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FILE PHOTO - Vials labelled Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

AstraZeneca says vaccine 76% effective in updated US trial data

British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca on Wednesday revised down by three percentage points the effectiveness of its Covid vaccine after American authorities raised concerns that results reported from its US trial were outdated.
Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala got on the score sheet in Barcelona Ladies’ 9-0 thrashing of Santa Teresa, in the Spanish Women’s Primera Division on Saturday.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala scores, makes ESPN Top 50 Best Players list

On a day she scored FC Barcelona’s 100th goal in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) during their 3-0 win over English side, Manchester City in the quarter-final first-leg tie played in Barcelona on Wednesday, Super Falcons star, Asisat Oshoala, also made the list of ESPN’s world Top 50 players.
Former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez has suffered a heart attack at the age of just 36.

Former Liverpool winger suffers heart attack at 36

"Mark suffered an acute myocardial infarction [heart attack] and I'm sharing it here and now so that you know that not everything that comes out on social media is always pretty,” she said.
The Central Student Disciplinary Committee, CSDC, of the University of Ibadan, UI, has meted various punishments to 22 erring students of different departments.

UI, LASU, UNILAG ranked among top 800 world universities

The University of Ibadan (UI), Lagos State University (LASU), and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have ranked among the top 800 universities in the world, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo has emerged the second position on the “Time Higher Education 2021 Emerging Economies University Ranking”.

LASU emerges second in 2021 emerging economies university ranking

Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo has emerged the second position on the “Time Higher Education 2021 Emerging Economies University Ranking”.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari looked stunned and went into laughter as the daughter of his former Aide-De-Camp, Colonel M. L. Abubakar, saluted him smartly with all precisions of the military.

President Buhari bursts into laughter as daughter of departing ADC salutes him — in...

President Muhammadu Buhari looked stunned and went into laughter as the daughter of his former Aide-De-Camp, Colonel M. L. Abubakar, saluted him smartly with all precisions of the military.
Lt.-Col. Yusuf Dodo, officially assumed duty as Aide-de-Camp to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja, as Col. Mohammed Abubakar, departed for a promotional course in Chile.

President Buhari’s new ADC assumes duty

Lt.-Col. Yusuf Dodo, officially assumed duty as Aide-de-Camp to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja, as Col. Mohammed Abubakar, departed for a promotional course in Chile.qg
Doctor Kate Martin (L) prepares dosed of the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre set up at St Columba’s church in Sheffield, northern England, on February 20, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF - AFP)

Over 200 million vaccine doses administered globally

More than 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in at least 107 countries and territories, according to an AFP count based on official sources Saturday.
A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches its inoculation campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. Behrouz Mehri-Pool via REUTERS

Pfizer, BioNTech start testing coronavirus vaccine in pregnant women

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have started an international study with 4,000 volunteers to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in healthy pregnant women, the companies said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - A man walks by near a cellular tower in the municipality of Guadalupe, Mexico July 6, 2020. REUTERS-Daniel Becerril

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

A plan by Mexican lawmakers to put millions of cell phone users’ data in a biometric registry, billed as a tool to fight kidnapping and extortion, has sparked a backlash from telecoms companies and rights groups who warn it could lead to stolen data and higher costs.
Having scored a goal to lead the Super Falcons past Algeria in September, the Nigeria international made her bow as the captain of the team under acting manager Christopher Danjuma.

Super Falcons off to Antalya for Turkish Women’s Cup

Reigning African champions Nigeria will land in Antalya on Monday to participate in the fifth edition of the Turkish Women’s Cup taking place 15th – 24th February.
Zambia will no longer take part in the 2021 Alanya Women's Cup scheduled to take place between February 15 to 24 in Turkey.

Zambia pull out of 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup

Zambia will no longer take part in the 2021 Alanya Women's Cup scheduled to take place between February 15 to 24 in Turkey.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is set to speak to officials in Japan and New Zealand on Monday to formally make the request.

