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A Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Russian airline Rossiya made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours of Friday after the pilot reported a problem with the engine, media reports say.

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Russia after engine failure

A Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Russian airline Rossiya made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours of Friday after the pilot reported a problem with the engine, media reports say.
Jimmy Lai arrives at the West Kowloon magistrates for one of his many court appearances. Anthony Wallace-AFP-Getty Images

Hong Kong court says Jimmy Lai’s bail denied because risk of further offences

A Hong Kong court said on Tuesday its denial of bail for media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the most high-profile person charged under a new the national security law, was due to the risk of his committing further offences.
FILE PHOTO - A pro-democracy demonstrator takes part in a lunchtime protest against the national security law, at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China July 6, 2020. REUTERS-Joyce Zhou-File Photo

The Times: Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens sign up for new UK visa

Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens have applied to live, work and study in the United Kingdom under a new visa scheme which opens up a path to British citizenship for people fleeing China’s crackdown in the former colony, The Times newspaper reported.
Jimmy Lai arrives at the West Kowloon magistrates for one of his many court appearances. Anthony Wallace-AFP-Getty Images

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested again while in jail

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai, while in jail, has been arrested again on suspicion of assisting one of the 12 fugitives captured by China at sea last year, local newspaper Oriental Daily reported on Wednesday, without citing a source.

China bans BBC World News in row over Xinjiang reporting

China’s broadcasting regulator has banned BBC World News, accusing it of flouting guidelines over a hard-hitting report on Beijing’s treatment of the country’s Uighur minority.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 10, 2021. Alex Brandon-Pool via REUTERS

Presidents Biden and Xi hold first phone call amid tense U.S.-China relations

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first telephone call as leaders, with Biden saying a free and open Indo-Pacific was a priority and Xi warning confrontation would be a ‘disaster’ for both nations.
Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

Fake coronavirus vaccines found in China

Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

China spits fire at BBC as dispute with Britain intensifies

The BBC came under fire from Chinese official, social media on Friday in an escalating diplomatic dispute, a day after Britain’s media regulator revoked the TV license of Chinese state media outlet CGTN.
Scheme allows Hong Kong residents with a BNO passport to live and work in the UK with a pathway to citizenship after five years.

Britain opens visa scheme for millions of Hong Kongers

A new visa scheme offering millions of Hong Kongers a pathway to British citizenship went live on Sunday as the city’s former colonial master opens its doors to those wanting to escape China’s crackdown on dissent.
FILE PHOTO - A pair of surveillance cameras are seen along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront as skyline buildings stand across Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, China July 28, 2020. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong official says Joint Declaration gave Britain no rights to city post handover

Hong Kong Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng reiterated on Saturday that Britain had no rights over the city under the joint declaration that laid the blueprint for how the city would be ruled after its 1997 reunification with China.
FILE PHOTO - The Lai family, who are emigrating to Scotland, wave goodbye to their friends who are seeing them off before their departure at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

UK offers Hong Kong residents a route to citizenship, angering China

Britain on Friday hailed a new visa offering Hong Kong citizens a route to citizenship after China’s crackdown but Beijing said it would no longer recognise special British passports offered to residents of the former colony.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China September 10, 2020. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China will not recognise British passport for Hong Kong residents from Sunday

China said on Friday that it would not recognise the British National Overseas (BNO) passport as a valid travel document or for identification starting from Jan. 31.
FILE PHOTO - A man wears a face mask while waiting at an Apple Store before Apple's 5G new iPhone 12 go on sale, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Shanghai China October 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song-File Photo

Apple logs record quarterly smartphone shipments, Huawei in freefall

Apple Inc’s smartphone shipments jumped 22% to record levels in the fourth quarter, making it the world’s biggest seller, while those for Huawei plunged as U.S. sanctions took effect.
FILE PHOTO - A logo of Ant Group is pictured at the headquarters of the company, an affiliate of Alibaba, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China October 29, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song-File Photo

WSJ: China’s Ant Group plans revamp amid regulator pressure

China’s Ant Group Co Ltd is planning to refashion itself as a financial holding company under the supervision of China’s central bank in the face of regulatory pressure, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
HSBC is “not in a position to judge the motives” of Hong Kong police, Chief Executive Noel Quinn told British lawmakers questioning him over the lender’s freezing of bank accounts of pro-democracy politicians in the Asian city.

