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Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min will be undergoing chemical warfare training as part of his mandatory military assignment in South Korea.

Details of Son Heung-Min’s intense military training emerge

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min will be exposed to many different elements during his mandatory three week national service in South Korea, including tear gas and live-fire drills, according to a Marine Corps official.
Asian markets are trading higher Monday as hopes rise that the coronavirus pandemic appears to be easing.

Asian markets begin trading week on high note

Japan’s main Nikkei index was trading more than 2.5% higher in late day trading, while Australia’s S&P/ASX was trading up well over 3.7%. The KOSPI in Seoul was up 2.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng had gained well over one percent. Shanghai’s index was closed for a public holiday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella over the phone to offer his “sincere condolences” to the Italian people over the coronavirus crisis.

Xi Jinping: China to increase assistance for Africa’s coronavirus battle

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China would continue to step up assistance for Namibia and other African countries in combating the COVID-19 epidemic.
A German army shipment of six million face masks needed to protect against the novel coronavirus has vanished in Kenya, the defence ministry in Berlin confirmed Tuesday.

Experts say face masks can help slow coronavirus, despite previous claims

To mask or not to mask, that is the question. But scientists now think you may want to put a face mask on it after all — if you have one.
Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the championship trophy at the Top of the Rock Observatory the day after winning the Women's Singles finals match against Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo

Naomi Osaka: We’ll be stronger than ever in 2021

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, the poster girl of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, took to social media on Saturday to show her support for the decision to postpone the Games until next year

ITF suspends graduation ceremonies

Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said it is suspending all graduation ceremonies for 2019 until further notice, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.
According to the Finance Minister, Yubaraj Khatiwada, all cross-border movements will be restricted for seven days from 10 a.m on Monday (or 0415 GMT) until March 29.

Nepal closes borders to neighbouring countries

According to the Finance Minister, Yubaraj Khatiwada, all cross-border movements will be restricted for seven days from 10 a.m on Monday (or 0415 GMT) until March 29.
Chief Gozie Akudolu, President-General of SEAMATA, umbrella body of all traders in the South-East, gave the directive in a statement issued on Monday in Enugu, tagged- “Emergency Alert’’.

Association directs markets to provide sanitisers, soap, water, bans general meetings, prayers

The South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) has directed market leaders to provide sanitisers, soap and water tap containers in visible locations in markets to check spread of coronavirus.
Antonio Guterres

Racial discrimination over pandemic shameful – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says there are growing acts of racial discrimination over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, describing the attitude as shameful.
Kenyan health workers dressed in protective suits prepare to disinfect the residence where Kenya's first confirmed coronavirus patient was staying, in the town of Rongai near Nairobi, Kenya March 14, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Coronavirus: Over 400 cases recorded in Africa

African countries, as of Tuesday evening, had confirmed over 400 cases of COVID-19 on the continent, the World Health Organization has said. =
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily press briefing on Monday.

China attacks US for calling coronavirus ‘Chinese virus’

A spat between the US and China over the novel coronavirus escalated on Tuesday as President Donald Trump angered Beijing by referring to the pathogen as the “Chinese Virus.”
Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga returned to the capital Harare on Saturday after spending four months in China, according to Bnnbloomberg.ca reports.

Zimbabwe VP in China for medical check

Zimbabwe's vice president Constantino Chiwenga was flown at the weekend to China for medical checks, an official said Tuesday.
Fears are growing that this year’s Olympics may be postponed or axed because of the coronavirus pandemic but Japan has been here before – the cancelled summer Games of 1940 were also due to be hosted in Tokyo.

Tokyo 1940: The Games that became the ‘Missing Olympics’

Fears are growing that this year’s Olympics may be postponed or axed because of the coronavirus pandemic but Japan has been here before – the cancelled summer Games of 1940 were also due to be hosted in Tokyo.
Pangolins were once a prized item in the markets of Gabon's capital Libreville, but bushmeat sellers have started hiding the small, scaly mammals behind boar legs and porcupine carcasses.

Pangolin sales plunge in Gabon over coronavirus fears

Pangolins were once a prized item in the markets of Gabon's capital Libreville, but bushmeat sellers have started hiding the small, scaly mammals behind boar legs and porcupine carcasses.
A regional minister in Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for the virus.

British woman dies of coronavirus in Bali

A British woman has died in Bali from coronavirus, authorities said Wednesday, marking Indonesia’s first confirmed death from the rapidly spreading illness.
Coronavirus - Self-isolation is nowhere near as dramatic as having to live in a Hazmat suit in a tent. Stefano Guidi-Getty Images

Coronavirus death toll hits 3,809

The WHO’s situation report on the coronavirus outbreak published on its website, on Monday, stated that three new territories, which included Bangladesh, Albania, and Paraguay, reported their first coronavirus cases.
Inovio CEO Joseph Kim said that the company designed DNA vaccine INO-4800 in just three hours after the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was published.

Latest update on coronavirus worldwide

Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December, 2019, 110,564 cases have been recorded in 100 countries and territories, killing 3,862 people, according to an AFP toll based on official sources on Monday around 1100 GMT.
The AFC Champions League was put on temporary hold in West Asia on Sunday while football officials work out ways to get the remaining group matches played despite the new coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Champions League suspended in West Asia

The AFC Champions League was put on temporary hold in West Asia on Sunday while football officials work out ways to get the remaining group matches played despite the new coronavirus outbreak.

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Four Nigerians detained in Cotonou over coronavirus quarantine fees

Four Nigerian returnees have been detained by soldiers in Cotonou, the Benin Republic after being quarantined for 14 days in a hotel in the West African country for refusing to pay N900, 000 each for the accommodation facility.

Lockdown: Court sentences 17 Lagos residents

The police in Lagos on Wednesday arraigned additional 17 residents who flouted the stay-at-home order of the state government.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the federal government will provide relief materials for residents of Lagos and Abuja whom he ordered to stay-at-home as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

President Buhari grants presidential pardon to some inmates

President Muhammadu Buhari has granted pardon to some inmates of the Custodial Centres of the Nigeria Correctional Service, NCoS,.
The partial closure of Nigeria’s land border with neighbours will continue beyond January 2020 and will only be terminated until the set objectives are achieved.

Nigerian returnees from Ivory Coast arrive Seme border

The much-awaited 67 Nigerians resident in Ivory Coast on Wednesday arrived at Seme Border Post in a luxurious bus with registration number Osun XA 240 EJG.
Real Madrid is set to announce the signing of a midfielder as they set the stage to unveil Reinier Jesus Carvalho a player they signed from Flamengo in the Brazilian Serie A.

Real Madrid agree 10-20% salary cut for players

Real Madrid's first team will take pay cuts of between 10 and 20 per cent to compensate for the club's loss of income during the coronavirus pandemic, the Merengue confirmed on Wednesday.