Singer, Korede Bello surprises Iyabo Ojo with gifts

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Forty two year old Nollywood actress, serial business woman and single mum of two, Iyabo Ojo on Thursday, August 27 got a surprise visit and gifts from singer Korede Bello.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Iyabo Ojo excitedly shared the video on Instagram on Friday morning as she gushed over the gifts – a photo frame which contained words dedicated to her and a sound system for moving to her new residence said to be in Lekki area of Lagos.

Expressing her gratitude, Iyabo hugged Mavin records signee, Korede Bello excitedly and prayed for the singer who is believed to be romantically involved with Priscilla, the actress’ daughter.

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Iyabo described Korede’s visit as her best surprise ever.

“See who came to surprise me today Korede Bello I was super excited to see him. Best surprise ever, plus all my gifts that came along with you,” she captioned her Instagram post.

Fans immediately stormed the comment section of the post with remarks on how Korede Bello has started to perform his duty as a son-in-law.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that since Korede Bello featured Iyabo’s daughter Priscilla on the video for his 2019 song, ‘Mr Vendor’, there have been rumours of a romantic relationship between them.

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As a matter of fact, in an interview in February, he addressed the romance rumours by saying Priscilla would be in a better position to give details on their relationship.

“As for my rumoured relationship with Priscilla, she would be in a better position to respond to that (laughs).

Wedding bells are always sounding every Saturday. Perhaps, you have not been paying attention. I even try to put bells in my songs because my name is Bello. If you listen closely to the song, ‘Sun mo Mi’, you would hear wedding bells and hints of a potential wedding.

As for the qualities I would like in my dream woman, the only quality that truly matters is a strong connection. A connection with God, herself and with me. Every other thing doesn’t really matter. Besides, a dream woman will always be a dream. I want a real woman.” he said.


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Lewis Hamilton sends F1 rivals warning after Belgian Grand Prix win: ‘I feel better than ever’

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Lewis Hamilton insists he feels “better than ever” after claiming his 89th career win at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 35-year-old driver finished 15 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished in third behind Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

In claiming his fifth win in seven races, Hamilton extends his lead at the summit of the standings to a whopping 47 points.

The six-time world champion once again converted his pole position to win, dominating the track from start to finish.

Though admitting the fans may not enjoy Mercedes’ current dominance, Hamilton praised his teams’ winning mentality, insisting there would be no celebrations after the win.

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“I know it is not necessarily what everyone wants to see – the Mercedes at the front – but no matter how much success we have to just keep our heads down,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.

“When I go back to the office now no-one is celebrating, it is heads down and thinking about the next race. It is an incredible mentality.

“I am 35 going towards 36 but I feel better than ever. That is a positive and I am really grateful to the team.”


Though racing through from pole position once more, there was momentary concern for Hamilton, who admitted he was nervous over the condition of his tyres.

“It wasn’t the easiest of races,” Hamilton said. “I had a lock up into Turn 5 which started to give a bit of vibration and the tyre temps were slowly dropping.

“It was a bit of a struggle but nonetheless I think it was OK. I was a little nervous we might have something like at Silverstone with the tyre so I was nursing it.”

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Eoin Morgan reveals key factors behind best England form after starring in T20 win over Pakistan

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After Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup last summer, he took time to consider whether he still wanted to be the man to take England forward.

The transformative, four-year road to white-ball glory had taken a lot out of the England captain, both physically and mentally, and whether or not to embark on another cycle, leading the team until at least the T20 World Cup, was not a decision he wanted to take lightly.

A year on – despite the tournament having been pushed a further 12 months down the line – it looks like he made the right call.

In 10 T20i innings since the end of the World Cup, Morgan has averaged 51, a run that included his highest-ever international score in the format (91) and three other half-centuries.

Sunday’s 66 off 33 balls, anchoring England to victory over Pakistan at Old Trafford, was the latest of them, and the 33-year-old believes he is hitting the ball better than ever.

“Definitely and the numbers back that up,” he said. “Even before this series started, certainly in T20 cricket, the last two years of international cricket and some domestic are my best numbers to date.


Morgan blitz helps England take series lead over Pakistan
“It’s nice that I’m feeling good but it’s actually replicated in the numbers as well.”

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The secret, he believes, is having ownership of where and when he bats.

“I think experience and confidence and actually the roles that I play I’m more comfortable with,” Morgan added. “Before I became captain, jumping up and down the order I didn’t feel that comfortable with, whereas now that it’s my decision I feel more at ease.”

More troubling over the coming 12 months may be working out exactly who should bat above and below him.


