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Bushland is seen burnt by fire as rain pools in large puddles at Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, Australia, January 17, 2020. AAP Image-Dan Himbrechts-via REUTERS

Officials begin inquiry into Australian bush fire

An inquiry on Australian bush firs has heard that an estimated 445 people died and thousands injured, with health costs exceeding 2 billion dollars (1.3 billion US dollars).

Queensland halts work on 2032 Olympics bid to deal with coronavirus

Senior international Olympic official John Coates said on Saturday he supports a decision by Queensland’s state government to postpone work on its bid for the 2032 Games while they focus on the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Olympics official sees ‘real problems’ in holding Games in 2021

A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus.
Australian singer and songwriter Casey Donovan performed on stage in Sydney on Thursday in a free concert that treated fans to some of the first live music many had heard in months. But they had to stay in their cars to enjoy it.

Sydney fans watch live concert from cars

Singer-songwriter Casey Donovan performed on stage in Sydney on Thursday in a free concert that treated fans to some of the first live music many had heard in months.
FILE PHOTO- A Swiss soldier shows on a mobile device the contact tracking application created by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

23 countries seek access to Apple and Google’s contact tracing technology

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Alphabet’s Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system.
Australia has expressed concern over “malicious” hacking attacks across the world by cyber criminals and state-based actors targeting hospitals, medical services and facilities as well as crisis response organisations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia expresses concern over ‘malicious’ cyber attack on hospitals

Australia has expressed concern over “malicious” hacking attacks across the world by cyber criminals and state-based actors targeting hospitals, medical services and facilities as well as crisis response organisations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian officials announced a raft of plans on Wednesday to speed up the resumption of public life to boost the ailing economy amid a diplomatic spat with major trading partner China.

Australia opens up domestic life further as China dispute lingers

Australian officials announced a raft of plans on Wednesday to speed up the resumption of public life to boost the ailing economy amid a diplomatic spat with major trading partner China.

ICC recommends rule to ban use of saliva on balls

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended rules to ban the use of saliva to shine cricket balls in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said the review will enable the international community to better prevent the next pandemic.

Australia gets backing to investigate cause of coronavirus

An alliance of 116 countries have supported Australia’s call to launch an independent investigation into what had caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has continued to stand firm on his belief that his side have not yet wrapped up the Premier League title, despite going 19 points clear at the top of the table.

Mitch Langerak: Liverpool winning Premier League would be Jurgen Klopp’s finest achievement

Jurgen Klopp guiding Liverpool to a drought-ending Premier League title has the potential to be his finest achievement, according to former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.
Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Hollyfield says fighting rival Mike Tyson for the third time his career won’t be a problem.

Evander Hollyfield open to Mike Tyson’s trilogy

Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Hollyfield says fighting rival Mike Tyson for the third time his career won’t be a problem.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during the Media day. REUTERS-Edgar Su-File Photo

Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of F1 season

Four-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the season, the Italian team announced on Tuesday.
Former boxer Mike Tyson before the fight REUTERS-Steve Marcus-File Photo

‘I’m back’ declares Mike Tyson in training video

Former-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson continued to tease boxing fans about a possible return to the ring by posting another training video on Instagram on Monday that ended with the message, “I’m back”.
Australia Medical community representatives on Monday, accused protesters who broke the law of social distancing restrictions, of jeopardising an early relaxing of restrictions.

Australian anti-lockdown protesters receive backlash

Australia Medical community representatives on Monday, accused protesters who broke the law of social distancing restrictions, of jeopardising an early relaxing of restrictions.

UK: China has questions to answer over coronavirus outbreak

Britain said on Monday that China had questions to answer over the information it shared about the novel coronavirus outbreak, but refused to comment on reports that a U.S.-led intelligence consortium had accused Beijing of a cover-up.
There were signs Monday that the coronavirus pandemic was easing significantly in some parts of Europe but getting worse in India and Russia.

Pandemic eases in parts of Europe but worsens in India

There were signs Monday that the coronavirus pandemic was easing significantly in some parts of Europe but getting worse in India and Russia.
Premier League is making plans to stage friendly games so players can prepare before competitive action begins.

Australia offer Premier League chance to finish season in Perth

English agent Gary Williams is pushing the move, claiming: “I have had discussions with contacts at Premier League clubs and they like the idea.
Health Minister Greg Hunt warned on Saturday, however, that despite the good signs, Australians will still have to keep their distance from others for the next half a year.

Almost two million Australians download coronavirus tracker app

Nearly two million Australians rushed to download a new smartphone app designed to make coronavirus contact tracing easier, the government said Monday, overlooking privacy concerns in the hope of speeding up the end of social-distancing lockdowns.

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Medical council validates four coronavirus test kits – registrar

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) says it has validated four Rapid Test Kits to determine their suitability for testing SAR-COV-2 infection popularly known as COVID-19 in the country.
Legendary reggae artiste, Majekodunmi Fasheke, aka Majek Fashek is dead. The artiste died in a New York hospital after a protracted illness on Monday about 5-45pm. He was aged 71.

Nigerian celebrities mourn deceased Majek Fashek

Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the death of Music Legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, a.k.a Majek Fashek.
Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.

Rwanda set to announce new coronavirus restrictions

Rwanda says it will announce new restrictions on containing the coronavirus Tuesday, a stark reversal of the country's plan days ago to ease restrictions, including motor vehicle travel throughout the country.
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Nigeria declares telecoms facilities critical national Infrastructure

In response to the yearnings of industry stakeholders to declare telecom facilities Critical National Infrastructure, President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in place to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again, addressed Nigerians on the efforts of its government to contain the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) that is ravaging the country 4

ASCAB: President Buhari’s speech underestimate Sani Abacha’s $5 billion loot

Alliance for Surviv­ing COVID-19 and Beyond, (ASCAB), a group led by prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that President Mu­hammadu Buhari’s claim that late dictator, Sani Abacha, stole $1 billion con­tradicts the figures earlier released by his own officials.