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FILE PHOTO- Manny Pacquiao celebrates after winning a bout against Lucas Matthysse at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 15, 2018 REUTERS-Lai Seng Sin-File Photo

Manny Pacquiao’s camp considering Conor McGregor fight

Manny Pacquiao is mulling a possible fight with Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor as he plots his return to the ring, representatives for the Filipino boxing icon told AFP on Friday.
A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network’s early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company’s own.

Facebook critics start rival, independent ‘oversight board’

A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network’s early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company’s own.
Canada’s finance minister Bill Morneau announced his resignation Monday, on the heels of an ethics scandal and amid a reported split with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over pandemic spending.

Canada finance minister resigns

Canada’s finance minister Bill Morneau announced his resignation Monday, on the heels of an ethics scandal and amid a reported split with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over pandemic spending.
Dozens of doctors' groups on Saturday warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients.

Philippines president in isolation to guard against coronavirus – aide

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines, on Monday went into isolation to keep him safe from COVID-19, his spokesman, Harry Roque, said after a cabinet member tested positive for the virus.
Turkey’s highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government’s two-year ban on the online encyclopedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, the state-run news agency reported.

Hausa language tops articles content on Wikipedia writing contest

Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation has said that the Hausa language topped the list of articles created by language category on Wikipedia women writing contest.
The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to "response fatigue", as the case count in South Africa topped half a million.
The displacement of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) due to the COVID-19 pandemic may drag the Philippines‘ GDP growth down by 0.4 percent this year due to the reduction in remittances, the Philippine central bank said.

Remittance drop may drag Philippine GDP growth down by 0.4 pct central bank

The displacement of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) due to the COVID-19 pandemic may drag the Philippines‘ GDP growth down by 0.4 percent this year due to the reduction in remittances, the Philippine central bank said.
Lagos State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Isolation Centre

Three foreign nationals discharged from Lagos isolation centre

Two Indians and one Filipino are among the 10 COVID-19 patients discharged from the Lagos isolation centre, the state’s health ministry said Saturday.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this during an inter-ministerial media update on COVID-19 on Thursday in Ikeja.

Lagos records another coronavirus death

It acknowledged the 80 new infections announced on Friday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control which brought the total number of cases reported in the state to 670, the highest by any state in the country.
Lagos State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Isolation Centre

Lagos discharges 10 coronavirus patients after testing negative

The Lagos State government on Friday discharged another 10 patients from the isolation centres after testing negative for coronavirus.
An air ambulance operated by Philippines health officials crashed shortly after departure from Manila International Airport on Sunday, local media reported.

Air ambulance crashes in Philippines

An air ambulance operated by Philippines health officials crashed shortly after departure from Manila International Airport on Sunday, local media reported.
Foreigners and Filipinos crowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to try to get on a flight out of the country, where 217 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 17 deaths.

Coronavirus: Thousands rushing to get out of Philippines

Thousands of people rushed to the Philippines’ main international airport on Thursday in a bid to get out of the country amid a month-long lockdown on the main island designed to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
Mourners lay flowers at the Terminal 21 shopping mall, where a mass shooting took place, in the Thai northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima on February 10, 2020. – A Thai soldier who killed at least 20 people and holed up in a mall overnight was shot dead by commandos on February 9, ending a near-17-hour ordeal which left dozens wounded and stunned the country. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai city holds vigil for 29 victims of ‘unprecedented’ mass shooting

Holding candles and writing condolences as monks chanted prayers, hundreds of Thais held an evening vigil Sunday for the 29 victims of an “unprecedented” mass shooting carried out by a soldier.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked his son, Paolo, to let him know three days in advance of announcing his bid for the speakership of the House so he can tender his resignation.PHOTO- AFP

Philippine president tells military to prepare to evacuate Filipinos in Iran, Iraq

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday directed the military to prepare to evacuate thousands of Filipinos in Iran and Iraq if hostilities escalate in the Middle East.
Three of the four kidnapped crew members of the oil tanker Elka Aristotle have been released, however, the fourth crew member, a Filipino national has died, European Products Carriers Ltd, managers of the Greek-flagged vessel, informed.

Kidnapped crew member of Greek tanker dies, remaining three freed

Three of the four kidnapped crew members of the oil tanker Elka Aristotle have been released, however, the fourth crew member, a Filipino national has died, European Products Carriers Ltd, managers of the Greek-flagged vessel, informed.
Tributes poured in across social media for Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, with many including images of the bodyguard at work. One included him bending down to apparently help tie the shoes of King Salman, the 83-year-old ruler of the oil-rich kingdom.

Saudi king’s bodyguard shot dead in ‘dispute’

A prominent bodyguard to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute, state TV reported Sunday, offering few details in an incident that shocked the kingdom.
The Stena Impero, which had been held off Bandar Abbas for more than two months, started moving out of the Iranian port Friday and reached the coast off Dubai early Saturday.

British-flagged tanker reaches Dubai port after departing Iran

The British-flagged oil tanker that was seized by Iran in July has docked in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates early Saturday, according to ship-tracking websites and pool reporters.
FILE PHOTO- Manny Pacquiao celebrates after winning a bout against Lucas Matthysse at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 15, 2018 REUTERS-Lai Seng Sin-File Photo

Bob Arum tells Manny Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather or retire

Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum believes Manny Pacquiao should retire from the sport soon unless he can land a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

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Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has enjoined the Feminist Coalition not to stop receiving donations supporting the #EndSARS protesters.

#EndSARS: Nollywood actress urges Feminist Coalition not to stop accepting donations

Recall that the group, which has been providing administrative support and fundraising for the group had said it would no longer accept donations for the campaign, which seeks an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the police’s tactical special units – SARS and SWAT. Their decision followed President Buhari’s Thursday night’s national broadcast which asked protesters to get off the streets as violence and anarchy reigned.
Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has asked families who lost their relatives during the Lekki tollgate incident to speak up.

#EndSARS: Let those who lost relatives at Lekki toll plaza speak up – Omotola

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has asked families who lost their relatives during the Lekki tollgate incident to speak up.
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

#EndSARS: Cross River governor declares 24-hour curfew

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the governor, Christian Ita, the curfew followed “the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums.”

Joe Okei-Odumakin urges government to address citizens’ grievances

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise and Centre for Change, on Friday urged all tiers of government to urgently implement policies that would address the grievances of citizens.
Leftist leader Luis Arce has won a smashing victory in Bolivia’s presidential election, a final official vote count released on Friday shows, providing vindication for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party of overthrown President Evo Morales.

Luis Arce secures big victory in Bolivia election

The result, which was a vindication to Evo Morales’s MAS party, also gave majorities in both houses of Congress.