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Georgian police arrest the opposition leader Nika Melia after storming the United National Movement party offices in Tbilisi. Irakli Gedenidze-Reuters

Transparency condemns arrest of Georgian opposition leader

The rights body said it believes the raids on the offices of the United National Movement opposition party and arrest of its leader will only worsen the current political crisis in the country.
Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia stepped down after President Alberto Fernandez called on him to quit in the wake of the scandal.

Argentina minister resigns over vaccine line-jumping

Argentina’s health minister resigned late Friday after it emerged that friends of his had been able to skip the line for a Covid-19 vaccination.
Local media reports say Bill Michael told employees during an online meeting to stop moaning about possible cuts of wages, pension claims and bonuses.

KPMG chief resigns for insulting staff

The head of the audit company KPMG in Britain resigned on Friday, the firm confirmed to dpa, after he told his staff to stop complaining about cuts in the pandemic.
Polling stations in Uganda have opened for the voters to elect city mayors and district chairpersons.

Ugandan voters return to polls to elect city mayors

Local media are reporting low voter turnout in the local government council elections compared to last week’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
Five people were shot dead in central Mexico City, the local security secretariat said Saturday, a rare attack in the capital and likely linked to organized crime, according to local media.

Five shot dead in rare Mexico City attack

Five people were shot dead in central Mexico City, the local security secretariat said Saturday, a rare attack in the capital and likely linked to organized crime, according to local media.
Taro Kono, minister for administrative and regulatory reform, did not rule out the possibility of the Olympics being cancelled, with greater Tokyo and other regions currently under a state of emergency until at least February 7.

Japanese minister: ‘Anything can happen’ with Tokyo Olympics

A Japanese cabinet minister admitted Friday that “anything can happen” with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first senior official to concede uncertainty about the Games as Japan and other countries battle a surge in cases.
Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler Hakuho has tested positive for coronavirus, the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) announced on Tuesday.

Japan sumo champion Hakuho contracts coronavirus

Record-breaking sumo champion Hakuho has tested positive for Covid-19 just days before the New Year tournament, the Japan Sumo Association said Tuesday.
The administration of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who resigned in February, had wanted to cancel the Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail project as the country grappled with debts and liabilities amounting to more than $249bn.

Malaysia, Singapore kill high-speed rail project

The two countries were unable to reach an agreement on the project after Malaysia sought changes because of the pandemic’s economic impact, according to a joint statement Friday. Malaysia will have to compensate Singapore for costs already incurred, the city-state’s transport ministry said in a separate statement.
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Official: Boko Haram infiltrates Cameroon’s political, business leaders

Cameroonian official said Friday he had found evidence that, as widely suspected, Boko Haram militants have been establishing close ties in Cameroonian political and business circles. The revelation came after Cameroon’s military arrested a former lawmaker for allegedly supplying cattle to the Nigerian terrorist group.
The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 will be administered in the UK on Tuesday, Chris Hopson, head of NHS Provider, a membership organisation for the National Health Service trusts in England, announced yesterday.

UK to start coronavirus vaccinations on Tuesday

The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 will be administered in the UK on Tuesday, Chris Hopson, head of NHS Provider, a membership organisation for the National Health Service trusts in England, announced yesterday.
Cardinal George Pell will learn whether his appeal against child sex abuse convictions has been successful Tuesday when Australia’s High Court hands down its judgement.

Australian media trial over Cardinal Pell reporting to continue in January

An Australian court on Friday dismissed eight out of 87 contempt of court charges against media on their reporting of ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell’s 2018 conviction for child sex assault.
i-Cable TV news journalists leave with their boxes after being laid off in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2020. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Lay-offs at Hong Kong TV station stoke concerns over media freedom

A Hong Kong television station said on Tuesday about 100 staff were “affected” by a shake-up as it seeks to control costs and remain competitive in a challenging economic environment, a move that has re-ignited worries over media freedom in the city

Boko Haram: UN withdraws claim 110 farmers died in Borno attack

The United Nations on Monday recanted an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community, Borno State.
An Indonesian coffin maker who found a meteorite after it smashed through his roof three months ago complained that he had been ripped off after selling the rock to an American for 14,000 dollars.

Report: Indonesian man feels cheated after selling space rock

An Indonesian coffin maker who found a meteorite after it smashed through his roof three months ago complained that he had been ripped off after selling the rock to an American for 14,000 dollars.
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Japan on ‘maximum alert’ after record coronavirus cases

Japan is on “maximum alert” after logging a record number of daily coronavirus infections, its prime minister said Thursday, though no immediate restrictions are planned.
The Australian state of South Australia has reported 14 new coronavirus cases, a dramatic increase from the previous day, prompting other states to tighten internal borders amid concerns of a new virus hot spot.

Australia back on coronavirus alert as cases jump in southern state

Western Australia, which borders South Australia, ordered new arrivals from the state to undertake mandatory tests and self-quarantine for 14 days; the island state of Tasmania ordered immediate self-quarantine for people who had arrived from South Australia in the past week and the Northern Territory ordered people arriving from the state to enter supervised quarantine.
Police have arrested one man over an alleged plot to attack a vote counting centre in Pennsylvania. (CNN)

US election: Two arrested as counting continues in Pennsylvania

US police have detained two men outside a Philadelphia polling station in Pennsylvania, a battleground state yet to declare a winner in the presidential election, local media reported Friday.
The first Mosque in the Greek capital Athens opened after 14 years of wrangling and bureaucratic delays, local media reported on Tuesday.

Muslims in Athens finally get mosque

The first Mosque in the Greek capital Athens opened after 14 years of wrangling and bureaucratic delays, local media reported on Tuesday.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona hospitalised

Diego Maradona has been admitted to hospital in Argentina although his condition was not thought to be serious, local media reported on Monday.
Two men who allegedly duped a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” for $93,000 — and even conjured up a fake genie — have been arrested in India, an official said Sunday.

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $93,000

Two men who allegedly duped a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” for $93,000 — and even conjured up a fake genie — have been arrested in India, an official said Sunday.
More than 100 reporters and other media workers have been murdered since 2000 in Mexico, and only a fraction of those crimes has resulted in convictions [Jose Luis Gonzalez-Reuters]

Journalist murdered in Mexico, sixth in 2020

A journalist has been shot dead in crime-ridden northern Mexico, authorities said Friday, the sixth such murder this year in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.
As countries in Europe report daily record highs of coronavirus cases, Taiwan has reached a record of its own as it hit 200 days without any local transmission of COVID-19 infections.

Taiwan hits record 200 days with no local virus cases

As countries in Europe report daily record highs of coronavirus cases, Taiwan has reached a record of its own as it hit 200 days without any local transmission of COVID-19 infections.

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Women’s Day: Nigerian government urged to look deeper into Leah Sharibu’s case

Sen. Bassey Ewa Henshaw (Cross River South 2003-2011) on Friday called for more equitable distribution of positions, responsibilities and opportunities irrespective of gender and social status to bring out the best in the citizens.
The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an executive director of the group.

Peter Obaseki retires as FCMB chief operating officer

The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an executive director of the group.
Arsenal have this evening revealed a late update on the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe, ahead of their showdown with Burnley.

Arsenal provide update on Smith Rowe ahead of Burnley clash

The Gunners will of course head into the Turf Moor clash with their tails up, on the back of a morale boosting pair of wins over the last couple of weeks.

Report: Many Delta residents not aware of ongoing council poll

Some residents of Asaba and its and environs on Saturday said they that they were not aware of the local government poll taking place across Delta State, according to a report by newsmen.
FILE PHOTO: Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies during a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on the federal response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 23, 2020. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

White House chief medical advisor: US at risk of another coronavirus spike in coming...

White House chief medical advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci, warned Friday that the US may soon be hit with a spike in COVID-19 cases — even though the country has administered more vaccine shots than any other nation.

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The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army dismisses report of desertion by troops

The Nigerian Army on Thursday dismissed reports that over 100 officers and soldiers had deserted the army during encounters with insurgents in parts of Borno recently.

Marketers warn against hoarding of petrol, assure adequate supply

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has assured motorists that there is enough Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, in the country, urging them to stop panic buying.
Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

Reps speaker urges Nigerians not to believe conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccine

The speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has advised Nigerians not to believe conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Opposition supporters hold a rally to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, Armenia February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Artem Mikryukov

Armenian president refuses to fire armed forces chief at centre of political crisis

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian refused to fire the head of the country’s armed forces on Saturday, intensifying a standoff between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the army over what Pashinyan said was an attempted coup to remove him.

Court orders tailor to sweep premises for 14 days for stealing beverage

A Karu Grade I Area Court on Wednesday, ordered a 25-year-old tailor, Yesmin Abdullahi, to sweep the court premises for two weeks for stealing a pack of Milo, chocolate malt beverage.