Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1=.Joe Biden on Wednesday declared triumphantly that “The United States is back!”, as he kicked off his first overseas tour as president, hoping to leave behind the rancour and isolation of the Trump era. Biden ran through a packed itinerary that takes in a G7 leaders’ meeting and a NATO summit before ending with a face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
2=.Novak Djokovic set up a 58th meeting with Rafael Nadal on Wednesday when he reached his 40th Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open despite being held up by 5,000 fans needing to be evacuated to conform with a Covid-19 curfew. World number one Djokovic defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5 to book his place in the last four in Paris for the 11th time. Earlier, Nadal, the 13-time champion, beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to make the semi-finals for the 14th time.
3=.President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has given the military and police a marching order to be ruthless on bandits in the North-west and North-central zones. The president stated this in an interview on Arise TV, aired Thursday morning.
4=.Nigeria Police have given out cheques worth N18.5million to eight families of police officers who died in active service. The commissioner of police, Katsina State Command, CP Sanusi Buba, who handed over the cheques to the families on behalf of the inspector-general of police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali, said the initiative is part of the ‘IGP family welfare insurance Scheme’ aimed at providing assistance to families of police officers who died in active servi
5=.The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has suspended its industrial action after over two months. The union had embarked on the strike on April 6, shutting down all courts nationwide, to demand financial autonomy for the judiciary in states.
6=.The Federal Government says the management of tech giant, Twitter, has reached out for dialogue. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said this on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council.
7=.The Joint Minority Caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives has met over the ban on Twitter by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and has restated its condemnation of the embargo as draconian and unacceptable. This position was contained in a communique signed by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe the Minority Leader of the Senate) and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
8=.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State Chapter has said Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, who died on Saturday in Lagos could not be forgotten because of his philanthropic gesture, youth and women empowerment programmes. The party said this while mourning the late cleric in a statement on Wednesday evening by its Chairman, Adedeji Dohert
9=.US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin directed the Pentagon on Wednesday to sharpen its focus on China, which the United States has tagged as its top strategic rival. “Now, it is up to the Department to get to work,” Austin said after issuing an internal directive to the giant Pentagon bureaucracy.
10=.The six rebel English clubs that signed up to the European Super League have reached a financial settlement with the Premier League worth a combined £22 million ($31 million), the league said on Wednesday. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham announced themselves as founder members of the competition in April, but the project quickly collapsed after widespread opposition.