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FILE PHOTO - Supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested following sexual assault accusations, clash with security forces in Dakar, Senegal, March 5, 2021. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra-File Photo

Senegal shuts schools amid violent unrest

Schools in Senegal will shut until March 15, the education ministry said on Sunday, after days of violent protests that have paralyzed parts of the capital Dakar and are expected to continue next week.
A Senegalese opposition collective on Saturday called for fresh protests starting Monday, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Schoolboy among five dead in Senegal unrest

A schoolboy was killed during violent protests in Senegal at the weekend, officials said, bringing the death toll from days of violence in the country to five.
Polling opened on Sunday morning for a presidential election at crisis-hit Barcelona, where the winner will face the challenge of rebuilding the club's finances and squad.

Polls open for presidential election at troubled Barcelona

They are running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October and was briefly taken in for questioning following police raids on the club on Monday into the 'Barcagate' scandal which revolves around allegations that Barcelona carried out a defamation campaign against current and former players critical of club leadership.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer smiles on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Andy Rain - POOL - AFP)

Manchester United boss says in-fighting must stop following Harry Rashford-Marcus Maguire spat

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says in-fighting must stop at Old Trafford following the spat between Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire last week.
A Senegalese opposition collective on Saturday called for fresh protests starting Monday, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Senegalese people called to ‘take to the streets’

A Senegalese opposition collective on Saturday called for fresh protests starting Monday, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Saudi-led coalition destroys 10 Houthi drones – Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday that it destroyed 10 armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including at least five fired towards Saudi Arabia, state television channels reported.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters set up a makeshift shield formation in preparation for potential clashes, in Yangon, Myanmar March 6, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters

Myanmar forces make night raids after breaking up protests

Myanmar security forces fired gunshots as they carried out overnight raids in the main city Yangon after breaking up the latest protests against last month’s coup with teargas and stun grenades.
RB Leipzig climbed top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-0 romp at Freiburg to replace previous leaders Bayern Munich, who later host Dortmund in Germany’s ‘Klassiker’.

Bundesliga: RB Leipzig knock Bayern Munich from top after romp at Freiburg

RB Leipzig climbed top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-0 romp at Freiburg to replace previous leaders Bayern Munich, who later host Dortmund in Germany’s ‘Klassiker’.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters cover with makeshift shields during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar forces fire tear gas, stun grenades on protest as U.N. envoy calls for...

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar called on the U.N. Security Council to take action against the ruling junta after the killings of protesters who have continued to defy security forces at demonstrations against last month’s coup.
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.
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)

Chelsea boss ‘absolutely worried’ about quarantine risk for international stars

A "very concerned" Thomas Tuchel suggested Chelsea could stop players leaving for international matches this month if they were required to quarantine on their return.
Former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo

Ex-President Obasanjo says he tested positive for coronavirus

The ex-president made this known during his 84th birthday celebration on Friday, March 5, 2021, saying, “It will surprise you that I was tested positive for COVID-19.
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.
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.
Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti will be available for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash against Barcelona, the Ligue 1 club said Friday after clearing them to return in the French Cup this weekend.

Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti return for PSG ahead of Barca tie

Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti will be available for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash against Barcelona, the Ligue 1 club said Friday after clearing them to return in the French Cup this weekend.
Pep Guardiola said his disappointment at Manchester City’s draw with struggling West Bromwich Albion led to a return to “ABC” principles that sparked the club’s record winning streak.

Manchester derby: City boss wary of United’s impressive away record

Pep Guardiola is wary of Manchester United’s impressive away record as they will be hoping to maintain it when they visit the Etihad to face his City side in Sunday’s derby.
Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his visit to Iraq, at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, March 5, 2021. REUTERS-Remo Casilli

Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tour

Pope Francis left Rome on Friday to start a four-day trip to Iraq, his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012 and the first visit by a pontiff to the country.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

Shiek Gumi: Pardon bandits as you did coup plotters and Biafra soldiers

Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has submitted that Nigeria would escape banditry and achieve peace only when bandits were granted amnesty.

