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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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka settlement, outside Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2020.

Russia posts another humongous coronavirus number for sixth day

Russia posted yet another mind-boggling 10,699 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday.
The office said in a statement that it has discovered videos posted on the VK social network and YouTube, alleging that the coronavirus is a genetically modified biological weapon.

Russia bans online videos about coronavirus origin

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, on Wednesday, asked the country’s communications watchdog to block online videos alleging that COVID-19 is a man-made bio-weapon.
Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.

Coronavirus cases spike for third day in Russia

Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.
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
Russia and Turkey have formed an alliance to exploit insolvency of the West in the Libyan crisis to pose as sponsors of a future political solution in the North African country, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde.

Report: Russia, Turkey emerge political frontrunners in Libya

Russia and Turkey have formed an alliance to exploit insolvency of the West in the Libyan crisis to pose as sponsors of a future political solution in the North African country, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde.

US troops block Russian soldiers in Syria

U.S. soldiers present in regions under YPG/PKK group’s occupation in Syria, on Saturday stopped Russian soldiers who wanted to reach oil fields.
Dmitry Medvedev

Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin proposes changes

Russia’s government has resigned, a few hours after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes that could prolong his stay in power.

Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan call for ceasefire in Libya beginning Sunday

Russia and Turkey, two countries on opposing sides of Libya’s civil war, are appealing for a ceasefire in the north African country, beginning from Sunday.
Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees rescue an 11-month-old baby from the site of an apartment block collapse [TASS via Getty Images]

Rescuers pull baby boy alive from Russian apartment collapse

Rescuers have pulled an infant boy alive from the rubble of an apartment building, some 35 hours after a collapse that has killed at least seven people and left dozens missing.
At least 10 people have been rescued from the rubble [Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP]

Dozens missing after deadly apartment collapse in Russia

Russian rescuers are searching for people still trapped under the rubble of a city apartment block that partly collapsed in a suspected gas blast, killing at least four, according to the RIA news agency.

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4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari sets up panel to probe NPA

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Two killed as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were on Thursday feared dead at Elemosho Village along Akure-Ondo expressway in Ondo East Local Government Area of Ondo State when armed robbers attacked a bullion van on the road.
The West Africa Media Lawyers Association (WAMELA) has threatened to drag the federal government and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to court if they refuse to reverse the suspension of Channels Television.

Femi Falana: NBC’s N5 million fine imposed on Channels TV illegal

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, says the fine imposed on Channels Television by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is illegal.
Tottenham defender, Toby Alderweireld, has praised the work of Arsenal’s backline after the North London derby.

Arsenal set for complete overhauling, close in on £43 million move

Arsenal are set for a busy summer in the transfer market as Mikel Arteta looks to better the Gunners’ underwhelming season this time out, and the north London side are being linked several names.
Jill Mortimer of Conservative Party waits at Mill House Leisure Centre as ballots are being counted, in Hartlepool, Britain May 7, 2021. REUTERS-Lee Smith

British premier’s party sweeps to victory in bellwether election

Britain's ruling Conservative Party won a new seat in parliament on Friday, sweeping aside the incumbent Labour Party with a victory in the northern English town of Hartlepool that tightens its grip on traditional Labour-voting areas.

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Ex-international Victor Ikpeba is delighted with the nominations of Super Eagles trio,Victor Osimhen, Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi among the 30-man shortlisted for the coveted 2019 CAF African Footballer of the year award.

Super Eagles boss urged to begin search for Wilfred Ndidi’s replacement

Ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, former Nigerian midfielder, Emmanuel Amuneke has advised Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to search for a player that can be a perfect replacement for Wilfred Ndidi in the senior national team.

Niger NUT declares indefinite strike

The union in a statement made available to journalists in Minna yesterday stated that the declaration of the strike followed the resolution by the state Working Executive Committee of the NUT held on April 30, 2021, during which the inability of the state government to meet the demands of the organisation after it suspended a previous strike that took place last February was considered.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor hails reforms in state’s justice ministry

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commended the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Charles Titiloye, for introducing reforms that will enhance justice delivery in the state.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 18 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 18 new coronavirus infections, with zero COVID-19 related death in four states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as of May 3.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

DSS targets ‘elements’ threatening Nigeria’s peace, unity

The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a warning to “elements” threatening Nigeria’s unity and peaceful co-existence.