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WTO ranks Nigeria as Africa’s number 1 importer of commercial services

The World Trade Organisation, WTO, on Friday ranked Nigeria as the number one importer of commercial services in Africa for the year 2020.

Nigerian govt threatens to sanction expatriates over Train 7 gas project

The Federal Government on Friday said it would sanction erring expatriates for failure to open operational bases in Bonny Island, Rivers, for the Train 7 Gas Project.

Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into sea in spite of opposition

Japan has decided it would start releasing radioactive water accumulated at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea after treatment, in spite of the local opposition and concerns from neighbouring countries.

COVID-19: Japan launches vaccination for elderly

Japan started to vaccinate its elderly against the coronavirus on Monday amid growing concerns about another wave of new infections.

COVID-19: Osaka cancels Olympic torch run, declares medical emergency

Japan’s western region of Osaka on Wednesday cancelled Olympic torch events scheduled across the prefecture, as record coronavirus infections prompted its government to declare a medical emergency.

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.

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.

UNICEF to screen 3million malnourished children in Northeast

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, is set to screen at least three million children for acute malnutrition in the northeast.

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...

Tokyo Olympics torch relay begins in Japan

The long-awaited torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics kicked off in the north-eastern prefecture of Fukushima on Thursday.

ITF trains over 500,000 Nigerians in 4 years – Ari

The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Joseph Ari, has said that the Fund has trained over 500,000 Nigerians in various skills in the last four years.

Fukushima nuclear operator to be banned from restarting

Japan’s nuclear regulator plans to ban the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station from reactivating another plant due to security flaws, the authority said on Wednesday.

Japan records 1st case of mother-to-new-born transmission

A newborn in Japan is believed to have contracted COVID-19 from the mother in what may be the first case of mother-to-baby coronavirus transmission in the country, the NHK reported on Monday.

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.

Japan marks 10th anniversary of tsunami, nuclear disaster

Memorial services were held across Japan on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of a magnitude-nine earthquake and resulting tsunami in the north-east of the country 10 years ago.

Fighting through the pain: Lady Gaga sends message of support to Japan

Lady Gaga sent a message of support to Japan on the 10th anniversary of its massive earthquake and tsunami, saying the resilience of its people offers hope in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Nigerian govt to establish specialised courts for gender-based violence – Malami

The Federal Government is working towards the establishment of specialised courts and judicial divisions that will focus on sexual and gender-based violence, GBV.

Tokyo 2020 games won’t be postponed again – CEO

Tokyo 2020 organising committee CEO Toshiro Muto affirmed on Friday that the postponed Olympics would never be pushed back again or canceled.

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.

Japan to open fire on foreign vessels entering its territorial waters

The Japan Coastguard could henceforth open fire on any foreign vessels aiming to land on the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, local media reports said on Friday.

Tokyo Olympics chief set to quit over sexist remarks in another blow to the Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Chief Yoshiro Mori is expected to resign on Friday over sexist comments he made early this month, with the mayor of the Olympic village, Saburo Kawabuchi, saying Mori had asked him to take over.

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