Chevron puts two Nigerian offshore blocks up for sale

By Reuters
Chevron has launched the sale of its stakes in two Nigerian offshore oil and gas blocks, a sale document seen by Reuters shows, as the company seeks to dispose of ageing assets to focus on its fast-growing U.S. production.

A Chevron spokesman confirmed the sale process.

The U.S. energy giant is offering its 40% stake in the shallow-water Oil Mining Lease (OML) 86 and OML 88, which produce around 6,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, the document says.

Zimbabwe facing 'man-made' starvation, UN expert warns

Zimbabwe is facing "man-made" starvation with 60 percent of the people failing to meet basic food needs, a UN special envoy said Thursday after touring the southern African country.

Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, ranked Zimbabwe among the four top countries facing severe food shortages outside nations in conflict zones.

"The people of Zimbabwe are slowly getting to a point of suffering a man-made starvation," she told a news conference in Harare, adding that eight million people would be affected by the end of the year.

Cambridge college to return looted Benin cockerel statue to Nigeria

A Cambridge University college said on Thursday it would return an antique statue of a cockerel to Benin City in Nigeria, more than 120 years after it was looted by British colonial forces.

The move by Jesus College will likely step up pressure on other institutions holding plunder from the historic Kingdom of Benin and other objects from other cultures taken by colonialists during the 19th century.

Nigeria said it was delighted by the announcement and launched a broad appeal for museums across the world to return its heritage.

Sudan moves to dissolve ex ruling party, repeals public order law

Sudanese transitional authorities approved a law on Thursday to dissolve the former ruling party and repealed a public order law used to regulate women's behavior under ex-president Omar al-Bashir, the justice minister said.

The two measures responded to key demands by a protest movement that helped overthrow Bashir in April.

Obi meets ex-president of Ireland (Photo)

The former President of Ireland and Global Chair of Elders for Climate Change, Mary Robinson (right), with Mr. Peter Obi (left), at the United Nations Foundation’s programme at the UN Headquarters, New York, yesterday.

Fear, turmoil in Lebanon as its financial crisis worsens

On one of Beirut’s main commercial streets, store owners are cutting salaries by half or considering shutting down. Shops advertise sales, but still can’t draw in customers. The only place doing a thriving business: the store that sells safes, as Lebanese increasingly stash their cash at home.

It’s a sign Lebanese fear their country’s financial crisis, which has been worsening for months, could tip over into disaster.

Anal cancer rises in U.S., cases linked to HPV

Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

After examining cancer diagnosis and death data from 2001 to 2016, certain types of anal cancer had doubled while others had tripled over the time period. Anal cancer deaths increased too.
HPV, a common sexually-transmitted disease, is linked to most cases of anal cancer.
Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Does sex position, duration determine child’s gender?

Olatoye Ogundipe, a gynecologist, on Wednesday, said that the gender of a child was not determined by the sex position or duration contrary to beliefs by some people.
Ogundipe, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, said that most couples had been misled in believing that there were certain sex positions to adopt to have a baby boy or girl.

Breaking: Burna Boy nominated for 2020 Grammy Awards

Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, has made the list of nominees for 2020 Grammy Awards.

His African Giant album is nominated for ‘Best World Music category’ for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

Nominated in the same category with Burna Boy is Altin Gün (GECE), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (WHAT HEAT), Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (FANM D’AYITI) and Angelique Kidjo (CELIA).

Colette Senghor, wife of Senegal's ex-president, dies in France

Colette Senghor, the wife of Leopold Senghor, a poet and philosopher who became first president of post-colonial Senegal, has died in France at the age of 93.

She died at her home in Verson, in the western region of Normandy, at the family home, the local council said on Tuesday, expressing its "huge sadness" at her passing.

Senegalese President Macky Sall, in a tweet, paid tribute to Senghor, a "discreet woman and the wife in the background of the late President Leopold S. Senghor."