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#EndSARS: PDP welcomes possible sanctions by UK government

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has commended the British parliament for standing in defence of human rights during the recent agitations across the country against police brutality.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

#EndSARS: Nigerian government reaches out to Britain over ‘sanction threat’

The Federal Government on Wednesday said that it has reached out to the British Government over the threat by the British Parliament to impose sanctions on Nigeria’s officials over their roles in the #EndSARS protests.
Campaigners and activists rally outside the Scottish Parliament in support of the Scottish Governments Support For Period Products Bill [Jeff J Mitchell-Getty Images]

Scotland first in the world to make sanitary products free

Scotland on Tuesday made sanitary products free to all women, becoming the first nation in the world to take such a step against “period poverty”.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference at Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020 following an announcement of further restrictions on social gatherings in England due to an uptick in cases of the novel coronavirus. – The UK government on on September 9 sets out tighter rules on social gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with concern mounting at rising infection rates among the young. The law in England will change from next week to reduce the number of people who can gather socially from 30 to six, with some exemptions. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP)

Britain eases coronavirus restriction for Christmas

People in Britain will be able to celebrate Christmas with other families under a relaxation of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions for the holiday period.
‘The crime of attempting to kill a newborn infant … is one of the most heinous crimes that is against human values”, the statement by the public prosecutor said [Karim Jaafar-AFP]

Qatar identifies parents of baby girl abandoned in airport toilet

Public prosecutor says efforts under way to arrest ‘fugitive’ mother, adds airport police officers charged over examinations of female passengers.
The British government is fighting to keep Shamima Begum, who left at 15, from coming back to the country where she was born.

UK Supreme Court to decide whether ‘ISIS woman’ can return

At a hearing beginning on Monday, it is challenging a lower court’s ruling that Begum can return to Britain to mount a legal challenge aimed at restoring her UK citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse said this in a statement just as the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom (UK) are meeting in Berlin.

Germany hopeful of new momentum toward salvaging Iran deal under Joe Biden

Germany on Monday expressed the hope that efforts to keep the Iran nuclear deal in place would gain new momentum when Democrat Joe Biden officially assumes power in the United States (U.S).

Lagos governor appoints new polytechnic rector

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the appointment of a chief lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Nurudeen Olaleye, as the institution’s 11th rector.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday night received Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, shortly after he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progresives Congress (APC).

APC plans to unveil Governor Umahi to Nigerians in diaspora

The United Kingdom Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has described Gov. David Umahi as a great asset that will add value to the party.
The Central Bank of Nigeria was granted permission to freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS campaigners after linking the funds in their account to “suspected” terrorism activities.

#EndSARS: UK parliament deliberates sanction request against Nigeria Monday

The United Kingdom Parliament has said it will deliberate on a petition by some groups and individuals, requesting the parliament to implement sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials for alleged human rights violations during the #EndSARS protest and Lekki shootings.
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

Coronavirus cases surge as threat from antimicrobial resistance grows – WHO chief

More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) shakes hands with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a NATO summit last year [Adrian Dennis-AFP]

UK, Canada agree to post-Brexit rollover trade deal

Canada and the United Kingdom have agreed to a rollover trade deal, the countries announced on Saturday, promising to negotiate a more comprehensive agreement after the UK’s post-Brexit transition period ends.
The Lagos State High Court has imprisoned a popular prophet in the state, Israel Ogundipe also known as Genesis.

Court jails popular Lagos prophet for fraud

The Lagos State High Court has imprisoned a popular prophet in the state, Israel Ogundipe, also known as Genesis.
Executive Director, African Network for the Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Rev David Ugolor, has said the controversial Water Resources Bill had nothing to do with tribe or religion.

ANEEJ: Nigeria to get fresh £60 million loot from UK

The Executive Director of African Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), David Ugolor, yesterday, said that the Nigerian government is set to receive a fresh whooping sum of £60 million from the United Kingdom as part of the money starched by the former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba

NLC: ASUU strike not only on IPPIS

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is not only on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), but also the 2009 collective bargaining agreement.
Asked about the US withdrawal, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists participating in the regular press briefing in New York that “our support, our belief in the need for a strong and active Paris Agreement, remains unchanged.”

UN, partners express regret over U.S. departure from Paris climate accord

The UN climate change secretariat, UNFCCC, has underlined its commitment to work with stakeholders in the United States and beyond, to accelerate climate action, in line with an historic treaty on limiting global warming and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

UK announces $16 million funding for research of coronavirus genome structure

The UK Government has announced a further 16.1 million dollars (12.2 million pounds) in funding for research of the SARS-CoV-2 virus’ genome structure in an effort to prevent the future spread of COVID-19, an Official said.
COVID-19 has drastically cut international student participation in U.S. colleges and universities, punctuating three years of declining enrollment tied to costs, immigration barriers and perceived chaos in American society.

US: New international student enrollment falls 43%

COVID-19 has drastically cut international student participation in U.S. colleges and universities, punctuating three years of declining enrollment tied to costs, immigration barriers and perceived chaos in American society.

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Manchester City ease into Champions League last 16

Manchester City booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League but there were more concerns for Pep Guardiola over his side’s lack of ruthlessness in a 1-0 win at Olympiakos on Wednesday.
President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to take over from President Donald Trump, but his transition team isn’t getting the level of cybersecurity support usually provided by outgoing administrations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Joe Biden urges Americans to be safe during holiday, fight coronavirus pandemic

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday pleaded with Americans to take steps to remain safe as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday and pledged again to make combating the pandemic a top priority when he takes office in January.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

Group rejects South-South governors desire to control NDDC

A Niger Delta group, Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy (VATLAD), has condemned the desire of South-South governors to control the affairs of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

UNIOSUN student commits suicide

His post on WhatsApp reads: “Often time I ask myself, Why do people commit suicide? Perhaps because they’ve got no one to encourage, motivate or guide them or because they felt there is no solution to whatever problem they are going through. Perhaps they forgot there’s more to enjoy when there’s life (hope) is not lost”.
The United States will temporarily require visitors from Iran, Myanmar, and a number of African nations to pay up to $15,000 in visa bonds in a new hardline immigration measure enacted late in Donald Trump’s presidency.

US visitors from developing nations to pay thousands in visa bonds

The United States will temporarily require visitors from Iran, Myanmar, and a number of African nations to pay up to $15,000 in visa bonds in a new hardline immigration measure enacted late in Donald Trump’s presidency.