Thursday, April 22, 2021



Pantami: I preach Islam, not my personal opinions

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has said that none of his Islamic preachings were anchored on his personal opinions but a verdict from the teachings of Islam.

Pakistan blocks social media over anti-France protests

Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France.

Who wins the Euro 2021?

The Euro 2020 football championship was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being moved for this summer.

Franco-Nigeria bilateral trade drops by $2.2b in 2020 — French Minister

France, on Tuesday, announced that its volume of trade with Nigeria in year 2020 dropped to $2.3 billion dollars, from $4.5 billion in 2019,...

Nigerian govt can’t reduce price of cooking gas – Marketers

The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers, NALPGAM, says the Federal Government alone cannot halt the hike in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, across Nigeria.

French minister to meet with young Nigerians in creative industry 

Franck Riester, French Minister of Foreign Trade and Attractiveness to Nigeria will meet with young Nigerian entrepreneurs in cultural and creative industry to provide support for the sector.

Morocco, France discuss bilateral ties, regional issues

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian on Thursday discussed issues aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

U.S. to begin talks with Iran as nuclear deal powers meet

Top diplomats are meeting in Vienna on Tuesday to try to save the nuclear deal with Iran.

IMF extends debt relief for 28 low-income countries

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, has approved the third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, CCRT.

Africa Economic, Cultural Week to hold virtually May 24 to 26 – Organisers

The organisers of the first edition of the Africa Economic and Cultural Week said the event would hold virtually from May 24 to 26 due to coronavirus pandemic protocols.

French police arrest 5 women on suspicion of terrorism

The Police in France arrested five women suspected of planning a terror attack, legal sources said on Sunday.

NDLEA arrests Chadian, 35, for drug deal in Taraba

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Taraba has arrested a 35-year-old Chadian for an alleged drug deal.

North Korea accuses UN of ‘double standards’ over missile launches

North Korea said on Monday that the UN Security Council’s position, UNSC, on missile launches by Pyongyang amounted to double standards that violated the country’s sovereignty and right to self-defence.

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...

Results of 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Europe Zone

Following are the results of Match Day 1 fixtures in the Europe Zone Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, played on Wednesday. Belgium 3-1...

Piracy: France govt supports Nigerian Navy to secure Gulf of Guinea

The French Government on Wednesday expressed willingness to offer the Nigerian Navy its full cooperation, to tackle piracy and other forms of insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

NDLEA seizes 200kg of hard drugs at Lagos, Abuja, Kano airports

NDLEA simultaneously seized 200 kilograms of illicit substances at the Lagos, Kano and Abuja airports last week. Its director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, made...

Buhari demands periodic performance reports on $890m health grant

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Health to ensure effective utilisation of Global Fund’s generous provision of 890 million dollars, over the next three years.

COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, PTF insists

The Presidential Tasks Force, PTF, on COVID-19 has insisted that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe for Nigerians despite the growing global concerns over possible side effects.

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.

Negotiating with terrorists suggests weakness by Nigerian govt ― NSA

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno, on Thursday ruled out the possibility of Federal Government negotiating with the criminals, saying that doing so will suggest weakness and incapacity on the part of government.

Champions League: PSG hold off FC Barcelona to reach quarter finals

Paris Saint-Germain survived an upset-minded FC Barcelona to reach the Champions League quarterfinals, 5-2 on aggregate, after a 1-1 draw in their second leg in Paris on Wednesday.

COVID-19: Paris extends alcohol ban in public

The city of Paris has massively extended its ban on alcohol in public places because of the coronavirus situation.

Myanmar’s military junta recalls 100 diplomats from 19 nations – Reports

Myanmar’s military authorities have recalled at least 100 diplomats from its missions in 19 countries in the wake of a controversial speech by the Asian country’s envoy to the UN, U Kyaw Moe Tun, an official said.

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