Emmanuel Macron: French president tests positive for Covid

France’s Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing several European leaders to self-isolate after coming into contact with him. The 42-year-old president was tested after developing symptoms and will now self-isolate for seven days, the Elysée Palace said in a statement. He “is still in charge” of running the country and will work remotely. European Council chief Charles Michel and Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez are among the leaders having to self-isolate. France this week ended a six-week national lockdown, replacing the measure with a curfew to help deal with…

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Ghana’s Opposition Rejects Election Results

Ghana’s opposition has rejected presidential and parliamentary election results, a party official said late on Wednesday, adding that it intends to take steps to appeal the electoral commission’s decision. “Overwhelming evidence available makes it impossible for us to accept this spurious and hurried conclusion,” Haruna Iddrisu, a member of parliament for the National Democratic Congress party said after the electoral commission announced President Akufo-Addo had won Monday’s vote with 51.59 percent, beating the NDC’s leader John Mahama’s 47.36 percent. “We intend to take decisive and concrete steps, both with the…

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World Food Prices Jump To Six-Year High —UN

Global food commodity prices rose sharply in November to their highest level in nearly six years, the UN food agency said Thursday, due in part to adverse weather conditions. The Food and Agriculture Organisation said prices of the most globally traded foodstuffs were up across the board, putting extra pressure in particular on 45 countries that need outside help feeding their populations. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 105 points during the month, up 3.9 percent from October and 6.5 percent from a year earlier. “The monthly increase was the…

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Social Media Regulation: UK To Regulate Google, Facebook

Britain announced Friday it will set up a watchdog to regulate tech giants such as Facebook and Google, help protect smaller competitors and give consumers more control over personal data. Britain’s announcement comes as US tech giants are facing increasing scrutiny around the world over their power and as other countries step up their regulatory powers. “Our new, pro-competition regime for digital markets will ensure consumers have choice, and mean smaller firms aren’t pushed out,” said Business Secretary Alok Sharma. The measures are due to come into force after Britain…

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Covid-19 Aftermath: India Enters First Recession In 73 Years

India’s economy contracted 7.5 percent between July and September, performing the poorest among major advanced and emerging economies and entering a technical recession for the first time since independence, official data showed Friday. Although the figures were an improvement on the record 23.9-percent contraction recorded last quarter, they indicate that Asia’s third-largest economy is in for a tough fight as it attempts to revive demand and create jobs even as coronavirus infections climb. The two successive quarters of contraction mean that the country has now entered a “technical recession” for…

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Terrorism: President Buhari Insists Libya Instability Still Affecting Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the instability in Libya after 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi is still affecting countries in the Sahel region, including Nigeria as gunmen have continued to wreak havoc. He said this Tuesday at State House, Abuja, while receiving a Special Envoy from Chad. President Buhari said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina. The President, who said he was aware of the problem Chad has with Libya, which backs some Chadian rebels trying to destabilise the country, promised that Nigeria will always be…

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ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

Following the announcement of Mali’s 25-member Transition Government on Monday, regional bloc ECOWAS has  lifted wide-ranging sanctions imposed on the country following the 18th August military coup. In the statement announcing the lifting of sanctions, the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo called on the Mali government to comply with other demands by the regional body, including the dissolution of the ruling military Council and release detainees. He said the junta has explained in the Transition Charter that the vice president is in charge of defence and…

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Buhari Joins World Leaders Wishes Trump, Family Quick Recovery

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Americans and other world leaders in prayers for quick and full recovery of President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, who reportedly tested positive to Covid-19. The Nigerian leader, who expressed his sympathy in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday. According to him, the incident of COVID-19 in the White House manifests the challenge posed by the pandemic across the world, and difficulty in containing the spread. While wishing the American First…

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World Leaders React As Donald Trump And Melania Test Positive For Covid-19

US President Donald Trump Has Said He And First Lady Melania Trump Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus And Are Now Self-Isolating. Mr Trump, Aged 74 And Therefore In A High-Risk Group, Wrote On Twitter: “We Will Get Through This Together.” It Comes After Hope Hicks, One Of His Closest Aides, Tested Positive. Mr Trump’s Announcement Comes Just Over A Month Before The Presidential Elections On 3 November Where He Faces Democratic Challenger Joe Biden. Ms Hicks, 31, Travelled With Mr Trump On Air Force One To The First Presidential TV…

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Champions League Draw: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi To Face Each Other

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are set to face each other after Juventus and Barcelona were drawn in Group G, while holders Bayern Munich will face Atletico Madrid in Group A. Group stage draw in full: Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow   Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach   Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille   Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland   Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, FK Krasnodar, Rennes   Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Bruges  …

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