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Italy records 627 deaths on Friday

Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, the country reported its highest deaths on Friday, data from worldometers.info has shown.
Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighboring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Italian coronavirus death toll nears China’s as outbreak spreads

The Chinese city where the coronavirus first took hold reported no new homegrown cases Thursday, while the death toll in Italy was poised to overtake that of China in a dramatic illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States.
Organisers of the International Journalism Festival have cancelled the 2020 International Journalism Festival due to the public health risks caused by COVID-19.

Organisers cancel 2020 IJF over coronavirus

Organisers of the International Journalism Festival have cancelled the 2020 International Journalism Festival due to the public health risks caused by COVID-19.
Soccer Football – Serie A – AS Roma v Juventus – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – January 12, 2020 Juventus players celebrate at the end of the match REUTERS-Alberto Lingria

Juventus score ‘goal of rare beauty’ in Italian Cup cruise

Cristiano Ronaldo was too ill to play, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic spent the evening resting on the bench, but even without their biggest stars, Juventus and AC Milan cruised into the last eight of the Italian Cup on Wednesday.
Romelu Lukaku scored after just 21 seconds as he bagged a brace in a 4-1 thumping of Cagliari that fired Inter Milan into the last eight of the Italian Cup, while Lazio and Napoli are set for a quarter-final clash after easing past second-tier opposition.

Romelu Lukaku brace sends Inter into Italian Cup quarters as Lazio draw Napoli

Romelu Lukaku scored after just 21 seconds as he bagged a brace in a 4-1 thumping of Cagliari that fired Inter Milan into the last eight of the Italian Cup, while Lazio and Napoli are set for a quarter-final clash after easing past second-tier opposition.
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Italy arrests leaders of Juventus hardline ultra fans

Italian police on Monday arrested 12 leading Juventus hardline fans as part of a major investigation into violence and extortion linked to match ticket sales.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he will ask the European Commission to give Italy’s poorer south a special status to help boost employment and tackle organised crime.

Italy wants special EU status for poor south

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he will ask the European Commission to give Italy’s poorer south a special status to help boost employment and tackle organised crime.
North Korea international striker Han Kwang Song has completed his loan move to Italian champions Juventus from league rivals Cagliari, both teams have confirmed.

North Korea’s Han Kwang Song completes Juventus loan

North Korea international striker Han Kwang Song has completed his loan move to Italian champions Juventus from league rivals Cagliari, both teams have confirmed.
Flying Eagles midfielder Kingsley Micheal has signed a new contract with Serie A giant, Bologna after the club announced.

Former Flying Eagles star signs new deal with Serie A club

Former Flying Eagles midfielder Kingsley Micheal has signed a new contract with Serie A giant, Bologna, after the club announced.
Former Flying Eagles midfielder Kingsley Michael has extended his contract with Serie A club, Bologna.

Former Flying Eagles midfielder extends Bologna contract till 2024

Former Flying Eagles midfielder Kingsley Michael has extended his contract with Serie A club, Bologna.

Olympic medallist Umar Sadiq set for Roma return

Former Nigeria U-23 ace Umar Sadiq could get an opportunity for a return to Roma following the appointment of a new manager by the Italian club. The Serie A side confirmed the appointment of Paulo Fonseca as their new manager on Tuesday.

Italy pledges more closer ties with Nigeria

The Consul-General of Italy in Lagos, Dr Maurizio Busanelli, has restated his home government’s commitment to strengthening ties with Nigeria in the years ahead.

Italian police seize 1,665 cars from Romanian crime gang

Italian Carabinieri police on Thursday said they seized more 1,665 cars used by a Romanian criminal network to rob people in the streets of northern Italy and Spain.
Roma's Nura Abdullahi

Roma’s Abdullahi Nura forced into premature retirement by heart problem

Roma youngster Abdullahi Nura has been forced to retire from football, aged just 21, with a heart condition after returning from a two-year loan stint at AC Perugia.

Sadiq Umar joins Perugia on loan from AS Roma

Nigeria international Umar Sadiq has joined Italian second division side Perugia on loan till the end of the season.
New Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Sarri rejects racism, homophobia accusations

Maurizio Sarri insists "mistakes" in his past do not accurately represent his character and will not overshadow his tenure at Chelsea.
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Chelsea appoint Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement

Chelsea completed the long-expected hiring of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager on Friday, appointing him on a three-year deal after formally parting ways with Antonio Conte.

Marco Minniti: Mafia could influence Italy’s March 4 election

Italy’s interior minister has voiced concern that the Mafia could influence the country’s general election on March 4.

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NDPHC, BEDC sign agreement on 250MW

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has signed a framework agreement with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to deliver additional 250 megawatts from stranded power to customers within the franchise area.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Governor Sani-Bello: Niger has used 47.5% of coronavirus vaccines received

Niger State governor and chairman, North Central Governors’ Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello says out of the 74,110 doses of COVID-19 vaccines received by the state, 35,170 doses have been utilised in the state, representing 47.5 per cent.
Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal will welcome Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back from a bout of malaria before the end of the season.

Arsenal boss offers positive update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang return

The Gunners saw their club captain figure in two games immediately after the March international break, but a disease picked up while away with Gabon soon left the 31-year-old frontman unable to continue.

Normalcy returns to Kano prison after inmates riot

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) says normalcy has been restored to the Kurmawa Custodial facility in Kano metropolis following a violent protest staged by the inmates on Thursday.
Governor Bello Matawalle

Zamfara governor condemns bandits attacks on villages, closes four markets

Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has directed the immediate closure of four major markets in its bid to crush the activities of bandits in the state.

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Washington state lawmakers have passed a measure that would phase out the sale of gas-powered vehicles starting in 2030. The Clean Cars 2030 initiative passed Thursday as an amendment to a bill that requires state utilities prepare for an electric-vehicle future. The bill now awaits Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature.

US state lawmakers vote to phase out gasoline cars by 2030

The Clean Cars 2030 measure depends on the state approving a tax on vehicle miles traveled, which would help pay for new transportation infrastructure in the state, according to the bill.
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.

Ekiti monarch kidnap: Abductors demand N20 million ransom

The gunmen who kidnapped David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, four days ago have demanded N20 million ransom.
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is overwhelmed with Ahmed Musa’s decision to sign for Nigeria professional football league side Kano Pillars.

Mutiu Adepoju: Super Eagles boss has quality players to prosecute 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Former Nigerian midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju says Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has a rich of quality players to select from ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus days after he returned from the United Kingdom.

NIS boss: 1.5 million people passed through Nigerian borders in 2020

Muhammad Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), says more than 1.5 million people passed through the nation’s borders in 2020.
DELTA State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Monday released funds to affected local government areas to purchase food items for the affected communities as part of an effort to cushion the effect of their sufferings.

Delta governor condoles Itsekiri nation over monarch’s demise

Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday condoled with the Itsekiri people in the state on the passing of their monarch, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri.