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Lack of money threatens WFP work in Niger NIAMEY: The World Food Programme warned Thursday that it could be forced to suspend humanitarian aid for malnourished infants in Niger from September because of a lack of money.WFP said a shortage of funds was threatening all its activities in Niger, one of the world's poorest and least developed countries, where more than four out of every 10 children are chronically malnourished."Our resources are exhausted and if we don't have immediate contributions, by the end of September it will be impossible to continue our help to malnourished children," WFP spokesman Vigno Hounkali told AFP in Niamey."We have already reduced food rations to impoverished populations."Help for school canteens and rural development work could also be halted, Hounkali said.WFP said it needed $21.4 million (19.4 million euros) to help Niger's most vulnerable people from September to December.The funding shortage is already having an effect, with malnourished children under five and pregnant and ...

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Mugabe fights back after Zimbabwe protests HARARE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests.Mugabe addressed thousands of supporters outside the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party, issuing a clear threat to Evan Mawarire, the pastor who has become the figurehead of a new opposition movement."The Mawarires. I want to warn them very strongly," Mugabe said in a ...

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Nigeria petrol tanker fire kills two, causes mayhem: official LAGOS: Two people were killed and several hurt when a stationary petrol tanker exploded after being rammed by a speeding vehicle on a busy road in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, an emergency official said Tuesday. "The accident happened on Monday evening around Cele bus stop. The petrol-laden tanker caught fire on impact after a vehicle on high speed rammed into it," Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP. "The driver and ...

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UN delivers food to starving displaced by Boko Haram KANO: The United Nations has made the first food aid delivery to thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram Islamists in the Nigerian town of Banki, where hundreds have starved to death since March, the UN said on Friday.Officials from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) delivered 30 tonnes of "various lifesaving food items" transported from neighbouring Cameroon, the OCHA said in a statement.The convoy reached Banki on Thursday and distributed ...

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Nigeria's Buhari says government talking to Niger Delta militants ABUJA: The Nigerian government is talking to militants in the southern Niger Delta to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday. The government was using oil companies and security agencies to talk to the militants "to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the region", Buhari said in a statement. Buhari also said his government was reviewing an amnesty programme for former militants, which offers cash ...

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Kenyan police kill two suspected members of Somalia's al Shabaab MOMBASA: Police in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Thursday shot and killed two men they said were wanted fighters belonging to the Somali al Shabaab group, a senior officer said. The two, who had been under surveillance for two months, were killed after police raided their hideout in Mishomoroni area, deputy area police chief Walter Abondo said.Another man escaped. "We have identified the dead suspects and the two have been linked to terrorism activities ...

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Mugabe's supporters march against Zimbabwe protests HARARE: Thousands of supporters of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe marched to the ruling ZANU-PF party's headquarters on Wednesday in a show of solidarity following anti-government protests this month. On July 8, a 'stay away' protest movement led by church minister Evan Mawarire shut down most businesses, government offices, schools and hospitals in the biggest act of public defiance against 92-year old Mugabe in a decade.Mugabe has said the protests were being sponsored by foreign states ...