At the top of the order, Morgan’s problem is the proverbial ‘nice one to have’. With Jos Buttler absent on Test duty and Jason Roy out injured, Tom Banton has been given the opportunity to open in the current series.

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Tom Banton hit an impressive 71 in the first T20 against Pakistan on Friday (Getty Images for ECB)
A coming-of-age 71 off 42 balls in Friday night’s washed-out opener was followed by a powerplay partnership of 65 with Jonny Bairstow on Sunday, though his more experienced team-mate did most of the heavy lifting.

With Bairstow up the order, Dawid Malan has slotted in at three, and stroked it around nicely for his own 50 on Sunday, even if he had to play second fiddle to Morgan. His inability to start quickly may hold him back, but his numbers speak for themselves.

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“I think we’re in a period where there are a lot of good top-order batters available to us,” Morgan said. “I don’t know why that is. I know a lot of the guys who tend to score the majority of their runs for the counties bat in the top three or four, so that might be the case.

“It’s great to see those two coming in scoring those runs. Tom, the way he played the other day is exactly how we see him play in a Somerset shirt so that’s awesome. Dawid has just continued to score runs at a rate so his start to his international career is unlike many others.”

With so much depth up top, it has been suggested that the team might be better balanced by shuffling Buttler down the order, into the flexible finishing position in which several players have been given chances over the past few series, but that none has so far made his own.

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Should Jos Buttler be moved down the batting order? (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
That is, Morgan says, still an option looking ahead to the World T20, but he highlighted the key difference between Buttler, Roy and Bairstow – who lest we forget, have one global medal in their pockets already – and the likes of Banton and Malan, who are so keen to force their way in.

“When you’re trying to fine tune selection of the final XI – which is very hard to do a year out from a World Cup – the teams that you pit them against are the best in the world,” he said. “So, do they perform like that against the best in the world? Or do they just perform against a certain number of teams?

“The three guys at the top of the order in our strongest XI do it against everybody, which is one of our strengths. Whereas if you were to bring one of the younger guys in who was less experienced, with less runs under his belt, it might be a bigger challenge.”

For Morgan himself, of course, both experience and runs are in plentiful supply.

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After missing PHR test, Messi will face severe Punishments

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After missing the planned coronavirus tests done on Sunday ahead of Barcelona’s return to pre-season training, Lionel Messi is set to incur serious penalties as a result of not attending the first training session led by Ronald Koeman on Monday afternoon.

Messi remains firm on his position that he won’t train at a club he is no longer an employee of, although the legal intricacies of such a stance are yet to be fully explored.

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Barcelona, on the other hand, believe he is still their captain and in accordance with the collective agreement of LaLiga Santander and the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE), he will have committed a serious offence.

The document, in relation to disciplinary matters, establishes that a serious offence can be judged when a player ‘abandons work’ for two occasions without just cause.

The first would have come on Sunday when he wasn’t tested and Monday will see what the club perceive to be a second infraction.

A third absence would then see the offence considered ‘very serious’ which can carry a punishment of total suspension with significant pay decreases.

There can be up to 11 days of his salary being withdrawn or a fine of up to 25 percent of his monthly salary, whichever comes first.

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At present the Catalan club hasn’t yet considered sanctioning their greatest ever player, but Josep Maria Bartomeu and his acolytes are cautious about how the situation could snowball if they were to do anything else to denigrate Messi’s reputation.

The club know they must take disciplinary measures, but they won’t rush to do so with there still hope they can get this situation moving in a more amicable situation.

Messi, on his part, doesn’t believe a club that doesn’t employ him can fine him, with his burofax sent last Tuesday making him a free agent, in his mind at least.

A meeting is planned between Bartomeu and Jorge Messi, father and agent of the forward, before the end of the current week, although it doesn’t look like this will give any clear solution as both sides are so deeply entrenched in their current positions.

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Leo will leave Barca because he’s not happy – Messi’s Cousin confirms

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It’s tough for Barcelona fans to imagine Lionel Messi at a different club, but his cousin Maxi Biancucchi feels there is good reason for his desire to leave.

Biancucchi believes that Messi’s happiness is the biggest factor in his wish for a new adventure.

“I thought he’d never leave Barcelona but Leo has to look for the place that will make him happy,” Biancucchi said.

“If he leaves it’s because he’s not happy and wants to look for a new challenge.

“He’s within his rights.

“They have to take into account how he feels.”

Biancucchi also gave his opinion on where he thinks he’ll end up.

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“I’d like to see him at a team that plays good football,” he said.

