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The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices fall amidst US coronavirus case surge

Oil prices fell on Tuesday, erasing earlier gains, on concerns that the surge in coronavirus cases in the United States, the world’s biggest oil user, will limit a recovery in fuel demand.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

NCDC launches new guidelines for conduct of elections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has developed and launched a new guideline for the conduct of elections during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the country.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje

Kano approves N2 billion inland dry port projects

Kano State executive council has approved the sum ofN2.3 billion for the provision of critical infrastructure at the proposed site for the development of Inland Dry Port at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of the state.

Bill Gates: US response to coronavirus pandemic ’embarrassing’

The U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic is “embarrassing” compared to other countries, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an interview with CNN.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank: Number of extremely poor Nigerians to hit 95.7 million in 2022

The World Bank has accessed the impact of the rampaging COVID-19 pestilence and predicted that 95.7 million Nigerians will live below the poverty line by 2022.
Australians have flocked to tennis courts in record numbers since social distancing measures put in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak were relaxed, Tennis Australia (TA) said on Saturday.

Australians flock to tennis courts after lockdown relaxed

Australians have flocked to tennis courts in record numbers since social distancing measures put in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak were relaxed, Tennis Australia (TA) said on Saturday.

French stadiums to allow fans in from July 11 – government

Stadiums in France will re-open to fans on July 11, as the country continues to lift measures imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said on Saturday.
A member of the medical staff at Gemotest, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) works with a saliva sample at the COVID-19 testing facility in Moscow. AFP

Kuwait reports 604 new coronavirus cases, 38,678 in total

Kuwait on Friday reported 604 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 38,678 and the death toll to 313, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed their concern about living conditions of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region amid COVID-19.

IFRC urges more support for refugees in Middle East, North Africa

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed their concern about living conditions of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region amid COVID-19 outbreak.
At least 120 Kenyan students from various universities in Sudan who are stranded following travel restrictions due to Covid-19 crisis could soon return home after Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and well-wishers heeded to their cries to be evacuated.

Kenyan students stranded in Sudan to be evacuated

At least 120 Kenyan students from various universities in Sudan who are stranded following travel restrictions due to Covid-19 crisis could soon return home after Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and well-wishers heeded to their cries to be evacuated.
Tanzania this weekend became the first African country to resume a national league suspended during March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tanzania first African country to restart league amid virus

Tanzania this weekend became the first African country to resume a national league suspended during March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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WHO reveals diseases triggering coronavirus deaths

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against diverting attention and resources from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The Premier League, EFL and FA have reportedly drawn up contingency plans in the event of a mass shut-down of sporting events amid concerns over the spreading of the coronavirus.

Premier League set for June 17 return

The Premier League will return to action on June 17, more than three months after the season was halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a BBC report.
Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya tested positive for the new coronavirus Tuesday as the country’s confirmed cases surpassed the 1,000 mark.

Zambian health minister tests positive for coronavirus

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya tested positive for the new coronavirus Tuesday as the country’s confirmed cases surpassed the 1,000 mark.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says schools will remain closed until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is ready.

Philippines president wants schools closed until vaccine is ready

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says schools will remain closed until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is ready.
Lesotho’s former finance minister Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister one day after Thomas Thabane resigned as leader.

Moeketsi Majoro sworn in as Lesotho’s new premier after Thomas Thabane’s resignation

Lesotho’s former finance minister Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister one day after Thomas Thabane resigned as leader.
Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases rose by 693 within one day to 19,189, Achmad Yurianto, a health ministry official, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Indonesia reports 693 new cases of coronavirus, total cases top 19,000

Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases rose by 693 within one day to 19,189, Achmad Yurianto, a health ministry official, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Gernot Rohr has lifted the lid on the invitation of Heracles Almelo striker Cyriel Dessers and FC Koln right-back Kingsley Ehizibue to the Nigeria national team.

Galatasaray interested in signing Super Eagles new boy Cyriel Dessers

According to the Turkish news outlet, Yeni Asir, the Yellow Reds have identified the Heracles Almelo goal poacher as a possible replacement for Ryan Babel and Florin Andone whose loan deals will expire at the end of this season.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger says 12 people have died in an accident on Sunday at Sawmill village along Mokwa -Makera road in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

FRSC alerts motorists on imminent diversion on Lagos 3rd mainland bridge

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, says diversion and safety precaution are imminent, owing to the emergency rehabilitation on the third mainland bridge in Lagos.
Ibrahim Magu . EFCC

Former Ekiti governor wants Ibrahim Magu placed on watch list so he won’t flee

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has asked security agencies in the country to place suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on watch list.
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says it has postponed the screening test for its 72 Regular Course schedule to hold on May 30, adding that a new date will be communicated.

NDA reaffirms commitment to turn out best officers

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Comandant Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, reaffirmed the academy’s commitment to turn out the best officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces.
8. President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting, at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.

Aviation, education ministries, others make presentations at FEC meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the seventh virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

NAWOJ: Houses without decent toilet facilities encourage raping of females

The chairperson of the Plateau Chapter of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Jennifer Yarima, has observed that women and girls living in houses without toilet facilities are more at risk of being raped.