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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.
Pharmacist Susanne Wohlgemuth prepares Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations at the Haus an der Linde nursing home in Lichtentanne, Saxony, Germany December 27, 2020, the day when the country starts its vaccination programme. Hendrik Schmidt/Pool via Reuters

Europe rolls out ‘new weapon’ vaccines in bid to slay coronavirus

Europe launched a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday with pensioners and medics lining up to get the first shots to see off a pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives worldwide.
FILE PHOTO: Healthcare worker Adrienne Kertesz, receives the first injection nationwide, with a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Del-Pest Central Hospital as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Budapest, Hungary, December 26, 2020. Szilard Koszticsak/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Europe rolls out vaccines to fight pandemic

Europe launched a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday with pensioners and medics lining up to get the first shots to see off a pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives worldwide.
Doctor Giovanni Di Perri carries a box with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Amedeo di Savoia hospital in Turin, Italy, December 27, 2020. REUTERS-Massimo Pinca

Italy kicks off vaccinations against coronavirus in Rome

Three health workers at the Rome Spallanzani hospital were inoculated shortly before 0700 GMT with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a statement by the commissioner for the epidemic Domenico Arcuri said.
FILE PHOTO - Hungarian soldiers carry the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines at the Del-Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, December 26, 2020. Szilard Koszticsak-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Europe prepares to launch coronavirus vaccinations

Hungary stole a march on its fellow EU nations as it began vaccinating its people against COVID-19 on Saturday, a day ahead of rollouts in several other countries including France, Germany and Spain as the pandemic surges across the continent.
Travellers with they suitcases sit at the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, December 21, 2020. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

Coronavirus: Over 40 countries restrict travel from UK

More than 40 countries are still banning or restricting travel from Britain in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus believed to spread faster.
England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.

England drawn with Poland, Belgium grouped with Wales in UEFA World Cup qualifiers

England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have confirmed on Wednesday.

Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto tests positive for coronavirus

Roberto had been enjoying a prominent role in Ronald Koeman's squad before being forced off the pitch with a thigh injury during Barca's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on November 21.
Lai Mohammed is the current Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. A Nigerian lawyer, and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress.

Nigeria’s economy doing well in spite of recession – minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the news of Nigeria entering recession marks a positive development for the nation’s economy.
The Oyo State chapter of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) says Governor Seyi Makinde disappointed himself for failing to fulfil the promises made to the party few days to the 2019 gubernatorial election.

Group lauds Oyo governor’s giant strides on LAUTECH, education development

A socio-political group, Omituntun Initiative in the Diaspora (OID), has lauded Gov. Seyi Makinde for the successful transfer of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to the Oyo State Government.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

Coronavirus: Nigerians advised to suspend Christmas, New Year travels

Amid fears of a possible second wave of COVID-19 in the country, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has advised Nigerians to suspend their Christmas and New Year travels to limit the risk of contracting the virus.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wears a protective face mask during the press conference after winning the race, following the resumption of F1 after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) FIA-Handout via REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton set for knighthood after historic seventh title

Lewis Hamilton is set to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list after clinching his seventh Formula One World Championship and equalling the overall tally of Michael Schumacher
North Macedonia will go to a major tournament for the first time in their history after a Goran Pandev goal gave the Balkan nation a 1-0 win away to Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final on Thursday.

North Macedonia secure historic qualification for Euro 2020

North Macedonia will go to a major tournament for the first time in their history after a Goran Pandev goal gave the Balkan nation a 1-0 win away to Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final on Thursday.
Trump’s fans on Europe’s far right have gone online to take the soon to be former president’s side [Kacper Pempel-Reuters]

Europe far right backs Donald Trump, hopes for violence amid vote drama

“There is no question at all that these elections are rigged,” Mart Helme, of the far-right EKRE party and interior minister in Estonia’s coalition government, told a radio show on November 8, as he repeated the US president’s false claims of elections fraud.
Inter full-back Aleksandar Kolarov has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have confirmed.

Inter full-back Aleksandar Kolarov tests positive for coronavirus

Kolarov returned to San Siro at the start of the week after struggling with unspecified physical problems while away on international duty with Serbia.
In this Sept. 24, 2015 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping and then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are seen at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Carolyn Kaster-AP)

China breaks silence, congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

China, Friday joined other nations to congratulate the United States President-Elect, elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, for their victory in the U.S Presidential race that saw the defeat of President Donald Trump.
Hungary qualified for the Euro 2020 finals with a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Iceland thanks to a late equaliser from Loic Nego and a stoppage-time winner by Dominik Szoboszlai.

Hungary reach Euro finals with last-gasp win over Iceland

Hungary qualified for the Euro 2020 finals with a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Iceland thanks to a late equaliser from Loic Nego and a stoppage-time winner by Dominik Szoboszlai.

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Former world champion Amir Khan has tabbed WBC world champion Tyson Fury to defeat WBO, IBO, WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua, if the two British heavyweights ever collided in a unification.

Promoter hints of venue for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury showdown

Eddie Hearn has hinted at a possible venue for the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a confidence vote at the lower house of parliament after former PM Matteo Renzi pulled his party out of government, in Rome, Italy, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Guglielmo Mangiapane-Pool

Italian premier comfortably wins lower house confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday, hanging on to power after a junior partner quit his coalition last week and opened a political crisis amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Census Bureau Director, Dr. Steven Dillingham holds up his U.S. Census bags, one from 1890 which was a gift from his wife, in the Ravn Air terminal in Bethel, Alaska U.S., January 21, 2020. REUTERS - Brian Adams

U.S. Census Bureau director resigns

The U.S. Census Bureau’s embattled director resigned on Monday and will retire on Wednesday, the day Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, according to a letter on the bureau’s website.
Mike Dunn, a member of the Boogaloo Boys movement, attends a gathering outside the Virginia State Capitol on Lobby Day, a day traditionally set aside for the public to lobby lawmakers, in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Leah Millis

Annual pro-gun event at Virginia fizzles in wake of U.S. Capitol siege

Only a few dozen gun-rights activists converged on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that typically draws thousands, with this year’s protests dampened by tensions in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.
Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo led a monitoring team to assess the process in which the students were received, ensuring that COVID-19 protocols were strictly adhered to in order to reduce the risk of the disease and its spread to the barest minimum.

Lagos government tours public, private schools to monitor coronavirus protocol compliance

The Lagos State Government in its bid to monitor the adherence of school administrators, teachers and students to the COVID-19 protocols upon resumption of schools for the Second Term 2020/2021 academic session, paid an unscheduled visit to some schools across the State.