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FILE PHOTO: Health workers carry the body of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), for burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

South Asia surpasses grim milestone of 15 million coronavirus cases

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia sub-region surpassed the grim milestone of 15 million on Saturday, a Reuters tally shows, led by India’s record daily infections and vaccine shortages.
Pedestrians walk in Buenos Aires' financial district, Argentina September 24, 2020. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian

SDRs and debt holidays still just a band-aid for debt-hobbled countries

Debt experts, charity groups and investors welcomed news on Wednesday that the world’s poorest countries will get new IMF funds and COVID-19 debt relief, but they also cautioned that for some it would still only be a band-aid solution.
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena looks at a copy of the result of the UNHRC (UN Human Rights Council) resolution to document Sri Lankan war crimes as he leaves the media conference at the ministry in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka faces U.N. scrutiny over civil war crimes

U.N. human rights boss Michelle Bachelet was given a mandate on Tuesday to collect and preserve information and evidence of crimes related to Sri Lanka’s long civil war, which ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers.
FIFA must use the “full extent of its influence” to help end the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International has said.

FIFA alerted over labour abuses ahead of Qatar 2022

FIFA must use the “full extent of its influence” to help end the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International has said.
South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.

South Korea to host North Korea for World Cup qualifiers

South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.
The Central Student Disciplinary Committee, CSDC, of the University of Ibadan, UI, has meted various punishments to 22 erring students of different departments.

UI, LASU, UNILAG ranked among top 800 world universities

The University of Ibadan (UI), Lagos State University (LASU), and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have ranked among the top 800 universities in the world, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo has emerged the second position on the “Time Higher Education 2021 Emerging Economies University Ranking”.

LASU emerges second in 2021 emerging economies university ranking

Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo has emerged the second position on the “Time Higher Education 2021 Emerging Economies University Ranking”.
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Sri Lankan Catholics demand justice for Easter bombing victims

The leader of Sri Lanka’s Catholics has demanded the government find the perpetrators of the deadly 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, as worshippers held silent protests outside the capital’s churches on Sunday.
Pavithra Wanniarachchi had publicly consumed and endorsed a magic potion, later revealed to contain honey and nutmeg, manufactured by a sorcerer who claimed it worked as a life-long inoculation against the virus.

Sri Lankan health minister tests positive for coronavirus after endorsing sorcery

Sri Lanka’s health minister, who publicly endorsed sorcery and magic potions to stop surging coronavirus infections in the island, has tested positive and will self-isolate, officials said Saturday.
FILE - A family member of one of the victims killed at St. Sebastian's church, one of the churches attacked in the April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday bombings, reacts at a cemetery on the first year anniversary of the blasts, in Katuwapitiya village.

US charges 3 Sri Lankan nationals for role in 2019 Easter attacks

Three Sri Lankan nationals are facing charges in the U.S. for supporting an Islamic State cell responsible for the 2019 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 268 people, including five U.S. citizens.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

Minister: We have spent $570,000 on coronavirus prevention in schools

The Minister of Education, Gamini Peiris, said this in Colombo. Peiris was quoted in state-owned Daily News as saying that sets of equipment have been provided to schools in order to protect the health of children ahead of classes restarting in the New Year.

Sri Lanka says no major damage caused by Cyclone Burevi

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Deputy Director, Pradeep Kodippili, in Sri Lanka said on Thursday that no critical damage was caused by Cyclone Burevi.
Family members of inmates react outside the prison, following unrest at Mahara Prison, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka November 30, 2020. REUTERS-Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka coronavirus prison riot leaves eight dead, over 50 wounded

At least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising corornavirus infections in the country’s crowded jails.
Barring any last minute change, the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is set to unveil former Sri Lankan international Asanka Gurusinha as its foreign coach in the coming days.

