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EXCLUSIVE: Real Reason We Reduced Emirates Flight To Once Weekly In Nigeria –Aviation Minister, Sirika

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has given more insight into why the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration reduced Emirates Airlines flights in the country to once every week. In an audio recording exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, Sirika disclosed that the Nigerian Government took the retaliatory action after receiving an ‘insulting’ letter from the United Arab Emirates Government over …

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Ex-Barcelona Star, Samuel Eto’o, Elected Cameroon Football Federation President

Cameroon football legend, Samuel Eto’o, has been elected to lead the Cameroon Football Federation for the next four years. Eto’o was announced as new president on Saturday at the federation’s general assembly. The four-time African Footballer of the Year and former Indomitable Lions international defeated rival, Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the fourth Vice- President at the Confederation of African Football. Five …

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Ethiopia Government Claims Recapture Of Key Towns

Ethiopia’s government said Monday it had recaptured two strategic towns from rebel fighters, the latest in a rapid series of battlefield victories claimed by forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The announcement marks another dramatic twist in the 13-month-old conflict that has killed thousands of people and triggered a deep humanitarian crisis in the north of Africa’s second most …

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Covid Surge: France Orders Nightclubs To Close For Four Weeks

Nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks starting this weekend to counter surging Covid-19 cases that have seen hospitals announce emergency protocols as beds fill up, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday. Stricter social distancing and extended use of face masks will also be required in schools as France faces a fifth wave of virus …

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Breaking: Boko Haram end in-sight as Nigeria, Russia signs military pact

Nigeria and Russia have signed a military pact, providing a legal framework for the supply of equipment and the training of troops, the Nigerian embassy in Moscow said on Wednesday. President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed interest in such a pact with Russia as far back as 2019, when he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a Russia-Africa summit. …

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Romania has donated or resold more than 3 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses

According to Ministry of Health officials, Romania has donated over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and resold over 1.1 million doses. Also, amid a decreased interest in vaccination, the country suspended deliveries from Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca this month, News.ro reported. “What’s new from last week is that the transport of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam was completed. Thus, …

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BREAKING: Reps To Grill Lai Mohammed, Investigate Legality Of Twitter Ban

The House Representatives are set to invite the Minister of Culture and Information, Lai Mohammed, and investigate the legality of the Twitter ban by the Federal Government. The decision was reached on Tuesday during the plenary. Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila during the plenary said the House recognizes that Twitter is a very important means of communication. According to …

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Burna Boy, Fireboy DML to grace Native Festival maiden edition

In a post-covid era where live entertainment is bouncing back after the unending months of a global lockdown, strictly online interaction and restrictions on large gatherings; it is time to rejuvenate and rediscover yourself in a showcase of African and Caribbean music, art and culture with the first edition of The Native Festival in Cancun, Mexico from the 2nd to …

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The world welcomes Joe Biden as the 46th US President

Joe Biden on Wednesday became the 46th president of the United States, vowing a “new day” for the United States after four years of tumult under Donald Trump who in an extraordinary final act snubbed the inauguration. Two weeks to the day after Trump supporters violently rampaged at the US Capitol to overturn the election results, Biden took the oath …

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Meet the new Nigeria’s envoys-designate

After months of delay, President Muhammadu Buhari finally endorses ambassadorial postings, which include the country’s first female ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Uzoma Emenike. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expected to expedite actions on their resumption, Read profiles of some of the envoys. Nigeria is set to have its first female ambassador to the United States of America. …

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Nigerians Warms to Stay Off Northern Cyprus schools

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has alerted and warned Nigerian parents against sending their children to universities in Northern Cyprus over the incessant killings of Nigerians. According to her, it was too risky to send children to the schools there as Nigerian students had been killed there mysteriously without any conclusive investigations carried out. Dabiri-Erewa said …

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US Sanctions 6 Nigerian Cyber Criminals For Stealing $6m From US Businesses, Individuals

The Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice, on Tuesday, announced it had taken action against six Nigerian nationals for allegedly conducting an elaborate scheme to steal over six million dollars from vulnerable victims across the United States. The department listed the accused as Richard Uzuh, Michael Olorunyomi, …

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Premier League Approves Kneeling Protests, ‘Black Lives Matter’ On Shirts

The Premier League will support players taking a knee before or during matches in protest against racial discrimination, while “Black Lives Matter” will replace player names on the back of shirts for the first 12 games of the league’s restart next week. “The League supports the players’ wish to have their names replaced by Black Lives Matter on the back of their shirts for the first …

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Washington Mayor renames Street Near White House Black Lives Matter Plaza

Washington mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday renamed an area near the White House that has become the epicenter of anti-racism protests over the past week “Black Lives Matter Plaza” — unveiling a giant street mural. But in so doing, the African-American mayor piqued the ire of the very movement she was supporting, as well as of President Donald Trump. The …

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MIchael Jordan donates $100m to Racial Equality Groups

