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DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Italy will present a plan this week to ease its lockdown from May 4, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a post on Facebook.

Italy to gradually ease lockdown from May 4

Conte said that his cabinet is working with various experts to coordinate the so-called “phase 2” when Italy will have to cohabit with the coronavirus. The plan will be done at a
Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has waded again into the controversies surrounding the dramatic spread of COVID-19 and the extreme measures implemented by leaders worldwide to contain it.

Prophet TB Joshua: Hardship virus more dangerous than coronavirus

Prominent Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has again waded into the contentious issue of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, calling on world leaders to reopen the economy.

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says he is not comfortable paying workers’ salaries in percentages because throughout his 30-year working life, he never got his salary in such manner.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday re-emphasised the need for neighbouring countries to always protect one another’s interests, saying their mutual survival depends on one another.

President Buhari: Why African countries should look out for one another

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday re-emphasised the need for neighbouring countries to always protect one another’s interests, saying their mutual survival depends on one another.
Residents, government troops flee as armed group overran a town in Nigeria’s Borno state in attack claimed by ISIL.

Troops lay ambush, kill two bandits in Kaduna

Troops under the auspices of Operation Thunder Strike on Monday night killed two bandits along the Sabon Iche-Kagarko Road, Kagarko local government area.
FILE PHOTO - American Airlines flight 718, the first U.S. Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since regulators lifted a 20-month grounding in November, takes off from Miami, Florida, U.S. December 29, 2020. REUTERS-Marco Bello

Boeing 737 MAX to get EU flight clearance next week

Boeing’s 737 MAX airliner will receive final clearance to resume flying in Europe next week, the head of the EU’s air safety watchdog said on Tuesday.
US Ambassador Natalie Brown on Monday tried to meet with Wine - whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi - and was met with a line of police officers clad in riot gear who turned her away.

Uganda slams US over attempted visit to confined opposition leader

Uganda's government spokesman on Tuesday accused the US ambassador of breaching diplomatic norms and engaging in "mischief" over her attempt to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is confined to his home.