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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday cautioned Africa to beware of China’s growing role as he vowed a greater US commitment in talks with Nigeria and Kenya.

US warns Africa to be careful with China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday cautioned Africa to beware of China’s growing role as he vowed a greater US commitment in talks with Nigeria and Kenya.
South Africa will name a new national coach Saturday, with former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz favourite to return for a second spell in charge. Now 68, the Portuguese was in charge of Bafana Bafana for two years from 2000, taking the team to the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals and qualifying them for the 2002 World Cup.

South Africa set to name ex-Real Madrid boss as new national team coach

South Africa will name a new national coach Saturday, with former Real Madrid manager and Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz favourite to return for a second spell in charge. Now 68, the Portuguese was in charge of Bafana Bafana for two years from 2000, taking the team to the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals and qualifying them for the 2002 World Cup.
FILE PHOTO - A harvester is used to deposit wheat crop on a tarpaulin in a field on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 24, 2015. REUTERS-Amit Dave-File Photo

New zinc-fortified wheat set for global expansion to combat malnutrition

Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets, the institute’s head told Reuters.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Africa hit with delays in AstraZeneca vaccine supplies

Africa countries are facing potential delays to their vaccine rollouts because of global supply issues, according to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Coronavirus: African Union drops AstraZeneca from its vaccine plan

The African Union's disease control body said on Thursday it has dropped plans to secure AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines for its members from the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine supplier, amid global shortfalls of the shot.
FILE PHOTO - Oil tankers are seen parked at a yard outside a fuel depot on the outskirts of Kolkata February 3, 2015. REUTERS-Rupak De Chowdhuri-File Photo

India wields oil ‘weapon’ to cut dependence on Saudi

When India’s government last month asked refiners to speed up diversification and reduce dependence on the Middle East - days after OPEC+ said it would maintain production cuts - it sent a message about its clout and foreshadowed changes to the world’s energy maps.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

India turns to Nigeria, others to meet energy needs

Nigeria and other African nations could play a central role in efforts by India to diversify its sources of oil and gas, India’s Oil Minister, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, said yesterday, as the nation strives to reduce its energy reliance on the Middle East.
FILE PHOTO - Vials labelled Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Africa urged ‘not to lose faith’ in AstraZeneca jabs

A senior World Health Organization (WHO) official has urged African governments not to lose faith in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after several European countries suspended use of the jab. ­
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Ex-President Jonathan bags African peace award

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, was on Friday, honoured as the African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020.
A medical worker prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Sao Jose Hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Pedro Nunes

Portugal to share coronavirus vaccines with its former colonies in Africa, East Timor

Portugal will send 5% of its COVID-19 vaccine shots to a group of Portuguese-speaking African countries and to the tiny nation of East Timor in the second half of the year, Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said on Wednesday.
South Africa is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after finding it offers limited protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant discovered there.

Senegal begins coronavirus vaccine rollout

Senegal began its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Tuesday with 200 000 doses that it purchased from China's Sinopharm, which it received last week.
China has provided COVID-19 vaccine aid to Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe and will aid 19 more African countries as part of its commitment to making vaccines global public goods, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday.

China to aid 19 more African nations with coronavirus vaccines – foreign ministry

China has provided COVID-19 vaccine aid to Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe and will aid 19 more African countries as part of its commitment to making vaccines global public goods, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

WHO: Use AstraZeneca vaccine even if new coronavirus variants are present

The World Health Organisation, WHO has recommended the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine as African countries gear up in earnest to begin rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
China will donate 100 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Namibia, its ambassador to the country said on Thursday.

China to donate 100 000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to Namibia

China, aiming to cultivate goodwill through so-called vaccine diplomacy, has already donated vaccines to a number of African nations as they struggle to obtain doses, including Zimbabwe and Congo Republic.
“We cannot afford to take our foot off the gas – even as we battle COVID, we must ensure capacity and financing for health security worldwide,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

White House: Ebola outbreaks in Africa must be stopped

The Biden administration on Tuesday said everything possible must be done to stop Ebola outbreaks in the African nations of Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo before they become large epidemics.
FILE PHOTO - A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang-File Photo

Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccines

A further 600,000 doses from China are set to arrive in early March, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said last week. It is unclear how much the cash-strapped southern African nation will pay for the second batch of the vaccines from China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
Karim Khan pictured in 2013. The QC has promised to reform the prosector’s office to make it more efficient. Michael Kooren-Reuters

British human rights lawyer elected new ICC chief prosecutor

British human rights lawyer Karim Khan was elected Friday as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, a politically daunting position whose incumbent was slapped with U.S. sanctions.
A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Africa’s coronavirus deaths hit 93,000, as it takes vaccine delivery in February

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over 93,000 deaths of COVID-19 recorded on the African continent.
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WHO allocates 320,000 coronavirus vaccines to four African countries

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had allocated about 320,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to four African countries – Cape Verde, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tunisia.
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WHO suspends Nigeria’s free coronavirus vaccines over poor electricity supply

The World Health Organisation has suspended Nigeria from the list of recipients for its global COVAX scheme, which provides free coronavirus vaccines to indigent countries.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a COVID-19 response event at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

Joe Biden promises to rebuild ties with African Union

US President Joe Biden promised to rebuild his country’s partnership with the African Union (AU) moments after he delivered his first foreign policy speech since taking office.
Former Akwa United forward Gabriel Okechukwu is expected to make his debut for Consadole Sapporo against Yokohama when the Japanese league starts on February 27, .

Gabriel Okechukwu joins Japanese side Sapporo FC

Former Akwa United forward Gabriel Okechukwu is expected to make his debut for Consadole Sapporo against Yokohama when the Japanese league starts on February 27.

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Imo government condoles with family of student killed by stray bullet

Imo Government on Wednesday condoled with the family of Miss Divine Nwaneri, a first-year student of the Imo State University, who was killed by a stray bullet on April 24.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank to construct 13.16km Lagos farm roads

Lagos State Government says its World Bank-assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project will construct 13.16km Farm Access Roads (FARs) in four cluster areas.
The former Chief of Defence Staff to late Gen. Sani Abacha, Lt-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro has died. He died at the age of 80.

Plateau governor mourns ex-CDS Dogonyaro

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, has expressed sadness over the death of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Joshua Dogonyaro, at the age of 80.
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Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov to reach quarter-finals

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal saved two match points to defeat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a three-set battle and advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.
The Nigeria Police Force has quizzed Musician, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, over allegations of rape, according to a report.

D’banj set to unveil new female signee

Popular Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo, fondly known as D’banj, has revealed plans to unveil a new female signee to his record label, DB records.

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NUPENG directs members to shut down services in Kaduna

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed its members to shut down services in Kaduna State with effect from May 16.
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Italy to ask EU to pay Libya to stop migrant departures – newspaper

Italy's government is set to ask the European Union to pay Libya to stop migrant boats leaving its coast, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Tuesday.
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Enugu SME centre trains 350 youths on automobile painting, artwork

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Gombe eyes World Bank loan to address erosion at Federal College

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