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Washington's trade office in Taipei confirmed that health chief Alex Azar would lead an upcoming delegation to the self-ruled island, which China's communist leaders claim and have vowed to one day seize.

US announces ‘highest level’ visit in decades to Taiwan

The United States on Wednesday announced its "highest level" visit in decades to Taiwan, a move sure to infuriate China at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing are at historic lows.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu has sacked a Cabinet minister for appearing in a leaked nude video that went viral on social media.

Zambia’s education minister sacked over viral sex video

Zambia President Edgar Lungu has sacked a Cabinet minister for appearing in a leaked nude video that went viral on social media.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

Kenya turns to retired ICU health workers as coronavirus deaths rise to 285

With the number of Covid-19 deaths reaching 285 on Monday, the country looked to retired intensive care health workers for the support of those in need of round-the-clock medical attention.
South Africa’s Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, the cabinet said, the fourth minister to contract the virus in Africa’s hardest-hit country.

South African trade minister contracts coronavirus

South Africa’s Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, the cabinet said, the fourth minister to contract the virus in Africa’s hardest-hit country.
The Kano State Government says it has conducted 4,735 Coronavirus (COVID-19) samples test since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Kenya’s coronavirus cases pass 10,000 mark

Kenya’s number of COVID-19 cases passed 10,000 mark on Sunday as the Ministry of Health intensifies measures to contain the spread of the respiratory disease.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference during a visit to Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS-Hannibal Hanschke-File Photo

Sudan criminalises female genital mutilation

Sudan’s highest governing body Friday ratified a law criminalising female genital mutilation, a widespread ritual in the African country, the justice ministry announced.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi A. Sule

Nasarawa governor effects minor cabinet reshuffle

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle to reinvigorate the machinery of government for better service delivery especially in the media department.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is “more than ignorant” to argue that North Korea’s recent missile tests violated U.N. resolutions, the North’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

John Bolton responds to Donald Trump’s attacks with a warning

More than 17 months at the White House as national security adviser, John Bolton says he never came across evidence that President Donald Trump had been personally compromised by a foreign power, financially or otherwise.
“More time is needed to stabilize South Sudan, and giving support to the country will help establish regional peace,” Defense Minister Taro Kono told a press conference, with regards to the planned one-year extension.

Japan approves extending dispatch of SDF troops to South Sudan

The extending of the Self-Defense Forces’ (SDF) dispatch to the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to May 31 next year was approved by Japan’s Cabinet on Friday.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, on Wednesday, in a statement however allayed the fears, saying that Kogi remain committed to fighting COVID-19.

Kogi: We are committed to testing more people

The Kogi State government has called for calm over claims it is not carrying out enough tests on people, as to justify the position that it is yet to record any positive case of the Coronavirus disease.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

Kaduna announces new appointments, reassignment

The Kaduna State Government has announced new appointments and reassignments as it continues the implementation of its Governance Continuation Plan, designed to ensure that the state government delivers on its core priorities in the much altered and challenging circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A memorial for Heidi Stevenson is seen outside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Headquarters, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada [John Morris-Reuters]

Canada bans assault-style weapons after mass shooting

Trudeau cited numerous mass shootings in the country Friday, including the killing of 22 people in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19. He announced the ban of more than 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms, including the AR-15 and other weapons that have been used in a number of mass shootings in the United States.
Benedict Ayade

Cross River takes awareness campaign to border communities

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade took the Covid-19 Awareness Campaign to Ekang Community in Akamkpa local government area, Cross River State which shares a border with the Republic of Cameroon.
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.

Coronavirus upends Vladimir Putin’s political agenda in Russia

A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the coronavirus spread in Russia, that plebiscite had to be postponed — an action so abrupt that billboards promoting it already had been erected in Moscow and other big cities.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria faced with unprecedented economic challenge

“We must communicate to our people where we are now, and that we can no longer assume we are still where we used to be. We are faced with a challenge that no government in the history of Nigeria has ever faced. So, we have to redesign our economic planning and change our thinking.”
Police and army officers patrol streets following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rabat, Morocco March 23, 2020. Reuters-Youssef Boudlal

Morocco to spend $200 million to brace health system for coronavirus

Morocco will spend an initial 2 billion dirhams ($200 million) to help its health system cope with the coronavirus outbreak, the finance ministry said on Friday as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 333.
Rotimi Akeredolu

Ondo orders ban on political, social gatherings, directs civil servant to sit at home

Sequel to the spate of the deadly coronavirus case in Nigeria, the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led government in Ondo State has banned political, social and religious gatherings in the state.
Malawi’s constitutional court on Monday ordered new elections after annulling the results of a vote that reelected President Peter Mutharika in May, citing widespread irregularities.

Malawi president dissolves cabinet after new alliance

Malawi's president Peter Mutharika on Friday dissolved his cabinet, the latest political move after his May re-election was annulled over vote-rigging.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed telecoms security with US President Donald Trump as he prepares to announce if Britain will use China’s Huawei in its 5G networks, officials said Saturday.

Huawei will stop producing Kirin chipsets on September 15

Huawei will stop making its flagship Kirin chipsets next month, financial magazine Caixin said on Saturday, as the impact of U.S. pressure on the Chinese tech giant grows. U.S. pressure on Huawei’s suppliers has made it impossible for the company’s HiSilicon chip division to keep making the chipsets, key components for mobile phone, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Unit was quoted as saying at the launch of the company’s new Mate 40 handset.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor, moving a bill on the Repeal of Quarantine Act, 2004 at plenary yesterday at National Assembly Abuja. . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. 2

House of Reps uncovers abandoned power projects worth over N156 billion

The Federal House of Representatives, in it’s oversight function, has uncovered many power projects, put together at the cost of N156 billion, that are being abandoned or are yet to be completed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Biafra group warns Miyetti Allah against operating security outfit in South-east, South-south

The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, on Saturday, warned Miyetti Allah Kautal Haure not to allow the Fulani Security group to operate in the Southeast and Southsouth to avoid bloody confrontation by both groups.
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has fully recovered from coronavirus. 4

Governor El-Rufai: South should produce next President

Barely a week after President Muhammadu Buhari’s closest ally and nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, spoke against zoning of presidency ahead of the 2023 election, Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i has said the next President should come from the South.
The Lagos Waste Management Authority on Saturday said plans had been concluded to decommission its Olusosun and Solous landfill sites. The Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said in a statement that the decommissioning was due to urban encroachment and increased human activities around the areas.

LAWMA arrests 13 cart pushers for environmental laws violation

Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, Acting Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), said the authority arrested 13 cart pushers and seized 29 carts for violating environmental laws of the state.