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US President-elect Joe Biden says he will not immediately end the phase one trade agreement with China or roll back punitive tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

NYT: Joe Biden will not immediately end phase one China trade deal

US President-elect Joe Biden says he will not immediately end the phase one trade agreement with China or roll back punitive tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump would have won the election in a “landslide” had he publicly showed empathy with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, former campaign manager Brad Parscale said on Tuesday.

Donald Trump lost by not showing empathy on pandemic – ex-campaign official

US President Donald Trump would have won the election in a “landslide” had he publicly showed empathy with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, former campaign manager Brad Parscale said on Tuesday.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

Nigeria records 281 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria recorded 281 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the country’s caseload to 67,838.
FILE PHOTO- A mother prays for her son's (bottom L) success in the college entrance examinations at a Buddhist temple in Seoul November 6, 2013. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji-File Photo

South Korea coronavirus outbreak adds new stress to gruelling, eight-hour exam

From avoiding family members to skipping extra study at “cram schools”, the coronavirus has forced nearly half a million South Korean test-takers and proctors to rethink their strategies ahead of a hyper-competitive university entrance exam this week.
FILE PHOTO- French President Emmanuel Macron stands outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 28, 2020. REUTERS-Charles Platiau

France to ‘deter’ skiers searching for resorts still open abroad

France will put restrictions on people traveling abroad to find ski resorts not subject to COVID-19 shutdowns this Christmas, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
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Eswatini premier transferred to South Africa for coronavirus treatment

The prime minister of Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, has been taken to South Africa for treatment more than two weeks after he contracted Covid-19, the government said Tuesday.
The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.

Coronavirus: Mali introduces drastic measures

The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.
The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) on Saturday called for more donor agencies and increased domestic financing to drive malaria elimination in the country.

WHO: Malaria fatalities to exceed coronavirus death toll in sub-Saharan Africa

Deaths from malaria due to disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic to services designed to tackle the mosquito-borne disease will far exceed those killed by Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday.
Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Twitter that he had ordered medical authorities to take maximum precaution after the coronavirus case was announced by the health minister.

Algerian president to return home soon after treatment in Germany

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has left a German hospital, where he was treated for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for over a month and will come back to his country in the coming days, his office said.
Cardi-B says she is sorry after hosting a large thanksgiving gathering at her home despite warnings following the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Cardi B apologizes following backlash over her 37-person thanksgiving celebration

Cardi-B says she is sorry after hosting a large thanksgiving gathering at her home despite warnings following the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Magpies manager Steve Bruce had already cancelled training on Sunday after four players and a member of the backroom staff tested positive for the virus last week.

Newcastle game vs Aston Villa under threat due to coronavirus outbreak

Newcastle's Premier League game with Aston Villa on Friday is under threat due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases, according to British media reports.
The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.

Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer

The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.
i-Cable TV news journalists leave with their boxes after being laid off in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2020. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Lay-offs at Hong Kong TV station stoke concerns over media freedom

A Hong Kong television station said on Tuesday about 100 staff were “affected” by a shake-up as it seeks to control costs and remain competitive in a challenging economic environment, a move that has re-ignited worries over media freedom in the city
One in 33 people will need aid to meet basic needs like food, water and sanitation in 2021, the UN reported.

UN: Coronavirus will increase humanitarian needs in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to new highs, according to the United Nations, dramatically increasing the ranks of extreme poverty in just one year.
Strong consumer demand is helping Chinese manufacturers recover to nearly pre-pandemic levels [Aly Song-Reuters]

China recovery boosts Asian factories, but trouble seen ahead

Asian factories continued to recover steadily in November thanks to a boom in economic powerhouse China, private surveys showed on Tuesday, offering hope the region was shaking off the drag from the COVID-19 crisis.
Nepal’s army is responsible for managing the bodies of coronavirus victims across the nation [Navesh Chitrakar-Reuters]

Nepal’s female soldiers break taboos to tackle coronavirus crisis

Four female soldiers in protective gear lift the body of a coronavirus victim at the Pashupati crematorium in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and hand it over to crematory workers – a scene unimaginable in the conservative country in recent years.
People wait in line as the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distributes food outside a church in Los Angeles, California, US [Mike Blake-Reuters]

US braces for continued surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalisations

As newly reported cases of the coronavirus continued to spike across much of the United States, breaking records for hospitalisations, some local leaders are moving to enact more stringent restrictions.
Total coronavirus cases in Africa have surpassed the two million mark despite a slow addition of reported infections compared with other regions around the world, the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Centre: Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 2.16 million

The number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the African continent has reached 2,163,284 as of Monday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 29: U.S. President Donald Trump, followed by his grandchildren walk on the south lawn of the White House on November 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump spent the weekend at Camp David and at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

Donald Trump threatens military spending veto in social media bias battle

Donald Trump has threatened to veto a major military funding bill unless Congress abolishes a liability law protecting social media firms regularly accused of bias by the president.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on project inspection with contractors.

Nigerians government warns residents not to destroy projects sited in communities

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH) has warned Nigerians against destroying the projects sited in their communities by the Federal Government.
The European Union (EU) in collaboration with the German government has donated a solar hybrid system to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

EU, Germany donate solar hybrid system to NCDC

The European Union (EU) in collaboration with the German government has donated a solar hybrid system to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Daily Times reports.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker added to Liverpool’s long injury list as Caoimhin Kelleher was handed his Champions League debut for Ajax’s visit to Anfield on Tuesday night.

Alisson Becker adds to Liverpool injury woes

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker added to Liverpool’s long injury list as Caoimhin Kelleher was handed his Champions League debut for Ajax’s visit to Anfield on Tuesday night.
As candidates jostle for the Director-General position of the World Trade Organisaion, WTO, Female Parliamentary in Nigeria, Friday, threw weight behind former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to occupy the number one position of the organization.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala named Forbes’ African of the Year

Nigeria's former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named by business magazine Forbes as the African of the Year, becoming the first woman to clinch the award.