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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, on Thursday expressed concerns over the COVID-19 surge in Europe.

WHO praises ‘phenomenal’ promise of coronavirus vaccines

The promise of COVID-19 vaccines is “phenomenal” and “potentially game-changing”, World Health Organization European director Hans Kluge said on Thursday, a day after Britain became the first Western country to approve a shot.

Vietnamese flight attendant faces jail for spreading coronavirus

Police in Ho Chi Minh City has launched a criminal investigation into a flight attendant for national carrier Vietnam Airlines, who breached COVID-19 quarantine protocols and infected at least three others.
US President Donald Trump had considered attacking Iran to stop its growing nuclear programme but was advised against any such move during his last weeks in office, the New York Times has reported.

Donald Trump repeats unproven voter fraud claims in 46-minute-long video

US President Donald Trump repeated unproven claims of voter fraud in a 46-minute-long video address posted on social media on Wednesday.
Ahmad said the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties and the unveiling of the FIRS Adhesive Stamp in Abuja.

FIRS closes tax waiver window December 31 – chairman

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said on Wednesday that the window of opportunity for “waivers of penalties and interest on outstanding taxes arising from desk examinations, audit exercises, investigations or all other forms of tax assessment” will close on December 31, 2020.
KIDNAPPING

Abductors of Catholic priest demand N100 million ransom

The Kidnappers of a reverend father, Mathew Dajo, of the Parish Catholic Church, Yangoji, have demanded for N100 million ransom before the victim will be set free, a member of the church (name withheld) confided in our reporter.
Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Dr Joseph Albasu Kunini

We’ll ensure peace, stability, development is sustained – Taraba Speaker

The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Dr Joseph Albasu Kunini, said on Wednesday that the House will continue to come up with legislation and align with other organs of government to ensure the peace and stability as well as provision of all-round development in the State.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Mr Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Governor Fayemi: Nigerian military can no longer tackle security challenges single-handedly

Mr Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, has insisted that the Nigerian military is no longer in a position to single-handedly tackle the security challenges in the country effectively.
Vials labelled COVID-19 Coronavirus-Vaccine and medical syringe are placed on the European Union map in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

EU criticises ‘hasty’ UK approval of coronavirus vaccine

The European Union criticised Britain’s rapid approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, saying its own procedure was more thorough, after Britain became the first western country to endorse a COVID-19 shot.
A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has made his Nollywood debut in a new series titled Silent Prejudices (Season 2).

Court refuses to order Femi Fani-Kayode’s arrest for not attending trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja declined on Wednesday the application for the issuance of bench warrant against former aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, being tried for alleged money laundering related offences.

Bauchi community records 47 snake bites in 7 months

Mr Adamu Suleiman, Secretary, Duguri Ward Development Committee (WDC), in Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA) of Bauchi State says the community witnessed about 42 snake bites from May to November 2020.
Pope Francis looks on at the end of his private audience with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender at the end of a private audience at the Vatican, on October 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andreas SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope condemns ‘atrocities’ in Nigeria

Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the massacre of farmworkers in northeast Nigeria, which was claimed by the Boko Haram jihadist group and left at least 76 people dead.
Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have confirmed on Wednesday.

Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto tests positive for coronavirus

Roberto had been enjoying a prominent role in Ronald Koeman's squad before being forced off the pitch with a thigh injury during Barca's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on November 21.
Claudia Faviola Gonzales, a three-year-old girl, eats a tortilla with salt at her home, in La Palmilla, Guatemala October 7, 2020. REUTERS-Josue Decavele

Storms, coronavirus, drought spread hunger to millions in Central America

The back-to-back hurricanes destroyed a small patch of corn that helped Tomasa Mendoza feed her five children in a tiny hamlet nestled in the impoverished mountains of eastern Guatemala.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Why I dumped PDP for APC – Ex-Abia commissioner

Former Commissioner for Works in Abia State Chief George Nnanna Kalu, who recently dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the management style of the Okezie Ikpeazu-led PDP administration in the State lacks direction.

Report: Over 900 Syrian fighters return home from Karabakh

More than 900 pro-Turkish Syrian fighters have returned to Syria after the end of fighting in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, a Britain-based Syrian war monitor said Wednesday.
Pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam and Joshua Wong walk to a prison van to head to court, after pleading guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year's anti-government protests, in Hong Kong, China December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for 13-1/2 months for anti-government protest

Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for 13-1/2 months for his role in an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019, the toughest and most high-profile sentencing of an opposition figure this year.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane paid tribute to late Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop following his side’s UEFA Champions League victory over Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday night.

Papa Bouba Diop: Sadio Mane pays tribute to Senegal legend

Mane’s tribute follows a host of other Senegalese stars who have also paid their respects to the 2007/08 FA Cup winner in recent days, including Paris Saint-Germain midfielder
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a suspected bribery scheme in which a “substantial political contribution” would be offered in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence, according to a court document unsealed on Tuesday.

US probing possible bribe for presidential pardon scheme

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a suspected bribery scheme in which a “substantial political contribution” would be offered in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence, according to a court document unsealed on Tuesday.

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Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Cross River launches ‘Operation Akpakwu’ to fight kidnapping, robbery

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Thursday launched a special operation to flush out criminals from the state, especially kidnappers.

Village head killed, eight others abducted by Zamfara bandits

An attack by bandits in the Gwaram community, Talatan Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State has left the village head dead and eight others abducted.
Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.

Bahrain open to imports from illegal Israeli settlements

Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from Palestinians.
A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the border early in the Trump administration, according to a court filing that also said the government last week provided additional phone numbers to aid the long-running search [File: Santiago Billy/AP Photo]

Search persists for parents of 628 kids separated at US border

A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the United States-Mexico border early in the Trump administration, according to a court filing on Wednesday that also said the government last week provided additional phone numbers to aid the long-running search.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

#EndSARS: Police file suit to end judicial panels’ probes

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have filed a suit to stop the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governors to probe allegations of police brutality by men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the Federal High Court in Abuja.