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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.

EU Commission to end AstraZeneca, J&J vaccine contracts at expiry – paper

The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with companies such as Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Italian daily La Stampa reported on Wednesday citing a source from the Italian Health Ministry.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

World leaders mourn Prince Philip

Current and former world leaders joined a chorus of condolences from around the world following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99.
Cryptocurrency: “There is need for regulation and not prohibition of Cryptocurrency” - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaking at the CBN Bankers’ Forum today, 26th February 2021.

VP Osinbajo urges international community not to block financing for gas investments in developing...

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has appealed to the international community not to block adequate financing for gas projects in Nigeria and other developing countries.
FILE PHOTO - Police officers stand by port security as a lorry drives in at the entrance to the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain January 1, 2021. REUTERS-Phil Noble

Irish premier condemns ‘sinister’ intimidation as EU pulls Northern Irish port staff

Ireland’s prime minister on Tuesday condemned the intimidation of officials carrying out post-Brexit checks at Northern Irish ports as a “very sinister and ugly development”.
The outside of the London Stock Exchange building is seen. Toby Melville-Reuters

Britain’s markets open with strong lead after Brexit deal

Britain’s markets opened with a strong start after a Brexit trade deal was agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government and the European Commission.
France has received its first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus vaccine.

Coronavirus vaccination delays in Spain due to ‘Pfizer logistics issue’

Spain is facing a delay in a fresh delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, due to a Pfizer “logistics issue”, the country’s Health Minister says.
The Daily Mail has cited an unnamed Labour source as defying party leader Keir Starmer’s call to vote for the London-Brussels trade deal and saying that “we don’t want Brexit blood on our hands”.

Brexit trade deal frustrates UK fisheries leaders, labour politicians

The Daily Mail has cited an unnamed Labour source as defying party leader Keir Starmer’s call to vote for the London-Brussels trade deal and saying that “we don’t want Brexit blood on our hands”.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a joint statement with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before they attend a College of Commissioners meeting at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 15, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

First coronavirus vaccinations in EU likely this year – EU chief

European Union countries could begin coronavirus inoculations as soon as this year, the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Equities shed N464 billion as profit taking halts bull run

The equities market shed N463.7 billion last week as the bullish streak was halted by persistent profit taking. Following the unprecedented growth recorded in the month of November, many investors have been locking in profits. Despite the pockets of profit taking, the market had maintained a positive weekly performance.
The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been found to be 90% effective in preventing people from getting the virus.

Coronavirus vaccine roll out approachers as US closes early for holidays

US giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech prepared Friday to file an emergency request to roll out their vaunted vaccine while New York shut its schools and California braced for nighttime curfews heading into the US holiday season.
Medical staff move a patient suffering from COVID-19 to a plane during a transfer operation from Lille-Lesquin airport in France to Muenster airport in Germany. Pascal Rossignol-Reuters

Europe to pay less than US for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union has struck a deal to initially pay less for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate than the United States, an EU official told Reuters News Agency as the bloc announced on Wednesday it had secured an agreement for up to 300 million doses.

Nigerians, others excluded from list of travellers to Europe

Nigerians have been excluded from the list of countries whose nationals will be allowed in the region when the borders are open from July 1 by the European Union Commission.
“In a few weeks, Africa and our neighbours could be facing the same enormous challenges that we here in Europe are currently facing,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday.

European commission chief hopeful of coronavirus vaccine by end of 2020

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said she is hopeful that a vaccine against the novel coronavirus can be developed by the end of this year.
“In a few weeks, Africa and our neighbours could be facing the same enormous challenges that we here in Europe are currently facing,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday.

EU to help Africa, others fight coronavirus with €15 billion

The European Union is set to give 15 billion euros’ (16.3 billion dollars’) worth of support to Africa and other regions of the world for their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Empty tables sit in St. Mark's square in Venice, Italy. Italy has been scrambling to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of coronavirus amid rapidly rising numbers of infections.

European governments drafting ‘pandemic’ contingency plans

European governments are readying plans for coping with a possible coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that the numbers of COVID-19 cases are still small in Europe compared to Asia.
The European Parliament ‘overwhelmingly’ approved Britain’s departure terms from the EU with a final vote on Wednesday.

European parliament backs Brexit deal

The Brexit divorce battle which lasted for three and half years is finally set for tough trade negotiations in the year ahead as it departs on Friday.

EU: Brexit now January 31

The EU has granted Britain’s request to extend its exit from the union until 31 January 2020.
Giovanni Tria

EU set to fight Italy over debts

The European Union looks increasingly likely to impose disciplinary procedures on Italy over the management of its huge public debt, after inconclusive meetings on Friday between the Italian finance minister and his EU partners.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez applauds at the end of a campaign rally in Barcelona on May 23, 2019 ahead of EU elections. (Photo by LLUIS GENE - AFP)

Spain prime minister faces ‘second round’ in European polls

Spain votes in local, regional and European Parliament elections on Sunday which will influence acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s talks to form a new government.
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Pound falls after UK parliament rejects Brexit plan

The pound fell Friday after Britain’s parliament again rejected a proposed deal to withdraw from the European Union.
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Theresa May leaves Brexit summit with more time, less respect

Over an agonising two-hour grilling, British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to convince exasperated European leaders she has any plan to deliver an orderly Brexit if MPs vote her withdrawal deal down.

Boris Johnson: New Brexit vote would unleash British ‘anger’

Britain’s Brexit champion Boris Johnson on Saturday hit out at mounting calls for a second referendum on European Union membership predicting it would arouse widespread “anger”.

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“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Two ‘killed’, one injured as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were feared killed while one was injured as bank robbers attacked a bullion van at Bolorunduro area in Ondo East council area of Ondo state.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s unity must not be compromised

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, on Thursday, insisted that the unity of the country should not be compromised in anyway.
Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC: We’ll commission rehabilitated PHC refinery in 2023

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, has assured Nigerians that the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex (PHRC) will roar back to life on or before April 5, 2023 when repairs would have been completed.

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Ex-Cameroon boss Hugo Broos confirms Safa contact over national team job

Former Cameroon head coach Hugo Brooks has confirmed contact from the South African Football Association regarding the Bafana Bafana coaching job.
State Governor Aminu Bello Masari urged security agencies and healthcare professionals to ensure compliance with the directive.

Katsina governor: North not afraid of restructuring

Katsina State governor and Chairman North-west Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has dismissed insinuations that northerners are not favourably disposed to the persistent clamour for the restructuring of the country.

West Ham vice-chairman: Refereeing in the Premier League worse than ever

Writing in her column in the Sun, Hammers vice-chairman Brady said: “The Stockley Park mob, blinking in front of an array of screens, may get more offsides right although, goodness knows, they often do so to the fury of people who don’t see any sense in arms or shirt sleeves being involved.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Nigerian government extends NIN-SIM linkage till June 30

The ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise has been extended till June 30, 2021, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said.
Ahead of the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, the high and mighty in the State’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stormed Efon Alaaye on Sunday, as a former Commissioner for Environment and incumbent State Chairman of the party, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, flagged off his consultation tour of the local councils in the State on his governorship aspiration.

Ekiti election: Ayodele Fayose leads PDP leaders to launch Bisi Kolawole’s consultation tour

Ahead of the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, the high and mighty in the State’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stormed Efon Alaaye on Sunday, as a former Commissioner for Environment and incumbent State Chairman of the party, Otunba Bisi Kolawole flagged off his consultation tour of the local councils in the State on his governorship aspiration.