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Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News that the target, which involves inoculating 13.9 million people against COVID-19, was a “Herculean effort”.

Minister: UK dealing with ‘Tsunami’ of coronavirus misinformation

The UK government has set up a unit to deal with the “tsunami” of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines in social platforms, deliver accurate information to ethnic communities reluctant to take the jab.
FILE PHOTO - Letters spell the word Alphabet as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris, France, August 11, 2015. REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol

Google to invest $75 million in coronavirus-hit small businesses

Google is teaming up with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and two other organisations in Latin America and Asia to provide $75 million in funding to small- and medium-sized companies suffering from the impact of COVID-19.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that peace and harmony have returned to the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Nigeria evaluating four coronavirus vaccines – minister

Nigeria is evaluating four coronavirus vaccines for possible approval, including Russian, Indian and Chinese jabs, the health minister said on Monday.
China is conducting clinical trials of 11 vaccines against the coronavirus disease, four of which are in phase 3, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang said on Friday.

Minister: India developing about 20 more coronavirus vaccines

India is developing about 20 more vaccines against the coronavirus and plans to roll them out in the coming months, the Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan, said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO - People shout anti-farmers slogans and wave India's flags as police officers try to stop them, at a site of the protest against farm laws at Singhu border near New Delhi, India January 29, 2021. REUTERS-Anushree Fadnavis

IFJ condemns Indian police for targeting journalists covering farmers’ protests

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Monday condemn misuse of power by Indian police on media covering the farmer protests in the country that resulted in the arrests of journalists.
Police took Disha Ravi to the capital from her home in the southern city of Bengaluru to question her over the accusation that she disseminated the document during the months-long protest on the outskirts of Delhi.

India’s arrest of activist tied to Greta Thunberg’s movement sparks outrage

Indian opposition politicians and activists condemned on Monday the arrest of a 22-year-old climate activist accused of helping to edit and distribute a document by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg that promoted farmer protests.
An Indian air ambulance has made an emergency landing at Pakistan’s Islamabad International airport for refuelling, media reports on Monday said.

Indian aircraft makes emergency landing in Pakistan

An Indian air ambulance has made an emergency landing at Pakistan’s Islamabad International airport for refuelling, media reports on Monday said.
[file] Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on April 6, 2018, during for a brief preliminary hearing on corruption charges linked to a multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal./ AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nic BOTHMA

Jacob Zuma snubs South African anti-graft panel again

South Africa’s embattled former president Jacob Zuma failed to appear on Monday before a judicial panel probing corruption during his nine-year tenure, again defying a court order for him to testify.
More than eight million people in India have received vaccines against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since the start of the mass vaccination campaign.

India inoculates 8 million people against coronavirus – health ministry

More than eight million people in India have received vaccines against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since the start of the mass vaccination campaign.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and musician Jay-Z have pledged 500 bitcoin (around $23.3 million) toward ₿trust, an endowment to fund bitcoin development, Dorsey announced on Twitter today.

Twitter chief partners with Jay-Z on $23 million bitcoin development fund

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and musician Jay-Z have pledged 500 bitcoin (around $23.3 million) toward ₿trust, an endowment to fund bitcoin development, Dorsey announced on Twitter today.
Twitter is looking into adding subscription options to become less dependent on targeted ads, Bloomberg reported Monday. Several teams are apparently in the early stages of researching different approaches.

Twitter resists Indian government’s orders to block protest accounts

Twitter has refused an order from the Indian government to block certain Twitter accounts, including ones from politicians, activists, and journalists that were critical of the government’s response to a protest carried out in the country’s capital in January.

Teenager jailed for constituting public nuisance

Hassan Amisu, 19, today bagged a two-month jail sentence for constituting himself into a public nuisance to residents of Karu community in Abuja.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Cleric kills wife, son in Anambra

He said, “I killed her and my son out of anger after I found out that she’s been cheating on me for long. I didn’t believe it because of the level of love and trust I had for her.”
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NDLEA impounds Indian hemp worth millions of naira in Ondo

Ondo State command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has impounded Indian hemp estimated at millions of naira in a forest reserve at Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
Customers talk against a backboard with signs of cryptocurrency during 2020 Taipei International Finance Expo in Taipei, Taiwan, November 27, 2020. REUTERS-Ann Wang-Files

