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For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Joe Biden assumes leadership of a U.S. in crisis after Donald Trump years

For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government stepped down on Friday after it emerged that officials had wrongly pursued thousands of people over welfare fraud.

Dutch government resigns over child benefits scandal

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte’s government stepped down on Friday after it emerged that officials had wrongly pursued thousands of people over welfare fraud.
In response, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government wanted to build up workers’ rights.

Britain denies wanting to reduce workers’ rights post-Brexit

The FT reported here on Thursday that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy was proposing changes focused on ending the 48-hour working week, rules around rest breaks, and not including overtime pay when calculating some holiday pay entitlements, citing people familiar with the plans.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, attends the First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain January 13, 2021, where she delivered an update on the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Buchanan-REUTERS

Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push

Scottish nationalists are on course to win a record majority in elections for Scotland’s devolved parliament that would start a new push for independence, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed.

Niger Labour Party rejects Mariam Ogah’s appointment as national chairman

The Niger State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has rejected the appointment of Mrs Mariam Ogah as the National Chairman of the party, saying the procedure adopted for her appointment “violates the party’s constitution”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, from the opposition Labour Party, said hospital beds in the capital would run out within the next few weeks because the spread of the virus was “out of control”

London declares emergency over ‘out of control’ coronavirus

London declared a major incident on Friday because its hospitals were at risk of being overwhelmed by a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus racing “out of control” across the UK.

Issa Aremu hails President Buhari’s new year speech, budget cycle

The new year speech of President Muhammadu Buhari had rekindled hope that the economic, security and health challenges of 2020 would be overcome in the new year.

Issa Aremu eulogizes late LP chairman

Vice President, Africa Industrial Global Union, Issa Aremu, has said that the National Chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji A Abdulsalam, (Barde Paiko), was an astute politician who kept faith with Labour Party from formation to the end.
The outside of the London Stock Exchange building is seen. Toby Melville-Reuters

Britain’s markets open with strong lead after Brexit deal

Britain’s markets opened with a strong start after a Brexit trade deal was agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government and the European Commission.

Labour Party national chairman passes on

According to reports, Abdulsalam died in the early hours of Tuesday 29, December 2020 from an undisclosed ailment.

PDP wins 17 chairmanship seats in Abia

The Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) has declared the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) 17 chairmanship candidates, as winners of the just concluded local government councils election.
FILE PHOTO - Farmers take part in a protest against farm bills passed by India's parliament on the outskirts of Delhi, India, December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Anushree Fadnavis-File Photo

Sikh diaspora drums up global support for farmers’ protest in India

Thousands of Indian farmers protesting against deregulation of agriculture markets are drawing strength from Sikhs around the world who are urging foreign governments to intercede with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Scottish independence campaigners have seized on comments by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he said the creation of a devolved parliament in Edinburgh had been “a disaster”.

UK premier under fire over Scottish parliament criticism

Scottish independence campaigners have seized on comments by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he said the creation of a devolved parliament in Edinburgh had been “a disaster”.
Prominent politician and former presidential candidate of the National Action Council, Olapade Agoro, is dead.

Former presidential candidate Olapade Agoro passes on

Prominent politician and former presidential candidate of the National Action Council, Olapade Agoro, is dead.
Seven pro-democratic politicians in Hong Kong have been arrested over protests and scuffles that broke out in the city’s legislature earlier this year, according to a police statement.

Seven Hong Kong politicians arrested over legislature protest

Seven pro-democratic politicians in Hong Kong have been arrested over protests and scuffles that broke out in the city’s legislature earlier this year, according to a police statement.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank, IMF charged on economic transformation

The Development Committee of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Annual Meetings 2020 has called on the multilateral organisations to support and accelerate a resilient recovery centered on jobs and economic transformation.
Members of the European Parliament were highly critical of EU countries offering citizenship through investment programmes following revelations by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that showed criminals could possibly buy Cypriot passports.

EU Parliament highly critical of golden passport schemes

Members of the European Parliament were highly critical of EU countries offering citizenship through investment programmes following revelations by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that showed criminals could possibly buy Cypriot passports.
The governorship election in Edo begins peacefully with impressive voters’ turnout in most wards across the state.3

Edo election: Two candidates may approach tribunal

Two candidates in the just-concluded Edo State governorship election, Tracy Ebun Agol of the New Nigeria Peoples Party and Osalumese Areloegbe of the All Peoples Party, may challenge the outcome of the poll.

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A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Twelve health workers test positive to coronavirus in Taraba

Twelve health workers comprising of three doctors and nine nurses have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE chief: President Buhari determined to eradicate poverty

Director General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government was determined to eradicate poverty and unemployment in the country.
South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

South Africa minister dies of coronavirus

South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
General view of a cross session of lawyers in a court during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano, Nigeria January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano. Teenager Omar Farouq was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument, while Yahaya Aminu Sharif was accused of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp.
FILE PHOTO - A man wearing a mask outside Guildhall in the city of London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-John Sibley-File Photo

City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade

The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery.