Donald Trump: US-North Korea summit back on for June 12

US President Donald Trump signaled preparations for a June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were going ahead, despite having called off the meeting last week. A statement from North Korea’s state news agency KCNA on Sunday also said Kim expressed “his fixed will” on the possibility of meeting Trump as previously planned. “We’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea,” Trump said at the White House. “It’s moving along very nicely. So we’re looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn’t changed. So,…

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Salah’s injury ruins Egypt’s World Cup hopes

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Mohamed Salah’s injury that forced him off in the first half of the Champions League final on Saturday was “serious”. And that makes the sorrowful Salah a serious doubt to play for his country Egypt in the Russia World Cup which begins on 14 June. Egypt will play their first match against Uruguay on 15 June. Klopp said: “It is a serious injury. He is in hospital for an X-ray. It is either the collarbone or the shoulder itself,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 3-1…

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SDP: 2019 election may not hold

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has warned that the 2019 general election may not hold if killings and kidnapping persist. National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, made the statement while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday. Gabam urged President Muhammadu Buhari to see to the immediate end of all security threats in the interest of Nigerians whom he swore to protect. He noted that no free elections could take place in a chaotic situation in any country of the world as being witnessed in Nigeria. Gabam also appealed…

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Gunmen ‘kill 30’ in fresh Zamfara attack

Gunmen have reportedly killed about 30 persons in a fresh attack in Zamfara state. According to a report, the attack took place on Saturday at Malikawa village, Gidan Goga district of Maradun local government area. The gunmen were said to have attacked and killed five persons who had gone to work on their farms and twenty-five others who wanted to retrieve their corpses for burial. Mallam Makau, a resident of the area, was quoted as saying the attackers refused to allow the residents to bury the victims. He said they…

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Fulham knock off Villa for English Premier League comeback

Fulham returned to the Premier League after a four-year absence as Tom Cairney scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday. Cairney’s first-half goal was decisive as Fulham, owned by U.S. billionaire Shahid Khan, held on to their narrow lead. This was despite having defender Denis Odoi sent off after 70 minutes as tempers began to fray on a sultry afternoon. The win secures the west London club a windfall of at least 160 million pounds ($212.91 million). Fulham…

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Protesters demand Nicaragua’s Ortega, wife quit

Hundreds of protesters in Nicaragua have resumed their protest, blocking roads in many parts of the country, with at least eight more people killed in the last 24-hours. Unrest  resumed since week-long church-mediated talks between the government and opposition to quell a month of violence broke down late on Wednesday. Hundreds of demonstrators in the north, center and south of the Central American nation were blocking highways on Saturday, demanding Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, stand down. Since protests began on April 18 at least 83 people…

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Platini: I am returning to soccer

Former UEFA chief Michel Platini said he plans to return to soccer after being  cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA. The payment resulted in his ban for ethics violations. The Frenchman was banned from all soccer-related activities over a two million Swiss francs ($2.02 million) payment FIFA made to him in 2011, with former chief Sepp Blatter’s approval, for work done a decade earlier. FIFA’s ethics committee said the payment, made at a time when Blatter was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and…

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Qatar bans goods from Saudi, UAE

Qatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate, Doha officials said Saturday. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order, the ministry said. The government will also try and stop products such as Saudi dairy goods from entering Qatar via a third country. Qatar’s Government Communications Office…

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Kim ‘Wholeheartedly’ ready for June 12 talks with Trump: Moon

Kim Jong Un,  leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and U.S. President Donald Trump are willing to hold the first-ever historic summit as scheduled in Singapore. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday confirmed this in  a nationally televised address at the presidential complex, saying both Kim and Trump wished the success of their summit originally scheduled for June 12  “wholeheartedly.” The confirmation came after Moon held a surprise summit Saturday with Kim on the DPRK side of the border village of Panmunjom. Moon met with Trump…

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FG declares Tuesday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, May 29, as public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Democracy Day. The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Friday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued by Dr M. Umar the Permanent Secretary. Dambazau congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and pledged government’s continued dedication to entrenching democracy in the country. He also urged all Nigerians to trust and support the government in its commitment to building an indivisible, peaceful and greater nation based on…

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