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Workers set up infrastructure at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center to convert it into a makeshift hospital to receive patients infected with the new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 4, 2020.

WHO: Coronavirus outbreak has not reached pandemic status

The number of new cases and related deaths from the new coronavirus rose Wednesday in mainland China, Chinese health officials said, while the discovery of new cases outside the mainland indicated the increasing spread of the outbreak.
Toshiro Muto said he hoped the outbreak in China would be quickly contained to restore confidence in the run-up to the Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic boss ‘extremely worried’ about deadly coronavirus virus

The chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympics admitted Wednesday that organisers are “extremely worried” about the possible effect of the deadly new coronavirus on this summer’s games.
In the latest round of an unusually public spat between host city Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee over the 2020 Games marathon, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike on Friday demanded detailed reasons for moving the race to northern Japan.

Tokyo to ‘strengthen testing’ for coronavirus before Olympics

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike promised Sunday to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to this summer’s Olympic Games.
Third-division Egyptian club 6th October have confirmed the signing of Ezz El-Din Bahader, who has put pen to paper at the ripe old age of 75.

Egyptian club sign 75-year old player

Third-division Egyptian club 6th October have confirmed the signing of Ezz El-Din Bahader, who has put pen to paper at the ripe old age of 75.

PMB at 77: Please tell Baba we are with him all the way

I boarded a commercial airliner heading to Lagos from Abuja. I was already seated, and strapping my seat belt, when a young man approached me. He must have been in his late 20s, or at most, early 30s. I shook hands, greeted him warmly, and he slipped something in my palm. He went back to his seat.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito smiles as he heads to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Naruhito will declare Tuesday he had ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the palace.

Japan’s emperor to perform thanksgiving rite with Sun Goddess

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will on Thursday perform an elaborate and secretive ritual dating back 1,300 years, giving thanks to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu as part of his enthronement rites.
The Japanese government said Wednesday it would scrap next year's annual cherry blossom party after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire amid claims he invited too many of his own supporters.

Japan scraps cherry blossom party amid premier’s cronyism criticism

The Japanese government said Wednesday it would scrap next year's annual cherry blossom party after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire amid claims he invited too many of his own supporters.
England were stunned by South Africa’s relentless intensity as their World Cup quest ended with a crushing 32-12 defeat in the final at International Stadium Yokohama.

South Africa outclass England to win Rugby World Cup

England were stunned by South Africa’s relentless intensity as their World Cup quest ended with a crushing 32-12 defeat in the final at International Stadium Yokohama.
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Rugby: South Africa blitz England to win third World Cup

South Africa stunned pre-match favourites England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.
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Japanese ambassador commends federal government over improved World Bank ranking

The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Kikuta Yutaka, has commended the Federal Government for Nigeria’s improvement in the recently released World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Index (DBI).
England’s head coach Eddie Jones attends a warm-up session before the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between England and Australia at the Oita Stadium in Oita on October 19, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU - AFP)

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t do what rugby players do – England coach

England coach Eddie Jones contrasted what he said was rugby’s down to earth attitude with that of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he lauded All Blacks boss Steve Hansen ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster World Cup semi-final.
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Japan beat Scotland to reach first rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Japan’s “Ferraris” hit top gear Sunday as the hosts beat Scotland 28-21 in a barnstorming Rugby World Cup clash to create history by reaching the quarter-finals.
Fire department workers (C) evacuate residents from a flooded area in Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture on October 13, 2019, one day after Typhoon Hagibis swept through central and eastern Japan. STR - JIJI PRESS - AFP

14 dead, nine missing as Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan

At least 14 people were killed and nine others missing after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, officials said Sunday, as rescuers scrambled to reach people trapped by catastrophic flooding.

Freight forwarders beg federal government to clear 735 trucks stranded at Seme border

The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANCLA) has pleaded with the Federal Government to create a platform to clear 735 trucks loaded with perishable goods stranded at Seme Border.

Tony Elumelu seeks $2.5 billion Japanese investment for Africa

Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, has asked Japan to invest $2.5 billion representing five per cent of its $50 billion commitment to Africa.

Xenophobia: What President Buhari’s special envoy told South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Envoy to South Africa expressed “concern at recent events in South Africa” during a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the latter’s spokesperson has said.
The Acting High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Bobby J. Moroe, issued a statement assuring of foreigners safety in the Rainbow Nation.

We’re committed to strengthening ties with Nigeria – South African envoy

The South African Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Bobby Moroe, has said that his country remained committed to strengthening bilateral ties with Nigeria.

One dead, 30 hurt as train, truck collide near Tokyo

An express train travelling at around 120 kilometres per hour smashed into a truck at a crossing south of Tokyo Thursday, sparking ablaze and killing one person with around 30 others injured.

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Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Governor Wike: We don’t want inconclusive election in Edo

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship election has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make sure the collation of the election is monitored and go well just like the election itself.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has said thugs intimidated voters, election observers and journalists on a scale it said would affect the integrity of the governorship election in Kogi State.

Edo election: Votes sold for N1,000 to N15,000 – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development on Saturday condemned the high incidence of vote-trading recorded in the Edo State governorship election.

Sultan turbans 15 district heads in Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Saturday turbaned 15 new District Heads in Sokoto State.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday said that the Coronavirus pandemic had shown Nigerians that there was need for prayers.

Governor Sanwo-Olu: Pre-primary classes remain closed in Lagos

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that pre-primary classes in public and private schools across the state are to remain closed until further announcements are made.
Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring his side's third goal in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha explains Jordan Ayew penalty swap against Manchester United

Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha has englightened the public on the incident leading to replacing Ghana striker Jordan Ayew in retaking a missed penalty during Saturday's Premier League triumph over Manchester United.