“Of all the teams that have been linked with him, I think Manchester City would be a good fit.

“PSG would be good as well, but let’s just wait and see.

“I hope wherever he goes that he’s happy and at peace.”

However, he did say that he thinks that he’s still a Barcelona player.

“From what I’ve read, he has a contract until next year.

“If we think about it, it would be good for him to leave because the club would get a bit of money instead of him leaving on a free”.

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Officially: Ibrahimovic signs new contract at Milan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed his further one-year deal with AC Milan this morning. The 38-year-old joined the Serie A club for a second time on a six-month deal in January. He scored 10 goals in 18 Serie A games to help Milan to a sixth-place finish.

And he will wear the No.11 kit in the new season according to what he posts in his instagram.

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Storyline: Australia set to probe Chinese influence in public universities.

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Australia’s parliament is set to probe alleged foreign interference at public universities, a government minister said Monday, as concerns grow about Chinese influence.

A proposed inquiry by the security and intelligence committee follows a series of controversies over China’s clout on Australian campuses, ranging from hacks of university data to questionable financial donations and intimidation of Beijing’s critics.

Concerns have also been raised about the nature of research links between academics and scientists in the two countries.

Alan Tudge, the minister for population and cities, told Sky News the mooted inquiry was the latest government attempt to tackle spiralling foreign interference now at “levels not seen since World War II”.

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The move comes after Canberra announced last week that it was seeking new powers to scrap deals between local authorities and foreign countries that threaten the national interest — sweeping powers that would extend to universities.

It also comes less than a year after Australia announced new guidelines for universities for research collaboration, cybersecurity, and international partnerships.

FILE: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) attends a videoconference with G20 leaders to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Parliament House in Canberra on March 26, 2020. Gary Ramage / POOL / AFP

Tudge said the inquiry would “go further” than previous probes into alleged foreign interference.

“We need to be assured and the public need to be assured that there isn’t that foreign interference in our universities sector,” he said.

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He did not say if the probe was aimed at China.

The Australian newspaper reported that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton outlined the terms of reference for the inquiry in a letter Sunday to committee head Andrew Hastie, a government parliamentarian and outspoken China critic.

Advisors to Dutton did not respond to a request for comment.

The university guidelines announced in November push public institutions to enhance cybersecurity systems, undertake due diligence before signing partnerships with overseas organisations, and train staff to recognise foreign influence attempts.

Academics have been urged to be wary of sharing knowledge on sensitive topics and discern how joint research with international scholars could potentially be misused.

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Schools and government officials also committed to more intensive consultation to protect Australia’s national interests.

Beijing has repeatedly denied interfering in Australian campus life.

China-Australia relations have reached a new ebb in recent months, with the two governments at loggerheads over trade and competing for influence in the Pacific.

Tensions spiked in April when Australia infuriated China by calling for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.


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Kogi: Court uphold Bello’s election as Governor

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– 11:18 AM –

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

In its Judgement delivered on Monday, the Apex Court disagreed with the appeal filed on five grounds by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada.

Mr Wada claimed that the election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions; rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello didn’t secure the highest vote.

Aside from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, other members of the panel include Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji.

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Shocking: Stuttgart raises €900M to get Messi from Barcelona

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Lionel Messi’s future is dominating football and one Stuttgart fan has taken matters into his own hands to try to help his club sign the Barcelona star.

Tim Artmann has set up a fundraising page with a target of €900million (£805m) to try to stump up the cash for the Bundesliga side to acquire the Argentine international.

After five days since its creation only €262 (£234) has been donated to the cause, but Artmann has revealed that if the target is not met or Messi departs to another club the donated amount will be given to a water charity.

The description on the GoFundMe page reads: ‘We VfB fans are collecting money to pay for Lionel Messi’s transfer.

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‘In the event that the planned amount is not reached on time or Lionel Messi joins another club, 100 per cent of the money raised will be donated to Viva con Agua.’

After seeing the fundraising effort, one Twitter user wrote: ‘This is the best thing I’ve seen all day,’ while another added: ‘Now this legendary.’

Manchester City emerged as the favourites to seal Messi’s signature after the star told Barcelona, via fax, he wanted to leave.

In response to the current status of the fundraiser, one fan quipped: ‘Pays for the fax machine.’

LaLiga have ruled that Messi’s astronomical £630million (€700m) release clause is still active, given that the player did not issue his desire to trigger an option to leave for free before June 10.

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Neymar says he has no intention to leave PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has confirmed that he will be staying at the club next season.

