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A Palestinian man retrieves belongings inside a damaged apartment in a building in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 15, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Air strikes, rockets drag Israel-Gaza conflict into sixth day

Israel pummelled Gaza with air strikes and Palestinian militants launched rocket barrages at Israel on Saturday, with no sign yet of an imminent end to the worst escalation in years after six days of conflict and amid a rising death toll.
In March, the Department of Homeland Security ordered that travelers who had been in Guinea and Democratic Republic of the Congo within the past 21 days had to fly into one of six U.S. airports.

U.S. lifting Ebola travel restrictions on Guinea

The Biden administration said on Thursday it was lifting Ebola-related travel restrictions for U.S. visitors who have recently been in Guinea, effective Friday.
Israeli troops massed at Gaza’s border on Thursday and Palestinian militants pounded Israel with rockets in intense hostilities that have caused international concern and touched off clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire, air strikes and clashes in...

Israeli troops massed at Gaza’s border on Thursday and Palestinian militants pounded Israel with rockets in intense hostilities that have caused international concern and touched off clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
Antonio Guterres

UN: De-escalation ‘an absolute must’ in Israel-Palestine conflict

UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared on Wednesday that de-escalation of the Palestine-Israel conflict was “an absolute must”, saying that the mounting death toll, including children, is totally unacceptable.
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd, the Black man who was pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck for more than nine minutes.

Minnesota judge finds aggravating factors in George Floyd murder

A Minnesota judge has ruled that aggravating factors were involved in the death of George Floyd, opening the possibility of a longer sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
A Palestinian boy walks past the remains of a tower building which was destroyed in Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS-Suhaib Salem

Senior Hamas commander killed as Israel strikes Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets

Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba in the region’s most intense hostilities in years
FILE PHOTO - Iran's then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles as he meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York September 24, 2007. REUTERS-Eric Thayer-File Photo

Iran’s former hardline president to run again

Iran’s hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday registered to run again in an election in June which is being seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country’s clerical rulers.

40 Nigeria’s envoys-designate report in host countries

Others are Amb. Abiodun Adejola, Nigeria’s representatives to the United Nation, Geneva, Switzerland and Amb. Victor Adekunle Adeleke, Ambassador-designate to Ethiopia\ Permanent representative of Nigeria to African Union and UNECA, with concurrent accreditation to Djibouti
Antonio Guterres

UN chief seeks second term

The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has laid out his case for a second, five-year term to the Member States.
First reported by the New York Times, Colonial Pipeline, which carries 45 percent of the fuel supplies for the eastern US, said in a statement late Friday that it took “certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems.”

US: Cyberattack prompts shutdown of major fuel pipeline

One of the largest pipelines in the US has been taken offline by its operator following a cyberattack. First reported by the New York Times, Colonial Pipeline, which carries 45 percent of the fuel supplies for the eastern US, said in a statement late Friday that it took “certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems.”
FILE PHOTO - Stickers that are given to people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are pictured in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 12, 2021. REUTERS-Lucy Nicholson

How the U.S. locked up vaccine materials other nations urgently need

To fight the pandemic at home, the United States gave its own vaccine manufacturers priority access to American-made materials needed to make the shots.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

Bill, Melinda Gates separated before divorce announcement – court documents

The divorce announcement of world’s billionaire couple, Bill and Melinda Gates is probably the most shocking news of the year.
A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, blackening the country’s largest Covid-era gathering.

U.S. citizens among those killed in Israeli festival disaster

A number of U.S. citizens are among the dozens killed or injured in a stampede at a Jewish religious festival in Israel, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said on Saturday.
Amazon received Food and Drug Administration authorisation for a Covid-19 test made by itssubsidiary STS Lab Holdco, and it plans to use it for its onsite coronavirus testing programs.

Amazon posts record profits as AWS hits $54 billion annual run rate

Amazon.com, one of the biggest winners of the pandemic, posted record profits on Thursday and signaled that consumers would keep spending in a growing U.S. economy and converts to online shopping are not likely to leave.

Nigerian journalist attacked over drug reporting

Nigerian authorities should thoroughly investigate the attack on journalist Frederick Olatunde Odimayo and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
FILE PHOTO: Software professionals assisting municipal authorities work on their terminals inside a "war room" focused on tracking the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike office in Bengaluru, India July 2, 2020. Picture taken July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Nivedita Bhattacharjee/File Photo

War-rooms and oxygen: India’s IT companies scramble to handle coronavirus surge

India’s giant IT firms in Bengaluru and other cities have set up COVID-19 “war-rooms” as they scramble to source oxygen, medicine and hospital beds for infected workers and maintain backroom operations for the world’s biggest financial firms.
A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype sneakers, designed by Kanye West, are displayed at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre before going up for private sale at Sotheby's, in Hong Kong [File: Joyce Zhou/Reuters]

Kanye West’s Yeezy sneakers fetch a record $1.8 million in private sale

The Kanye West sneakers that sent athletic shoes strutting down fashion runways sold for $1.8m, a new world record price for a pair of sneakers, Sotheby’s announced on Monday.

Betway parent to go public in merger with acquisition firm

Super Group, the parent company of online bookmaker Betway, said on Sunday it has agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check acquisition firm Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp at a valuation of around $5 billion.
FILE PHOTO: A man pulls his luggage past baggage carts at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kyaw Soe Oo

Canadians avoiding hotel quarantines for air travellers fuel taxi boom on U.S. border

U.S. taxi and limousine services are seeing a boom in business from customers seeking to enter Canada by land to avoid a restriction on international travel that applies only to air traffic.
FILE PHOTO - Pascal Soriot, chief executive officer of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, attends an interview with Reuters in Shanghai, China November 4, 2019. Picture taken November 4, 2019. REUTERS-Brenda Goh

AstraZeneca chief says committed to supply COVAX, calls for open borders

The CEO of Astrazeneca Pascal Soriot said on Thursday that although the Anglo-Swedish company had hit “bumps on the road” it had been able to deliver large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines in the first quarter and was ramping up production.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

WHO chief: “Shocking disparity” persists in vaccine distribution

There is still a “shocking disparity” in global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.

Nigerian national Owolabi Abdul extradited from Germany to US to face trial

Yusuf Owolabi Abdul, a Nigerian resident in Canada, extradited from Germany to the United States, will be presented on Monday in New York before Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.

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Youth members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-West have urged the leadership of the party to pick Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike as Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2023 elections.

Ogoni apologises to Rivers governor over 2015 election

The senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Barry Mpigi, rendered the apology on behalf of the ethnic group at an event held in honour of the governor’s contributions to the development of the area in Bori, Khana Local Government Area.
Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

Edwin Clark: Nigeria will remain one

Hundreds of youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United led by political thug turned agitator, Sunday Igboho, had converged in Osogbo on Saturday, marching through the streets in agitation for a Yoruba Nation.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Rail track vandals arrested in Kaduna

The Police Command in Kaduna State on Saturday said it had arrested five suspected rail tracks vandals and recovered two trucks loaded with locomotive rail track sleepers.
The Police in Ogun State on Friday arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, for alleged assault.

Ogun ex-deputy speaker: Governor Abiodun not behind my impeachment

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, has absolved the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, of being party to his impeachment as the number two lawmaker in the state assembly.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has claimed that it is “absurd” to think that the club may not be competing in next season’s Champions League.

Real Madrid boss hints at exit

Zinedine Zidane hinted on Saturday he could leave as coach of Real Madrid at the end of the season, saying he believes “there comes a time when it’s the moment to change”.

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NBS: Nollywood produces 416 movies in Q1, 2021

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says Nollywood produced 416 movies in Quarter One of 2021 (Q1, 2021) compared to 903 in Q4, 2020.
Mr Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, said this at the 15th anniversary of Badagry Prime, a Town Hall Meeting and Award in Badagry.

Official: Lagos government to turn Badagry into Jerusalem of Nigeria

The Lagos State Government (LASG),on Monday said that it would turn the ancient town of Badagry into Jerusalem of Nigeria by constructing a befitting structure under the Agia Tree, where Christmas was first celebrated in 1842.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records one coronavirus death, 44 new infections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported one more death in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease in Nigeria to 2,066.
A woman surrounded by her relatives receives oxygen support for free at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple), amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ghaziabad, India, May 6, 2021. REUTERS-Danish Siddiqui

India coronavirus cases hold close to record highs as calls widen for national lockdown

Indian coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record daily highs on Monday, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lock down the world’s second-most populous country.

INEC creates 440 additional polling units in Bayelsa

As part of its voter access expansion exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the Commission has created 440 additional polling units in Bayelsa State.