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Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong was not in attendance for a scheduled court hearing Monday after the death of his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, was announced yesterday. Yonhap

Samsung heir absent from bribery retrial following father’s death

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong was not in attendance for a scheduled court hearing Monday after the death of his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, was announced yesterday. Yonhap reports that the conglomorate’s de facto leader and presumed heir had asked the Seoul High Court to permit him to attend the funeral.

Melbourne lifts lockdown after zero new virus cases

Australia’s second-biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Monday, after no new daily cases or deaths were recorded.
The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Donald Trump to block TikTok, WeChat downloads in the U.S. from September 20

The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

SERAP sues National Assembly over corruption probes

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, over the failure to publish reports of all completed public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999, as well as the failure to disclose the number of probes that have resulted in the indictment of suspects, and naming of such suspects.
President Yoweri Museveni announced this Monday night in a televised address.

Uganda mandates online bloggers register with government ahead of election

Authorities in Uganda say bloggers and others publishing or broadcasting online must register with authorities, drawing criticism from some who see it as an attack on free speech ahead of next year’s election.

SERAP sues President Buhari over ‘failure to publish details of N800 billion recovered loot’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over failure to “disclose information and documents relating to the names of people from whom N800 billion in looted public funds have been recovered, specific dates of the recovery, and details of projects on which the money has been spent.”
South Africa grocery retailer, Shoprite, has announced that it is considering selling all or parts of its Nigerian operations to yet to be named investors.

South Africa retailers feel pain from virus pandemic

South Africa's retail industry is feeling the pain from the coronavirus pandemic on two fronts -- store closures during lockdown and the sharply reduced purchasing power of households.
The suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says he has accepted the Appeal court’s verdict which upheld his suspension.

Court restrains Edo government from publishing defamatory materials against Idahosa Okunbo, Adams Oshiomhole

An FCT High Court on Tuesday restrained the Edo government from publishing any defamatory materials against businessman, Capt. Idahosa Okunbo, and former National Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,

SERAP seeks details of N800 billion recovered loot, alleged payments into individual accounts

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him “to direct Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to publish a comprehensive list of names of people from whom N800 billion in looted funds have been recovered, the details of spending of the money and the dates of the recovery.”
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Nigerian government appoints Ali Baba, Segun Arinze, others into coronavirus committee

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of comedian Ali Baba, Segun Arinze and others into a committee of creative industry stakeholders to advise the Federal Government on the best way to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Nigeria grants two-month licence fee waiver to broadcast stations

The Federal Government has granted a two-month licence fee waiver for terrestrial broadcast stations in the country as part of measures to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the broadcast industry.
Luigi Aurisicchio, CEO of Takis, told ANSA that the Covid-19 candidate vaccine had neutralised the virus in human cells, for the first time.

Italian firm develops world’s first coronavirus vaccine

According to tests carried out at Rome’s infectious-disease Spallanzani Hospital, a single shot of the vaccine generates antibodies in mice.
South Korea’s SolGent has secured an order to supply a U.S. government agency with an additional 7,500 kits which can each perform 100 coronavirus tests, the CEO of the biotech firm told Reuters.

Malaysia turns to coronavirus antibody tests to supplement laboratory checks

Malaysian authorities have begun using COVID-19 antibody rapid tests kits to supplement laboratory tests as the number of cases in the country grows, a senior health official said on Tuesday.
They are Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria: No record of how former Presidents Obasanjo, Jonathan spend $5 billion Abacha’s loot

The Federal Government has told the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) that it has no records of the exact amount of public funds stolen by a former military head of state, Sani Abacha and no records of the spending of about $5 billion recovered loot for the period between 1999 and 2015.

FOI: SERAP seeks details of Sani Abacha loot

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the federal government to “disclose within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of our Freedom of Information requests the exact amount of public funds stolen by a former military head of state, Sani Abacha, and details of spending of about $5 billion recovered loot since the return of democracy in 1999.”

Fire guts popular Urhokpota hall in Benin

A midnight fire has razed a section of the famous Urhokpota hall in Bénin City, the Edo State capital. Urhokpota (“Okpota’s gate”) hall was first built during the reign of Oba Ozolua in the 15th century.
Anti-government demonstrators hold umbrellas against the tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong's tourism district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Oct. 27, 2019.

Hong Kong protesters criticize police conduct, draw tear gas

Hong Kong police fired tear gas Sunday to disperse a rally called over concerns about police conduct in monthslong pro-democracy demonstrations, with protesters cursing the officers and calling them “gangster cops.”
Seyi Makinde

Serap urges governors to emulate Oyo governor’s ‘open asset declaration’

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the 35 governors in Nigeria to emulate their Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, by openly declaring their assets like him.

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22 kidnapped in mosque, hospital in Nasarawa

Meanwhile, a library staff with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, three women, and 13 others were last Tuesday night kidnapped by gunmen at a Mosque at the Gwargwada-Sabo community in Gadabuke development area of Nasarawa state.
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Abuja Disco explains poor supply in Kubwa, Bwari, other areas

According to a statement by Oyebode Fadipe, the Public Relations Officer of AEDC, districts most affected include Kubwa, Diedie, Lower Usman Dam, Bwari, Dutse, Dawaki, 3rd Avenue, 69 Road, 64 Road, 62 Road, Gwarinpa, Sunshine Estate, Map Global Estate, I pent Estate, Queens Estate.
Paul Pogba's time at Man Utd is up this summer - as he was seen training in a Juventus shirt on WednesdayCredit- Instagram

Andrea Pirlo dreams of Paul Pogba returning to Juventus

He has suffered a lot of criticisms as a player of the Red Devils from the English media and he might not extend his stay with the former Premier League champions.

Manchester United to re-open talks with Spanish midfielder

According to a report by Todofichajes, Manchester United are looking to reignite their interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
Simona Halep produced a relentless display to beat Elina Svitolina in straight sets and become the first Romanian woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final.

Simona Halep tests positive for coronavirus

The 29-year-old Romanian made the announcement on Twitter, four weeks after she was knocked out of the French Open as top seed by Iga Swiatek, who went on to claim the title won by Halep in 2018.