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Mark Zuckerberg tells US Congress to upend the internet

Facebook supports rewriting Section 230, and it’s starting to lay out the changes it wants. That’s the big takeaway from a nearly four-hour grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The point was quickly lost in a pre-election political scuffle — but in the coming months, it’ll be one of the most important things to watch.
CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey gives his opening statement remotely during the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Senate hearing to reform Section 230 internet law becomes political showdown

A U.S. Senate hearing to reform an internet law and hold tech companies accountable for how they moderate content quickly turned into a political scuffle as lawmakers not only went after the companies but also attacked each other.
Japan has said it will approve the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, to treat coronavirus patients on Thursday.

U.S. approves ‘remdesivir’ for virus treatment

Against earlier disapproval by the World Health Organisation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices hold near multi-week lows on demand worries

Oil prices edged up on Thursday, but held near multi-week lows hit overnight after U.S. data showed gasoline demand fell and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was lagging.
Japan has said it will approve the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, to treat coronavirus patients on Thursday.

Britain authorizes anti-viral drug for coronavirus patients

A drug treatment that appears to shorten recovery time for people with coronavirus is being made available on the NHS.
The experimental drug remdesivir has been authorized by US regulators for emergency use against COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

US okays remdesivir for emergency coronavirus treatment

The experimental drug remdesivir has been authorized by US regulators for emergency use against COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Friday.
Gilead Sciences's remdesivir would be the first treatment to pass such a test against the virus, which has killed more than 218,000 people since it emerged late last year.

Company says drug proved effective against coronavirus in US study

Gilead Sciences's remdesivir would be the first treatment to pass such a test against the virus, which has killed more than 218,000 people since it emerged late last year. Having a treatment could have a profound effect on the global pandemic, especially because health officials say any vaccine is likely a year or more away.
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows one vial of the drug Remdesivir during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany, amidst the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.PHOTO: AFP

Coronavirus: Experimental drug remdesivir failed in human trial – reports

The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir has failed in its first randomized clinical trial to treat the COVID-19 illness, reports said Thursday, quoting draft documents that were accidentally published by the World Health Organization.
Phuong-Danh Tran, a research associate at the RNA medicines company Arcturus Therapeutics in San Diego, conducting research on a vaccine for the coronavirus. Reuters

China embarks on clinical trial for virus vaccine

The trial comes after US health officials said last week they had started a trial to evaluate a possible vaccine in Seattle.
National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci steps away from the podium during a news conference on the coronavirus at the White House, Feb. 29, 2020, in Washington.

Global trials soon to test potential coronavirus treatment

A U.S. biomedical firm has announced it will begin additional clinical trials of remdesivir, so far the most promising potential drug for coronavirus, with clinical trials involving about 1,000 patients starting in March.
Patients diagnosed with the common flu are often prescribed an antiviral drug widely known as Tamiflu.

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the mysterious sickness that has killed hundreds.
Okechukwu Enelamah

Federal government to develop special economic zones in geo-political regions

The Federal Government has stated its determination to develop world-class Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in each of the six geo-political regions of the country.
Udoma Udo Udoma, minister of budget and national planning

Udoma Udoma: Nigeria’s economy excites global investors

Key foreign investors, who met at various meetings with the Nigerian government delegation to the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York during the week, have expressed interest in scaling up investment in Nigeria.

DR Congo: Four more experimental Ebola treatments approved

Democratic Republic of Congo has approved four more experimental treatments against the deadly Ebola virus, the health ministry said as it raced to contain an outbreak in its violence-torn east.

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Ohanaeze faction backs IPOB Eastern Security Network

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has thrown its weight behind the Eastern Security Network (ESN) launched by the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
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.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu addressing journalist at the state house in Marina, during the Inspector General Police visit to Lagos on November 3, 2020. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, visit Lagos urged men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos State not to be discouraged by the destruction and killings of their men during #EndSARS protest in the state, the IG admitted that the morale of the police was down after the ugly incident, in which six cops were lynched and 36 critically injured (Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Crisis looms over plot to sell ‘police officers mess’ in Lagos

Ahead of the exit of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, from the service early next month, a major crisis is now looming in the police force over the decision to sell the multibillion naira Police Officers Mess located at Onikan, Lagos State.
At a press conference in Gusau on Sunday, the Commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, said that the command also recovered 200 rustled cows following its steadfastness in crime fighting.

Police arrest four suspects, recover 200 cows, weapons in Zamfara

At a press conference in Gusau on Sunday, the Commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, said that the command also recovered 200 rustled cows following its steadfastness in crime fighting.
House of Representatives has elected to set a limit and timeframe for any person appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on acting capacity.

Coronavirus: House of Reps members want school resumption postponed by three months

Members of the House of Representatives have disagreed with the Federal Government over its decision to allow schools across the country to resume on Monday, January 18, 2021, amid the growing cases of the second wave of the COVID-19 infections in the country.