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Plateau governorship election is inconclusive - INEC

- Pateau state governorship election has been declared inconclusive - The commission said the total number of votes cancelled is more than the difference in the number of votes the two major candidates got - The total number of votes cancelled in the state is 49, 347, while the total margin between leading candidates is 44, 929 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, March 11, declared the governorship elections in Plateau state inconclusive. Professor Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer for the election in the state announced this on Monday in Jos, after collating results from the 17 local government areas of the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Kimbir, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said the total number of votes cancelled is more than the difference in the number of votes the two major candidates got, “hence was constrained to declare the polls inconclusive”. The returning officer said Simon Lalon…
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Italy wants to sign Belt and Road deal to help exports - deputy PM

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy wants to join China's giant "Belt and Road" infrastructure plan to boost Italian exports, not to strengthen political ties with the Asian giant, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday. Di Maio was responding to U.S. concerns at the prospect of a key ally supporting the Chinese initiative. A spokesman for the White House's group of national security advisers, Garrett Marquis, on Saturday called the Chinese venture a "vanity project" that Italy should steer clear of. The "Belt and Road Initiative" (BRI), championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, aims to link China by sea and land with southeast and central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, through an infrastructure network on the lines of the ancient Silk Road. Aside from boosting trade and investment, Xi aims to advance exchanges in areas such as science, technology and culture. "I have heard the alarm being raised from the United States yesterday…

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn seeks permission to attend board meeting on Tuesday - Yomiuri

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is seeking permission from the Tokyo District Court to attend the company's board meeting on Tuesday, Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday. The Tokyo District Court is expected to decide whether it will give permission as soon as Monday, the report said. Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp plan to set up a joint board meeting structure to discuss issues related to their alliance in a step towards integration of operations, TV Tokyo reported on Sunday.

Liverpool will keep fighting after derby setback - Robertson

(Reuters) - Liverpool will fight to the end to win the Premier League title, left-back Andy Robertson has said after his team were overhauled by defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table following Sunday's 0-0 draw at Everton. Liverpool's fourth draw in six league games saw them slip into second place, a point behind City with nine games remaining, with the Merseyside club having squandered a seven-point lead over the defending champions. "We will fight for every last ball until the whistle is blown at the end of the season," Robertson told British media after Liverpool's latest setback. "We become the chasers now and all the pressure is on Manchester City." City have not been at their best in recent weeks but have still maintained momentum, extending their winning run to five league games in a row with consecutive 1-0 wins over West Ham United and Bournemouth in their last two matches. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson reinforced th…

Fulham vs Chelsea: Jorginho's goal gives the Blues a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage

Fulham vs Chelsea's Premier League game ended 2-1 in favor of the Blues at Craven Cottage - Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho scored for Chelsea, while Calum Chambers netted for Fulham - Chelsea are still occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 56 points Fulham's unimpressive performance this season in the Premier League continued on Sunday, March 3, as they were beaten by Chelsea 2-1 at Craven Cottage. After sacking manager Claudio Ranieri, fans were of the hope that the players would redeem themselves by beating visiting Chelsea, but they could not. Chelsea also went into this game with the target of getting the maximum three points so as to restore their hopes of fighting for the top four teams in the Premier League. There were mutiny among Chelsea fans before the start of the match as some were livid with the decision of Maurizio Sarri to start goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Maurizio Sarri's men took the lead in the 20th minute through Gonzalo Higuain…

Hazard says Chelsea players blasted Kepa for snubbing Sarri’s orders

- Eden Hazard revealed players effort to prevent Kepa Arrizabalaga from repeating his Carabao Cup final antics in future - Kepa was dropped for Wednesday's home win against Tottenham - Willy Caballero was in goal for the Tottenham win at Stamford Bridge Eden Hazard has disclosed how squad members condemned Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted by Willy Caballero during last Sunday’s EFL’s defeat by Man City at the Wembley. According to UK Sun citing RMC, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper aside from missing out Wednesday’s win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, suffered a week wage deduction from the club for ignoring Maurizio Sarri’s instructions. And now Hazard has confirmed that Arrizabalaga has been thoroughly schooled by senior squad members on how to improve his behaviour going forward. “It's a fact of play in a final. We explained ourselves, explained to him with the club, with the players, with the coach, with Willy Caballero too. “He knows very well that h…

Breaking: Court declares deportation of Cameroonians from Nigeria illegal

The deportation of 47 Cameroonians from Nigeria on January 26, 2018 has been declared as illegal and unconstitutional by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Julius Ayuk Tabe, a Cameroonian separatist leader, and 46 others were deported from Nigeria after their arrest in Abuja. Sahara Reporters reports that Ayuk president of a self-declared breakaway state made up of the Anglophone regions of majority-Francophone Cameroon, was one of 15 people whom Cameroon issued an international arrest warrant for in November 2017. The field communication officer of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Maiduguri, Abdulkareem Yakubu, said in a statement on Wednesday, February 27, that the Nigerian refugees “are now leaving Cameroon after being told to go home.” Abdulkareem quoted Stephanie Remion, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Goura, Cameroon, as saying: “Today we are seeing people packing up their belongings and leaving for Rann (Nigeria) after being told by Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities to leave.…