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Rescuers are seen at the site where workers were trapped underground after an explosion at the gold mine under construction, in Qixia, Shandong province, China January 13, 2021. Picture taken January 13, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.

China rescuers prepare escape route for trapped gold miners

Rescue teams on Wednesday drilled new holes down a gold mine in China’s Shandong province, searching for more survivors after an explosion 10 days ago and preparing an escape passage for a group known to still be alive, state media reported.
FILE PHOTO - Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group arrives at the Tech for Good Summit in Paris, France May 15, 2019. REUTERS-Charles Platiau

Alibaba’s Jack Ma makes first public appearance in three months

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma made his first appearance since October on Wednesday when he spoke to a group of teachers by video, easing concern about his unusual absence from public life and sending shares in the e-commerce giant surging.
A soldier of the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) takes cover during exchanges of fire with members of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) in Opira. Alain Wandimoyi-AFP

46 Pygmies killed in militia attack in eastern DR Congo

Forty-six Pygmies have been massacred in eastern DR Congo's Ituri province by the notorious Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia, local sources said on Friday.
Pro-democracy activist Lester Shum is taken away by police officers after over 50 Hong Kong activists arrested under security law as crackdown intensifies, in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

U.S. announces new sanctions on six linked to Hong Kong mass arrests

The United States announced sanctions on Friday against six Hong Kong or Chinese officials it blamed for implementing a new security law in Hong Kong, following the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists this month.
In a statement, Nyusi's office said Eugenio Mussa had replaced Lazaro Menete as chief of the general staff, and also named a new deputy chief.

Mozambique replaces army chief as jihadist attacks intensify

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has replaced the army's top generals after intensifying jihadist attacks threatened a major natural gas plant in the country's north.

Oil prices edge up on strong China data, U.S. crude oil draw

Oil prices edged higher, on Thursday, after a drawdown in U.S. crude stocks for a fifth straight week and robust data from China showing a surge in imports.
Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.

Tigray: Ethiopian army kills ex-foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin

Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged stakeholders in the oil industry to find a way of producing oil cheaper at the largest volume possible given the circumstances and future of oil itself and the country’s of requirements and needs.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria should find way of producing oil cheaper at largest volume

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged stakeholders in the oil industry to find a way of producing oil cheaper at the largest volume possible given the circumstances and future of oil itself and the country’s of requirements and needs.

Telegraph: Britain to tighten laws on imports linked to alleged Chinese human rights abuses

Britain will tighten the law on importing goods linked to alleged human rights abuses in China as ministers take a tougher stance on Beijing, The Telegraph reported on Monday.
A man wearing a mask stands near a street, almost a year after the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song

Coronavirus: China locks down another city a year after Wuhan

Xingtai and Shijiazhuang are in lockdown as China imposes tougher restrictions to stem the coronavirus surge. Authorities finished carrying out a mass COVID-19 testing of all 13 million residents of the two cities.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said.

Indonesian plane missing after take off from Jakarta airport

A passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has gone missing shortly after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
FILE PHOTO - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 5, 2021. REUTERS-Blair Gable

Canadian premier warns tough days ahead as officials consider extended coronavirus lockdowns

Canada continues to set new daily records for Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths as officials plead with Canadians to follow public health guidance aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
A masked student re-enters high high school in Wuhan Wednesday, after a 100 day break due to the pandemic. FEATURE CHINA-BARCROFT MEDIA VIA GETTY IMAGES

China seals off two cities to contain coronavirus outbreak

Mass testing, local lockdowns and travel restrictions have been employed by Chinese authorities to snuff out the outbreak of the disease since its emergence in Wuhan in late 2019, Aljazeera reports.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing to the media at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool via REUTERS

Mike Pompeo angers China with Hong Kong sanctions threat

Washington may sanction those involved in the arrest of over 50 people in Hong Kong and will send the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to visit Taiwan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, drawing anger and the threat of retaliation from Beijing.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

China blocks WHO team from entering country to study coronavirus origin

A ten-strong team of international scientists and virologists had been due to set off in early January as part of a long-awaited mission to probe early cases of coronavirus, first reported over a year ago in China’s Wuhan province.
People arrive at a vaccination site following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

China steps up coronavirus restrictions near Beijing as local infections rise

Chinese authorities on Wednesday shut sections of highways running through Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, and banned gatherings in the province’s capital in the latest efforts to stave off another coronavirus wave.
Abu Bakar Bashir was jailed in 2011 for links to militant training camps in the Indonesian province of Aceh. He is considered the spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network, which was accused of orchestrating the bombings of nightclubs on the holiday island of Bali.

Australia says Indonesia must ensure cleric is not a threat after release

Indonesia must ensure a radical cleric and suspected mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings does not incite more violence when he is released from jail this week, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Visitors attend an exhibition on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that previously served as a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

China doubles down on coronavirus narrative as WHO investigation looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, but also shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began.

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Hisbah arrests 19 women over ‘immoral acts’ in Kano

The Commandant, Kano State Hisbah Board, Dr Haruna Ibn-Sina, said 19 women had been arrested over alleged involvement in immoral acts in Kano metropolis.
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

Coronavirus: Assemblyman urges colleagues to embark on aggressive sensitisation

A member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Olasunkanmi Babalola, on Wednesday, urged lawmakers across the country to embark on aggressive sensitisation on COVID-19 in their respective constituencies.
Nacho Fernandez

Real Madrid defender tested positive for coronavirus

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez is tested positive for Covid-19 and miss the clash against third-tier team Alcoyano on Wednesday evening.
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman, who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her child under a World Food Programme banner in Hamdayet village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the eastern Kassala state, Sudan December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray – agencies

Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region.
The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo has directed compulsory use of face masks in its campus to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

UNIBEN to resume based on Edo state coronavirus directives

The management of the University of Benin has said that its resumption date for students would be hinged on the resumption the date fixed by the state government as a result of the ravaging Covid–19 pandemic.