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A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Saudi researchers develop diagnostic test for coronavirus

A group of Saudi researchers in Riyadh has developed a diagnostic test to detect coronavirus infection, state news agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia cuts oil output, asks OPEC+ do same

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would add to existing oil output cuts by reducing production by another 1 million bpd next month — equivalent to 1% of global oil supply.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the reopening of markets on selected days in the state.

Lagos orders markets, restaurants to reopen

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the reopening of markets on selected days in the state.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Turkey blocks Saudi and Emirati state news websites

Turkish authorities blocked Saudi and United Arab Emirates state news websites on Sunday, days after the sites of Turkey's state broadcaster and news agency were blocked in Saudi Arabia.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that Eden Hazard is on the mend after ankle surgery, although he refused to put a date on the Real Madrid star's return to action.

Roberto Martinez: Eden Hazard recovering well from ankle surgery

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that Eden Hazard is on the mend after ankle surgery, although he refused to put a date on the Real Madrid star's return to action.
Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on Sunday on the eastern oil-producing province of Qatif, home to all 11 people in the kingdom who have tested positive for the coronavirus, and suspended all schools and universities nationwide.

Saudi Islamic body recommends home worshipping during Ramadan

Saudi Arabia’s top Islamic authority has called on Muslims around the world to perform prayers at home during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne admits he may have contracted coronavirus

Manchester City star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne may have recovered from coronavirus as he reveals his family showed a range of symptoms.
Taking into account the above elements, the Board of Directors made a unanimous recommendation to not resume the competitions of the 2019-20 season and to accept the current classification of the Jupiler Pro League as classification final.

Belgian Pro League pushes back meeting to decide fate of 2019-20 season

Last week, organisers recommended rendering the season void, with the coronavirus pandemic having seen all but a handful of sporting competitions across the world put on hold.
Saudi Arabia said it has relieved Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri from his post as minister of economy and planning and appointed him as an adviser at the Royal Court, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.

Saudi Arabia replaces economy minister – state media

Saudi Arabia said it has relieved Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri from his post as minister of economy and planning and appointed him as an adviser at the Royal Court, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.

BFIG: BPE frustrating Supreme Court verdict on ALSCON

BFIG Group has once again accused Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) of lining its path to taking possession of Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) with thorns.
Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON)

ALSCON: BFI Group to reinstate $2.8 billion US suit against federal government

There are indications that the Federal Government may yet be engaged in another embarrassing legal battle involving BFI Group, which, newsmen gathered, has perfected plans to reinstate a $2.8 billion U.S. law suit over the activation of the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) on the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, to Dayson Holding/UC RUSAL against the Supreme Court’s judgment of July 6, 2012.
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians agreed on Thursday to establish a joint economic committee and a business council, as the Palestinian Authority faces a financing gap that could top $1.8 billion. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's PA has been in deep financial crisis since February when Israel froze transfers of VAT and customs duties it collects on the Palestinians' behalf. His administration had to impose austerity measures, cutting almost half the salaries of its employees. Abbas, who arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday, met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi Arabia, Palestinians agree on Joint Business Council

Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians agreed on Thursday to establish a joint economic committee and a business council, as the Palestinian Authority faces a financing gap that could top $1.8 billion.
Thirty-five people have been killed and four injured after a passenger bus collided with a truck in the Saudi province of Medina, a police spokesman said.

35 killed, four injured in Saudi bus crash

Thirty-five people have been killed and four injured after a passenger bus collided with a truck in the Saudi province of Medina, a police spokesman said.

313 pilgrims quit smoking after performing 2019 Hajj

No fewer than 313 pilgrims from parts of the world have quit smoking since the start of the Hajj season, after visiting clinics of the Kafa (Enough) Society, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in Makkah.
A Sudanese army commander on Thursday said a security force assigned to guard a bank in El-Obeid was responsible for killing children protesting in the city earlier this week.

Sudanese army says bank security force killed protesting children

A Sudanese army commander on Thursday said a security force assigned to guard a bank in El-Obeid was responsible for killing children protesting in the city earlier this week.

African Union suspends Sudan, demands civilian administration

The AU Peace and Security Council announced the suspension Thursday as protest leaders in Sudan rejected an offer from the ruling military council to negotiate the country's political future.
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday condoled with the Managing Director of ThisDay Newspapers, Mr. Eniola Bello on the loss of his wife, Mrs Helen Olufunke Eniola-Olaitan.

Governor Okowa swears in senior political adviser

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday swore in Chief Funkekeme Solomon as his Senior Political Adviser (SPA), saying the position is not for a ”neophyte”.
Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the new head of the Sudanese interim military council, met with gulf envoys on Tuesday (AFP)

Sudanese protesters spurn General Burhan’s call for talks

Protest leaders in Sudan have rejected a proposal to negotiate with military generals, maintaining the call is insincere as security forces continue to target protesters in a violent crackdown that has killed at least 60 people this week.

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this in Maiduguri on Sunday while reacting to allegations that his men failed to respond to call to bomb the insurgents when the attack was going on.

NAF chief meets senior officers over insecurity

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has met in Kaduna with air components commanders, instructor pilots and other pilots as well as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Headquarters Nigerian Army on operations in the North West and North Central against banditry, cattle rustling and other crimes.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

US patient receives $840,000 bill for coronavirus treatment

A high school teacher from the U.S. state of Colorado was stunned to receive a medical bill of 840,000 U.S. dollars for his treatment after contracting COVID-19, local media reported on Saturday.
Maesaiah Thabane was detained this month accused of ordering the killing of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife Lipolelo.

Lesotho ex-first lady accused of murder leaves country as bail revoked

Lesotho’s former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, has left the country a day after a Court of Appeal ordered her rearrest, according to the nation’s police on Saturday.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mahammed Baloni, who gave the confirmation, said the latest discharge had taken the number of cleared cases to five since April 14.

Kaduna takes delivery of coronavirus mobile testing truck

The government said on Saturday it was still awaiting the delivery of equipment that would enable the truck and 12 GeneXpert machines in the several general hospitals to increase the number of testing labs.
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno on Sunday inaugurated Borno State Youth Empowerment Scheme (BOYES), to empower youths and end political thuggery in the state.

Boko Haram: Borno governor visits Gajiganna attack victims

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Saturday, visited Gajiganna village to sympathize with families of slain and wounded victims of a Boko Haram attack in the area.