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Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has said his side will go until the final minute in the LaLiga title race after closing within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

Real Madrid boss: ‘No retreat, no surrender’ in LaLiga title race

Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has said his side will go until the final minute in the LaLiga title race after closing within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO chief: Pandemic grip keeps world in ‘perilous situation’

Amidst an “unacceptably high plateau” in COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, the UN health agency chief on Monday shone a light on last week’s death toll that totalled almost 90,000 people and 5.4 million reported cases.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

NCDC: Rapid mutations, new changes escalating coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has said the rapid mutations and new changes of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have led to escalation of cases in many countries.

Italian judge killed by Mafia put on road to sainthood

Italian judge Rosario Livatino, who was killed by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990, was beatified on Sunday, the last stage before possible sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church
Manchester City and Chelsea could emerge as contenders to sign Robert Lewandowski if he leaves Bayern Munich this summer, ESPN reports.

Robert Lewandowski eyes Gerd Mueller record after hat-trick heroics

Bayern Munich may have wrapped up a record-breaking ninth straight Bundesliga title on Saturday, but sharpshooter Robert Lewandowski still has one more historic target in his sights.
China’s Long March 5B rocket lifting off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on April 29. Matjaz Tancic-EPA, via Shutterstock

Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean

A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
Libyan Foreign Minister Najla el-Mangoush. REUTERS-Hazem Ahmed

Libya presidency denies armed groups attacked hotel where it meets

A senior official at Libya's new Presidency Council denied on Saturday that groups who entered a hotel where the body meets had been armed or used force, playing down an incident that had appeared to illustrate the risks facing the unity government.
Peloton is issuing a voluntary recall for all of its treadmill products — including both the Peloton Tread and Tread Plus — following a series of accidents that have resulted in multiple injuries and at least one death.

Peloton recalls its treadmills following series of accidents

Peloton is issuing a voluntary recall for all of its treadmill products — including both the Peloton Tread and Tread Plus — following a series of accidents that have resulted in multiple injuries and at least one death.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC boss gets coronavirus vaccine, encourages personnel to receive jab

Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has encouraged personnel to get the COVID-19 vaccine as he received the AstraZeneca jab.
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.

World Press Freedom Day: NUJ hails Katsina governor, security agencies

The Katsina State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended Governor Aminu Bello Masari over what the union describes as the government’s “friendly disposition towards journalists” in the state and for “the moral, legal and institutional support it provides journalists to practise the profession in a free and conducive atmosphere.”
Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, responded to the report by saying the ministry would adopt all recommendations in the report which were supported by the majority of the 26-strong panel.

South Africa to clamp down on captive lion breeding – minister

South Africa will clamp down on captive lion breeding after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism, the environment minister said on Sunday.
Actress Dakore Egbuson-Akande is of the opinion that Nollywood does not have to get validation from western countries to be taken seriously.

Nollywood actress: We don’t need Oscar to be taken seriously

Actress Dakore Egbuson-Akande is of the opinion that Nollywood does not have to get validation from western countries to be taken seriously. Akande stated this as a speaker at the eighth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference.
FILE PHOTO: Empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine are seen on a table at a vaccination centre in Ronda, Spain, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

South Africa regulator says J&J shot can be given to pregnant women

South Africa’s drug regulator has said that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine can be given to pregnant women with co-morbidities or at high risk of contracting the coronavirus.
The Ransomware Task Force (RTF) yesterday unveiled its comprehensive guidance for battling ransomware, information security’s preeminent scourge.

Ransomware task force unveils broad manifesto for fighting back

The Ransomware Task Force (RTF) yesterday unveiled its comprehensive guidance for battling ransomware, information security’s preeminent scourge.

CBN kicks as First Bank changes management without approval

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has queried the Board of the First Bank of Nigeria Plc for removing Dr Adesola Adeduntan, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, without regulatory approval.
FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Antwerp, Belgium March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

EU demands immediate access to UK-made vaccines in AstraZeneca legal battle

European Union lawyers on Wednesday demanded AstraZeneca immediately deliver COVID-19 vaccines from its factories in Britain, in a move that risks reigniting a spat with London over scarce vaccine supplies.
Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

Nigerian government warns of fake coronavirus vaccines in circulation

The Federal Government has again warned Nigerians against patronising fake COVID-19 vaccines said to be in circulation in the country.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission - EFCC.

EFCC: Beware of fraudulent investment schemes

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it is alarmed at the rate Nigerians send petitions to the Commission on fraudulent investments that promise high return with little risks to investors.
Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.

Turkish lira dips to near record low on rate cut, US concerns

Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.
FILE PHOTO: Union and Scotland flags fly over buildings in central Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, March 30, 2021. Picture taken March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Scotland’s feuding nationalists seek election majority to keep independence dream alive

For candidate Angus Robertson, helping his Scottish National Party win a majority in May 6 elections would be a dream come true. Beyond that lies a far bigger prize - another referendum and the prospect of breaking from the United Kingdom.
Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas issued the threat in a tweet.

Sudan threatens to sue Ethiopia, Italian firm over Nile dam

Sudan has threatened to sue the Italian company implementing the Nile dam and the Ethiopian government if the second filling of the dam is conducted without a legal deal.

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Turkish leader phones President Buhari, seeks Nigeria’s support for Palestine

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has told President Muhammadu Buhari that he expects Nigeria to show solidarity with Palestinians following the latest attacks by Israel on Jerusalem and Gaza.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos governor calls for religious tolerance, security

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged religious leaders to continue to preach religious tolerance among the congregations.
James Garner has revealed to Inside United that playing for Manchester United is his ultimate goal.

James Garner admits his Manchester United dream

James Garner has revealed to Inside United that playing for Manchester United is his ultimate goal.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with Service Chiefs and heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

NGO: Synergy among service chiefs‘ll end banditry

Nigerians Advocates for Peace (NAP), a Non-govenmental Organisation, has advised the service chiefs to work together as the surest way in tackling banditry in the country.
Members of the minority parties in the House of Representatives have faulted the suspension of the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, and five other leaders of the caucus by the Peoples Democratic Party.

House minority leader empowers 350 constituents with generators, freezers, motorcycles, tricycles

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Saturday in Asaba flagged off the distribution and presentation of empowerment items sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu.

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Mob beat three suspected kidnappers to death in Delta

Three suspected kidnappers have been lynched to death by an angry mob at Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, following a failed attempt to kidnap a victim, (named withheld).
At least 31 Nigerian soldiers were killed when IS-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy escorting weapons and overran a base in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, military sources told AFP Monday.

Nigerian military arrests 10 ‘terrorists’ in Kano

At least 10 suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists were reportedly arrested by troops of the 3rd Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Kano.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

Kaduna: NLC to begin five-day warning strike May 16

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kaduna State Council says it will ground government activities from May 16 as a warning strike over the sack of civil servant by the state government.
The Federal Government will go the whole distance to put measures in place to address flooding on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has assured.

86 freight trains arrive in Nigeria

Eighty-six freight trains have recently arrived in Nigeria, according to a statement released on Friday by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd.

Oyo council polls: OYSIEC to refund nomination fees to candidates

Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has expressed its readiness to refund the sum of N50,000 for Councillorship candidates and N250,000 for Chairmanship candidates as stated on Time-Table and guidelines released for local government council elections, coming up in the state.