Lewis Hamilton knighted in UK honours list

Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in Britain’s traditional New Year Honours list after equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One world titles.The list recognises outstanding achievements in various fields including showbusiness, sport and politics, as well as the contributions of a larger number of everyday citizens.There are many awards this year for those seeking[...]

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China confirms first case of UK COVID-19 variant

China has confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus variant that was recently detected in Britain, health officials said.The new strain, which experts say potentially spreads faster than the original variant, has prompted travel restrictions on the UK by more than 50 countries — including China, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year.The[...]

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Argentine Senate passes abortion bill

Argentina on Wednesday became one of only a handful of South American nations to legalize abortion, after hours of debate in the Senate.Hundreds of thousands of illegal abortions are carried out every year in the nation of 44 million, and pro-choice campaigners have long-urged authorities to put an end to dangerous backstreet terminations by legalizing[...]

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US Congressman-elect Letlow dies of COVID-19

A newly elected US congressman, Luke Letlow, has died shortly after testing positive for COVID-19.A Wednesday post on the Republican politician’s Facebook page read: “Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.”The 41-year-old was admitted to the hospital on December 19 after testing positive.Three days later[...]

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French fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, hailed for his visionary creations but also for bringing stylish clothes to the masses, died Tuesday aged 98, his family has disclosed.Cardin, who was born to a low-income family in northern Italy but became a France-based fashion superstar, died in a hospital in Neuilly in the west of Paris, his[...]

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Reps back Trump, increase COVID-19 stimulus to $2,000

In a 275-134 vote on Monday, the US House of Representatives backed President Donald Trump’s demand for 2,000 dollars (N776,000) coronavirus stimulus cheque for American workers.The vote came barely 24 hours after Trump reluctantly signed the 900 billion dollars (N349.2 trillion) COVID-19 relief bill, which includes a $600 (N232,800) stimulus package.The president initially rejected the[...]

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EU member states endorse Brexit trade deal

The 27 EU member states gave the green light on Monday for the post-Brexit trade deal to go into effect on January 1, a spokesman said.Ambassadors from EU capitals met in Brussels to nod through the accord, using a procedure which will take effect at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Tuesday.This will provisionally allow tariff-free[...]

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COVID-19: South Africa passes one million infections as cases surge

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million COVID-19 cases.It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources.President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected[...]

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Turkmenistan’s president claims licorice can cure COVID-19

Well-known for his baffling botanical pronouncements, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov claimed Saturday that licorice could cure coronavirus, the latest supposed miracle cure in a country still claiming zero cases.“Scientists from every country are looking for effective cures, running various studies, and one of them could be licorice root,” the leader of the authoritarian ex-Soviet country[...]

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COVID-19: UK owes frontline workers debt of gratitude, says Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has commended frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic, expressing during her annual Christmas television broadcast how “moved” she was by the “quiet, indomitable spirit” shown by people over the last year.“Every year we herald the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights,” the Queen said, noting that this year[...]

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Malian opposition leader, Cisse, dies of Covid-19

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has died of coronavirus aged 71, his family and party said Friday, after being held hostage for six months by jihadists earlier this year.Cisse “died in France, where he had been taken for Covid-19 care,” a member of his family told AFP.“I can confirm this terrible news. He’s dead,” a[...]

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is sold for $22m

Michael Jackson’s famous 2,700-acre Southern California ranch has been sold for 22 million dollars to billionaire Ron Burkle, The Wall Street Journal reported.Burkle, who Forbes estimates is worth 1.5 billion dollars, was a friend of Jackson, who helped manage his money in the mid-2000s, according to the Journal.He is also co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.Neverland[...]

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China suspends UK flights over new virus strain

China on Thursday suspended flights to and from Britain after it reported a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus.China has largely curbed the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, but authorities remain highly vigilant about the threat of “imported” virus cases.“Given the exceptional nature of the virus mutation and its potential impact … China[...]

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India’s COVID-19 tally rises to over 10.1 million

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,123,778 on Thursday as 24,712 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, latest data from the Federal Health Ministry indicates.According to the data, the death toll mounted to 146,756 with 312 more deaths.There are still 283,849 active cases in the country, while 9,693,173 people have been discharged from[...]

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UK COVID-19 strain found in Belgium

Belgium recorded four cases of the mutant coronavirus variant sweeping Britain at the start of December, health officials told AFP Tuesday. The four cases were uncovered at the start of the month in the country’s northern Flemish regions that border the Netherlands, said Jan Eyckmans, spokesman for Belgium’s health minister. A spokesman for the national[...]

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COVID-19: Germany extends entry ban on Britons, South Africans

Germany on Tuesday extended a ban on arrivals from Britain and South Africa until January 6 after a new more infectious coronavirus strain appeared in the two countries.“The transport ban covers passenger traffic by train, bus, ship and flights directly from these countries,” the health ministry said in a statement. “The order covers the period[...]

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Algeria to start Covid-19 vaccinations in January

Algeria will launch Covid-19 vaccinations in January, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Sunday, although the country has not yet selected which vaccine it will deploy.Tebboune, who is recovering from Covid-19 in Germany, where he was hospitalised on October 28, made the announcement on Twitter.He said he had tasked Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to convene without delay[...]

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UK says new COVID-19 strain ‘out of control’

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that the government has imposed a strict Christmas lockdown in London and southeast England because a new strain of the coronavirus was “out of control”.Hancock warned that the strict measures could stay in place until the virus vaccine is fully rolled out.“We acted very quickly and decisively,” Hancock[...]

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COVID-19: Trump wishes Macron speedy recovery

US President Donald Trump has spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron to wish him a quick recovery from the coronavirus, the White House said Friday.In the conversation, which the White House said took place Thursday, Trump “wished President Macron a speedy recovery and quick return to his full duties,” spokesman Judd Deere said.“President Trump also[...]

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U.S. gets second COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved for emergency use a second coronavirus vaccine produced by an American biotechnology company, Moderna.This clears the way for millions of more Americans to be inoculated next week in a country reeling under a second wave of the pandemic.Moderna’s is the second vaccine to get FDA’s[...]

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