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Manchester City have ended their pursuit of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, according to Spanish football expert Semra Hunter.

If Lionel Messi does not agree on a lower salary, he can leave –...

Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud sat down in an interview with Ara – a Catalonia based newspaper – talking about his project and how he plans to dig out Barcelona of the massive hole they are in right now.

Expert urges more research into tropical, viral diseases

Amid fears of a possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, Proprietor of the Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Centre in the United States, Dr Godwin Maduka, has advised the federal government to support local research initiatives into tropical diseases and other viral infections.

Community detains DisCo’s vehicles over electricity disconnection

Residents of the Ilupeju area of Isokan community, Iyana Cele, Ifo Local government area of Ogun State have seized two operational vehicles of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company for disconnecting them.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has intimated that his government would resist any attempt by the incumbent government to subvert the will of Ghanaian electorate.

Ghana election: John Mahama asked to go to court if he disagrees with the...

The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has asked former President John Dramani Mahama to challenge the verdict of the 2020 presidential elections at the Supreme Court if he disagrees with the outcome.
Several clubs are after Fernando Llorente. The latest team to join the race to sign him is Sampdoria, 'Tuttosport' says.

Sampdoria join fight to sign Fernando Llorente

Several clubs are after Fernando Llorente. The latest team to join the race to sign him is Sampdoria, 'Tuttosport' says.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said both Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial were substituted during Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United because of muscle injuries.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the spotlight for Manchester derby

Manchester United’s early Champions League exit means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position is back under scrutiny ahead of Manchester City’s visit to Old Trafford for a game neither side can afford to lose.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said both Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial were substituted during Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United because of muscle injuries.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the spotlight for Manchester derby

Manchester United's early Champions League exit means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position is back under scrutiny ahead of Manchester City's visit to Old Trafford for a game neither side can afford to lose.
Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi was in the action again for Stoke City against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

John Obi Mikel still a doubt for trip to Derby County – Stoke boss

John Obi Mikel is still a doubt for Stoke City's Championship trip to Derby County, according to manager Michael O'Neill.
Seven-time Formula One (F1) champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lewis Hamilton back from coronavirus battle for Abu Dhabi last race

The Mercedes team said on Thursday that Hamilton has already arrived in Abu Dhabi after completing quarantine in Bahrain, Mercedes added.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

COVID-19: Nigerian government to reopen isolation centres

The Federal Government has placed health workers on the alert amid rising concerns about a possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir played their Champions League match to a conclusion on Wednesday, 24 hours after it had been suspended, with Neymar scoring a hat-trick before saying both teams had felt compelled to make a stand against racism in what was an unprecedented protest over an alleged comment by an official.

Neymar: No place for racism

Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir played their Champions League match to a conclusion on Wednesday, 24 hours after it had been suspended, with Neymar scoring a hat-trick before saying both teams had felt compelled to make a stand against racism in what was an unprecedented protest over an alleged comment by an official.
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Google launches health research app

Google announced Wednesday that it is launching a new research app for Android phones, which would allow anyone with a device to participate in medical studies. The first study run through the app, called Google Health Studies, will look at respiratory illnesses like the flu and COVID-19.
Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has lifted the three weeks restriction on movement in parts of the country implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo projected to win second term

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate polled 6,640,809 which gives him 51.03% after tabulating 270 constituencies out of 275 constituencies.
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2023: Senator Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, others should drop presidential bid – APC chieftain

Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Bala Adamu Kuta, has told the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to forget about their presidential bids.

Emmanuel Amuneke: I’m good enough to be Super Eagles head coach

A Winner of the African Cup of Nations in 1994 and Olympic Games Soccer gold in 1996, Amuneke had previously rejected NFF’s Technical Director job which is now held by his former Super Eagles teammate, Austin Eguavoen
Syringes are seen in front of displayed Biontech and Pfizer logos in this illustration taken November 10, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-File Photo

Pfizer vaccine data wins backing of US FDA staff

Pfizer Inc has scaled the next hurdle in the race to get its COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released documents that raised no new issues about its safety or efficacy.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Governor Fayemi: New Ado-Iyin road to boost economic activities in Ekiti

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has explained that his administration embarked on the construction of the new Ado-Iyin dual carriageway to boost economic activities and open up more communities along the route.
Voters wearing protective masks mark their ballots at a polling booth during regional elections in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia, December 9, 2020. REUTERS-Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia holds regional polls under shadow of rising coronavirus cases

Indonesians streamed into polling stations to vote in regional elections on Wednesday, with health experts warning of the risk of new coronavirus clusters emerging across the archipelago after authorities ignored calls to postpone the vote again.
Club Brugge coach Philippe Clement has back Nigerian U23 striker David Okereke to end goal drought when they face Anderlecht at Jan Breydel Stadium on Sunday.

David Okereke confident of Club Brugge’s victory vs Lazio

Club Brugge forward David Okereke says the club have nothing to lose in their Champions League Group F clash against Lazio on Tuesday (today).

2023: Why we endorse Governor Bello for presidency – Kogi Speaker

Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, has said the youthful and energetic nature of governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State makes him the best option to fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress, APC in 2023 Presidential Election.
Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie smashed the half marathon world record by 29 seconds on Sunday, becoming the first person to break 58 minutes at the Valencia Half Marathon.

Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie smashes half marathon world record in Valencia

Kandie, who finished second at the world half marathon championships in Gdynia in October, finished the Spanish annual race in 57 minutes and 32 seconds, breaking the previous record of 58:01 set by compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in September 2019.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan refuses to rule out 2023 ambition

As the 2023 general election draws nearer, former President Goodluck Jonathan has declined to rule out the possibility of him seeking election in 2023.

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A member of the Amhara Special Forces watches on at the border crossing with Eritrea while where an Imperial Ethiopian flag waves, in Humera, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Official: Scores killed in Ethiopia ethnic strife

The latest bout of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's Amhara region has left scores dead and displaced hundreds of thousands, a federal official told AFP Friday.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House urges Police, DSS to beef up security in Edo

The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to as a matter of urgency, step up actions in curtailing the incidents of kidnapping and banditry in Owan Federal Constituency and the country at large.
SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station.

SpaceX launches its third astronaut crew, the first on a used Crew Dragon capsule

SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station.

Official: Why inmates of Kano prison rioted

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has clarified why there was violent protest among inmates of Kurmawa Custodial facility in Kano metropolis on Thursday evening.
Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi said he is very proud of his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho’s scoring feat after he grabbed a goal in their 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Wilfred Ndidi: Kelechi Iheanacho can’t stop scoring after latest heroics vs West Brom

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi said he is "very proud" of his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho’s scoring feat after he grabbed a goal in their 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

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Airtel Africa gets $500 million loan facility to refinance Eurobond

The Company in a statement released on the Nigerian Exchange Limited said that “The new committed facility consists of a combination of a revolving credit facility and term loans with tenor of up to four years. The facility will be used to partially refinance the Group’s €750 millio Euro denominated bond (c.$880m) due May 20, 2021.”
Thierry Murangira, spokesman for the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation, said Beatrice Munyenyezi will be charged for crimes ranging from murder to complicity in rape, which occurred as she was manning a road block in the southern city of Butare.

Rwandan deported from the US faces seven charges related to genocide

A Rwandan woman who was deported by the United States after serving a prison term for lying on her naturalisation application faces seven charges related to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, authorities in Kigali said.
2. A number of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Alex Iwobi’s performance as the Toffees beat Arsenal 2-1 at Goodison Park this weekend.

Alex Iwobi: How Jay Jay Okocha influenced my switch of allegiance

Former England youth international, Alex Iwobi has admitted that he ended up playing for Nigerian whilst still a teenager because he was influenced by his famous uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha.
The Central Student Disciplinary Committee, CSDC, of the University of Ibadan, UI, has meted various punishments to 22 erring students of different departments.

University of Ibadan extends registration deadline for 2020/2021 session

The management of the University of Ibadan on Friday announced the extension of the deadline set for the 2020/2021 session until April 30.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who disclosed this during a meeting with traditional rulers from the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, said the review had become necessary to promote peace and development in the various communities.

Bayelsa upgrades primary healthcare facilities in local council areas

Bayelsa State Government said it was undertaking an upgrade of primary healthcare facilities in rural areas, assuring residents that the referral hospitals in all the eight local government areas of the state would be fully functional by the end of this year.