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FILE PHOTO - Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London, Britain December 13, 2020. REUTERS-Simon Dawson

UK hopes to be able to consider lockdown easing in March – minister

Britain’s government hopes it can meet its target for rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and be able to consider easing lockdown restrictions by March, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday.
The wife of the embattled Managing Director of the First City Monument Bank, Hauwa Adam Nuru, has shown solidarity with her husband, adding that she had never contemplated leaving him.

Wife of embattled FCMB chief denies leaving husband

The wife of the embattled Managing Director of the First City Monument Bank, Hauwa Adam Nuru, has shown solidarity with her husband, adding that she had never contemplated leaving him.
Acting Catalan regional leader, Pere Aragones, arrives to a meeting with parliamentary groups to postpone the Catalan elections in the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain January 15, 2021. REUTERS-Nacho Doce

Spain’s Catalonia postpones election due to coronavirus surge

Catalonia on Friday postponed a parliamentary election scheduled for Feb. 14 until May 30 because of a surge in coronavirus cases that has pushed hospital occupancy in the restive northeastern region of Spain to one of the highest levels in the country.
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US online news and social networking service Twitter displayed on computers’ screens. – Twitter said July 28, 2020 it had withdrawn a video retweeted by President Donald Trump in which doctors made allegedly false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, after Facebook took similar action. “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said, declining to give details on how many people had watched the video.The video was also removed by Facebook on Monday evening, said a company spokesperson, explaining that the footage shared “false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.” (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Poland proposes social media ‘free speech’ law

Poland’s government has proposed a new law to stop social media platforms deleting content or banning users who do not break Polish laws.
Facebook and Twitter have both cracked down significantly on fake accounts since 2016 [Jon Nazca-Reuters]

Mexico launches international campaign to regulate Facebook, Twitter

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has railed against the seemingly aggressive censoring of U.S. President Donald Trump by major social media platforms over last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.
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.
Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump together in November 2016. Drew Angerer-Getty Images

Donald Trump refuses to pay Rudy Giuliani for legal work

The Washington Post said Trump is trying to stiff Giuliani, who has spent the past months traveling the country and spreading wild conspiracy theories about the November election on behalf of the president.
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu was on taget again for KRC Genk in their Belgian jupiler league clash with Waasland-Beveren on Sunday.

Paul Onuachu places third in 2020 Belgian Golden Shoe Award

Super Eagles and Genk striker Paul Onuachu finished third in the 2020 Belgian Golden Shoe award on Wednesday night.
Iranian health officials have warned that high levels of pollution will exacerbate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already caused more deaths in Iran than in any other country in the Middle East [Majid Asgaripour-Reuters]

Iran’s smog, blackouts made worse by power-sapping crypto mining

Cities across Iran have been cloaked in thick layers of toxic smog and darkened by blackouts, as the alleged use of low-quality fuel and power-sucking cryptocurrency mining deepen the country’s hardships.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has urged the senator representing Plateau South, Prof Nora Dadu’ut, to come up with legislative initiatives that will create a positive impact on the lives of the people of the zone.

Plateau to prosecute residents ‘spreading misinformation’ about coronavirus

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said with the level of misinformation on COVID-19, his government has criminalised further denial of the virus’s existence in the state.
Taraba State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, on Saturday said, the state government is putting possible efforts to ensure the availability of commodities in all primary health care for effective access to family planning in the state.

Taraba commissioner denies diverting N1.2 billion coronavirus funds

Dr Innocent Vakkai, the Taraba Commissioner for Health, on Tuesday, denied local media reports that he embezzled the sum of N1.2 billion COVID-19 funds given to the state by the Federal Government to tackle the virus.
After he lost his reelection bid in November, Donald Trump immediately told allies he planned to run for president again in 2024, preparing to announce as soon as Inauguration Day.

Deutsche Bank cuts ties with Donald Trump, forfeits $300 million debt

Deutsche Bank has severed ties with U.S. President Donald Trump, as his global eminence continues to wane over role in a fatal riot at the Capitol last week.
Britain’s policing minister Kit Malthouse said local cycle trips were acceptable under COVID-19 lockdown restrictions after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was criticised for riding to the Olympic Park in east London from Downing Street.

UK minister says local bike rides allowed after Boris Johnson cycles across London

Britain’s policing minister Kit Malthouse said local cycle trips were acceptable under COVID-19 lockdown restrictions after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was criticised for riding to the Olympic Park in east London from Downing Street, a seven-mile trip.
No fewer than 100 shops were razed in a fire incident at one of Abuja’s largest furniture markets situated in Kugbo.

Fire razes over 100 shops in Abuja furniture market

Although no life was lost, the fire incident, which victims confirmed to this newsmen as the fourth in 11 years, started early Sunday morning. It destroyed furniture items, materials and machines estimated at millions of naira.
Prince Harry has paid back £2.4 million ($3.2 million) of British taxpayers’ money used to renovate his home at Windsor Castle, using cash from his recent Netflix deal, his spokesman said on Monday. The Duke of Sussex, as he is formally known, and his wife, American former actress Meghan Markle, retired from royal duties earlier this year in a quest for “financial independence”.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘quit’ social media

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quit social media after growing disillusioned by the “hate” they have found on sites like Facebook and Twitter, a UK newspaper reported on Sunday.
Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died from health complications related to coronavirus, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis’ personal doctor dies of coronavirus

Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died from health complications related to coronavirus, according to the Vatican.
The total number of Germany’s coronavirus deaths crossed 40,000 on Sunday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the coming weeks would be “the hardest” yet.

German virus deaths top 40,000 as Angela Merkel warns of ‘hardest weeks’

The total number of Germany’s coronavirus deaths crossed 40,000 on Sunday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the coming weeks would be “the hardest” yet.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa wears a protective face mask as he has his temperature taken upon his arrival for the burial ceremony of Zimbabwe's agriculture minister, Perrance Shiri, at the National Heroes Acre on 31 July 2020, in Harare.

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe extends alcohol ban to supermarkets

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi, was quoted by state-run Chronicle newspaper on Saturday as saying supermarkets are not allowed to sell alcohol.

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The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has taken to his official Twitter page to send a loving message to his wife, Michelle, who turns 57 today.

Barack Obama sends loving message to wife on birthday

The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has taken to his official Twitter page to send a loving message to his wife, Michelle, who turns 57 today.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has approved the deployment of modern technology in the security system to fight crimes in the State.

Street trading: Abia sets up mobile court, gives traders one week ultimatum

This is even as government has given street traders at Obikabia and Opobo junctions in the Ogbor Hill area of the commercial city seven days to vacate the streets and move into approved markets in the city.
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27 abducted Kano traders regain freedom

Twenty seven Kano traders, who were abducted on their way to Aba town in Abia State, have regained their freedom, according to the management of Kantinkwari Textiles Market.
Less than a week of the commencement of e-ticketing on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, over 8,000 passengers have accessed the portal, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said.

Over 8,000 passengers access e-ticketing on Abuja-Kaduna train route

Less than a week of the commencement of e-ticketing on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, over 8,000 passengers have accessed the portal, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
A Civil Society Group has decried the plans by educational institutions across the country to resume academic activities without adequate safety measures to contain the devastating impacts of the second wave of COVID-19.

Group expresses worry over school resumption amidst coronavirus surge

A Civil Society Group has decried the plans by educational institutions across the country to resume academic activities without adequate safety measures to contain the devastating impacts of the second wave of COVID-19.