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China flies about 28 warplanes close to Taiwan in early test of Biden’s foreign policy
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China flies about 28 warplanes close to Taiwan in early test of Biden’s foreign policy

China sent two large formations of warplanes close to the island of Taiwan, a self governing island, that Beijing claims belongs to mainland China. The muscle flexing by China's military over the weekend, presents a significant foreign policy challenge to new United States President Joe Biden just days into his new administration. According to Taiwan's Defense Ministry, 13 Chinese planes entered the southwestern portion of the island's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday followed by 15 on Sunday, prompting Taipei to scramble fighter jets to monitor the Chinese planes.   The ADIZ is defined as "a designated area of airspace over land or water within which a country requires the immediate and positive identification, location, and air traffic control of ai...
USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
Hours after Biden’s inauguration, China bans Mike Pompeo and 27 other former Trump officals from entering the country
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Hours after Biden’s inauguration, China bans Mike Pompeo and 27 other former Trump officals from entering the country

China has announced sanctions against outgoing secretary of state Mike Pompeo and 27 other high-ranking officials under former United States President Donald Trump, just hours after Joe Biden's inauguration. In a strongly-worded statement published after US President Joe Biden was sworn into office in the early hours of Thursday morning, Beijing time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the former Trump administration officials were "anti-China politicians" who had undermined the relationship between the US and China, accusing them of "prejudice and hatred against China." "(They) have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U...
I Opened The ‘First’ Nail Studio In Tanzania – Maryanne Moghalu
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I Opened The ‘First’ Nail Studio In Tanzania – Maryanne Moghalu

Maryanne Moghalu wife of a former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu has narrated how she opened her nail studio in Tanzania. Mrs Moghalu shared the story in a tweet on Wednesday while also revealing she had her nails done. She said she learnt to make nails in the United States and returned to set up what she claimed was the first nail studio in Arusha, Tanzania. “Did my nails today. I used a matte top coat for a change. Incidentally, I am actually a licensed nail technician! Years ago, in Arusha, Tanzania when I found no one to do my nails, I went to the USA and learned. Came back and trained 2 girls and opened the 1st nail studio there,” she said. It was not immediately clear if the business was still running. Moghalu and his wife celebrated their 26th wedding anniversa...
US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state
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US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state

The United States has condemned the killing of 43 rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend.   The US embassy in a statement released on Monday November 30, stated that abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.   It read;    “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria. The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped. “These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as...
Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets — Senate
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Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets — Senate

The Senate Committee on Airforce, said on Thursday that Nigeria stood the risk of losing $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter planes. The panel said the nation’s runway at the moment was not up to the standard and could not carry the fighter jets. The Federal Government had wired in $493m in 2018 to a US company to tackle insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Nnachi, raised the alarm while presenting the 2021 budget report of the Air Force before the Senate Committee on Appropriation. He told the lawmakers that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway, recently, they complained that the facility did not have the capacity to carry the air...
Nigeria Not Included In $15,000 Visa Bond Pilot – US Mission
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Nigeria Not Included In $15,000 Visa Bond Pilot – US Mission

The United States Mission has said Nigeria is not included in the US’ pilot visa bond programme. The US Mission in Nigeria made this known in a statement on its website on Tuesday. The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump had issued a new temporary rule for African tourists. The new rule could require tourist and business travellers from some countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. The US State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect December 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The statement read, “In response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating H...
New Trump Rule May Require Some African Tourists To Pay Up To $15,000 In Bonds
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New Trump Rule May Require Some African Tourists To Pay Up To $15,000 In Bonds

The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travelers from two dozen countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. The U.S. State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect Dec. 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The Trump administration said the six-month pilot program aims to test the feasibility of collecting such bonds and will serve as a diplomatic deterrence to overstaying the visas. Trump, who lost a re-election bid earlier this month, made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term...
It’s Too Early To Congratulate Biden – Obrador, Mexican President
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It’s Too Early To Congratulate Biden – Obrador, Mexican President