British lawmakers: HSBC ‘aiding crackdown on democracy’

HSBC is “not in a position to judge the motives” of Hong Kong police, Chief Executive Noel Quinn told British lawmakers questioning him over the lender’s freezing of bank accounts of pro-democracy politicians in the Asian city.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 2, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

U.S. blocks Hong Kong’s escalation of WTO trade dispute

The United States on Monday blocked a decision by Hong Kong to escalate a Trump-era trade disagreement at the World Trade Organization, in its first meeting on disputes at the Geneva-based body since U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 17, 2017. REUTERS-Ruben Sprich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY-File Photo

Chinese leader calls for greater role for G20 in economic governance

China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday called on the world to strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination and bolster the role of the G20 in global economic governance as he pointed to a “rather shaky” recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
FILE PHOTO - Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, November 6, 2019. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw-File Photo

Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin

Dutch police have arrested the alleged leader of a large Asian drug syndicate who is listed as one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives and has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Canadian officials meet ex-diplomat held in Chinese custody

Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
“Residents will have to stay at their premises to avoid cross-infection until they get their test results,” health minister Sophia Chan told reporters on Saturday.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong orders thousands to stay home in lockdown

The city’s first coronavirus lockdown as authorities battle an outbreak in one of its poorest and most densely packed districts. About 10,000 residents must stay home until all of them have been tested for the new coronavirus and results largely determined.
US President Joe Biden on Friday said “well over 600,000” Americans could die of the coronavirus as he stepped up federal aid in the world’s worst-hit country, while less wealthy nations anticipated better access to tests and vaccines thanks to several international deals.

US: Joe Biden warns of 600,000 coronavirus deaths

US President Joe Biden on Friday said “well over 600,000” Americans could die of the coronavirus as he stepped up federal aid in the world’s worst-hit country, while less wealthy nations anticipated better access to tests and vaccines thanks to several international deals.
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak about modernizing infrastructure and his plans for tackling climate change during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Republicans urge Joe Biden to hit China for sanctioning Mike Pompeo

Top U.S. Republicans have urged President Joe Biden to take tougher action against China after Beijing announced sanctions on outgoing American officials just minutes into Biden taking office, reports said on Friday.

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The 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and 15 others have not been released by their abductors.

NAPTAN boss: Release of Kagara boys good, but..

The National President of the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, Haruna Danjuma, has expressed happiness with the release of the abducted students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State after 10 days in the dens of bandits.
Antonio Cassano believes former Manchester United striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has flopped at Juventus.

Antonio Cassano: Cristiano Ronaldo flopped at Juventus

Antonio Cassano believes former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has flopped at Juventus.
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has said that he expects Patrice Motsepe to win “35 to 40” of the 54 votes in the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) presidential election on March 12.

Amaju Pinnick backs Motsepe to win CAF race presidency overwhelmingly

Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has said that he expects Patrice Motsepe to win “35 to 40” of the 54 votes in the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) presidential election on March 12.
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Police free abducted Bayelsa civil servant

The police spokesperson in Bayelsa State, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the rescue, said the gang abducted the victim at Imgbi Road in Yenagoa and were moving around the city, seeking a POS point to make withdrawals when a police squad swooped on them.

Nigerian Army arrest two ‘drug peddlers’ in Cross River

Troops attached to “Operation Akpakwu” Nigerian Army 13 Brigade Calabar, have arrested two suspected drug Peddlers allegedly involved in the peddling of substances suspected to be hard drugs in Calabar.

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Demonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar protesters gather, undeterred by worst day of violence

Tens of thousands of opponents of Myanmar’s Feb. 1 military coup gathered on Sunday in towns from north to south, undeterred by the bloodiest episode of their campaign the previous day when security forces opened fire on protesters, killing two.
A former executive secretary of the Lagos State Scholarship Board, Stephen Oshinowo, diverted the board’s N127 million to his personal use, an EFCC investigator has said.

EFCC: How Lagos Scholarship Board boss diverted N127 million to personal use

A former executive secretary of the Lagos State Scholarship Board, Stephen Oshinowo, diverted the board’s N127 million to his personal use, an EFCC investigator has said.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

2023: Ekiti monarchs urge Governor Fayemi to join presidential race

The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has urged Governor Kayode Fayemi to join the 2023 presidential race, saying he is well-qualified for the job.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday asked the passengers who were on the same plane with the lady to self-isolate as he released hotlines to call should they show any symptoms.

Lagos government shuts 16 illegal, substandard pharmacies, patent medicine stores

Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs, and Unwholesome Processed Foods on Tuesday shut 16 illegal, substandard, and unregistered pharmacies, patent medicine stores, and...
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Ex-President Jonathan hosts Gambian political class in Abuja

In his quest to facilitate a common front in the build up to the making of a new constitution for The Gambia; Nigeria’s immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is playing host to the country’s top political leaders in Abuja.