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US Ambassador Natalie Brown on Monday tried to meet with Wine - whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi - and was met with a line of police officers clad in riot gear who turned her away.

Uganda slams US over attempted visit to confined opposition leader

Uganda's government spokesman on Tuesday accused the US ambassador of breaching diplomatic norms and engaging in "mischief" over her attempt to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is confined to his home.
Belarus’s main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has taken refuge in neighbouring Lithuania [Ritzau Scanpix-Reuters]

OSCE: Belarus vote was ‘not transparent, free or fair’

“Massive” rights abuses and torture in Belarus have been condemned by an election-monitoring organisation with calls for a rerun of the country’s August presidential polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory.
The United States on Monday demanded that Russia immediately release U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, after he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage.

US demands Russia release national sentenced to 16 years for espionage

The United States on Monday demanded that Russia immediately release U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, after he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during his meeting with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (not pictured) in Minsk, Belarus January 17, 2019. Natalia Fedosenko-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Zimbabwe summons US ambassador over George Floyd comments

Zimbabwe summoned its US ambassador on Monday over remarks by a senior American official accusing the southern African country of stirring anti-racism protests over the death of George Floyd, the government said.
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Donald Trump to strip Hong Kong of special privileges, bar Chinese students from US...

President Donald Trump said Friday he would strip several of Hong Kong’s special privileges with the United States and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing’s bid to exert control in the financial hub.
While the United States and Europe are in the grip of the outbreak, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the virus was not expected to peak in the world's poorest countries until some point over the next three to six months.

UN triples coronavirus appeal to $6.7 billion to help poor countries

The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7bn to help 63 nations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
The United States of America ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has said the recent visa ban to Nigerians will be reviewed, if certain conditions are met.

Coronavirus: US funding assistance to Nigeria hits $21.4 million – embassy

The United States government says it has spent about $21.4 million in assistance to Nigeria over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cameroon’s aged president is coming under fire for his absence from the national stage as the central African country faces a burgeoning coronavirus crisis.

Cameroonians looking for missing president amid coronavirus crisis

Cameroon’s aged president is coming under fire for his absence from the national stage as the central African country faces a burgeoning coronavirus crisis.
A speed boat, foreground, transports samples from some passengers who have reported stomachaches or fever, in the Westerdam, seen in the background, off Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Feb. 13, 2020.

Cruise ship refused by other ports anchors off Cambodia

A cruise ship turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments because of virus fears anchored Thursday off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called for an improved welfare package for teachers in Nigerian as they join their colleagues globally to mark this year’s World Teachers’ Day. 9

Speaker Gbajabiamila seeks review of US visa ban on Nigerians

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday sought the cooperation of the United States of America (USA) to review its visa ban on Nigerians.
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho accepts the award for Best International Feature Film for “Parasite” during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON - AFP)

South Korea hails top prize for ‘Parasite’ at Oscars

South Koreans reacted with joy and stunned disbelief Monday to the historic best picture Oscar for “Parasite”, with one film fan suggesting the feat should be recognised with a public holiday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Monday arrived in Beijing for talks on the coronavirus outbreak, the WHO office in the Chinese capital confirmed.

Coronavirus: Widespread travel bans not needed to beat virus – WHO chief

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday there was no need for measures that “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade” in trying to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 361 people in China.
About 9,000 members of the US military stationed in South Korea, on Wednesday urged to leave if a dispute over the sharing of the costs for the 28,500 US soldiers stationed in the country remains unresolved.

9,000 US soldiers threaten to leave Korea over funding row

About 9,000 members of the US military stationed in South Korea, on Wednesday urged to leave if a dispute over the sharing of the costs for the 28,500 US soldiers stationed in the country remains unresolved.

Presidency: How President Buhari is changing Niger Delta

With the significant progress now recorded in the Ogoni Clean-Up project, attracting local and international commendation, the Buhari administration’s New Vision for the Niger Delta is making good progress.
Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb.

US vs Iran: Pope Francis reacts as tension rises over war threats

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has declared his position on the brewing tensions in the Middle East following the assassination of Iranian army General, Qassem Soleimani, by the US government.
A group of protesters under the aegis of Guardian of Democracy Initiative on Friday, stormed the premises of the Federal High Court, venue of the ongoing trial of #RevolutionNow convener Omoyele Sowore.

US to review relationship with Nigeria over Omoyele Sowore

United States (US) Senator Robert Menedez has said America will review its relationship with Nigeria over the continued detention and rearrest of Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore.
Protester holds U.S. flags during a demonstration in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2019.