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says it is too early to congratulate Joe Biden, president-elect of the United States. After securing more than the 270 required votes to win the presidency, leading American media organisations projected Biden as the next US president. But President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede the election, filed multiple lawsuits to challenge Biden’s victory. Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Obrador said he would wait for “all legal issues” in the US presidential election to be resolved before congratulating the winner. “We don’t want to be imprudent. We don’t want to act lightly and we want to respect people’s self-determination and rights,” Obrador said. “We have a very good relationship with the two candidates. President ...
President Buhari Congratulates US President-Elect,  Joe Biden
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President Buhari Congratulates US President-Elect, Joe Biden

Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means. In a democracy, the most powerful group are not the politicians, but voters who can decide the fate of the politicians at the polling booth. The main fascination of democracy is the freedom of choice and the supremacy of the will of the people. President-Elect Biden’s remarkable track record gives us hope that he will add value to the presidency and world affairs. We look forward to greater cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic, political and security leve...
United States Election: US Speaker Pelosi Calls Biden ‘President-Elect’
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United States Election: US Speaker Pelosi Calls Biden ‘President-Elect’

"President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead," Pelosi told reporters after Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the potentially decisive state of Pennsylvania. Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, on Friday called Joe Biden the "president-elect" of the United States after he pulled ahead in key election results. "This morning it is clear that the Biden-Harris ticket will win the White House," Pelosi told reporters after Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the potentially decisive state of Pennsylvania. "President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead," she said.   View this post on Instagram   Donald Trump Biggest Nightmare, Nancy Pelosi calls Joe Bid...
US Election 2020: Biden Prepares For Presidency, Launches Transition Website
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US Election 2020: Biden Prepares For Presidency, Launches Transition Website

Joe Biden, Democratic candidate in the United States presidential election, has declared that he is confident of victory. Biden addressed the nation on Thursday. He noted that it was clear that he had won “enough states to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency”. “Now, every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy from us…not now, not ever. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners. “I’m confident that we will emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people.” Official results as at 9:50am Nigeria time, shows Biden is slightly ahead of President Donald Trump. But the race is too close to call as votes...
‘You Can’t Declare The Winner Of This Election’ – Biden Replies Trump
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‘You Can’t Declare The Winner Of This Election’ – Biden Replies Trump

Joe Biden, the United States, US, Democratic candidate, on Wednesday pointed out who would decide the winner of the ongoing presidential election. Biden disclosed that US electorates would decide the winner of the presidential election. He disclosed this while faulting calls by the incumbent president, Donald Trump that he would emerge winner of the ongoing election. Trump had made the remark during his last campaign on Monday and via his Twitter handle on Wednesday respectively. However, Biden in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle wrote: It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to declare the winner of this election. It's the voters' place.  
Ryan Giggs Will Not Take Charge Of November Games – Wales Football Association
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Ryan Giggs Will Not Take Charge Of November Games – Wales Football Association

Manager Ryan Giggs will not be involved in Wales' three matches in November, with assistant Robert Page taking charge of the team. Giggs has denied an allegation of assault made against him. The 46-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, several newspapers have reported. "The Football Association of Wales and Ryan Giggs have mutually agreed that he will not be involved in the upcoming international camp," the FAW said. Wales will now announce their squad for games against the United States, the Republic of Ireland and Finland on Thursday. "Our agreed immediate priority is preparing the team for the upcoming international matches," the governing body's statement added. "Robert Page, with Ryan's support, will take charge for the next three match...
US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi
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US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty. He said the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation. The United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria. In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government. He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s...
Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections
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Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections

No fewer than nine Nigerian Americans are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections in the United States, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Running mostly on the platform of the Democratic Party, the candidates are bidding for different offices at the federal, state and local levels. NAN reports that besides the presidential election, governorship polls are holding in 11 states and two territories, in addition to other state and local elections. Congressional elections are also holding on Tuesday with all the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate up for grabs. At the federal level, Mr Oye Owolewa , whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representative...
US Rescue Operation Confirms Buhari’s Incompetence – PDP
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US Rescue Operation Confirms Buhari’s Incompetence – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said the swift operation by the United States to rescue her citizen held hostage by bandits on Nigerian soil has further confirmed that the Buhari Presidency can neither secure the territorial integrity of the nation nor arrest the wave of insecurity ravaging the country under its watch. The party described the situation where the United State “had to come on our soil to pull a rescue, as an international embarrassment and shows how low the Buhari Presidency had fallen in its failure to guarantee the safety of lives and property in our country.” US citizen, Philipe Nathan Walton was kidnapped in the Niger Republic/Nigerian border a few weeks ago after his offer of 40 dollars failed to persuade his abductors. In a statement signed ...
Why We Oppose Okonjo-iweala’s Election As WTO DG – US
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Why We Oppose Okonjo-iweala’s Election As WTO DG – US

