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FILE PHOTO- Floating ice is seen during the expedition of the Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship at the Arctic Ocean, September 14, 2020. REUTERS-Natalie Thomas-File Photo

Russia, U.S. tout cooperation ahead of Arctic Council meeting

With a warming climate melting more Arctic ice cover and global industries eager to exploit the region for shipping, fishing, drilling and mining, the United States and Russia sounded a rare, cooperative note going into an Arctic meeting this week.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi should score in the Premier League if he wants to prove a point, not in an international mismatch between Belgium and Belarus.

Crystal Palace boss challenges Michy Batshuayi to step up in Premier League

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi should score in the Premier League if he wants to prove a point, not in an international mismatch between Belgium and Belarus.
This image shows vials of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, named Sputnik V. (Russian Health Ministry - Handout-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel discussed potential Sputnik V vaccine cooperation with Vladimir Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed possible cooperation on vaccines with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a joint video conference on Tuesday, Macron’s office and the Kremlin said
Belgium may have played a poor game in drawing at the Czech Republic in their World Cup qualifier but coach Roberto Martinez said the character of the team had pleased him.

Coach Martinez pleased with character despite poor Belgian showing

Belgium may have played a poor game in drawing at the Czech Republic in their World Cup qualifier but coach Roberto Martinez said the character of the team had pleased him.
Belarus has been disqualified from taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after it failed for a second time to submit an entry that complies with the non-political nature of the competition.

Belarus excluded from Eurovision over political entry

Belarus has been disqualified from taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after it failed for a second time to submit an entry that complies with the non-political nature of the competition.
Irina Sorgovitskaia of Belarusian band Galasy ZMesta performs during a concert in Minsk, Belarus December 5, 2020. BelTA-Handout via REUTERS

Belarusian Eurovision song entry riles opposition

A rumbling political crisis in Belarus spilled over into the Eurovision Song Contest this week, as the country’s state broadcaster nominated a band that has released songs mocking protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.
The Central Student Disciplinary Committee, CSDC, of the University of Ibadan, UI, has meted various punishments to 22 erring students of different departments.

UI, LASU, UNILAG ranked among top 800 world universities

The University of Ibadan (UI), Lagos State University (LASU), and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have ranked among the top 800 universities in the world, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Vials of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are seen at the Del-Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2021. Zoltan Balogh-MTI-MTVA-Pool via REUTERS

Ghana approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

Ghana through the Ministry of Health has authorised the registration and use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.
Nigeria U23 defender Godfrey Bitok Stephen has saluted Belarusian club Isloch after he signed a three-year contract with Polish club Jagiellonia.

Nigeria U23 star hails Belarus start after signing in Poland

Nigeria U23 defender Godfrey Bitok Stephen has saluted Belarusian club Isloch after he signed a three-year contract with Polish club Jagiellonia.
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya poses with the Sakharov Prize, European Union's annual human rights award, during a ceremony at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium December 16, 2020. John Thys-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Lithuanian president nominates Belarus opposition leader for Nobel prize – sources

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has nominated Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya for the Nobel Peace Prize, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday
FILE PHOTO - Bottles of Russia's Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia, October 12, 2020. REUTERS-Tatyana Makeyeva-File Photo

Brazilian approval of Sputnik V vaccine delayed by missing data

Brazil’s health regulator is seeking further data on Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine before considering its approval for emergency use.
FILE PHOTO - People wait in line at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic at Mona Vale Hospital in the wake of a new outbreak in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia, December 18, 2020. REUTERS-Loren Elliott-File Photo

Forty seven players quarantined after coronavirus cases on Australian Open flights

Forty-seven players have been forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine in Melbourne after three coronavirus infections were reported on two chartered flights carrying them to the year’s first grand slam, the tournament organisers said on Saturday.
World number 10 Aryna Sabalenka says she’ll do everything she can to keep her winning streak alive after she posted a 14th consecutive victory in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to reach her third final in as many tournaments.

