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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.
A healthcare worker receives a dose of COVISHIELD, a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a school converted into a vaccine centre at Sanand, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India to give homegrown coronavirus vaccine in seven more states this week

India said it will administer homegrown coronavirus vaccine COVAXIN in seven more states from Monday as it seeks to inoculate 30 million healthcare workers across the country.
Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. AP - Rafiq Maqbool

India probes deadly blaze at coronavirus vaccine production site

Five people have died in an inferno at the site of the world’s largest vaccine maker, the Serum Institute of India, in the western Maharashtra state, where it is manufacturing the AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.
FILE PHOTO - Farmers participate in a tractor rally to protest against the newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Adnan Abidi-File Photo

Indian farmers to step up protests after rejecting offer to defer controversial new laws

Indian farmers on Friday rejected an offer by the government to defer three farm reform laws for one-and-half years, warning they would step up protests as they seek a repeal of the laws and a guarantee on minimum crop prices.
FILE PHOTO - India's flag is seen through a 3D printed Facebook logo in this illustration picture, April 8, 2019. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File photo

India parliament panel to question Facebook on WhatsApp’s privacy terms

Facebook executives will field questions from an Indian parliamentary panel on Thursday about the changes to WhatsApp’s privacy, a source said, days after the messaging platform was asked by the country’s technology ministry to withdraw them.
People holding placards with the photo of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris celebrate on the day of her inauguration in the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

Indian villagers celebrate inauguration of Kamala Harris

Residents of the ancestral Indian village of Kamala Harris celebrated her inauguration as U.S. vice president on Wednesday by setting off firecrackers and distributing food.

Bird flu spreads across India, culls underway in several states

An outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) is rapidly spreading across India, with seven states confirming cases and others awaiting test results.
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India keen to supply Nigeria coronavirus vaccines, strengthen collaborations – Envoy

Thakur, who made this known on Saturday, in Abuja, at the commemoration of the 16 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PDB) convention, also known as the Indian Diaspora Day, said the vaccines would be made available on concessional terms after completing all the necessary registration requirements with the Nigerian regulatory authorities.
Mr Abhay Thakur, the High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, has said that Nigeria alone accounted for 20 per cent of India’s trade in Africa for the year 2018.

Indian community donates N100 million health facility – envoy

The Indian Community Organisation has donated a N100 million, fully furnished 50-bed hospital to the Lagos state government, Indian High Commissioner, Abhay Thakur said on Saturday.
Ten babies were killed in a maternity unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra early Saturday when fire tore through a major hospital, a doctor said.

10 babies killed in India hospital fire

Ten babies were killed in a maternity unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra early Saturday when fire tore through a major hospital, a doctor said.
FILE PHOTO - A medic administers COVAXIN, an Indian government-backed experimental COVID-19 vaccine, to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education & Research Society in Ahmedabad, India, November 26, 2020. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India’s approval of homegrown vaccine criticised over lack of data

India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine.
Daily coronavirus cases were in the single digits, down from a springtime peak of 238 that made the Navajo Nation a U.S. hot spot. The tribe, wanting to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine would be effective for its people, said it would welcome Pfizer clinical trials on its reservation spanning Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Fast rollout of coronavirus vaccine trials in US reveals tribal distrust

Daily coronavirus cases were in the single digits, down from a springtime peak of 238 that made the Navajo Nation a U.S. hot spot. The tribe, wanting to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine would be effective for its people, said it would welcome Pfizer clinical trials on its reservation spanning Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Indian security forces said they killed three fighters in Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, after a gun battle on Wednesday, but families of the dead men said they were innocent civilians.

Indian forces kill three Kashmiri men in Srinagar

Indian security forces said they killed three fighters in Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, after a gun battle on Wednesday, but families of the dead men said they were innocent civilians.
India’s Union Minister for External Affairs, Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, alongside Dr. Deepak Mittal, the Indian Ambassador in Qatar, visited the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium which is a 2022 FIFA World Cup venue built by an Indian firm on Monday evening.

India’s foreign minister visits 2022 World Cup venue in Qatar

India’s Union Minister for External Affairs, Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, alongside Dr. Deepak Mittal, the Indian Ambassador in Qatar, visited the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium which is a 2022 FIFA World Cup venue built by an Indian firm on Monday evening.
The Indian government has arrested at least 75 Kashmiri political leaders and activists to forestall political unrest after an alliance of Kashmir’s regional political parties won local elections, leaders and a police official said on Saturday.

India arrests 75 in Kashmir after local elections

The Indian government has arrested at least 75 Kashmiri political leaders and activists to forestall political unrest after an alliance of Kashmir’s regional political parties won local elections, leaders and a police official said on Saturday.
Karima Mehtab Baloch received several death threats before she went missing on Monday and was found dead a day later.

Canadian police rule out ‘foul play’ in Pakistani activist death

Karima Mehtab Baloch received several death threats before she went missing on Monday and was found dead a day later.
People undergo coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests at a coronavirus testing site which is temporarily set up in front of a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, December 21, 2020. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

Asia monitoring new UK strain, no flights cancelled yet

Battling their own surges in coronavirus cases, Asian nations including Japan and South Korea said they were closely monitoring a new super virulent strain of the virus identified in Britain, but none immediately cancelled UK flights
Thousands of Indian farmers are protesting against three new farm laws—and two of the country’s richest men.

22 dead in protest against Indian farm laws

At least 22 protestors have died, several of them due to the biting cold weather, during the three-week agitation by farmers on the Indian capital’s borders.

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Some more information has emerged regarding the plans for a European Super League including funding and the stance of the parties involved.

European Super League shelved as more clubs withdraw

The European Super League collapsed on Wednesday as eight of the 12 founding members from England, Italy and Spain abandoned the breakaway project.

Ryan Mason dedicates first Tottenham win to Ugo Ehiogu

Tottenham Hotspur interim manager, Ryan Mason, has decided his first win in charge to former coach Ugo Ehiogu, who passed away four years ago.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Edo: Police charge 331 suspects to courts in two months

The Police Command in Edo on Wednesday disclosed that no fewer than 332 suspects have been charged to courts in the last two months.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi

PSG president replaces Juventus supremo as ECA chairman

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been appointed as the new European Club Association chairman, replacing Andrea Agnelli in the wake of the Juventus executive's departure.
The federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd while in police custody is ongoing despite the guilty verdict, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

George Floyd murder: Minneapolis police to face US federal probe

A US federal investigation has been launched into policing practices in the city of Minneapolis, a day after one of its former officers was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

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Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio is APC’s ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom – group

A group, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Advocates Forum has declared former Governor of Akwa Ibom and the Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, as the ‘natural leader’ of the party in the state being a serving cabinet member.
Sporadic shootings have been reported in Ward 8, Bomu Town in Gokana Local Government, Ogoniland, in the ongoing local government election in Rivers State.

Sporadic shootings in Rivers council poll

Sporadic shootings have been reported in Ward 8, Bomu Town in Gokana Local Government, Ogoniland, in the ongoing local government election in Rivers State.
Zonabo Sore, 11, who fled from attacks of armed militants in Sahel region carries her sixteen-month-old nephew Housein, who suffers from malnutrition, as his twin brother Hassan is being examined at hospital in Kaya, Burkina Faso November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

WFP: Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts, coronavirus

Food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest levels in nearly a decade due to coronavirus lockdowns and a decline in cereal production, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, in her goodwill message yesterday during the commemoration of the “2021 International Women’s Day National Policy Dialogue,” noted that through the implementation of Finance Acts 2019 and 2020, the federal government is providing tax relief and other forms of support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), many of which are owned by women.

Minister: Full crisis looms in education sector over abductions

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed has warned that with an estimated 13 million children currently out of school in Nigeria which represents 20% of globally, the country now faces the danger of a full education crisis.
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NLC to declare nationwide strike over Kaduna government’s plan to sack workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has resolved to declare an industrial action nationwide if the Kaduna State government goes ahead with its plans to sack civil servants.