The United States has explained why it is against the election of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a statement issued by the office of the US trade representative on Wednesday, the world power said the WTO is in dire need of reform and must be “led by someone with real, hands-on experience in the field”. “The United States supports the selection of Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee as the next WTO Director-General,” the USTR, led by Robert Lighthizer (pictured above), said. “Minister Yoo is a bona fide trade expert who has distinguished herself during a 25-year career as a successful trade negotiator and trade policy maker. She has all the skills necessary to be an effective leader of the organization. “This is a v...
Nigerian Man Jailed For Fraud In United States, To Refund $1.6m
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Nigerian Man Jailed For Fraud In United States, To Refund $1.6m

A Nigerian national was Thursday sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that laundered $1.7 million from US companies through a Business Email Compromise scheme otherwise known as Alibaba. In addition to the jail term, US District Court in Austin Texas also mandated 33-year-old Nosa Onaghise to refund $1.6 million of the stolen money; pay $230,000 in fines; and forfeit $14,282.50 found in his account. Onaghise will also be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison term. Court records show Onaghise was indicted with four other Nigerians who are already serving terms in the US for stealing over $10 million between 2016 and 2019. The conspirators were able to take out $6 million out of the loot before US law enforcement stopped furth...
United States Not Supporting Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO Candidacy Despite American Citizenship
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United States Not Supporting Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO Candidacy Despite American Citizenship

The United States of America might not be endorsing Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy to lead the World Trade Organisation. This comes as a setback for Okonjo-Iweala despite obtaining American citizenship in 2019, thereby becoming a dual citizen of Nigeria and the US. Meanwhile, the European Union has maintained its support for Okonjo-Iweala to become the Director-General of the WTO. Experts now believe that the EU and US, who have historically agreed on decisions like these, may clash. A top official privy to the candidacies race informed SaharaReporters that Okonjo-Iweala’s opponent, Yoo Myung-Hee of South Korea, has the upper hand to receive the backing of the United States. While the backing is yet to be made official, the source affirmed that President of the US, Dona...
Judge rejects Department of Justice’s attempt to end rape defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump
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Judge rejects Department of Justice’s attempt to end rape defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump

A US Federal judge on Tuesday denied the Justice Department's bid to end a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump brought by a longtime magazine columnist who alleged he raped her in a luxury department store dressing room over two decades ago.   The DOJ moved to put itself as defendant in the lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll (pictured top right), instead of Donald J. Trump, a move that if it became successful, would have halted the case,  as the US federal government can't be sued for defamation.   Carroll, made her allegations in a book saying Trump sexually assaulted her either in 1995 or 1996 but he has denied Carroll's allegations, telling reporters, "She's not my type," and alleging Carroll lied to boost her book sales. In a 61-page opinion release...
The United States Reacts To Lekki Shootings
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The United States Reacts To Lekki Shootings

@US Secretary of State The United States strongly condemns incidents of military forces firing on unarmed protestors in Lagos. Those involved should be held to account under the law. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families. #EndSARS
Endsars Protests: FG Meets US, UK Envoys, Others
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Endsars Protests: FG Meets US, UK Envoys, Others

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is currently meeting with the members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja. The meeting holding at the Tafawa Balewa House headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, is expected to discuss the ongoing #EndSARS protests rocking the country. Those attending the parley include the envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, amongst others. An invitation extended to journalists to cover the briefing was later withdrawn. The nationwide protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings, which started about two weeks ago, have attracted international interest and drawn attention to rights violation by security operatives as well as the government’s lackadaisical attitude to the problem
Visa Ban: Don’t Disrespect Nigeria, FG Tells US, UK
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Visa Ban: Don’t Disrespect Nigeria, FG Tells US, UK

