Premier League pushes back on Newcastle claim Saudi bid rejected

The English Premier League has contested Newcastle United’s assertion that a Saudi-led takeover of the club had been rejected, saying on Thursday it could still proceed if further information on the proposed new owners is provided. Newcastle on Wednesday said…

EPL must probe Saudi human rights record in Newcastle bid: HRW

The English Premier League (EPL) has been reminded to consider Saudi Arabia’s human rights record while evaluating a takeover bid of football club Newcastle United by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund. In a report released on Tuesday by Human Rights…

*Ramadan: Ex-Lagos deputy governor, Adebule, greets Muslims (Tribune) *COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 118-bed isolation centre in Lagos (Punch)

Ramadan: Ex-Lagos deputy governor, Adebule, greets Muslims (Tribune) A former deputy governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, has urged Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray and work towards finding a solution to the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the…

COVID-19 threatens centuries-old Ramadan traditions

The coronavirus outbreak threatens to upend faith-based traditions that have gone on for almost 1,500 years. The world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims will not be able to hold communal feasts and prayers that are a hallmark of Ramadan, their holiest…

Oil producers agree to cut production by a fifth

OPEC producers and allies have agreed to cut output by more than a fifth to counter the slump in demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns. The group said it would cut output in May and June by 10 million barrels to…

*Okada ban takes effect in Lagos (DailyTrust) *Okada/Keke ban: LASTMA hails compliance (Guardian)

Okada ban takes effect in Lagos (DailyTrust) Trailer loads of motorcycles were yesterday transported out of Lagos State as the government launched fresh enforcement of the state’s traffic law which restricts Okada and Keke on major highways. The ban on…

Spanish Super Cup jets off to Saudi Arabia (DailyTrust)

Super Cup competition begins on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, a move that will significantly boost the national federation’s coffers but has angered human rights groups and local supporters. Real Madrid and Valencia meet in the first semifinal in Jeddah on…

Ruiz rematch: Joshua reveals new ‘killer’ mindset (Punch)

Anthony Joshua has explained his new ‘killer’ mindset for the Andy Ruiz Jr rematch on December 7 in Saudi Arabia. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, AJ gave fans an insight into his Sheffield training camp as he…

Saudi Arabia: Unmarried foreign couples can now rent hotel rooms (BBC)

Unmarried foreign couples will now be allowed to rent hotel rooms together in Saudi Arabia as part of a new visa regime announced by the religiously conservative kingdom. Women will also be allowed to stay in hotel rooms alone. Couples…

Saudi crown prince warns of ‘Iran threat’ to global oil (BBC)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has warned that oil prices could rise steeply if the world does not act to deter Iran. Mohammed bin Salman said failure to act could embolden Iran and lead to war, which he said would ruin…

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