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The United States set a one-day record with over 1 million coronavirus diagnostic tests being performed, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to bring outbreaks under control, according to various experts.

US sets new single day virus infections record

More than 84,000 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 across the US on Friday — a record one-day increase in infections as the virus surges again, according to a Reuters tally.
Tokyo opened a 15,000-seat swimming venue for the Olympic Games next year on Saturday, with a swimming star diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony.

Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre

Tokyo opened a 15,000-seat swimming venue for the Olympic Games next year on Saturday, with a swimming star diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony.
Japanese Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi and Britain’s International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, signed the agreement in Tokyo.

Britain, Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal

Japan and Britain signed a free trade agreement on Friday that is to come into force at the end of the current post Brexit transition period.
Japan's newly elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that he's determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.''

Japan premier ‘determined’ to hold Olympics despite pandemic

Japan is “determined” to host the postponed Olympic Games in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s newly elected prime minister told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.
International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, sent his encouragement to Olympic athletes in a video message following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games to 2021.

Thomas Bach urges organisers to ignore Tokyo 2020 doubters

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, has urged organisers to focus on the preparations for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo as a virtual Coordination Commission meeting got underway.
China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app.

TikTok owner seeking $60 billion valuation in US deal

China’s ByteDance Ltd. is seeking a valuation of $60 billion for TikTok as Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. take stakes in the short-video app’s business to address U.S. security concerns, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Japan’s ruling party on Monday elected chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new leader, making him all but certain to replace Shinzo Abe as the country’s next prime minister.

Japan new premier pledges ‘strong commitment’ to Olympics

Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has told the president of the Interna­tional Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, that he is behind next year’s delayed Tokyo Games.
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.
Microsoft describes the Series S as offering “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever” and lists the price as the previously leaked figure of $299.

Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S console

Hours after Microsoft’s Xbox Series S console widely leaked, the company has gone on the record to confirm its existence. In a tweet, Microsoft describes the Series S as offering “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever” and lists the price as the previously leaked figure of $299.
A South African Airways (SAA) plane is towed at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 18, 2020. REUTERS-Rogan Ward-File Photo

Ethiopian Airlines in rescue talks with South African Airways – official

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks over possible involvement in the rescue of flagship carrier South African Airways (SAA), the head of the airline told Reuters on Friday.
America’s top athletes may be banned from the Olympics and other major sports events if the U.S. follows through on its threat to withdraw funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

US threat to pull WADA funding may bar Americans from Olympics

America’s top athletes may be banned from the Olympics and other major sports events if the U.S. follows through on its threat to withdraw funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Officials say Tokyo Games to be symbol of hope, as flame goes on display

Tokyo Games officials on Monday reiterated that next year’s Games would be a symbol of hope for the world as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
A man gets seen through the transparent toilet as he unlocked the door after use at Haru-no-Owaga Community Park in Tokyo on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. PHOTO- AP

Transparent public toilets installed in Tokyo, go opaque when door closed

The walls of two newly installed public toilets in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighbourhood are see-through before people enter, but turn opaque when the doors are closed and locked from the inside.
The giant Olympic rings are seen in the dusk at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato-File Photo

Japan eyeing Olympics, lines up half-billion doses of virus vaccine

Japan is making an aggressive move to grab enough coronavirus vaccine to inoculate its population four times over.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every effort would be made to ensure that society did away with discrimination against those with handicaps [Ludovic Marin-AFP]

Japan to continue seeking peace treaty with Russia – premier

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that the government will continue pursuing efforts to strike a peace treaty with Russia even after his resignation, he told a press conference in Tokyo Friday, adding that he regrets not resolving this issue.

Dollar buoyed by yields surge jump after Fed’s inflation shift

The dollar held gains against major currencies, on Friday, after the Federal Reserve’s aggressive new strategy to lift employment and increased tolerance for higher inflation pushed United States bond yields up.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike promised a Paralympic Games “brimming with hope” as the countdown for the event reached the one-year-to-go mark.

Tokyo governor promises Paralympic Games ‘brimming with hope’

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike promised a Paralympic Games “brimming with hope” as the countdown for the event reached the one-year-to-go mark.

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