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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.
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.
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
The ceremony for Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, took place in an almost empty parliament, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Only a handful of officials and a limited number of journalists were present.

Greece’s first female president sworn in

Greece’s first female president has been formally sworn in to office, nearly two months after parliament voted overwhelmingly to elect her.
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Greece wants floating fence to keep undocumented migrants out

Greece wants to install a floating barrier in the Aegean Sea to deter migrants arriving at its islands’ shores through Turkey, government officials said on Thursday.
A damaged building in Thumanë. Florion Goga-Reuters

Schools shut as powerful earthquake hits Greece

The mayor of the town of Kissamos announced Wednesday that all schools will remain closed after a powerful earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit the sea area between the islands of Kythera and Crete, in southern Greece.

One dies as massive fire breaks out in industrial building in India

A massive fire broke out in a three-storey industrial building in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, on Thursday, claiming the life of one person, officials said.

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani to visit India this week

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will visit India this week for three days, local media reported on Monday.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil (Mama Boko Haram) alongside Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura, Prince Lawal Shoyade and Mallam Adamu Sani before Justice Jude Dagat of the Federal High Court, Maiduguri on a-two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N42, 000,000.00 (Forty-two Million Naira).

Trial of Mama Boko Haram begins, EFCC presents first witness

The trial of Aisha Alkali Wakil alias ‘Mama Boko Haram’ who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a fraud charge has started in Maiduguri, with the agency presenting its first witness.

Service chiefs: Ex-Ohanaeze president ‘thanks’ President Buhari for Igbo snub

Former Ohanaeze president, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has sarcastically stung President Buhari with a ‘thank you’ message for snubbing the Igbo bloc in appointing new service chiefs.
Pfizer and BioNTech are submitting an emergency authorisation request in the US which could allow its coronavirus vaccine to be used to treat high-risk populations in the country by mid-December.

Coronavirus: Pfizer develops booster shot against Brazil, South Africa variants

Shortly after Pfizer announced that it is developing a booster to help its COVID-19 vaccine to protect against new highly-infectious variants from Brazil and South Africa, Moderna Inc has said that it is advancing its own COVID-19 vaccine with a booster to combat the South African variant.
FILE PHOTO - A Goldman Sachs sign is seen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York January 24, 2014. REUTERS-Lucas Jackson-File Photo

Goldman Sachs loses legal fight against EU cartel fine

U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs on Wednesday lost its fight against an EU cartel fine handed down to its former Italian subsidiary and cable maker Prysmian after Europe’s top court said it was liable for the actions of the unit.
Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu governor seeks federal government’s nod to construct roundabout

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, is seeking approvals from relevant agencies of the federal government to construct an iconic roundabout and tower, at the popular Opi Junction, about 14 kilometres from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).