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A Belarus opposition supporter holds a fiberglass sheet with a drawn TV and an inscription reading “The truth!!!” near the State TV and radio company during a protest rally against police violence recent rallies of opposition supporters, who accuse strongman Alexander Lukashenko of falsifying the polls in the presidential election, in central Minsk, late on August 15, 2020. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP)

Belarus leader says Vladimir Putin offers help as pressure builds

Vladimir Putin has offered to help ensure Belarus’s security, according to its president Alexander Lukashenko, as pressure builds on the strongman leader and opposition protesters prepare for a show of force Sunday.
Longtime Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko won Sunday’s presidential election with 79.7 percent of the vote, according to the official exit poll, after a tense campaign that saw a woman opposition candidate posing a historic challenge.

Alexander Lukashenko wins Belarus presidential vote with 79.7%

Longtime Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko won Sunday’s presidential election with 79.7 percent of the vote, according to the official exit poll, after a tense campaign that saw a woman opposition candidate posing a historic challenge.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Italy will present a plan this week to ease its lockdown from May 4, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a post on Facebook.

Italy to gradually ease lockdown from May 4

Conte said that his cabinet is working with various experts to coordinate the so-called “phase 2” when Italy will have to cohabit with the coronavirus. The plan will be done at a

Governor Ortom departs for international exhibition in Belarus

Governor Samuel Ortom on Thursday departed Benue state to attend the 29th international exhibition at Belagro in Belarus, Eastern Europe.
Belarussian Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov speaks during an interview with Reuters in Minsk, Belarus, December 19, 2016.REUTERS-Vasily Fedosenko

Belarus prime minister sacked over corruption scandal

Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday sacked his prime minister and other key members of government following a corruption scandal that saw top officials arrested.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES IN FAREWELL AUDIENCE OUTGOING BELARUS AMB, VYACHESLAV BESKOSTY. JULY 12 2018

President Buhari commends Nigeria’s educational ties with Belarus

President Muhammadu Buhari says education is the veritable doorway through which the boundless potentials of youths can be positively harnessed for the benefit of the society and the country at large.

Ukraine expels Belarus diplomat over Minsk spy-ring spat

Ukraine, on Tuesday, said it had expelled a Belarussian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move linked to allegations from Belarus that the Ukrainian Defence Ministry had set up a spy ring in Minsk.

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A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Twelve health workers test positive to coronavirus in Taraba

Twelve health workers comprising of three doctors and nine nurses have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE chief: President Buhari determined to eradicate poverty

Director General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government was determined to eradicate poverty and unemployment in the country.
South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

South Africa minister dies of coronavirus

South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
General view of a cross session of lawyers in a court during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano, Nigeria January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano. Teenager Omar Farouq was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument, while Yahaya Aminu Sharif was accused of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp.
FILE PHOTO - A man wearing a mask outside Guildhall in the city of London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-John Sibley-File Photo

City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade

The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery.