CNN —The Nigeria Customs Service says it is investigating reports people were trampled to death during a sale of bags of confiscated rice amid growing anger over skyrocketing prices of food in Africa’s most populous country.
Long queues have formed outside the Lagos customs office since the commencement of the sale as thousands of locals struggle to grab a bag of the 25-kilogram rice selling at a discounted price of 10,000 naira ($6.80).
The customs service said the distribution of the seized bags of rice was part of the government’s plan “to tackle the pressing issue of food insecurity.”The cost of rice, a staple food in Nigeria, has surged in recent months.
The customs service says it has been confiscating contraband rice from smugglers following restrictions on foreign rice imports by the Nigerian government.
Analysts welcomed the rice distribution initiative but questioned its viability in tackling Nigeria’s worsening food insecurity.
Abdullahi Maiwada, “, ”, couldn’t, Sam Amadi, Bola Tinubu, Tinubu, Babajide Sanwo, OluOrganizations:CNN, Nigeria Customs Service, World Bank, AnalystsLocations:Africa’s, Lagos, West, India, Nigeria, Nigerian
As voters in South Carolina prepare to take to the polls on Saturday, Nikki Haley has vowed to continue challenging former President Donald J. Trump for the Republican nomination — to the dismay of her onetime boss.
In recent weeks, Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley, former governor of South Carolina and U.N. ambassador in the Trump administration, have dialed up their attacks on each other.
Mr. Trump has mocked the absence of Ms. Haley’s husband, Maj. Michael Haley, a National Guardsman who is deployed to Africa.
His campaign suggested that her staying in the race, despite being well behind Mr. Trump in delegates, was “like any wailing loser hellbent on an alternative reality.” Ms. Haley has said that her rival has “gotten more unstable and unhinged” and that he has “mental deficiencies.”But while attacking each other’s record and policies, both have turned to false and misleading claims.
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Bombs that struck houses, markets, and bus stations across Sudan, often killing dozens of civilians at once.
Ethnic rampages, accompanied by rape and looting, that killed thousands in the western region of Darfur.
And a video clip, verified by United Nations officials, that shows Sudanese soldiers parading through the streets of a major city, triumphantly brandishing the decapitated heads of students who were killed on the basis of their ethnicity.
The horrors of Sudan’s spiraling civil war are laid out in graphic detail in a new United Nations report that draws on photos, videos and interviews with over 300 victims and witnesses, to present the stark human toll from 10 months of fighting.
Many probable war crimes have occurred as part of the grinding battle for control of Sudan, one of the largest countries in Africa, which started with clashes between the country’s military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in April 2023, the report by the U.N.’s human rights body found.
Organizations:United Nations, Rapid Support ForcesLocations:Sudan, Darfur, Africa
The strikes include at least dozens of targets across multiple locations in Yemen, according to one of the officials, including targets in the capital Sanaa and elsewhere.
The targets included Houthi weapons, radar sites, command and control center, as well as underground weapons storage facilities.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon said that the continued strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen, which began in January, have destroyed more than 100 missiles and launches, including anti-ship missiles, drones, radars and more.
It is also extremely expensive and impractical, some officials note, to keep firing multimillion-dollar missiles at cheap Houthi drones and missiles.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the number of strikes carried out against Houthi targets in Yemen.
Aden –, Sabrina Singh, ” Singh, “, ”Organizations:CNN, Pentagon, United Nations, Command, USLocations:United States, United Kingdom, Yemen, Iran, Aden, Gaza, Suez, Africa, Gulf, Belize
For years, Chinese companies and their contractors have been slaughtering millions of donkeys across Africa, coveting gelatin from the animals’ hides that is processed into traditional medicines, popular sweets and beauty products in China.
But a growing demand for the gelatin has decimated donkey populations at such alarming rates in African countries that governments are now moving to put a brake on the mostly unregulated trade.
The African Union, a body that encompasses the continent’s 55 states, adopted a continentwide ban on donkey skin exports this month in the hope that stocks will recover.
Rural households across Africa rely on donkeys for transportation and agriculture.
Yet donkeys only breed a foal every couple of years.
Organizations:AfricanLocations:Africa, China, African Union
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to four critically endangered species of vulture, and in South Africa, a non-profit conservation and rehabilitation group called VulPro is working to protect these fascinating birds.
The operation involved over 50 people, logistics company DHL and WeWild Africa, an NGO specializing in animal rewilding and translocation.
It was at that very moment that I actually understood how fragile and misunderstood the species were.”An African White-backed vulture (closest to camera) at the VulPro rehabilitation center near Pretoria, South Africa.
Recent efforts have concentrated on the white-headed vulture, with a population of only 3,685 adults continent-wide, according to BirdLife International, and only a small percentage of that figure in South Africa.
Poisoning is the most common reason for vultures to require treatment in South Africa, often from ingesting lead in discarded batteries, or bullets in animal carcasses, says Joubert.
VulPro, ”, Kerri Wolter, Gertrude Kitongo, “, Johan Joubert, Joubert, Wolter, –Organizations:CNN, Reserve, DHL, WeWild, BirdLife International, ShamariLocations:Saharan Africa, South Africa, Eastern Cape, WeWild Africa, African, Pretoria, Africa, West Africa, KwaZulu, Natal, South
After the Houthi militia started attacking container ships in the Red Sea last year, the cost of shipping goods from Asia soared by over 300 percent, prompting fears that supply chain disruptions might once again roil the global economy.
The Houthis, who are backed by Iran and control northern Yemen, continue to threaten ships, forcing many to take a much longer route around Africa’s southern tip.
One reason for the optimism is that a huge number of container ships, ordered two to three years ago, are entering service.
Those extra vessels are expected to help shipping companies maintain regular service as their ships travel longer distances.
The companies ordered the ships when the extraordinary surge in world trade that occurred during the pandemic created enormous demand for their services.
”, Brian WhitlockOrganizations:GartnerLocations:Red, Asia, Iran, Yemen
With annual inflation nearing 30% and a currency in freefall, Nigeria is facing one of its worst economic crises in years, provoking nationwide outrage and protests.
The currency is down around 70% since May 2023 when Tinubu took office, inheriting a struggling economy and promising a raft of reforms aimed at steadying the ship.
In a bid to fix the beleaguered economy and attract international investment, Tinubu unified Nigeria's multiple exchange rates and enabled market forces to set the exchange rate, sending the currency plunging.
In January, the market regulator also changed how it calculates the currency's closing rate, resulting in another de facto devaluation.
Years of foreign exchange controls have also generated enormous pent-up demand for U.S. dollars at a time when overseas investment and crude oil exports have declined.
Bola Tinubu, TinubuOrganizations:U.S, greenbackLocations:IBADAN, Nigeria, Ibadan, freefall, Nigerian
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U.S. crude oil futures hovered near three-month highs Tuesday as the conflict in the Middle East rages on.
U.S. crude gained 3% last week to settle Friday at its highest price, $79.19 a barrel, since Nov. 6.
The global benchmark rose 1.5% for the week to settle at its highest price since Jan. 26.
Houthi militants on Monday attacked another cargo ship in the Bab el-Mandeb strait, forcing the crew to abandon the vessel.
The attack highlights the ongoing threats to commercial vessels in the Red Sea, which has forced shipping giants such as Maersk to divert cargo around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.
Brent, Tamas Varga, PVMOrganizations:The West Texas Intermediate, International Energy Agency, MondayLocations:Suez, Ismailia, Egypt, East, Israel, Lebanon, Gaza, Rafah, U.S, Iran, Red, Hope, Africa, Aden