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European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union holds off decision on borders; Americans set to be excluded

European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final "safe list" of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday accused the European Parliament of “interference”, after lawmakers called on the Commission to introduce measures to prevent conflict of interest.

Czech premier slams EU ‘interference’ over subsidy misuse

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday accused the European Parliament of “interference”, after lawmakers called on the Commission to introduce measures to prevent conflict of interest.
Borussia Dortmund are hosting Schalke 04 at their Signal Iduna Park at 14-30.

Bundesliga returns today, timetable for other Euro leagues

Football is back. The German Bundesliga this weekend becomes the first major European league to resume following the two-month coronavirus shutdown.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
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.

John Coates: Tokyo Olympics could be ‘greatest ever’

Senior international Olympics official John Coates said on Saturday the delayed Tokyo Olympics could end up being the greatest Games ever, coming next year as the world emerges from COVID-19 crisis.
Earlier this month, UEFA indefinitely suspended the Champions League, Europa League and the European Championship playoffs amid the ongoing concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UEFA releases possible dates for Champions League games

UEFA’s plan to complete the Champions League and Europa League continues. The plan says that they will be played throughout the month of August once the leagues are done in July.
While the United States and Europe are in the grip of the outbreak, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the virus was not expected to peak in the world's poorest countries until some point over the next three to six months.

UN triples coronavirus appeal to $6.7 billion to help poor countries

The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7bn to help 63 nations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Tuesday said that it was working with the Federal Government and some States to eliminate child labour in the country by 2025.

ILO: Informal sector poverty to increase by 56 percent

International Labour Organisation, ILO, has said the COVID-19 lockdown and containment measures across the globe will increase poverty levels among the world’s informal economy workers by 56 percent in low-income countries.
Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.

Report: Black people four times more likely to die of coronavirus than white people

A recent report analysis by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) claimed that residents in the United Kingdom (UK) from black heritage are more than four times likely to die from COVID-19 if infected.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2018 Berlin’s Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou plays a pass during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. – The German government and state leaders are set to give the Bundesliga the green light to restart behind closed doors in May after weeks of shutdown imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to a draft government agreement seen by AFP. The league reacted with consternation when Hertha Berlin player Salomon Kalou filmed himself shaking hands with teammates, flaunting the social distancing rules the clubs have put in place. Hertha has suspended Kalou, who has apologised profusely. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Salomon Kalou handshake video ‘shocked’ German politicians

A video of Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou shaking hands with his team-mates “shocked” key German politicians, who are set to decide Wednesday whether the Bundesliga can resume later this month.
World number two Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a third ATP Mexico Open title with an impressive display of serving and shotmaking to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday

Rafael Nadal pessimistic about return to action before 2021

Rafael Nadal does not expect to return to play competitive tennis until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated much of this year’s calendar.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the conference that the world “must work together to build an impregnable shield around all our people”.

World leaders raise $8.1 billion for coronavirus vaccine

World leaders called Monday for cooperation not competition in the quest for a coronavirus vaccine, as they pledged 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) at a fundraising telethon snubbed by the United States. COVID-19 has killed...
The NCAC boss had last week produced and kitted security agencies, the media and a select group of professionals in the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic with branded facemasks made exclusively from Adire and Ankara fabrics.

NCAC launches facemask campaign to stem spread of coronavirus

The NCAC boss had last week produced and kitted security agencies, the media and a select group of professionals in the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic with branded facemasks made exclusively from Adire and Ankara fabrics, and also gave out sanitisers made from locally sourced materials in order to promote homegrown products to fight against the pandemic and also open avenues for cultural economy.
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NCAC to create awareness on wearing face masks

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says it plans to launch a campaign to create awareness on how wearing face mask in public will help to contain COVID-19 spread.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during on March 26. Reuters

Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street

Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, is back to Downing Street, returning to work after coronavirus battle, as pressure grows on him to announce his plan to end the lockdown.
China has confiscated over 89 million poor quality face masks, a government official said Sunday, as Beijing faces a slew of complaints about faulty protective gear exported worldwide.

China seizes over 89 million faulty face masks

China has confiscated over 89 million poor quality face masks, a government official said Sunday, as Beijing faces a slew of complaints about faulty protective gear exported worldwide.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.

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Nigeria government releases guidelines for air travels

The new guidelines are issued against the backdrop of the approval that flight operations recommence gradually at the nation’s airports effective July 8.
The late Ondo Health Commissioner Dr Wahab Adegbenro was buried in Ilara- Mokin according to Muslim rites.

Late Ondo commissioner laid to rest

The late Ondo Health Commissioner Dr Wahab Adegbenro was buried in Ilara-Mokin, according to Muslim rites.
Following the reported and confirmed case of coronavirus in Lagos State, the Ondo State Commissioner of Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, on Saturday said the state’s emergency medical response team has been activated.

Ondo declares seven-day mourning for commissioner as first lady tests positive for coronavirus

The Ondo State Government has directed all flags in the state to fly at half mast for seven days to mourn the late Wahab Adegbenro, the state’s commissioner for health who died on Thursday.
Riyad Mahrez has taken to social media to express the joy of Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Liverpool on Thursday, although he wished it was by a bigger margin.

Riyad Mahrez wishes Manchester City win over Liverpool was bigger

Riyad Mahrez has taken to social media to express the joy of Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Liverpool on Thursday, although he wished it was by a bigger margin.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq has declared that her Ministry will focus on the urban poor, National Social Register as well as Bank Verification Number (BVN) to determine who benefits from the distribution palliatives to cushion the biting effect of COVID-19 on Nigerians.

Nigerian government to distribute 19,508 bags of fertilizers flood affected farmers

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development is to distribute 19, 508 bags of fertilizers to farmers affected by 2018 flooding in five LGAs of Kogi State.