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Revealed - UK Toxic Wastes Traced in Nigeria.

Potentially dangerous toxic wastes from the United Kingdom (UK) have been traced to Alaba International Market and Apapa, all in Lagos state. The wastes, according to Sky News investigation, comprise abandoned TV set, computer and electrical appliances, which are ordinarily meant to be recycled The report said the wastes "are traced to Lagos...

Climate Change Threatens Food Security In Africa

Climate change will have a significant impact on southern Africa's already compromised food security, environmental experts warned at the fifth Alexander von Humboldt International Conference at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. The meeting, held Jan. 11-16, drew climate change experts and environmental scientists from around the...

Talks on Use of River Nile Water Stall

Ten years of negotiations over a new protocol governing shared use of the Nile River are hanging in the balance, with Egypt and Sudan refusing to give up their present power over how much water is used by countries further upstream. The current agreement prohibits countries downstream from using Nile waters beyond an agreed curve, and gives Egypt...

East Africa faces acute food crisis

United Nations: More than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa need food aid because of drought and rocketing food and fuel prices, the United Nations has warned. The UN World Food Programme says it urgently needs $400m (£200m) to prevent starvation in the east African region. Ethiopia is worst hit, with 10 million people - some 12% of...

Aid workers refrained from assisting poor in Kenya

Kenya: An international humanitarian agency, Medicins Sans Frtontieres (MSF), said Monday that its staff have been blocked from continuing assistance to civilians affected by conflict in Mount Elgon district, west Kenya. The medical charity told a news conference in Nairobi that for the last three weeks, its staff have been stopped at road blocks...

Somalia: Threats force aid workers to leave

Nairobi: At a time of drought, skyrocketing food prices, crippling inflation and intensifying street fighting, many of the aid workers upon whom millions of Somalis depend for survival are fleeing their posts - or in some cases the country. They are being driven out by what appears to be an organized terror campaign. Ominous leaflets recently...

Somalia: Situation worsen as piracy and violence spreads

London: The UN World Food Program (WFP) warned Friday that attacks on aid workers on the ground and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia are jeopardizing the lives of millions who now need urgent food assistance. WFP said in a statement that insecurity, drought, a succession of poor or failed harvests, are deepening the suffering of...

South Africa celebrates Mandela birthday

Johannesburg: South Africa celebrated the 90th birthday on Friday of Nelson Mandela, a symbol of reconciliation in a nation now torn by doubts and nostalgia for his leadership. Newspapers published special supplements and filled their pages with tributes that poured in for a man seen as the father of modern South Africa. Radio stations played...

One million Nigerian children die yearly: UNICEF

Lagos (Nigeria): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday in Abuja said over 1 million infants die yearly in Nigeria while nearly a third of the children under five years of age are underweight, reported This Day newspaper on Wednesday. The UN agency said Nigeria ranked among 12 countries with the highest mortality rate of children...

S African economy boost up but poverty persists

South Africa: Economic inequalities remain in South Africa after the fall of apartheid although fewer people are still caught in grinding poverty, a government report said on Thursday. The Presidency's Development Indicators 2008 report said the standard of living for a large number of people had improved between 2000 and 2007, with incomes...

Kenyans facing food crisis

Nairobi: About 1.2 million Kenyans are facing famine and require emergency food assistance, a U.S.- St funded famine early warning system has warned recently. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said that at least 1.16 million Kenyans require emergency assistance due to, among others, an expected below average agricultural...

Somalia: 20 Children die of Measles

Somalia: Up to twenty children have died of measles over the last week in areas of lower Shabelle region elders in the region confirmed on Monday. Most of the deceased children died in a small village in the region called Jabey village 45km north of Jowhar town the provincial capital of middle Shabelle region. "More than others in nearby...

Piracy increases globally especially in Somali region

Malaysia: Pirate attacks worldwide surged 19 percent in the past three months compared to the January-March period, largely due to increased incidents in Somalia and Nigeria, an international maritime agency said Friday. There were 62 attacks on ships between April and June, up from 52 in the previous quarter, the International Maritime Bureau...

FAO warns about food crisis, $1.7 bln needed to revive agriculture

Lagos: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has observed that African countries affected by soaring food prices would need at least a total of 1.7 billion U.S. dollars to revive their agriculture system, neglected for several decades, reported the Ghana News Agency. It said, the amount is just for immediate and short measures during the...

G8 warns over climate change, aid to Africa

Japan: World leaders head into the second day of the annual G8 summit preoccupied by soaring food and oil prices and deeply divided over how to tackle climate change. Senior officials from the Group of Eight rich nations were meeting late into the night in Japan to thrash out wording that would allow President George W. Bush on Tuesday to put...