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This picture released by Miraflores presidential palace press office shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro delivering a speech during a meeting in the framework of the preparations for the Bicentennial Angostura Congress and the Military Exercise “Soberania 2019” at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 15, 2019. (Photo by Marcelo GARCIA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP)

Venezuela opposition strategy depends on military support

The National Assembly has stepped up the pressure this month in its power struggle with Maduro and his regime, calling for a mass people’s protest next week, reaching out for international support and offering “amnesty” to those in the military that disavow Maduro.
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 03, 2018 shows Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police after being sentenced by a court to jail in Yangon. – Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over their investigation of atrocities committed against the Rohingya will learn January 11 if an appeal against their conviction has succeeded. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar had their appeal dismissed Friday, dismaying colleagues and tearful family members who had held slim hopes they would walk free.
Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, says the conglomerate’s revenue base will hit $30 billion by 2020 — a feat he would have considered impossible 10 years ago.

Aliko Dangote maintains position as Africa’s richest man

Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group, who was ranked Africa’s richest man in the 2019 Forbes Africa’s billionaires list, has remained consistently ahead of the pack for the eighth consecutive year, with a current net worth of $10.3 billion.
Xi Jinping walks past a guard of honour on his arrival in Manila, the first state visit by a Chinese president to the Philippines in 13 years [Erik De Castro-Reuters]

China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Philippines with focus on infrastructure pledges

Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for the first state visit by a Chinese president in 13 years, with the administration of Rodrigo Duterte under pressure to show there is value in its "pivot" to China.
China's President Xi Jinping calls for free trade and defends the Belt-and-Road initiative at APEC [Fazry Ismail-AP Photo]

Xi Jinping: US-China trade war will produce ‘no winners’

Countries which embrace protectionism are “doomed to failure”, China’s Xi Jinping has warned in a veiled swipe at the US’s America First policy.
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Mike Pence quashes Donald Trump rift reports

US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday dismissed reports of a rift with his boss President Donald Trump, saying the pair laughed about the suggestion in a phone call.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 8, 2017, US President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the Forbidden City in Beijing. - Trump on November 1, 2018, said he'd just had "very good" talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the growing trade conflict between the two economic giants. "Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China. We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade," Trump tweeted. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

US, China in fiery APEC clash on trade, influence

China and the US exchanged heated barbs Saturday ahead of a APEC summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and "chequebook diplomacy" as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim region.China and the US exchanged heated barbs Saturday ahead of a APEC summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and "chequebook diplomacy" as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim region.
US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrive for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP)

Mike Pence issues rebuke to Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi over ‘persecution’ of Rohingya...

US Vice President Mike Pence has issued his strongest condemnation yet of Myanmars treatment of Rohingya Muslims warning leader Aung San Suu Kyi that persecution by her country’s army was without excuse.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 11, 2018 North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.US President Donald Trump has received a "very positive" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said on September 10, 2018. "It was a very warm, very positive letter," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that the message showed Pyongyang's "continued commitment to focus on denuclearization" on the Korean Peninsula. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Mike Pence: Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong-un in 2019 over nuclear programmes

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2019.
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on stage to pose for a group photo before the start of the ASEAN-Japan summit on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Rohingya crisis besieges Suu Kyi at Singapore summit

Diplomatic niceties have been in short supply for Aung San Suu Kyi at a summit in Singapore, where the one-time rights champion has been publicly chastised over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, compounding a dismal week for Myanmar's de facto leader.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 11, 2018 North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.US President Donald Trump has received a "very positive" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said on September 10, 2018. "It was a very warm, very positive letter," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that the message showed Pyongyang's "continued commitment to focus on denuclearization" on the Korean Peninsula. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Mike Pence: Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting likely in New Year, won’t accept broken promises

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will likely meet again after New Year, the US vice president said Thursday, but insisted his government would not repeat past mistakes where "promises are broken."
US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrive for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP)

Mike Pence takes Aung San Suu Kyi to task over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

The violence which drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh was "without excuse", US Vice President Mike Pence told Aung San Suu Kyi in stinging comments on a summit sideline on Wednesday.
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Mike Pence’s brother elected to US Congress

Greg Pence, the older brother of US Vice President Mike Pence, won a seat in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday soon after polls began closing in the midterm elections.
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China denies intention of interfering in US politics

China has no intention of interfering in U.S. politics and hopes Washington would stop finding excuses for its unilateralism and trade protectionism, the Chinese commerce ministry’s spokesman said on Thursday.
President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting to discuss potential damage from Hurricane Michael, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Associated Press)

Donald Trump ‘demanding’ answers from Saudis on journalist’s disappearance

President Donald Trump said he has spoken to officials at the highest level in Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and wants the United States to get to the bottom of the matter.

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen urges China to avoid ‘being a source of conflict’

Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen, on Wednesday urged China to avoid “being a source of conflict,’’ while pledging that her country would neither escalate confrontation with its cross-Strait neighbour nor back down in the face of diplomatic pressures.
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Melania Trump to tour Africa next month

US First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday announced that she would visit Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt next week, kicking off her first major international solo trip to promote child welfare and education.

APC: Don’t vote for corrupt politicians again

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on Nigerians to continue to challenge corruption and other vices by not voting for corrupt politicians again, saying that corruption should no longer be business as usual.

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African Union urges DR Congo to suspend final election results

The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts".
Supporters of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir shout slogans as they gather during a rally for him in the Green Square in the capital Khartoum on January 9, 2019. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY - AFP)

Sudan protests: Doctor and teen shot dead during clashes

A doctor and a 16-year-old have been killed in Sudan amid demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir.

Federal government urged to rename Eagle Square Abuja in honour of former President Shagari

Rep Abubakar Chika (APC-Niger), on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to immortalise former President Shehu Shagari by renaming Abuja Eagle Square after him.

NAFDAC destroys N400m substandard drugs in Nasarawa

National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, destroyed substandard, falsified and expired drugs and other related products estimated at over N400m in Nasarawa state.
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, has assured Nigerians that he will continue to promote national unity, calling on the people to vote for him and other candidates of the APC in the poll.-10

President Buhari: Fighting corruption is important to my administration

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that fight against corruption was of utmost importance to his administration.