The Federal Government has frowned on the statements issued by the United States and the United Kingdom on the governorship elections holding in Edo State on Saturday (today) and Ondo State on October 10. It also expressed concern over the visa restrictions imposed by the US on unnamed politicians for alleged involvement in electoral violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship polls. Both US and the UK had vowed sanctions on anyone who perpetrated violence during the Edo and Ondo elections, including imposing visa restrictions and blocking them from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law. But reacting to the comments of its western allies on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement stated that it had taken note of their c...
Kidnappers of retired U.S Army officer demand N20m ransom
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Kidnappers of retired U.S Army officer demand N20m ransom

The kidnappers of a retired United States of America Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, have demanded a sum of N20 million for his release.   Recall that gunmen abducted Ijadare and one of his staff on Tuesday, September 15, around 2:05 pm at his palm-oil producing factory located along Ijan-Ise road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of Ekiti State. A man identified as a contractor with the factory was shot.   A family source who confirmed the development to journalists on Wednesday, said that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded the huge sum as ransom.   "Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning(Wednesday)  and made that demand. Though, the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they a...
Shehu Sani Reacts As The US Impose Visa Ban On Nigerian Politicians
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Shehu Sani Reacts As The US Impose Visa Ban On Nigerian Politicians

Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani reacted as the United States imposed visa sanctions on some Nigerian politicians. Sani, however, notes that the visa restriction would help Nigeria ensure credible and transparent elections. Recall that the US had yesterday imposed a Visa Ban on some politicians involved in rigging the last Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections. Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson for the Department of State announced the sanction in a statement. However, the former lawmaker stressed that Nigeria’s failure to implement genuine electoral reforms led to foreign sanctions.
US Imposed Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Electoral Processes
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US Imposed Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Electoral Processes

The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes. We remain committed to working together to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations. We condemn the acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process. As the Edo and Ondo State off-cycle elections near, we urge all stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the political parties, and the security services, to uphold the tenets of democracy and facilitate genuinely free and fair elections, conducted in an appropriately...
US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers
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US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers

The United States government has revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers under an order issued by President Donald Trump accusing some of them of espionage and working for the Chinese communist party, the State Department said Wednesday September 9.   As tensions between Beijing and Washington rose on multiple fronts, Trump, in a May 29 proclamation, declared that some Chinese nationals officially in the United States for study have stolen intellectual property and helped modernize China’s military.   The State Department, on Wednesday September 9 for the first time, has now released first figures on the effects of Trump’s order, stating that more than 1,000 visas have been revoked since June 1 when implementation ...
Falcao intends to join Beckham at Inter Miami as Colombian striker airs MLS future plan
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Falcao intends to join Beckham at Inter Miami as Colombian striker airs MLS future plan

The former Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Monaco forward is planning on heading to the USA when his Galatasaray contract expires Radamel Falcao has revealed that he intends to join David Beckham at Inter Miami before hanging up his boots, with the Colombian eager to head for MLS once his Galatasaray contract expires. The 34-year-old striker still has two years left on his deal in Turkey, however, he is already looking to the future and a potential next port of call. Falcao would welcome the opportunity to head for the United States once he next hits the open market, with a spell in Florida holding plenty of appeal to him.
BBNaija’s Nina Welcomes a Baby boy with her Husband
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BBNaija’s Nina Welcomes a Baby boy with her Husband

Reality show star, Nina has welcomed a son with her husband Tony in the United States. The excited father who shared news of their baby's arrival on Instagram, disclosed that they named their son Denzel Kelechukwu. Tony wrote; Sometimes the smallest things take up the whole room in our heart. Look who dropped in, our bundle of joy has arrived....DENZEL KELECHUKWU A. I love you son
Coronavirus Cases in the US hit Three Million as President Trump Pushes for Schools to Reopen
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Coronavirus Cases in the US hit Three Million as President Trump Pushes for Schools to Reopen

