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Lebanon mourned on Thursday the victims of the most powerful blast to hit a country that has already been struck down by an economic crisis, as rescuers searched for those missing since the explosion flattened Beirut port and devastated the city.

Beirut blast: Judge orders detention of top officials

A Beirut judge has ordered the detention of the director of Beirut judge customs and a port director, after the massive blast which ripped through the capital city’s port.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has refuted claim that the Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, was reprimanded by the Presidency. 23

Nigeria spends N500 million to feed school children during lockdown – minister

The Federal Government expended about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.
Police in Zimbabwe on Friday arrested internationally-acclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested during banned protests

Police in Zimbabwe on Friday arrested internationally-acclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election.
Israel Pasipanodya Mushore, 60, poses for a portrait besides his show piece herd of 70 cattle , in Nyabira, near Harare, on March 13, 2020. – He was allocated the farmhouse and a plot on Rasper farm in Nyabira during Zimbabwe’s land reform programme. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

Two decades on, Zimbabwe takes stock of Robert Mugabe land reform legacy

Eighty-year-old Isobel Simons calmly narrated how she and her late husband lost their 728-hectare Zimbabwe farm two decades ago to Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reforms.

Coronavirus: Malnutrition could be deepened in Africa – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned that the potential impact of COVID -19 on food security in Africa is likely to exacerbate the already existing burden of malnutrition.
Parents-Guardians of Pupils in Kuje, FCT with the Take-Home Ratio kits for their children

Nigerian government kicks off ‘modified’ school feeding programme in Abuja

The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated the Take-Home Ration kits for no fewer than 29,000 pupils in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the Federal Capital Territory.
No fewer than 194,707 pupils in Enugu State have continued to benefit from the ongoing Federal Government National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.

Nigerian government asks DSS, EFCC, others to monitor school feeding programme contractors

The federal government has requested the Department of State Services, DSS, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, as well as civil society and non-governmental organisations to help monitor contractors engaged in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, NHGSFP, expected to started across the country beginning with Abuja, this Thursday.

SERAP asks Nigerian government to publish budget for ‘home feeding programme’

The feeding programme was designed to cater for schoolchildren, but with the closure of schools nationwide to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, Ms Sadiya Umar-Farouq, had announced that government would start feeding schoolchildren in their homes.
ABUJA- THE United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, and World Food Programme, WPF, Wednesday, raised concern over feeding and future of 370 million children due to school closure caused by the Cornonavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

UNICEF, WFP raise concern over feeding, future of 370 million children

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, and World Food Programme, WPF, Wednesday, raised concern over feeding and future of 370 million children due to school closure caused by the Cornonavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

UN: Global hunger could double due to coronavirus blow

The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

WFP: Medical supplies airlifted to Ethiopia for distribution in Africa

A first “solidarity flight” of medical supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO) landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday for distribution in Africa, the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) said.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said Monday his government was working toward bringing peace to war-torn Darfur as he met hundreds of victims of the conflict who demanded swift justice.

Sudan to purchase 200,000 tonnes wheat in deal with world food programme

Sudan’s government will purchase 200,000 tonnes of wheat in a deal with the United Nations’ world food programme, the finance ministry said on Monday, in a bid to bolster strategic reserves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic hits aid work in sub-Saharan Africa

Desperately needed aid for millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa is under threat as the deadly coronavirus pandemic sweeps a continent already facing a volley of crises.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019.

Ex-President Obasanjo, Gordon Brown, others demand action against pandemic

About 165 global leaders, including a former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, have called for a concerted global response to the coronavirus pandemic led by the G-20 countries.

WHO concerned as coronavirus accelerates in Africa

With more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent.

UN: 2.1 million people to face food insecurity in Sahel

An unprecedented 2.1 million people in the Sahel region will not have access to enough food, with the Covid-19 pandemic likely to hamper aid operations, a projection by the World Food Programme (WFP) showed.
There is no other way to get food to this starving hamlet in South Sudan. There are no roads, and the snaking Nile is miles away.

Peace guarantees no meal in starving South Sudan

The villagers hear the distant roar of jet engines before a cargo plane makes a deafening pass over Mogok, dropping sacks of grain from its hold to the marooned dust bowl below.

UN: Nigeria among 15 global hunger hotspots

Nigeria is one of the global hotspots where conflict, political instability, and climate disasters are threatening the food security of millions of people, according to a new report by the United Nations World Food Programme.

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US judge rules Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees

A California judge on Monday granted the state’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.
Barcelona’s players celebrate their goal, which was disallowed for offside, during the Spanish Super Cup semi final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on January 9, 2020, at the King Abdullah Sport City in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah. – The winner will face Real Madrid in the final on January 12. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Barcelona confirm one positive coronavirus test

Barcelona have confirmed one positive Covid-19 test, but their upcoming Champions League clash with Bayern Munich is not in doubt.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

House of Reps: We’re not probing VP Osinbajo over school feeding programme

The Office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is not under investigation in the ongoing probe of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme by the House of Representatives, the House Committee on Public Accounts has said.
The Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Babatunde Oke, is dead.

Lagos loses second council boss in two months

The Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Babatunde Oke, is dead.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose

Ayo Fayose: I’ll send ex-President Obasanjo back to prison if I become president

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has vowed to send the former president Olusegun Obasanjo back to prison for all his alleged grievous infractions committed against Nigeria if he becomes president.