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A Uganda Airlines Bombardier CRJ-900 taxi is pictured during its relaunching flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya August 27, 2019. REUTERS-Njeri Mwangi

IATA: Middle East, Africa governments need to act faster to protect airlines

Middle Eastern and African governments must act faster to protect their airlines, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday, warning their losses from the coronavirus pandemic had risen to $23 billion.
Monaco’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas gives a thumbs up during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco on January 13, 2019, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)

Paul Merson defends Cesc Fabregas over Arsenal transfer decision

Paul Merson has come to the defence of Cesc Fabregas by insisting that the Spaniard’s controversial move to leave an Arsenal side “in decline” for Barcelona was understandable.
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, has set up two committees to spearhead his inauguration for his second term.

Stakeholders call for balkanisation of Minna emirate

Some stakeholders in Niger State have called for the balkanization of Minna Emirate into five autonomous emirates.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can equal Mohamed Salah's 50 goal tally in Premier League in matchday one when Arsenal takes on Newcastle United at Saint James this weekend

Report: Liverpool interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Liverpool have expressed an interest in Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to 90min.
Kenya Airways planes are seen parked during a pilots strike organised by Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. REUTERS-Thomas Mukoya

IATA: Mideast, Africa airlines in crisis as coronavirus stifles demand

Middle East and African airlines are in crisis with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk from the coronavirus outbreak, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday, calling for state intervention.
Victor Osimhen has joined Senegal's Moussa Sow and Ivory Coast's Gervinho in Lille's exclusive goalscoring club after scoring a goal on his 18th appearance.

Liverpool, Tottenham to cough up £94 million for Victor Osimhen

Liverpool and Tottenham have both been warned that they will have to pay through the roof to land Nigeria and Lille forward, Victor Osimhen.
Kieran Tierney admits the injury struggles he has endured at Arsenal have been “the toughest time of my life”, with the Scot having taken in a forgettable debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

Kieran Tierney admits Arsenal injury absence has been ‘the toughest time of my life’

Kieran Tierney admits the injury struggles he has endured at Arsenal have been “the toughest time of my life”, with the Scot having taken in a forgettable debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium.
Zambia Wednesday announced it had recorded two cases of Covid-19, with Health minister Chitalu Chilufya saying that “life should go on as usual as” mortality stood at two per cent.

Coronavirus: Zambia joins list of affected states

Zambia Wednesday announced it had recorded two cases of Covid-19, with Health minister Chitalu Chilufya saying that “life should go on as usual as” mortality stood at two per cent.
Arsenal's head of sports medicine, Dr. Gary O'Driscoll, has chosen to remain at the Emirates Stadium after turning down an offer from Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal club doctor rejects Liverpool to remain at Emirates

Arsenal's head of sports medicine, Dr. Gary O'Driscoll, has chosen to remain at the Emirates Stadium after turning down an offer from Premier League leaders Liverpool.
David Luiz is an “unbelievable player”, according to Pablo Mari, with an Arsenal new boy welcoming the opportunity work with a decorated Brazil international.

Pablo Mari: David Luiz is an unbelievable player

David Luiz is an “unbelievable player”, according to Pablo Mari, with an Arsenal new boy welcoming the opportunity work with a decorated Brazil international.
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Everton first team go into isolation as player tests positive for coronavirus

A yet to be identified Everton player has contracted the coronavirus, becoming the second player, after Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, to contract the deadly bug in the English Premier League.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta acknowledged it will be very hard for the Gunners to secure Champions League qualification via the Premier League after crashing out of the Europa League.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

Following the development at the Emirates in North London, the Premier League has confirmed it will convene an emergency meeting with top-flight clubs on Friday morning regarding fixtures.
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has two players that worked extra hard to ensure his side beat Portsmouth 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth-round on Monday night.

Mikel Arteta still phones Pep Guardiola for advice after leaving Manchester City

The former Manchester City assistant will return to the Etihad tonight to face his old boss for the first time since leaving for North London in December.
During a session with the club's media, Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo was surprised to receive a call from legend Andy Cole.

Steve McClaren: Odion Ighalo the right man for Manchester United

Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has been described by Steve McClaren as the perfect striker for Manchester United, as the former Old Trafford legend tipped the Nigeria international to be handed a starting role in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
During a session with the club's media, Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo was surprised to receive a call from legend Andy Cole.

Odion Ighalo targets FA Cup win with Manchester United

And speaking prior to the game at Pride Park, the former Super Eagles striker said: “I watched Manchester United in the FA Cup a lot, which was great, and I loved playing in it with Watford.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined Leicester City's Jamie Vardy at the top of the Premier League scoring charts after scoring twice to help the Gunners beat Everton 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Joe Cole: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to leave Arsenal

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has said Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to leave Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta watched Arsenal suffer late Europa League heartbreak against Olympiakos and said- It hurts, big time.

Mikel Arteta blames Arsenal player as Gunners crash out of Europa League

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has blamed his goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, for his side 2-1 loss to Olympiakos in the Europa League on Thursday.
Eddie Nketiah has revealed what he told Bukayo Saka immediately he replaced the injured Sead Kolasinac, in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Everton at the Emirates in Sunday’s Premier League game.

Eddie Nketiah: What I told Bukayo Saka before scoring against Everton

Eddie Nketiah has revealed what he told Bukayo Saka immediately he replaced the injured Sead Kolasinac, in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Everton at the Emirates in Sunday’s Premier League game.

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), has announced the demise of a former member of the house, Rep. Tony Okey. 7

Speaker Gbajabiamila: Chinese doctors must be quaratined

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday insisted the Chinese doctors coming to help in the fight against COVID-19 must first be quarantined for 14 days and comply with all relevant laws in the country.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will postpone its April 28th presidential primary election until June 23rd, as the Empire State deals with the largest coronavirus outbreak in the US, the New York Times reports.

New York increases fine for violating social distancing guidelines to $1,000

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, on Monday said that fines for violating social distancing guidelines would be increased from $500 to $1,000.
The countries according to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Nigeria declares April 10, 13 as Easter holidays

The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 as public holidays to mark the 2020 Easter Celebration.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Kano coronavirus fund raising committee hits N400 million

The COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee constituted by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state submitted its interim report on Monday, saying it had raised almost N400m.
The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Street To School Initiative, has unveiled a newly renovated ultra-modern Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for residents of Surulere Community in Agbado-Oke-Odo, Lagos

Japan donates $236, 000 for humanitarian mine action in Northeast

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has received a donation of $236, 363 from the Government of Japan to support the UNMAS Nigeria in providing critical life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians and humanitarian actors in the Northeast.