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Richard Leonard resigned as Scottish Labour leader on Thursday, saying it was in the best interests of the party for him to stand down before an election in Scotland expected to take place in May.

Scottish Labour leader resigns “in best interests” of party

Richard Leonard resigned as Scottish Labour leader on Thursday, saying it was in the best interests of the party for him to stand down before an election in Scotland expected to take place in May.
Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, had been assigned to the Senate Division and joined the department in 2005.

Capitol Police Officer on duty during coup attempt dies by suicide

A US Capitol Police officer on duty during Wednesday's coup attempt by Trump supporters died by suicide on Saturday, his family has announced.
An Alpharetta man who was among those arrested following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday has killed himself, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide

An Alpharetta man who was among those arrested following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday has killed himself, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dr. Harold N. Bornstein in his office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 2016. He inherited Donald J. Trump as a patient from his father, with whom he shared the practice for many years. Chantal Heijnen

Doctor who declared Donald Trump ‘healthiest’ president ever dies

President Donald Trump’s former personal doctor — who claimed Trump had dictated a letter insisting he would be the “healthiest” president ever — has died, reports said Thursday.
Twitter and Facebook repeatedly mishandled Donald Trump as he pushed baseless claims, including his assertion that US presidential election he lost was rigged, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told AFP.

Wikipedia founder: Social media giants mishandled Donald Trump

Twitter and Facebook repeatedly mishandled Donald Trump as he pushed baseless claims, including his assertion that US presidential election he lost was rigged, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told AFP.
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

Coronavirus infection gives some immunity, but virus can still be spread – study

People who have had COVID-19 are highly likely to have immunity to it for at least five months, but there is evidence that those with antibodies may still be able to carry and spread the virus, a study of British healthcare workers has found.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Vatican: Pope Francis, predecessor get coronavirus vaccine

“I can confirm that as part of the vaccination program of the Vatican City State, as of today, the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and to the Pope Emeritus,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office in response to journalists’ questions.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, attends the First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain January 13, 2021, where she delivered an update on the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Buchanan-REUTERS

Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push

Scottish nationalists are on course to win a record majority in elections for Scotland’s devolved parliament that would start a new push for independence, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed.
Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump together in November 2016. Drew Angerer-Getty Images

Donald Trump refuses to pay Rudy Giuliani for legal work

The Washington Post said Trump is trying to stiff Giuliani, who has spent the past months traveling the country and spreading wild conspiracy theories about the November election on behalf of the president.

Court upholds South Korean ex-president’s 20-year jail sentence

South Korea’s highest court upheld the 20-year prison sentence of ex-president Park Geun Hye on Thursday.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said the outgoing Donald Trump administration was doing “enormous damage” to agencies critical to the nation’s security.

Joe Biden tells US Senate to finish Donald Trump’s impeachment process

American President-elect Joe Biden has called on the U.S. Senate to live up to its constitutional responsibilities by impeaching President Donald Trump.
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China blocks two members of WHO coronavirus team

Two members of a 15-man World Health Organization (WHO) team that arrived Wuhan, China today were blocked from travelling to the country.

Hong Kong emigration to Britain could mean $36bln capital outflow

Hong Kong residents leaving the city to move to Britain could trigger capital outflows of HK$280 billion ($36 billion) this year from the Asian financial centre, a new report published by Bank of America (BofA) said.
Former GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical executive Moncef Slaoui, who will serve as chief adviser on the effort to find a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a coronavirus disease response event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

Operation Warp Speed chief resigns at Joe Biden team’s request

Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui has submitted his resignation at the request of the incoming Biden team under a plan that would see him stay in the role for a month to help with the transition, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on social networks.

Donald Trump ban sets ‘dangerous’ precedent – Twitter chief

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on social networks.
Workers in protective clothing greeted members of the World Health Organization team at the airport in Wuhan, China, on Thursday. Ng Han Guan-Associated Press

WHO team arrives in Wuhan in search of novel coronavirus origins

An international team of experts tasked with studying the origin of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, officials confirmed on Thursday.
1. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Nigeria records 1,398 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria recorded 1,398 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as active cases being managed across isolation and treatment centres in the country rose to 20,062.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

Donald Trump condemns Capitol Hill attack

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

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Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Bayelsa governor pledges timely completion of Igbogene-AIT road project

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has assured of the timely completion of Igbogene-AIT Outer Ring Road to boost economic activities in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Senate of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has approved Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 as the resumption date for the continuation of its 2019-2020 Academic session.

Official: Maitama Sule university to resume lectures January 18

The Senate of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has approved Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 as the resumption date for the continuation of its 2019/2020 Academic session.
Seventy-five members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups have been killed by the military across the North East in the last six weeks.

Nigerian troops kill Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, destroy seven gun trucks in Borno

Nigerian troops have eliminated scores of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists during the invasion of their base at Marte town in Borno State.
FILE PHOTO - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Yoweri Museveni clings on as one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders

Yoweri Museveni has been president longer than most Ugandans have been alive, and his disputed election win Saturday cements his place among the world’s longest-serving and authoritarian leaders.
Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

Twitter employees ‘lock’ their accounts fearing reprisal from Donald Trump supporters

According to the Times, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who was working remotely from a private island the day the riot occurred, was not totally convinced a temporary ban on the president that day was the right decision. Twitter executives told Dorsey that the response to Trump’s tweets in the day after the riot suggested there was great potential for more real-world violence, ultimately leading to the permanent suspension.