China summons US envoy to ‘strongly protest’ bill on Hong Kong human rights

China summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing Thursday to "strongly protest" President Donald Trump's signing of bills on Hong Kong's human rights.
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Hong Kong: China threatens retaliation over US law

China on Thursday summoned the US ambassador and threatened retaliation after US President Donald Trump signed legislation supporting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, just as the world’s top two economies edge towards a trade truce.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China, August 27, 2019. REUTERS-Kai Pfaffenbach-File Photo

Hong Kong leader sticks to her guns after landslide vote

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday pledged not to give in to protester’s demands, even after the city’s pro-democracy camp won a landslide victory in district council elections.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a 'new era of cooperation' [Petr David Josek-AP]

US calls back ambassador from South Sudan

The United States, a key supporter of South Sudan, said it was calling back its ambassador for consultations as it shows frustration with duelling leaders' failure to form a government.
U.S. President Donald Trump. PHOTO- Matt Bevin. Bryan Woolston-Getty Images-AFP

At Trump impeachment hearings, ‘American Dream’ looms large

As impeachment hearings play out in Washington, high-level officials, many of them immigrants or children of immigrants, who have testified before Congress are being forced to defend their loyalty to the United States.
FILE - Fiona Hill, senior director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council, is seen during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, April 2, 2019, in Washington.

Former adviser, diplomat to testify in Donald Trump impeachment inquiry

Two additional advisers will testify Thursday as the U.S. House of Representatives holds a marathon week of public hearings on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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Catholic archbishop of Kaduna diocese, Mathew Ndago-Manoso, says with the rising insecurity in the country, it appears President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t care about citizens.

Catholic bishop: It seems President Buhari doesn’t care about Nigerians

Catholic archbishop of Kaduna diocese, Mathew Ndago-Manoso, says with the rising insecurity in the country, it appears President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t care about citizens.
Manchester United were left frustrated by a VAR penalty controversy in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

Manchester United’s damning stat in big games after frustrating draw against Chelsea

Manchester United failed to provide a decisive moment against a top six side yet again in a frustrating 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United were left frustrated by a VAR penalty controversy in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

Manchester United frustrated by penalty row in Chelsea draw

Second-placed United had hoped to close the gap on Manchester City with a victory at Stamford Bridge. But instead they now sit 12 points behind the Premier League leaders as their title hopes fade following a run of one win from four games.
Humaira Mustapha, whose 2 daughters were kidnapped by gunmen at the Government Girls Secondary School, cries at her home, the day after the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls.

Families wait as Nigerian security forces search for 300 abducted girls

Relatives of more than 300 girls abducted by gunmen from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria endured an agonising wait for news amid rumours that they had been released, while security forces continued their search on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and the Iranian delegation (L-R) meet during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool/File Photo

Iran dismisses idea of talks with EU and U.S. to revive 2015 nuclear deal

Iran on Sunday ruled out holding an informal meeting with the United States and European powers to discuss ways to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, insisting that Washington must lift all its unilateral sanctions.

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The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Oyo coronavirus death toll now 110

Oyo on Wednesday recorded four COVID-19 related deaths, bringing to 110, the total number of deaths linked to the pandemic in the state.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has praised new manager Thomas Tuchel’s fresh tactics on the team.

Chelsea boss happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s reaction to substitution

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel have praised the reaction of Callum Hudson-Odoi following his 31 minute appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick is upbeat Super Eagles pair Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze have the potential to become Africa’s best in the coming years

Gernot Rohr warns Golden Eaglets, recalls young Victor Osimhen debut vs Tanzania

Gernot Rohr has warned the Golden Eaglets not to take their opponents for granted at next month’s U17 AFCON in Morocco, while recalling that he gave Victor Osimhen his Super Eagles debut against Tanzania and the current Eaglets are not far away from achieving such milestone.
Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gestures against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit- Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James hits back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticism of political activism

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on Friday fired back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic and vowed to never stay silent about social causes after he was criticised by the AC Milan forward for sticking his nose into politics.
David de Gea has become “a real problem” for Manchester United says Paul Scholes, but the Red Devils legend feels another “real dominant centre-back” remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most pressing transfer requirement.

Paul Scholes: David de Gea has become ‘a real problem’ for Manchester United

David de Gea has become “a real problem” for Manchester United says Paul Scholes, but the Red Devils legend feels another “real dominant centre-back” remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most pressing transfer requirement.