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The American boxer, Deontay Wilder, who secured the arbitration decision that set aside the unification bout between the top British heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, has labelled his opponent Fury a “coward.”

Deontay Wilder says he is from Edo

Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, stunned fans globally after he revealed on Saturday he had traced his roots to Edo State.
The Federal Government has given end of December this year to complete the ongoing construction and rehabilitation of Abuja-Lokoja Highway.

Minister: Nigeria’s road construction expenditure rises to N400 billion

The Federal Government’s expenditure on road infrastructure rose from N18 billion in 2015 to about N400 billion this year, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed in Abuja on Sunday.

World Sickle Cell Day: ‘Bone marrow transplant best option for sickle cell patients treatment’

Dr Taiwo Aderemi, Community coordinator, Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF) in Nigeria , has called on Nigerian Government and all the federal and state teaching hospitals in the country to give more attention to people living with sickle cell disease by investing in research and facility to do bone marrow transplant in Nigeria and to make same available and assessable to every sickle cell patients in the country.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Kogi governor unveils website to showcase achievements

The Kogi State government has launched an e-compendium, a special website to showcase the achievements, projects, news, and events of Gov. Yahaya Bello-led administration.
Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai Alkaila said they had been told the jabs would expire in July or August, but, when they arrived, the marked date was June.

Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel

Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai Alkaila said they had been told the jabs would expire in July or August, but, when they arrived, the marked date was June.
Chelsea have become the latest Premier League side to show an interest in Real Sociedad and Sweden striker, Alexander Isak, according to reports in Spain.

Chelsea show interest in Liverpool, Arsenal target

Isak is currently on duty with Sweden at Euro 2020, after scoring 17 goals in La Liga last season. That form has made him one of the more interesting profiles for the summer transfer window. At the age of 21, in theory he is only going to get better. Therefore, Premier League teams could take advantage.
Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, through her foundation, ‘Future Assured’, has donated 16 trucks of assorted food items and for distribution to 500,000 households in Kano State.

Aisha Buhari: African child must be heard

The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has stated that there is urgent need towards making the voices of African children heard.
Paul Pogba is the latest footballer to be in mood to pander to sponsors after the Frenchman removed a bottle of Heineken placed in front of him at a Euro 2020 press conference.

Euro 2020: Paul Pogba removes beer bottle at press conference

Paul Pogba is the latest footballer to be in mood to pander to sponsors after the Frenchman removed a bottle of Heineken placed in front of him at a Euro 2020 press conference.
A pack of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines is seen as the country receives its first batch of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines under COVAX scheme, at the international airtport of Accra, Ghana February 24, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko/File Photo

Nigeria to receive 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines

Speaking during a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday to give an update on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said that government has resumed vaccination of first dose in anticipation of the receipt of the next batch of Astrazeneca vaccines.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

Nigerian government inaugurates committee on research, development draft bill

The federal government has inaugurated the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) draft executive bill committee, with a charge on members to propose legislation that will ensure a robust knowledge economy.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank, AU collaborate to deploy coronavirus vaccines for 400 million Africans

The World Bank and the African Union’s COVID-19 Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) say they will work together to deploy vaccines for 400 million Africans.
A message by the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, to mark the World Blood Donor Day, said the theme of the year’s celebration is “Give blood and keep the world beating”

WHO: Seven million patients require blood to save their lives annually in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said around seven million patients require blood to safe their lives annually on the African continent.
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during a press conference remotely on the annual global WTO trade forecast at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland March 31, 2021. Salvatore Di Nolfi/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

WTO head says pandemic-related trade barriers are rising

The head of the World Trade Organization said on Monday that trade barriers related to medical supplies used against COVID-19 had risen and urged member states to drop them, as it intensified efforts to reach a deal on vaccine-sharing.
A Chinese national flag flies from the Bank of China in the financial district of the City of London, Britain January 7, 2016. REUTERS-Toby Melville-File Photo

China denounces G7 statement, urges group to stop slandering country

China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China.