Kwara releases modalities for SUBEB/TESCOM interview

The Kwara Government has fixed March 15 as date for commencement of the interview for the 9,991 applicants who met the cutoff for the ongoing SUBEB/TESCOM teaching jobs
Julio Borges, designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy, told reporters that the gold was refined in Mali and then resold primarily in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mali, Emirates facilitated Venezuelan gold trade in 2020 – opposition

Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and U.S. dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite U.S. sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday.
Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his visit to Iraq, at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, March 5, 2021. REUTERS-Remo Casilli

Pope Francis departs Rome for risky, historic Iraq tour

Pope Francis left Rome on Friday to start a four-day trip to Iraq, his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012 and the first visit by a pontiff to the country.
Tiger Woods is “in good spirits” after being moved to a new Los Angeles hospital for treatment from injuries he sustained in a car accident.

Report: Tiger Woods told cops he didn’t remember driving

Tiger Woods told responding deputies to his single-vehicle crash last week that he did not know how the accident happened and didn’t remember driving, USA Today reported Thursday.

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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on February 18, 2021, ordered popular broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde, aka Daddy Freeze, to pay the sum of N5m for committing adultery with his lover, Benedicta Elechi.

Daddy Freeze to appeal court judgment on adultery

On Air Personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, also known as Daddy Freeze, has said he will appeal a Rivers State High Court ruling that demands he pays the sum of N5 million for adultery.

Senator Okon: Nigerian government handling insurgency, banditry with kid gloves

Pioneer National publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Anietie Okon has expressed concern that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is handling insurgency and banditry in the northeast and north-west with kid gloves.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

Kola Ologbondiyan: Our congresses showcase PDP’s readiness to end misrule in Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the peace, harmony and unity of purpose that characterized the conduct of its zonal congresses in the North-East and South-East geo-political zones last recently Friday and Saturday, is an indication of its readiness to take over the leadership of the country.
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN)

ActionAid trains media practitioners on curbing violent extremism in Nigeria

Owing to the escalating crises in parts of the country that are daily claiming thousands of lives and property a Non Governmental Organisations, ActionAid has trained media practitioners on the need to always present reports that will prevent or douse crises rather than escalating it.
The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Professor Armstrong Idachaba.

NBC chief: Poor conception, corruption, mismanagement not responsible for not meeting DSO date

The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Professor Armstrong Idachaba, has dismissed insinuations that poor conception, corruption, mismanagement and bad leadership were...

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Governors of the Northeastern States arriving at the State House, Abuja for a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

North East governors to establish airline, bank

The North East Governors Forum (NEGF) on Thursday said it would establish a North East Airline and Bank to alleviate suffering and boost economy of the region.

Rivers government dragged to court over ‘disparity in salaries’

Fourteen lawyers in the employ of the Rivers State Government have approached the National Industrial Court in Port Harcourt, asking for an order compelling the state to accord them same salary commensurate with other lawyers employed in same salary grade in other states.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Bandits kill 20 in Sokoto, Kaduna communities

Twenty locals were killed in different attacks by bandits in Sokoto and Kaduna states, yesterday, while many sustained severe injuries, 10 houses, two motorcycles and 50 bags of ginger were set ablaze.

Court orders wife to feed children with N10,000 bride price till end of the...

A Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Thursday dissolved a business man, Abdulrauf Musa’s marriage, over insulting his wife, Jamila Yusuf and disobeying her parents.
In Sans Pietro Vernotico, on April 11, 1991, the Spanish-Brazilian Thiago Alcantara do Nascimento was born. He plays for the Spanish national team and is the midfielder for Liverpool, the Premier League defending champions.

Paul Scholes: Thiago Alcantara is more suited to Manchester United

Much was expected of Thiago when he arrived at Anfield for £20 million ($28m) from Bayern Munich in the summer, but he has so far struggled to live up to expectations in the famous red shirt.