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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he commemorates the 50 millionth coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination with a number of vaccine recipients in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 25, 2021. REUTERS

US to share millions of coronavirus vaccines with Latam, Africa, Asia

The White House on Monday laid out a plan to share 55 million U.S. COVID-19 vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75% of the doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program.
The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

PAHO: If coronavirus trends continue, it could be years before virus is controlled

If the spread of COVID-19 continues at current rates it will be years before the virus is controlled in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, as it called for countries to share excess vaccine doses.
Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

Edwin Clark mourns TB Joshua, says Prophet’s death, personal loss

Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has expressed sadness over the death of the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua.
The US Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks permanent residency for some immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to let immigrants who have been allowed to stay in the United States on humanitarian grounds apply to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally, siding with President Joe Biden's administration.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the State House celebrated with Nigerian Children to mark the 2021 Children’s Day

President Buhari hosts children’s day at State House

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the State House celebrated with Nigerian Children to mark the 2021 Children’s Day.
FILE PHOTO- People crowd to get food rations from a charity kitchen in Sanaa, Yemen July 20, 2020. REUTERS-Khaled Abdullah-File Photo

Nearly 20 million more people hit by food crises in 2020

Nearly 20 million more people faced food crises last year amid armed conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and weather extremes, and the outlook for this year is again grim, according to a report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC)
People pray against an epidemic of kidnappings sweeping Haiti, amid deepening political unrest and economic misery, during a mass in Port-au-Prince, Haiti April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Valerie Baeriswyl

Kidnapping explosion terrorizes Haiti

A wave of kidnappings is sweeping Haiti. But even in a country growing inured to horrific abductions, the case of five-year-old Olslina Janneus sparked outrage.
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Haiti arrive to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migration raises tension in Texas border town

More migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas than Martinez recalls in his 13 years as Val Verde County Sheriff. They wade across the Rio Grande river and into residents’ yards.

Oxfam suspends DR Congo staff over sexual misconduct claims

British aid charity Oxfam has said it suspended two staff members in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of an investigation launched last year into alleged sexual misconduct and bullying.
Two United Nations agencies warned Tuesday that millions of people in northern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, stood at risk of famine in the coming months.

UN predicts famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen

Two United Nations agencies warned Tuesday that millions of people in northern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, stood at risk of famine in the coming months.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF: Over 86% of Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water

UNICEF has expressed concern over the shortage of potable water in Nigeria, saying over 86 per cent of Nigerians lack access to a safely managed drinking water source.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

FIFA unveils programme to keep Nigerian players, others safe

FIFA has unveiled a programme to educate Nigeria Football Federation and other member associations about how to properly handle player harassment and abuse.
A flooded area of Buzi, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019, after the passage of cyclone Idai. Adrien BARBIER AFP-File

Report: 480,000 killed by extreme weather this century

Almost half a million people have died in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to a new assessment of the direct threat posed to humanity by climate change.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
One in 33 people will need aid to meet basic needs like food, water and sanitation in 2021, the UN reported.

UN: Coronavirus will increase humanitarian needs in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to new highs, according to the United Nations, dramatically increasing the ranks of extreme poverty in just one year.
Haiti's football federation president Yves Jean-Bart was banned for life by FIFA and fined over a million dollars on Friday.

Haiti soccer chief banned for life by FIFA

The 73-year-old Jean-Bart was found guilty by FIFA of having abused his position and having sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors, the independent Ethics Committee of world football's governing body ruled.
The world would move from COVID-19 pandemic this year to hunger pandemic in 2021, David Beasly, Head of the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.

WFP: The world moves from coronavirus to hunger pandemic In 2021

The world would move from COVID-19 pandemic this year to hunger pandemic in 2021, David Beasly, Head of the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.
Residents affected by Hurricane Eta stand in a line to receive donated food in Planeta, Honduras [Delmer Martinez-AP]

Honduras, Guatemala brace for next incoming storm

In a statement issued at 10am ET (15:00 GMT) on Saturday, the United States-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Tropical Storm Iota was expected to strengthen, bringing “dangerous winds, storm surge and rainfall” to Central America starting on Monday.

Canada: We don’t grant asylum to individual applicants

Canada has said it does not directly accept refugee claimants’ application from individuals in their home countries except through authorised third parties.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

FAO: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, others risk famine

A new report by two United Nations agencies warned Friday of a heightened risk of famine in three conflict-torn African states and Yemen, and a high hunger risk in 16 more.
Major Chinese stock indices on Friday ended mixed, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.05 per cent, at 3,083.79 points.

Asia Pacific stocks rise as investors await US election results

Shares in Asia Pacific rose modestly on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were locked in a fierce battle for the White House.

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FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

WHO: Most poorer countries do not have enough COVAX shots to continue vaccinations

More than half of poorer countries receiving doses via the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme do not have enough supplies to continue, an official from the World Health Orgnization which co-runs it said on Monday.
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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gestures as he explains his plan to issue pardons to a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, at Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain, June 21, 2021. REUTERS-Albert Gea

Spain’s cabinet to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders on Tuesday

The Spanish government plans to pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.

US universities admit about 13,000 Nigerians yearly

The United States Consulate’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Stephen Ibelli, has disclosed that about 13, 000 Nigerian students are admitted in US annually.