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French armed forces buy chloroquine from China as ‘precaution’

France’s armed forces ministry on Friday said it had bought a consignment of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine from China as a precaution in case it becomes an approved medication for the coronavirus, an idea dismissed by many experts.
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has commended the Muhammadu Buhari’s government’s support for the quick establishment of specialized courts to try corruption and its allied cases for speedy determination of such cases within a stipulated time in order to bring culprits to book and discourage penchant for embezzlement and other forms of grand corruption.

President Buhari reacts to death of 13 French soldiers in Mali

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness over the death of 13 French soldiers in Mali on Tuesday.
Laurent Lassimouillas, Patrick Picque, and a third freed hostage arrive in France. Francois Guillot-AFP-Getty Images

Burkina Faso: Ex-hostages pay homage to slain soldiers, tour guide

Burkinabe authorities and the former French and Korean hostages on Saturday paid tribute to the two French soldiers who died during a raid in northern Burkina Faso.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday urged partners to commit to stand with Paris in driving back jihadi violence in the Sahel.

French premier urges joint stand to drive back jihadists in Sahel

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday urged partners to commit to stand with Paris in driving back jihadi violence in the Sahel.
French servicemen, engaged in the Operation Barkhane in Africa's Sahel region, have neutralized around 30 terrorists in Mali, the French Armed Forces Ministry said.

French forces kill at least 30 extremists in central Mali

France's ministry for the armed forces says its anti-terrorism forces in Mali have killed at least 30 al-Qaeda-linked extremists in central Mali.
A French soldier with Operation Barkhane in Inaloglog, Mali, in 2017 - REUTERS-Benoit Tessier

Two French soldiers killed in north Mali

At least a dozen others were wounded, including between four and eight French soldiers, when a car bomb detonated, reportedly targeting a French and Malian patrol which then came under fire.

Mali presidential election set for July 29

Mali’s government has confirmed a presidential election will be held on 29 July, an official statement said Friday, after local polls were again pushed back to the end of the year.

Three French soldiers wounded in Mali attack

Three French soldiers deployed in a counter-terrorism force in Mali's restive northeast were injured, one seriously, in a suicide bomb attack, France's army said Friday.

Al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali claims string of attacks

An Al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali on Wednesday claimed responsibility for four attacks on Malian and United Nations troops that it said killed six soldiers.

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Dr. Bishop Sam Zuga, the newly elected Archbishop of House of Joy ministry, popularly known as Jehovah Field Marshall has given reasons he would rather continue leading Nigeria to the right path by living an exemplary life rather than leading protests

Bishop Zuga: I would rather lead by example, than lead a protest

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Frank Lampard: Chelsea must get used to pressure in home stretch

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said his team must embrace the pressure in their remaining Premier League matches as they look to secure a top-four finish and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
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Four-year ban for Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang after giving fake-photo evidence for missed test

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Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO: Global coronavirus daily figure increases by more than 212,000

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