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In a move to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and well-being worldwide by 2030, a consortium of UN agencies on Tuesday launched an innovative mobile application that would help curb skin cancer. The application, the collective brainchild of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched to help protect individuals...

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President of the European Commission (EU) Ursula von der Leyen says the body has proposed a ban on Russian oil, amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Recall that the war between Russia and Ukraine began in February this year, and as of today, many casualties have since been recorded as a result of the war. She disclosed this in a tweet via her Twitter handle on Thursday morning. “Finally, we now propose a...

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No fewer than 602,000 people died of malaria across Africa last year, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, said this on Monday in her message to commemorate this year’s World Malaria Day tagged ‘Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives’. “Malaria remains a significant public health and development challenge,” she declared. “In the last year, about 95 per cent...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday claimed that his main spy agency had foiled a Western plot to kill a prominent Russian journalist. “This morning, the Federal Security Service stopped the activities of a terrorist group that planned to attack and kill one famous Russian TV journalist. “They have moved to terror, preparing the murder of our journalists. Putin told reporters. He did not immediately provide evidence to support his claims. Reuters was unable to...

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ABUJA — Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the move by the International Criminal Court to reform its system as part of efforts to mend relations with African countries is a welcome development and a crucial moment for the continent. According to a statement signed on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo stated this when he received a courtesy visit to...

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The 27 European Union member states have agreed to send another 500 million Euros in military aid for Ukraine, top EU Diplomat, Josep Borrell, announced on Wednesday in a statement. Borrell said it was crucial the EU increased military support to Ukraine as Russia gears up for a new assault in the country’s east as “the next weeks will be decisive.’’ It is the third package of military aid the EU has agreed to send...

Afghanistan’s Taliban has instructed all government employees to wear a beard and adhere to a dress code or risk being fired. This is the latest of several restrictions imposed by the hard-line Islamist administration. Employees were being instructed not to shave their beards and to wear local clothing consisting of a long, loose top and trousers, and a hat or turban. They were also told to ensure they prayed at the correct times, in strict...

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ABUJA — The European Union will on Monday approve a new defence strategy designed to increase the capacity of the bloc which include setting up a 5,000-strong rapid reaction force. The plan in the last two years has undergone a last-minute rewrite to increase the focus on the threat from Russia after Moscow invaded Ukraine. “It’s not the answer to the Ukrainian war, but it is part of the answer,” EU foreign policy Josep Borrell...

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The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced on Saturday that it had executed 81 convicted criminals, the largest mass execution conducted by the country in its modern history. Of the 81 people killed, 73 were Saudi citizens, seven were Yemeni and one was a Syrian national. Prior to Saturday, the largest mass execution in the country’s history since 1980 was in 2016 when 47 persons were killed. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), 81 individuals were...

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India has surpassed Nigeria as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people. This was revealed by the World Poverty Clock, WPC, an online tool that monitors the progress against poverty globally and regionally and provides real-time poverty data across countries. According to the WPC, extremely poor people are those living on ₦800 (less than $2) per day. According to the new data which put into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic economic effect, about...

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