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Vehicles line up at a self-swabbing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a Rite Aid drive-thru during the outbreak of COVID-19, in Pasadena, California, U.S., January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Mario Anzuoni

Alphabet’s Verily bets on long-term payoff from virus-testing deals

For Alphabet Inc’s Verily, a healthcare venture that is one the tech giant’s most prominent “other bets,” the coronavirus pandemic offered an immediate business opportunity.
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Gold rises on renewed US stimulus hope, dollar falls

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bill for a compromise stimulus package is being written as she awaits a key phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would take up a comprehensive coronavirus package if an accord is struck. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for the third straight decline.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

U.S. restricts Chinese diplomats from cultural events

The United States Government has imposed restrictions on senior Chinese diplomats, regarding their engagement in cultural and university events in the country.
Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.

UI, LASU, UNILAG make top THE world university rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.

Stroke admissions fell by a third during coronavirus lockdown

Hospital admissions for stroke dropped by nearly a third during the Coronavirus lockdown, according to a new research published in the journal Stroke and Vascular Neurology.

Peter Obi donates computers, printers and generator to school

Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has donated 12 laptops with printers and a generator to power them to St. Patrick’s International Secondary School, Awka, Anambra State.

Study: Overweight babies may have lower brain function in childhood

Children who are overweight or on the threshold of obesity in the first two years of life may grow up to have lower cognitive abilities.

US earmarks $45 billion for 2018 Afghanistan war

The U.S. will spend 45 billion dollars on military operations in Afghanistan in 2018, local media reported, citing a senior Pentagon official.

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan visits Nigeria

United States Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, will be visiting Nigeria from November 19 to 20.

Uber picks savvy dealmaker, not ‘tech bro’ as new CEO

Dara Khosrowshahi may have been the compromise choice for Uber Technologies Inc’s new chief executive.

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At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Calls mount for release of kidnapped Zamfara schoolgirls

Calls are increasing, from both politicians and civil society, for the rescue of at least 300 schoolgirls abducted early Friday from their hostel by gunmen in Zamfara.
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Kwara APC youths beg minister, other aggrieved leaders to close ranks, embrace peace

Coalition of Kwara All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Stakeholders has appealed to the Minister of Information and Culture and APC leader, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and other aggrieved leaders of the party in the state to forget the past and close ranks in order to move the party forward in the state.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president: recurrent attacks on schools, other acts of banditry call for intense soul...

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan said on Friday that the recurrent attacks on schools and other acts of banditry across the country, call for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at this very sorry situation.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Gombe governor mourns retired Justice Abdul Kafarati

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed sadness over the demise of renowned jurist and retired Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati who died yesterday in Abuja at the age of 67 years.
The Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Friday Eboka, dissolved a special police tactical unit code-named Eagle Crack Squad on Friday.

Police disband ‘notorious’ tactical unit in Rivers

The Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Friday Eboka, dissolved a special police tactical unit code-named Eagle Crack Squad on Friday.

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India’s economy grew 0.4 per cent year-on-year in the final quarter of 2020, official data showed Friday, ending its first recession since independence as easing coronavirus restrictions sparked a modest recovery.

India exits recession with 0.4 percent quarterly growth

India’s economy grew 0.4 per cent year-on-year in the final quarter of 2020, official data showed Friday, ending its first recession since independence as...
1. Shola Shoretire made his Manchester United debut in the Premier League win over Newcastle.

Manchester United struggling to manage public image of Shola Shoretire, others

The Manchester Evening News reports United, known for denying access to players at senior and junior level for decades, have been powerless to prevent some of their brightest young things – Shola Shoretire among them – from conducting interviews with Instagrammers.
WhatsApp is launching a new fact-checking service in India ahead of the country’s upcoming elections.

India sets stricter rules for social media giants

India has announced new regulations for social networks and other web services in the country, particularly “significant social media” companies with large user bases, like Facebook and Twitter.
National Association of Nigeria Nurses And Midwives (NANNM)

Ondo nurses declare three days warning strike

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Ondo State Chapter has directed its members to embark on a three-day warning strike from March 1 over the percentage payment of their salaries by the state government.
Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV-AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.

Spate of attacks, arrests puts LGBT+ groups on alert in Cameroon

Three murders and more than 20 arrests targeting LGBT+ people in Cameroon this month have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic persecution in the Central African country, rights campaigners and lawyers said on Friday.