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Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 22, 2017. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton

Cape Verde’s ruling party maintains majority in parliamentary elections

Cape Verde’s ruling party has maintained its majority following a parliamentary election despite criticism from the opposition over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy, partial results showed on Monday,
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124,817 pregnant women infected with HIV/AIDS in Ondo

Despite global efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, Nigeria still has about 1.9 million people living with the syndrome.
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Haiti arrive to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migration raises tension in Texas border town

More migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas than Martinez recalls in his 13 years as Val Verde County Sheriff. They wade across the Rio Grande river and into residents’ yards.
Erkin Tursun, a former TV producer whom officials said is serving a 20-year sentence in Xinjiang, is seen speaking on a video shown at a news conference on Xinjiang-related issues, in Beijing, China April 9, 2021. Reuters TV-via REUTERS

Under pressure over Xinjiang, China takes aim at overseas Uighurs, academics

At a crowded press event on Friday in Beijing, Chinese officials aired a video of a thin Uighur man with a shaved head, wearing an oversized uniform and speaking directly to the camera.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

States can’t tap $1.5 billion World Bank fund without approved tool

The federal government has said only states that have domesticated the National Chart of Accounts (NCoA) will qualify for the $1.5 billion Performance-Based Grants of the World Bank for this year.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

APC’s litmus tests

All party members and leaders should prioritise ensuring that the Caretaker Committee is able to complete the task of organising a National Convention where new leaders of the party will be elected. The first test therefore is whether the challenges leading to the dissolution of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC are being resolved by the Caretaker Committee. To what extent, are the resolution of challenges facing the party conforming to both democratic principles and progressive ideals?
LG Electronics, South Korea’s second-largest appliance firm after Samsung, posted a second-quarter net profit slump of 38.1 per cent to 65.6 billion won Thursday, saying it had been “affected significantly” by the pandemic.

LG stops phone production after years of loss

The South Korean electronics manufacturer LG is closing its loss-making mobile phone business.
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#EndSARS: Lagos governor extends panel sittings by three months

The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has extended the tenure of the state’s Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Related Abuses and Other Matters for another three months.

JTF: 1,291 attempts to sabotage oil export pipelines foiled

The immediate-past Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade (rtd.), yesterday said the security outfit foiled 1,291 attacks on three crude export pipelines in the past two years.
As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

Nigeria records 104 new coronavirus cases, seven more deaths

Daily deaths from COVID-19 in Nigeria seem to be resurging after almost two weeks of low figures as seven people died from the disease on Sunday.

ICPC drops forgery charges against ex-presidential aide

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has amended the corruption and certificate forgery charges it filed against an ex-presidential aide, Okoi Obono-Obla.
In a directive to the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), the president ordered that there must be a clear pathway to ending the resurgent banditry that has continued to cost lives and the displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages.

NGO urges probe into $1 billion missing arms fund

An NGO, Patriots for the Advancement Of Peace and Social Development (PAPSD), has urged President Muhmmadu Buhari to immediately institute a probe of the alleged missing $1 billion arms purchase funding, calling on both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to beam searchlight on the allegation.
Malaysian police officers have been mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or leave the force.

Malaysian police to get coronavirus vaccine or quit

Malaysian police officers have been mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or leave the force.
FILE PHOTO - A herd of elephants walk past a watering hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, October 14, 2014. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

IUCN: Wildlife protections, especially in Africa, cut sharply during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is undermining nature conservation efforts, cutting park and anti-poaching patrols in more than half of Africa’s protected sites, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Thursday.
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Ondo Assembly holds public hearing on bill against person, gender based violence

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Monday held a Public Hearing on a bill for a law to eliminate violence in private and public life.
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UNICEF: 10 million child marriages may occur before end of decade

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has raised the alarm that 10 million additional child marriages may occur before the end of the decade, threatening years of progress in reducing the practice.
Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen did not bring a new COVID variant to Italy upon his return from Nigeria last December, according to official statement from the Hospital Federico II in Naples.

