Germany’s Coalition Negotiators Set To Give Update On Talks

BERLIN/Germany: The chief negotiators of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) and two smaller parties met in Berlin on Friday to resume talks on forming a governing coalition following elections in September. A progress report is expected later in the day. Over the past week, talks had been held in reduced format and behind closed doors under an agreement not to leak information to the media. The outcome of the Sept. 26, elections handed considerable power to the two smaller parties, the Greens who secured 14.8 per cent and the pro-business Free…

Report Indicts the Catholic Church in France, Says 330,000 Children Suffered Sexual Abuse

VATICAN CITY/Rome: A French report has revealed a staggering number of child victims of clerical sexual abuse in 70 years since 1950. The revelation is leading French President Emmanuel Macron to call for truth and compensation. On the sidelines of a European meeting in Slovenia on Thursday, Macron said “behind the figures and terrible situations that are described, there are broken lives’’. “There is a need for truth and compensation,’’ he added. Pope Francis at the weekly general audience expressed shame at the Church’s “too long failure’’. “This is a…

Explosion Kills UN Peacekeeper, Injure 3 In North-Eastern Mali

TESSALIT/Mali: An improvised explosive device has exploded, killing a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeeper and injured three others in the northeast of Mali, a UN official said. The head of the UN mission, El-Ghassim Wane, announced Saturday on his Twitter account that it was a MINUSMA vehicle that hit an improvised explosive device near Tessalit of Kidal region. “The death toll is one and three serious injuries… “This reminds us of the ongoing danger to our peacekeepers and the sacrifices made for peace in Mali,’’…

Get The Jab Or Get Another Job, UK Minister Tells Care Home Staff

LONDON/Nigeria: British care home workers who are not prepared to get the COVID vaccine should “get out and get another job,’’ Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Saturday. Javid brushed off appeals from providers to pause the legal requirement for staff in England to be fully vaccinated, amid warnings some homes will be unable to cope if workers are forced to leave. Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, has urged the government to put back the Nov. 11, deadline for staff to have both jabs, saying it will…

UK Envoy Says The Country Has Donated 1.2m COVID-19 Vaccines To Nigeria

LAGOS/Nigeria: Ms. Catriona Laing, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, says the UK Government has donated 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccines, through COVAX to Nigeria. The Envoy said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday that the vaccines administered in the country were recognised by the UK Government. “The UK Government is committed to global access to vaccines and is among the largest funders to COVAX. ” UK has donated 1.2 million vaccines specially to Nigeria through COVAX and will continue to provide support. “UK strongly supports the work of the…

Full Text of President Buhari’s Address at UN General Assembly in New York

Below is the full text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Address at the 76th Session of UNGA in N/York on Friday. “Mr President, “Let me, on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, congratulate you on your well-deserved election as President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. I would like to assure you of the full support and cooperation of the Nigerian delegation throughout your tenure. I would like to commend your predecessor, His Excellency, Mr. Volkan Boskir, for the many remarkable achievements recorded during his…

British High Commissioner, Laing Lauds Ned Nwoko Over Stars University, Malaria Eradication Project

By Patrick Ochei The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has commanded a former Federal Lawmaker, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko for the initiative to establish a Sports University christened STARS University in a local community of Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North LGA of Delta State. She gave the commendation when she visited the country home of Ned Nwoko at Idumuje-Ugboko on Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021. Laing said Nigeria is blessed with human resources that should be harnessed as advantage for future advancement in multiplicity of areas of endeavours. She noted…

International Urged to Partner With Nigeria for the 2023 Election

ASABA/Nigeria: Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called on the international community to partner the Federal Government to enthrone credibility and integrity in its electoral process, saying Nigeria is too strategic for its challenges to be ignored. Okowa made the call on Tuesday when he received the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, at Government House, Asaba. He said that Nigerians were desirous for free and credible elections in 2023 and beyond, and urged the global community to lend its support as the country was important enough not to…

Brazil Receives Largest Pfizer Vaccine Batch Of More Than 5m Doses

SAO PAULO/Brazil: Brazilian broadcaster GloboNews on Monday reported that Brazil received more than 5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines, the largest one-day delivery since the supplies began in April. Four planes landed at the Viracopos airport in Sao Paulo on Sunday, carrying 5.1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, bringing the total of the jabs delivered to Brazil to 72.5 million. By the end of September, Pfizer is to complete its 100 million shots shipment to Brazil as agreed in March 2021. Under the second agreement between the Brazilian government…

Moroccan Drivers Killed, 1 Wounded By Armed Men In Mali – Report

BAMAKO/Mali: Two Moroccan truck drivers were killed and another injured by armed men in Didieni commune, 300 km from Malian capital Bamako, Moroccan official news agency MAP reported on Sunday. The truck drivers were heading towards Bamako carrying goods before they were attacked on Saturday afternoon by a group of armed men hiding behind trees on the side of the road, the agency added. The armed men were hooded, wearing bulletproof vests and had wireless communication devices, it said. It added that they left the scene without stealing anything from…