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Iran promise to boost military links with Syria

Iran on Wednesday said it would assist Syria in boosting its air defence systems, the Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces said.
US President Donald Trump suggested he may seek damages from China over the coronavirus pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world, prompting a furious response from Beijing on Tuesday.

China to impose visa restrictions on US citizens over Hong Kong

China on Monday said it would impose visa restrictions on United States citizens as tensions rise over Hong Kong’s autonomy, state media reported.
Luigi Aurisicchio, CEO of Takis, told ANSA that the Covid-19 candidate vaccine had neutralised the virus in human cells, for the first time.

Italian firm develops world’s first coronavirus vaccine

According to tests carried out at Rome’s infectious-disease Spallanzani Hospital, a single shot of the vaccine generates antibodies in mice.
The Iraqi government has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story claiming the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than the number officially reported.

Iraq suspends Reuters over report on coronavirus cases

The Iraqi government has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story claiming the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than the number officially reported.

Bill Gates asks G-20 members to fund development of anti-coronavirus vaccine

In order for the world to better contain the spread of the coronavirus, leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) major economies should provide more funding to develop a vaccine, Bill Gates said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every effort would be made to ensure that society did away with discrimination against those with handicaps [Ludovic Marin-AFP]

Japan to ban flights from 18 European countries, Iran

Japan is set to ban entry of foreign nationals coming from 18 European countries and Iran to curb the spread of the coronavirus, local media reported on Tuesday.

Ethiopia: 29 injured in ‘bomb attack’ at pro-Abiy rally

A “bomb attack” on a rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed injured nearly 30 people Sunday, a police official said, in the latest sign of instability ahead of elections in August.

Iraq’s security forces kill at least two protesters in Baghdad

At least two protesters have been killed and dozens injured in central Baghdad when Iraq's security forces launched tear gas canisters to disperse demonstrators trying to breach the capital's Sinak bridge, according to activists and officials.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

Minister calls for revival of reading culture

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Friday called for re-awakening of reading culture in the Nigerian society.

Nigerians advised to consult embassy before doing business in Dubai

Nigerian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Rimi, has advised Nigerians coming to Dubai for genuine businesses to consult with the embassy or the consulate before embarking on such ventures.

Nigerian national remanded for impregnating 15-year old girl in Ghana

A 22-year-old Nigerian trader residing in Ghana was reported to have had a consensual relationship with a food vendor assistant which led to pregnancy of the assistant.
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes will have surgery on Monday after suffering a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle in their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, his club have said.

Everton’s Andre Gomes to have surgery on broken ankle

Everton midfielder Andre Gomes will have surgery on Monday after suffering a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle in their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, his club have said.

Lebanese protesters vow to stay in the streets

Anti-austerity protesters vowed to stay in the streets across Lebanon for a fifth straight day on Monday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 16, 2019.

Kim Jong Un climbs mountain, threatens to ‘strike the world with wonder’

North Korean state media on Wednesday posted a slideshow of leader Kim Jong Un scaling the country’s highest mountain on horseback, and suggested the display means he is considering a major decision.
Zimbabwe has announced that former president Robert Mugabe would be buried at his home village in Zvimba as requested by his family, after three weeks of public debates over his final resting place.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe to be buried in home district – government

Zimbabwe has announced that former president Robert Mugabe would be buried at his home village in Zvimba as requested by his family, after three weeks of public debates over his final resting place.

US offers $15 million for information on Iran’s IRGC

The United States has offered 15 million dollars for information that can help it cripple the financial mechanisms of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
A senior North Korean diplomat has berated US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for describing Pyongyang's behaviour as rogue and warned its expectations for talks with Washington are fading.

North Korea berates Mike Pompeo, warns hopes for US talks ‘disappearing’

A senior North Korean diplomat has berated US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for describing Pyongyang's behaviour as "rogue" and warned its expectations for talks with Washington are fading.
Footage showing a recent Boko Haram attack in north-east Nigeria. | AFP | Getty Images

Five Nigerian troops, 33 MNJTF soldiers feared killed in Boko Haram attacks

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the IS-linked faction of Boko Haram, Tuesday claimed to have killed, at least, five Nigerian troops and 33 soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force are feared dead in a double attack.

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Antoine Griezmann was limited to a brief cameo on Tuesday as Barcelona and Atlético Madrid battled to a 2-2 draw in a match that could prove vital to the LaLiga title race.

Antoine Griezmann to miss Barcelona season finale through injury

Barcelona are set to be without Antoine Griezmann for their final two games of the LaLiga season.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday asked the passengers who were on the same plane with the lady to self-isolate as he released hotlines to call should they show any symptoms.

Lagos coronavirus mortality rises to 185

The Lagos State Government says it has recorded three new COVID-19 related deaths, raising the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state to 185.
Senator Godswill Akpabio

Senator Akpabio reacts to Joy Nunieh’s corruption allegations

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has reacted to the allegations made against him by Joy Nunieh, a former Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

Refugees commission plans distribution of food items, palliatives in 11 states

The National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), says it plans to distribute food items, clothes, learning materials, agricultural facilities and palliatives in 11 states.
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has denied claims that his government has sold off the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

Ekiti threatens erring SDGs contractors

The Ekiti State Government has threatened to sanction erring contractors handling various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)projects in the state.