The United States has surpassed 3 million confirmed Coronavirus cases with Trump administration pushing to reopen schools in the fall. The Coronavirus is surging in at least 40 states in the US including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona. Some public health officials have warned that the country is on track to start recording 100,000 new cases a day if the virus is not controlled. The U.S. also leads the world in COVID-19 deaths, with over 131,000. "At this point, we have tested more than 39 million Americans," US Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. "Among those, more than three million Americans have tested positive and more than 1.3 million Americans have recovered." The U.S. hit the milestone after President Donald Trump formally submitted the U.S. notice o...
ICE tells foreign students on visas they must leave US or risk deportation if schools go online-only
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ICE tells foreign students on visas they must leave US or risk deportation if schools go online-only

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is set deport foreign students in the U.S. whose schools will switch to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, July 6, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is run by ICE, made the annoncement for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester. Under the new rule, foreign nationals enrolled in U.S. educational institutions will have to take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person or they must take the online classes out of the country or risk deportation if they stay. It was also revealed that the U.S. Department of State will no longer issue visas to students if they are going to schools that offer online classes only. “The U.S. Department of State wil...
DeAndre Yedlin Reveals he’s Considering Quitting United States National team
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DeAndre Yedlin Reveals he’s Considering Quitting United States National team

DeAndre Yedlin has revealed he is considering quitting the United States national team because of the racial discrimination in his home country. The Newcastle defender, 26, who has African-American, Native-American, and Jewish-Latvian heritage has condemned the prejudice against black people following the continued protests across the world since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers. Speaking about quitting the US national team, Yedlin told Sky Sports: 'It's something I've thought a lot about during this quarantine. 'My grandfather, my grandmother especially, I have a whole family of activists, they've always told me to stand up for what I believe in. 'There's no amount of money that can make me shut up about something I think is wrong. ...
Invictus Obi pleads guilty to N4.2 billion fraud in the U.S, set to be sentenced
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Invictus Obi pleads guilty to N4.2 billion fraud in the U.S, set to be sentenced

Forbes-celebrated Nigerian businessman, Invictus Obi (Obinwanne Okeke), who was arrested in the United States last year, has pleaded guilty to $11 million (N4.2 billion) fraud, Premium Times reports. According to the report, Okeke, 32, admitted to American prosecutors that he was involved in computer-based fraud between 2015 and 2019. Joshua Stueve, a spokesperson for the United States District Court for Eastern District of Virginia, revealed that the suspect could spend 20 years maximum penalty in an American jail. He would be sentenced on October 22, Mr Stueve said. Robert Krask, an American judge of the district, certified the guilty plea on Thursday morning. Okeke and other alleged conspirators said to still be at large were accused of targeting American businesses in a probe le...
Photos Of A Nigerian Placed On FBI Most Wanted List
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Photos Of A Nigerian Placed On FBI Most Wanted List

Remarks: Kayode is believed to currently reside in Nigeria. Caution: Abiola Ayorinde Kayode is wanted for his alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme that defrauded over 70 different businesses in the United States resulting in combined losses of over $6,000,000 USD. Kayode allegedly provided bank accounts to others that were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers. Kayode also allegedly conducted BEC and romance fraud schemes himself. On August 21, 2019, Kayode, along with Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, and Nnamdi Orson Benson, was indicted in the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. On August 22, 2019, a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.
U.S condemns Brazen Killings in Nigeria and Urges FG to do More to Protect Civilians
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U.S condemns Brazen Killings in Nigeria and Urges FG to do More to Protect Civilians

The United States Government has condemned the killings of civilians in northern Nigeria. In a statement published on the Department of States website on Tuesday, June 16, the U.S. urged the Buhari-led administration to intensify efforts in protecting Nigerians as well as bringing those responsible for the killings to book. The statement signed by Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, reads: “We condemn the recent senseless and brazen killings of civilians in northern Nigeria. "In recent weeks, suspected ISIS West Africa militants launched multiple attacks in Borno State, killing more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly.  On June 9, unidentified armed bandits attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens. "These horrific crimes follow t...
Nigeria, U.S. Fight For Hushpuppi’s Custody From UAE
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Nigeria, U.S. Fight For Hushpuppi’s Custody From UAE

