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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he commemorates the 50 millionth coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination with a number of vaccine recipients in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 25, 2021. REUTERS

US to share millions of coronavirus vaccines with Latam, Africa, Asia

The White House on Monday laid out a plan to share 55 million U.S. COVID-19 vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75% of the doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program.
Italy is reintroducing a five-day quarantine on arrivals from Britain after a spike in coronavirus cases there, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday.

Italy re-imposes quarantine on arrivals from Britain

Italy is reintroducing a five-day quarantine on arrivals from Britain after a spike in coronavirus cases there, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday.
Norway’s soccer players marked the start of their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by protesting against the gulf state’s alleged treatment of workers before kick off in their opening match against Gibraltar on Wednesday.

Norway could be banned from World Cup as FIFA wait on weekend decision

FIFA could threaten Norway with a ban from the 2026 World Cup as part of sanctions they are considering over the country’s potential boycott of the 2022 tournament, according to a report from the country.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank: Nigeria has world’s largest electricity access deficit

The World Bank has ranked Nigeria as the world’s worst country in terms of people without electricity access.
North Korea have pulled out of next month’s qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Asian Football Confederation said Sunday.

Qatar fine-tunes to host World Cup

Qatar is hosting a number of major football events as the country fine-tunes to stage the next year’s FIFA World Cup – the first in the Middle East and the Arab World – despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
FILE PHOTO - Rohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 2, 2017. REUTERS-Hannah McKay-File Photo

Rohingya Muslim refugees ‘injured in protests’ on isolated island during UNHCR visit

Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, angry at living conditions on a remote Bangladeshi island, suffered baton injuries as they protested against the lack of access to a visiting U.N. team, two of the refugees said
Freshly washed ginger plant bulbs are seen at a market in Kaduna, Nigeria. April 30, 2021. Picture taken April 30, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

From Nigeria to Brazil ‘halo’ crops reap pandemic profits

In a flowing cream hijab, Karima M. Imam walks through her fields in scrubland in northern Nigeria as workers harvest a gnarled brown root that has turned gold since COVID struck: ginger.
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during a press conference remotely on the annual global WTO trade forecast at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland March 31, 2021. Salvatore Di Nolfi/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

WTO chief: Patent waiver not enough to close vaccine gap

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that intellectual property waiver alone will not be enough to narrow the huge COVID-19 vaccine supply gap between rich and poor countries.
FILE PHOTO: The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Picture taken on April 28, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

India infections top 18 million as gravediggers work round the clock

India’s total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots
At least five people have been shot dead and dozens injured when police opened fire at workers demanding a pay rise at a Chinese-backed coal-fired power plant in southeast Bangladesh.

Protesters shot dead by police at Bangladesh power plant

At least five people have been shot dead and dozens injured when police opened fire at workers demanding a pay rise at a Chinese-backed coal-fired power plant in southeast Bangladesh.
The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for reinforcement of the mutual cultural ties that exist between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Federal Government of Nigeria, saying it should be explored for the benefits of both countries.

NCAC chief calls for reinforcement of cultural ties between Nigeria, Bangladesh

The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for reinforcement of the mutual cultural ties that exist between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Federal Government of Nigeria, saying it should be explored for the benefits of both countries.
FILE PHOTO - A harvester is used to deposit wheat crop on a tarpaulin in a field on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 24, 2015. REUTERS-Amit Dave-File Photo

New zinc-fortified wheat set for global expansion to combat malnutrition

Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets, the institute’s head told Reuters.

All Chinese schools now have access to internet

All Chinese schools now have full access to the Internet, and 95.2 per cent of them are equipped with multi-media classrooms, according to a senior official with China’s Ministry of Education.
FILE PHOTO: Health workers carry the body of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), for burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

South Asia surpasses grim milestone of 15 million coronavirus cases

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia sub-region surpassed the grim milestone of 15 million on Saturday, a Reuters tally shows, led by India’s record daily infections and vaccine shortages.

Reports: Governments ‘gender blind’ to coronavirus’ ‘greater impact’ on women

Governments are putting women and girls at greater risk of the health and socio-economic impacts posed by the coronavirus pandemic, two global studies released Wednesday show.
Tires burn on a street as protests against the military coup continue, in Mandalay, Myanmar March 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests

Security forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said.
President Buhari received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors of Gambia, South Korea, Slovak, Australia, Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau at the State House, Abuja.

President Buhari seeks international collaboration on terrorism, displaced persons, climate change

President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja called on the international community to further collaborate on tackling some of the major threats across the globe, which include terrorism, insurgency, displacement of persons, and climate change, reiterating that the growing challenges pose real threat to human existence.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari to envoys: Nigeria is as peaceful as your countries

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Nigeria as a peaceful nation like Gambia, South Korea, Slovak, Australia, Bagladesh and Guinea Bissau.
FIFA must use the “full extent of its influence” to help end the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International has said.

FIFA alerted over labour abuses ahead of Qatar 2022

FIFA must use the “full extent of its influence” to help end the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International has said.

Tuberculosis: Experts calls for increased case detection, management

Ahead of the 2021 World Tuberculosis Day, health experts have called for increased case detection and management at community level if the country is to eliminate the disease.
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Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Deadly small particle pollution in dozens of nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.
South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.

South Korea to host North Korea for World Cup qualifiers

South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.

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Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Mr Abdulkareem Asuku, has called for youth assertiveness in political party structures.

Kogi governor’s aide urges youth assertiveness in party structures

Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Mr Abdulkareem Asuku, has called for youth assertiveness in political party structures.

JAMB releases 2021 UTME results, to review CCTV footages

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of candidates who sat in more than 720 CBT centres for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted between Saturday, 19 and Tuesday, 22 June 2021.
Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, made this known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press conference held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian government extends coronavirus vaccination eligibility period to July 5

The federal government has said it has extended the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from June 28 to July 5, 2021.

Anambra election: PDP holds primary Saturday, adopts automatic delegate system

In view of the two judgments of the court served on the party, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party said the party has discarded the use of the three man ad-hoc delegates for the election of its governorship candidate in the November 6 election.
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Kwara donates patrol vehicles, bulletproof vests to security agencies

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has presented 20 new patrol vehicles and dozens of bulletproof vests to security agencies in the state, a gesture meant to strengthen rapid response, curb crimes and make the state safer.

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Minister: Demanding money from relatives in power encourages them to steal

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has said that putting pressure on family members and friends that are in positions of leadership to give you money is a way of encouraging them to steal and partake in corrupt practices.

Congo seizes gold worth $1.9 million in Okapi wildlife reserve

Congolese authorities have seized 31 kg of gold, worth around $1.9 million, in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the country's northeast, in a rare loss for smugglers who fraudulently bring tonnes of Congolese gold into the global market each year.

World Sickle Cell Day: ‘Bone marrow transplant best option for sickle cell patients treatment’

Dr Taiwo Aderemi, Community coordinator, Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF) in Nigeria , has called on Nigerian Government and all the federal and state teaching hospitals in the country to give more attention to people living with sickle cell disease by investing in research and facility to do bone marrow transplant in Nigeria and to make same available and assessable to every sickle cell patients in the country.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on efforts by the military to tame the wave of banditry and terrorism, especially in the North.

President Buhari appoints retired Generals Buratai, Olonisakin as ambassadors to Benin Republic, Cameroon

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd.), as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic.
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Nasarawa PDP assemblyman defects to APC

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State has witnessed another calamity, with an erstwhile member representing Karu/Gitata constituency, Hon David Maiyaki, officially defecting to the All Progressive Congress (APC).