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Greece ready to use coronavirus pass before July to save summer – premier

Greece is ready to use a COVID-19 travel certificate before its EU-wide launch on July 1 to attract foreign travellers and save its tourism sector from a second summer lost to the coronavirus.

Greece to lift quarantine rule for more inbound visitors from Monday

Greece will lift quarantine restrictions on coronavirus-free visitors from more countries including Australia and Russia from Monday as it extends exemptions ahead of formally opening up to tourists on May 15, the transport ministry said on Sunday.
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou meets with Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, following Bekatorou's statements on being sexually assaulted by a sports official in 1998, at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/Pool

Greek president praises Olympic medallist for breaking abuse silence

Greece’s president praised Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou for dissolving “a conspiracy of silence” by reporting a historic allegation of sexual assault by a sports official.
US lawmakers decried an attempted “coup” against the US government Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions.

World leaders react to U.S. political unrest

World leaders expressed shock at political unrest in the United States (U.S.) Wednesday which saw supporters of President Donald Trump storm the Capitol building in Washington DC.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias wear protective face masks during a visit at Sotiria Hospital in Athens, Greece, April 6, 2020. Greek Prime Minister's Office-Dimitris Papamitsos-Handout via REUTERS

Greece shuts down schools amid rising virus cases

Greece announced on Saturday the closure of its primary schools, kindergartens and daycare centres amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has saturated the national health system.
Greece has ordered a three-week nationwide lockdown to help contain a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 infections. It is the second shutdown this year after a sudden surge in infections this week.

Greece orders nationwide virus lockdown

Greece has ordered a three-week nationwide lockdown to help contain a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 infections. It is the second shutdown this year after a sudden surge in infections this week.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari sympathises with Turkey, Greece over earthquake

President Muhammadu Buhari offers deep condolences to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, over the earthquake that struck both countries, leaving many casualties.
[FILES] Scientists work in a lab of the Uni-pharma pharmaceutical company in a northern suburb of Athens, on June 5, 2020, where chloroquine pills are produced. – The company was able to activate an old license to manufacture this controversial drug, which in the 1990s was exported to Africa for the treatment of malaria. Despite the controversy, production and trials of chloroquine are carried on. The scientific community and public opinion are reeling from the withdrawal of the disputed study in the journal The Lancet on the use of chloroquine. But in Greece, where the manufacture of this drug resumed during the pandemic, the controversy is almost non-existent. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Greece latest to renew virus lockdown, England may follow

Greece became the latest country to announce a partial lockdown Saturday to combat soaring coronavirus infections, and news reports suggested England may soon follow as other countries faced growing protests over restrictions.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Minister of Finance and Chairman, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), has urged the Federal Government to improve on immunisation coverage.

France, Germany, 104 other countries back ex-Nigerian minister for WTO post

The 27 European Union member states have backed Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her bid to become the first African and first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
China on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of spreading a “political virus” at the United Nations after the US leader delivered a harsh attack on Beijing over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Donald Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War’

US President Donald Trump angrily cast blame on China over the coronavirus pandemic in an address on Tuesday before the United Nations, whose chief warned against a new “Cold War” between the two powers.
Fifty unaccompanied minors have been transferred from Greece to Germany. They are the second group of relocations in a week and hundreds more are expected to follow as Greece moves ahead with a plan to ease overcrowded conditions at camps.

Greece relocates 50 migrant minors to Germany amid coronavirus

Fifty unaccompanied minors have been transferred from Greece to Germany. They are the second group of relocations in a week and hundreds more are expected to follow as Greece moves ahead with a plan to ease overcrowded conditions at camps on the front line of Europe’s lingering refugee crisis.

Greece boosts border patrols as Turkey says will release refugees

Greece on Friday boosted border patrols after Turkey said it would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe, officials said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece October 5, 2019. REUTERS-Costas Baltas-Pool

US top envoy announces closer military ties with Greece

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Saturday announced closer cooperation, especially militarily, with Greece after meeting with the country’s Prime Minister during a trip to Athens.
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Greek premier hopes Germany enters talks on WWII reparations

Greece hopes that Germany will enter negotiations regarding reparations for damages it caused during World War II.
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British premier to visit French leader for Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due in Paris on Thursday to meet President Emmanuel Macron as he campaigns for the European Union (EU) to drop its insistence on a guarantee that Brexit should not lead to a hard border in Ireland.

Two injured as ‘suspicious package’ explodes outside church

A homemade device exploded in front of a church in central Athens on Thursday, injuring its caretaker and a police officer, police said.

Notorious Greek assassin back in jail after controversial leave

A notorious Greek assassin jailed for life over the killings of 11 people including US, British and Turkish embassy staff, was back in prison Saturday after a controversial two-day leave.

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FILE PHOTO - A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS-Johannes P. Christo

World Bank: Nigeria can earn N600 billion from tobacco, alcohol tax increase

The World Bank says Nigeria can generate more than N600 billion annually by increasing excise duties on tobacco and alcohol as recommended in its Nigeria development update (NDU) report.
Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Mr Abdulkareem Asuku, has called for youth assertiveness in political party structures.

Kogi governor’s aide urges youth assertiveness in party structures

Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Mr Abdulkareem Asuku, has called for youth assertiveness in political party structures.

JAMB releases 2021 UTME results, to review CCTV footages

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of candidates who sat in more than 720 CBT centres for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted between Saturday, 19 and Tuesday, 22 June 2021.
Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, made this known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press conference held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian government extends coronavirus vaccination eligibility period to July 5

The federal government has said it has extended the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from June 28 to July 5, 2021.

Anambra election: PDP holds primary Saturday, adopts automatic delegate system

In view of the two judgments of the court served on the party, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party said the party has discarded the use of the three man ad-hoc delegates for the election of its governorship candidate in the November 6 election.

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The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has urged the federal government to tread with caution and immediately rescind the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria and seek other legitimate means of resolving its dispute with the company.

Nigerian editors: Media not political enemy of the government

Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has said that the media industry is not a political opponent or enemy of the Federal Government, saying many of the political elite’s attacks on the media are habitually not envisioned to win an argument on the values, journalistic or legal; but designed to bully media organizations.
The Convener, Holy Tabernacle Temple of 3am Prayers, Dr Edward Akinlade has attributed the country’s bad leadership and corruption to fake church leaders.

Edward Akinlade: Bad leadership, corruption arise from fake church leaders

The Convener, Holy Tabernacle Temple of 3am Prayers, Dr Edward Akinlade has attributed the country’s bad leadership and corruption to fake church leaders.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

President Buhari activates police salary increase, promises citizens-led policing

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday pledged to bequeath ”a citizens-led policing system” to the nation, declaring that his administration demonstrated firm commitment towards changing the principle and strategy of policing in Nigeria.
Harry Kane holds the key to England’s bid to end 55 years of hurt as Gareth Southgate’s side start their Euro 2020 campaign with a revenge mission against Croatia on Sunday.

Manchester City make opening bid for Harry Kane

Manchester City have made an opening bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed.
Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff

CDS seeks ex-senior military officers’ experience to tackle insecurity

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has expressed the determination of the Nigerian Armed Forces to tap into the wealth of experience of retired senior military officers in the country, saying this is urgently needed to tackle security challenges facing the nation at present.