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The UN says vaccine inequality between countries and regions is posing a significant risk to an already uneven and fragile global economic recovery. The UN economic forecast, published on Tuesday, stated that while the outlook for global growth has improved, the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, as well as inadequate progress on vaccination in poorer countries, are putting the recovery at risk. The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-year report warned that widening inequality...

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WARSAW — Poland will allow British football fans who want to support Manchester United at the upcoming 2020/2021 Europa League final match to avoid the mandatory coronavirus quarantine. This will be if they fulfill the condition of presenting a negative SARS-CoV-2 test. According to a government regulation that takes effect on Tuesday, fans with tickets to the May 26 game in Gdansk will need to present a negative test. But the test must not be...

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The Deputy Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof. Salisu Shehu said on Saturday that the President-General of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Tuesday. According to Shehu in a statement, “following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Tuesday, 11 May...

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ABUJA —  The draw for qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be conducted on Monday in Cairo, Egypt. The draw will hold at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, tagged “Morocco 2022”, will pit the continent’s finest women’s football teams against each other next year. The competition is also a qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup billed for Australia and...

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MEXICO CITY –– No fewer than 23 people were killed and 70 others injured after a metro bridge collapsed in southern Mexico City Monday night, according to local authorities. Authorities said on social media that 49 of the injured have been rushed to hospital. In an interview with local TV station on Tuesday, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that the accident occurred Monday when a concrete beam collapsed just as a subway train was...

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Dr. Osagie Ehanire Nigeria’s  Minister of Health says the country required over a trillion naira to effectively combat malaria in the country, noting that in 2021 alone, the country required more than N350 billion to fight the disease. The Minister disclosed this on Friday at a press conference in Abuja to commemorate the 2021 World Malaria Day with the theme “Zero Malaria”. World Health Organization (WHO) has said “it is noteworthy that Nigeria has recorded...

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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday on all counts against him in the killing of George Floyd, nearly one year after kneeling on Floyd’s neck in an incident that sparked global protests against police brutality. After less than 12 hours of deliberations, the jury returned guilty verdicts against Chauvin, finding him guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd on May 25, 2020. Under Minnesota law, Chauvin can...

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ABUJA — No fewer than 905 million COVID-19 shots have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data (OWID). The OWID, is a scientific online publication that focuses on large global problems such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change and war. OWID, disclosed this on its official website handle on Tuesday. It added there was already a stark gap between vaccination programmes in different countries, with some yet to report a single dose. “Some countries...

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BERLIN —  World football ruling body FIFA has suspended the national federations of Pakistan and Chad with immediate effect. FIFA said on Wednesday the decision to suspend the Chadian football association (FTFA) was taken because of interference by the country’s government authorities in the federation’s affairs. “The suspension will be lifted once the relevant government decisions have been repealed and the FTFA and its management have confirmed to FIFA that the FTFA premises are again...

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Days ahead of Easter and two weeks before Ramadan, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, cautioned against crowded indoor celebrations that would trigger a fresh surge in COVID-19 infections. WHO in a statement said, “In countries experiencing widespread community transmission of the virus, virtual meetings, postponing or reducing such gatherings should be seriously considered.” The statement further added, “Regardless of location, any religious service should be held outdoors wherever possible or be limited in...

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