The Brazilian forward was left in tears after the Ligue 1 champions were defeated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Lisbon earlier this month.

The 28-year-old was also heavily linked with a move back to former club Barcelona before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Neymar has now put any suggestion that he could leave PSG after their European heartbreak to bed and also told the club’s official magazine he would like to go one better in this season’s Champions League and become a legend at the club.

‘I’m staying at PSG next season! And with the ambition to return to the Champions League final, this time to win it,’ he said.

‘I like the idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club.’

Reports in France have also suggested the Brazilian is attempting to help bring former team-mate Lionel Messi to the club as the wantaway star seeks an exit from Barcelona.

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Messi sent a burofax to the Catalan giants last week informing them of his shock desire to leave the club, and while Manchester City lead the race the French side are doing all they can to secure his signature.

The news also comes just a day after Neymar decided to end his £78.6million partnership with Nike after 15 years.

Neymar’s switch of allegiances could be bad news for PSG, with Nike the club’s kit supplier.

The French side had an increase in their contract after signing the megastar, receiving €70m (£62m) as a result of his world record transfer from Barcelona.

Several reports suggest the forward will sign with German company Puma, who are the current kit suppliers of Manchester City and AC Milan.

Nike have sponsored the Brazilian since he was 13 years old, long before he became a professional.

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Police clash with Shittes in Kaduna; 2 killed.

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At least two persons are feared killed during a clash between members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, and the police in Kaduna State.

A crowd of IMN members had held a procession on Sunday in the Kaduna state capital and Zaria, before the unfortunate incident took place.

The march was held in commemoration of the Ashura, a religious rite held by Shiites globally on the 10th of the Muharram Islamic calendar.

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While the procession was ongoing along the popular Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital, the crowd was dispersed by a team of policemen who arrived at the scene.

Although the police authorities in Kaduna State have yet to confirm the incident, the spokesman for the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, issued a statement.

Musa claimed that some heavily-armed security forces came and started shooting at the crowd with live ammunition and in the process, two members were killed and many others got injured.

He also alleged that four other IMN members were wounded and two arrested by the police in Zaria when they started shooting sporadically also to disperse hundreds of IMN members who participated in the annual Ashura procession in the city and concluded it peacefully.

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According to the IMN spokesman, the Ashura procession was commemorated peacefully virtually in over 300 towns and villages in Nigeria without threat from the authorities except in Kaduna State.

He said the police have allegedly killed four members of the Shiite group and injured over 15 others in the last 10 days of mourning activities of the group.

Both the Kaduna State and the Federal Government had outlawed the IMN and their activities all over the country.

In July 2019, the Federal Government ordered the proscription of the movement and designated the activities of the Shiite organisation in any part of the country as ”acts of terrorism and illegality.”


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Vidal blasts Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has hit out at his own club for only having ’13 professional players’ and hinted at his displeasure of having so many young youth products in the first-team.

The Catalan club are in crisis at the moment following a trophyless season, compounded by the shock 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this month.

New manager Ronald Koeman is planning an overhaul of the Barcelona squad, which could see the likes of Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets make way for younger players, but Vidal claims that the LaLiga giants need better players rather than academy products.

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Vidal told Daniel Habif’s YouTube channel: ‘The last three years are not what a team like Barcelona deserves. The best team in the world cannot have 13 professional players. You cannot always win with DNA.

‘(Lionel) Messi is the best in the world, an extraterrestrial, but he needs help so that better results can be achieved.’

The Catalans lost the LaLiga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid this summer, while they were also knocked out of the Copa Del Rey earlier this year.

Barcelona have also been rocked by Messi’s shock transfer request this week, meaning the LaLiga giants could be forced to lose their captain and talisman this summer, with Manchester City lurking around his signature.

Vidal is another player who could end up leaving the Camp Nou this summer, with the 33-year-old midfielder linked with a move to Inter Milan.

When asked whether Barcelona’s players were ‘transferable’ this summer, Vidal said: ‘I have never understood placing the players with that word. It is very ugly.

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‘If a player wants to leave or you want to sell him, find him a team but don’t say so. It is to pass it on, and each person needs respect.’

The Chilean midfielder issued a come-and-get-me-plea in the interview to clubs interested in his services from this summer.

However, Vidal confirmed that he would not sign for fellow LaLiga giants Real Madrid, as he has enjoyed a healthy relationship with the Barcelona faithful.

He added: ‘I am in a situation of being thrown away to see if someone wants to receive me.

‘I have earned the complete affection of the people of Barcelona, that is why I would not play for Real Madrid.’

