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Putin slams Sputnik V vaccine criticism, to get jab on Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed foreign criticism of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and said he would get the jab himself on Tuesday. Speaking at a televised meeting with health officials, the 68-year-old Russian leader described recent remarks in Europe questioning the need for the Russian vaccine as “strange”. “We are not imposing
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Netanyahu ahead but win uncertain in new Israel vote

Israeli voters readied for a fourth election in under two years Tuesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead in the polls but uncertain of clinching a governing majority. The veteran leader hopes Israelis will thank him for a world-leading Covid-19 vaccination campaign, and for the diplomatic coup of normalising ties with the United Arab Emirates and three other Arab
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Number of people in UK feeling lonely doubles ― Report

The number of people in the United Kingdom (UK) experiencing loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has more than doubled since March 2020 in spite of an overall reduction in anxiety levels, a new study has revealed. A survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation also revealed that fewer adults felt they were coping well
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Republic of Congo opposition candidate dies of Covid-19

Republic of Congo opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died of Covid-19 as he was being transferred to France for treatment, his campaign director said Monday, the day after presidential elections in which he was the main challenger. Kolelas was seen as the main rival to veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, who was expected to win
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AstraZeneca says vaccine 80% effective for elderly, no blood clot risk

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is 80 per cent effective at preventing the disease in the elderly and does not increase the risk of blood clots, the biotech firm said Monday, following its US phase III efficiency trials. It was 79 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in the overall population and 100 per cent effective
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South Africa sells its AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AU

South Africa has sold a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for distribution in 14 fellow African nations, the health minister announced Sunday. South Africa last month suspended its vaccination programme, which had started with AstraZeneca jabs, after doubts were raised over that vaccine’s efficacy against a local variant of Covid-19. Pretoria instead announced
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Poll shows plunge in Europeans’ trust in AstraZeneca jab

Trust in AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in many European countries has plunged following controversy around the jab in recent weeks, according to a new survey unveiled Monday by British pollsters YouGov. A majority of people in the biggest European Union member states, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, now see the inoculation as unsafe, the recent
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Over 86% of Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water — UNICEF

By Steve Oko – Aba UNICEF has expressed concern over the shortage of potable water in Nigeria, saying that over 86% of Nigerians lack access to a safely managed drinking water source. UNICEF in a press statement to commemorate the World Water Day, further noted that “although about 70 per cent of Nigerians are reported to
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IGP orders full investigation into attack on Benue gov, Ortom

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered full-scale investigations into the circumstances surrounding the attack and reported attempt on the life of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Orton was reportedly attacked on Saturday
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Mobile policeman, three land grabbers arrested over death of man in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman A mobile policeman and three civilians have been arrested in connection with the death of a man, weekend, in NITEL area of Ikorodu, Lagos. The cop with an undisclosed identity was alleged to have led some armed thugs to the Igbogbo area of Lagos, to forcefully evacuate some persons from an expanse
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APC will soon crash — Sokoto Gov, Tambuwal

By Musa Na Annabi – Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has said the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) will soon collapse as the party had lost focus and that the citizenry no longer had confidence in the party. He added that was why he was not surprised by the decision of the
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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort partially closed over Covid outbreak

Former US president, Donald Trump’s Florida resort Mar-a-Lago has been partially closed after some members of staff tested positive for the coronavirus, US media reported Friday. “As some of our staff have recently tested positive for Covid-19, we will be temporarily suspending service at the Beach Club and a la carte Dining Room,” the club’s
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Nnamdi Kanu, a threat to existence of true Judaism in Nigeria — JFI

The Judaism Fellowship Initiative (JFI), an umbrella organisation of all the Jewish synagogue in Nigeria, has accused Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), of feeding gullible minds with wrong doctrine of Judaism. Chief Arthur-Regis Odidika, President of the Nigeria Judaism Community, said this at the 10th anniversary of JFI
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North Koreans leave Malaysia after ties cut over US extradition row

North Korea’s diplomats in Malaysia shuttered their embassy and flew out of the country Sunday, after Pyongyang severed diplomatic ties over the extradition of a citizen to the United States. Pyongyang announced the shock move Friday, labelling Malaysia’s extradition of a North Korean man an “unpardonable crime” carried out under “blind obedience” to American pressure.
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Internet blackout as Congo votes, with president set to secure fourth term

The Republic of Congo voted Sunday in a presidential election boycotted by the main opposition and attacked by critics as tilted towards veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso. Access to the internet and social media was cut hours before polls opened at 7 am (0600 GMT), AFP correspondents said. The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso is widely expected
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‘Organisations of sin’: Pope Francis rails against mafia

Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on the mafia Sunday, Italy’s day of remembrance for victims of the mob, describing them as “organisations of sin” who have exploited the coronavirus pandemic. “Mafias are present in various parts of the world and, exploiting the pandemic, have enriched themselves through corruption,” the pontiff said after his weekly
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Boko Haram kills two Cameroonian soldiers in Borno

Two Cameroonian soldiers deployed to Nigeria were killed late Saturday in a Boko Haram attack in northeastern Borno state, two military sources said Sunday. The insurgents, on foot and in several trucks fitted with machine guns, attacked soldiers outside the town of Wulgo as well as Cameroonian soldiers deployed from across the border to assist.
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Saudi Aramco 2020 profits slump on lower crude prices

Energy giant Saudi Aramco on Sunday posted a 44.4 percent slump in 2020 net profit due to lower crude prices, as the coronavirus pandemic weighed heavily on global demand. Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s cash cow, has revealed consecutive falls in profits since it began disclosing earnings in 2019. That has piled pressure on government finances as
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US man accused of one murder says he really killed 16

An American man charged with beating to death a New Jersey resident he says sexually abused him as a child now claims he has killed a total of 16 people, including his ex-wife and three others found dead near a New Mexico airport, officials said. Authorities have not corroborated his claim. Sean Lannon, 47, said
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Half of UK adults have gotten one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Britain said Saturday that half the country’s adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as the government races to reach everyone over age 18 by the end of July. The National Health Service has put shots in the arms of 26.9 million people, or 51% of the adult population, according to the
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US ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines

U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as the nation’s president, Joe Biden, tries to assert America’s place in the world and distinguish himself from his predecessor. Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia this past week. Public spats between the countries
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Turkey withdraws from European treaty protecting women

Turkey withdrew early Saturday from a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and which bears the name of its largest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s overnight decree annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women’s rights advocates, who say
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Congo opposition candidate hospitalized with COVID-19

The leading opposition presidential candidate in Republic of Congo was receiving oxygen at a private hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19, a family member said, casting Sunday’s election into doubt on the eve of the vote. The election’s outcome was already all but certain even before confirmation of Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas’ illness. President Denis
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Why South South should produce next president ― Edo Dep Gov, Speaker

By Ozioruva Aliu – Benin City Deputy Governor of Edo state, Comrade Philip Shaibu, and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Marcus Onabun, Saturday said the South-South geo-political zone is ripe to produce the next president of Nigeria and while calling on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its
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Farmers, herders must register or get expelled ― Ekiti govt

Ekiti State government has given farmers and herders another two-week window to register with the state government or be ready to leave the state. The two-week grace begins on Sunday, March 22. In February, the state conducted a two-week registration of farmers and herders, but not all those involved seized the opportunity. Commissioner for Agriculture
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