FUTO institutes N20 million professorial chair

The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has instituted a N20 million professorial chair as part of its measures to encourage scientific and technological research among academic staff of the institution, calling for separate funding of universities of technology in the country.
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WTO boss sees way for deal to speed coronavirus vaccines for poor nations

The head of the World Trade Organization said there was a pathway for a global deal to get more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, despite a split over whether drugs firms should be stripped of their intellectual property rights

ITF chief: President Buhari providing quality leadership skills

The Director General of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari said President Muhammadu Buhari has provided quality leadership through Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo and his counterpart, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum which has unleashed innovations and creativity of various agencies under their control.

Don: Twitter ban will enhance misinformation

Following the recent ban on Twitter by the Federal Government, the need to keep all channels of engagement and information, especially social media platforms, with the citizenry open in order for the government to effectively tackle competitive misinformation and the spread of fake news has been emphasised.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House passes bill for Naval university for second reading

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Navy University
International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday trained journalists from ten states on reporting humanitarian related issues.

ICRC train journalists on humanitarian reporting

International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday trained journalists from ten states on reporting humanitarian related issues.

DBN reaffirms commitment to environmental sustainability

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) has reaffirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability, pledging to entrench positive practices in its operations and among its stakeholders.

Tourism writers’ chair raises concerns over rising food-borne diseases

Chairman, Travel Writers’ Corps of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State Council, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo, has raised concerns over the reported high incidents of food-borne diseases worldwide.

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Somali Army kills 24 al-Shabab militants

Somali National Army (SNA) said its forces killed 24 al-Shabab terrorists after a foiled terror attack on its military base in the southern town of Diinsoor on Saturday night.

Catholic Church seeks Nigerian government’s partnership to tackle climate change

The Catholic Bishop of the Abuja archdiocese, Ignatius Kaigama, has urged the federal government to collaborate with the church to ensure a clean and healthy environment for Nigerians.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Osogbo field Office, has sealed 15 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) skid stations for operating without valid licences.

Fuel marketers bewail extortion by DPR officials, threaten strike

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Suleja/Abuja Unit, on Sunday, threatened to embark on a strike action over alleged extortion by officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic will wait until the last moment before finalising his European Championship squad and sees Sunday’s friendly against the United States as a chance for fringe players to make a last bid for selection.

Euro 2020: Swiss coach confident of last-16 spot despite tough travel

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic is confident his side have done enough to reach the last 16 at Euro 2020 after a 3-1 win over Turkey on Sunday but he criticised the long distances his side have had to travel during the tournament.
One female student was found dead in the forest by troops tracking the kidnappers, Nigerian army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement. Those who were rescued were freed after an exchange of fire in the early hours of Friday.

Nigerian troops rescue more FGC Yauri students, staff

Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have successfully rescued three more students and one staffer of the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State.

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“The actions taken by the Chinese government have caused serious harm to the Australian wine industry,” Trade Minister Dan Tehan said at a press conference announcing the decision to lodge a formal dispute with the WTO.

Australia takes China to WTO over wine duties

Australia will take China before the World Trade Organization over Beijing’s imposition of crippling tariffs on Australian wine exports, it announced Saturday, in the latest sign of worsening tensions between the two countries.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has approved the deployment of modern technology in the security system to fight crimes in the State.

Abia governor: I’m willing to engage with Nnamdi Kanu for peace to reign

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has declared his willingness to engage with the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for peace to reign.
Members of Israeli forces gather near the scene of a security incident near Hizma checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian woman shot after attacking Israeli troops – army

Israeli troops shot a Palestinian motorist on Wednesday who tried to ram them in the occupied West Bank and then brandished a knife, the Israeli military said.
Ogun Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has set up a committee that will develop guidelines for a safe reopening of schools for students at the final year or transition classes in the State.

Ogun governor condoles former deputy governor over mother’s death

The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has sent his condolences to the Director-General of his gubernatorial campaign organization and former deputy governor of the state, Segun Adesegun, over the passage of his mother, Chief (Mrs) Stella Adeyinja Adesegun, on Saturday.
The Central Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal) has licensed two cryptocurrency exchanges for the first time.

Portugal issues licences to first two crypto exchanges

In an official statement, the bank announced that it recognised Criptoloja and Mind The Coin as “virtual asset service providers.”