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John le Carré (David Cornwell) in 2017. He “will be remembered as perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain,” the novelist Ian McEwan said. Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

British spy thriller author John Le Carre passes on at 89

John le Carre, the British writer best known for his Cold War espionage novels “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold”, has died aged 89, his agent and family said Sunday.
Real Sociedad snatched qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League in the final seconds on Thursday after Willian Jose’s late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Napoli and AZ Alkmaar’s shock 2-1 defeat at Rijeka allowed the Spanish side to progress.

Real Sociedad, Napoli squeeze through to Europa League last 32

Real Sociedad snatched qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League in the final seconds on Thursday after Willian Jose’s late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Napoli and AZ Alkmaar’s shock 2-1 defeat at Rijeka allowed the Spanish side to progress.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU to support flooded communities in Nigeria

The European Union has said it will provide €80,000 (N35.5 million) in emergency humanitarian funding to assist flood victims in Nigeria.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 20, 2020, to make a statement on the nomination for replacement of recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. – US presidential hopeful Joe Biden urged Senate lawmakers to not vote on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death until after the election in November. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

Joe Biden urges halt of Donald Trump’s US Supreme Court push

Democratic hopeful Joe Biden on Sunday urged lawmakers to wait until after November’s election to tackle a Supreme Court vacancy that President Donald Trump has pledged to fill quickly, as the nomination becomes a new flashpoint in the battle for the White House.
President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande

Tijani Muhammad-Bande successfully served at most trying time – UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Nigeria’s Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was the miracle needed by the General Assembly to deliver on its mandate in the face of COVID-19.
The McLaren 765LT is seen at its launch at the McLaren headquarters in Woking, Britain. REUTERS-Peter Nicholls

McLaren to sell and lease back Woking factory

McLaren will sell their state-of-the-art Formula One headquarters and lease it back long-term to raise cash and reduce the company’s debt, the team’s chief executive Zak Brown said on Saturday.
Stephen Odey

Two French clubs interested in signing Stephen Odey

Former MFM striker Stephen Odey is reportedly attracting interest from two french clubs ahead of the new league season.
A South African Airways (SAA) plane is towed at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 18, 2020. REUTERS-Rogan Ward-File Photo

Ethiopian Airlines in rescue talks with South African Airways – official

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks over possible involvement in the rescue of flagship carrier South African Airways (SAA), the head of the airline told Reuters on Friday.
FIFA

FIFA warns Iran over government interference

FIFA has issued another warning to the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) over interference in its affairs, amid concern regarding the involvement of the country’s judicial authorities in a dispute between the governing body and a former coach.
Swiss Health Minister, Alain Berset, however, warned that the situation could get out of control.

Switzerland records highest daily increase in virus cases since April

The Swiss Office of Public Health, on Wednesday, reported 383 new cases of the coronavirus within 24 hours, the highest daily tally since the peak of the outbreak in April.
Inter manager Antonio Conte has insisted that he does not feel that it is the right time to discuss his future as Inter boss following Inter’s Europa League final loss to Sevilla on Friday night.

Antonio Conte: Why Sevilla defeated Inter Milan in Europa League final

Inter Milan coach, Antonio Conte, has disclosed that his side lost 3-2 to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Friday night because of Romelu Lukaku’s unfortunate own goal.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress REUTERS-Yves Herman-File Photo

FIFA says no reason for Swiss authorities to investigate Gianni Infantino

Global soccer body FIFA has said there is no reason for Swiss authorities to launch criminal proceedings against its president Gianni Infantino who will continue in his role as normal.

AU says yet to endorse consensus candidate for WTO top job

The African Union (AU) says it is yet to agree on a consensus candidate for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
President of The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the elective assembly of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on October 22, 2018 at the Hilton hotel of Rome's Fiumicino airport. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Special prosecutor to examine allegations against FIFA chief, Swiss attorney-general

Switzerland has named a special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and Attorney-General Michael Lauber.

Switzerland to impose 10-day quarantine on arrivals

The Swiss government will impose a 10-day quarantine on arrivals from ‘high-risk’ countries from July 6, according to a statement by the Federal Council.
Earlier this month, UEFA indefinitely suspended the Champions League, Europa League and the European Championship playoffs amid the ongoing concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Champions League to be completed with eight-team tournament in Lisbon

This season’s Champions League, suspended in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be completed with an eight-team mini-tournament which will be held in Lisbon in August, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Wednesday.
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.

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Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

NCDC releases handbook on home management of mild coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), on Tuesday released a handbook on home management of asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor tests positive for coronavirus

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, announced on Wednesday morning that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

FRSC: Over 400,000 traffic offenders arrested in 2020

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it arrested 456,655 traffic offenders nationwide for committing 507,279 offences in 2020 as against 629, 692 offenders, and 703,523 offences in 2019.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Northern governors laud appointment of new service chiefs

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau and chairman of the forum said this in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Wednesday, in Jos.

PENGASSAN issues seven-day ultimatum to Agip

Oil workers, under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, yesterday, issued a seven-day ultimatum to Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, to immediately discontinue its anti-labour posture and halt all forms of intimidation against its members.