Twitter, TikTok Consider Merger

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Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a threat to national security. Trump declared Thursday that the popular Chinese video app TikTok and social network WeChat “threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.” In an executive order, Trump gave Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the platforms, effectively setting a deadline for a sale of TikTok by its Chinese parent…

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WHO To Review Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

President Putin

The World Health Organization said any WHO stamp of approval on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review after Russia announced Tuesday it had approved a vaccine. President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to approve a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the new coronavirus.                   “We are in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine,” the United Nations health agency’s spokesman…

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US Warns Nigeria About Incoming Al-Qaeda Terrorists

Major General Dagvin Anderson

The U.S. says Nigeria must take the lead in the war against terrorists. The United States has warned the Nigerian government about the possible entrance of the Arab jihadist group, Al-Qaeda, in the northwestern region. While speaking during a digital press briefing the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Africa, Major General Dagvin Anderson, warned that the terrorist group is making in-roads into Nigeria and other African countries. He said the sharing of intelligence with the Nigerian government has been vital to providing an understanding of terrorist activities in the country.…

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Nigeria Rescues 30 Trafficked Citizens In Lebanon

NIDCOM

Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations, and Protocol Unit. The commission said the rescue came after video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet. According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded…

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Nigeria and Chinese Loans

Ruben Abati

By Reuben Abati The relationship between Nigeria and China with regard to loans obtained from the latter to fund Nigeria’s infrastructural projects suddenly became a matter of legislative intervention and public scrutiny last week when the House of Representatives summoned the Minister of Transportation, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to appear before it on August 17. The ministers are expected to explain certain clauses in the agreement signed between Nigeria and the Export-Import Bank of China with regard to…

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THERE’S HIGH RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION IN NIGERIA – UK

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The United Kingdom has advised British nationals against non-essential travel to Nigeria on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. It said based on currently available information, there was a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the country. In a travel advice on its website, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said individuals entering or returning to the UK from Nigeria “will be required to follow additional UK border measures, which includes self-isolation for 14 days.” If travel is essential, the FCO urged travellers to discuss their plans with a health…

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Insights Into life Under Covid-19 For China And Africa

A publication of FBNQuest The main talking point about Sino-African relations in the COVID-19 experience has been the extent to which China will take part in the G20 initiative to defer sovereign debt repayments. This came up in a webinar on ‘China-Africa Policy in the Age of COVID: A New Normal?’ but more revealing was the discussion on the direction of Chinese investment. The event was organized by a prominent London-based business platform for the continent. The consensus was that aggregate Chinese investment in Africa will decline in the straitened…

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AfDB Independent Probe Panel Exonerates Nigeria’s Adesina

Akinwumi adesina

The independent review panel constituted to look into allegations of corruption and abuse of office levelled against the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has exonerated him. The panel led by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland was constituted at the instance of the United States (U.S.) representative on the board of the bank, who requested for new Independent panel be set up after the bank’s ethics committee exonerated Adesina of a whistleblower allegation. The new panel in a document containing its report said it agrees with the…

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Former NCC Spokes Person, Tony Ojobo, Others Makes The 2020 List Of Most Reputable Africa

Tony Ojobo

Reputation Poll International, a leading global reputation-management firm, has released the 2020 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans. The list features 47 women and 53 men from diverse sectors including; Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education, and Business. The selection Criteria base on Integrity, Visibility, and Impact. The list includes Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; Nigeria’s Dr. Paul Enenche, South Africa’s Prof. Wiseman L. Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and Chairman of Rothschild (SA); Guinean Economist Cellou Dalein Diallo, and Cameroon’s  Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission…

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Gabon Appoints First Woman Prime Minister

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The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, appointed the country’s first woman prime minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda on Thursday. Oussouka Raponda was promoted from her role as defense minister and takes over from Julien Nkoghe Bekale, who held the role from January 2019. Bekale stepped down from his role earlier in the day. This is not the first time that she has shaken up Gabonese politics. After serving as budget minister eight years ago, she became the first woman to be elected mayor of the capital Libreville in 2014 as…

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