• July 29, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Thursday Morning


Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:

1-.The body found on Monday in the search for missing 19-year-old Nigerian student Richard Okorogheye has been formally identified as his. “Our deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time,” UK’s Metropolitan Police said in a tweet confirming the tragic news on Wednesday.

2-.Kylian Mbappe insisted Paris Saint-Germain still have it all to do after he scored twice in a thrilling 3-2 win at holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg, in a repeat of last year’s final. Bayern had their 19-match unbeaten run ended in the Champions League with their first European defeat since March 2019 as head coach Hansi Flick suffered his first loss in Europe.

4-.Gunmen attacked another police station in Imo State late Wednesday, sources confirmed to Channels Television. Mbieri Divisional police headquarters located at Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state was the latest victim.

5-.Nigeria on Wednesday recorded no new deaths from COVID-19 for the sixth consecutive day, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The last time the health agency recorded a death was on April 1 when the toll increased by one to 2,058.

6-.The Local Organising Committee has threatened to shut down the National Sports Festival over the failure of the Federal Government to release Funds This is according to the Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, confirmed this to the media via a statement on Wednesday night.

7-.Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh is expected to extend his two-decade rule of the tiny Horn of Africa nation as the country heads to the polls Friday. Guelleh, 73, is facing political newcomer Zakaria Ismail Farah, his only rival after traditional opposition parties decided to boycott the election.

8-.Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday signalled he was ready for a new phase in ties with France after a landmark report acknowledged French responsibility over the 1994 genocide, as Paris ordered the opening of key archives. The 27th anniversary of the start of the slaughter — an event that still casts a shadow over France — was marked by conciliatory moves on both sides to heal long-troubled relations.

9-.President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call Wednesday that he hoped Europe would “make positive efforts with China”, Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. The call was Xi’s first with a European leader since last month’s tit-for-tat sanctions over allegations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region, which drastically soured relations between China and the EU.

10-.The health of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is deteriorating as he keeps up his hunger strike in prison, with a new numbness in his hands, his lawyers said Wednesday. Last Wednesday President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent, who is serving two and a half years on embezzlement charges, launched a hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for severe back pain and numbness in his legs.


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