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Canada’s top banks are shedding workers for the second straight year, moving toward leaner operations to satisfy investors demanding returns on tens of billions of dollars that lenders have poured into new technologies.

Canadian banks shrink workforce to cover big tech investments

Canada’s top banks are shedding workers for the second straight year, moving toward leaner operations to satisfy investors demanding returns on tens of billions of dollars that lenders have poured into new technologies
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

U.S. to restore more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

The Biden administration plans to unveil a package of about $150 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance that was cut off by then-President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Al Arabiya: Iran cargo ship attacked in Red Sea

An Iranian cargo ship has come under attack in the Red Sea, Al Arabiya TV reported on Tuesday, quoting unnamed sources, and semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim said the vessel was targeted by a limpet mine.
Peter N'Guila and his family sit with refugees who he is hosting after they fled an attack in Palma, at his home in Pemba, Mozambique, April 4, 2021. REUTERS-Emidio Jozine

Mozambique city overwhelmed by people fleeing Islamist violence

Peter N’Guila used to have no trouble supporting his family of three on his consultant’s salary. But since Islamic State-linked insurgents attacked a northern Mozambique gas hub town last month, he has seven more mouths to feed.
A woman cries as she waits for her son to arrive in Pemba on April 1, 2021, from the boat of evacuees from the coasts of Palma.

Mozambique attack survivors haunted by sight of dead bodies

As she stepped off an evacuation boat from the besieged town of Palma in northern Mozambique, Mariamo Assane broke down, reliving the harrowing day she fled a ferocious rampage by Islamist militants.
Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Pemba Sports centre to receive humanitarian aid. Alfredo Zuniga

UN temporarily halts evacuation flights in north Mozambique

The UN agency World Food Programme said Saturday it has suspended evacuation flights from northern Mozambique's Afungi peninsula over security concerns, a day after French energy giant Total shut its operations in the area.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Five killed in Myanmar protests as junta cracks down on online critics

Myanmar security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protests on Saturday killing five people, a protester and media said, as the military reinforced its bid to end dissent with arrest warrants for online critics and internet blocks
Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon was arrested and removed from the Georgia Capitol on Thursday after passage of the state's sweeping elections bill restricting voting access.

White House slams arrest of Georgia state lawmaker

The White House sharply criticized Friday the arrest of a Georgia state lawmaker who was knocking on the door of Governor Brian Kemp’s office as he was signing into law controversial voting restrictions.
President Joe Biden’s triple stumble on Air Force One on Friday was due to windy conditions, the White House said.

White House blames ‘bad weather’ for Joe Biden’s Air Force One triple fall

President Joe Biden’s triple stumble on Air Force One on Friday was due to windy conditions, the White House said.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

U.S. to send 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico, Canada in loan...

The United States plans to send roughly 4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine that it is not using to Mexico and Canada in loan deals with the two countries, an administration official told Reuters on Thursday.
Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS.

White House task force meets with private sector to discuss Microsoft software vulnerabilities

The White House’s task force looking into the recent hack of Microsoft’s Exchange met this week with representatives of the private sector, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement on Wednesday

China denies mulling near-$1 billion fine for Alibaba in monopoly case

China denied on Friday it was planning to hit e-commerce giant Alibaba with a fine of almost $1 billion for allegedly flouting monopoly rules, as authorities put the screws on the firm as part of a crackdown on the technology sector.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Benue election: Gunmen kill policeman in attack, military neutralise suspect

Gunmen suspected to be loyal to notorious Benue warlord Terwase Akwaza (aka “Gana”) on Thursday morning reportedly raided Tse Harga community in Katsina-Ala, killing the a police officer in the attack.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report saying the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic set off human rights crises worldwide.

Report: Coronavirus pandemic sparks rights abuses worldwide

Human Rights Watch has released a report saying the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic set off human rights crises worldwide.
“We cannot afford to take our foot off the gas – even as we battle COVID, we must ensure capacity and financing for health security worldwide,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

U.S. tightens trade restrictions against Myanmar after bloody protest crackdown

The United States on Thursday unveiled new measures to punish Myanmar’s army for its February 1 coup, blocking the ministries of defence and home affairs and top military conglomerates from certain types of trade.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, Britain, March 5, 2020. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

Meghan accuses Buckingham Palace of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’

Prince Harry’s wife Meghan has accused Buckingham Palace of “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and her spouse, saying the royal couple would not be silent in telling their story.
Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