India proposes law to ban cryptocurrencies, create official digital currency

India plans to introduce a law to ban private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and put in place a framework for an official digital currency to be issued by the central bank, according to a legislative agenda listed by the government.
FILE PHOTO - People shout anti-farmers slogans and wave India's flags as police officers try to stop them, at a site of the protest against farm laws at Singhu border near New Delhi, India January 29, 2021. REUTERS-Anushree Fadnavis

Protesting Indian farmers begin hunger strike after week of clashes

Indian farmers began a one-day hunger strike on Saturday in protest against new agricultural laws after a week of clashes with authorities that left one dead and hundreds injured.
Three farm laws passed by the Indian government provide farmers new rights along with protecting their existing rights and facilities, the country’s President Ram Nath Kovind told parliament on Friday.

Indian president says new laws protect farmers’ rights

Three farm laws passed by the Indian government provide farmers new rights along with protecting their existing rights and facilities, the country’s President Ram Nath Kovind told parliament on Friday.
FILE PHOTO - A 3d printed Tik Tok logo is seen in front of a displayed Indian flag and a Banned app sign in this illustration picture taken July 2, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

China opposes discriminatory actions by India against Chinese firms

China opposes any discriminatory and restrictive measures against its firms, a commerce ministry spokesman said on Thursday, in response to queries about India’s continued ban on 59 Chinese apps
FILE PHOTO - Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

ByteDance cuts India workforce, unsure of comeback after app ban – internal memo

China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its 2,000-plus India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned.
FILE PHOTO - A view shows railroad freight cars, including oil tanks, in Omsk, Russia May 1, 2020. REUTERS-Alexey Malgavko

Oil prices slide as virus cases rise, demand worries persist

Oil prices eased on Tuesday as coronavirus cases globally continued to rise, but losses were capped amid reports of a blast in Saudi Arabia.
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Indian and Chinese troops in new border brawl

Indian and Chinese troops have fought a new brawl on their contested Himalayan border, leaving injuries on both sides, military officials said Monday.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Gunmen kill policeman, cart away his rifle in Kaduna

They also carted away his rifle on Saturday night along Jos street in Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State.

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The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has called on the media to support the ongoing operation to rout Boko Haram terrorists out of the country.

Nigerian Army seeks media support to end insurgency

The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has called on the media to support the ongoing operation to rout Boko Haram terrorists out of the country.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor appoints as new Emir for Kauru

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ya’u Shehu Usman, former Sarkin Fadan Kauru, as the new Emir of Kauru.

Soldiers destroy illegal refinery in Rivers

Soldiers of the 144 Battalion, Asa, Ukwa West council area of Abia State, have reportedly destroyed an illegal oil refinery located in Odogba community in Rivers State.
The president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, says Senator Chris Ngige, minister of labour, has lost “touch with medicine”.

Nigerian doctors suspend strike

The President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi who spoke to newsmen on telephone said the association had resolved to resume work following positive consideration of the agreement reached with the federal government at their meeting on Friday.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Governor Lalong: Killing of miners an attempt to destabilize Plateau

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has criticised the killing of eight miners in an attack at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area.

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Ayo Fayose: Ex-President Obasanjo sent Bode George to jail because of PDP national chairmanship...

Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state on Sunday revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo masterminded the incarceration of Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over tussle for the party’s national chairmanship position.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iran launches advanced uranium enriching machines to mark nuclear day

President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Iran’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation on Saturday while overseeing the launch of advanced centrifuges at the underground Natanz nuclear plant to mark National Nuclear Technology Day.
Armed Forces Minister Sidiki Kaba, announcing the inquiry, said investigators would re-establish the facts, our part of the truth.

Senegalese government announces probe into unrest

Senegal's government on Thursday said an "independent and impartial" commission would investigate deadly violence in March that stained the country's reputation as a haven of stability in West Africa.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has revealed that Flight Lieutenants John Abolarinwa and Ebiakpo Chapele were the two pilots on its Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went missing during operation against Boko Haram in Borno State on Wednesday.

NAF airstrikes eliminate ISWAP leaders, fighters

In well-coordinated airstrikes and artillery fires, the Nigerian military eliminated top leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and scores of their fighters in Borno State.
Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new contract that will keep him at Manchester City until 2025, the club has confirmed.

Kevin De Bruyne signs new Manchester City contract until 2025

Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new contract that will keep him at Manchester City until 2025, the club has confirmed.