Boko Haram: Red Cross begs Nigerian govt to secure release of abducted health workers

The Red Cross on Sunday appealed to Nigeria Government and to communities and individuals with influence to secure the release of two abducted health workers, as a deadline set by Boko Haram to kill them approached.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spoke out a month after another hostage kidnapped with them was executed by the jihadists.

“A deadline that could result in the killing of another health care worker is less than 24 hours away,” said an ICRC statement.

“Speed and urgency are critical,” it added.

UN earmarks $2.1b as grants for IDPs in Nigeria

The United Nations has earmarked the sum of $2.1 billion to be given out as grants to people affected by the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria.

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told journalists in Abuja, on Sunday that the grants is to help victims of the insurgency to recover and build their lives.

ICC denies meeting with Buhari at Hague

By Valentine Amanze

The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has said that the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari did not discuss with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

  This was contrary to what the Presidency stated that Buhari, during a recent visit to The Hague, had discussion with Bensouda on election violence, terrorism,

Hostages and the recent Jos crises.

181 countries to tackle Big Tobacco meddling in treaty talks

No fewer than 181 countries are converging on Geneva, Switzerland for the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the global tobacco treaty to shut off one of the last avenues of influence the tobacco industry has to interfere with public health policymaking at the talks.

  At the conference holding holding October 1 through 7, 2018, participating countries will advance a provision that will prohibit the tobacco industry from exploiting public badges, which are primarily used by tobacco industry representatives to delay, block and weaken the treaty.

Nigerian groups to attend WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Geneva

Nigerian delegates and civil society groups will arrive Geneva, Switzerland on October 1, 2018 for the eight conference of parties meeting of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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"It was as if time stood still," said an exuberant announcer as Cameroon's President Paul Biya landed in the country's north to kick-off campaigning ahead of next week's polls.

He was in the town of Maroua on Saturday for the first time in six years, drumming up support ahead of voting on October 7 when the 85-year-old will seek a seventh term.

The polls will be held to an unprecedented backdrop of violence, as clashes continue in the country's separatist anglophone regions and Boko Haram fighters continue to threaten Cameroon's northeast -- including Maroua.

Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight 'devil'

Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil," in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy.

A Vatican statement appeared to be an indirect response to accusations that Francis himself, and a string of Vatican officials before him, were complicit in covering up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal.

Oil prices at four-year high after OPEC rebuffs Trump

Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent to a four-year high on Monday after Saudi Arabia and Russia ruled out any immediate increase in production despite calls by U.S. President Donald Trump for action to raise global supply.

Benchmark Brent crude hit its highest since November 2014 at $80.94 per barrel, up $2.14 or 2.7 percent, before easing to around $80.75 by 1150 GMT. U.S. light crude was $1.25 higher at $72.03.

Buhari to attend United Nations General Assembly in New York

President Muhammadu Buhari will be speaking at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The 73rd UNGA is scheduled to hold at the United Nations headquarters from September 18, 2018.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Onyeama said that the President will use the opportunity to canvass for a permanent seat at the United Nations and a for a Nigerian to emerge as the President of the General Assembly next year.

WHO: 300,000 undetected TB cases driving new infections

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the undetected 300,000 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria as a major challenge hindering efforts to eradicate the killer disease from the country and the world at large.

Also, the world body has called for the active involvement of the private sector in TB control programme nationwide.