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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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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Japan Gives Nigeria $9.4m Grant For Medical Equipment

The government of Japan has extended a funding assistance of 1 billion Japanese Yen (approximately USD$9.4m) to Nigeria for the provision of medical equipment. This is contained in a statement SA Media to Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Sufuyan Ojeifo  said; Nigeria’s Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba and Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Mr Kikuta Yutaka, have signed and exchanged notes in Abuja in respect of the grant. The medical equipment funding project, as expected, would contribute to…

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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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Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 Death Toll Passes One Million

The number of people worldwide who have died with Covid-19 has passed one million, researchers say, with many regions still reporting surging numbers of new infections. The tally by Johns Hopkins University shows that deaths in the US, Brazil and India make up nearly half that total. Experts caution that the true figure is probably much higher. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called it a “mind-numbing” figure and “an agonising milestone”. “Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life,” he said in a video message. “They were…

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Federal Government Accuses World powers Of Frustrating Fight Against Insurgency

The Federal Government has appealed to the world powers not to be weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the appeal on Thursday when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja. “When the international community is weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country of vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity, you cannot turn round to accuse the country of not fighting terrorism,’ he said.   The…

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WHO Says Prolonged Wearing Of Face Mask Not Dangerous

The World Health Organization Has Said A Claim Being Widely Shared On Social Media That The Prolonged Wearing Of Masks Can Be Dangerous Is “Not True At All”,. An Article Making The Claim First Appeared Online In Spanish Towards The End Of April. It Circulated Widely In Spanish-Speaking Countries, Before A Translation Appeared On English Outlets And A Nigerian News Site. The Report Alleged That Prolonged Breathing While Wearing Masks Leads To Inhalation Of Carbon Dioxide, Which Makes People Dizzy And Deprives The Body Of Oxygen. It Also Claimed People…

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Indian And Chinese Troops ‘Clash On Border’ In Sikkim

Dozens of Indian and Chinese soldiers have exchanged physical blows in a clash on the shared border, Indian media report. Seven Chinese and four Indian troops were injured, an army official reportedly said, near the Naku La sector in the border state of Sikkim. Local commanders spoke and resolved the dispute, which took place on Saturday. The two countries have competing claims over their shared 3,400 kilometre (2,100 mile) border. The latest tense face-off took place near the Naku La sector in Sikkim, more than 5,000 metres (16,400ft) above sea…

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