Tennis: Aryna Sabalenka powers into Abu Dhabi final

World number 10 Aryna Sabalenka says she’ll do everything she can to keep her winning streak alive after she posted a 14th consecutive victory in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to reach her third final in as many tournaments.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz conducts a service on Christmas Eve at a cathedral following his arrival in Minsk, Belarus December 24, 2020. REUTERS-Stringer-File Photo

Archbishop who angered Minsk resigns after hitting age limit

Pope Francis on Sunday accepted the resignation of the head of the Catholic Church in Belarus, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who was banned from Belarus last year after angering President Alexander Lukashenko.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz was allowed to return to Belarus last month after being stopped from re-entering the country since August following a holiday in Poland where he called for the resignation of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

Minsk archbishop resigns months after calling for Belarus president’s resignation

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Catholic Archbishop of Minsk, the Vatican said on Sunday, after he spoke out against the Belarus government and violence against protestors.
In front of an American flag, nurse Lillian Wirpsza administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Shylee Stewart, a labor and delivery nurse at George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., U.S. December 14, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool via REUTERS

More than 50 countries launch coronavirus vaccination campaigns

Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by China signalled the start of the epidemic.
A Russian Army service member receives an injection of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 at a clinic in the city of Rostov-On-Don, Russia [Sergey Pivovarov-Reuters]

Argentina begins coronavirus vaccine campaign with Russian shots

Argentina began to vaccinate its citizens against the coronavirus on Tuesday, administering the first of 300,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine delivered last week, the government said.

CPJ: 274 journalists jailed globally in 2020

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in its annual global survey has revealed that at least 274 journalists were jailed in relation to their work in 2020.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said it was time for outgoing President Donald Trump to stop grandstanding and concede the Nov. 3 election.

Poland, South Korea congratulate Joe Biden on election victory

Polish President Andrzej Duda and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in on Tuesday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his electoral victory in a letter to the future 46th president of the US.

Record number of journalists imprisoned in 2020 – report

A record number of journalists were imprisoned during 2020, as governments cracked down on coverage of the coronavirus pandemic or tried to suppress reporting of civil unrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Tuesday.

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Tottenham Hotspur icon Harry Kane has not mentioned anything about wishing to leave the Premier League side, said caretaker manager Ryan Mason on Tuesday.

Tottenham boss unaware of Harry Kane wanting to leave

Tottenham Hotspur icon Harry Kane has not mentioned anything about wishing to leave the Premier League side, said caretaker manager Ryan Mason on Tuesday.
Bruno Fernandes sees himself being a “natural” leader at Manchester United, with the Portuguese embracing his standing as a talismanic presence for the Red Devils.

Bruno Fernandes clinches Manchester United’s Player of the Year award

In continuation of the brilliant form that Portuguese players have enjoyed in the colours of English Premier League side Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes was named Manchester United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the second season in a row, underlying how important a player he has been in how far the team has progressed.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna government sacks nurses for joining ‘illegal’ NLC strike

Kaduna State Government has announced the dismissal of all nurses below Grade Level 14 for joining the “illegal strike” embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state.
The Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa led other categories of staff to take the oath in compliance with the Official Secrets Act and the newly adopted Document Classification Policy of the Commission.

EFCC staff take oath of allegiance

As part of ongoing reform efforts to improve efficient delivery of its mandate, officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today May 18, 2021 took fresh official oaths, pledging among others, to perform their duties diligently and honestly.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House to probe killing of five by customs officers

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Customs to investigate the killing of five bystanders in Iseyin, Oyo State, by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

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After Saturday’s successful FA Cup final test event, which saw 21,000 in attendance for Leicester’s Wembley victory over Chelsea, two Sky Bet Championship clubs will see the return of fans.

Sports venues in England prepare to host fans

Football, greyhound racing, horse racing, rugby league and rugby union are among sports to open their doors to fans as the third step of Government’s coronavirus recovery roadmap is implemented.
According to the Brit, a world heavyweight title showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be announced in the next two weeks

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury bout suffers new blow

In an unexpected twist of circumstances, the highly-anticipated unification bout between British heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has been called off after American boxer, Deontay Wilder, won his legal case for a contractual trilogy bout against the ‘Gypsy King,’ Fury.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

Eid-el-Fitr: Sultan asks President Buhari, governors to end insecurity

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has uged government at all levels to come up with measures aimed at addressing the security challenges bedeviling the country.

Britain sanctions Libyan al-Kaniyat militia and its leaders – statement

Britain on Thursday imposed sanctions against Libya’s Kaniyat militia, saying those who breached international law in Libya would have to face consequences.
Akwa United defender, David Phillip, has dedicated his first career goal to God and his wife.

Akwa United overpower neighbors Dakkada to extends their unbeaten run

Akwa United retains their lead on the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League with a 0-2 away win over neighbours Dakkada FC on Match-day 21 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.