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President Joe Biden looks signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House [Evan Vucci/AP Photo]

On first day Joe Biden issues orders undoing key Donald Trump policies

Among the 17 executive orders and presidential actions Biden signed on Wednesday were moves to rejoin the Paris climate accord, end a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, and halt Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organisation.
President Joe Biden looks signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House [Evan Vucci/AP Photo]

Joe Biden signs orders to end ‘Muslim ban’, rejoin climate deal, WHO

United States President Joe Biden has signed a string of executive orders, memorandums and directives that will reverse some of his predecessor Donald Trump’s most divisive policies, including rescinding the so-called “Muslim ban”, rejoining the Paris climate accord, and ending the process to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO).
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed relief that Joe Biden was replacing Donald Trump as US president on Wednesday, calling it a “good day for democracy”.

German president ‘greatly relieved’ at US change of power

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed relief that Joe Biden was replacing Donald Trump as US president on Wednesday, calling it a “good day for democracy”.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden cries during an event at Major Joseph R. Beau Biden III National Guard-Reserve Center at New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Delaware, U.S. January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Tom Brenner

EU hails Joe Biden’s ‘new dawn’ but wants tough tech rules

The European Union hailed Joe Biden’s inauguration later on Wednesday as U.S. president as a “new dawn” for Europe and the United States, while insisting U.S. technology companies should be regulated to stop the “dark forces” of hate speech online.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States finds it “unbearable” that the Islamic Revolution remains in place 41 years after bringing down its ally the shah.

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani hails departure of ‘tyrant’ Donald Trump

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the departure of “tyrant” US counterpart Donald Trump, who is due to leave office later in the day making way for President-elect Joe Biden.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

Donald Trump grants clemency to 143 people, but not himself or family members

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly used his clemency authority as a political tool rather than an act of mercy, issued a final wave of pardons and commutations on his last night in office, delivering relief for a mix of beneficiaries that included former strategist Stephen Bannon, Republican Party and Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, found guilty in 2013 of corruption charges.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden plans to reverse Donald Trump policies during first days in office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign dozens of executive orders and send sweeping bills to Congress in his first days in office, aiming to roll back some of Donald Trump’s signature policies on immigration and climate change while taking action to ramp up the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Fabinho has insisted that Mohamed Salah is very happy at Liverpool amid speculation over the Liverpool star's future.

Mo Salah: I want to stay at Liverpool as long as I can

The Egypt international, the Premier League's top scorer this season with 13 goals, has a contract until the summer of 2023 and has said he wants to stay and continue to break records with the Reds.
FILE PHOTO: Janet Yellen, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be treasury secretary, takes to the podium to speak as President-elect Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his economic policy team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WSJ: Treasury nominee Janet Yellen to say U.S. does not seek weaker dollar

Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to take over the U.S. Treasury, is expected to affirm the United States’ commitment to market-set currency rates when she testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, has unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to jump-start the economy and speed up the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Biden unveils $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan

U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, has unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to jump-start the economy and speed up the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) said it has begun the implementation of the revised service-based reflective tariff as approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

IBEDC begins distribution of free meters in Ibadan

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has commenced the distribution of 104,000 free meters allotted to the state under the Federal Government National Mass Metering Scheme.

20 Kwara doctors test positive for coronavirus

At least 20 doctors have been infected with COVID-19 at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), an official has said.
Following a meeting with the Federal Government, staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have agreed to suspend the industrial action embarked upon on Thursday.

Nigerian government says obtaining NIN by BVN is not enough

Generating your National Identification Number (NIN) automatically, because you once went through the rigours that came with obtaining a Bank Verification Number (BVN), isn't enough to stop your phone line from being blocked, according to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, admitted that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram exists in many parts of the state and are threat to over six million people in the state.

Borno donates relief items, cash to families of slain Boko Haram victims

The insurgents attacked Pemi village in Chibok Local Government area of Borno last Saturday, destroyed several buildings, and abducted a cleric and another’s daughter.
Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi, yesterday faulted the claims that the disputed Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 jets were stolen at the Lagos airport.

British court rules against FAAN over Lagos airport contract

A British appeal court has overturned an order that prevented a Nigerian construction company from enforcing parts of a $48 million arbitration award.
Professor Remi Raii, poet, scholar and former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, has recovered from the novel coronavirus.

Prof. Raji: How I recovered from coronavirus

According to the Professor of English at the University of Ibadan, when he had some feverish symptoms on 10 December 2020, he had thought it was a mere “anatomical disturbance that Paracetamol could banish easily overnight.” But little did he know that he had contracted the dreaded coronavirus.

Enugu DISCO to invests N1.6 billion on network expansion

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) said it will spend N1.6 billion on 30 electricity network expansion projects within the South-East.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive as UK tops 3 million cases

Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, as the UK reported it had surpassed more than three million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

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Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Atiku Abubakar urges Joe Biden to remove US travel restrictions on Nigerians

Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the 46th president of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and his Vice, Kamala Haris, to remove the travel restrictions placed on some Nigerians by the country.
A Tokyo court rejected on Thursday a lawsuit by Japanese living in Europe who sought to retain their nationality even after taking foreign citizenship, instead of losing it automatically, as happens now.

Japanese court rejects expatriates’ bid to cling to citizenship

A Tokyo court rejected on Thursday a lawsuit by Japanese living in Europe who sought to retain their nationality even after taking foreign citizenship, instead of losing it automatically, as happens now.
Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh has proposed the resignation of his entire government after two ministers announced their withdrawal, local media reported on Thursday.

Mongolian premier proposes government resignation after two ministers quit

Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh has proposed the resignation of his entire government after two ministers announced their withdrawal, local media reported on Thursday.

PTML Customs blames revenue shortfall on gridlock

The PTML Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service said it generated a total of N189.3 billion from January to December 2020, recording a shortfall of N48.9 billion in its target for the year.
FILE PHOTO - A Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 11, 2021. REUTERS-Stephen Lam

Twitter locks account of China’s U.S. embassy over its defence of Xinjiang policy

Twitter has locked the account of China’s U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, which the U.S. social media platform said violated its stand against “dehumanizing” people.