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Ghana rejects British Airways decision to switch London-Accra-London route

The Ghana government has rejected the decision by British Airways to switch London-Accra-London route from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport.
Former world champion Amir Khan has tabbed WBC world champion Tyson Fury to defeat WBO, IBO, WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua, if the two British heavyweights ever collided in a unification.

Promoter hints of venue for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury showdown

Eddie Hearn has hinted at a possible venue for the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Commuters head to take the train at rush hour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Canning Town underground station in London, Britain, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

UK says vaccine manufacturing is ‘lumpy’ but still on course for targets

Britain’s vaccine rollout is limited by a “lumpy” manufacturing process affecting supplies of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca, but is on track to hit its targets, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Friday that travel corridors into the nation would be closed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday

The UK is to close all travel corridors from Monday morning to “protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of Covid, the PM has said.
In response, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government wanted to build up workers’ rights.

Britain denies wanting to reduce workers’ rights post-Brexit

The FT reported here on Thursday that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy was proposing changes focused on ending the 48-hour working week, rules around rest breaks, and not including overtime pay when calculating some holiday pay entitlements, citing people familiar with the plans.
The UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday that thousands of businesses should be insured for some losses amassed after a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic in a test case that pitched the markets regulator against major insurers.

UK Supreme Court hands businesses victory in coronavirus insurance ruling

The UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday that thousands of businesses should be insured for some losses amassed after a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic in a test case that pitched the markets regulator against major insurers.
Britain will ban arrivals from South American countries and Portugal because of concerns over a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

UK bans arrivals from South America over Brazil coronavirus variant

Britain will ban arrivals from South American countries and Portugal because of concerns over a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference in response to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, January 5, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Boris Johnson: UK looking at ways to protect itself against Brazilian coronavirus variant

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday the government was looking at ways to stop a variant of the novel coronavirus found in Brazil from entering Britain.
FILE PHOTO - John Elphinstone receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Marianne Stewart, a practice nurse, at the Pentland Medical Practice, in Currie, Scotland, Britain January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Russell Cheyne-Pool

Britain targets 24/7 coronavirus vaccinations to speed rollout

AstraZeneca executives said the company was on track to deliver 2 million doses a week before mid-February, and Johnson said the availability of more shots would be crucial to scaling up to a round-the-clock service.
At least 23 pro-government fighters were killed by a fresh Israeli missile strike in eastern Syria after midnight, a war monitor reported on Wednesday.

Israeli missile strike kills 23 fighters in Syria

The “intense” missile strike targeted positions of Syrian forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters in the area extending from the city of Deir al-Zour to the al-Bukamal area on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
FILE PHOTO - A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed UK flag in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Calastone: Vaccine hopes inject new life into UK-based fund flows

However, funds with a UK focus did badly as investors feared Brexit without a trade deal, a situation averted only in late December. Funds investing in UK assets saw 600 million pounds in outflows in the last quarter, although inflows for the year as a whole totalled 117 million pounds.
Former world champion Amir Khan has tabbed WBC world champion Tyson Fury to defeat WBO, IBO, WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua, if the two British heavyweights ever collided in a unification.

Tyson Fury’s promoter hopes to agree Anthony Joshua fight within two weeks

World Boxing Council heavyweights champion Tyson Fury’s U.S promoter Bob Arum says he is hopeful of finalising a deal for a super-fight with Anthony Joshua in the next two weeks.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, speaking yesterday while being briefed on the report by a team of scientists. (Tolani Alli)

Nigerian scientists brief VP Osinbajo on potential drug for coronavirus

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has welcomed efforts by a team of Nigerian professors and scientists investigating the effectiveness of, and roles that Ivermectin drug can play in the treatment of the Coronavirus disease.
People queue outside a Tesco store, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as new restrictions come into force, in London, Britain December 21, 2020. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

UK supermarkets insist on face coverings

Tesco, Asda and Waitrose will not let shoppers into their stores if they are not wearing a face covering, the British supermarket groups said on Tuesday, joining rivals Sainsbury’s and Morrisons which made the policy change a day earlier.
Coca-Cola has appointed Alfred Olajide as it’s new vice president and managing director for its Nigeria operations

Alfred Olajide named new Coca-Cola Nigeria chief

Commenting on his appointment, Olajide said: “These are very exciting times for the global Coca-Cola business, and I look forward to contributing my own quota to a business I love so much, especially at such an interesting time as this”.
FILE PHOTO - Company logo of pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is seen at their Stevenage facility, Britain October 26, 2020. REUTERS-Matthew Childs

GSK, Vir to test antibody for coronavirus treatment

Britain’s GSK and U.S.-based Vir Biotechnology will evaluate one of their monoclonal antibodies in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 in an early- to mid-stage trial, the companies said on Tuesday.

Russia extends ban on UK flights until February 1 over coronavirus variant

Russia has extended a ban on flights to and from Britain until the end of Feb. 1 due to the new coronavirus variant detected in the UK, Russia’s coronavirus taskforce said on Tuesday. Russia, which has already reported a case of the more infectious coronavirus variant, has had the flight ban in place since Dec. 22.

Telegraph: Britain to tighten laws on imports linked to alleged Chinese human rights abuses

Britain will tighten the law on importing goods linked to alleged human rights abuses in China as ministers take a tougher stance on Beijing, The Telegraph reported on Monday.

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David Alaba is refusing to be distracted by questions over his future and said Bayern Munich are travelling to Lisbon for their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona with nothing to fear.

Barcelona still interested in David Alaba

The Austria international is holding off from making a decision over his future until April, though, and Sky Sports Deutschland suggests that Barca will be in a position to discuss personal terms with the versatile defender before then.
The Kano State Hisbah Board has confiscated a tricycle loaded with 100 cartons of alcohol trying to smuggle it into the state.

Kano Hisbah chief advises parents to stop buying ‘big phones’ for their wards

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