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A member of the district election office Stadtkreis 3, wearing a protective mask, counts ballots on the day of a Swiss referendum on banning burqas and other facial coverings, in Zurich, Switzerland March 7, 2021. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Swiss agree to outlaw facial coverings in ‘burqa ban’ vote

A far-right proposal to ban facial coverings in Switzerland won a narrow victory in a binding referendum on Sunday instigated by the same group that organized a 2009 ban on new minarets.
FILE PHOTO: Walter Wobmann (5-R), National Councillor and Co-President committee for "Yes to a Mask Ban" (Ja zum Verhuellungsverbot), and members hand over boxes containing more than 100,000 signatures collected that are required to put the proposal of a ban on facial coverings worn by some Muslim women to a national vote, at the Federal Chancellery in Bern, Switzerland September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Moritz Hager/File Photo

Swiss look set to approve ban on facial coverings

A far-right proposal to ban facial coverings in Switzerland was headed toward a narrow victory in a binding referendum on Sunday viewed as a test of attitudes toward Muslims
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WHO sounds regional warning over Ebola outbreaks in Congo, Guinea

An outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea poses a regional risk that requires exceptional vigilance, a senior World Health Organisation official said on Monday.
Former FIFA president, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, was in an induced coma for a week after he had a successful heart surgery in December. The news was made public by the Blatter family who have come together to help as he recovers.

Sepp Blatter spent a week in induced coma – daughter

Former FIFA president, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, was in an induced coma for a week after he had a successful heart surgery in December. The news was made public by the Blatter family who have come together to help as he recovers.
FILE PHOTO: Boxes from the committee for "Yes to a Mask Ban" (Ja zum Verhuellungsverbot), containing more than 100,000 signatures collected that are required to put the proposal of a ban on facial coverings worn by some Muslim women to a national vote, are seen at the Federal Chancellery in Bern, Switzerland September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Moritz Hager

Swiss government urges voters to reject burqa ban in March referendum

The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism.
The FIFA Referees Committee has announced the match officials who will be in charge at the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™.

Match officials for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 appointed

FIFA Referees Committee has announced the match officials who will officiate games during the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020, reported Qatar News Agency.
FILE PHOTO - An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S., December 21, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

Lonza gets Swiss OK to start Moderna vaccine production – paper

Swiss regulators have allowed contract manufacturer Lonza Group to start producing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at a plant in Switzerland, the SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported.
FILE PHOTO: A snow making machine is pictured, before the official opening of the Alpine ski resort of Verbier on December 5, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Verbier, Switzerland December 1, 2020. Picture taken December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

British skiers flee Swiss quarantine, destination unknown

Hundreds of Britons have fled quarantine in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, with the country’s health minister attributing the exodus to an “impossible situation” where authorities moved at short-notice to contain a new variant of the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has congratulated Nigerian- born British Heavyweight World champion, Anthony Joshua on his victory over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night in London.

2020: Twenty memorable sports moments

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, knocked out Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev, in the ninth round of their world title bout at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to retain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
Six continental confederations, as well as the host nation’s league champions, will compete in the tournament, which will be held across three FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums — Ahmad Bin Ali, Khalifa International and Education City.

Qatar to host FIFA Club World Cup 2020 across three venues

Six continental confederations, as well as the host nation’s league champions, will compete in the tournament, which will be held across three FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums — Ahmad Bin Ali, Khalifa International and Education City.

FIFA lodges fresh criminal complaints against Sepp Blatter

FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint against former president Joseph “Sepp” Blatter over the finances of a museum in Zurich, Switzerland bringing the name of the ex-President into the fray. The football world governing body lodged the complaint on Tuesday.
Pfizer and BioNTech are submitting an emergency authorisation request in the US which could allow its coronavirus vaccine to be used to treat high-risk populations in the country by mid-December.

EU to get 12.5 million doses of BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine by year-end

BioNTech and U.S. drugmaker Pfizer will supply 12.5 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union by the end of the year, the German company said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - An NHS test and trace worker talks to a driver at a drive-through testing centre following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bolton, Britain, September 22, 2020. Picture taken September 22, 2020. REUTERS-Phil Noble

WHO says no need for major alarm over new coronavirus strain

The World Health Organization cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain, saying this was a normal part of a pandemic’s evolution.
Pharmacy manager Larren Suh displays the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020. Craig F. Walker-Pool via REUTERS

Swiss drugs regulator authorises Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine

Swiss drugs regulator Swissmedic has authorised the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and partner BioNTech, the agency said on Saturday, calling it the world’s first such approval under a standard procedure.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

WHO investigators heading to China in early January to probe virus

World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Friday an international team led by the U.N. agency would be going to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Manchester City player Lucy Bronze was named women's player of the year on Thursday at FIFA's 'The Best' awards ceremony in Zurich.

