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Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook ramps up efforts to curb ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook said Friday it would ban a “wider category of hateful content” in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, has called for increased tolerance and assistance for persons displaced by war, violence, and other forms of disaster.

I was a refugee for eight years – AUC chief

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, has called for increased tolerance and assistance for persons displaced by war, violence, and other forms of disaster.

Refugees Day: Don seeks global support for refugees, IDPs

Dr Abiola Adimula of the University of Ilorin has advocated for greater global support for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Uganda grapples with refugee crisis amid coronavirus pandemic

As the world marks World Refugee Day on Saturday, thousands of Congolese are stranded at the Ugandan border seeking to enter the East African country after deadly tribal clashes back home.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed their concern about living conditions of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region amid COVID-19.

IFRC urges more support for refugees in Middle East, North Africa

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed their concern about living conditions of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region amid COVID-19 outbreak.
Pope Francis delivers his homily during the traditional Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) feast Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on June 14, 2020. Tiziana Fabi-REUTERS

Pope appeals for end to Libyan civil war

Pope Francis appealed on Sunday for both sides in the Libyan civil war to seek peace, urging the international community to facilitate talks and protect refugees and migrants he said were victims of cruelty.
Pope Francis leaves at the end of a Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, on June 14, 2020 at St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican, as the city-state eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Pope Francis calls for world to push for end to Libya violence

Pope Francis on Sunday urged international bodies as well as political and military leaders to stop the violence in Libya and to also end the plight of migrants, refugees and others trapped there.
Burundian police officers escort the opposition leader and presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa as he arrives at a voting station during the presidential, legislative and communal council elections, under the simmering political violence and the growing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ngozi, Burundi May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Clovis Guy Siboniyo

Burundi police detain more than 200 opposition election observers

Burundian police detained more than 200 opposition electoral observers during this week’s election, the spokesman for the main opposition National Freedom Council (CNL) told Reuters on Friday, alleging voting irregularities.
The Afghan government said it has launched an investigation into claims that migrants attempting to enter Iran drowned after being forced into a river by Iranian border guards.

Probe into claims Afghan migrants forced into river by Iran guards

The Afghan government said it has launched an investigation into claims that migrants attempting to enter Iran drowned after being forced into a river by Iranian border guards.
Alphonso Davies has signed a new deal until 2025 with Bayern Munich

Bayern star Alphonso Davies raises funds for those forced to flee

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies says it would be a “disaster” if the coronavirus reaches one of the world’s many refugee camps — like the one he was born in.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

Benue: Federal government donated 250 bags of spoilt beans to displaced persons as palliatives

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Monday lamented the donation of 250 bags of spoilt beans to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, as palliatives.
The United States of America ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has said the recent visa ban to Nigerians will be reviewed, if certain conditions are met.

Coronavirus: US funding assistance to Nigeria hits $21.4 million – embassy

The United States government says it has spent about $21.4 million in assistance to Nigeria over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on Tuesday directed the immediate termination of the contract for two Payment Service Provider (PSP) for failure to meet the contractual agreement to commence Conditional Cash Transfer to beneficiaries in four states of the federation under their control.

Nigeria sets up panel to probe Borno IDPs’ camp fire

The federal government has set upna probe panel to unravel the fire outbreak at Ngala Internally Displaced Persons IDPs’ camps in Borno State.
A team from Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri University Hospital will test for the new coronavirus at a refugee camp on Wednesday after a resident was found to be infected, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

Lebanon to test for coronavirus at refugee camp after first case found

A team from Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri University Hospital will test for the new coronavirus at a refugee camp on Wednesday after a resident was found to be infected, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

Lockdown: 650 less privileged benefits get relief packages from Abuja school

No fewer than 650 households of different faith benefitted from relief packages distributed by the Ladela Schools’ Parents Teachers Association (PTA ) in different parts of Abuja.
Amnesty International

Amnesty: Armed conflicts, state repression fuel cocktail of human rights violations in Africa

The report analyses major developments from the past year including the deposition of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the Zimbabwean government’s response to mass protests, and increasing attacks on civilians in Mozambique and Mali.
Illinois health authorities are carrying out an investigation into the state’s first known death of an infant from the novel coronavirus. David Crosling-AAP

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders.
One of the victims of the fast-spreading coronavirus has reportedly died in Ghana, authorities have confirmed.

As rich nations battle coronavirus, anxiety grows for low-income states

As Europe and the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, aid groups warn that without measures millions could die in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria and Yemen, where hygiene conditions are already dire.

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In view of this, the Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, Imohimi Edgal, wishes to reaffirm to the general public that the State government directives will be vigorously enforced.

Police arrest five for rape in Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP. Fredrick Nnudam, disclosed this in a statement, Thursday in Uyo, the state capital.
Earlier this month, UEFA indefinitely suspended the Champions League, Europa League and the European Championship playoffs amid the ongoing concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Champions League and Europa League last-16 venues confirmed by UEFA

UEFA has confirmed that the outstanding Champions League and Europa League last-16 second leg matches will be hosted by the clubs who were scheduled to play at home.

DisCos advocate CBN-funded massive roll-out of meters to address power challenge

Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) have advocated a Central Bank-funded massive meters roll-out project, to ensure that electricity customers were adequately metered.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

INEC confirms 17 political parties for Ondo guber poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that 17 out of the 18 registered political parties will be contesting the October 10, 2020 Ondo state governorship election.
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

FIDA, NCWS, others fault Governor Ayade over Justice Ikpeme

International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Nigeria; Women in Politics and National Council for Women Society, Nigeria, among others civil society organisations, have described the refusal of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and members of the state House of Assembly to confer Justice Akon Ikpeme as the Chief Judge of the state, as gross injustice.