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Joaquin Phoenix, who won an Oscar this year for his role in the film Joker, has reportedly welcomed his first child with fiancee Rooney Mara. They named the baby boy after Phoenix’s late brother, River, who died in 1993.

Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara name their baby son River

Joaquin Phoenix, who won an Oscar this year for his role in the film Joker, has reportedly welcomed his first child with fiancee Rooney Mara. They named the baby boy after Phoenix’s late brother, River, who died in 1993.
Stephen Donnelly

Ireland has no plans for more lockdowns – minister

Ireland’s Health Minister says he has not discussed with his public health team about implementing other local lockdowns as the government’s intention remains to lift two-week restrictions in the counties of Kildare, Offaly and Laois.
Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from Tuesday, said New Zealand Housing Minister Megan Woods after they passed their last cabinet milestone on Monday.

New Zealand to start charging people in managed isolation

Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from Tuesday, said New Zealand Housing Minister Megan Woods after they passed their last cabinet milestone on Monday.
Behind a “Virginia is for Amazon Lovers” sign, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks at a news conference after the announcement that Crystal City has been selected as home to Amazon’s new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Virginia governor ‘deeply sorry’ for racist yearbook photo

Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor of the US state of Virginia, is facing calls to resign after he confirmed he appeared in a racist yearbook photo and said he is “deeply sorry.”
Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy takes over as Ireland manager

Mick McCarthy has been appointed Ireland manager but will be replaced by Stephen Kenny after the 2020 European Championship, local media in the UK reported on Saturday.

Brexit: IMF warns Britain’s economy would suffer ‘substantial costs’

Britain’s economy would suffer “substantial costs” should it leave the European Union in March with no divorce agreement, the International Monetary Fund warned Monday.
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Archbishop asks Pope to resign, says corruption reaches the top

The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.
Jacinda Ardern announced the news by posting this picture on Instagram. Instagram | @jacindaardern

New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern has become the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a baby while in office.

Canada Senate passes bill legalising recreational marijuana

Canada’s Senate passed a bill Thursday legalising recreational marijuana, moving it closer to becoming the first member of the Group of Seven nations to legalize the production, sale and consumption of the drug.

Tonga bans girls playing rugby, boxing

Tonga's government has banned girls from participating in rugby and boxing, drawing criticism from two-time Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams and New Zealand's proudly feminist Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand joins international condemnation of Russia over nerve-agent attack

New Zealand has joined Britain, the United States, Germany and France in condemning Russia over the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in England.

Canada win inaugural mixed doubles curling gold

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris celebrated excitedly on Tuesday after they hammered Switzerland 10-3 to take the inaugural Olympic mixed doubles curling title.

Tonga declares emergency as powerful cyclone threatens

Tonga declared a state of emergency Monday as the Pacific island kingdom braces for a direct hit by a powerful cyclone that is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm.

New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern pregnant

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country’s first leader to give birth while in office.

Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to Palestinian territories

President Donald Trump admitted the Middle East peace process was in difficulty and threatened to cut aid to Palestinians worth more than $300 million a year, drawing a rebuke that they would not be “blackmailed”.

US cuts contribution to UN annual budget by $285 million

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced Sunday night that the American government has reduced its contribution to the U.N.’s annual budget by $285m.

Donald Trump departs US for Asia trip

US President Donald Trump departed the United States on Friday, beginning an almost two week trip to Asia that will take in five countries.

United States issues fresh warning to North Korea

Jim Mattis, the U.S. Defense Secretary has warned North Korea of the danger that awaits it if carries out any attack on the United States or its allies.

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Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement in Abuja at a world press conference, explained that in arriving at the amnesty various issues were looked at and several options considered.

Nigerian government declares Thursday public holiday for Eidul-Mawlid celebration

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 a public holiday, according to the Ministry of Interior.
The new minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, has charged staff of the ministry to work harder and smart to realize the Next Level agenda of the federal government.

Nigeria receives $26.9 billion foreign support in six years – minister

Agba made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing the House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners on Donor Funds Receipts, Transfers and Disbursement to Government Agencies, Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Stock market sustains gains, advances by 0.7 per cent

The Nigerian equities market maintain a positive stance, on Tuesday, as the local bourse inched up by 0.70 per cent.
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Nigerian government to build new airports in Anambra, Benue, others – minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government would construct 10 new airports across the country to boost civil aviation.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for an urgent review of the revenue formula of the country.

Papers filed against Senator Tinubu, Alpha Beta burnt in court – lawyer

The lawsuit instituted against All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta Consulting, by a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta, Dapo Apara, has suffered a setback due to the burning of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.