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The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

EU and UK regulators still recommend AstraZeneca shot despite possible link to blood clots

European and British regulators said on Wednesday they had found possible links between AstraZeneca’s vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots, but reaffirmed its importance in protecting people against COVID-19.
World Health Organization chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has been at the helm of the fight against COVID-19 but he said a war in his home region of Tigray in Ethiopia is a personal pain for him.

WHO chief: Data withheld from team probing coronavirus origins in China

Data was withheld from World Health Organization investigators who travelled to China to research the origins of the coronavirus epidemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.
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WHO sounds regional warning over Ebola outbreaks in Congo, Guinea

An outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea poses a regional risk that requires exceptional vigilance, a senior World Health Organisation official said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Boxes from the committee for "Yes to a Mask Ban" (Ja zum Verhuellungsverbot), containing more than 100,000 signatures collected that are required to put the proposal of a ban on facial coverings worn by some Muslim women to a national vote, are seen at the Federal Chancellery in Bern, Switzerland September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Moritz Hager

Swiss government urges voters to reject burqa ban in March referendum

The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism.
Pfizer and BioNTech are submitting an emergency authorisation request in the US which could allow its coronavirus vaccine to be used to treat high-risk populations in the country by mid-December.

EU to get 12.5 million doses of BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine by year-end

BioNTech and U.S. drugmaker Pfizer will supply 12.5 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union by the end of the year, the German company said on Tuesday.
Italian cyclist, Riccardo Ricco has been handed a lifetime ban by the Italian anti-doping agency, NADO.

Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco receives lifetime ban

Italian cyclist, Riccardo Ricco has been handed a lifetime ban by the Italian anti-doping agency, NADO.
Passengers sit beneath a testing centre sign in the terminal building of Manchester Airport amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manchester, Britain, December 3, 2020. REUTERS-Phil Noble

WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend countries issuing “immunity passports” for those who have recovered from COVID-19, but is looking at prospects of deploying e-vaccination certificates like those it is developing with Estonia.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, on Thursday expressed concerns over the COVID-19 surge in Europe.

WHO praises ‘phenomenal’ promise of coronavirus vaccines

The promise of COVID-19 vaccines is “phenomenal” and “potentially game-changing”, World Health Organization European director Hans Kluge said on Thursday, a day after Britain became the first Western country to approve a shot.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, October 5, 2020. REUTERS

Let’s not politicize probe of coronavirus origins – WHO chief

Chinese state media have said the virus existed abroad before it was discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, citing the presence of coronavirus on imported frozen food packaging and scientific papers saying it had been circulating in Europe last year.
WWE are reportedly planning ‘something different’ for January’s Royal Rumble.

WWE ‘planning something different’ at Royal Rumble

Like the rest of the sporting and entertainment world, Vince McMahon’s company have been forced to continue the show without a live audience amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Bright Osayi-Samuel has been omitted from Queens Park Rangers squad for Tuesday (tonight) Sky Bet Championship clash against Barnsley after turning down a new contract.

Bright Osayi-Samuel axed from QPR squad after rejecting new contract

Bright Osayi-Samuel has been omitted from Queens Park Rangers squad for Tuesday (tonight) Sky Bet Championship clash against Barnsley after turning down a new contract.
Everton are still counting their loses over the selling of a prolific star, Ademola Lookman, to a German side, RB Leipzig.

Fulham in advanced talks with RB Leipzig for Ademola Lookman

Fulham is in advance talk to sign Ademola Lookman from German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, according to reports.

Jordon Ibe set to join Derby County on free transfer

Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is set to join Derby County on a free transfer.
Tiger Woods hits from the thirteenth tee during a practice round for the 2020 U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club - West. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods aims to end lacklustre run at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods hopes to snap his run of lacklustre performances at the U.S. Open this week, nearly a year after his last PGA Tour victory.
Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Nigeria’s Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun will be ready for the Europa League clash with Lincoln Reds Imp of Gibraltar.

Rangers boss expects Leon Balogun to be ready for Europa clash with Gilbratar

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Nigeria’s Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun will be ready for the Europa League clash with Lincoln Reds Imp of Gibraltar.
Jordan Henderson was hailed for his outstanding achievement by Jurgen Klopp after picking up the Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writers' Association.

