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China to draft food security plan amid global coronavirus epidemic

Li Keqiang

China will draft and carry out, in 2020, a response plan for ensuring food security amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the country’s state planner said on Friday, May 22, 2020. China’s Premier, Li Keqiang Beijing will also draw up a new national medium-to-long-term plan in the New Year to secure food supplies, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said ...

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Death toll 95 as India, Bangladesh clean up after devastating cyclone

Cyclone Amphan

Authorities in eastern India and Bangladesh on Friday were struggling to restore road links, communication lines and electricity after a devastating cyclone in which no fewer than 95 people were killed. An aerial view shows flooded houses after a dam broke following the landfall of cyclone Amphan in Shyamnagar on May 21, 2020. Numerous people died as the fiercest cyclone ...

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Nigeria records 339 new Covid-19 infections, 11 deaths


The confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria increased by 339 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 to bring the total number of the infections in the country to 7,016. Coronavirus The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which announced the record increase on its website, also said 11 new deaths were recorded on Thursday to increase the total number of lives ...

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South Africa to investigate allegations of illegal wildlife trade with China

Barbara Creecy

South Africa says it will investigate allegations made in a recent report that its indigenes are trading thousands of wild endangered animals illegally with China. South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy The allegations were made in a report produced by EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading (BAT) titled: “Breaking Point: Uncovering South Africa’s Shameful Live Wildlife Trade with ...

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Cyclone Amphan lashes Bangladesh, killing 16

Cyclone Amphan

At least 16 people were killed as Cyclone Amphan slammed the Bangladesh coastlines after making landfall in the country onthe night of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, an official said on Thursday. Locals flee their homes to avoid the super cyclone Ayesha Akhter, Assistant Director at the Health Emergency Operations Centre, told Xinhua that the cyclone killed 16 people in about ...

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World Bank commits $500m to fight locusts, preserve food security, protect livelihoods

Desert locust swarm

The World Bank Group approved on Thursday, May 21, 2020 a $500 million programme to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight the locust swarms that are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.  Desert locust swarm The Emergency Locust Response Programme (ELRP), approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, will focus on ...

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CODE lauds Niger for enacting water law

Abubakar Sani Bello

The Abuja-based Connected Development (CODE) has applauded the Niger State Government for assenting to the Water, Sanitation & Hygeine (WASH) Bill which will enhance the autonomy of the State Water Board and establish its independence to deliver safe, clean and potable water to the people of the state. Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, ...

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Global Anti-Chevron Day: Policy Alert demands accountability from oil giant

Chevron Nigeria Office

Policy Alert has called on Nigeria’s third biggest oil producer, Chevron, to urgently account for alleged adverse environmental and human rights footprints in the country. Chevron Nigeria Office in Lagos The civil society organisation made the call in a statement to mark the Global Anti-Chevron Day which is commemorated annually on May 21 by human rights groups, environmental activists and ...

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UK invests £20m in Africa’s anti-coronavirus fund

Boris Johnson

United Kingdom has said it wil invest up to £20 million in the African Union’s new “Africa anti-COVID-19 fund” to slow down the spread of coronavirus and save lives. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali The British High Commission in Nigeria said in a statement on Thursday, May 21, 2020 that the funding was announced by ...

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PTF warns against Hydrxoychloroquine purchase, NCDC urges more tests

Boss Mustapha

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned against large purchase of Hydrxoychloroquine to treat the novel Coronavirus, saying the drug had not been certified for use. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha Mr Mustapha Boss, the Chairman of PTF and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said ...

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