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Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Deadly small particle pollution in dozens of nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.
Queensland has officially resumed its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games after it was placed on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Queensland revives bid for 2032 Olympics and Paralympics

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates was in Brisbane to revive the bid alongside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Council of Mayors chairman Adrian Schrinner.
At least 18 people have died after being trapped in a mine in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, the region’s second such accident in just over two months.

Several killed in coal mine accident in China’s Chongqing

At least 18 people have died after being trapped in a mine in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, the region’s second such accident in just over two months.
Two of China’s top companies have joined forces to design, develop, and build an electric car for the express purpose of ride-hailing.

China builds first electric car designed exclusively for ride-hailing

Two of China’s top companies have joined forces to design, develop, and build an electric car for the express purpose of ride-hailing.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Sixteen workers died and one is in a critical condition after being trapped underground in a coal mine in southwest China on Sunday, reported state broadcaster CCTV.

16 dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Chinese coal mine

Sixteen workers died and one is in a critical condition after being trapped underground in a coal mine in southwest China on Sunday, reported state broadcaster CCTV.
The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Donald Trump to block TikTok, WeChat downloads in the U.S. from September 20

The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.
Premier League has been hit by 14 new cases of coronavirus since teams returned to training, reports claim.

Chinese fans ‘demand’ EPL action after TV rights row

Chinese football fans were left sweating on Friday after the Premier League pulled the plug on a mega-money broadcasting deal, just over a week before the new season kicks off.
The pool party in Wuhan on 15 August drew criticism in some foreign press, something China’s state media has called ‘sour grapes’. Reuters

China defends global outrage against Wuhan’s pool party

Pictures and video of the weekend electronic music party in Wuhan, where COVID-19 first emerged in December 2019 have gone viral, attracting a huge negative response in places where lockdowns are still in effect.

China achieves progress in battle against cyber crimes – report

China said it has made headway in cracking down on illegal online businesses, said a report on the country’s cybersecurity in 2019.
The trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security.

China tells US to close consulate in Chengdu in growing spat

China ordered the United States on Friday to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades.

Chinese medical experts return home after aid mission in Palestine

A team of 10 medical experts sent by the Chinese government returned to southwest China‘s Chongqing Municipality Thursday after completing mission of aiding Palestine‘s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system, a top health official admitted Saturday, saying that reforms are underway to improve the country’s disease prevention and control mechanisms.

China admits coronavirus exposed ‘shortcomings’ in healthcare system

The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system, a top health official admitted Saturday, saying that reforms are underway to improve the country’s disease prevention and control mechanisms.
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.
Police in north-western China’s Shaanxi province has arrested a 58-year-old man identified by his surname Ma for allegedly burying his 79-year-old disabled mother alive.

79-year-old disabled woman rescued alive from grave three days after son buried her —...

Police in north-western China’s Shaanxi province has arrested a 58-year-old man identified by his surname Ma for allegedly burying his 79-year-old disabled mother alive.
“I think this matter should be handed to scientists and medical professionals, and not politicians, who lie for their own domestic political ends,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, at a regular press briefing.

China: US has no evidence coronavirus is from our lab

China on Wednesday hit back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his claims that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, saying he “doesn’t have any” evidence.
Chinese youngsters in the global virus epicentre of Wuhan filed back to class on Wednesday, wearing masks and walking in single file past thermal scanners.10

Students in Wuhan return to school — in pictures

Chinese youngsters in the global virus epicentre of Wuhan filed back to class on Wednesday, wearing masks and walking in single file past thermal scanners.
China's manned space program has taken another step forward by launching a new generation manned spaceship with a new type of heavy rocket. The Long March-5B rocket was launched on Tuesday at 6 p.m. BJT from the Wenchang Space Launch Site.

China eyes moon trip, to launch new rocket

China said Tuesday it will launch a new rocket at 6pm (1000 GMT), in a test of its ambitions to operate a permanent space station and send astronauts to the Moon.
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).

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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.
The New York district court determined that Stephanie Sinclair offered a “valid sublicense” to use the photograph when she posted it publicly on Instagram.

Instagram tests putting suggested posts ahead of friends’

Instagram says reception to its “suggested posts” feature has been so positive that it’s launching a new test: this time, suggested posts will be mixed throughout your primary feed, sometimes ahead of photos and videos from people you follow.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

Poultry association to seek CBN’s intervention on maize procurement

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos chapter, has expressed its readiness to seek the CBN’s intervention in procuring maize, so as to reduce the cost of poultry feed in the country.
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Kano governor: Crime has attained ‘next level’, technology needed to check it

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said on Wednesday that the introduction of technology in addressing the security challenges in the country was necessary if the fight is to be won.

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Ekiti: 22-year-old man to die by hanging for armed robbery

A High Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday sentenced a 22-year-old man, Kehinde Olajide, 22 to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has said that the current push to conduct drug test on politicians, workers and students is to be able to urgently provide help for those who need treatment and rehabilitation, in addition to serving as deterrence.

NDLEA boss: At least 10 million Nigerians are addicted to Indian hemp

The chairman/chief executive officer of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Gen Buba Marwa (retd), has said at least about 10.6 millions Nigerians are addicted to cannabis consumption saying the trend of drug abuse in the country was highly worrisome.
​Kevin De Bruyne has revealed his desire for first-team football convinced him to ask Jose Mourinho for a departure from Chelsea, and described his current time at Manchester City as 'nirvana'.

Jose Mourinho: It was Kevin De Bruyne’s choice to leave Chelsea

Roma coach Jose Mourinho says it was not his choice to see Kelvin De Bruyne leave Chelsea vduring his reign as Chelsea manager.

Experts: Rising poverty will worsen Nigeria’s economic instability, insecurity

Economic experts have warned that the rising poverty level in Nigeria would have more adverse impacts on the economy and further worsen the security challenges in the country.
The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.

IGP inaugurates 50 vehicles, 200 motorcycles in Plateau

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, on Monday inaugurated 50 Hilux vehicles and 200 motorcycles, procured by Plateau Government to curb insecurity in the state.