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FILE PHOTO - A man, wearing a protective face mask, rides his scooter in a local market in Nice amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Eric Gaillard

French city of Nice asks tourists to stay away amid coronavirus surge

The mayor of Nice in southern France called on Sunday for a weekend lockdown in the area to reduce the flow of tourists as it battles a sharp spike in coronavirus infections to triple the national rate.
Bordeaux have confirmed the signing of Jean-Michael Seri on loan from Fulham for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

Bordeaux sign Fulham’s Jean-Michael Seri on loan

Bordeaux have confirmed the signing of Jean-Michael Seri on loan from Fulham for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s priority in the January transfer window is to trim their bloated squad as he seeks to build on a mini-revival at the Premier League club.

Arsenal boss hints at more transfers before January window closes

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has hinted that the club could complete some transfer deals before the January window closes.
Gernot Rohr

Gernot Rohr: Clubs must give young players chance to excel

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says it is important for clubs to give young players the opportunity to fully integrate and make impact at the highest level.
William Saliba endured a nightmare debut for Nice on Wednesday night following his loan move from Arsenal.

Arsenal on loan defender endures nightmare debut for Nice

William Saliba endured a nightmare debut for Nice on Wednesday night following his loan move from Arsenal.
Arsenal have loaned William Saliba to French side, OGC Nice for the remainder of the season. Saliba has yet to debut for Arsenal and this is now his second loan since becoming an Arsenal player for 27 million, two summers ago.

Arsenal’s William Saliba undergoes Nice medical

Arsenal defender William Saliba is undergoing a medical ahead of a possible move to Nice, the French club's coach Adrian Ursea said on Monday.
A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Le Bignon, France, December 22, 2020. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

New year arrives with US hitting 20 million coronavirus cases

The United States marked the New Year on Friday by passing the extraordinary milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases, after global celebrations welcoming in 2021 were largely muted by the pandemic.
Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram was sent off for spitting in an opponent's face during Saturday's 2-1 home defeat against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

Lilian Thuram reveals shock at seeing son Marcus spit at Bundesliga opponent

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram picked up a six-match ban from the German Football Association (DFB) after his outrageous act towards Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch.
Brazil’s government sent its support to Neymar Tuesday after he was red-carded for a fight in a Ligue 1 match in France, condemning the “racism” that triggered the brawl.

PSG wait on Neymar return ahead of Lille showdown

Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to have Neymar back in time for their top-of-the-table clash at Lille on Sunday, as the Brazil superstar looks to have recovered quicker than expected from what looked like a bad ankle injury.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis, Tunisia January 14, 2011. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra-File Photo

Ten years on, anger grows in Tunisian town where ‘Arab Spring’ began

Ten years ago, a fruit seller set himself ablaze in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid after an altercation with a policewoman about where he had put his cart.
Mario Balotelli's move to Serie B side Monza has been confirmed.

Mario Balotelli completes move to Serie B side Monza

Monza, which is also owned by former Milan president Silvio Berlusconi, are aiming to gain promotion to Serie A this season and Balotelli has said he will "do everything" to help them reach the Italian top-flight.

Patrick Vieira sacked as Nice coach

Nice have sacked manager Patrick Vieira after overseeing a run of five consecutive defeats, culminating in the French club’s disappointing exit from the Europa League on Thursday night, according to reports in France.
Nigeria forward, Peter Olayinka scored his second goal in this season’s Europa League as Slavia Prague recorded an impressive 3-1 away victory OGC Nice.

Super Eagles star inspires Slavia Prague win over OGC Nice

Nigeria forward Peter Olayinka scored his second goal in this season’s Europa League as Slavia Prague recorded an impressive 3-1 away victory OGC Nice.
The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it was ready for fresh and immediate re-trial of the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Senator Orji Kalu gets idea what Arsenal’ll cost him

Nigerian billionaire, Orji Uzor Kalu has recently stated that he would like to buy a percentage of Arsenal and help them to win the Champions League and Premier League.
Erling Braut Haaland hit a 17-minute hat-trick and finished with four goals as Borussia Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners at Hertha Berlin to move within a point of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Erling Haaland hits four as Borussia Dortmund crush Hertha Berlin

Erling Braut Haaland hit a 17-minute hat-trick and finished with four goals as Borussia Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners at Hertha Berlin to move within a point of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Saudi Arabia: Four wounded in bomb blast at WWI memorial in Jeddah

Four people were injured after an explosion at a non-Muslim cemetery in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday.
Slovan Bratislava lost its appeal Friday against exclusion from the Champions League by UEFA after players tested positive for COVID-19 in pre-game checks.

UEFA writes FIFA requesting change in handball law

UEFA have asked FIFA president Gianni Infantino to change the handball rule to stop “growing frustration” following a spate of penalties awarded for the offence, European football’s governing body confirmed on Thursday.
Brahim Issaoui, 21, remains hospitalized after being shot several times by police after the knife rampage at Nice’s Notre-Dame basilica on Thursday.

French church attacker tests positive for coronavirus

The Tunisian assailant who killed three people at a church in France has tested positive for COVID-19, which could further delay his questioning, a source close to the inquiry said Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO- French President Emmanuel Macron stands outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 28, 2020. REUTERS-Charles Platiau

French president says he ‘understands’ Muslims shock over Prophet Muhammad cartoons

French President Emmanuel Macron said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by caricatures depicting the prophet Muhammad.
Security forces were deployed after a priest was shot Saturday in Lyon, France.

Suspect in attack on Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon arrested

French authorities said that a person suspected of firing a hunting gun and seriously wounding a Greek Orthodox priest outside a church in the city of Lyon, France, Saturday, is in police custody.
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).
A third person has been arrested in connection with the Nice terror attack, according to Reuters.

Third arrest made over Nice terror attack

The two previously arrested were 21-year-old suspect Brahim Aouissaoui, and a 47-year-old man who was detained on suspicion of having been in contact with Aouissaoui.

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Ex-VP Namadi Sambo advocates shift in Nigerian educational system

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has advocated for a dynamic approach of the Nigerian educational system to produce employees with skills and ability to handle complex jobs and create opportunities for others.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC busts alleged illegal maize flour production facility in Yobe

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has busted an alleged illegal maize flour production outfit in Potiskum town of Yobe.
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Osun governor condemns ethnic colouration in fight against terrorism

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has condemned the ethnic coloration in which the fight against terrorism and insurgency is taking in Nigeria.
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wọlé Soyinka, has warned that the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different states of the federation can degenerate into civil war if the federal government fails to properly handle it.

Wole Soyinka to Nigerians: Don’t accept child hostage taking as a way of life

Following the Friday abduction of over 300 school children in Jangebe in Zamfara State, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday warned Nigerians against accepting kidnapping of school children in parts of the north as a way of life.
A former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshall Nsikak Eduok, is dead.

Former NAF chief Nsikak Eduok laid to rest in Akwa Ibom

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police arrest 80-year-old woman for ‘kidnapping children for rituals’

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested an 80-year-old woman and her accomplice for allegedly abducting children and pounding them in mortars to make charms for politicians and businessmen.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook to restore Australian news pages after tweaks to media laws

Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to a proposed law designed to force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Minister: Time for delivery of coronavirus vaccines not known yet

The hope of Nigerians having early access to the use of vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic appears dashed as federal government has claimed it cannot be specific when the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive the country.
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DSS: We didn’t attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho

The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied attempting to arrest Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Abuja crash: Delta governor mourns seven military personnel

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condoled with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao and families of the seven military personnel on board Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft which crashed on Sunday in Abuja.