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New zinc-fortified wheat set for global expansion to combat malnutrition

Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets, the institute’s head told Reuters.
Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said on Wednesday.

Malawi to destroy 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines

Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said on Wednesday.
Islamist insurgents captured the strategic northern Mozambique port town of Mocimboa da Praia. AFP

SADC vows ‘proportionate’ response to Mozambique’s jihadists

Southern Africa's regional bloc on Thursday vowed a "proportionate" response to jihadists who last month raided a key town in northern Mozambique in a sharp escalation of a three-year-old insurgency.
Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Pemba Sports centre to receive humanitarian aid. Alfredo Zuniga

UN warns Tanzania not to reject people fleeing Mozambique

United Nations teams have received “worrying” reports that Tanzania has rejected over 1 000 people seeking refuge from an attack on a town in northern Mozambique by ISIL-affiliated fighters, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed on Thursday.

Africa Cup of Nations to kick off on January 9 in Cameroon

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed on Thursday.
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena looks at a copy of the result of the UNHRC (UN Human Rights Council) resolution to document Sri Lankan war crimes as he leaves the media conference at the ministry in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka faces U.N. scrutiny over civil war crimes

U.N. human rights boss Michelle Bachelet was given a mandate on Tuesday to collect and preserve information and evidence of crimes related to Sri Lanka’s long civil war, which ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari assures women of support to leadership positions, funding

President Muhammadu Buhari says he remains fully committed to seeing more Nigerian women in leadership positions, both at national and international institutions.
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has said that he expects Patrice Motsepe to win “35 to 40” of the 54 votes in the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) presidential election on March 12.

NFF scribe: Amaju Pinnick’s FIFA election a massive political capital for Nigeria

General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sanusi Mohammed, says Amaju Pinnick’s election victory into the FIFA Council is a massive political achievement to Nigeria.
An Abuja High Court yesterday finally declined to join the names of President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi to a case of financial misappropriation brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

NFF president elected into FIFA executive council

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has been elected into the FIFA Executive Council.
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WHO calls for urgent action to ramp-up production of coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says urgent action is needed to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines that will be distributed through the global initiative making these medicines accessible to all countries.

SEC moves to curb activities of Ponzi schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in collaboration with the Office of Attorney General of the Federation and AGA-AFRICA is set to curb the activities of Ponzi Scheme operators in the country.
A young girl waits to be tested for COVID-19 in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Tony Karumba-AFP via Getty Images

Africa coronavirus deaths near 100 000 after second wave

Africa's total reported death toll from Covid-19 was approaching 100 000 on Thursday, a fraction of those reported on other continents but rising fast as a second wave of infections overwhelms hospitals.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

Minister: South Africa open to sell or swap AstraZeneca vaccines

South Africa is considering trading its doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which may be less effective against a local virus variant, and beginning its inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson shots instead, the health minister said Wednesday.

WHO: Cancer cases in Africa doubled in last 20 years

The number of cancer cases in Africa has doubled in the past 20 years, the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Matshidiso Moeti, has said.
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WHO: Cancer cases in Africa hits 846,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that cancer cases have more than doubled in the African region, from 338,000 cases reported in 2002 to almost 846,000 cases in 2020.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 27, 2021. REUTERS-Toby Melville

Coronavirus: Nigeria exempted as Britain imposes travel ban on 30 countries

The United Kingdom Government has exempted Nigeria from a list of 30 countries that have been banned from entering the UK over rising COVID-19 cases.
Malawi’s constitutional court on Monday ordered new elections after annulling the results of a vote that reelected President Peter Mutharika in May, citing widespread irregularities.

Malawi ex-president loses bid to unfreeze his accounts

Malawi's former President Peter Mutharika's quest to remove restrictions on his bank accounts which were frozen as part of a corruption investigation has ended in failure.
Rain falls before the landfall of cyclone Eloise in Beira, Mozambique January 22, 2021, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Video obtained by REUTERS

Tropical cyclone Eloise makes landfall in Mozambique, loses strength

Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Mozambique early on Saturday, hitting the coastal city of Beira with huge gusts of wind and heavy rains, but was losing strength as it progressed, a South African weather official said.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

52 Non-career ambassadors for deployment to missions abroad

The Abia State nominee, Mrs. Uzoma Emenike will serve in Washington DC as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America while a former Minister from Ogun State, Sharafa Ishola, is posted to the United Kingdom as High Commissioner.
Sidik Mia, 56, tested positive late last week and was isolating at home with mild symptoms.

Two Malawi ministers die of coronavirus

Sidik Mia, 56, tested positive late last week and was isolating at home with mild symptoms.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.

UK places travel ban on 11 African countries over South Africa’s coronavirus variant

The United Kingdom has extended a travel ban to travelers from 11 African countries in order to contain the new strain of the virus identified in South Africa.

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Japan remained determined that the Olympics would go ahead as planned in Tokyo this summer.

Japanese premier to travel to U.S. for talks with Joe Biden

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to depart for the United States (U.S.) on Thursday for talks with President Joe Biden amid the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and tension with China.

Greece lifts quarantine requirement for tourists

Greece plans to lift its one-week quarantine requirement for tourists from European Union countries from Monday.

Gani Adams: Nigeria ruling class averse to restructuring

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has said the agitation for restructuring has metamorphosed into self-determination.

Somalia condemns ‘threats’ from foreign allies

Somalia has accused some of its foreign backers of undermining its sovereignty after the embattled government was threatened with sanctions over a decision to extend its mandate by two years.

Senior lawyers back governors rejection of Executive Order 10

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday, said state governors have the right to ignore Executive Order 10 in their implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in their states.

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A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Bauchi police arrest 30 suspected robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested 30 suspects in connection with various criminal activities ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling and phone snatching.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given a major reason the immediate past Nigerian security heads failed.

Governor Wike: Rivers councils lack excuse not to provide democratic dividends

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said his administration has vigorously addressed security challenges in the State to enable all council chairmen deliver dividends of democracy to people at the grassroots.
View of the first shot during a gun salute to mark the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, at Cardiff Castle, in Cardiff, Wales, Britain April 10, 2021. REUTERS-Rebecca Naden

Artillery guns fire across UK in solemn tribute to Prince Philip

Gun salutes were fired across Britain on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip as tributes flooded in for a man who was a pillar of strength for Queen Elizabeth during her record-breaking reign.

JAMB puts 2021 UTME/DE registration on hold

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said the registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE), which was initially slated to commence on Thursday, April 8, 2022, has been put on hold.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor: Bandits have lost rights to life, must be wiped out

Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State says bandits terrorising Nigeria have lost their rights to life under the constitution and must be wiped out.