Basketball legend Michael Jordan said Friday he is making a record $100 million donation to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice. The donation comes amid a wave of protests across the United States. MJ said in a statement his Jordan Brand would distribute the money over 10 years to different organisations in a bid to stamp out “ingrained …

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International Travels: New Travel Rules Unveiled

The council of the International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) on Monday approved a series of new health-based flight rules for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel. The protocol was drawn up by an international task force formed by the Montreal-based ICAO with the help of other UN agencies like the World Health Organisation and the powerful International Air …

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La Liga resumes June 11, Barcelona faces Real Mallorca June 13

FC Barcelona will recommence their bid to defend the Spanish La Liga title on June 13 away to Real Mallorca, after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers La Liga, while announcing this on Sunday, also said Real Madrid will host Eibar on June 14. The season will however kick back into action with a local derby between …

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Why the US wants Adesina out as AfDB President

It sounds like déjà vu. But as the plot thickens, it is following the same story line. The Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank, AfDB, has finally bowed to pressure by the United States to initiate an in-depth investigations into the allegations some “concerned staff members” of the organization had leveled against its embattled president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina. The …

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Corruption at AfDB: U.S. wants fresh probe, rejects Adesina’s exoneration

The United States has rejected the clean bill given Dr. Akinwumi Adesina by the African Development Bank ethics committee, over corruption allegations. Instead, the U.S. has called for an independent probe, thus upending AfDB’s board decision to end an investigation against Adesina. In a letter dated May 22 and addressed to Niale Kaba, chairwoman of the bank’s board of governors, …

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Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in his apartment

The Chinese ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead at his residence on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on Sunday, police said. The envoy, who had arrived in Israel in mid-February, was found dead in his Herzliya home, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding that police were investigating. Du’s wife and son were not with him in Israel. Du, …

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FG impounds British aircraft for operating commercial flights into Nigeria

The Federal Government has impounded an aircraft owned by a British company for conducting commercial flights operation into Nigeria amid COVID-19 lockdown. This was announced on Sunday by Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, via official Twitter handle @hadisirika. The Minister said the company, Flair Aviation, was given the approval to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights. According …

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100-Year-Old Russian Woman Beats COVID-19

Russia celebrated a rare bit of good news on Wednesday as a 100-year-old woman left a Moscow hospital after fully recovering from the coronavirus. In the country’s first reported case of a survivor that old, the woman, Pelageya Poyarkova, was discharged on her 100th birthday, the Moscow clinic treating her said. Russian television showed the elderly woman wearing a face …

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Researchers predict coronavirus end date around the world

Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design predict that the coronavirus pandemic will end globally early next year. Their prediction is that the world would not be free of the virus until 5 January 2021. But some countries would be free earlier than the terminal date projected. The researchers used data-based estimations to create models which show the …

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Researcher ‘on verge of making very significant’ coronavirus findings shot to death

A medical researcher said to be on the “verge of making very significant” coronavirus findings was found shot to death over the weekend in Pennsylvania, officials said. Bing Liu, 37, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was found dead Saturday inside a home in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County medical examiner said.  He …

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WHO says has no proof from US on ‘speculative’ Wuhan lab claims

The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support “speculative” claims by the US president that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. “We have not received any data or specific evidence from the United States government relating to the purported origin of the virus — so from our perspective, this remains speculative,” WHO …

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UK To Launch Smartphone App For Tracking COVID-19

Britain was poised on Monday to roll out a new smartphone tracing app for coronavirus on an island off England’s south coast, as the country looks to ease a six-week nationwide lockdown.  The app, developed by the state-run National Health Service (NHS), will be trialled on the Isle of Wight ahead of its planned rollout across Britain later this month. …

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Covid-19: Long Queues outside liquor stores as India eases virus lockdown

Police used batons on Monday to beat back thirsty Indians jostling to buy alcohol for the first time in 40 days as the government eased further the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown. The government credits its harsh shutdown of almost all activity since in late March with keeping the tally of cases to a relatively modest 42,500 with around 1,400 deaths. …

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Covid-19 Pandemic: French Football Season Declared Over, PSG Awarded Title

France’s football league declared the season over on Thursday, with Paris Saint-Germain named as Ligue 1 champions. PSG led the table by 12 points from Marseille when the season was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has gone on to kill more than 24,000 people in France. The announcement by the LFP comes after Prime Minister Edouard …

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COVID-19: WHO Appoints Okonjo-Iweala as Special Envoy ACTAccelerator

The World Health Organisation has appointed former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a Special Envoy of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the appointment on Friday, during the launch of the initiative, which he described as “a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, …

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COVID-19: Arsenal Players Allowed Back To Training Ground

Arsenal’s squad will be allowed back to their training ground from next week, although the club stressed they would still have to maintain British government guidelines designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Premier League side’s players will have access to training pitches but on a strict rotational basis that will see them uphold social distancing measures. “Players …

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