Jurgen Klopp gives Liverpool potential boost ahead of Leeds United clash

There is a possibility that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could return to full team training today, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have both tested positive for Covid-19.

Manchester City stars contract coronavirus

Manchester City confirmed in a club statement that the pair have contracted the virus and are now undergoing a period of self-isolation.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hopes Joe Aribo will be fit for the Gers Scottish Premiership home clash against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Steven Gerrard rues Joe Aribo absence in Rangers’ draw vs Livingston

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hopes Joe Aribo will be fit for the Gers Scottish Premiership home clash against Kilmarnock on Saturday.
General view as Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and third placed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on the podium REUTERS-Lisi Niesner-File Photo

Austria gives go-ahead to crowd-free F1 races

Formula One can start its season in Austria with two races behind closed doors on July 5 and 12, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday.
A health worker sprays disinfectants in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, May 22, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

WHO: South America a new coronavirus epicentre, Africa reaches 100,000 cases

South America has become a new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Melania Trump’s tweet fails to dispel conspiracy theories

First Lady of the U.S., Melania Trump, unsuccessfully sought to quell rumours about her whereabouts Wednesday, after media noted that she had not been seen in public for 20 days following an operation.

New York suspect Sayfullo Saipov says IS inspired attack, killings ‘felt good’

The Uzbek immigrant behind New York's worst attack in 16 years confessed to acting in the name of the Islamic State group and "felt good" about the killings, having planned an assault for a year, investigators said Wednesday.

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Two suspects lynched after trader robbed, shot dead in Akwa Ibom

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers in the early hours of Monday invaded Mbiabong Itam community in Itu Local government Area, Akwa Ibom State, and killed a young shop owner identified as Ecole.
Lorient striker Terem Moffi says he will go crazy with joy if giving the opportunity to don the green and white jersey of the senior national team.

Borussia Dortmund interested in Terem Moffi

The pacy striker has scored against Ligue 1 big clubs; Paris Saint-Germain (one goal), Monaco (three goals) and Olympic Marseille (two goals) in the current campaign.
Firefighters worked Sunday to control a blaze at the University of Cape Town’s library, where valuable historical collections have been destroyed. Nic Bothma-EPA, via Shutterstock

Cape Town fire ‘contained’ as firefighters battle windy conditions

A blaze advanced along South Africa's iconic Table Mountain toward central Cape Town on Monday after ravaging university buildings, while firefighters battled strong winds in their efforts to control it and officials evacuated residential areas.
Premier League teams are in the race to sign Nigerian attacker Emmanuel Dennis following his impressive performance for his club side Club Brugge.

Fenerbache propose sensational swap deal for Emmanuel Dennis

Turkish giants, Fenerbache, have proposed an exchange deal that will see Emmanuel Dennis come over, while Tanzania star Ally Samatta joins Belgian champions Club Brugge.

No fracas in Taraba PDP – chairman

Retired Lt.-Col. Agbu Kefas, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba has denied reports of division within the state chapter of the party.

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NNPC: Export revenue declined by 45.87% to $2.62 billion in 2020

The total revenue generated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from crude oil and gas exports fell from $4.84 billion in 2019 to $2.62 billion in 2020.
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Naira gains at official market

Nigeria’s naira gained marginally against the U.S. dollar at the I&E window of the foreign exchange market on Wednesday, data posted on the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is officially traded showed.
Queen Elizabeth and her family paid their last respects to Prince Philip on Saturday at a funeral that celebrated his naval past, his international heritage and seven decades of service in which he helped guide the queen through repeated crises.

Prince Philip laid to rest at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday laid to rest her late husband, Prince Philip, in a royal funeral like no other, curtailed by coronavirus restrictions but reflecting his long life of military and public service.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police nab five ‘cultists’ in Delta

The Police Command in Delta has apprehended five suspected cultists at Eyara Community in Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel’s masterful undoing of Pep Guardiola’s dream of four championships

A lot had been made of the dreamy unprecedented pursuit of a quadruple of trophies this season by English Premier League champions-elect Manchester City that the term “unprecedented” came to qualify their every win in the second half of the 2020/2021 campaign, as they kept the dream alive with one victory after another.