The arrest this week of a Nigerian Instagram celebrity has pitted Nigerian detectives against their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Nigeria and the U.S. launched the battle for the possession of Ramon Abbas, a.k.a.: Hushpuppi, following his arrest and detention by Emirati authorities earlier this week, according to two officials familiar with the development. “Immediately we got confirmation that he had been arrested in Dubai, we all started fighting to get him,” a senior Nigerian detective told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. “He is a subject of multiple and conflicting interests between Nigeria and the United States.” Officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) has been leading America’s effort to take possession of Mr Abbas because...
North Korea Issues Fresh Warning to America
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North Korea Issues Fresh Warning to America

North Korea, on Thursday, warned the United States not to interfere in the inter-Korean matters. Xinhua reports that DPRK described America’s dealing on the issues as “disgusting”. Kim Jong Un spoke to the Korean Central News Agency. The official stated that it was ridiculous for Washington to urge the DPRK to return to diplomacy despite keeping close ties with South Korea. “No one is entitled to say this or that about the inter-Korean relations as the relations pertain to the internal affairs of the Korean nation from A to Z,’’ Kwon said. North Korea has called off all inter-Korean communication lines in protest of South Korean authorities for allowing “defectors” to fly leaflets across the border. In reaction, America expressed disappointment over Pyongyang’s decisi...
Tunde Obe Narrates how a White Woman Released a Dog on him Because he was Black
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Tunde Obe Narrates how a White Woman Released a Dog on him Because he was Black

Tunde Obe took to Twitter to share his firsthand experience of racism in the United States. According to the singer, he had the experience shortly after his father who is a diplomat got transferrred to America in 1974. Tunde who recalled visiting a white friend's family when he was just 7 or 8-years-old, said his mother allowed him in but released the dog on him because he was black and continously shouted "get the nigger".   He tweeted; If you have suffered racism, it will forever leave a sour taste in your mouth.. My father was a diplomat (Ambassador), so he was always transferred to different countries.. In 1974 he was transferred to America.. We lived in Washington DC. I grew up with a free mind... .towards all races.. I had friends of all races in school and I ...
‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience
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‘It was tough I won’t lie’ – Cameroon’s Abam recounts Women’s World Cup debut experience

The US-born forward was part of Alain Djeumfa's squad to France and she has shared her experience with Goal Michaela Abam has opened up on what her experience was like in her first-ever Women's World Cup with Cameroon in France. Born and raised in the United States of America, Abam shot into prominence during her days at West Virginia University, scoring 42 goals in 95 games before being snapped up Sky Blue in 2018. Having being born to Cameroonian parents, she was eligible to suit up for the Central Africans and made her debut for the country in a 7–0 win against Zambia, scoring twice in November 2018.
Mainz hit back at fan who cancelled membership because of black players
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Mainz hit back at fan who cancelled membership because of black players

The Bundesliga team sent a strong response to a supporter who took issue with the latest starting XI Mainz have published an exchange with a fan who cancelled his membership because of the presence of black players in the team. While protests against racism and police brutality have swept the United States and various countries across the world in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several Bundesliga players have expressed solidarity with demonstrators on the field. As tensions remain high, Mainz received a message from a supporter complaining about the multi-racial make-up of the squad and arguing German players are being denied a chance.
US Embassy Staff in Nigeria Take a Knee to Show Support for the Black Lives Matter protesters
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US Embassy Staff in Nigeria Take a Knee to Show Support for the Black Lives Matter protesters

The United States Embassy staff in Abuja, Nigeria, went on one knee on Monday to show support for the Black Lives Matter protesters who are demanding justice for George Floyd and other black victims of police brutality in the US. The embassy posted a photo of its staff going down on one knee and wrote: "Today at the Embassy, we joined together in 84 seconds of silence in solidarity with those at home and around the world protesting the murders of George Floyd & others. We sincerely hope that all of us will learn from this episode & use it as inspiration to create a better world."
‘Racist people have no brains’ – Gabriel Jesus backs Black Lives Matter movement
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‘Racist people have no brains’ – Gabriel Jesus backs Black Lives Matter movement

