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FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Twitter logo is pictured in front of a displayed Russian flag in this illustration taken March 10, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

TASS: Russia seeks extra fines against Twitter over ‘banned content’

Russia is seeking an additional 24 million roubles ($321,586) in fines from U.S. tech giant Twitter for failing to remove content banned in Russia, the TASS news agency cited a court as saying on Wednesday.
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.

EU preparing legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls – sources

The European Commission is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker cut COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the European Union, sources familiar with the matter said.
The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

EU and UK regulators still recommend AstraZeneca shot despite possible link to blood clots

European and British regulators said on Wednesday they had found possible links between AstraZeneca’s vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots, but reaffirmed its importance in protecting people against COVID-19.
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

Nigeria aims to get 70 million J&J coronavirus vaccines through African Union

Nigeria hopes to receive up to 70 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this year through the African Union (AU), its primary healthcare chief told Reuters, amid concerns about delayed deliveries of AstraZeneca shots.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

Italy’s Piedmont region temporarily suspends AstraZeneca shots

Italy’s northern region of Piedmont said on Sunday said it would temporarily suspend AstraZeneca coronavirus shots after a teacher from the town of Biella died following his vaccination on Saturday.
A health worker holds a multiple-dose vial containing the vaccine against COVID-19 by British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in Genoa, northern Italy, February 10, 2021 [Luca Zennaro-EPA]

EU, UK in new skirmish over vaccines as post-Brexit ties sour

A senior EU diplomat in London was summoned to the British foreign ministry on Wednesday as the two sides traded barbs over COVID-19 vaccines, the latest in a series of disputes that bode ill for post-Brexit cooperation.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

First coronavirus vaccine doses dispatched by COVAX arrive in Ghana

A flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India landed in Ghana’s capital Accra, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), said in a joint statement.
FILE PHOTO - Smartphone with Google app icon is seen in front of the Australian flag in this illustration taken January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Australia’s competition chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

The architect of Australian media reforms being watched around the world claimed victory on Wednesday, even as critics said concessions to the laws forcing Big Tech to pay for news content have given Facebook and Google a get-out clause.
FILE PHOTO - A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine sticker and a medical syringe in front of the displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Pfizer study another worry for South Africa’s vaccine rollout

Scientists will meet on Thursday to advise South Africa’s government on its next steps after a study suggested the dominant local coronavirus variant may reduce protective antibodies from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by two-thirds.
South Africa is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after finding it offers limited protection against mild disease caused by the COVID-19 variant discovered there.

South Africa plans to share AstraZeneca vaccine, first J&J shots expected

South Africa plans to share 1 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses with other African countries, a senior official said, as a medical association said the first shots from rival Johnson & Johnson could arrive on Tuesday.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

South Africa puts AstraZeneca vaccinations on hold over variant data

South Africa will put on hold use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot in its vaccination programme, after data showed it gave minimal protection against mild-to-moderate infection caused by the country’s dominant coronavirus variant.
FILE PHOTO - GameStop logo is seen in this illustration taken February 2, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Regulators to meet as brokers call time on Reddit-trader rollercoaster

Hedge funds, small investors and their stockbrokers are bracing for tougher U.S. markets regulation, with officials expected to meet this week to assess the fallout from a social-media driven trading frenzy that has roiled stocks and silver prices.
FILE PHOTO - Smartphone with google app icon is seen in front of the displayed Australian flag in this illustration taken, January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Australia takes on Google advertising dominance in latest Big Tech fight

An Australian regulator is considering letting internet users choose what personal data companies like Google share with advertisers, as part of the country’s attempts to shatter the dominance of tech titans.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Google to stop using Apple tool to track iPhone users, avoiding new pop-up warning

Google’s iPhone apps such as Maps and YouTube will stop using a tool from Apple Inc that allows them to personalize ads, avoiding a new Apple warning that informs users their browsing is being tracked.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D printed oil pump jack is placed on dollar banknotes in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Oil rises as U.S. crude stockpiles drop, new Chinese coronavirus cases decline

Oil prices climbed on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week and China, the world’s second-biggest oil user, recorded its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks.
FILE PHOTO - 3D printed coronavirus model and Google logo are placed near an Apple Macbook Pro in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Developer complains to EU over Apple, Google app rules after coronavirus game rejected

A German app developer has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities against Google and Apple which he said last year rejected a game aimed at encouraging compliance with government COVID-19 rules.
FILE PHOTO - Representations of virtual currency bitcoin are seen in this picture illustration taken taken March 13, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Global chip shortage hits China’s bitcoin mining sector

