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The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma briefing the State Press after a ‘closed door’ meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja. PHOTO - SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JAN 18 2021

Imo governor raises alarm over coronavirus surge, seeks presidential intervention

Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo has raised alarm over what he described as devastating effects of the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic in Imo, calling for urgent presidential intervention to check the menace.
Hope Uzodinma

Governor Uzodinma: Number of people testing positive, dying of coronavirus on increase in Imo

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State yesterday raised the alarm that the number of people testing positive and dying as a result of Coronavirus pandemic infection was on the increase in the state.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told reporters a new allocation of the IMF’s own currency, Special Drawing Rights, would give countries more fiscal space to address the health crisis and accelerate moves to a digital and green economy.

IMF chief sees ‘high degree of uncertainty’ in global outlook

The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing divergence between rich and poor countries required the IMF to find more resources.
FILE PHOTO - Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S., August 21, 2019. REUTERS-Jessica Lutz-File Photo

Oil falls on coronavirus fears, strong dollar

Oil prices fell on Monday as a stronger dollar, fears over soaring COVID-19 cases around the world and the slow pace of vaccination against the virus outweighed a better-than-expected quarterly rebound for China’s economy.
A team of researchers at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have established the capacity of Bromelain derivable from pineapple fruits in the management of COVID-19 cases.

UNILORIN researchers recommend pineapple in coronavirus management

A team of researchers at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have established the capacity of Bromelain derivable from pineapple fruits in the management of COVID-19 cases.
The flags of Morocco, Israel, and the United States flutter from the cockpit of an El Al airplane that landed in Morocco's capital Rabat for the first Israel-Morocco direct commercial flight on December 22, 2020 - US EMBASSY IN MOROCCO-AFP-File

Moroccan Jews await commercial flights to Israel

"We Moroccan Jews, did not have this possibility in our minds to return, but now it exists. His Majesty paved the way. It is a true revolution but the impact will not be seen until much later when we come out of this pandemic," said Fanny Mergui, a saleswoman.
After a judge handed down a 30-month sentence for bribery and other charges, Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee is expected to return to the same prison where he had spent a year in 2017-2018.

Samsung heir Jay Lee returns to familiar prison after ruling

After a judge handed down a 30-month sentence for bribery and other charges, Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee is expected to return to the same prison where he had spent a year in 2017-2018.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Japan: No plan to cancel Tokyo Olympics

“We have decided the venues and schedule, and the people involved are working on preparations, including infection control,” the Kyodo news agency quoted government spokesman Katsunobu Kato as saying.
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Delta: NEMA, SEMA distribute relief materials to 2020 disaster victims

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA in collaboration with Delta State Emergency Relief Agency, SEMA, weekend commenced direct distribution of relief items to victims of the 2020 flood in 16 Local Government Areas of the State.
Joe Biden's top aide announced on Saturday the incoming US president would sign roughly a dozen executive orders on his first day in office.

Joe Biden reveals ‘Day One’ plans to roll back Donald Trump policies

Within hours of being sworn in, Biden is expected to use executive orders to fulfill many of his previous campaign promises — including: rejoining the Paris climate accord, and reversing Trump's ban on the entry of people from certain Muslim majority nations.
The Senate of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has approved Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 as the resumption date for the continuation of its 2019-2020 Academic session.

Official: Maitama Sule university to resume lectures January 18

The Senate of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has approved Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 as the resumption date for the continuation of its 2019/2020 Academic session.
Guinean President Alpha Condé speaks during a press conference at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France, on April 11, 2017. PHOTO- Lionel Bonaventure, AFP

Guinea president Alpha Conde receives coronavirus vaccine jab

The 82-year-old president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, has received his first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus, part of a scheme mainly involving government members, a source close to his office said Saturday.
Dustin John Higgs was executed in the early hours of Saturday morning becoming the 13th and last federal death row inmate to be executed since the Justice Department restarted federal executions in July 2019.

Donald Trump administration carries out 13th, final federal execution

US President Donald Trump’s administration carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden – an opponent of the federal death penalty.
Morocco will be the host country for the 2022 Africa Women's Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football has announced.

Morocco to host 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations

Morocco will be the host country for the 2022 Africa Women's Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football has announced.

Coronavirus takes toll on federal roads’ construction in Lagos

The ravaging effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) was, perhaps, the biggest challenge faced by stakeholders in the road sub sector of the construction industry in 2020.
The UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday that thousands of businesses should be insured for some losses amassed after a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic in a test case that pitched the markets regulator against major insurers.

UK Supreme Court hands businesses victory in coronavirus insurance ruling

The UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday that thousands of businesses should be insured for some losses amassed after a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic in a test case that pitched the markets regulator against major insurers.
Everton have confirmed the sensational signing of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodríguez.

Everton sporting director: James Rodriguez left Real Madrid on a free transfer

Everton’s sporting director Marcel Brands has confirmed that the Merseyside club signed Real Madrid‘s Colombian international James Rodriguez on a free transfer.
China has possibly committed “genocide” in its treatment of Uighurs and other minority Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang, a bipartisan commission of the United States Congress has said in a new report.

China possibly committed ‘genocide’ against Xinjiang Muslims

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) said on Thursday that new evidence had emerged in the past year that “crimes against humanity – and possibly genocide – are occurring”.

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4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NPHCDA boss: Coronavirus vaccines won’t alter your DNA, do not contain microchips

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, has dismissed reports that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips and alter human genetic information.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo: 143 doctors, other health workers infected with coronavirus

The number of health workers, including doctors infected with COVID-19 in Edo State has risen to 143, in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou meets with Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, following Bekatorou's statements on being sexually assaulted by a sports official in 1998, at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/Pool

Greek president praises Olympic medallist for breaking abuse silence

Greece’s president praised Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou for dissolving “a conspiracy of silence” by reporting a historic allegation of sexual assault by a sports official.
Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during an interview with Reuters in central London, Britain, January, 18, 2021. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Kremlin critic: Vladimir Putin tries to show he’s Russia’s “top dog” with Alexei Navalny...

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon who fell foul of the Kremlin, said on Monday the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to show he is still “top dog” in Russia.

Police find 12 bodies dumped on road in Mexico

Twelve people believed to be members of a self-defense group were killed in the western Gulf Coast state of Veracruz and their bodies dumped on a dirt road, local authorities said on Monday.