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Xi touts Trump ‘friendship’ in talks with Tillerson

Chinese President Xi Jinping told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday that he expected President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to be “wonderful”, as ties appear warmer following tensions over how to handle North Korea. Xi smiled as he greeted Tillerson at the imposing Great Hall of the People across

Macron invites Iraq PM to Paris to discuss Kurdish vote

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to visit Paris on Thursday, saying the aim is to calm tensions after the deeply divisive Kurdish independence referendum. In a statement, the presidency said France wanted to “help Iraq to stop tensions from setting in” following the vote on

NGO regulatory bill: To be or not to be

There is no doubt that the ongoing debate in the House of Representatives to regulate the activities of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has been trailed with mixed reactions. This is despite the explanation of the sponsor of the bill, Deputy Majority Leader in the House, Buba Jibril,

Nnamdi Kanu not in our custody, says Military

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday declared that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu was not in any military custody. It also said the military did not in any way raid the home of Kanu, saying it watched the operation live and can justify that his

Ex-VP Sambo, Saraki join Buhari for prayers at Villa mosque

Former Vice-President Namadi Sambo and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki were among the top dignitaries that joined President Muhammadu Buhari at the special Juma’at prayer session at the Mosque situated in the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of the ceremonies to herald Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary. Sambo worshiped at the

No plans to cancel power sector privatisation, says government

• Govt moves to democratise meter provision The Federal Government has ruled out the possibility of revoking licences given to private sector investors to run the country’s power sector. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, gave the assurance yesterday at the Policy Dialogue on the Power Sector, organised by

White House probing use of private email

The White House has launched an internal probe of the use of private email for official business by senior aides to President Donald Trump, news outlet Politico reported Thursday. The administration is scouring the White House server for emails to and from private email accounts of these aides, Politico said, quoting

MAN wants FG to review procurement thresholds, preference for local goods

Worried about the lack of competitiveness of local manufacturing companies as a result of inadequate infrastructure, operating environment and low patronage, manufacturers have charged the Federal Government on the need to revisit its procurement thresholds and integrate them in the value-chain. According to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), integrating local

Unicef warning over school closures in Northeast

Most schools in the state worst-hit by the Boko Haram conflict remain shut, the UN said on Friday, blaming the jihadists for deliberating targeting education. Unicef, the UN children’s agency, said at least 57 percent of schools in Borno state were closed as the new academic year began this month, with