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For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Joe Biden launches coronavirus initiatives on first full day in White House

President Joe Biden launched initiatives on Thursday to rein in the raging COVID-19 pandemic, tackling his top priority on his first full day in the White House as he tries to turn the page on Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership
The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations.

UN: Nations failing to fund climate adaptation

The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations.
This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT /

Kim Jong-un says North Korea’s economic plan failed

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has admitted his five-year economic plan for the isolated country failed to meet its targets in “almost every sector”.

World Bank predicts 4% global economic growth, 1.1% for Nigeria in 2021

The World Bank says global economy is expected to grow by 4 per cent in 2021, assuming an initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout becomes widespread throughout the year.
Festus Keyamo

Minister: 774,000 special public works jobs will kick off today

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said the Special Public Works Programme which will engage 774,000 unemployed Nigerians will kick off today.
FILE PHOTO - Buffaloes are seen on the island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh February 14, 2018. REUTERS-Stringer

Bangladesh to ship new group of Rohingya refugees to remote island

Bangladesh will move a second group of Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, officials said, despite calls by rights groups to stop the relocation on safety grounds.

Boko Haram: UN concerned for safety of refugees in Niger

The United Nations voiced grave concern on Tuesday for the safety of thousands of refugees and internally displaced in the wake of a deadly Boko Haram attack on Toumour, a town in southeastern Niger’s Diffa region, near the border with Nigeria.
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

U.N. chief urges leaders of every country to declare ‘climate emergency’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Central bank sells N4.1 trillion worth of special bills

Following last week’s introduction of 90-day special bills by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the apex bank yesterday sold N4.1 trillion worth of the instrument in the money market.

Anchor borrower game-changer in financing of smallholder farmers – CBN chief

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday said the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) has proven to be a game-changer in the financing of smallholder farmers in the country.
The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) has issued new reporting guidelines to enable firms respond to prudential considerations in various sectors.

FRC: Gusau Dialysis Centre upgraded with N220 million

The Federal Government spent N220 million to upgrade the Dialysis Centre at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Gusau, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has disclosed.
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Flooding affects 129,000 across Nigeria, kills 68 – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that no fewer than 129,000 persons were affected, while 68 persons were killed by flooding in different parts of the country this year.
A woman stands outside her home damaged due to heavy rains caused by Hurricane Eta, in Pimienta, Honduras November 6, 2020. Picture taken November 6, 2020. REUTERS-Jorge Cabrera

Central Americans flee north after back-to-back hurricanes

It took Luis Salgado years of manual labor to save enough money to open a small fresh produce store, so when torrential floods swept away $1,500 worth of apples, bananas and other fruits, he decided there was no longer a future for him in Honduras.

Sri Lanka says no major damage caused by Cyclone Burevi

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Deputy Director, Pradeep Kodippili, in Sri Lanka said on Thursday that no critical damage was caused by Cyclone Burevi.

ECOWAS, NEMA collaborate on disaster risk management

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for the strengthening of the capacity of disaster risk management agencies at local, states and national levels as well as other stakeholders in disaster response.
People run from the Marina beach after sudden heavy rains before Cyclone Nivar's landfall, in Chennai, India, November 25, 2020. REUTERS-P. Ravikumar

Cyclone Nivar slams into southern India causing five deaths

A severe cyclone slammed into India’s southern coast early on Thursday, killing at least five people and uprooting trees and power lines.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

Presidency opposes ecological funds regulation bill

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, yesterday told the House Committee on Ecological Fund that the presidency believes the proposed law would either clash with or duplicate the existing ones.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

Ecological Fund: Presidency opposes bill, says capable of slowing down response to emergencies

The Presidency has expressed its opposition to a bill in the House of Representatives seeking to regulate the Ecological Fund.

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A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Twelve health workers test positive to coronavirus in Taraba

Twelve health workers comprising of three doctors and nine nurses have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE chief: President Buhari determined to eradicate poverty

Director General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government was determined to eradicate poverty and unemployment in the country.
South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

South Africa minister dies of coronavirus

South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
General view of a cross session of lawyers in a court during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano, Nigeria January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano. Teenager Omar Farouq was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument, while Yahaya Aminu Sharif was accused of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp.
FILE PHOTO - A man wearing a mask outside Guildhall in the city of London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-John Sibley-File Photo

City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade

The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery.