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Prominent Democrats have condemned the confirmation and swearing in of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats kick as US Senate confirms Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Prominent Democrats have condemned the confirmation and swearing in of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Gold rises on renewed US stimulus hope, dollar falls

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bill for a compromise stimulus package is being written as she awaits a key phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would take up a comprehensive coronavirus package if an accord is struck. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for the third straight decline.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said- “I strongly condemn the recent killings of civilians, including women and children in the North-West of Cameroon on 14 February 2020.”

British lawmakers write Commonwealth over killings in Nigeria

Thirteen members of the House of Lords, United Kingdom, have expressed concern over the killings by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt region.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is delighted with the signing of Chuba Akpom and he’s expecting the former Arsenal striker to be a success at the club.

Middlesbrough boss delighted with Chuba Akpom signing

Akpom returned to England after two and a half years stint with Greek side PAOK Salonica and he became the third signing of the summer for Neil Warnock who had earlier completed the signing of Sam Morsy, Marcus Bettinelli, and Grant Hall.
The McLaren 765LT is seen at its launch at the McLaren headquarters in Woking, Britain. REUTERS-Peter Nicholls

McLaren to sell and lease back Woking factory

McLaren will sell their state-of-the-art Formula One headquarters and lease it back long-term to raise cash and reduce the company’s debt, the team’s chief executive Zak Brown said on Saturday.
The Joe Biden campaign is taking over a popular Instagram account from a teen supporter, who built a huge following over their summer break.

Joe Biden campaign enlists teen’s Instagram account for online organizing

The Joe Biden campaign is taking over a popular Instagram account from a teen supporter, who built a huge following over their summer break. Formerly a fan account, @VoteJoe account will now serve as the campaign’s primary point of grassroots outreach on Instagram, supplementing Biden’s personal account.
Chinese authorities have stopped renewing press credentials for foreign journalists working for U.S. news organizations in China, the latest move in a continuing cycle of tit-for-tat retaliations between Beijing and Washington over economic and diplomatic disputes.

China freezes visa renewals for journalists with US-based news outlets 

Chinese authorities have stopped renewing press credentials for foreign journalists working for U.S. news organizations in China, the latest move in a continuing cycle of tit-for-tat retaliations between Beijing and Washington over economic and diplomatic disputes.
Flames rise from a street after a liquid had been spread and lit, during protests in Portland.

Tear gas, fire bombs as police declare Portland protest a ‘riot’

Police arrested dozens of people and used tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators in Portland late Saturday as the western US city marked 100 days since Black Lives Matter protests erupted against racism and police brutality.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

U.S. restricts Chinese diplomats from cultural events

The United States Government has imposed restrictions on senior Chinese diplomats, regarding their engagement in cultural and university events in the country.
Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.

UI, LASU, UNILAG make top THE world university rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the results of its World University Rankings 2021.
A rare lightning storm crackles in Santa Cruz, California, on Sunday morning. Shmuel Thaler-AP

Massive wildfire spawns fire tornadoes in Northern California

A massive wildfire in Northern California spawned rotating columns of flames Saturday, prompting forecasters to issue a rare fire-related tornado warning.
President Donald Trump on Monday postponed the Group of Seven (G7) meeting until after the United States election in November, after a previous delay due to COVID-19 concerns, CNN reported.

Donald Trump postpones G7 Summit until after US election

President Donald Trump on Monday postponed the Group of Seven (G7) meeting until after the United States election in November, after a previous delay due to COVID-19 concerns, CNN reported.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the nation’s Nov. 3 presidential election despite its date being enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, drawing immediate objections from Democrats.

Media will be barred from US Republican convention – reports

Media will be barred from the Republican National Convention in North Carolina later this month, US news outlets reported, when President Donald Trump will formally receive his party’s nomination.
The United Kingdom (UK) has the highest coronavirus death rate in Europe, new data has revealed.

US records 1,568 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

The United States recorded 1,568 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 78,746, according to the latest real-time tally reported by Johns Hopkins University at 8:30 pm Saturday (0030 GMT Sunday).
FILE - This Dec. 13, 2019 file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the Gathering of Rising Leaders in the Asia Pacific, organized by the Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Obama will deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the Class of 2020 during an hour-long event that will also feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, among others. ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC will simultaneously air the special May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern, along with more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners, according to the announcement Tuesday from organizers. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

Barack Obama blasts Donald Trump in leaked virtual call with ex-staff

Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as “chaotic” in a conference call with former members of his administration.
Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S in the Phase 1-2 clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19.

Pfizer, BioNTech dose U.S first participants of trial coronavirus vaccine

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19. The trial is part of a global development program, and the dosing of the first cohort in Germany was completed last week.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 17, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP-Jim Watson)

33 million Americans rendered jobless by coronavirus pandemic

3.2 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus crisis sidelined 33 million workers in less than two months, the feds said Thursday.
A deadly giant insect known as the “murder hornet” has been spotted for the first time in the United States, prompting fears it could decimate the honeybee population and creating a buzz on social media.

Asian giant hornets spotted for first time in US

A deadly giant insect known as the “murder hornet” has been spotted for the first time in the United States, prompting fears it could decimate the honeybee population and creating a buzz on social media.

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The Police Command in Yobe on Sunday said that its personnel had killed six suspected Boko Haram terrorists who earlier attacked Babbangida town in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state.

Police, military repel bandits’ attack on Katsina community, kill five

The police in Katsina State in synergy with the Nigerian Army have repelled coordinated bandits attack on Tsaskiya community of Safana Local Government Area of the state and killed five suspected bandits.
Yemi Osinbajo

Head of Service: N21.3 billion required to clear backlog of benefits of deceased public...

Yemi-Esan who stated this on Tuesday in Abuja on the occasion of the virtual interactive session with civil servants, said N2.5 billion has been released recently by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget National Planning for the payment of death benefits to the next-of-kin of deceased staff who died when there was no insurance cover.

ECOWAS Court orders Senegal to pay 50m CFA in damages to Belgian woman

The ECOWAS Court has ordered the Republic of Senegal to pay 50 million CFA francs as compensation to a Belgian, Mrs Lays Ghislaine, for violation of her right to liberty while in detention in the country prior to her extradition five years ago.
A police officer in the Philippines has been killed by a rooster while carrying out a raid on outlawed cockfight in the province of Northern Samar.

Policeman killed by fowl during raid on cockfight

A police officer in the Philippines has been killed by a rooster while carrying out a raid on outlawed cockfight in the province of Northern Samar.

Sokoto governor’s claim on delayed distribution of palliatives untrue – ministry

The Sokoto State governor, while defending his administration’s delay in the distribution of the relief items to residents of the state, had blamed the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, saying the minister’s directive that the state delayed the distribution so as to pool all the donations together, was the reason for the action.