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South Korea's government on Monday said it had proposed a law to require its citizens to get official permission before using the internet to exchange digital material such as movies, music, scanned books, or artwork with anyone in North Korea.

South Korea looks to ban internet file-sharing with North Korea

South Korea's government on Monday said it had proposed a law to require its citizens to get official permission before using the internet to exchange digital material such as movies, music, scanned books, or artwork with anyone in North Korea.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

FIFA disapproves of ‘closed Euro breakaway league’

Fifa said on Sunday it disapproved of the proposed breakaway European Super League as it was outside of international football structures.
FILE PHOTO: Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

India’s capital under siege from coronavirus infections

India’s capital New Delhi recorded 25,500 coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period, with about one in three people tested returning a positive result, its chief minister said, urging the federal government to provide more hospital beds to tackle the crisis.

NUJ berates media owners owing journalists’ salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Saturday, berated media owners for their continued non-payment of journalists’ salaries in the country.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: Why I supported al Qaeda, Taliban

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has offered explanations for his support for the Boko Haram group.
FILE PHOTO: Anti-government protesters hold placards to show their support and welcome the new National Unity Government found by ousted NLD legislators and call to continue strike from traditional new year in Myanmar, in Yangon, Myanmar, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/

Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end...

Myanmar’s neighbours have to negotiate with a newly formed government of national unity if they want to help resolve the turmoil triggered a by a Feb. 1 military coup and they should not recognise the junta, a unity government official said.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has hit back at speculation he’s demanded in excess of £180,000-a-week to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester ‘interested’ in Tammy Abraham this summer

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has just reported that Leicester City are one the sides ‘interested’ in signing out-of-favour Chelsea star Tammy Abraham this summer.
Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, best known as Jorginho’s agent believes the Chelsea midfielder is enjoying a ‘special moment’ under Thomas Tuchel.

Jorginho feels ‘underappreciated’ at Chelsea

Jorginho is aware that "a lot of criticism" has come his way across three seasons at Chelsea and admits to feeling "underappreciated" as his numbers are better than many give him credit for.
FILE PHOTO: SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a holy dip in the Ganges River during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Haridwar, India, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

India’s premier appeals to keep Hindu festival symbolic as coronavirus infections surge

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to devotees to keep a key Hindu festival symbolic as the country reported more than 200,000 new COVID-19 infections for the third straight day.
FILE PHOTO - Media mogul Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van in Hong Kong, China February 9, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu-File Photo

Hong Kong tycoon gets 14 months in prison for unauthorised assembly

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison while nine other activists received jail time or suspended sentences on Friday for taking part in unauthorised assemblies during mass pro-democracy protests in 2019.
Following the decision to host The Experience Lagos — an annual gospel event — virtual, Head Pastor of the Rock Cathedral, Paul Adefarasin, has underscored the importance of technology in a pandemic-riddled year.

Pastor Adefarasin, if Nigeria is a scam; then we’re all scammers

It is the bounden duty of every citizen to hold the government to account. In fact, citizenship is a call to duty – for the state. And there is no compelling duty which supersedes citizens subjecting their employees – the government – to scrutiny and constant vigilance. Criticising the government is within the rights of every citizen, and active citizenship demands taking the government through its paces. No government is without criticism, and none is too special for criticism.
Raheem Sterling

Glenn Hoddle: Why Raheem Sterling is struggling this season

Former England coach, Glenn Hoddle, has revealed why Raheem Sterling has been struggling this season with Manchester City.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Business leaders urge US president to set ambitious climate goal

More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.
The storage tanks for treated water are seen at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Japan. Sakura Murakami-Reuters

China, Greenpeace oppose Japan’s plan to dump Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea

Japan has decided to release radioactive water accumulated at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea after treatment, despite local opposition and concerns from neighbouring countries.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo APC faults governor’s comment on state of economy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted claims by Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, that Nigerian economy was in critical situation due to huge debt burden.
The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.

