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On Thursday Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta, a M5S party member, who must sign off on Salvini’s decree, announced that she has decided not to do so.

Italy’s defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship

Italy’s defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome.
Maltese authorities have refused the Ocean Viking rescue ship to refuel in their harbours while on its search and rescue mission off the coast of Libya, according to SOS Mediterranee, the rescue organisation operating the ship.

Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship ‘not allowed’ to refuel in Malta

Maltese authorities have refused the Ocean Viking rescue ship to refuel in their harbours while on its search and rescue mission off the coast of Libya, according to SOS Mediterranee, the rescue organisation operating the ship.
At least 639 people have died from Ebola since August in DR Congo in what is now the second deadliest outbreak in history [Samuel Mambo-Reuters]

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC’s borders unless attacks stop

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned it may not be possible to contain the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) latest Ebola outbreak to two affected provinces in the country's east if violent attacks on health workers and treatment centres continue.
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WHO expresses fear on disease outbreak in Libya

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it feared outbreaks of infectious diseases due to dirty water and people fleeing fighting nearing Tripoli, where it has about two weeks of emergency supplies for hospitals and health facilities.

WHO: Ebola outbreak in Congo spreading faster than ever

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak is spreading at its fastest rate yet, eight months after it was first detected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
Niger State, the former breadbasket of Nigeria, is commonly known as a resource-rich territory and mining area. [Martin Zinggl|Al Jazeera]

Lead poisoning: 150 affected children still undergoing treatment in Zamfara

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) says no fewer than 150 children affected with lead poisoning in Zamfara are still undergoing treatment.
A medical worker wears a protective suit as he prepares to administer Ebola patient care at The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) treatment center in Beni, North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo September 6, 2018. Picture taken September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Fiston Mahamba

Congo faces largest outbreak of Ebola

Democratic Republic of Congo is facing the second largest outbreak of Ebola in history as attacks on clinics pose a further challenge to the government and humanitarian organizations struggling to fight the virus.

MSF: 40,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon ordered back to Nigeria

Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities have ordered 40,000 refugees in Cameroon to return to northeast Nigeria, aid agency Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Wednesday.

MSF: 35,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Cameroon

No fewer than 35,000 Nigerians have crossed into Cameroon in recent weeks with the escalation of communal crises in North-east Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has revealed.

MSF suspends work in part of eastern DR Congo

Doctors Without Borders said on Sunday it had suspended non-essential work in part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after gunmen abducted two of its local staff there earlier this month.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, has donated 140,468 bags of food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Boko Haram in Borno and Yobe states.

Boko Haram: 59,000 displaced in last three months – IOM

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says an upsurge in violent attacks in crisis-ravaged North-east Nigeria has displaced 59,200 people in the last three months.
Among those rescued are at least 13 minors, and their stay at sea had taken its toll on them, the Sea-Watch crew said [Salvatore Cavalli-AP]

Italy to allow rescued migrants to disembark after 10 days

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said a group of 47 rescued refugees and migrants will be allowed to disembark the Sea-Watch NGO vessel they had been on for 10 days.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

Femi Falana urges NHRC to probe Rann IDP camp killings

Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate the January 17 bombing of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Rann, Borno State, in which 234 persons were allegedly killed.

Femi Falana petitions NHRC, seeks compensation for victims of 2017 Rann bombing

A senior Nigerian lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking compensation for the families of about 200 Internally-displaced persons (IDPs) ‘mistakenly’ bombed in January 2017 by a Nigeria airforce jet at a camp in Rann, Borno State.
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Many feared killed after Boko Haram attack on Rann

Several people have been reportedly killed after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

Thousands of South Sudanese to create room for oil extraction

Thousands of residents of Pibor in South Sudan's Boma State will be relocated from their homes to pave the ways for the drilling of oil, officials said.

South Sudan rebels open humanitarian corridor in border town

South Sudan’s main rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-IO), has for the first time since outbreak of renewed violence in 2016 allowed humanitarian access to Pibor in the country.

Migrants land in Malta after standoff

The Maltese authorities on Sunday finally took 58 migrants from the Aquarius to Valletta after they had waited for days in rough seas on the rescue ship that can no longer go to port after its flag was pulled.

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Imo State Governor, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha has charged the leadership of Imo State University Alumni Association to always speak truth to power and engage the Government regularly.

Imo governor launches “Operation Iron Gate”

Following his campaign promise of securing Imo State, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, Tuesday launched Operation Iron Gate and distributed 80 brand new Ford Ranger operational vehicles.

Military, paramilitary agencies plan joint border security exercise

A joint border security exercise involving the military, paramilitary and intelligence agencies is underway as part of government’s strategic, multi-sectoral effort aimed at securing Nigeria’s land and maritime borders.

Customs intercepts elephant tusks, buffalo horns, others

The Adamawa/Taraba Zonal Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has seized rare but outlawed items as well as more widely traded but contraband items across the two states constituting the command.

US tech industry leaders: French digital service tax harms global tax reform

Major tech firms and U.S. tech industry groups said on Monday that France’s new digital services tax undermines the global tax regime and multilateral efforts to reform it.

Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, Lauratta Onorchie reappointed presidential media aides

Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu have been reappointed as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, respectively by President Muhammadu Buhari.