Cricket: Nigeria set to unveil foreign coach

Barring any last minute change, the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is set to unveil former Sri Lankan international Asanka Gurusinha as its foreign coach in the coming days.
England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi in October next year, country’s cricket board says.

Cricket: England to play in Pakistan for first time since 2005

England’s cricketers will tour Pakistan next year after a gap of more than 15 years, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday, as international cricket gradually returns to the South Asian nation since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus.
Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli should be replaced as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team ended yet another Indian Premier League campaign without the trophy.

Gautam Gambhir calls for Virat Kohli’s removal from Bangalore captaincy

Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli should be replaced as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team ended yet another Indian Premier League campaign without the trophy.
Nigeria is the African country importing the most used vehicles from the United States, and the third in the world, a new report has shown.

Report: Nigeria the third highest destination of used cars from US

Nigeria is the African country importing the most used vehicles from the United States, and the third in the world, a new report has shown.
The newly-elected President of the World Medical Association, WMA, Dr. David Barbe, has urged doctors across the world to continue to allow science to lead in the battle against COVID-19.

Let science lead virus response – WMA chief

The newly-elected President of the World Medical Association, WMA, Dr. David Barbe, has urged doctors across the world to continue to allow science to lead in the battle against COVID-19.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU to support flooded communities in Nigeria

The European Union has said it will provide €80,000 (N35.5 million) in emergency humanitarian funding to assist flood victims in Nigeria.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

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FILE PHOTO - Armin Laschet, head of conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, gives a statement following a meeting with his party's leadership at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany March 29, 2021. Tobias Schwarz-Pool via REUTERS

Merkel’s party chief wants quick decision on chancellor candidate as pressure mounts

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, who wants to be their next candidate for chancellor in a September election, said on Sunday the party should make their choice of candidate very soon.

NUJ to partner British Council on training of journalists

The Federal Capital Territory Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to collaborate with the British Council Media Hub (BCMH) on the training of journalists especially in the area of Presentation and Scrip Writing.
Stunningly beautiful and alluring actress, Ini Edo has revealed what she cannot step out without. She said that no matter what happens, she can’t step out of her house without applying her lipstick.

Ini Edo: I cannot step out without lipstick

Stunningly beautiful and alluring actress, Ini Edo has revealed what she cannot step out without. She said that no matter what happens, she can’t step out of her house without applying her lipstick.

Thugs disrupt PDP North West zonal executive committee congress

The Northwest zonal executive committee congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna, headquarters of the North West was disrupted Saturday following a clash between major contenders.
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has commended the Nigerian military over recent gains recorded against Boko Haram’s fighters in Gwoza and the road leading to the northern part of the State.

Osun governor: Babagana Zulum a man of strong character, conviction

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has described his Borno State counterpart, Prof. Babagana Zulum, as a man of strong character and conviction who is determined to carry on despite the daunting security challenges in his domain.

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PDP governors meet in Makurdi over insecurity

The governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will meet today in Makurdi, the Benue State capital to deliberate over the state of insecurity across the country.
Paulo Fonseca warned his AS Roma players they cannot afford any defensive mistakes against one of Europe’s most potent attacks when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League quarterfinals.

UEL: Roma boss wary of Ajax attacking threat

Paulo Fonseca warned his AS Roma players they cannot afford any defensive mistakes against one of Europe’s most potent attacks when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League quarterfinals.
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NAFDAC alerts Nigerians as US places sanitisers on watch list

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians that the US has placed all alcohol-based hand sanitisers, manufactured in neighbouring Mexico, on its watch list.

Imo attack: Rivers police beef up security

The Spokesperson for the Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, had on Easter Monday said the Police in Rivers State was at alert and capably ready to fight off any aggression from gunmen suspected to be members of Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), who have been attacking police and
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

Microfinance banks seek extension of recapitalisation deadline

Microfinance banks in Nigeria will not be able to meet up with recapitalisation requirement of the Central Bank of Nigeria, within the proposed time, because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, an official has said.