El Clasico: Gerard Pique dragged away by Barça delegate to avoid sanctions

The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.
Erkin Tursun, a former TV producer whom officials said is serving a 20-year sentence in Xinjiang, is seen speaking on a video shown at a news conference on Xinjiang-related issues, in Beijing, China April 9, 2021. Reuters TV-via REUTERS

Under pressure over Xinjiang, China takes aim at overseas Uighurs, academics

At a crowded press event on Friday in Beijing, Chinese officials aired a video of a thin Uighur man with a shaved head, wearing an oversized uniform and speaking directly to the camera.
Ahead of the match against relegation threatened Bournemouth on Sunday, Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has urged his teammates to be focused as they battle to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Wilfred Ndidi backs Kelechi Iheanacho to continue impressive form

Wilfred Ndidi believes Kelechi Iheanacho will get even better now that unfair criticism against the forward has stopped.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he has dealt with winger Willian's unauthorised trip to Dubai, but would not reveal if the Brazilian will be dropped for Sunday's Premier League trip to Leeds.

Willian: I don’t have to prove people wrong

The Brazilian arrived at the Gunners from Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer but has failed to prove his worth so far.
Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says.

Arsene Wenger: Offside calls could be automated at 2022 World Cup

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that offside calls could be automated at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with further advances in technology planned amid ongoing criticism of VAR.
FILE PHOTO - Media mogul Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van in Hong Kong, China February 9, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu-File Photo

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai among three pleading guilty to illegal assembly

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and two pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of participating in an illegal march during mass anti-government protests in 2019.

Forbes: Kim Kardashian officially a billionaire

American reality tv star, Kim Kardashian, is officially a billionaire.

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Ander Herrera has hit out at the Super League plans that his employers at Paris Saint-Germain oppose, with the former Manchester United midfielder accusing the rich of tarnishing the best most beautiful sport on the planet.

Ander Herrera, Mesut Ozil hit out at Super League proposals

Ander Herrera has hit out at the Super League plans that his employers at Paris Saint-Germain oppose, with the former Manchester United midfielder accusing "the rich" of tarnishing "the best most beautiful sport on the planet".
A man stands behind a barricade during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar March 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Local uprisings emerge to challenge Myanmar’s army

Sleeping by their makeshift barricades, knots of young men at Tahan in the western Myanmar town of Kale had not expected an attack in the pre-dawn darkness.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

Philippines lifts suspension on AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60

The Philippines will resume administering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people below 60 years of age, ending a temporary suspension over reports of rare blood clots in younger recipients overseas, health officials said on Monday.
Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says.

Arsene Wenger calls European Super League ‘bad idea’

Arsene Wenger has labelled the European Super League a “bad idea” and says he has no idea what is going on at Arsenal.
Bejing will announce the name of its first Mars rover on the Space Day of China, which falls on April 24, according to authorities on Monday.

China to announce name of its first Mars rover

China will announce the name of its first Mars rover on the Space Day of China, which falls on April 24, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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APC mobilising for victory in Anambra election – chieftain

Chief Ekene Enefe, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra, says the party is working assiduously to ensure it emerge victorious at the Nov. 6 governorship election.

Ramadan: Former Kwara governor calls for prayers for harmony, prosperity in Nigeria

The former governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for prayers for Nigeria’s harmony and prosperity as Muslims begin the holy month of Ramadan.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC commences selection, psychological evaluation for all-female squad

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has commenced the selection process into its proposed female squad from the female personnel drawn from various state and the Federal Capital Territory commands.
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia lays out counter-sanctions to U.S. envoy, but leaves door open to dialogue

The Kremlin unveiled its retaliatory measures to the U.S ambassador to Moscow on Friday, denouncing Washington’s latest round of sanctions as “unacceptable” even as it left the door open to dialogue.
Dozens of doctors' groups on Saturday warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients.

Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over South China Sea

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs said that it had summoned the Chinese ambassador to Manila, Huang Xilian, over the lingering illegal presence of Chinese vessels in Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea.