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French President Emmanuel Macron, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burha attend the International Conference in support of Sudan at the Temporary Grand Palais in Paris, May 17, 2021

Sudan clears final hurdle for debt relief at Paris conference

International Monetary Fund member countries have agreed to clear Sudan’s arrears to the institution, France’s president said on Monday, removing the final hurdle to the African nation getting wider relief on its external debt of at least $50 billion.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators carry flags as they march to protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar April 27, 2021. Courtesy of Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

US, UK, Canada impose new sanctions on Myanmar junta

The United States, United Kingdom and Canada on Monday imposed new sanctions targeting Myanmar’s junta, increasing pressure on the military in the latest in a series of punitive actions since it took power in a Feb. 1 coup.
Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff

DHQ: Proposed N100 billion Armed Forces Support Trust Fund inadequate to address insecurity

The Defence Headquarters on Monday said the N100 billion proposed by the Armed Forces Support Trust Fund Bill will be inadequate to combat the worsening insecurity bedevilling the country.The Defence Headquarters on Monday said the N100 billion proposed by the Armed Forces Support Trust Fund Bill will be inadequate to combat the worsening insecurity bedevilling the country.
Uganda said on Monday it had agreed with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to share intelligence and coordinate a new push by Kinshasa to combat Islamist rebels blamed for worsening violence in Congo's east.

Uganda to share intelligence with Congo on Islamist rebels

Uganda said on Monday it had agreed with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to share intelligence and coordinate a new push by Kinshasa to combat Islamist rebels blamed for worsening violence in Congo's east.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a news conference following meetings at the Danish Foreign Ministry, Eigtved's Warehouse, in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 17, 2021. Saul Loeb-Pool via REUTERS

Antony Blinken: U.S. working ‘intensively’ to end Israeli-Palestinian hostilities

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the United States was working “intensively” to end violence between Israel and Palestinian militants, and rejected suggestions that Washington was blocking diplomacy at the United Nations
FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Myanmar junta, targets governing body

The United States on Monday imposed fresh sanctions on Myanmar’s junta, targeting the governing State Administrative Council (SAC) and 13 officials in the latest in a series of punitive actions following a military coup.
Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

House speaker: Only 9% of military budget goes to capital purchases

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday said that based on appropriation records, about 91 per cent of current funding to the Armed Forces go on recurrent overhead, salaries and welfare, leaving only nine per cent for capital purchases.
A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire at a sponge factory after it was hit by Israeli artillery shells, according to witnesses, in the northern Gaza Strip May 17, 2021. REUTERS-Ashraf Abu Amrah

Israel kills militant commander after Palestinian rocket fire, US calls for peace

Israel killed a senior Palestinian militant commander in heavy air strikes on Gaza on Monday and Islamist groups renewed rocket attacks on Israeli cities despite mounting international calls for a ceasefire.
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.
Nigerian rapper, Onome Onokohwomo, professionally called Yung6ix, has been robbed in the United States of America.

Yung6ix laments losing N5.7 million, valuables in US car burglary

“My car got robbed. Had my whole life in that car. My laptop with my new album and mixtape. About $5,000 – $7,000 cash, Black Magic 6k camera, 4 iPhones my ps5 and studio recording equipments while I was moving into my new apartment,” he captioned the video.
Tunisia's Finance Minister Ali Kooli attends an interview with Reuters in Tunis, Tunisia January 29, 2021. REUTERS-Tarek Amara

Minister: U.S. will grant Tunisia $500 million in aid

The United States will grant Tunisia $500 million in aid to finance infrastructure and other projects and talks are also advanced on a loan guarantee, Tunisian finance minister Ali Kooli told Reuters on Monday.
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe onstage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on May 16 in Hollywood, Florida.

Miss Mexico emerges Miss Universe 2021

Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.
Smoke and flames rise above a building during Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 17, 2021. REUTERS-Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israel pounds Gaza as fighting enters second week

Israel bombed what it said were underground tunnels used by Hamas and Palestinian militants fired rocket barrages at Israeli cities as fighting spilled into a second week on Monday amid mounting international calls for a ceasefire.
Palestinian demonstrators look at burning tires during a protest over tension in Jerusalem and Israel-Gaza escalation, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 16, 2021. REUTERS-Ammar Awad

Israel air strikes kill 42 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza

An Israeli air strike in Gaza destroyed several homes on Sunday, killing 42 Palestinians, including 10 children, health officials said, as militants fired rockets at Israel with no end in sight to seven days of fighting.
A general view of a damaged building at the site of Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City May 16, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Israel air strikes kill 26 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza

Israeli air strikes killed 26 Palestinians, including eight children, in Gaza early on Sunday, Gaza health officials said, and rockets were fired into Israel as hostilities stretched into a seventh day
A demonstrator shows the three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar anti-coup fighters retreat from town as U.S. makes appeal

Fighters of a local militia opposed to Myanmar's junta have pulled back from the northwestern town of Mindat after days of assault by combat troops backed by artillery, a member of the group said on Sunday.
Streaks of light are seen from Ashkelon as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, May 15, 2021. REUTERS-Amir Cohen

Gaza conflict rages as Israeli premier says air strikes will continue

Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday, destroying a tower block that housed news media organisations, while Palestinian rocket salvoes hit Tel Aviv.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he commemorates the 50 millionth coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination with a number of vaccine recipients in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 25, 2021. REUTERS

US President urges Gaza-Israel calm in first call with Palestinian leader

U.S. President Joe Biden urged calm between Israel and Gaza on Saturday and affirmed his support for a two-state solution in his first phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas since taking office, the official Palestinian news agency said.
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that both Lucas Torreira and Luis Suarez have tested positive for Covid-19 but there is a possibility more cases could follow.

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez makes MLS future admission

Luis Suarez has admitted that a spell in MLS appeals to him as he looks to prolong a playing career that had been slowing down prior to linking up with Atletico Madrid in 2020.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

NFF hails coach development programmes

The Football Coaches Association of Africa Nations (FCAAN), which is due to commence a seven-day “C” Course Programme in the Ondo State capital, Akure, on Sunday, where no fewer than 100 football coaches are expected to receive essential training, has received high praise from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
China's probe to Mars touched down on the Red Planet early Saturday to deploy its Zhurong rover, state media reported, a triumph for Beijing's increasingly bold space ambitions and a history-making feat for a nation on its first-ever Martian mission.

China lands unmanned spacecraft on Mars for first time

An unmanned Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the United States to land on the red planet.
A Palestinian man retrieves belongings inside a damaged apartment in a building in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 15, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Air strikes, rockets drag Israel-Gaza conflict into sixth day

Israel pummelled Gaza with air strikes and Palestinian militants launched rocket barrages at Israel on Saturday, with no sign yet of an imminent end to the worst escalation in years after six days of conflict and amid a rising death toll.

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Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, better known as Baba Ijesha, who was detained by police for alleged sexual assault has been granted bail.

Baba Ijesha granted bail

Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, better known as Baba Ijesha, who was detained by police for alleged sexual assault has been granted bail.
Bournemouth earned a slender advantage in their Championship play-off semifinal against Brentford as Arnaut Danjuma sealed a 1-0 win in the first leg on Monday.

Bournemouth earn playoff advantage against Brentford

Bournemouth earned a slender advantage in their Championship play-off semifinal against Brentford as Arnaut Danjuma sealed a 1-0 win in the first leg on Monday.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Monday named a 33-man squad for a pre-Euro 2020 friendly with San Marino after signing a new deal with the national team that runs until June 2026.

Italy boss names pre-Euro 2020 friendly squad

Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Monday named a 33-man squad for a pre-Euro 2020 friendly with San Marino after signing a new deal with the national team that runs until June 2026.
Real Madrid have dropped to fourth place in the UEFA rankings according to a report in Diario AS.

Real Madrid set to axe 10 stars in summer

And there is likely to be no shortage of interest in some of the stars, many who have commanded multi-million pound fees.
After acquiring a wild card invitation to feature at the Parma-hosted Emilia-Romagna Open, former world number one female tennis superstar Serena Williams found 17-year-old qualifier Lisa Pigato an easier opponent to overcome for her first victory in more than three months on Monday.

Teenage challenger loses first WTA tour match against Serena Williams

After acquiring a wild card invitation to feature at the Parma-hosted Emilia-Romagna Open, former world number one female tennis superstar Serena Williams found 17-year-old qualifier Lisa Pigato an easier opponent to overcome for her first victory in more than three months on Monday.

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

CG: NSCDC deploys new technology to fight crime

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says it has developed new technology – Integrated Electronic Arrest Reporting System (I-EARS), for the collation of security data.
A fisherman looks the fish tank aboard the Boulogne-sur-Mer based trawler Nicolas Jeremy in the North Sea, off the coast of northern France, December 8, 2020. REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol

France to hold up EU-UK financial services deal over fisheries – source

Paris has said it will delay a European Union financial services deal with Britain until Prime Minister Boris Johnson grants European fishermen fair access to UK waters, a source familiar with the French move said on Wednesday.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced yesterday that it would be reintroducing the park and pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 1, 2021.

Coronavirus: FCT minister restricts Eid prayers to Juma’at mosques

In the wake of the renewed onslaught against the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal Capital Territory, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has banned congregational prayers at the National Eid ground in Abuja, restricting all Eid-il-Fitr prayers to neighbourhood Juma’at Mosques.
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday hosted Chad’s military ruler, Mahamat Deby, in Abuja. At the event, the Nigerian leader did not condemn the coup that brought Mr Deby to power but said Nigeria will assist Chad to stabilize and return to constitutional order.

President Buhari hosts Chadian interim leader, assures him of support

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Republic of Chad of Nigeria’s readiness to help that country stabilise and return to democratic rule within 18 months as promised by its Transitional Military Council President, Lt General Mahamat Deby last month.
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu was on taget again for KRC Genk in their Belgian jupiler league clash with Waasland-Beveren on Sunday.

Genk reject Lazio €25 million offer for Paul Onuachu

Belgian Pro League club Genk have turned down a €25m offer from Lazio for Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu, reports Completesports.com.