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Lai Xiaomin, former chairman of one of China’s four ‘bad banks’ established in the late 1990s, pleaded guilty in August to bribery and corruption. PHOTO - HANDOUT-AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE-GETTY IMAGES

China sentences ex-banker to death for corruption, bribery

The former chairman of one of China’s biggest state asset management firms was also accused of bigamy. Chinese President Xi Jinping says he is trying to stamp out corruption.
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President Buhari: No sustainable development without adequate infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday reinstated his determination to bridge the infrastructure deficits in the country, saying sustainable development is not possible when a country is hobbled by severe infrastructural shortfalls.
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President Buhari: No sustainable development without adequate infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that sustainable development would be impossible in a country that was bedeviled with severe infrastructural deficits.
The trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security.

China-Africa friendship emerges stronger from coronavirus challenge – foreign minister

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the friendship between China and Africa emerged still stronger from the challenge posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020.
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

Climate change: UN demands state of emergency

This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during his opening remarks to the Climate Ambition Summit, a virtual gathering ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris climate accord.
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

U.N. chief urges leaders of every country to declare ‘climate emergency’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC pledges support for access to modern energy sources

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) yesterday pledged its support for the 1.1 billion people globally without access to modern energy sources and the 2.8 billion individuals who still cannot afford modern cooking systems worldwide.
“The intelligence is clear- Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said.

China biggest threat to freedom since World War Two – Trump spy chief

The top U.S. intelligence official stepped up President Donald Trump’s harsh attacks on Beijing on Thursday by labeling China the biggest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War Two and saying it was bent on global domination.
A Chinese space probe on Wednesday began drilling on the surface of the Moon hours after landing, in an ambitious attempt to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades.

Chinese probe lands on moon to gather lunar samples

A Chinese space probe on Wednesday began drilling on the surface of the Moon hours after landing, in an ambitious attempt to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades.
Kim Jong Un arrives in Pyongyang and waves to a crowd as he disembarked from his train [KCNA via Reuters]

Where is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?

A torrent of speculations has continued to trail the unusual “disappearance” of North Korean’s helmsman, the all-powerful Kim Jong Un.
President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to take over from President Donald Trump, but his transition team isn’t getting the level of cybersecurity support usually provided by outgoing administrations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Joe Biden urges Americans to be safe during holiday, fight coronavirus pandemic

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday pleaded with Americans to take steps to remain safe as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday and pledged again to make combating the pandemic a top priority when he takes office in January.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to announce his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

Joe Biden lines up economic team, receives congratulations from Xi Jinping

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will reveal his economic team and other key nominees next week, aides said on Wednesday, while he received belated congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping
China's President Xi Jinping speaks while taking part in an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's participation in the Korean War at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 23, 2020. REUTERS

China’s Xi Jinping congratulates Joe Biden on U.S. election victory

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, voicing hope the two countries could promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
In a historic feat, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President Lobsang Sangay entered the United States White House on Saturday. This is the first time in six decades that the head of CTA has been invited into the White House.

Tibetan political leader visits White House for first time in six decades

The head of the Tibetan government in exile has visited the United States White House for the first time in six decades, a move that could further infuriate Beijing, which has accused the United States of trying to destabilise the region.
Beijing says it wants to root out monopolistic practices in the tech industry, shortly after blocking Ant Group’s giant IPO.

China’s tech clampdown wipes $260 billion off share values

Chinese technology giants from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Tencent Holdings Ltd shed almost $260 billion of market value over two days of frantic selling, as investors scrambled to assess the fallout from Beijing’s broadest attempt to rein in its most powerful private-sector firms.
US President Donald Trump again urged Americans to vote for him as the nation goes to the polls today to decide the next American President between himself and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Donald Trump: the wrecking ball who came to ‘fix’ America

Donald Trump rose to power proposing a simple solution to the United States’ deepest problems: himself.
Millions of census-takers have begun knocking on doors across China for a once-a-decade headcount of the world’s largest population, which for the first time will use mobile apps to help crunch the massive numbers.

China starts once-a-decade census of world’s largest population

Millions of census-takers have begun knocking on doors across China for a once-a-decade headcount of the world’s largest population, which for the first time will use mobile apps to help crunch the massive numbers.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

China tells US not to ‘bully’ Sri Lanka ahead of Mike Pompeo’s visit

Washington had said the Indian Ocean island must make ‘difficult but necessary choices’ regarding its ties with Beijing.

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A Palau-flagged freight ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, killing at least three crew members, according to Bartin Governor Sinan Guner.

Several dead as freight ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

A Palau-flagged freight ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, killing at least three crew members, according to Bartin Governor Sinan Guner.
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Catholic priest kidnapped, murdered in Niger

A Catholic priest of the Diocese of Minna, Niger State, Rev. Father John Gbakaan Yaji, has been abducted and murdered by gunmen suspected to be armed bandits in the state.

Dangote completes Nigeria’s longest concrete road

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Abia government begs teachers to resume classes

Abia State Government has called on members of the state chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to return to classes in the interest of their students and pupils.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Rivers: Robbery suspect arrested with police identity card

A suspected armed robber who was among two suspects arrested by security guards and residents of Elekahia Housing Estate was seen with an identity card of Nigeria Police Force, suggesting he might be their personnel.