A global chip shortage is choking the production of machines used to “mine” bitcoin, a sector dominated by China, sending prices of the computer equipment soaring as a surge in the cryptocurrency drives demand.
Migrants walk towards the forest after camp Lipa was closed, in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina December 30, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Migrants stranded in open air in Bosnia after relocation fails

Hundreds of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East were left stranded in the open air on Wednesday when an attempt to relocate them to another site in Bosnia after fire wrecked their temporary camp failed, police and migrants said.
A small shopping basket filled with vials labelled COVID-19 - Coronavirus Vaccine and a medical syringe are placed on a Moderna logo in this illustration taken November 29, 2020. Picture taken November 29, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-File Photo

Moderna coronavirus shots leave warehouses, widening U.S. immunization push

Shipments of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine began leaving warehouses early on Sunday, heading for healthcare facilities around the United States in a push to distribute the second approved coronavirus vaccine.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

U.S. FDA advisory panel sets stage for Moderna vaccine authorization

A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed emergency use of Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine, virtually assuring a second option for protecting against COVID-19 for a pandemic ravaged nation.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine clears first U.S. FDA hurdle

Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be set for regulatory authorization this week after U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff members did not raise any major new concerns about it in documents released on Tuesday.
The US public will start receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from Monday after it was authorised for emergency use, officials say.

EU regulator set to approve Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on December 23

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is set to approve its first COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 23, a German government source told Reuters on Tuesday, putting EU countries on track to start to catch up with the United States and Britain, where immunisation campaigns are under way.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged stakeholders in the oil industry to find a way of producing oil cheaper at the largest volume possible given the circumstances and future of oil itself and the country’s of requirements and needs.

VP Osinbajo to represent Nigeria at Ugandan presidential inauguration

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent Nigeria at the sixth inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the resumption of all Public Servants on GL 1 -12 with effect from Monday, November 2, 2020.

Lagos recovers N50 million over fraudulent real estate activities

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had recovered more than N50 million from parties involved in illegal real estate transaction activities.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, stated this when the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) rose from its meeting on Wednesday at the NGF Secretariat in Abuja.

Gombe eyes World Bank loan to address erosion at Federal College

The state’s Deputy Governor, Manassah Jatau, made the declaration in Gombe on Tuesday when a Presidential Visitation Panel, led by Prof. Kenneth Okiongbo, visited the school.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi traffic agency to enforce ban on commercial motorcyclists – chairman

The Bauchi State Road Traffic Agency (BAROTA), on Tuesday, reiterated that activities of commercial motorcycle riders, popularly known as ‘Okada’ or ‘Achaba’, remained banned in the state.

South Sudan faces its worst food security crisis as humanitarian aid dwindles

An African regional organisation said about 60 per cent of people from South Sudan are facing “their worst food security” and nutrition crisis since the country became independent a decade ago.

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FILE PHOTO: Protestors demonstrate outside the home of Tucson's Mayor Regina Romero in opposition to the new mask mandate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Cheney Orr

Over half of people in democracies feel freedoms overly curbed in coronavirus crisis –...

Fifty-eight percent of people living in the world’s democracies are satisfied with the response of their government to the COVID-19 pandemic though over half believe their freedoms have been overly restricted, a survey published on Wednesday found.
State Governor Aminu Bello Masari urged security agencies and healthcare professionals to ensure compliance with the directive.

Katsina governor inaugurates conflict resolution centre

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina on Monday inaugurated a Community Conflict and Dispute Resolution Centre to reduce the burden and workload of conventional courts in the state.
Demonstrators march with banners and flags during a protest demanding political change, in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2021. REUTERS-Ramzi Boudina

Algeria to impose restrictions on street protests

Algeria will bar any protests that do not have prior approval, it said on Sunday, a move apparently aimed at the weekly mass demonstrations that ousted a veteran president in 2019 but have continued to demand a more thorough purge of the ruling elite.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police rescue suspect from mob action, recover bus in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State has rescued one Ugo Nweke from an angry mob that caught him allegedly trying to steal a commercial bus at Abakpa-Nike in the Enugu metropolis.
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) says that its Harmonized Bill is an improved tool of collection of all revenue due for payment from taxpayers across the State.

KWIRS seeks EFCC help on tax evasion in Kwara

The Kwara Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) has solicited the support of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in dealing with the increasing rate of tax evasion in the state.