Lucy Bronze wins FIFA player of the year award

Manchester City player Lucy Bronze was named women's player of the year on Thursday at FIFA's 'The Best' awards ceremony in Zurich.
Protesters took to Belarus streets in the capital Minsk and several other cities on Tuesday evening after election officials refused to allow rivals to President Alexander Lukashenko to stand in August 9 polls.

Switzerland freeze assets of Belarus leader

Switzerland has frozen the financial assets of the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, following the violent aftermath of the elections in the east European country.
Passengers sit beneath a testing centre sign in the terminal building of Manchester Airport amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manchester, Britain, December 3, 2020. REUTERS-Phil Noble

WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend countries issuing “immunity passports” for those who have recovered from COVID-19, but is looking at prospects of deploying e-vaccination certificates like those it is developing with Estonia.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, on Thursday expressed concerns over the COVID-19 surge in Europe.

WHO praises ‘phenomenal’ promise of coronavirus vaccines

The promise of COVID-19 vaccines is “phenomenal” and “potentially game-changing”, World Health Organization European director Hans Kluge said on Thursday, a day after Britain became the first Western country to approve a shot.
FIFA is to stage further trials of AI-powered semi-automated Video Assisted Referee (VAR) technology in the hope that it will result in quicker, more accurate offside calls in soccer.

FIFA trials AI-powered automated VAR calls ahead of 2022 World Cup

FIFA is to stage further trials of AI-powered semi-automated Video Assisted Referee (VAR) technology in the hope that it will result in quicker, more accurate offside calls in soccer.
Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura has revovered from Covid-19 following 10 days in self-isolation.

Sierra Leone captain passed fit for Nigeria clash

Umaru Bangura has been passed fit for Sierra Leone’s crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Nigeria on Friday.
Slovan Bratislava lost its appeal Friday against exclusion from the Champions League by UEFA after players tested positive for COVID-19 in pre-game checks.

UEFA writes FIFA requesting change in handball law

UEFA have asked FIFA president Gianni Infantino to change the handball rule to stop “growing frustration” following a spate of penalties awarded for the offence, European football’s governing body confirmed on Thursday.

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Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos estate residents seek governor’s intervention in dispute

Residents of Osborne Foreshore Two Estate have appealed to the Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to order that works on all approvals for development in the estate be suspended for three months because of the ongoing review of the approval order.

Pastor counsels youths on empowerment

Pastor Femi Omowumi of the Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT) has said that governments at all levels have failed the Nigerian youths.
The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has called on the media to support the ongoing operation to rout Boko Haram terrorists out of the country.

Nigerian Army seeks media support to end insurgency

The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has called on the media to support the ongoing operation to rout Boko Haram terrorists out of the country.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor appoints as new Emir for Kauru

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ya’u Shehu Usman, former Sarkin Fadan Kauru, as the new Emir of Kauru.

Soldiers destroy illegal refinery in Rivers

Soldiers of the 144 Battalion, Asa, Ukwa West council area of Abia State, have reportedly destroyed an illegal oil refinery located in Odogba community in Rivers State.

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Nigeria forward Joseph Akpala has joined Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest until the rest of the season.

Nigeria forward joins Romanian club on short-term contract

Nigeria forward Joseph Akpala has joined Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest until the rest of the season.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president urged to bar ‘illegal occupant’ of Cross River North senatorial seat

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has been urged to stop the current occupant of the Cross River North senatorial seat, Dr. Stephen Odey from attending plenary on grounds that the apex court has ruled that Hon. Jarigbe Agom is the bona fide and authentic winner of the seat.

NSCDC busts syndicate in Lagos, seizes 60,000 litres of petrol

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos Command, has smashed a Premium Motor Spirit syndicate at Baruwa town, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The Edo State Government has announced that it is confident and prepared to host 11,500 athletes and officials at the 20th National Sports Festival which kicks off in Benin City on March 22.

NSF: Delta, Bayelsa, Edo break swimming records

The swimming event of the ongoing National Sports Festival, tagged: “Edo 2020,” on Monday produced new records.
Kyaw Zwar Minn tries unsuccessfully to enter the embassy in Mayfair. Dominic Lipinski-PA

Myanmar’s UK ambassador ‘locked out’ of London embassy

Myanmar’s ambassador to London told Reuters he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday, but sources said his deputy had shut him out of the building and taken charge on behalf of the military.