Victor Osimhen returns to training ahead of Bologna clash

The 22-year-old suffered head trauma after landing awkwardly on the turf following a collision with Cristian Romero in his side’s defeat to Atalanta on February 21.
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 enlists colleagues to mitigate electoral crises in West Africa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has enlisted the support of other ex-presidents and Prime Ministers in West Africa to mitigate elections-related conflicts to promote peace in the region.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor seeks partnership with NIMASA in maritime

Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday said the State Government would partner Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to develop the state’s maritime potential.
More than 20 million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK.

UK coronavirus vaccination hits 20 million mark in Europe’s fastest jab rollout

More than 20 million people across the United Kingdom have now received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, data showed on Sunday as the country made more progress with Europe’s fastest vaccination programme
Bordeaux manager Jean-Louis Gasset has explained his reason for handing Samuel Kalu a starting berth in the the club’s 1-0 away win against Stade Rennes on Friday.

Samuel Kalu scores, John Boye bags assist as Metz secure victory over Bordeaux

Samuel Kalu found the back of the net while John Boye provided an assist as Metz secured a 2-1 victory over Bordeaux in Saturday’s Ligue 1 game.
FILE PHOTO - The Huawei logo is seen at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China, September 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song

Nigerian telecoms’ workers issue 14-day ultimatum to Huawei

The Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited to halt what it described as disregard and denial of workers’ fundamental rights to freedom of association as enshrined in Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution.

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Chelsea could make a surprise move to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan if they fail to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland this summer, The Telegraph claims.

Chelsea owner asks management team to go after Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has given the green light for a transfer move for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Electricity consumers praise central bank for N120 billion power intervention

As a part effort to support and grow revenue of the power sector, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, last week disclosed that it has disbursed about N3.6 billion for procurement of pre-paid meters to stabilise the billing system in electricity consumption in Nigeria as part of its N120.2 billion investments in distribution companies, DisCos, for infrastructure capital expenditure.
FILE PHOTO: A health worker talks to her colleagues as they prepare to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine under the COVAX scheme against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

Vaccine hesitancy slows Africa’s coronavirus inoculation drive

When Edith Serem received her COVID-19 vaccination last month at a hospital in Nairobi where she works as a doctor, nurses jokingly warned she might start speaking in a foreign language.
When Thibaut Courtois was sold by Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2018, there was little affection for one of the world’s best goalkeepers from either the club he was joining or the one he had just left. Courtois‘ relationship with the Chelsea fans had soured after he pushed the move through by refusing to report for pre-season training and rejecting an offer of talks with then-coach Maurizio Sarri.

Thibaut Courtois finally feeling at home ahead of awkward return to Chelsea

When Thibaut Courtois was sold by Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2018, there was little affection for one of the world’s best goalkeepers from either the club he was joining or the one he had just left. Courtois‘ relationship with the Chelsea fans had soured after he pushed the move through by refusing to report for pre-season training and rejecting an offer of talks with then-coach Maurizio Sarri.
FILE PHOTO - A picture illustration shows U.S. 100 dollar bank notes taken in Tokyo August 2, 2011. REUTERS-Yuriko Nakao-File Photo

Fake currency gang busted with over $5 million at Ghana airport

The National Security has busted a 13-member gang involved in the printing and distribution of fake currency notes to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals.

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Food security: NAF unveils 2000-hectare farm project in Makurdi

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday launched a 2000-hectare farm project in Makurdi to create job opportunities for over 500 people.
Security agencies on Wednesday detained a former national secretary of the defunct Action Congress, Dr Usman Bugaje, for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s handling of insecurity in the country.

Kamaru Usman ranked number one MMA pound-for-pound fighter

Nigeria’s UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has risen to number one in the ESPN pound-for-pound men’s MMA rankings.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has appealed to the Federal Government to stay action on the implementation of the new ex-depot price.

IPMAN urges members to obey Rivers border restriction order

Rivers state chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on its members to respect the recent state government’s order on border restriction.

NAAT: EKSU authorities lack powers to proscribe union activities

The National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, described as illegal the recent proscription of union activities by the management of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.
Relatives react as a healthcare worker pulls a stretcher carrying the body of a person, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mortuary, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Coronavirus: Medical supplies begin to reach India as deaths near 200,000

Vital medical supplies began to reach India on Tuesday as hospitals starved of life-saving oxygen and beds turned away coronavirus patients, and a surge in infections pushed the death toll towards 200,000.