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India’s first major elections during the coronavirus pandemic began on Wednesday in the eastern state of Bihar, with social distancing and temperature checks outside election booths.

India holds major regional elections amid pandemic challenges

India’s first major elections during the coronavirus pandemic began on Wednesday in the eastern state of Bihar, with social distancing and temperature checks outside election booths.

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Microsoft Teams users in Europe are reporting major issues accessing the service today, at a time when millions of people are relying on technology to help them work and study remotely.

Microsoft Teams launches for friends and family with free all-day video calling

Microsoft is launching the personal version of Microsoft Teams today. After previewing the service nearly a year ago, Microsoft Teams is now available for free personal use amongst friends and families. The service itself is almost identical to the Microsoft Teams that businesses use, and it will allow people to chat, video call, and share calendars, locations, and files easily.
Governor Willie Obiano

Communal clash: Anambra governor imposes curfew on two communities

Following last weekend’s communal clash between Omor and Anaku communities in Ayamelum local government area, in which three lives were lost, Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday imposed an indefinite curfew on the two communities.
A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire at a sponge factory after it was hit by Israeli artillery shells, according to witnesses, in the northern Gaza Strip May 17, 2021. REUTERS-Ashraf Abu Amrah

Israel kills militant commander after Palestinian rocket fire, US calls for peace

Israel killed a senior Palestinian militant commander in heavy air strikes on Gaza on Monday and Islamist groups renewed rocket attacks on Israeli cities despite mounting international calls for a ceasefire.
According to sources, the 32 years old dismissed soldier, whose name was given as Livinus Owalum-Barnabas, was arrested on Sunday, at Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT by men of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Former Nigerian soldier who trains ESN militants arrested in Abuja

The police have arrested a dismissed army lance corporal allegedly responsible for training and recruiting people into the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the outlawed pro-Biafra group, IPOB, according to a report.
Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has hailed the season form of Bernd Leno.

Bernd Leno: I don’t want to leave Arsenal

Bernd Leno has insisted that he does not want to leave Arsenal while outlining his ambition to help the club reach the Champions League again.

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4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari: I’m delightful seeing Christians breaking fast, extending gifts to Muslims

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight that Eid festival will continue to bring with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst Muslims and Christians as witnessed during the fasting period.
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

De-registration: Supreme Court judgement binding only on NUP – CUPP

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has insisted that the recent Supreme Court judgement affirming the de-registration of 74 political parties is only binding on the National Unity Party (NUP).

ACF worries over silence on helicopter ‘distributing’ weapons to bandits in Niger

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has expressed worry over the alarming state of insecurity in the country, saying the government’s silence in these circumstances was nothing short of conspiracy and betrayal of public trust.
Nigeria's Kaduna state has signed a deal with medical delivery firm Zipline that will allow drone shipment of Covid-19 vaccines without significant state investment in cold-chain storage, the company said on Wednesday.

Cross River government to deploy drones for medical supplies

Speaking on Monday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the company in Calabar, Governor Ben Ayade said Cross River said, “In 90 days, we will start the delivery of essential drugs to hard to reach areas facilitated by drone delivery systems.”

AGF: James Ibori’s suit against UK blocking repatriation of over £80 million loot

The attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, says a suit instituted by James Ibori, a former governor of Delta state, against the UK is delaying the repatriation of additional looted funds worth more than £80 million.