Egypt Closes Polls For First Round Of Elections
Polls in Egypt closed on Sunday after a heavy turnout for the parliamentary elections in 14 provinces.
A second round of voting is scheduled for 7-8 November for 13 other provinces.
Run-offs for all the provinces will be held on different dates in November and December.
The Nigerian Bar Association Urges FG, States to Bring Violent Protests under Control
The Nigerian Bar Associationon Sunday urged the federal government and the various state governments to take lawful proactive steps in containing the current volatile situation in the country.
United Nation Says Assets in Calabar Vandalised
The United Nations has said that its assets in Calabar, Cross River capital, have been vandalised.
Edward Kallon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, announced the development via Twitter, yesterday.
Lagos Govt Reviews Curfew Time
Lagos State Government has reviewed the curfew time earlier imposed on residents of the state.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the restriction time is now from 8 pm to 6 am.
Nigerian Lawmaker Seeks Justice Of All Nigerians Killed During The Protest
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila said that Nigerians killed before, during, and after the #EndSARS protests must get justice.
The Speaker, who sympathised with Nigerians from all parts of the country as a result of the killings, said the unity of the country remains non-negotiable.
Buhari Waiting On Facts To Establish Lekki Tollgate Incident
President Muhammadu Buhari said that he is avoiding to get into any debates until all facts are established few days after he addressed the nation regarding the violence and unrest that marred the #EndSARS protests.
President Buhari disclosed this on Sunday in a communique by his special media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu.
Nigeria Records 62 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 62 new cases of coronavirus in the country. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections recorded in the country so far to 61,992.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in a tweet showed that the 62 new cases are reported from 11 states.
US Gives Full Approval For Antiviral Remdesivir Drug
US regulators have given full approval for the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals.
The US Food and Drug Administration said Veklury, the drug's brand name, cut the recovery time on average by five days during clinical trials.
The World Health Organization last week said remdesivir had little to no effect on patients' survival.
The WHO said this was based on its own study - but the drug's manufacturer Gilead rejected the findings of the trial.
Remdesivir had been authorised for emergency use only in the US since May.
In the US it will cost $3,120 via private insurers and $2,340 via government purchasers for a five-day course.
China Accuses U.S. Of Bullying Countries To Pick Sides
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing on Friday that the United States is bullying countries to pick sides over their ties to China, but such efforts will not succeed.
A senior State Department official said on Thursday said the United States is urging Sri Lanka to make difficult but necessary choices to secure its economic independence instead of choosing opaque practices, in an apparent reference at China deepening its influence over the South Asian country.
UK And EU Back At The Negotiation Table
The chief negotiators of Britain and the European Union meet on Friday for intensive negotiations on a last-minute trade deal that would stave off a tumultuous finale to the five-year-old Brexit crisis.
The EU said it was ready to talk about draft legal texts of a deal after threats from Britain that it would undercut the 2020 divorce treaty, and Johnson briefly broke off trade talks on Friday.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier told Reuters on arrival in London on Thursday that it is very important to be back at the table and have a huge common responsibility.