• June 19, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Sunday Morning

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

1-.Real Madrid climbed to the top of La Liga on Saturday after Karim Benzema’s flicked finish helped them claim a thrilling 2-1 victory over Barcelona in a wild Clasico at Valdebebas.  Benzema’s superb piece of skill and a deflected Toni Kroos free-kick put Madrid in charge and while Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for Barca, they fell to defeat in what could be Lionel Messi’s final appearance in this fixture.

2-.Two men who roamed the Indian capital using monkeys to rob unsuspecting victims have been arrested, New Delhi police said Saturday. The pair were apprehended after one victim complained to officers that three men carrying monkeys had surrounded and robbed him of 6,000 rupees ($80).

3-.Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command on Saturday rescued 15 kidnaped victims in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state. The victims who were traveling along the Buruku- Birnin Gwari road, around Ungwan Yako forest were intercepted by the bandits in an attempt to kidnap them before the arrival of the police.

4-.Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their nationwide industrial action. This comes 10 days after the doctors commenced the strike, leaving many patients unattended across various government-owned hospitals in the country.

5-.Islamic State-linked jihadists in Nigeria attacked humanitarian facilities in the restive northeastern town of Damasak on Saturday. The attack, ongoing late on Saturday, is the second in two months affecting one of the United Nations nine hubs in the country.

6-.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a committee to screen members aspiring to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State. A date has also been fixed for the screening exercise, the party’s National Organising Secretary, Colonel Austin Akobundu, announced in a statement on Saturday.

7-.The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place next week, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday, announcing a stripped-back ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions, and a return for exiled royal Prince Harry but not his wife, Meghan. The announcement came as the couple’s eldest son, heir to the throne Prince Charles, 72, paid a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa”, and said he and the royal family missed him “enormously”.

8-.Sierra Leone announced Saturday it will vaccinate health workers against Ebola in areas near its border with Guinea, where the disease re-emerged in January. Health Minister Austin Demby said in a statement that US drugs firm Johnson & Johnson was to supply 640 doses of its Ebola vaccine on Saturday and 3,840 doses on Sunday as donations.

9-.Rescuers were working on Sunday to reach 21 workers trapped in a coal mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, state media reported. The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were carrying out upgrading works at the site, the official Xinhua news agency said.

10-.Chelsea boosted their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four as Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic starred in a 4-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel’s side blew Palace away with a swaggering first half display inspired by Germany forward Havertz.

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