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Lagos pulls down distressed storey-building

The Lagos State government on Tuesday demolished a two-storey building located on Western Avenue.
THE Nasarawa State government Saturday declared that it has concluded arrangements to evacuate all Almajiri beggers out of the state.

Kebbi receives additional 83 repatriated almajiri children from Kano

The Kebbi State Government says it has received 83 additional Almajiri (Qu’anic education pupils) repatriated from Kano State.
Riot police fire tear gas at the junction between Hennessy Road and Percival Street. Sam Tsang

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday against a controversial security law proposed by China, in the most intense clashes for months.
Japan is planning to lift a state of emergency for three more prefectures as the number of new coronavirus cases falls.

Japan lifting state of emergency for three more prefectures

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Thursday in Tokyo a group of experts have approved a plan to lift the emergency imposed for the western prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

109 abattoir workers test positive for coronavirus in France

More than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday.
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Governor Abdulrazak: Man in viral video not coronavirus patient

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has cleared the air on a recent viral video on social media where a suspected COVID-19 patient was inappropriately evacuated from his home in Ilorin.

UK: China has questions to answer over coronavirus outbreak

Britain said on Monday that China had questions to answer over the information it shared about the novel coronavirus outbreak, but refused to comment on reports that a U.S.-led intelligence consortium had accused Beijing of a cover-up.
FILE PHOTO- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wears a face mask as he attends a session of the lower house of parliament on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome, Italy April 21, 2020. REUTERS-Remo Casilli-File Photo

Italy to reopen some businesses as early as this week

Italy, the first European country to be hard-hit by the coronavirus, will allow some businesses to reopen this week while aiming to reopen manufacturing and construction from May 4, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, said.
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Africa records 9,106 coronavirus recoveries

As the world battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Africa has recorded 9,106 COVID-19 recoveries from its 30,329 confirmed cases in 52 African countries.
The House of Representatives is calling for the postponement of the National Sports Festival scheduled to hold next week in Edo State.

House of Reps advocates special intervention fund for airlines, aviation agencies

The House of Representa­tives has called on the Fed­eral Government to approve special intervention fund for the country’s indigenous air­line and aviation agencies in the sector following the neg­ative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the industry.
The US, which is the WHO’s biggest contributor, accused the organisation last week of “mismanaging” the COVID-19 crisis, drawing ire from Beijing as both countries spar over the deadly virus.

China to give WHO $30 million more after US freezes funds

China announced Thursday it will give another $30 million to the World Health Organization to help in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, days after Washington said it would freeze funding.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Turkey blocks Saudi and Emirati state news websites

Turkish authorities blocked Saudi and United Arab Emirates state news websites on Sunday, days after the sites of Turkey's state broadcaster and news agency were blocked in Saudi Arabia.
FILE PHOTO- Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (not pictured) at the Parliament in Athens, Greece, January 17, 2020. REUTERS-Costas Baltas

Khalifa Haftar forces pound Libya capital after losing towns

The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar rained rockets on the capital Tripoli early on Tuesday after being ousted by government loyalists from a string of towns to its west.
FILE PHOTO- Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS-Regis Duvignau--File Photo

Idris Deby changes mind, will continue war against Boko Haram

President Idris Deby of Chad has made a U-turn on his move to pull out of the regional anti-militant fight days after he made the statement, Africafeeds reported.
A health worker checks the temperature of a traveller as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana January 30, 2020. REUTERS-Francis Kokoroko-File Photo

China in the driver’s seat amid calls for Africa debt relief

Support is growing for debt relief to help the world’s poorest, indebted nations - most of them in Africa - confront the economic havoc wreaked by COVID-19. But there is one big question mark: China.

African Union member states report 2, 370 recoveries, 13,819 cases, 747 deaths

Fifty-two African Union member states have so far reported 13,814 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease with 747 deaths and 2, 370 recoveries.

Maritime Task Team appeals to NPA to clarify 21 days waiver on demurrage

The Chairman, Maritime Task Team, Mr Samuel Nwakohu, on Thursday appealed to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to clarify its directive on 21 days waiver on demurrage.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

What Africa must do to mitigate damaging effects of coronavirus

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the globe, Nigeria spent 42 per cent of her earnings on debt servicing. We have arrived at a new reality today: even if we devote 100 per cent of our income to rebuilding our economy, it still will not be enough.

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The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) has decried the continued refusal by medical institutions including federal tertiary institutions to receive and treat patients for fear COVID-19.

PTF decries continued refusal by hospitals to treat patients for fear of coronavirus

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) has decried the continued refusal by medical institutions including federal tertiary institutions to receive and treat patients for fear COVID-19.
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NDDC HQ shut over ‘coronavirus outbreak’

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has ordered the immediate shutdown of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Port Harcourt following the sudden death of the Commission’s Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Etang.
Kola Ologbondiyan

Loans request: Nigeria now on the auction market – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alarms that with the volume of foreign loans being accumulated by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC), our nation and her people have been placed on the international auction market.
213 British nationals were Monday evacuated from Nigeria through the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a British Airways flight BA9157 .

Nigeria releases new guidelines for international flights operations

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, Thursday, released new guidelines for international flights operations during the current Covid-19 pandemic for Nigerian based crew.

Official: ICPC investigating cases of coronavirus fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it is investigating alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives.