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A Police officer prepares to fire teargas towards protesters during a anti-government demonstration in Luanda. Osvaldo Silva - AFP

CPJ: Angolan police detain, harass journalists covering protests

At least six journalists and one media worker were arrested – with four held for more than two days – and another was harassed while covering anti-government protests by civil society groups and opposition parties in the capital, Luanda, on October 24, according to news reports and Teixeira Candido, secretary general of the Union of Angolan Journalists (SJA), who spoke with CPJ via messaging app. All those detained were released without charge, Candido said.
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux has detailed a three-prong contingency plan should next year’s festival, due to run May 11–22, be forced to delay due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19.

Cannes Film Festival sets three virus contingency plans for 2021

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux has detailed a three-prong contingency plan should next year’s festival, due to run May 11–22, be forced to delay due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Minister of Finance and Chairman, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), has urged the Federal Government to improve on immunisation coverage.

France, Germany, 104 other countries back ex-Nigerian minister for WTO post

The 27 European Union member states have backed Nigeria’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her bid to become the first African and first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

Shippers council boss visits port terminals, calls for NXP adoption

Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), on Tuesday suggested that port terminal operators should adopt the Nigerian Export Proceeds (NXP) number to smoothen export transaction.
Waymo today signed a partnership with Daimler to develop autonomous trucks, the companies announced in a press release. A driverless, Waymo-powered version of Daimler’s Freightliner Cascadia will become available to U.S. customers.

Waymo partners with Daimler to develop self-driving delivery trucks

Waymo today signed a partnership with Daimler to develop autonomous trucks, the companies announced in a press release. A driverless, Waymo-powered version of Daimler’s Freightliner Cascadia will become available to U.S. customers within the next few years, with other markets and brands to follow.
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.

China tells US not to ‘bully’ Sri Lanka ahead of Mike Pompeo’s visit

Washington had said the Indian Ocean island must make ‘difficult but necessary choices’ regarding its ties with Beijing.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

European Union backs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for WTO role

The European Union has endorsed former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Bloomberg reported.
The highly elated Nigerians were flown into the country on board Air Peace airline.

Air Peace begins regular commercial flights to Jo’burg soon

The Air Peace says it will soon begin regular commercial flight operations from its Lagos hub to Johannesburg, South Africa.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 09, 2019 Brazilian football great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, arrives at Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos some 25km from Sao Paulo, Brazil. – Brazilian football legend Pele “lives reclusive” and “suffers from a form of depression” because he cannot walk normally, his son revealed on Monday at Globoesporte.com. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Pele: Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi but i’m greatest player ever

Brazilian legend Pele has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi but insisted that he is still the greatest footballer of all time.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank, IMF charged on economic transformation

The Development Committee of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Annual Meetings 2020 has called on the multilateral organisations to support and accelerate a resilient recovery centered on jobs and economic transformation.
Vijay Sethupathi withdraws from the project after cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan warns him of backlash from Tamils over Sri Lankan civil war.

Indian actor quits Sri Lanka cricket legend’s biopic after uproar

Vijay Sethupathi withdraws from the project after cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan warns him of backlash from Tamils over Sri Lankan civil war.
Uber has suspended the accounts of 240 users in Mexico who may have been in contact with drivers that ferried a person suspected of having the deadly coronavirus.

Uber wins license battle in London

Uber has won its battle to continue operating in London, one of its biggest markets globally, after a judge found that the company had sufficiently addressed safety concerns over driver verification.
China on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of spreading a “political virus” at the United Nations after the US leader delivered a harsh attack on Beijing over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Donald Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War’

US President Donald Trump angrily cast blame on China over the coronavirus pandemic in an address on Tuesday before the United Nations, whose chief warned against a new “Cold War” between the two powers.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Ex-President Jonathan advocates election grading system in Commonwealth nations

A former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has advised Commonwealth member-nations to adopt a grading system for elections towards improving the quality of elections, promoting democracy and strengthening institutions.
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has fully recovered from coronavirus. 1

Kaduna to hold maiden international marathon race

Kaduna State Government has unveiled plans to organise the maiden edition of its international marathon race in November this year.
President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande

Tijani Muhammad-Bande successfully served at most trying time – UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Nigeria’s Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was the miracle needed by the General Assembly to deliver on its mandate in the face of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed telecoms security with US President Donald Trump as he prepares to announce if Britain will use China’s Huawei in its 5G networks, officials said Saturday.

US estimates £1.4 billion bill to remove Huawei, ZTE gear

US rural telecommunications companies that rely on federal subsidies would have to spend at least $1.837 billion ($1.4bn) to remove and replace equipment from Huawei and ZTE, the country’s telecoms regulator has estimated.

Emirates resumes flight into Lagos on Monday, Abuja on Tuesday

Emirates has announced that it will resume passenger services to Lagos on 7 September and Abuja on 9 September in Nigeria.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.).

President Buhari, General Danjuma meet at Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.).
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

Eid-el-Maulud: President Buhari preaches love, honesty

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all Nigerians to seize the opportunity of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud to reflect on the virtues of the Holy Prophet by showing love and understanding for fellow citizens.
Joe and Jill Biden voted in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday

US election: Joe Biden votes in Delaware

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden cast his ballot in the US presidential race Wednesday in Delaware, six days before the end of a turbulent campaign pitting him against incumbent Donald Trump.

CAF president confirms candidacy for re-election

The Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad has announced his intention to run for a second term in office.

AFCONQ: Kaizer Chiefs confirm Daniel Akpeyi’s Super Eagles call-up

South African giants, Kaizer Chiefs, has confirmed that goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has received a call up for Super Eagles’ 2022 Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Sierra Leone in November.