• August 5, 2021

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=.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was fined $100 for violating Covid-19 containment measures in Sao Paulo state by failing to wear a face mask and provoking huge crowds at a motorcycle rally for supporters. Thousands of roaring motorcycles took part in the “Accelerate for Christ” rally in Sao Paulo, led by the far-right president, who wore an open-faced helmet and no mask, in violation of state health regulations.

=.A motley alliance of Israeli parties on Sunday ousted Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving prime minister, and formed a new government in a seismic shift in the country’s turbulent politics. Naftali Bennett, a right-wing Jewish nationalist and former tech millionaire, was to take over at the helm of the eight-party bloc, united only by their shared disdain for the hawkish right-wing leader known as Bibi.

=.Uber driver and two other traffickers have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), with different quantities of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos. The NDLEA, in a statement issued on Sunday by its Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said, the Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Tuesday June 8, when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

=.Delta State Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as she clocks 67 years. Okonjo-Iweala, an illustrious Deltan from Ogwashi-Uku, is the first female Director-General and first African to lead the global trade body in its 25-year history. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor commended Okonjo-Iweala for her tremendous and outstanding accomplishments in the service of Nigeria and global monetary community.

=.The Bishop of Anglican Church of Kaduna Diocese, Rt Reverend Timothy Yahaya has advised the Federal Government to hold talks with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as part of efforts to quell agitations by the group. He blamed the agitations on the marginalisation and segregation of the South East people by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and asked that they should be brought to a discussion table for the government to listen to their grievances and possibly resolve them for the interest of peace and stability of the country.

=.Novak Djokovic claimed a 19th Grand Slam title and became the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice when he came from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a gripping French Open final on Sunday. The world number one triumphed 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 over the Greek 22-year-old who was playing in his first Slam final.

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