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Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Lleida Nacho Doce-Reuters]

Catalonia locks down 200,000 over coronavirus outbreak

Spain's northeastern Catalonia region on Saturday locked down an area with about 200,000 residents following a surge in cases of the new coronavirus.
Space exploration firm OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GeekWire reports, leaving uncertainty about the 74 satellites it has in orbit and its plans to provide high-speed internet from space.

UK government takes $500 million stake in space exploration firm OneWeb

OneWeb, which has its headquarters in the UK, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US in March, after it was unable to secure financing. Bharti Global also will invest $500 million as part of the deal.
LGBT refugees living in Kenya stand behind a rainbow flag as they protest against their treatment by authorities, outside an office of the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Nairobi on May 17, 2019.

Montenegro legalises same-sex partnerships

Montenegro legalised same-sex civil partnerships in a move welcomed Thursday by LGBT groups as a “big step” although adoption still remains out of reach.
New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating.

US virus cases smash daily record as global infections soar

New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating.
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.

EU opens borders to 15 countries, excludes Nigeria, others

The Council of the European Union has opened its borders to 15 countries, excluding Nigeria.

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.
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.

Using coronavirus donations to give charity a bad name

Global response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Africa has been remarkable, especially following fears that should the virus take hold, its impact on the continent could be catastrophic.
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Google says it will pay publishers for news content

Google will pay partnered media publishers in three countries and offer some users free access to paywalled news sites, the tech giant said Thursday.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday asked Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the whereabouts of visiting Chinese medical personnel, saying their activities in the country must the oversighted by the parliament.

Nigeria to launch coronavirus response action plan

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says efforts are ongoing to launch the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health sector response action plan.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

Serbia holds parliamentary elections amidst coronavirus risk

Serbians started casting ballots on Sunday in the first national elections in the European continent since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ruling Progressives and Socialists as the only party targeting double-digit results.

Nigerians in Diaspora seek working solutions, partnership from US, UK, others in tackling insecurity

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) has challenged the United States, United Kingdom and European Union to support Nigeria with a working solution against Boko Haram terrorists.
French Junior Minister for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin arrives at a General Affairs Councilc meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 25, 2020. Kenzo Tribouillard-Pool via REUTERS

Why UK can’t afford ‘no-deal’ Brexit – French minister

A senior French official said on Friday that she would not rule out the European Union’s (EU) trade talks with departed ex-member Britain ending without a deal though it was in the British interest to reach one.

Spain announces 4.26-billion-euro aid package for tourism

The Spanish government on Thursday announced that it will inject over 4.26 billion euros (4.78 billion United States dollars) to help the country’s tourism industry recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Denmark to ease travel restrictions to and from certain European states from June 27

Following an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Policy Committee, the Danish government presented a new model for easing both border restrictions and travel guidelines, according to a foreign ministry press release on Thursday.
A group, Oodua Action Movement (OAM), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately begin the process for an autonomous Yoruba nation as a federating unit in Nigeria, as granted the Southwest Region before and after independence in 1960.

Group demands autonomous Yoruba nation

A group, Oodua Action Movement (OAM), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately begin the process for an autonomous Yoruba nation as a federating unit in Nigeria, as granted the Southwest Region before and after independence in 1960.

Project Alert holds webinar on stemming domestic violence during lockdown

In furtherance of the Spotlight Initiative programme to eliminate violence against women and girls, which kicked off in February this year, an NGO, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, midweek, held a Webinar on Covid-19 & Sexual and Gender-based Violence Response in Lagos.
Angry protesters took to the streets over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement[Carlos Barria-Reuters]

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus.

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NCF not a political party yet – spokesman

The newly formed National Consultative Front (NCF) has said it was yet to metamorphosed into a political party but remains a meeting of like minds to chart a way of getting the country out of the wood.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, whose appointment was confirmed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, also reiterated her commitment to giving focal and priority attention to capacity building.

Nigerian government warns civil servants against flouting coronavirus guidelines

The Federal Government has warned federal civil servants against flouting the workplace guidelines put in place to flatten the curve of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Former Enugu SSG Samson Ukpabi passes on

A former Secretary to Enugu State Government and former Rector Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna Prof Samson Ukpabi is dead.
US President Donald Trump looks on as he hosts the 2020 “Salute to America” event in honor of Independence Day on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 4, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB - AFP)

US Sunbelt mayors push back against Trump’s virus optimism

US Sunbelt mayors warned Sunday that their cities are at risk of being overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus cases as they pushed back against US President Donald Trump’s attempt to minimize the gravity of the spreading virus.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

Ondo governor appoints two new aides

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the appointment of Mr Oluwole Moneyin and Mrs Charity Thiti, as Special Assistants on special duties and women mobilisation respectively.