Wednesday, April 21, 2021



5 killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday killing at least five people and wounding several as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta, media said.

Apple expands repair provider program to 200 countries

Tech giant, Apple Inc., AAPL, is expanding its ‘Independent Repair Provider’, IRP, programme to more than 200 countries.

JUST IN: NDLEA intercepts over N2bn illicit drugs at Lagos airport, arrests 2 suspects

The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted illicit drugs worth over N2 billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

US President Biden invites Buhari, 39 other leaders to climate summit

The United States President Joe Biden has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to a Leaders Summit on Climate holding between April 22 and 23. Mr Biden...

Australia to evacuate thousands as Sydney faces worst floods in 60 years

Australian authorities are planning to evacuate thousands of more people on Monday from flood-affected suburbs in Sydney’s west.

Biden’s diplomat calls for deeper ties with Japan

U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Tuesday called for deeper economic and security ties with Japan.

U.S. is world’s top arms supplier, Saudi Arabia top importer – Research

More than a third of the global arms sold worldwide during the past five years originated in the U.S., underscoring its role as the world’s top weapons seller, a Swedish-based research institute said on Monday.

Japan’s Suga to be first foreign leader to meet Biden at White House

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet the US President Joe Biden in Washington in the first half of April, Tokyo said on Friday.

Australia lifts suspension on Boeing 737 MAX

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, CASA, on Friday said it had lifted the temporary suspension placed on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operating to and from the country.

Australian parliament passes news code after Facebook, Google battles

Australian lawmakers have passed a “world-first” digital news code that requires Facebook and Google to negotiate with publishers about paying for news content, Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said on Thursday.

Bill to uncover corruption in govt agencies, private institutions scales 2nd Reading at Senate

The Senate on Tuesday considered a critical bill, which when passed and signed into law, would uncover and prevent the occurrence of financial fraud in government agencies and private institutions in Nigeria. 

Melbourne enters new lockdown, barring Australian Open crowds

Australia’s second-most populous city will enter a five-day snap coronavirus lockdown, authorities said on Friday, barring spectators for much of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Press freedom advocates condemn China’s arrest of Australian journalist

Journalists, colleagues, and press freedom advocates have expressed concern for the well-being of Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei who was arrested on Friday on suspicion of ‘supplying state secrets’ by China, reports on Tuesday said.

Australian journalist Cheng Lei arrested in China

A Chinese-born Australian news anchor has been formally arrested after six months of detention, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed on Monday.

Serena Williams, Osaka cruise into second round of Australian Open

Serena Williams dismissed Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1 on Monday in Melbourne at the Australian Open as she kicked off her chase of a record-equalling 24th grand slam win.

‘I Am LAYCON’ TV series to stream in UK, France, 24 other countries

Internet Television Service provider Showmax says it will be streaming “I Am LAYCON”, a television show in the U.K., France, Italy Australia and 23 other countries outside Africa.

U.S. threatens to take action against detainers of Myanmar’s president, others 

The U.S. has threatened to take action against those responsible for the detention of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as President Win Myint in Myanmar.

Israel extradites Australian sex abuse suspect Malka Leifer  

Israel extradited alleged child sex abuser Malka Leifer to Australia early on Monday, following a lengthy legal battle, her lawyer Nick Kaufman told dpa.

Nadal, Thiem suffer coaching setbacks ahead of Australian Open

World number two Rafa Nadal and last year’s Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem have both suffered setbacks with their coaches unable to make the trip Down Under for the year’s first tennis Grand Slam.

India delivers relief materials to Fiji cyclone victims

India on Monday delivered relief supplies, including dignity kits containing hygiene and sanitary items and sleeping mats to Fiji for the cyclone-affected families., reports said.

China slams UK for comments on ‘Hong Kong 12’ trial

China on Tuesday slammed UK Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, for his comments on the trial of 12 Hong Kongers facing charges for alleged illegal border crossing, the CGTN reported.

China slams UK for comments on ‘Hong Kong 12’ trial

China on Tuesday slammed UK Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, for his comments on the trial of 12 Hong Kongers facing charges for alleged illegal border crossing, the CGTN reported.

GDP: IMF ranks Nigeria 1st in Africa, 26th in the world

Nigeria stands as the number one country in Africa in the International Monetary Fund, IMF, 2020 World Economic Outlook’s ratings of countries. Using countries’ GDPs,...

Australia to vaccinate all citizens October – Minister

Australian Minister for Health Greg Hunt said on Monday that the COVID-19 vaccination rollout late 2020 in the country was expected to be completed by the end of October in 2021.

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