Israel began vaccinations on 19 December and is delivering jabs to about 150,000 people a day, with priority given to the over-60s, health workers and people who are clinically vulnerable. It secured supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine following negotiations early on in the pandemic. It is contacting people with priority […]

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Mr Abiy became prime minister in 2018 after mass protests forced his predecessor to resign. He promise to end authoritarian rule, and introduced sweeping reforms that led to the unbanning of political groups and the release of thousands of prisoners. The end of state repression also to a surge in […]

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No, but the region’s now-ousted ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), saw Mr Abiy as a threat to the “ethnic federalism” that it had helped introduce in Ethiopia after it took power at the end of a guerrilla war in 1991. It had created the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary […]

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The EU and UK appear close to striking a post-Brexit trade deal, with Boris Johnson briefing his cabinet on the progress of talks in Brussels. Disputes over fishing rights and future business competition rules have been the major hurdles to agreement during months of often fraught talks. But BBC political […]

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US President Donald Trump has vetoed a $740bn (£549bn) defence spending bill that passed Congress this month. Mr Trump is objecting to provisions that limit troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Europe and remove Confederate leaders’ names from military bases. He also wanted it to repeal a liability shield for social […]

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Worried about the surge in infections, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the mandate of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 till March 31, 2021 He said Nigeria could not afford to lose the gains of the past nine months. “The nation is clearly in a perilous situation given the […]

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At least 17 students kidnapped by the Boko Haram armed group from a school in northwestern Nigeria were rescued on Tuesday, said an official, adding that two students died in the operation, according to the Anadolu Agency. Katsina state’s Governor Aminu Masari told a local radio station he had ordered […]

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More than 300 schoolboys kidnapped last week in an attack on their school in northwest Nigeria have arrived in the capital of Katsina state amid celebrations of their release. Television pictures on Friday showed the boys, many of them wearing light green uniforms and clutching blankets, arriving on buses, looking […]

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Having waited for many years for our governors to secure our land as Yoruba governors did to no avail, we the people of the East comprising of South-East and South-South have resolved to defend our land from the ravages of Fulani terrorism and extra judicial killings by the Zoo armed […]

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The leader of IPOB had earlier said the ESN was not different from the Amotekun in the South-West and Miyetti Allah in the North, adding that the Igbo states needed their regional security apparatus, that will be able to handle the security challanges in the Eastern Region. While throwing his […]

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