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Speeding up Italy’s vaccination campaign will enable the country to overcome the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Monday, adding that his government would do whatever was necessary to protect lives.

Speeding up vaccinations will lead Italy out of crisis – premier

Speeding up Italy’s vaccination campaign will enable the country to overcome the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Monday, adding that his government would do whatever was necessary to protect lives.
Demonstrators clash with policemen during a protest against corruption and lacks in the health system, demanding the resignation of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez, in Asuncion, on March 5, 2021. NORBERTO DUARTE - AFP

Paraguay protests erupt over government handling of coronavirus

Protestors angry over the Paraguay government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis clashed with police late Friday, with shops ransacked and cars set on fire.
Saudi Aramco’s multibillion-dollar share sale, likely the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history, is officially underway after the company formally announced its plans to list stock on the Kingdom’s stock exchange, the Saudi Tadawul.

Aramco seeks one-year extension on $10 billion loan – sources

Saudi Aramco has asked banks to extend, by a year, a $10 billion loan it raised last May, two sources familiar with the matter said.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate moves to repeal 96-year-old quarantine act

The Senate yesterday considered a critical bill that would see to the eventual repeal of the obsolete Quarantine Act enacted in 1926, and help Nigeria deal with any impending outbreak of infectious and contagious diseases in the future.
AC Milan are willing to pay as much as €30 million (£26m-$36m) to land Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz, with the 21-year-old having made a positive impact during his loan spell with the Serie A side.

AC Milan ready to pay €30 million for Real Madrid’s Brahim Diaz

AC Milan are willing to pay as much as €30 million (£26m/$36m) to land Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz, with the 21-year-old having made a positive impact during his loan spell with the Serie A side.
Xherdan Shaqiri . Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri insists Liverpool slump is ‘normal’

Liverpool have slipped seven points behind Manchester City after their first 22 fixtures of the 2020-21 campaign, having already dropped nine more points than they did in the whole of their title-winning season.
FILE PHOTO: Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) walk to the office of the Majority Leader from the Senate Chamber ahead of a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

U.S. Republican senators urge Joe Biden to compromise on coronavirus plan

A group of 10 moderate Republican U.S. senators urged Democratic President Joe Biden on Sunday to reconsider his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, saying they wanted a meeting to discuss a compromise that they said could win swift bipartisan support.
French President Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen on a screen as he attends by video conference a round table for the National Humanitarian Conference (NHC) at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris, France, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool

Emmanuel Macron gambles by saying ‘non’ to lockdown

French President Emmanuel Macron has gambled by not imposing a third national lockdown to contain Covid-19 — against expectations and the advice of his most senior scientific advisers.
FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attends a debate before a confidence vote in the upper house of parliament after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled his party out of government, in Rome, Italy, January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/Pool/File Photo

Italian premier to resign on Tuesday, seek fresh mandate

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will hand in his resignation to the head of state on Tuesday after a morning cabinet meeting to inform his ministers, Conte’s office said.
Omar’s heart sinks when he trudges past his closed school gates in the Jordanian capital Amman — now part of his trip to work, to repair and clean kerosene heaters.

Pandemic forces Jordanian children into labour market

Omar’s heart sinks when he trudges past his closed school gates in the Jordanian capital Amman — now part of his trip to work, to repair and clean kerosene heaters.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden plans to reverse Donald Trump policies during first days in office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign dozens of executive orders and send sweeping bills to Congress in his first days in office, aiming to roll back some of Donald Trump’s signature policies on immigration and climate change while taking action to ramp up the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Jose Mourinho gave Arsenal a tactical lesson, according to Freddie Ljungberg, who says the nature of the defeat to Tottenham hurts.

Tottenham boss: Premier League season was ‘wrong’ before it even started

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has claimed that the 2020-21 Premier League season has been “wrong” since before a ball had been kicked, citing unfairness in the fact that both Manchester teams began their campaigns with a game in hand.
The world readied to usher in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid virus-ridden 2020 farewell.

World to mark locked-down New Year’s Eve

The world readied to usher in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid virus-ridden 2020 farewell.
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

EU countries to start vaccinating against virus from December 27

Countries in the European Union are to start vaccinating people as of December 27, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.
Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi was in the action again for Stoke City against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

John Obi Mikel still a doubt for trip to Derby County – Stoke boss

John Obi Mikel is still a doubt for Stoke City's Championship trip to Derby County, according to manager Michael O'Neill.
Vials labelled COVID-19 Coronavirus-Vaccine and medical syringe are placed on the European Union map in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Sao Paolo sets first date in Latin America to start vaccinations

Brazil’s most populous and affluent state will start vaccinating its 46 million residents against COVID-19 on January 25, in the first concrete announcement of its kind in Latin America.
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.
Ronald Koeman has admitted he has no idea if Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona next summer and said it is not his job to persuade the Argentinian to stay.

Barcelona boss, stars agree to take pay cut

The Spanish giants have faced months of talks regarding wage cuts and deferrals amid financial turmoil at the club, with Barca needing to slash £170m due to the effects felt from the coronavirus crisis.
People wearing protective face masks wait in line outside a CityMD Urgent Care, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus continues, in the Bronx, New York, United States [Shannon Stapleton-Reuters]

US stocks extend sell-off as vaccine high fades

Wall Street’s main stock indexes opened lower on Thursday as soaring COVID-19 infections and concerns over the near-term economic damage its causing overpower this week’s positive news in the race for a vaccine.
US President Donald Trump, on Monday, alleged that some poll watchers were thrown out of vote counting rooms in most states which led to the victory of Joe Biden.

Donald Trump hunkers down at White House for Thanksgiving as ouster looms

The First Family will spend Thanksgiving at the White House as President Donald Trump hunkers down for what he wants the public to think is an epic fight for his political life.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on November 7, 2020. (Photo by Clive Brunskill / POOL / AFP) / /

Ed Woodward: Manchester United ‘absolutely committed’ to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insisted on Thursday that the club remain committed to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite a poor start to the season.
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WHO: World records 207,500 measles deaths in 2019, amid increases in cases to 869,770

Global measles deaths increased by 50 per cent from 2016 to 2019, claiming over 207,500 lives in 2019, WHO said in a statement issued from its headquarters on Thursday in Geneva citing figures from a joint report it published with the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

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UNICEF: Pandemic forces 10 million girls into early marriage

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), in a new analysis released yesterday, to mark the International Women’s Day, warned that if urgent action is not taken, 10 million child marriages may be recorded before the end of 2030.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Edinson Cavani that he must bide his time before securing regular starts for Manchester United.

Edinson Cavani set for Manchester United exit in summer

Manchester United Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani reportedly has his heart set on a dream move to Argentine giant Boca Juniors in the summer.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he substituted Mohamed Salah in the loss to Chelsea as he felt the Egyptian “suffered a bit” with fatigue.

Alan Shearer: There are problems in Liverpool team

Alan Shearer has spoken about the most alarming aspects of Liverpool’s current losing run.
UEFA has suspended Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu until the end of the season over his involvement in the sending off of Istanbul Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo which sparked a player walk-off in the Champions League.

Romania referee banned over Champions League racism scandal

UEFA has banned Romanian referee Sebastian Coltescu for a season for using foul language in the December Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Super Eagles German coach Gernot Rohr and the team’s captain Ahmed Musa played a role in crowning the best coach and best men’s player in Thursday’s award ceremony

Super Eagles boss picks Ahmed Musa for AFCON qualifiers

Gernot Rohr has picked captain Ahmed Musa for forthcoming AFCON qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho even though he is without a club and has not played for several months after he was released by Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.

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FILE PHOTO - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra-Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Iran to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave positive signs about opening informal talks about its nuclear programme.

INEC: Revising, altering constituencies based on 2006 census inappropriate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said revising or altering constituencies based on 15-year-old (2006 census) population data is ‘’inappropriate”, saying the well-known rapidity of population changes in Nigeria will make nonsense of any outcome.

Gombe consumers owe Jos DisCo N2.2 billion – spokesman

Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) says 19, 317 households have so far been metered in Gombe state, according to Dr Adakole Elijah, JEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that more private and public sector collaboration will be encouraged as Nigeria steps up effort to realise its target of boosting domestic gas utilisation.

Nigeria signs deal with Morocco on phosphate import, ammonia export

The deal was witnessed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari; Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr. Udom Emmanuel; his Jigawa counterpart, Badaru Abubakar and Managing Director of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji.
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused his estranged wife, Precious Chikwendu, of physically abusing and stabbing mediators who prevented her from killing him and the children.

Femi Fani-Kayode accuses wife of attempted murder, adultery, violence

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused his estranged wife, Precious Chikwendu, of physically abusing and stabbing mediators who prevented her from killing him and the children.