- LAGOS, OYO, OTHERS ON F.G’S RED ALERT OVER RESURGENCE OF COVID-19.
- HOSPITALIZED BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT TO REGAIN FREEDOM.
- JOURNALIST DROPS DURING TALIBAN, AFGHAN FACE-OFF.
- ON SPORTS, ATHLETES IN TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS TEST POSITIVE OF COVID-19.
Three chinese nationals and two mauritanians from a construction site in southwestern mali have been abducted by gunmen.
Mali’s armed forces in a statement on facebook comfirmed that the assailants stormed the site and made off with five pick-up trucks.
The statement also revealed that the men destroyed equipment, including a crane and dump trucks belonging to chinese construction firm covec, and mauritanian road-building company attm.
A malian army official, who requested anonymity, on his part, told newsmen that the victims were working on road construction in the region before they were attacked and taken away but affirmed that release of all the hostages remains their priority.
Vila nova star hospital, the hospital caring for brazilian president, jair bolsonaro, who had hospitalised since july 13 with an obstructed intestine, has noted that the president could be discharged in coming days.
The hospital disclosed this in a statement, saying bolsonaro will be offered a diet of soups and purees, if he shows no negative reaction to the meal, he will be discharged in few days time.
However, on his part, chief surgeon antonio macedo said he could be released today, sunday july 18.
The 66-year-old president was said to have after suffering from a 10-day bout of constant hiccups, tranfersed to a hospital in sao paulo where he confirmed that the problem relates to a stabbing during his 2018 presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, speaking during an online event, bolsonaro said he was feeling fine and wanted to get back to work, a move that must have prompted the hospital’s decision to discharge him.
A group of international diplomats has urged haiti’s designated prime minister, ariel henry to form a government, as political uncertainty continues following the recent assassination of president jovenel moise.
The group gave the advice in a statement, therefore calling for the creation of a consensual and inclusive government in haiti, which long before moise’s killing had seen mounting gang violence and political instability.
The core group which is composed of ambassadors from germany, brazil, canada, spain, the united states, france, european union as well as representatives from the united nations, organization of american states therefore encourage the prime minister to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government.
A journalist with reuters, danish siddiqui has been killed while covering a clash between afghan security forces and taliban fighters near a border crossing with pakistan.
An afghan commander revealed this, saying the afghan special forces had been fighting to retake the main market area of spin boldak before siddiqui and a senior afghan officer were killed in what they described as taliban crossfire.
Reacting, reuters president, michael friedenberg and editor-in-chief, alessandra galloni said urgent investigation on the matter had since begun, as they work with authorities in the region.
United state president, joe biden has vowed to preserve a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the united states as children.
President biden promised to appeal a judge, urging congress to provide them a path to citizenship.
U.s. district judge, andrew hanen had earlier ruled in favor of a group of states led by republican-governed texas that sued to end the deferred action for childhood arrivalsprogram.
Hanen concluded that democratic former president barack obama exceeded his powers when he created daca in 2012 by executive action, bypassing congress.
The united kingdom ministers and officials are waiting to hear if they will have to isolate after confirming that health secretary, sajid javid tested positive for coronavirus.
Javid who had both jabs of the vaccine told newsmen that a polymerase chain reaction test, pcr confirmed the result of a rapid lateral flow test on july 16 that he had contracted the virus.
He however said he would continue to isolate and work from home but noted that his symptoms were mild.
Meanwhile, prime minister, boris johnson as well as other senior cabinet colleagues were reported to have had a lengthy meeting with javid to discuss health and care bill, three days after he returned from a care home in streatham, south london.
Two athletes of the 2020 tokyo olympics have tested positive for coronavirus at the tokyo olympic athletes’ village five days before the start of the games.
Tokyo 2020 spokesman, masa takaya, who revealed this, said two cases, who were the first athletes to test positive in the village, were said to be from the same country and same game.
The spokesman added that had since been isolated in their rooms with the organisers delivering their meals to them there.
Reacting, executive director of the olympics department of the international olympic committee, christopher dolby in an interview promised to manage the situation so that no one is infected.
Meanwhile, according to the organisers, 10 new cases have been connected to the olympics including media, contractors and other personnel as at today sunday and total of 15 on saturday, july 17.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator has accused united states and united kingdom of holding prisoner exchange talks hostage.
Deputy foreign minister, abbas araghchi, who said iran is preparing for a transfer of power to the incoming administration of ebrahim raisi in early august, noted that the u.s move was after iran said nuclear talks should be delayed until after its new government comes into office.
Using the formal name of the landmark accord, the joint comprehensive plan of action, the deputy foreign minister charged both us and uk need to understand and stop linking a humanitarian exchange.
The presidential steering committee, psc on covid-19, has put six states and the federal capital territory, abuja, on red alert over the fresh spread of covid-19 in nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed by the secretary to the government of the federation, boss mustapha, warning other states to increase their level of preparedness and continue to enforce all covid-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, this is coming amid fears of the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic following the confirmation of the delta variant of the coronavirus in the country.
Mustapha, who identified the six states as lagos, oyo, rivers, kaduna, kano, and plateau, also cautioned nigerians to be careful as they celebrate eid-el-kabir come tuesday, july 20 and wednesday, july 21.