The Manchester City forward has spoken out in support of ongoing protests while reflecting upon the pain of suffering racist abuse Gabriel Jesus believes growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement comes from people being "exhausted" from suffering injustice and racism. The Brazil and Manchester City footballer has added his voice to those calling for change amid the protests that have swept the United States and beyond in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Donald Trump ReveaIs Why He Was Taken To White House Underground Bunker
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Donald Trump ReveaIs Why He Was Taken To White House Underground Bunker

United States President, Donald Trump, has spoken on his brief stay at the underground White House bunker. The facility is called Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC). It serves as a shelter and communications center for U.S. Presidents and others in case of an emergency. Trump was taken there by the Secret Service Friday night as protesters of George Floyd’s death gathered outside the White House. The American leader, wife and son were reportedly in the bunker for a little under an hour. But Trump has explained that he went there for an “inspection”. He dismissed reports that the reason was for protection from protesters. “It was much more for the inspection. I was there for a tiny, little period of time. They said it would be a good time to go down and...
Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Joins China To Criticize US Says, ‘George Floyd’s Killing Shows The True Face Of US’
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Joins China To Criticize US Says, ‘George Floyd’s Killing Shows The True Face Of US’

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayotellah Khamenei, has joined China to criticize the United States saying the police killing of unarmed African-American George Floyd shows the “true face” of the United States and its oppression of the peoples of the world, including its own. Floyd’s killing by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week monday has sparked protests across the United States for a week leading President Donald Trump to order the military to intervene in states where the governors are ‘too weak’ to ‘dominate and take control’ The protests which has shown the great racial divide and discrimination existing in the US has coincided with the world’s deadliest Coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 100,000 people in the United States. Iran has now come out t...
Joe Biden slams Donald Trump, says He is using American military against American people
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Joe Biden slams Donald Trump, says He is using American military against American people

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reacted to President Donald Trump’s threat of using soldiers to stop the violent protests which erupted across cities in the United States after the death of George Floyd in police custody. The US President made the threat in a nationally televised address in the White House Rose Garden. Trump said; “If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.” Though the comment was an apparent reference to the 1807 Insurrection Act which allows presidents to quell lawlessness during emergencies, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the US President’s threat via a tweet h...
EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split
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EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split

The European Union on Saturday called on the United States (US) to “reconsider” the decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the WHO, accusing it of failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus. The United States was the largest contributor to the WHO budget, providing at least $400 million in annual funding. “The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,” Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said in a joint statement. “For this, the participation and support of all is required and very much needed.” The statement note...
Racism Cannot Be ‘Normal’ In US, Obama Says Of Latest Police Killing
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Racism Cannot Be ‘Normal’ In US, Obama Says Of Latest Police Killing

Former President Barack Obama said on Friday he shared the “anguish” of millions of Americans over the death of a black man killed by police in Minnesota and that racism cannot be “normal” in the United States. “This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” Obama said of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd and several other recent racial incidents in the country. “It can’t be ‘normal,'” the first African-American president of the United States said in a statement. “If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better.” Floyd’s death on Monday sparked three nights of rioting in Minneapolis and protests against police brutality in other US cities. Floyd, 46, died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than...
Obinwanne Okeke To Plead Guilty To Wire And Computer Fraud
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Obinwanne Okeke To Plead Guilty To Wire And Computer Fraud

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian ‘businessman’ arrested in the United States last August, has capitulated after months of putting up spirited fights against the two-count charge of wire and computer fraud slammed on him by American authorities. Mr Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi in Nigeria, has now told American authorities he is ready to enter a guilty plea, possibly in exchange for a lesser sentence Already, a Senior United State District Judge, Rebecca Smith, has given an order approving the plea bargain arrangement. “The Court has been advised that the defendant wishes to enter a plea of guilty,” Judge Smith said in her Order of April 24. “A United States Magistrate Judge is hereby authorised, with the consent of the defendant, to conduct the proceedings required by the Fed...