security Council due to meet on Myanmar crisis as protesters are again met...

Police in Myanmar on Friday opened fire on protesters against last month’s military coup, killing one man, as international condemnation rained down on the junta ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the crisis.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police rescue kidnap victims, nab robbery suspect in Delta

Operatives of the Delta Police Command have rescued two kidnap victims who are members of a popular church in Delta from their abductors.
Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage in London on March 4, 2021. (Photo by NEIL HALL - POOL - AFP)

Tottenham skipper praises Dele Alli

It appeared the England international would move from the north London side during the January transfer window having beeb sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho, with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly keen to take Alli to Paris Saint-Germain on loan.
Chelsea’s new manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed why he fell out with the former club, Paris Saint-Germain over players’ transfers.

Chelsea boss warns stars he may block them from playing international games

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has echoed the concerns of several other high-profile managers as he discussed the potential problems associated with players leaving on international duty in March.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he substituted Mohamed Salah in the loss to Chelsea as he felt the Egyptian “suffered a bit” with fatigue.

Liverpool scramble for answers as season collapses

Mohamed Salah’s angry shake of the head after being substituted in Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea was symbolic of the champions’ intense frustration as their season unravels.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Schalke loanee Ozan Kabak is a doubt for Liverpool’s home game against Fulham on Sunday.

Liverpool’s centre-back crisis worsens as manager confirms Ozan Kabak injury

The 20-year-old has not made an ideal start to life in the Premier League. His debut came against Leicester City, where his mix up with goalkeeper Alisson allowed Jamie Vardy to tap home to put the Foxes 2-1 ahead late on.
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 enlists colleagues to mitigate electoral crises in West Africa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has enlisted the support of other ex-presidents and Prime Ministers in West Africa to mitigate elections-related conflicts to promote peace in the region.
Multi-awards winning British singer Adele has put to rest the rumours that she is dating rapper and protégé, Skepta.

Adele finalises divorce; shares joint custody of son with ex-husband

English singer-songwriter, Adele, and her former husband, Simon Konecki, have finalised their divorce nearly after two years they are separated.

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Victor Osimhen is eager to pay back the belief shown in him by Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso since he arrived from Lille on a big money deal in the summer.

Super Eagles boss: What Gennaro Gattuso told me about Victor Osimhen

The 22-year-old striker, who transferred to Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million from French side Lille OSC in July 2020, has failed to leave up to expectations at the Italian Serie A club thus far.
1. Former African champions, Super Eagles, were held to a scoreless draw by the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualifier in Freetown on Tuesday.

Nigeria confirm dates, times for final AFCON qualifiers

Nigeria have confirmed the dates and kick-off times of their final two Group L qualifiers for the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.

Victory for Joe Biden as US Senate passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru

Nigerian Army appoints new GOCs, PSO, others

The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new General Officers Commanding, Principal Staff Officers, commandant of tri-service institution and army training centres, corps commanders, among other positions to man the various divisions, units and commands of the service.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.

Rivers governor: Good infrastructure reward for people’s resistance when army ‘tried to rig’ election

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.

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FILE PHOTO - Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York City, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS-Bria Webb-File Photo

Aung San Suu Kyi troubles worsen as court files fresh charges

She was previously charged with breaches of the country’s emergency management law, connected with the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and a violation of import and export laws for possession of walkie talkies.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs seizes 180 jack knives from bandits’ courier in Zamfara

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’, says it has seized 180 pieces of assorted Jack knives and other items with duty paid value of N466.33 million.
Brazil Football great Pele has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine jab on Tuesday. The football legend received the jab in Brazil.

Brazil football great Pele receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine

Brazil Football great Pele has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine jab on Tuesday. The football legend received the jab in Brazil.
Minister of the Environment, Muhammad Mahmoud, disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Nigerian government approves N809.7 billion for Abuja-Kano road, other projects

In line with its infrastructural development campaign mantra, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, approved over N809.7 billion for various signature projects including roads, fire fighting vehicles and equipment as well as development of an application for design, development, deployment, and management of National Social Investment Management System (NSIMS) for the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru

Nigerian Army appoints new GOCs, PSO, others

The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new General Officers Commanding, Principal Staff Officers, commandant of tri-service institution and army training centres, corps commanders, among other positions to man the various divisions, units and commands of the service.