U.S. presses Ethiopia to end Tigray violence, protect civilians

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday pressed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to end hostilities in the northern Tigray region, citing a “growing number of credible reports of atrocities and human rights violations and abuses.”
Opposition supporters hold a rally to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, Armenia February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Artem Mikryukov

Armenian president refuses to fire armed forces chief at centre of political crisis

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian refused to fire the head of the country’s armed forces on Saturday, intensifying a standoff between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the army over what Pashinyan said was an attempted coup to remove him.
FILE PHOTO - A staff member skis down a slope during an organised media tour to the National Alpine Skiing Centre, a venue of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in Beijing's Yanqing district, China February 5, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

White House has not made ‘final decision’ on participation in Olympics in China

The White House has not made a final decision on participation in the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, as Republican lawmakers call for the United States to boycott the Games in 2022.
FILE PHOTO - Ethiopian women are seen in the Sudan-Ethiopia border area of al-Fashqa, in eastern Kassala state, Sudan, November 13, 2020. REUTERS-El Tayeb Siddig-File Photo

Sudan, Ethiopia trade accusations in border conflict

Sudan on Saturday accused Ethiopia of an “unforgivable insult” in its sharpest statement since a decades-old border dispute flared late last year.
U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting with labor leaders to discuss coronavirus response legislation and the president's infrastructure plan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Leah Millis

Joe Biden to debut at G7 with vaccines, economy and China in focus

U.S. President Joe Biden will attend his first meeting with Group of Seven leaders on Friday to discuss plans to defeat the coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter challenges posed by China.
FILE PHOTO - A pro-democracy demonstrator takes part in a lunchtime protest against the national security law, at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China July 6, 2020. REUTERS-Joyce Zhou-File Photo

The Times: Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens sign up for new UK visa

Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens have applied to live, work and study in the United Kingdom under a new visa scheme which opens up a path to British citizenship for people fleeing China’s crackdown in the former colony, The Times newspaper reported.

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JAMB scraps use of email for UTME, DE registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the use of email is no longer required for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration processes.
According to a report by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Ifemembi, originally of Nigeria, was arrested in Maryland on Wednesday, April 7, 2020, on a federal charge that he obtained U.S. citizenship under a false name. It added that he made false statements to acquire U.S. citizenship, in addition to employment with USCIS.

Nigerian faces 10 years in jail for obtaining U.S. citizenship using fake identity

The United States authorities have charged 48-year old Modestus Nwagubwu Ifemembi to court over fraudulent claims he provided to obtain the US citizenship 10 years back.
The Registrar-General-Chief Executive, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Alhaji Garba Abubakar, yesterday said all accredited customers must revalidate their accreditation with the commission before the end of March or have their accounts suspended.

CAC aims to register new company within three hours

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it will be possible for companies in Nigeria to be registered within three hours, before the end of 2021.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Ramadan: Gombe governor calls for fervent prayers against insecurity

Muslim communities have been called upon to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.

Senator Okorocha’s arrest a political witch-hunt – Igbo youth group

Igbo Youths For Equity, a coalition of Igbo youth groups, has condemned Tuesday’s arrest of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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Chekwas Okorie officially collapses UPP into APC

A former leader of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie who joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) last year has officially collapsed the structures of the party into APC.
4. Odion Ighalo is in buoyant mood following Al Shabab’s league win against Damak.

Odion Ighalo: I turned down Tottenham to join Manchester United

Odion Ighalo says he turned down offers from Tottenham Hotspur and other clubs to join Manchester United last year.
Watford manager Xisco Munoz has hailed the performances of Ismaila Sarr and Isaac Success in their 2-0 victory over Reading in Friday’s Championship game.

Watford boss hails Ismaila Sarr, Isaac Success performances against Reading

Watford manager Xisco Munoz has hailed the performances of Ismaila Sarr and Isaac Success in their 2-0 victory over Reading in Friday’s Championship game.
FILE PHOTO - Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg attends a rally called Fridays for Future as part of the Global Day of Climate Action, in Stockholm, Sweden, March 19, 2021. REUTERS-Ilze Filks

Activist Greta Thunberg to skip U.N. climate conference in Scotland

Climate activist Greta Thunberg said she will not go to the United Nations climate conference due to be held in Scotland in November over concerns that inequality of access to COVID-19 vaccines will leave many countries unable to attend.
Give him the least opportunity and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God will us part of it to win souls. He urges members of the church to be incurable soul winners; and so is he.

Pastor Adeboye: Kidnapped Kaduna RCCG members released

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Thursday, disclosed that eight members of the church kidnapped in Kaduna State have been released.