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Africa steps up Omicron variant detection as COVID-19 cases rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: WHO. African countries are stepping up measures to detect and control the spread of the Omicron variant. This became necessary as weekly new COVID-19 cases in the continent rose by 54 per cent due to an upsurge in southern Africa, said the World Health Organisation in a statement released on Thursday. According to Read More…

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Nigerian research scientist says Omicron variant in Africa exciting news, blessing in disguise

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Nigerian research scientist has said that African innate immunities may have weakened the efficacy of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Dr Jonathan Obaje, a Nigerian Research Scientist based in Singapore, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that based on preliminary clinical data coming from South Africa on the “Omicron” variant of the COVID-19 virus, African Read More…

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COVID-19: Two travellers from Nigeria, first Omicron cases in Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo. There are two confirmed cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Ottawa, the Ontario government announced Sunday. “Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Read More…

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COVID-19: Nigeria among 8 African countries banned from entering Indonesia due to Omicron variant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Bloomberg, FAAN/Twitter. Even though no Nigerian has tested positive for the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, they cannot enter Indonesia as from Monday. This is because Indonesia has said that it will ban the entry of travellers who have been to eight African countries including Nigeria. It will also extend quarantine Read More…

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[PHOTO] Akinwumi Adesina meets with Kamala Harris in Paris

Reading Time: < 1 minute They met on the sidelines of a three-day Paris Peace Forum, at a dinner at the Élysées, Paris. At the dinner hosted by French President, Emmanuel Macron on Nov. 11, the African Development Bank (AfDB) CEO, Akinwumi Adesina, had a chance tete-a-tete with US Vice President, Kamala Harris, during which they posed for a colourful Read More…

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[Pictures] Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai marries

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Malala Yousafzai/Twitter. LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls’ education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who survived being shot aged 15 by a Taliban gunman in her native Pakistan in 2012, has got married, she said on social media on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who lives in Britain, said she Read More…

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U.S. Democrats pass $1 trillion infrastructure bill, ending daylong standoff

Reading Time: 3 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz. In picture above: A box containing an enrolled bill is wheeled through a hallway after the bipartisan infrastructure bill package passed in the House at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – After a daylong standoff, Democrats set aside divisions between progressives Read More…

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Apparent military coup unfolds in Sudan

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Sky News. PM, Ministers detained The fragile civilian-military power sharing arrangement in Sudan seems to have come to an end as the military has effectively effected a coup d’etat. Agency reports say that soldiers on Monday arrested most of the members of Sudan’s cabinet and many pro-government party leaders in an apparent military Read More…

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One does not feel old, says 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth, declines Oldies Award

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Frank Augstein/Pool/REUTERS, REUTERS/Toby Melville. Britain’s 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth, who has reigned over her nation for almost seven decades, says she feels too young at heart to be awarded the title “Oldie of the Year”, an aide has revealed. Organisers of the annual tongue-in-cheek awards – whose previous recipients include Oscar-winning actors, Nobel laureates, Read More…

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Global tax deal seeks to end havens, criticized for ‘no teeth’, Nigeria abstains

Reading Time: 4 minutes Image Credits: Patrick Semansky/Pool/REUTERS, REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo. The days of monied magnates moving their cash to obscure destinations to escape taxation are diminishing. This is because a group of 136 countries, with Nigeria abstaining, on Friday set a minimum global tax rate of 15% for big companies. They also sought to make it harder for Read More…