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The Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has received 47 members of Boko Haram-Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups who surrendered to its troops in the Lake Chad and surrounding areas.

Nigerian nurse abducted since January escape from ISWAP captivity

A male Nigerian nurse abducted by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) since the beginning of 2020 has escaped from the captivity of the terrorists.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Saturday, added that large cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered during the operation.

Troops eliminate bandits, arrest kidnap kingpin in Taraba, Benue

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have eliminated four armed militia men at Rafin Kada in Wukari Local Government Area and Yojaa in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Italy will present a plan this week to ease its lockdown from May 4, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a post on Facebook.

Italy to gradually ease lockdown from May 4

Conte said that his cabinet is working with various experts to coordinate the so-called “phase 2” when Italy will have to cohabit with the coronavirus. The plan will be done at a

Customs arrest six smugglers in Katsina, Kebbi

Not fewer than six smugglers of rice and other smuggled items have been arrested by men and officers of the Nigeria Custom Service.

Four dead in Romania psychiatric hospital attack

Four people have died and nine were injured after being attacked by a patient in a psychiatric hospital, Romanian press reports said Sunday.
Liviu Dragnea

Romania court upholds jail sentence for parliament speaker

Leader of Romania's ruling left-wing Social Democrat Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea has been sentenced to three and half years in prison by the country's supreme court, upholding a conviction and jail term for official misconduct in a corruption case.
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EU wants Romania to halt judicial overhaul

The European Union sought on Tuesday to increase pressure on Romania to freeze disputed judicial reforms and prevent any move away from democratic values as Bucharest prepares to take over the bloc’s rotating presidency.

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FAO: Global food prices rise for nine straight month in February

Global food prices rose for the ninth conservative month in February, led by sugar and vegetable oils, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has said.
Dr Chioma Ejikeme, the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) engages some pensioners. (Photo used for illustration). [Twitter/@PTADNigeria]

PTAD: 414 police pensioners receive N954 million gratuity, pension arrears

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) says it paid gratuity and pension arrears to 414 Association of Retired War Affected Police Officers (ARWAPO) amounting to over N954 million.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger government orders dismantling of illegal motor parks

Niger state government has banned operators of illegal motor parks within the Minna metropolis.

Lagos commuters stranded as bus operators protest against motor park touts

Commuters, Thursday, were stranded on roads in the Badagry/Agbara axis as operators of commercial buses, popularly known as danfo, embarked on protest against extortion by touts.
The Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA) in Katsina State has suspended four students of the institution over their involvement in cultism.

Katsina federal university suspends four students over cultism

The Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA) in Katsina State has suspended four students of the institution over their involvement in cultism.

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President Buhari mourns Justice Abdul Kafarati

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Bauchi State on the passing of former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati at the age of 67.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Calls mount for release of kidnapped Zamfara schoolgirls

Calls are increasing, from both politicians and civil society, for the rescue of at least 300 schoolgirls abducted early Friday from their hostel by gunmen in Zamfara.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he commemorates the 50 millionth coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination with a number of vaccine recipients in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 25, 2021. REUTERS

Joe Biden team looking to stop Saudi arms deals that help it attack others

After pausing half a billion dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia out of concern over casualties in Yemen, President Joe Biden’s administration may shift U.S. policy not only to cancel past deals that pose human rights concerns, but limit future military sales to “defensive” weapons.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni has said the actions or inactions of the committee at this critical stage of the nation’s political life would determine the party’s chances of retaining power at the centre in 2023.

Governor Buni excited with return of normalcy to Yobe

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has expressed happiness with the return of normalcy after years of devastating effects of insurgency in the state.
Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo has disclosed that his aim is to play for England at this summer’s European Championships.

Tosin Adarabioyo dreams England call up ahead of Nigeria

Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo has disclosed that his aim is to play for England at this summer’s European Championships.