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Nigeria drops to 120th in World Press Freedom index

Nigeria has dropped one place to 120th in the latest World Press Freedom Index released by the international media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders.
Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu

Federal government to develop framework on water security policy

The Federal Government is set to finalize framework for the development of National Water Source Protection Policy.
Sudanese demonstrators gather near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 15, 2019. – Sudanese protest organisers called on their supporters to mobilise outside the army headquarters, saying there was an attempt to “disperse the sit-in” where thousands have camped out for 10 days. (Photo by AHMED MUSTAFA / AFP)

Sudan protest leaders report attempt to disperse sit-in

Sudanese protest organisers Monday called on their supporters to mobilise outside the army headquarters, saying there was an attempt to “disperse the sit-in” where thousands have camped out for 10 days.
Danny Faure (left) was speaking from a manned submersible off the coast of the island nation. AP

Seychelles president makes underwater speech calling for protection for oceans

The Seychelles president has gone below the surface of the Indian Ocean to call for better protection for the world's seas.

Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves militia after massacre

Mali’s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Muslims, including women and children.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has listed what Nigeria should do to have access to $12 trillion “dormant funds”.

Ex-President Obasanjo raises the alarm over Nigeria’s disunity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised the alarm over the current state of disunity in the country, stressing that Nigeria was not as divided as this during the civil war in comparison to the worst situation of things as they are now.

UN: $234 million urgently needed for food aid in Zimbabwe

The UN and Zimbabwean authorities on Thursday launched an urgent appeal for $234m (R.3.3bn) for more than five million people in urgent need of food due to a drought and a weak economy.

Kogi House of Reps member alleges threat to his life

A federal lawmaker representing Dekina/Bassa federal constituency in Kogi State, Hon. Benjamin Okolo, has raised the alarm over an alleged threat to his life by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his constituent for defecting to opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

Lake Chad: Conference to develop comprehensive solutions framework

The Ministry of Interior says upcoming Second Regional Protection Dialogue on Lake Chad Basin will develop a framework for comprehensive solutions to tackle refugees challenges in the region.
Energy Australia

Electricity firms cut power supply to patients on life support

Two electricity companies have each been fined 40,000 Australian dollars (US $28,589) for cutting power to people on life support, it was announced on Tuesday.

UN: $848 million required for humanitarian projects in Northeast

More than 7.1 million of the 13.4 million people Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states are facing the brunt of terrorists’ attacks, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), has said.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

Thailand admits Saudi woman Rahaf Alqunun seeking asylum

Thailand's immigration police chief has announced that the young Saudi woman seeking passage to asylum in Australia will be temporarily admitted to the country for evaluation by the UN refugee agency.
Lagos State House of Assembly

New Year: Lagos Assembly solicits for support, prayers

Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly has asked Nigerians and Lagos residents in particular to continue to pray for and support the House in its bid to serve them better.
New legislation regulating print and online media alarmed press freedom advocates, who fear it will grant authorities censorship tools [K.M.Chaudary-AP]

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military leaders and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services.

Mistress drags lover’s wife to court, seeks restraining order

A Zimbabwean woman, Juliet Nyasha Mbofana, has dragged her lover’s wife, Winfilda Mpiyabo, to court for allegedly disturbing her peace.
Farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst moves feed to his cattle in the cowshed on his farm Gut Ogrosen Hof in Vetschau, eastern Germany on November 27, 2018. The German dairy farmer is with Greenpeace and two other farmers suing the German government for failing to take appropriate measures to meet it’s own climate change targets.Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

German farmers sue government over missed climate targets

Dismayed by the German government’s failure to meet climate protection targets, dairy farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst has filed a lawsuit against Berlin to force it into action.

NCC threatens to sanction erring service providers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to penalise or sanction any service provider that failed to comply with its directive of ensuring effective service to the consumers in the country.
Repeated Boko Haram attacks on Nigerian soldiers have threatened Buhari's re-election bid [Audu Marte-AFP]

Muhammadu Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country.

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Bishop Kukah: Nigeria sinking deeper into abyss of disrepair

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World leaders react to deadly Sri Lanka blasts

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