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July 8, 2020

Germany will continue to push to seal a new partnership agreement with Britain by the end of the year, but the European Union should also prepare for an abrupt split from 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Britain left the EU in January and is currently in a standstill transition period with the bloc to give the two sides time to fix a new relationship in everything from trade to security.

“Progress in negotiations thus...

July 8, 2020

China opened its powerful national security office in Hong Kong on Wednesday, turning a hotel near a city-centre park that has been one of the most popular venues for pro-democracy protests into its new headquarters.


The office, which operates beyond the scrutiny of local courts or other institutions, will oversee the Hong Kong government’s enforcement of the sweeping national security legislation that Beijing imposed on the city la...

July 8, 2020

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pulled out of a London event at the last minute on Wednesday after organisers said he had to attend meetings linked to the U.S. notification of its withdrawal from the WHO.

The event at London’s Chatham House think tank had been due to feature Tedros in a live webinar about the COVID-19 pandemic led by David Heymann, a former senior WHO official and a professor of global heal...

July 8, 2020

Government on Tuesday announced that the nation is ready to host the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AfCFTA is a free trade area created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among African Union nations, with its secretariat to be based in Accra.

In statements by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade,...

July 8, 2020

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, has said the federal government will close the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos to traffic for six months, beginning from July 24 to enable the government to undertake maintenance work on the surface.

Popoola, however, told THISDAY yesterday that details of the repair work would be announced later.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is yet to provide traffic con...

July 6, 2020

The US has threatened new trade tariffs on beer, chocolate and olives from the European Union, as part of a long-running row over subsidies to planemaker Airbus.

The US Trade Representative said it was considering duties on 30 products worth $3.1bn (£2.5bn) in trade every year.

It has already put 15% to 25% tariffs on $7.5bn worth of other EU goods as part of the dispute.

The EU warned it would damage firms on both side of the Atlantic...

July 6, 2020

The government has received a report into Huawei that is likely to change its policy over the Chinese firm's role in the UK's telecoms networks.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre had delivered its findings.

NCSC is believed to have said it can no longer assure the security of Huawei's products because of new US sanctions.

"We're now examining it and understanding the implications of it," Mr Dowd...

July 6, 2020

The EU says it will act "decisively" if the US goes ahead with a threat to put new tariffs on its goods.

It is latest twist in a long-running row with Washington over subsidies granted to the planemaker Airbus.

For more than a decade, the EU and US have accused each other of propping up their home aviation markets with tax breaks, research grants and other aid.

Last month, the US threatened duties on EU goods such as beer, gin and oliv...

July 6, 2020

National carrier Kenya Airways plans to send home some of its workers even as it plans to resume domestic operations in the coming weeks.

The airline's Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka in a memo to staff said the layoffs and restructuring is due to reduced operations, owing to the suppressed demand of air transport.

"With the suppressed demand for air transport, a large part of our fleet will remain grounded therefore a decision...

July 6, 2020

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said the government will avenge the attack on a UN helicopter in which two people died.

The president described the attack in the north-eastern state of Borno as "dastardly" that will not go away without "severe consequences", local media reported.

A five-year-old child is among the two who were killed in the attack on Saturday attributed to insurgents in the restive north-eastern region.

The he...

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