Reps To Probe N494bn School Feeding Programme Budget

The House of Representatives is set to launch a probe into the N494 billion school feeding programme fund budgeted from inception and the identity of the nine million pupils who benefited from the school feeding programme initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2016. Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Wole Oke, who decried the […]

President Buhari, Service Chiefs In Closed-Door Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is in a meeting with Service Chiefs at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin arrived at the seat of power at 08:50 GMT and proceeded straight to the Council Chambers. The President and Commander in Chief of […]

Extinction Rebellion plans mass protest in Brussels despite ban

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is calling on hundreds to join a demonstration planned for next week in Brussels, in open defiance of a current ban on mass gatherings. The climate action group said that the protest on 27 June will be an act of civil disobedience since, under coronavirus regulations, protests are not allowed. The protest […]

Coronavirus: 104 new infections, 10 deaths in Belgium

104 additional people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium in the last 24 hours, according to figures by the Federal Public Health Service on Thursday. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 60,348. The total reflects all people in Belgium who […]

Belgian Coronavirus response ranks worst in global study

Belgium’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been deemed the Bottom of the class, according to a new international study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The damning proclamation by the EIU ranks Belgium as doing the worst out of 21 OECD members, based on an assessment of three “quality of response” criteria (number of […]

French police discriminate against black and Arab men, rights group says

French police conduct discriminatory identity checks on black and Arab men, Human Rights Watch charged on Thursday, as angry protests over alleged racism in the security forces sweep across the country. France has seen numerous demonstrations in recent weeks protesting the actions of police, many coalescing around the 2016 death of young black man Adama […]

Trump asked China to help him win re-election, writes former advisor Bolton in tell-all

In a withering behind-the-scenes portrayal, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election. Bolton, a longtime foreign policy hawk who Trump fired in September over policy differences, also said that the U.S. president had expressed a willingness […]

Chinese county restricts travel as Beijing races to contain virus

Travel restrictions were placed on nearly half a million people near Beijing on Thursday as authorities rush to contain a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus with a mass test-and-trace effort and lockdowns in parts of the Chinese capital. Another 21 cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours in Beijing, the National […]

Merkel urges EU to agree on €750 billion recovery plan by end of July

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged the European Union to reach an agreement on a recovery plan worth €750 billion ($843 billion) by the end of July to kickstart an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. “It would be best if we could reach an agreement before the summer break,” Merkel said, calling for […]

Johnson, Macron to honour the 80th anniversary of the French Resistance

Four men who played significant roles in the French Resistance during World War Two will be honoured by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony in London on Thursday. Macron, on his first trip outside France since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March, will also meet Johnson […]