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Some 232 members of the House voted in favour of the impeachment of President Donald Trump over the assault on the Capitol, including 10 Republicans [House Television via AP Photo]

Donald Trump impeached for ‘inciting’ US Capitol riot

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol last week, marking the first time in US history that a president has been impeached twice.
The US has blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and their subsidiaries, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of ownership over large parts of the economy.

US slaps sanctions on two foundations linked to Iranian supreme leader

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and their subsidiaries, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of ownership over large parts of the economy.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb-Pool via REUTERS

Mike Pompeo cancels last European trip, citing transition to new administration

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has cancelled a final trip to Europe a day after it was announced, citing the transition to a new administration as President Donald Trump’s term in office comes to a close.
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.
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”.
“I received a positive test result for Covid-19, and am home resting at this time,” Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey said in a statement.

US lawmaker contracts coronavirus after Capitol invasion

A Democratic member of the US House of Representatives said Monday she had tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering during the violent storming of the Capitol with several other lawmakers who declined to wear masks.
Governors of the South-east states yesterday pledged to work with the new President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo apex socio-political organisation, Prof. George Obiozor.

Kingsley Moghalu congratulates Ohanaeze Ndigbo new president

Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has felicitated with Prof. George Obiozor on his election as the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020. Carolyn Kaster-AP

Joe Biden receives second coronavirus vaccine dose Monday

US President-elect Joe Biden will receive his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, his office announced, three weeks after his first injection was broadcast live on TV to boost public confidence in the jab.
A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.

US diplomat visits Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal

A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.
A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Official: New coronavirus variant found in eight US states

A new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus has now spread to at least eight US states, official data showed Friday, as the country logged a record new daily virus caseload.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

PDP: Triumph of US election a lesson to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday, said the triumph of democratic institutions in the handling of issues related to the United States, US, presidential election has highlighted the demands by Nigerians on the Buhari administration to allow institutions of democracy to function.
Chief Steven A. Sund testifies during the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee hearing on the Capitol Police FY2021 Budget Request, in the Capitol on Feb. 11, 2020. Tom Williams - CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images file

Capitol Police Chief resigns as US Air Force issues warning

CNN quoted a US Capitol Police official as confirming the decision of Sund to vacate the office after facing criticism over an apparent lack of preparedness to deal with violent mob on Capitol Hill.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said the outgoing Donald Trump administration was doing “enormous damage” to agencies critical to the nation’s security.

Joe Biden says Black Lives Matter protesters treated ‘very differently’ by police

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday accused US authorities of treating pro-Trump protesters more leniently than anti-racism demonstrators who were forcibly dispersed by police in Washington last year.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank predicts extreme poverty and depressed economies in Africa

The World Bank has called for rapid COVID-19 action, including a faster vaccination process, to limit the damage to global growth in 2021.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, CEO of PSA Groupe Carlos Tavares arrives for the presentation of the company's 2019 full year results in Rueil-Malmaison, west of Paris. Fiat Chrysler Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA Group are meeting Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 to vote on a merger that will create the world's fourth-largest automaker. The new company called Stellantis will be run by PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, who is known for cutting vehicles or ventures that don't make money.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Fiat Chrysler and PSA shareholders approve merger

A merger between Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Group won approval from both sets of shareholders on Monday. The deal will create the world’s fourth biggest carmaker and comes two years after talks began. The combined...
Emmanuel Omale, the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, says COVID-19 vaccines will not be as effective as expected — and that Nigeria use produce its drugs based on herbs.

Prophet Omale: Coronavirus vaccines will not be effective

Some other prophecies include emergence of new military and police chiefs, increased flooding, turbulence within the senate leadership, increased fall of the Naira, and emergence of a new sect with an aim “to pitch the predominantly Christian south against their peaceful Muslim brothers”.
In front of an American flag, nurse Lillian Wirpsza administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Shylee Stewart, a labor and delivery nurse at George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., U.S. December 14, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool via REUTERS

More than 50 countries launch coronavirus vaccination campaigns

Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by China signalled the start of the epidemic.

Two Afghan police killed as Kabul hit by bomb blasts

Two Afghan policemen were killed when three separate “sticky bombs” exploded in Kabul, the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital in recent weeks.

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FILE PHOTO - U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris makes a speech after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced their nominee for secretary of education, Miguel Cardona in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 23, 2020. REUTERS-Leah Millis

U.S. vice president-elect set to resign Senate seat on Monday

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California will resign from the Senate on Monday in preparation for her inauguration as Joe Biden’s vice president on Wednesday, according to aides familiar with her plans.

Lagos DPP: 91% of prison inmates are awaiting trials

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, has said that 2,663 inmates out of 2,423 representing 91 percent of total inmates enrolled at the five federal correctional centres in the state, as at December 2020, are awaiting trial.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Bye-election: Niger government urges political parties to embark on peaceful campaigns

The Niger State Government on Sunday urged political parties contesting in the forthcoming Magama/Rijau House of Representatives by-election to embark on peaceful campaign.

Former lawmaker tasks APGA on unity to win Anambra governorship election

Hon. Ibezi Ifeanyichukwu, who represented Idemili North and Idemili South Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, has called on party faithful and stakeholders of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in his constituency to unite if they must win the forthcoming Governorship election in Anambra State.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.

Minister wants community service part of school curriculum

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, has called for the inclusion of compulsory community service in the curriculum of secondary and tertiary schools in the country to encourage charitable and volunteer work.