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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).
Lionel Messi is reportedly becoming ‘worried’ that problems at Barcelona are beginning to mirror his international career with Argentina.

Leonardo: Paris Saint-Germain thought about buying Leo Messi

Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the Barca captain and six-time Ballon d’Or champion will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.

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.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.

UN: Global hunger could double due to coronavirus blow

The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
Scott Morrison

Coronavirus: Australia premier throws weight behind virus inquiry

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday threw his weight behind calls for an international inquiry into China’s initial response to the coronavirus and its origins.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Italy will present a plan this week to ease its lockdown from May 4, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a post on Facebook.

Italy to gradually ease lockdown from May 4

Conte said that his cabinet is working with various experts to coordinate the so-called “phase 2” when Italy will have to cohabit with the coronavirus. The plan will be done at a
Russia and Turkey have formed an alliance to exploit insolvency of the West in the Libyan crisis to pose as sponsors of a future political solution in the North African country, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde.

Report: Russia, Turkey emerge political frontrunners in Libya

Russia and Turkey have formed an alliance to exploit insolvency of the West in the Libyan crisis to pose as sponsors of a future political solution in the North African country, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde.

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Former Nigerian goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has asked the Golden Eaglets to forget their previous results against Ivory Coast and go for a win today.

2021 U-17 AFCON: Victor Ikpeba upbeat about Golden Eaglets chances

Former Super Eagles forward Victor Ikpeba says the Golden Eaglets will be the team to beat at the U-17 Africa Nations Cup in Morocco.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor suspends NURTW, RTEAN, orders unions to vacate motor parks

Ondo State Government has suspended both the National Union of Road transport workers, NURTW, and the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria, RTEAN in the state.
Brendan Rodgers on the touchline during Leicester City's win over Chelsea (Plumb Images-Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester boss: Arsenal capitalised on our weak points to upstage us

Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, has said they were flat for defeat to Arsenal.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a former senator, Umaru Argungu, on charges of criminal misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N419million.

EFCC arraigns former Nigerian senator for ‘N419 million scam’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a former senator, Umaru Argungu, on charges of criminal misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N419million.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, mourned the death of former Lagos State governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, with a minute silence.

President Buhari receives briefing on Zamfara schoolgirls’ abduction

Leader of the Federal Government delegation to sympathise with the people and government of Zamfara over kidnapped Jangebe schoolgirls, Hadi Sirika, has briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the outcome of their mission to the state.

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A crane moves a container next to livestock ship Karim Allah, that carries nearly a thousand Spanish cattle stranded on ship with suspected bluetongue disease, at Escombreras port, in Cartagena, Spain, February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Juan Medina

Spanish government says all cattle on pariah ship should be killed

More than 850 cows that have spent months on a ship in the Mediterranean are no longer fit for transport and should be killed, Spain’s Agriculure Ministry said on Saturday, confirming an earlier Reuters report.
FILE PHOTO - German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference at the Bundespressekonferenz, about the current situation of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2021. Michael Kappeler-Pool-REUTERS

Germany to provide additional N570 billion for coronavirus vaccination

German chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that Germany will be providing an additional N570billion (1.5 billion euros) to the ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ (ACT Accelerator), the platform coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the global efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, is ready to adjust and play in different roles to justify himself under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Glenn Hoddle: No justification for Callum Hudson-Odoi treatment

Tuchel on Saturday brought Hudson-Odoi on a half-time as Chelsea chased an equaliser at St Mary’s, only to substitute the substitute 31 minutes later. The gamble by the German failed to pay off, with Chelsea having to settle for the 1-1 draw.
Arsenal delivered a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1 on Sunday.

Arsenal come from behind to beat Leicester

Arsenal delivered a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1 on Sunday.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery has heaped praises to Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze after his impressive performance despite the team’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga clash.

Villarreal boss heaps praise on Samuel Chukwueze despite loss to Atletico Madrid

Villarreal manager Unai Emery has heaped praises to Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze after his impressive performance despite the team’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga clash.