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Suarez turns his attention to Juventus

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has reportedly got in touch with Juventus chief Pavel Nedved over a potential transfer that would see him link up with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Liverpool front man is set to leave the Nou Camp this summer, after being told by new manager Ronald Koeman that he is not in his plans moving forward.

With Gonzalo Higuain leaving the Old Lady, the club are in the market for a striker and Suarez could fit the bill.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Suarez and Nedved have began talks over a potential switch that would see him join the Serie A champions.

The early signs appear to be positive and it is very possible that Ronaldo will have a new strike partner in Luis Suarez.

Both stars have spent most of the last decade in Spain, where they featured on opposing ends of a fierce rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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In their prime, Suarez had a partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar for the Catalan club whilst Ronaldo led the line alongside Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale at Madrid.

The Uruguayan is happy to take his time over a deal and is waiting to see all his options, whilst the Italian side are more eager to get a transfer over the line with the new season fast approaching.

Juventus have also been eyeing up Roma striker Edin Dzeko, but they will not let him leave unless they have a replacement lined up.

Suarez did turn up to Barcelona headquarters for covid-19 testing ahead of the new campaign, despite his exit talks with Koeman leaving him furious.

Lionel Messi did not turn up for testing, as his potential exit has shocked the footballing world following Koeman’s appointment and a poor season last time out.

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Breaking: Sudan govt signs peace deal with Darfur Rebels.

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Agreement provides for the dismantling of rebel forces and integration of their fighters into the national army.


Sudan’s government and the main rebel alliance agreed on a peace deal on Monday to end 17 years of conflict.

The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, signed the peace agreement at a ceremony in Juba, capital of neighbouring South Sudan, which has hosted and helped mediate the long-running talks since late 2019.

The final agreement covers key issues around security, land ownership, transitional justice, power sharing, and the return of people who fled their homes because of war.

It also provides for the dismantling of rebel forces and the integration of their fighters into the national army.

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The deal is a significant step in the transitional leadership’s goal of resolving multiple, deep-rooted civil conflicts.

About 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since rebels took up arms there in 2003, according to the United Nations.

Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile erupted in 2011, following unresolved issues from bitter fighting there in Sudan’s 1983-2005 civil war.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several ministers flew to Juba on Sunday, the official news agency SUNA reported, where he met South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

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Hamdok said finding a deal had taken longer than first hoped after an initial agreement in September 2019.

The rebel forces took up arms against what they said was the economic and political marginalisation by the government in Khartoum.

They are largely drawn from non-Arab minority groups that long railed against Arab domination of successive governments in Khartoum, including that of toppled strongman, Omar al-Bashir.

The rebel groups that signed the agreement include the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Minni Minawi’s Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), both of the western region of Darfur, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Malik Agar, present in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.


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Must Read: See Ten reasons why Messi wants to exit Barcelona

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Lionel Messi has been mulling over his Barcelona future over the course of the season just gone.

There are reasons, both sporting and legal, that have influenced his desire to leave the Catalan club this summer.

We’ve looked at the 10 main reasons behind Messi’s decision to leave this summer.

Legal

  1. The deadline to notify the club of his desire to leave was extended because of the delay to the end of the season. The previous June 10 deadline is no longer valid.
  2. There is no release clause of 700 million euros in the final year of his deal.
  3. Josep Maria Bartomeu has said in multiple interviews that Messi can leave when he wants.
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Sporting

  1. Barcelona’s project isn’t ambitious and Messi isn’t convinced by the team’s future. The team’s hopes of winning have been pinned on him for some time.
  2. The timing and the manner of the sacking of Ernesto Valverde didn’t go down well with Messi.
  3. Messi’s problems with the board. He’s disagreed with various things the club have done in recent months, such as the social media scandal and the ERTE.
  4. The breakdown in relationship with other club figures, like Eric Abidal, who blamed some players for Valverde’s departure.
  5. Messi doesn’t feel as though he’s being listened to. He doesn’t believe his opinion on various topics, including the use of the academy, matters to the club.
  6. Messi thinks it’s the end of an era at Barcelona. He agrees with Gerard Pique’s willingness for senior players to step aside and allow fresh blood into the team.
  7. Messi and his family were targets of Barcelona’s social media scandal and he was traumatised by the prospect of something like that being led by the club. Just Click,👇

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Breaking: Lautaro reconsiders he doesn’t wants Barca move

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Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reports that the Argentinean star could renew with Inter Milan.

