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European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.
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).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.

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.

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Scores of the Boko Haram sect feared dead when the armed group clashed with military troops along Maiduguri- Damaturu highway on Sunday morning.

Scores of Boko Haram feared dead after clash with troops along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway

Scores of the Boko Haram sect feared dead when the armed group clashed with military troops along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Sunday morning.
President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, with his new rank of four-star General, and the three service chiefs as three-star Generals. Others decorated on Friday by President Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja were Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amoo, Chief of Air Staff.

Women’s Day: Presidency releases checklist of ‘Buhari’s Women’

The Nigerian presidency has released list of some of the women appointed into key positions as the country joins the global community in celebration of March 8 International Women’s Day.
Chief Victor Giadom

APC chieftain canvasses for new members in Rivers

Mr Victor Giadom, former Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for the registration of more members into the party in Rivers.
1. Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun’s club, Rangers have won the Scottish Premiership for the first time in ten years with a 3-0 victory over St Mirren at Ibrox Stadium.

Glasgow Rangers wins Scottish Premiership after 10 years wait

Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun’s club, Rangers have won the Scottish Premiership for the first time in ten years with a 3-0 victory over St Mirren at Ibrox Stadium.
FILE PHOTO: Walter Wobmann (5-R), National Councillor and Co-President committee for "Yes to a Mask Ban" (Ja zum Verhuellungsverbot), and members hand over boxes containing more than 100,000 signatures collected that are required to put the proposal of a ban on facial coverings worn by some Muslim women to a national vote, at the Federal Chancellery in Bern, Switzerland September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Moritz Hager/File Photo

Swiss look set to approve ban on facial coverings

A far-right proposal to ban facial coverings in Switzerland was headed toward a narrow victory in a binding referendum on Sunday viewed as a test of attitudes toward Muslims

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House of Representatives has elected to set a limit and timeframe for any person appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on acting capacity.

House of Reps to investigate abandoned projects in Nigeria

The House of Representatives has vowed to track all abandoned projects in the country to ensure their completion.
Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.

Victory for Joe Biden as US Senate passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

Democrats in the US Senate on Saturday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a party-line vote, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.
Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions.

West African health ministers in joint fight against Ebola

Ministers of Health from Guinea – which is combating a new Ebola outbreak – and neighbouring countries have agreed on a unified front to combat the virus that re-emerged about three weeks ago.
Governor Bala Mohammed and Governor Babagan Zulum

North East governors: Mambila power project exists only on paper

North East Governors Forum has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fast-track work on the Mambila Hydroelectric Power Project.
Minister of the Environment, Muhammad Mahmoud, disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Nigerian government approves N6 billion for portable water in Ogoniland

The Federal Government yesterday said that the sum of N6,048,318,974.74 has been approved for the provision of potable water for the four local governments of Ogoniland, Gokana, Khana, Eleme and Tai in Rivers State.