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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja.

Nigerian government explains what constitutes hate speech

The Federal Government says “any speech, broadcast or publication that denigrates a person, a group of people on the basis of their sex, religion, political belief or origin is hate speech”.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Minister: Why we increased hate speech fine to N5 million

The Federal Government says it increased the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million in the amended National Broadcasting Code to deter people who are willingly violating the provision to destabilise the country.
Egyptian investigators inspect a light aircraft which crashed on landing at Gouna airport, near Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, on August 6, 2020. (AFP)

Two dead as light aircraft crashes in Egypt

A light aircraft crashed on landing at Egypt’s Gouna Airport on the Red Sea coast on Thursday killing the two pilots on board, the civil aviation ministry said.
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Dollar slips after political wrangling slows rally

A dollar rebound faltered on Tuesday as political wrangling over a United States relief plan and the gloomy outlook weighed on the currency.
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.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

India reports biggest daily jump of 52,123 new coronavirus cases, Philippines logs 3,954 new...

COVID-19 cases is mounting in South Asia and Southeast Asia as both India and the Philippines reported the highest single-day new cases on Thursday.
Four persons were killed and five others wounded in a gas cylinder explosion in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia on Saturday, a firefighting police chief said.

Four dead, five injured in Cambodian gas explosion

Four persons were killed and five others wounded in a gas cylinder explosion in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia on Saturday, a firefighting police chief said.
FILE - In this photo taken April 24, 2020, residents are given bottles of a herbal mixture said to prevent and cure COVID-19 in Antanarivo, Madagascar.

Madagascar records first death from coronavirus

Madagascar has registered its first coronavirus death, two months after its index case, the national COVID-19 taskforce said on Sunday, according to news site Reuters.
While the United States and Europe are in the grip of the outbreak, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the virus was not expected to peak in the world's poorest countries until some point over the next three to six months.

UN triples coronavirus appeal to $6.7 billion to help poor countries

The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7bn to help 63 nations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Tuesday said that it was working with the Federal Government and some States to eliminate child labour in the country by 2025.

ILO: Informal sector poverty to increase by 56 percent

International Labour Organisation, ILO, has said the COVID-19 lockdown and containment measures across the globe will increase poverty levels among the world’s informal economy workers by 56 percent in low-income countries.
Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.

Report: Black people four times more likely to die of coronavirus than white people

A recent report analysis by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) claimed that residents in the United Kingdom (UK) from black heritage are more than four times likely to die from COVID-19 if infected.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the conference that the world “must work together to build an impregnable shield around all our people”.

World leaders raise $8.1 billion for coronavirus vaccine

World leaders called Monday for cooperation not competition in the quest for a coronavirus vaccine, as they pledged 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) at a fundraising telethon snubbed by the United States. COVID-19 has killed...
Men load sacks of rice among other food aid in a truck, to be distributed for those affected by procedures taken to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria April 17, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

How Africa risks reeling from a health crisis to a food crisis

In Nigeria’s Benue state, the food basket of the country, Mercy Yialase, sits in front of her idle rice mill. Demand is high across the nation, but she already has mounds of paddy rice that are going nowhere amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has tested negative for the coronavirus, an official said Tuesday, days after news leaked out of an outbreak among his staff.

Afghan president negative for virus after palace outbreak

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has tested negative for the coronavirus, an official said Tuesday, days after news leaked out of an outbreak among his staff.
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).

UN: Global hunger could double due to coronavirus blow

The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
Scott Morrison

Coronavirus: Australia premier throws weight behind virus inquiry

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday threw his weight behind calls for an international inquiry into China’s initial response to the coronavirus and its origins.
Asian markets are in negative territory Tuesday as the shockwaves from Monday’s historic drop in U.S. crude oil prices continues to reverberate.

Asian markets in negative territory

Asian markets are in negative territory Tuesday as the shockwaves from Monday’s historic drop in U.S. crude oil prices continues to reverberate.

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Chelsea midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko, will reportedly accept a pay cut in order to return to Milan this summer.

Tiemoue Bakayoko accepts pay cut for Milan return

Chelsea midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko, will reportedly accept a pay cut in order to return to Milan this summer.

New INEC admin secretary in Ebonyi assumes duty

Mr Clement Oha, the new Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Administrative Secretary in Ebonyi has assumed duty.

Inter Miami confirm signing of Blaise Matuidi on free transfer

Inter Miami have confirmed the signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi following the Frenchman's departure from Juventus.

Court sentences man to two years imprisonment for mischief, theft

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Thursday sentenced one Dayesa Ayuba to two years imprisonment for mischief and theft.
Arsenal player Mesut Ozil (C) attends training session with team mates during their pre-season tour for the International Champions Cup match in Singapore on July 25, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Roslan RAHMAN

Mesut Ozil: I’ll decide when to leave Arsenal

Mesut Ozil insists he is the only person who will decide when he leaves Arsenal after the German star was frozen out by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.