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Six dead as plane carrying coronavirus aid crashes in Somalia

A plane carrying aid supplies for use in the fight against the coronavirus crashed in Somalia on Monday, killing all six people on board, the Somali transport minister said.

We’ll appreciate payment of our entitlement now ― Ex-Nigeria Airways workers

Some retired staff of the defunct Nigerian Airways Limited (NAL), have appealed to the Federal Government to pay their outstanding pension entitlement in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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South African rand weaker on rescue package funding worries

South Africa’s rand was weaker early on Tuesday, reflecting worries over how the country will fund a 500 billion-rand ($26.5 billion) rescue package for its bruised economy.
213 British nationals were Monday evacuated from Nigeria through the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a British Airways flight BA9157 .

213 British nationals evacuated from Nigeria through Lagos airport

The evacuation of the British nationals is as a result of the current corona virus pandemic in Nigeria. Several European countries have recently also evacuated their nationals from Nigeria. United States of America had also evacuated its own citizens who were willing to leave the country.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

South Africa to increase welfare provision over coronavirus – president

South Africa will increase welfare provision to help poor households suffering because of a nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the country’s coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
A passenger is seen at the South African Airways (SAA) customer desk, after SAA announced that it would immediately suspend all intercontinental flights until May 31 in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South African Airways offers severance packages to all staff after state pulls plug

South African Airways (SAA) is offering severance packages to its entire workforce of around 5,000 workers, a proposal by the airline’s administrators showed, after the government said it wouldn’t provide more funds for rescue efforts.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a decision on whether to extend the nationwide shutdown and state of national emergency, declared in late March, will be made on April 20.

New Zealand, Australia: Too early to ease coronavirus restrictions

Officials in New Zealand and Australia, hailed globally for their early signs of success in combating the spread of the coronavirus, said on Monday it is too soon to start easing social distancing rules or reopening their economies.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce on Friday defended his decision to stand down two-thirds of the Australian airline’s workers.

Qantas chief defends standing down airline’s workers over virus

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce on Friday defended his decision to stand down two-thirds of the Australian airline’s workers.
Kanzira, a 25-year-old Ugandan medical student, is among thousands of African students living in Wuhan, a central Chinese city of 11 million people that is currently under lockdown due to a rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Qatar to quarantine passengers arriving from Iran, South Korea

Qatar will ask passengers arriving from Iran and South Korea to remain in home isolation or a quarantine facility for 14 days over fears of a new coronavirus outbreak, Qatar Airways said in a statement on Monday.

Coronavirus: British Airways suspends all flights to China

British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China after Britain warned against all but essential travel to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.

NDLEA reveals airlines preferred by Nigerian drug traffickers

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, Lagos has said the frequently flown airlines by Nigerian drug traffickers in 2019 were Ethiopian and South African airways, both coming in and going out.
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested 178 illicit drugs offenders in Sokoto State, out of which 29 persons were convicted in 2018.

NDLEA arrests 110 suspected drug traffickers at Lagos airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, Lagos, said it arrested 101 suspected drug traffickers in 2019.
South African Airways on Saturday started mediated talks with unions, one day after its workers launched an open-ended strike that forced the embattled airline to ground hundreds of flights.

South African Airways to resume more flights amid strike

South African Airways on Wednesday announced its intention to resume more flights as a disruptive strike entered the fifth day.
South African Airways on Saturday started mediated talks with unions, one day after its workers launched an open-ended strike that forced the embattled airline to ground hundreds of flights.

South African Airways begins talks with unions over strike

South African Airways on Saturday started mediated talks with unions, one day after its workers launched an open-ended strike that forced the embattled airline to ground hundreds of flights.
Workers at South African Airways (SAA) downed tools on Friday to demand higher wages and protest planned job cuts in a strike that has forced the troubled state-owned carrier to cancel all flights and left its future hanging in the balance.

South African Airways hit by crippling strike

South African Airways workers on Friday embarked on an indefinite strike for higher wages and against the national carrier's retrenchment plan, forcing the cash-strapped airline to ground hundreds of flights.
A commuter airplane carrying 42 people, including a high school swimming team, went off the runway while landing at a small Alaska community on the Bering Sea.

Commuter plane crash on Alaska island critically injures two

A commuter airplane carrying 42 people, including a high school swimming team, went off the runway while landing at a small Alaska community on the Bering Sea.
There were several crucial outcomes from the three-day state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Republic of South Africa, October 2nd – 4th, 2019, and here are some highlights from the historic journey.

Key takeaways from President Buhari’s visit to South Africa

There were several crucial outcomes from the three-day state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Republic of South Africa, October 2nd – 4th, 2019, and here are some highlights from the historic journey.

Qatar Airways annual loss widens

Qatar Airways reported a loss of 2.3 billion Qatari riyals or 639 million dollars on Wednesday for the year ended March 31, as it grapples with the second year of an embargo by neighbours that has restricted its air routes and driven costs higher.

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Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO fears ‘silent’ virus epidemic unless Africa prioritises testing

Africa has so far been spared the worst impact of the coronavirus, but the World Health Organisation is worried the continent could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders do not prioritise testing for it, a WHO envoy said on Monday.
During a session with the club's media, Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo was surprised to receive a call from legend Andy Cole.

Manchester United fans sad over Odion Ighalo transfer update

Manchester United fans will be sad if Odion Ighalo leaves the club this summer.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Report: Only 18% of NNPC’s 6,621 staff strength are women

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it currently has 6,621 staff strength both at its headquarters and across all its subsidiaries, division and offices nationwide.
“Stay at home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised address to the nation, as he unveiled unprecedented peacetime measures after the country’s death toll climbed to 335.

Boris Johnson: Britain to reopen thousands of shops as eases coronavirus lockdown

Britain will reopen thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

NDDC: Nobody is against forensic audit – Group

Contrary to the claims by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) that vested interests are against the Forensic Audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in October last year, the Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition (NDRC) has restated that all well-meaning Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and persons across the Niger Delta region and beyond support the long-desired forensic audit.