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Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

Nigerian government urged to encourage local production of coronavirus vaccines

Satguru Maharaj Ji has urged the Federal Government to encourage the local production of vaccines to combat the coronavirus disease
“Impacts on temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns continue,” the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement.

WMO: Global temperatures to rise above normal

UN climate experts said on Tuesday warned that temperatures in almost all parts of the world will likely rise between now and April despite the cooling influence of the latest La Niña weather phenomenon, which has passed its peak.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.

CAF governance committee presents report on eligibility of candidates for election

The Governance Committee (GC) of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) met in Cairo on January 5 and 6, 2020 to carry out prerequisite eligibility checks on the candidatures of contestants vying for positions of CAF President and members of CAF Executive Committee.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Nigeria’s only representative at the championships, Enku Ekuta, defeated Billet Sandrine of Cape Verde with an ippon to win bronze in the 63kg women on Friday, December 18.

Nigeria wins medal at African Judo championships in Madagascar

Nigeria’s only representative at the championships, Enku Ekuta, defeated Billet Sandrine of Cape Verde with an ippon to win bronze in the 63kg women on Friday, December 18.
Nigeria women's team alongside Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania moved up on the last Fifa women's ranking for 2020 released by Fifa on Friday, December 18.

Nigeria, Ghana move up in latest Fifa women’s rankings

Nigeria women's team alongside Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania moved up on the last Fifa women's ranking for 2020 released by Fifa on Friday, December 18.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzania ‘chooses local herbs over coronavirus vaccine’

In an interview with the East African newspaper, Health Ministry spokesperson Gerald Chami went on to cast doubt on the safety and efficacy of imported vaccines.
Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim’s anti-corruption awards given in Tunisia

Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.
Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought, affecting half the region’s population or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported.

WFP: Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects

Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought, affecting half the region’s population or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, has been found to have breached various codes of ethics, BBC Sport Africa understands.

Banned CAF president promises appeal against FIFA

President of African soccer, Ahmad Ahmad, who was banned for five years for financial mismanagement by FIFA’s ethics committee said he will appeal the ruling to the sport’s highest court.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, on Sunday paid tribute to his departed Ivorian counterpart, Augustin Sidy Diallo, who died on Saturday.

Ivory Coast federation president dies of coronavirus

Augustin Sidy Diallo, the president of the Ivorian Football Federation, has died on Saturday at the age of 61 after contracting COVID-19.
Respite has come the way of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as they are in the coming days to receive $500,000 (about 200 million Naira) from FIFA as a palliative for the Coronavirus Pandemic.

FIFA invites 19 African referees for 2023 Women’s World Cup

Nineteen female referees from Africa have been selected to participate in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, during a reserved period in the FIFA Women’s International Match Calendar between 10 July and 20 August 2023.
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WHO: World records 207,500 measles deaths in 2019, amid increases in cases to 869,770

Global measles deaths increased by 50 per cent from 2016 to 2019, claiming over 207,500 lives in 2019, WHO said in a statement issued from its headquarters on Thursday in Geneva citing figures from a joint report it published with the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, has been found to have breached various codes of ethics, BBC Sport Africa understands.

CAF president discharged from hospital after recovering from coronavirus

Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed President, Ahmad Ahmad, has been released from hospital after recovering from the coronavirus.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB develops plan for revenue generation in extractive industry

The African Development Bank has developed a three-year project in response to demands by member countries for technical assistance to monitor revenues generated from their extractive industries.
Major Chinese stock indices on Friday ended mixed, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.05 per cent, at 3,083.79 points.

Asia Pacific stocks rise as investors await US election results

Shares in Asia Pacific rose modestly on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were locked in a fierce battle for the White House.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU to support flooded communities in Nigeria

The European Union has said it will provide €80,000 (N35.5 million) in emergency humanitarian funding to assist flood victims in Nigeria.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

AFCONQ: Kaizer Chiefs confirm Daniel Akpeyi’s Super Eagles call-up

South African giants, Kaizer Chiefs, has confirmed that goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has received a call up for Super Eagles’ 2022 Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Sierra Leone in November.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, has been found to have breached various codes of ethics, BBC Sport Africa understands.

CAF president facing FIFA ban after ‘breaching code of ethics’

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, has been found to have breached various codes of ethics, BBC Sport Africa understands.
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.

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FILE PHOTO - A worker looks on as the second delivery of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is offloaded at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 27, 2021. Kim Ludbrook-Pool via REUTERS

South Africa signs J&J vaccine deal, eases restrictions

South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) congratulates players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 28, 2021. – The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / AFP)

Manchester United rages at penalty talk as team draw another blank

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are being negatively influenced by opposition managers referring to their penalty record after being denied a spot-kick in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that construction work on the Gusau Airport project would commence this month.

Zamfara governor: Abducted schoolgirls will be released soon

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be released very soon.

Primate Ayodele: President Buhari has broken Nigeria’s unity

The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has once again knocked the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over the unsecured state of the country.
NANS National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon

NANS asks Nigerian government to declare abductors of students terrorists

Following the gale of abductions of school children in the Northern part of the country, the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), has advised the federal government to list bandits perpetrating such horrendous crime as terrorists.

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The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has drowned in a lake near his holiday home in southern Brazil.

Father of Liverpool keeper Alisson drowns in Brazil

Alisson joined Liverpool in 2018 from Roma and was voted FIFA men's goalkeeper of the year in 2019. His younger brother Muriel is a goalkeeper for Brazilian side Fluminense.
1. Shola Shoretire made his Manchester United debut in the Premier League win over Newcastle.

Manchester United struggling to manage public image of Shola Shoretire, others

The Manchester Evening News reports United, known for denying access to players at senior and junior level for decades, have been powerless to prevent some of their brightest young things – Shola Shoretire among them – from conducting interviews with Instagrammers.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Finance minister: Only innovative policies would address malnutrition

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said the federal government must implement innovative policies and strategies to address the pervasive issue of malnutrition in Nigeria.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Afreximbank, AAAM to drive automotive investment

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa.
The Director-General of National Assembly’s National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Suleiman, on Saturday, said ethnicity and religious biases were largely responsible for the growing insecurity in the country.

NILDS chief: Ethnicity, religious biases fueling insecurity

The Director-General of National Assembly’s National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Suleiman, on Saturday, said ethnicity and religious biases were largely responsible for the growing insecurity in the country.