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Tanzania Seeks Stronger Trade, Diplomatic Relations With Nigeria

The High Commissioner of Tanzania in Nigeria, Dr Benson Alfred Bana, on Thursday called for stronger trade cooperation and diplomatic relations between Nigeria and his country. Bana, who is also Head of Mission of Tanzania to Nigeria, made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja. He said the relations between the two countries were built on mutual grounds, adding that more needed to be done to attract foreign direct investment from Nigeria to his country. According to him, there is the need to promote intra-African trade under the auspices of…

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ECOWAS Hopes For Civilian Rule In Mali ‘Within Days’

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo- Addo, says West African leaders hope to see a civilian- led government installed in Mali within days. He spoke after talks between regional leaders and the military junta that seized power in Mali last month. Mr Akufo- Addo said the regional bloc, Ecowas, would lift sanctions “the minute” civilians were in place to take over in Mali. Ecowas leaders met in Ghanaian capital, Accra, for the talks on Mali’s political crisis. The leader of Mali’s junta, Col Assimi Goita, as well as representatives from the United…

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Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande Bows Out As UNGA President

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande, on Tuesday bowed out of office as President of the 74th session of the General Assembly. He handed over the gavel to Turkish diplomat and politician, Volkan Bozkir, who will be steering the ship of the 75th session of the 193-member lawmaking body. The change of baton took place during the closing ceremony of the 74th session in a brief ceremony, held inside the General Assembly Hall at the UN headquarters in New York under strict social-distancing rules, with the…

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Fire, Explosions Rock Ammunition Depot, No One Injured

……..In Czech Republic A police ammunition depot in the Czech Republic caught fire in the northern Bohemian town of Bilina, triggering a series of explosions, but no one was injured, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. Around 150 workers in an adjacent industrial park within a radius of 500 metres of the explosion were brought to safety. For safety reasons, the fire brigade could only start extinguishing the fire after about an hour. Discarded ammunition from the police was reportedly housed in the warehouse. The blast could be heard at…

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UNGA Adopts `Omnibus Resolution’ On COVID-19

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on Friday adopted an “omnibus resolution’’  seeking a comprehensive and coordinated global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This came six days to the end of the 74th Session of the Assembly under the leadership of Nigeria represented by its Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande. The U.S. and Israel voted against the decision, which sailed through by 162-2 votes with two abstentions (Hungary and Ukraine). Among other affirmations, the resolution notes that multilateralism, international cooperation, and solidarity are the only paths…

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EU Warns UK Against Plot To Ditch Brexit Deal Signed By PM Johnson

The European Union is demanding the United Kingdom ditches plans to change Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal “by the end of the month” or risk jeopardising trade talks. The UK has published a bill to rewrite parts of the withdrawal agreement it signed in January. The EU said this had “seriously damaged trust” and the EU would not be “shy” of using legal action against the UK. But cabinet minister Michael Gove said the UK had made it “perfectly clear” it would not withdraw the bill. The government says Parliament is…

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UNGA President Sets Agenda For World Leaders In Next General Debate

The focus of world leaders during this year’s United Nations General Debate should be on how to strengthen solidarity and partnership among nations in addressing common problems, says Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande. Muhammad-Bande, the President of the outgoing 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, set this agenda during the end-of-session news conference in New York on Tuesday. Speaking in response to a question, he emphasised that the COVID-19 pandemic had further underscored the need for inclusion in the search for solutions to global challenges. He warned that the world might…

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Trump: No Country Has Ever Cheated America Like China

……….Says US Not A Fully Developed Country President Donald Trump has said that no country has cheated the United States of America like China did adding that the US is not a fully developed country. Trump stated this at a news conference outside the White House that coincided with the U.S. Labour Day celebration. According to him, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) treats China as a developing nation, and the U.S. “as a nation that is fully developed”. He cited the U.S.-China trade agreement signed by the Obama administration under WTO…

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ECOWAS Chairman Calls For Mali Junta’s Cooperation

The military junta in Mali must work with the West African regional bloc to ensure a swift return to civilian rule, Niger Republic President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Monday. Issoufou said this in Niamey while opening a summit in which Mali’s post-coup progress is high on the agenda. A group of army colonels has ruled Mali since ousting President Ibrahim Keita on August 18. No consensus has yet been reached on the make-up and duration of a transitional government ahead of promised elections. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African…

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Kenya Pledges To Enhance Conservation Of Vultures Amid Threats

Kenya will earmark sufficient resources to promote conservation of vultures amid threat of extinction linked to habitat destruction and retaliatory poisoning by herders, officials said on Saturday at an event to mark International Vulture Awareness Day. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said that protecting vultures and other birds of prey from myriad threats is key to maintain ecosystem balance and sustain rural livelihoods through tourism. “We are committed to saving the endangered population of vultures in the country because they provide vital ecosystem services besides attracting legions…

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