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Nokia, Lenovo conclude patent deal, settles litigation

Finnish telecom equipment maker, Nokia Corp., said on Wednesday it had concluded a multi-year multi-technology patent cross-license agreement with Chinese personal computer and mobile maker Lenovo Group Ltd.
FILE PHOTO - A logo of the electronic payment service Alipay that belongs to Ant Group Co Ltd is seen at a vending machine in Beijing, China December 30, 2020. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

China proposes tougher anti-trust rules for non-bank payment industry

China’s central bank proposed stepping up anti-trust measures to rein in payment firms such as Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay, which dominate the non-bank payment industry.

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The price of cement has dropped with about 25 per cent in Enugu, a market survey by newsmen has revealed.

Residents express concern over high cost of cement, blame manufacturers

Some residents of Kano and Katsina States have blamed cement manufacturers over the prevailing scarcity and high cost of cement nationwide.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo governor tackles finance minister, insists Nigeria government printed N60 billion

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has faulted the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, for denying that the Federal Government printed N60 billion in March to support allocation to states.
Police officers stand outside a hotel, where a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission or Iran nuclear deal will be held, in Vienna, Austria, April 15, 2021. REUTERS-Leonhard Foeger

Iran nuclear talks to resume amid strains over enrichment move, Natanz attack

Iran and global powers will resume talks on Thursday to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal in an effort potentially complicated by Tehran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment and what it called Israeli sabotage at a nuclear site.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators flash a three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Dawei, Myanmar April 13, 2021. Courtesy of Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Myanmar security forces arrest prominent leader of anti-coup campaign

Myanmar security forces arrested on Thursday one of the main leaders of the campaign against military rule after driving into him with a car as he led a motorbike protest rally, friends and colleagues said.
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Naira gains at official market

Nigeria’s naira gained marginally against the U.S. dollar at the I&E window of the foreign exchange market on Wednesday, data posted on the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is officially traded showed.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits it would be ideal to be able to rest Bukayo Saka in the coming weeks but warned his players not to complain about fatigue.

Arsenal confirm huge double injury boost for Slavia Prague cracker

Arsenal have received a double injury boost with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe fit for their key Europa League clash with Slavia Prague – but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard remain doubts.
Election watchdogs last month ruled that only two parties, both allied to President Patrice Talon, met toughened conditions of admissibility under new electoral laws.

Patrice Talon re-elected as Benin Republic president

Benin Republic’s President Patrice Talon won a second term with 86.36 per cent of the vote in a low turnout, according to provisional results from the electoral commission Tuesday, after a tense campaign.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Business leaders urge US president to set ambitious climate goal

More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

Ministry: We rescued Edo 2020 games to salvage Nigerian sports

The federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said it decided to offer a lifeline to the Edo State government for the ongoing National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020 Games’ in the best interest of sports development and safeguard the future of the athletes.
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Ahmed Musa set to join Kano Pillars on short-term deal

The versatile winger featured in Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie against Lesotho last month despite his inactivity at club level.