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FILE PHOTO - A view shows railroad freight cars, including oil tanks, in Omsk, Russia May 1, 2020. REUTERS-Alexey Malgavko

Oil prices slide as virus cases rise, demand worries persist

Oil prices eased on Tuesday as coronavirus cases globally continued to rise, but losses were capped amid reports of a blast in Saudi Arabia.
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).
The official Instagram account of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny posted on Tuesday the first photo since the politician fell ill, the caption says that Navalny can finally breathe without a ventilator.

US urges other countries to join investigation into Alexey Navalny’s case

The alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny requires a thorough investigation that involves different countries, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
The official Instagram account of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny posted on Tuesday the first photo since the politician fell ill, the caption says that Navalny can finally breathe without a ventilator.

Alexey Navalny’s official Instagram account posts his first photo from hospital

The official Instagram account of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny posted on Tuesday the first photo since the politician fell ill, the caption says that Navalny can finally breathe without a ventilator.
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has fully recovered from coronavirus. 1

Kaduna to hold maiden international marathon race

Kaduna State Government has unveiled plans to organise the maiden edition of its international marathon race in November this year.
German police officers stand guard outside Berlin’s Charite hospital on August 24, 2020, where Alexei Navalny is treated after his medical evacuation to Germany following a poisoning. – Tests carried out on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny indicate poisoning, according to Berlin’s Charite hospital where he was admitted for treatment at the weekend. “The clinical findings indicate intoxication by a substance from the cholinesterase inhibitor group,” the hospital said in a statement on August 24, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Kremlin slams German medics’ ‘haste’ on Alexei Navalny poisoning

The Kremlin on Tuesday accused German medics of being too hasty after they said tests on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny indicated he had been poisoned.
Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was battling for his life in a Siberian hospital on Friday after a suspected poisoning as an air ambulance was dispatched to fly him to Germany for treatment.

Russia medics deny outside pressure on Alexei Navalny treatment

Russian doctors who treated opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Siberia denied on Monday there was any official interference in his treatment.
A plane carrying Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning, touched down Saturday morning in Berlin, where he will receive medical attention at Charité Clinic, the city’s main hospital.

Airplane with Russian opposition leader lands in Germany 

A plane carrying Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning, touched down Saturday morning in Berlin, where he will receive medical attention at Charité Clinic, the city’s main hospital.
Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was battling for his life in a Siberian hospital on Friday after a suspected poisoning as an air ambulance was dispatched to fly him to Germany for treatment.

Russian opposition leader fights for life after suspected poisoning

Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was battling for his life in a Siberian hospital on Friday after a suspected poisoning as an air ambulance was dispatched to fly him to Germany for treatment.

China eases travel restrictions for 36 European countries

China has eased entry restrictions for nationals from 36 European countries, months after thousands were left stranded when the country closed its borders and slashed flights to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Russia says it is delivering its Avifavir medication against COVID-19 to 15 countries already.

Official: 15 countries purchase Russia’s Avifavir coronavirus medication

Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which took part in the creation of the remedy, disclosed this to Russia-24 broadcaster in an interview.
Protesters took to the street in cities across Russia on Saturday in support of jailed Khabarovsk former governor Sergei Furgal.

Protests spread across Russia in support of jailed former governor

The demonstrations come as thousands of people marched in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk for the fourth weekend Saturday, angered by the arrest of the region’s popular governor and his replacement with a Kremlin favorite.
The United States on Monday demanded that Russia immediately release U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, after he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage.

US ex-marine will not appeal Russian espionage verdict

“(Paul) Whelan will not appeal. He does not believe in Russian justice,” his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told news agency Interfax.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka settlement, outside Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2020.

Russia posts another humongous coronavirus number for sixth day

Russia posted yet another mind-boggling 10,699 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday.
While the United States and Europe are in the grip of the outbreak, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the virus was not expected to peak in the world's poorest countries until some point over the next three to six months.

UN triples coronavirus appeal to $6.7 billion to help poor countries

The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7bn to help 63 nations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Tuesday said that it was working with the Federal Government and some States to eliminate child labour in the country by 2025.

ILO: Informal sector poverty to increase by 56 percent

International Labour Organisation, ILO, has said the COVID-19 lockdown and containment measures across the globe will increase poverty levels among the world’s informal economy workers by 56 percent in low-income countries.
Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.

Report: Black people four times more likely to die of coronavirus than white people

A recent report analysis by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) claimed that residents in the United Kingdom (UK) from black heritage are more than four times likely to die from COVID-19 if infected.
The office said in a statement that it has discovered videos posted on the VK social network and YouTube, alleging that the coronavirus is a genetically modified biological weapon.

Russia bans online videos about coronavirus origin

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, on Wednesday, asked the country’s communications watchdog to block online videos alleging that COVID-19 is a man-made bio-weapon.
Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.

Coronavirus cases spike for third day in Russia

Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.

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World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, has assured Nigerians abroad that Diaspora voting may be realised soon.

Minister: Diaspora voting to start soon

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, has assured Nigerians abroad that Diaspora voting may be realised soon.
Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kaduna State on Thursday rescued eight kidnap victims during an operation in the state capital.

NSCDC arrests alleged serial rapist suspect

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Sokoto State has arrested a 30-year-old alleged serial rapist suspect.
Rwanda's economy is expected to grow 5.1% this year after contracting 3.4% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior finance ministry official said on Wednesday.

Official: Rwanda’s economy to recover this year, more spending seen

Rwanda's economy is expected to grow 5.1% this year after contracting 3.4% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior finance ministry official said on Wednesday.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Eid-el-Fitr: Police deploy 4,500 personnel in Nasarawa

The Police Command in Nasarawa says it has deployed 4,500 personnel to ensure hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
FILE PHOTO - An anti-coup protester walks past burning tires after activists launched a garbage strike against the military rule, in Yangon, Myanmar March 30, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer-File Photo

Myanmar arrests 39 over blasts, seeking training with rebels – media

Myanmar security forces have arrested 39 people suspected of being behind explosions and arson attacks as well as trying to get military training with an ethnic minority rebel group, media controlled by the junta said on Wednesday.