More bad news for Barcelona, in the midst of the Messi-wants-to-leave hurricane. From Italy this time, where Corriere dello Sport reports that one of Barcelona’s main transfer targets Lautaro Martínez does not want to sign for the Catalan club because of the Messi affair.

Barcelona wanted Martínez to replace Suárez
Barcelona saw Lautaro Martínez as the replacement for Luis Suárez (the Uruguayan has been told he’s not in the club’s plans), but the situation at the club since Messi sent his burofax telling the club he was breaking his contract and leaving has led to the Martínez reconsidering his position and deciding he would prefer not to move to the Camp Nou. In fact, the report indicates that with Antonio Conte staying at Inter Milan everything indicates the club is in a favourable situation to try to renew Lautaro’s contract.

Lautaro’s stats and skills
The player currently has a contract thought to 2023. He had a buy-out clause of 111 million euros which expired in July, meaning Inter can demand whatever price they want for the player. Lautaro joined Inter in 2018 from Racing Club and this year has scored 21 goals in 49 games, making a formidable partnership up front with Lukaku.

Thanks in part to his performances the Italian side finished just one point behind Juventus at the top of Serie A, and reached the final of the Europa League, where they were beaten by Sevilla. His stats and skills caught Barcelona’s eye and they were keen to land what they thought would be one of the next big stars, but the bombshell move from Messi appears to have ripped that plan to shreds.

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MP3 » Laycon – Senseless

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Fierce Nation Entertainment signer, Laycon has another hot banger titled, “Senseless”.

Laycon’s latest single ‘Senseless’ comes after his recent project, ‘Who is Laycon?’ which featured the likes of Reminisce, Tinu, Chinko Ekun and Deshinor.

With production assistance from Finito.


Year: 2020

Song: Senseless

Artist: Laycon

Album: N/A

Feat: N/A

Prod: Finito



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Just in: First ever Israeli plane heads to UAE after peace talk.

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The El Al aircraft will carry US and Israeli officials to the United Arab Emirates to cement the ‘normalisation’ deal.


High-level delegations are flying from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the first-ever commercial flight between the Middle Eastern nations to put final touches on a controversial pact establishing open relations.

Top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be on board the direct flight from Tel Aviv to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Israel’s flag carrier El Al on Monday.

Flight LY971 is expected to take off at 10:30am and is set to fly over Saudi Arabia after Riyadh agreed to the Israeli request on Sunday – also a first.

The plane carrying the US and Israeli delegations to Abu Dhabi has the word “peace” written on it in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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It is also named after Kiryat Gat, a Jewish settlement built on the remains of two ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages, Iraq al-Manshiyya and al-Faluja.

Announced on August 13, the “normalisation” deal is the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years and was catalysed largely by shared fears of Iran.

Palestinians were dismayed by the UAE’s move, worried it would weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position that called for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.

‘Giant step’

Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien head the US delegation. The Israeli team is led by O’Brien’s counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat.

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Officials will explore bilateral cooperation in areas such as commerce and tourism, and Israeli defence envoys are due to visit the UAE separately.

Israeli officials hope the two-day trip will produce a date for a Washington signing ceremony, perhaps as early as September, between Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

That could give Trump a foreign policy boost ahead of his re-election bid in November.

In Jerusalem on Sunday, Kushner called the UAE-Israel deal a “giant step forward”.

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“To have played a role in its creation, and I say this as the grandson of two Holocaust survivors, it means more to me and to my family that I can ever express,” Kushner said.

The Trump administration has tried to coax other Arab countries concerned about Iran to engage with Israel. The most powerful of those, Saudi Arabia, has signalled that it is not ready.

But in what could presage a more relaxed posture by Riyadh, the El Al plane will be allowed to overfly Saudi territory to cut flight time.

On Sunday, Israeli TV channel Kan reported there was Israeli concern that Riyadh may revoke permission to use Saudi airspace at the last moment. If the flight is allowed, it would mark the first time an Israeli commercial plane uses Saudi territory for an overflight. There was no comment from Saudi officials.

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‘Soon follow’
O’Brien said on Sunday more Arab and Muslim countries were likely to follow Abu Dhabi’s move.

“We believe that other Arab and Muslim countries will soon follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead and normalise relations with Israel,” O’Brien told reporters after talks at Netanyahu’s residence.

He did not name the states, but Israeli officials have publicly mentioned Oman, Bahrain and Sudan.

Recent news reports suggested Morocco may also be considering a similar agreement with Israel in exchange for military and economic aid.

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However, Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine el-Othmani said last week “we refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people”.

