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General view as Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and third placed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on the podium REUTERS-Lisi Niesner-File Photo

Austria gives go-ahead to crowd-free F1 races

Formula One can start its season in Austria with two races behind closed doors on July 5 and 12, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday.
The German Government and Lufthansa have agreed on a much-anticipated bailout deal to help the airline cope with losses from the coronavirus pandemic, both sides announced on Monday.

Lufthansa agrees on bailout with German government

The German Government and Lufthansa have agreed on a much-anticipated bailout deal to help the airline cope with losses from the coronavirus pandemic, both sides announced on Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech to honor Japan’s architect Arata Isozaki at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 24, 2019. Isozaki is the laureate of the 2019 Pritzker architecture prize.-br --Francois Mori - POOL - AP - AFP

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel agree €500 billion coronavirus recovery plan for Europe

France and Germany proposed Monday a 500-billion-euro ($542-billion) fund to finance the recovery of the European Union’s economy from the devastation wrought by the coronavirus crisis.
The Premier League, EFL and FA have reportedly drawn up contingency plans in the event of a mass shut-down of sporting events amid concerns over the spreading of the coronavirus.

No ‘tackling’ under Premier League protocol for training

Players in the English Premier League (EPL) will be prohibited from tackling while pitches will have to be disinfected when clubs return to training, a report indicates.
Bayern Muninch's Manuel Neuer during training despite most sport being cancelled around the world as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID19) continues. REUTERS-Andreas Gebert

Hope mixed with worry and uncertainty as football reawakens

Football is re-awakening amid the COVID-19 pandemic but the sense of hope at teams which have started training is mixed with worry over whether it might be too soon and the uncertainty of how to keep players safe.
Lufthansa

Lufthansa puts 87,000 workers on reduced hours

European airline giant Lufthansa said Thursday it has placed 87,000 workers — more than 60 percent of its workforce — on government-backed shorter hours schemes, as air travel idles amid the coronavirus crisis.
Spain on Saturday followed Italy and imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus by banning people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or buy food.

Coronavirus: European cities shut down

Streets across Europe were quiet on Sunday, as lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus prompted countries to tighten borders and people to avoid public spaces.
Former Manchester United stars Paul Ince and Owen Hargreaves disagreed over Odion Ighalo wonder goal in Thursday’s 5-0 win at LASK, in the Europa League first leg round of 16 tie.

Gary Linekar hails Odion Ighalo’s ‘wonder goal’ vs LASK

Gary Linekar has heaped plaudits on Odion Ighalo following the Nigerian forward’s sublime goal in Manchester United’s 5-0 Europa League win against Austrian club, LASK on Thursday night.
Former Manchester United stars Paul Ince and Owen Hargreaves disagreed over Odion Ighalo wonder goal in Thursday’s 5-0 win at LASK, in the Europa League first leg round of 16 tie.

Odion Ighalo makes Europa League team of the week

Former Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo has been included in the UEFA Europa League first leg round of 16 Team of the Week, following his impressive performance for Manchester United against Austrian club LASK.
Bruno Fernandes has insisted he can do much better for Manchester United despite scoring his third goal for the club during a 1-1 draw at Everton on Sunday.

Bruno Fernandes accuses Pep Guardiola of disrespect during Manchester derby

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has accused Pep Guardiola of disrespecting him in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Bruno Fernandes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been nominated alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Marcos Alonso, Matt Doherty and Nick Pope for February’s Premier League Player of the Month award.

Owen Hargreaves hails Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has quickly become a Paul Scholes-esque presence for Manchester United, says Owen Hargreaves, with the Portuguese midfielder making “everybody else play better”.
During a session with the club's media, Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo was surprised to receive a call from legend Andy Cole.

Nigerian striker relishes partnership with Juan Mata at Manchester United

Juan Mata has assisted two of out of the three goals scored by the Nigerian forward since moving to Old Trafford from Chinese Super league side Shanghai Shenhua in January.
Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighboring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Austria shuts museums, suspends Italy trains

Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighboring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
Goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay sealed the hosts' 2-0 victory, aided and abetted by glaring errors from usually unflappable City No.1 Ederson.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes after victory against Man City

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the duo of Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes, following their win over Manchester City on Sunday.
An OPEC branded flag sits on a table ahead of the 169th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria. | Akos Stiller | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Coronavirus: OPEC reduces number of delegates, stops journalists from covering meeting

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has adopted measures, targeted at preventing the spread of Coronavirus, as the 178th Extraordinary Meeting of OPEC Conference and the 8th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting open in Vienna, Austria.
Bruno Fernandes has insisted he can do much better for Manchester United despite scoring his third goal for the club during a 1-1 draw at Everton on Sunday.

Ryan Giggs: Bruno Fernandes has lifted everyone at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs has described Bruno Fernandes as a "fantastic player" and expressed his belief that the midfielder "can get even better" as his Manchester United career progresses.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes had some kind words for Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo after last night’s 5-0 victory against Club Brugge in the return leg of the Europa League Round of 32.

Manchester United to play Austria’s LASK in Europa League last 16

Manchester United will meet Austrian club LASK in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Wolves were pitted against Olympiakos in Friday’s draw in Nyon.
Manchester City advanced to the EFL Cup final following a 3-2 aggregate over Manchester United.

Five top games to watch in Europa League this week

The Europa League knockout phase begins on Thursday, with VAR being introduced to Europe’s secondary club competition for the first time outwith the final for the last 32, first-leg ties. AFP Sport picks five games to watch this week

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Cameroon’s military says three of five men recently arrested by Togolese police and portrayed by Togolese media as notorious criminals who committed serious offenses against Togolese citizens are Cameroonian soldiers, while the other two are former convicts. The three military men stole weapons from the military headquarters in Yaoundé and went to Togo’s capital, Lomé, where they used the weapons to harass Togolese, according to Togolese police.
Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said he has accepted an invitation to meet United States President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.

Israeli defense minister apologizes over Palestinian’s death

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz apologized on Sunday for Israeli police’s shooting to death an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Saturday.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos set to reopen economy

The Lagos State Government would soon embark on the ‘Register-to-Open Initiative’ toward the gradual reopening of the economy in the state.

Senator Ajimobi’s ex-aide defects to PDP

The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Ibadan Southeast/Northeast Federal House of Representatives in Oyo state during the 2019 general election, Mr Deji Aboderin, has defected to the ruling People’s Democratic Party.
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has arrested a 19-year-old National Diploma holder of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos as the brain behind the blackmail of Queen Salawa Abeni with nude photographs.

RRS arrests man over nude photos of Salawa Abeni

The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has arrested a 19-year-old National Diploma holder of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos as the brain behind the blackmail of Queen Salawa Abeni with nude photographs.