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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari appoints new DTCA, NIIA chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).
President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as the substantive Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).

President Buhari appoints new DTCA chief

President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as the substantive Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

World leaders mourn Prince Philip

Current and former world leaders joined a chorus of condolences from around the world following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99.
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.
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Tuesday rewarded the state’s under-18 female handball team with the sum of N3.5 million for winning a recent national tournament in Lagos.

Bayelsa governor gifts female handball winning team N3.5 million

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Tuesday rewarded the state’s under-18 female handball team with the sum of N3.5 million for winning a recent national tournament in Lagos.

IMF grants debt relief to 28 low-income countries

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).
The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa has ended in Cape Town, South Africa, producing notable outcomes.

WEF report: Closing gender gap to take 136 years

A new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates that attaining global gender parity will take nearly 136 years, up from its previous estimate of almost 100 years.
7. Nigeria’s Super Eagles have qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and kept up interest in Group L of the qualifiers after defeating hosts Benin Republic 1-0 at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto-Novo yesterday.

Super Eagles legends congratulate national team after ‘massive win’ against Benin

The victory stretched Nigeria’s tally in Group L to 11 points as they remain unbeaten after five matches, which leaves Benin and Sierra Leone to battle for the last qualifying ticket in the group in Tuesday’s crunch match in Freetown.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China sanctions US, Canadian citizens in Xinjiang row

China announced sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body Saturday over their criticism of Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs, but Washington said the tit-for-tat measure would only intensify the spotlight on Xinjiang.
Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala got on the score sheet in Barcelona Ladies’ 9-0 thrashing of Santa Teresa, in the Spanish Women’s Primera Division on Saturday.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala scores, makes ESPN Top 50 Best Players list

On a day she scored FC Barcelona’s 100th goal in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) during their 3-0 win over English side, Manchester City in the quarter-final first-leg tie played in Barcelona on Wednesday, Super Falcons star, Asisat Oshoala, also made the list of ESPN’s world Top 50 players.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Nigeria: 11 state governors yet to take coronavirus vaccine

No fewer than 11 state governors are yet to publicly take the COVID-19 vaccine jab after taking delivery of their consignments from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), investigation has revealed.
A health worker holds a multiple-dose vial containing the vaccine against COVID-19 by British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in Genoa, northern Italy, February 10, 2021 [Luca Zennaro-EPA]

Denmark reports serious illness, death after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs worldwide

Telecoms company Nokia has announced its plan to cut between 5,000 and 10,000 jobs globally in the next two years.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recalled to Sweden squad after 5 years

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Sweden’s squad after an almost five-year hiatus to play in World Cup qualifiers at the end of March, head coach Janne Andersson said on Tuesday.
Barcelona starlet Pedri has been handed a maiden call-up to the Spain national team for this month's 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

WCQ: Barcelona starlet gets maiden Spain call-up

Barcelona starlet Pedri has been handed a maiden call-up to the Spain national team for this month's 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

FCTA gives reasons for eligible Nigerians to take coronavirus vaccine

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Health and Human Services Secretariat has advised every eligible Nigerian to take the COVID-19 vaccine to curtail further spread of the virus in the country.
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.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been recalled to the AC Milan squad after seven weeks out injured for Saturday’s Serie A match against Torino.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts to LeBron James criticism

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to criticism from LeBron James, insisting that "athletes unite the world, politics divides the world".
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LeBron James calls out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hypocrisy in response

When a second voice, one whom should have known better as an athlete himself, joined American conservative Fox News television host Laura Ingraham to admonish LeBron James to shut up and dribble rather than engage in the politics of the moment, it was obvious to the fans that the consequences were not going to be different because the Los Angeles Lakers star is never one to back down.
Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gestures against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit- Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James hits back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticism of political activism

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on Friday fired back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic and vowed to never stay silent about social causes after he was criticised by the AC Milan forward for sticking his nose into politics.
Halimatu Ayinde has set her sights on scoring more goals in 2021 following her matchwinner in Nigeria's 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan.

Super Falcons: Halima Ayinde welcomes Randy Waldrum’s plan to inject young players

Super Falcons midfielder Halima Ayinde has welcomed the decision of the team’s new coach, Randy Waldrum, to expand the player pool to let in younger players into the team.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, is seen inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Russia February 16, 2021, in this still image taken from video. Press Service of Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY, AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY.

EU to impose sanctions on Russians over Alexei Navalny by March summit – diplomats

The European Union is set to impose travel bans and asset freezes on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin in March, possibly in the run-up to an EU summit, after a meeting of envoys gave approval for punitive measures, diplomats said.

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A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

Germany decides against AstraZeneca for second jab for under-60s

People under 60 in Germany who were given the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose will switch to a different vaccine for the second dose, German federal and state health ministers have decided.
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Minister: I pity those who follow commercialised opinions on social media

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has expressed pity for those who allow themselves to be influenced by the opinions of certain people on social media.
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IEA: OPEC+ compliance with oil cuts in March largely due to Saudi Arabia

The alliance of the OPEC+ oil producers was able to achieve the 113 per cent oil cuts agreement reached last month largely due to Saudi Arabia’s voluntary additional cut of 1 million barrels a day (mbd), a report said.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

NIDS: Vaccination most effective to combat coronavirus

The Nigeria Infectious Diseases Society (NIDS) has described vaccination as a most effective way to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19.

Why EFCC arrested Senator Okorocha

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted he was merely invited and not arrested by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.

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4. Ahead of what would be the first Super Eagles game in Lagos in 10 years, players and officials of the team on Wednesday night, visited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Wahidi Akanni: Super Eagles’ new ranking will boost team’s confidence

Ex-International Wahidi Akanni has said Super Eagles’ four places up in the latest rankings released by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) would boost the team’s confidence in subsequent engagements.
The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Istifanus Gyang, has said that every part of the country requires rapid, sustained and sufficient cover to deal with its emerging security challenges.

Plateau senator decries onslaught on miners

The senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang, has condemned the onslaught on miners in Kuru, Plateau State, in which eight of the miners were killed by the assailants, describing it as brutal.

Yoruba group dissociates self from secession clamour

The Agbajowo Advocacy for Yoruba People’s Rights, a pan-Yoruba socio/cultural organisation, has rejected secession clamours by some sections of the country.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor seeks policies to improve food nutrition in South-South

Chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum and governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has advocated the need for the relevant organs to come up with policies to improve food nutrition in the entire region.
Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium was a target for the terrorist cell that conducted attacks in the city a year ago, Catalan newspaper El Periódico reported on Wednesday.

Barcelona top Real Madrid as Forbes’ most valuable club

Barcelona have leapfrogged Spanish rivals Real Madrid to become the world’s most valuable football club with a valuation of $4.76 billion, according to a list published by business magazine Forbes on Monday.