Palestinians have condemned the UAE’s move as an abandonment of a policy of linking official relations with Israel to the achievement of Palestinian statehood in territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Kushner and his team were “scrambling to convince as many Arab and Muslim leaders as possible” to give Trump an election boost.

“They will be a prop at the backdrop of a meaningless spectacle for a ridiculous agreement that will not bring peace to the region,” she said.

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The UAE-Israel agreement hit an immediate speed bump after it was announced, as contradictory comments on the planned Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley were made.

In spite of earlier comments by the UAE and a joint statement by the three countries that indicated the annexation plan would be “suspended”, senior UAE official Omar Ghobash, has admitted his government did not “have any guarantees as such” that Israel would not annex occupied Palestinian territory in the future.

Kushner has said as part of the Israeli-UAE deal that the United States will not consent to Israeli annexation for “some time”.

Netanyahu, meanwhile, cast the annexation plan – already dogged by disagreements within his governing coalition on the proposed timing – as temporarily on hold. But Israeli officials have signalled they want approval from Israel’s main ally – the US – first.

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Weapons sales
The Israel-UAE accord also faces another problem: a possible sale of stealth F-35 fighter jets to Abu Dhabi that could challenge the Israeli technological edge in the Middle East.

Netanyahu has denied reports the UAE deal hinges on the sale of F-35s to the Emirates, saying he opposes a move that could reduce Israel’s military advantage.

“This deal did not include Israel’s acceptance of any arms deal,” the Israeli leader said last week.

Ever since the 1960s, the US has guaranteed to maintain Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region.

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The policy was enhanced two years ago with a law that Washington must ensure, when selling weapons to another country in the Middle East, that Israel retains the ability to defend itself if the arms were to fall into the wrong hands.

Israel has already received a first consignment of American F-35s, a fighter also coveted by other Gulf powers.

Yoel Guzansky, a senior analyst at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, told AFP there is no doubt of the importance of the F-35s.

“I absolutely think that without the F-35, the possibility of buying it, they [the Emiratis] wouldn’t sign the agreement,” said Guzansky. “This is a big hurdle to the fulfilment of the agreement.”

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Guzansky noted before Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979, the US sold Turkey and Iran sophisticated weaponry, “and now these countries are hostile towards Israel”.

But some analysts say a deal can be struck to the satisfaction of both Israel and the UAE, and ultimately Saudi Arabia, a longtime customer of US armaments.

“Although this is not really public, from what I understand arrangements are being made that the version that the Arab country gets is not the absolute latest version,” Joshua Teitelbaum, a Gulf specialist at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University told AFP.

Economic ties
On Saturday, the UAE announced it was scrapping its economic boycott against Israel. Officials from the two countries have said they are looking at cooperation in defence, medicine, agriculture, tourism and technology.

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Netanyahu told reporters abolishing “the anachronistic boycott” opened the door for “unbridled” trade, tourism and investment.

Statements issued by the UAE and Israel on Sunday said the UAE minister of state and Israel’s agriculture minister had spoken by phone and “pledged to collaborate on projects that address food and water security”.

The UAE, a desert state, relies on imports for about 80 percent of its food, and has heavily encouraged investment in agricultural technology and farmland abroad in recent years.

Israel and the UAE say they want to promote trade – especially the sale of Emirati oil to Israel and Israeli technology to the UAE – establish direct air links, and boost tourism.


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Border War: India blames China

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India says it has foiled Chinese attempt to change the status quo on their disputed Ladakh border in a fresh flare-up.


China has carried out “provocative military movements” in the Himalayan border area disputed between the two countries overnight from Saturday to Sunday, according to an Indian army statement, in a fresh flare-up between the two nuclear-armed countries.

Indian troops pre-empted Chinese army’s activity on the Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh, part of which was transgressed by the Chinese soldiers in May, the statement said on Monday, adding that Indian troops took steps to thwart the Chinese attempt to “unilaterally change” facts on the ground.

“On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” the Indian army said in a statement.

Army officials from the two sides are meeting to resolve the latest border dispute that comes more than two months after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in fighting that broke out between the two sides in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

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“Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground,” it said.

China has carried out ‘provocative military movements’ in the disputed Himalayan border area in Ladakh [File:Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The two Asian giants have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks to resolve the border dispute that erupted in late April after Chinese troops transgressed into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control – the de facto frontier between the two countries.

There was no immediate comment from China.

For months, troops have been locked in a face-off in the western Himalayas, where each side accuses the other of violating their nearly 3,500km-long (2,000 miles) border, most of which remains undemarcated.

The recent border tensions are the most serious in more than half a century.