CPTPP: UK to formally apply to join trans-Pacific trade bloc

The United Kingdom has announced it will formally apply to join a trans-Pacific trading bloc of 11 countries next week, with negotiations set to start later this year.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Colonel Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, has been nominated to attend a five months Strategic and Defence Course at Santiago Chile (from 8 March – 30 July 2021).

President Buhari’s ADC to attend promotional course in Santiago

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Colonel Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, has been nominated to attend a five months Strategic and Defence Course at Santiago Chile (from 8 March – 30 July 2021).
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 27, 2021. REUTERS-Toby Melville

Coronavirus: Nigeria exempted as Britain imposes travel ban on 30 countries

The United Kingdom Government has exempted Nigeria from a list of 30 countries that have been banned from entering the UK over rising COVID-19 cases.
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday confirmed the suspension of its Envoy on Technology, Fabrizio Drummond, over allegations of harassment and other “inappropriate behaviour.”

UN suspends first-ever technology envoy amid harassment scandal

The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday confirmed the suspension of its Envoy on Technology, Fabrizio Drummond, over allegations of harassment and other “inappropriate behaviour.”
Rescuers work at the Hushan gold mine where workers were trapped underground after the Jauary 10 explosion, in Qixia, Shandong province, China January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Aly Song

Eleven trapped miners rescued in China after 14 days underground

Chinese rescuers pulled 11 gold miners to safety on Sunday with most of them in good condition after 14 days trapped underground after an explosion, but 10 colleagues were still unaccounted for, state media reported.
Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, receives the Sinovac's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from nurse Jessica Pires de Camargo, 30, after Brazil health regulator Anvisa approved its emergency use at Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Brazil authorizes emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa’s board on Sunday voted to approve emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca and to begin immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.
Britain will ban arrivals from South American countries and Portugal because of concerns over a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

UK bans arrivals from South America over Brazil coronavirus variant

Britain will ban arrivals from South American countries and Portugal because of concerns over a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
In front of an American flag, nurse Lillian Wirpsza administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Shylee Stewart, a labor and delivery nurse at George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., U.S. December 14, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool via REUTERS

More than 50 countries launch coronavirus vaccination campaigns

Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by China signalled the start of the epidemic.

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UNESCO, TIG urge more participation in tradditional sports

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and TIGGymnastics have called for more participation in traditional sports in the country.

Kebbi secures World Bank grant for girl-child education

Governor Atiku Bagudu says his administration has secured a $70 million World Bank Grant to strengthen Adolescent Girl-Child Education.

NUJ berates media owners owing journalists’ salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Saturday, berated media owners for their continued non-payment of journalists’ salaries in the country.
Paul Pogba has described himself as a bad loser who misses winning trophies at Manchester United, but says that the club's silverware drought only makes them more determined to break it.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba admits he misses winning trophies

Paul Pogba has described himself as a "bad loser" who misses winning trophies at Manchester United, but says that the club's silverware drought only makes them more determined to break it.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is at odds with a business tycoon who could help Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana -AFP

Zimbabwe’s president says ‘fight still on’ to fix broken economy

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the "fight is still on" to fix the broken economy, signaling out the financial industry for resisting the economic turnaround efforts.

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ECOWAS speaker: Border extortion, major challenge within member states

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Tunis, has disclosed that border extortion has been a challenge within member states.
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Akwa Ibom APC stakeholders reject Senator Akpabio as party leader

Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party in Akwa Ibom State have rejected the Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the leader of the party in the state.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has blamed Carlos Vinicius after their loss to Chelsea, saying the player doesn’t press his opponents with great intensity.

Jose Mourinho reacts to Paul Pogba’s criticism of his coaching at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has dismissed Paul Pogba’s criticisms of his man management during their time together at Manchester United, saying: “I couldn’t care less.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.

President Buhari reappoints Prof. Ekele as UATH chief

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.
“A Ukrainian diplomat, a consul of Ukraine’s Consulate General in Saint Petersburg, Alexander Sosonyuk, has been detained by Russia’s FSB,” the security service said in a statement.

Russian security service detains Ukraine diplomat

Russia’s FSB security service said on Saturday it had detained a Ukrainian diplomat, accusing him of receiving sensitive information from a Russian national.