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Asian markets are mixed at the start of the trading week as investors weighed good economic news from China against the rising numbers of new coronavirus cases.

Asian markets begin week in mixed territory 

The Nikkei index in Tokyo finished Monday’s trading session with a 2.2% gain. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is down 0.7% in late afternoon trading, while Shanghai’s Composite index is up 1.4% after a private survey showed Chinese manufacturing activity rose in July.

30 Nigerian women stranded in Lebanon beg to return to Nigeria

Some 30 Nigerian ladies trafficked to Lebanon are appealing to Nigerian Government to rescue them as they are stranded in that country.
Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of China by 2100, a new study suggests.

Nigeria’s population to overtake China’s by 2100 – study

China, which is currently the most populous nation in the world, is expected to peak at 1.4 billion in four years time before nearly halving to 732 million by 2100 while India will become the world’s most populous nation.
A pedestrian walks past a stock indicator board for the Tokyo Stock Exchange being displayed in a window of a securities company in Tokyo on October 1, 2018. - Japanese shares powered to a new 27-year high on October 1 after the US and Canada clinched a long-awaited trade deal, but other Asian equity markets struggled in subdued holiday trading. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Asian markets rise on fresh vaccine hopes, eyes on earnings

Asian markets rose Monday, recovering some of the losses at the end of last week, as investors followed a strong performance on Wall Street fuelled by hopes for a coronavirus vaccine, though a spike in infections around the world capped gains.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Chief of Staff Gergely Gulyas said that Hungarian health officials have placed 154 countries into three risk categories based on numbers of coronavirus infections.

Hungary bars travel from Africa, Asia

Hungary’s government said Sunday it was barring travel from Africa, most of Asia apart from China and Japan, and restricting entry from several European countries after worldwide spikes in coronavirus cases.
A bus stop in Minneapolis is part of a memorial to George Floyd. Leila Navidi-AP

Police ignored George Floyd’s ‘I can’t breathe’ plea – transcript

The former United States police officer charged in the death of George Floyd told him to stop shouting and save his breath as he knelt on his neck and Floyd gasped for air, according to a newly released transcript of police body camera footage.

Two US aircraft carriers conduct exercises in South China Sea

The U.S. Navy says the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier groups are conducting exercises in South China Sea on Saturday "to support a free and open Indo-Pacific."

Eniola Aluko to address MPs on BAME absence in sports leadership

Nigeria born former England international Eniola Aluko, will address Members of Parliament next week Tuesday on the lack of black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in sports leadership roles.
Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) received about 100 complaints between the time of inauguration of the Patients’ Bill of Rights (PBoR) in July 2018 and December 2019.

FCCPC shuts Chinese restaurant, cosmetics surgery clinic over alleged violations

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has vowed to shutdown any facility that violates consumers’ rights in accordance with the law.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

Nigerian government appalled over attack on embassy in Indonesia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, while reacting to the attack on the mission which was carried out by Nigerians, said the development was “absolutely deplorable and disgraceful.”
Ahmed Radhi, one of Iraq’s most celebrated former footballers, has died as a result of complications arising from Covid-19, the health ministry said.

Iraqi football legend Radhi dies of coronavirus

Iraqi football legend, Ahmed Radhi, died Sunday from complications linked to COVID-19, the health ministry said, just hours before he was to be flown for treatment in Jordan.

AfDB: Why we support Akinwumi Adesina’s re-election – Nigerian fish farmers

The Nigeria Fish Farmers Association (NFAN) says it supports the re-election of Dr Akinwumi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) because of his numerous achievements.

Thailand to further ease restrictions, shorten curfew hours

Thailand will next week shorten curfew hours and ease restrictions on more businesses, the government said on Friday, in response to its low numbers of locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus.

One-third of coronavirus deaths were diabetic – study

A recent large-scale study concludes that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are associated with an increased risk of COVID-19-related in-hospital death. It finds that one-third of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals in England are individuals with diabetes.
A huge jump in sales of pharmaceuticals saw Singapore’s exports expand by 9.7 per cent year on year in April amid the coronavirus pandemic, though overall trade declined.

Demand for Singapore’s pharmaceuticals surges amid pandemic

A huge jump in sales of pharmaceuticals saw Singapore’s exports expand by 9.7 per cent year on year in April amid the coronavirus pandemic, though overall trade declined.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

WHO clears air on coronavirus transmission through surface contact

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has not been proven if people can catch the novel coronavirus by touching surfaces where it lingers, such as handles, doorknobs, or keyboards.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Tanzania relaxes restrictions on international flights

The Tanzanian government has relaxed some restrictions on international flights.

LMC chief debunks reports of finishing NPFL season in China

The chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, has debunked stories making round in the media that there is a plans of finishing the season in China.

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UK officially enters recession for first time in 11 years

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INEC to conduct six senatorial bye-elections, others on October 31

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed 12 state and national assembly bye-elections for October 31.

Robbers steal N1.6 million from fishermen in Lagos

The Police in Badagry, Lagos, on Tuesday, said they had arrested three suspects, who allegedly robbed three fishermen of N1.6 million and other valuables at Gberefu beach in Badagry.
The Eze Igbo of Zamfara, Chief Egbuna Obijiaku, on Saturday commended Gov. Bello Matawalle for tackling the security challenges in the state.

Politicians exploit insecurity for personal gains – Zamfara governor

Zamfara State Governor, Mr. Bello Matawalle, has accused politicians of being responsible for the insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.