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BBNaija’5: Tolanibaj evicted. [See reactions]

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Big Brother Naija ‘lockdown’ housemate, TolaniBaj has been evicted.

Show host, Ebuka gave a ‘twist’ in presenting the results this time around and all the housemates were asked to stand except HOH, Ozo and deputy Nengi.

After a short but tense moment, Ebuka named TolaniBaj as the next housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija house.

See some reactions from twitter users below ;

Gozi wrote ;

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Tolanibaj has been evicted Weary Eyaaaaaaaa…. I thought Denrele was voting for her

Pearl wrote ;

TolaniBaj left before Wathoni….

Las Las this life no balance !

Oduwa wrote ;

Tolanibaj is out of the show.. I least expected this


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Popular crossdresser, Bobrisky celebrate 28th birthday

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Popular Nigerian crossdresser and male barbie, Idris Okuneye is widely known as Bobrisky has finally turned 28 years today August 31.

The birthday of the popular crossdresser has been much awaited by her fans and followers. Bobrisky has been releasing striking photos of herself for a week ahead of her 28th birthday.

Today been the ‘D’ Day, the excited male barbie released a gorgeous new photo to mark his birthday and we must say he slayed the looks with hair, makeup and fashion on point.

Noble Reporters Media earlier learnt that Bobrisky gifted himself a brand new 2020 Mercedes Benz in celebration of his birthday


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BBNaija’5: Uriel cries amid lesbians lust over her massive hips.

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Big Brother Naija Reality TV star, Uriel Ngozi Oputa has cried out about the number of lesbians chasing after her and how they fall for her hips.

According to the curvy Imo born reality TV star in an interview, she doesn’t have anything against anyone into lesbianism, saying, “how you want to live your life is how you want to live your life, but that’s not what I do.”

“I’ve had somebody approach me; she just wanted to be friendly with me. You know, how you meet a friend at a salon and so on… and the phone conversation turned from her looking for a house and all sorts of things to I like your hips.”

“immediately I heard that, everything just made sense to me and I obviously started avoiding her. It was a bit awkward but I had to let her know that I don’t do that sort of thing.”

“For me right now, I’m single and I do hope that I meet somebody. I’ve said it so many times that I’ve dated ‘up and coming’ guys and the last one I dated, it lasted five years, but he ended up cheating and ended up marrying somebody else after I’ve stayed with him for five years.

“But for me, if you ask me what I look out for in a man, I don’t think I’m going to date an ‘up and coming’ man. I’m not saying I want to date somebody that is rich, but I want to date somebody that is doing something with their life.

Uriel first gained popularity as a contestant at the 2016 Top Actor Africa.


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Breaking: China threatens Czech republic over Taiwan visit.

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The arrival of the Czech delegation marks the second high-profile foreign visit to the democratic island in a fortnight.


Top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said Czech senate speaker Milos Vystrcil would “pay a heavy price” for violating the so-called “One China” principle by making an official visit to Taiwan, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday with a delegation of 90 people including the mayor of Prague on a trip designed to promote business links with Taiwan, which China claims as its own and tries to isolate on the world stage.

He said the Czech Republic would not bow to objections from Beijing, which considers the democratically-ruled island a breakaway province.

China’s state media quoted Wang saying the visit was a “provocation” and that Taiwan was an “inseparable part of China”.

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It is the second high-profile visit by a foreign delegation to the island in a fortnight, after a visit by US Health Secretary Alex Azar.

Vystrcil is expected to deliver a speech in Taiwan’s parliament and meet President Tsai Ing-wen during the five-day trip, which continues until September 4.

In a post on Twitter, Tsai noted that Taiwan and the Czech Republic shared “many core values”. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, who met the delegation at the airport, thanked the Czechs for “putting friendship before politics” and used the hashtag #defenddemocracy.

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China has sought to isolate Taiwan diplomatically, ramping up pressure since Tsai came to power in 2016. A number of countries that did have formal relations with Taiwan have shifted their allegiance to China and the island now has official ties with just 15 nations.

Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil (left) was greeted at the airport by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (right) [Sam Yeh/AFP]

Tsai won a second term in office in January in a landslide victory.

Tsai has portrayed the island as a progressive democratic ally to other nations hoping to push back against Beijing’s authoritarianism, helped by Taiwan’s defeat of its coronavirus outbreak and its global shipments of personal protection equipment.

In a speech to an Australian think-tank last Thursday, Tsai described Taiwan as being “on the front line of freedom and democracy” as China cracks down on dissent in nearby Hong Kong and elsewhere.


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