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Private sectors to spend USD$ 8 billion to fight hunger in US.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (Sep 28) announced US$8 billion in new private sector spending to fight hunger, including hundreds of millions of dollars for meals, after lawmakers failed to further extend pandemic-era nutrition supports like universal school meals and increased aid to food banks.

The pledges were announced as part of a White House summit on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the first since 1969, with participation from Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Health Secretary Xavier Becerra, as well as several lawmakers and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

If a parent can’t feed their child, there’s nothing else that matters to that parent,” Biden said. “This is something we should be rallying the whole country to work on together.”

Biden aims to end US hunger and reduce diet-related diseases in a majority of Americans by 2030 and has turned to the private sector to underwrite some of the spending after Congress failed to further extend school lunch aid.

Pandemic assistance helped quell hunger rates for US families, but hunger again climbed following the expiration of child tax credit payments in January, while soaring food prices stretch family budgets.

Congress extended only through September 2022 aid that helped schools feed millions of US children over the last two years.

Contributions announced on Wednesday included a pledge by nonprofit FoodCorps to invest US$250 million for free, healthy school meals and to expand nutrition education in schools.

The Food Industry Association also promised to get members to donate 2 billion meals to food banks and other organizations next year while making it easier to use food stamp benefits online.

Wholesale food distributor Sysco will donate 200 million meals to national hunger-related charities and food banks, worth about US$400 million, over the next five years.

Senior administration officials briefing reporters declined to offer a timeline for the new aid but said details would be forthcoming.

The private sector commitments follow revelations of hundreds of millions of stolen federal dollars that were supposed to be spent on food aid during the coronavirus pandemic.

The officials said the administration would work closely with the donors to ensure compliance.

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Russians fleeing to Mongolia after Vladimir Putin mobilization order.

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Norway and Poland move to cut gas dependency on Russia.

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Ukrainians forced to vote on gunpoint in Putin’s Referenda.

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US call on it citizens to move out of Russia ASAP.

The United States Embassy in Russia has issued a new security alert for its citizens, who have been asked to leave the country “immediately” despite the few existing commercial flights due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement, the diplomatic legation has warned that “commercial flights are currently extremely limited, so sometimes there are none available. However, it has confirmed that land routes are still open.

If you want to leave Russia, you must make the necessary preparations as soon as possible.

The United States Embassy is very limited in offering assistance to Americans and the conditions could be increasingly limited, he insisted.

Likewise, he has indicated that the Russian government could begin to deny dual nationality to Americans and access to consular assistance to prevent their departure from the country after announcing the partial mobilization.

US citizens should not travel to Russia and those who reside in the country or are on Russian territory must leave it immediately, the Embassy stressed in a statement confirming that the authorities will offer all relevant information on the possibility to access neighboring countries from Russia.

In this sense, they have reminded their citizens that “freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly are not guaranteed in Russia for which they have urged “avoid protests and take photographs of the security forces within the framework of said events.

Russian authorities have already arrested Russian citizens who have participated in demonstrations, she said.

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No fewer than 22 persons killed in two Helicopter clash in Uganda.

Two Ugandan military helicopters have crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo with 22 persons aboard killed, said Congo Army spokesman on Wednesday.

Uganda had sent troops to its central African neighbour in December to help fight a violent rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) have not yet told us the circumstances of the crash, the spokesman said without providing further detail.

UPDF spokesman, Felix Kulayigye, confirmed one helicopter crash and said there were fatalities, but I don’t have any extra details at the moment.

The ADF is among several militias wrangling over land and resources in Congo’s mineral-rich east over the past decade, a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions.

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Labour Party vow to fight for Peter Obi.

The Labour Party, LP, has vowed that it will not abandon its presidential candidate, Peter Obi and other candidates of the party to their whims and caprices if they were elected into office in 2023.

The party said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja announcing its readiness to commence its campaign for the 2023 general elections.

National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure vowed that members of the party will join in the revolt against Peter Obi and the other candidates if they decided not to abide by the wishes of the electorate when elected.

If they form a government and decide not to do what the people want, we will abandon them and join the people to fight them. We are going to have a paradigm shift in the manner and ways politics is played in Nigeria. We are going to provide leadership by example, Abure said.

He added that Labour Party would hold the government accountable to the Nigerian people and not satisfied with just helping to bring it into office.

The Labour Party will continue to maintain that when we form government in 2023, the party will hold our presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi and other candidates contesting on the platform of the party accountable if they renege on the social contract entered with the people.

Labour Party will not just bring a government in place with the help of the people, but would go as far as holding the government accountable to the Nigerian people who voted them into office.

“This 2023 general elections and the campaign is all about the people, they are the ones that will drive the process. They are the ones already driving it as you can see across the length and breathe of Nigeria. We are only giving direction to it.

We are going to enthrone leadership that will work for the people and that leadership is going to be held accountable for the people. We are going to make sure Peter Obi and all other candidates that win on Labour Party platform are held accountable to the people.

If they form a government and decide not to do what the people want, we will abandon them and join the people to fight them. We are going to have a paradigm shift in the manner and ways politics is played in Nigeria. We are going to provide leadership by example.

Labour Party will not just bring a government in place for Peter Obi, we are going to hold him accountable because the movement transcends Peter Obi. It is even transcending the Labour Party, it is about the people of Nigeria.

It’s about the future of the country, the growth and development of the country, the downtrodden Nigerians that have been suffering over the years and about the blood of Nigerians who have been slaughtered for years by the maladministration of the PDP and the current APC government.

He added that Labour Party is ready to start its campaign in line with the Independent National Electoral Commission’s guidelines.

Abure, however, expressed disenchantment with attacks on members of Labour Party in some parts of the country.

The national chairman also commended the INEC on its position on incumbent political office holders who use the power of incumbency to deny opposition parties access to public facilities for campaigns, an action which the Commission said was illegal and would attract sanctions as spelt out in the Electoral Act 2022.

The position of INEC is germane with the recent attacks on the supporters of Labour Party candidates across the nation particularly in Ebonyi, Enugu, Kastina and Kaduna amongst others.

It is a fact that the popularity and influence of Labour Party recently has been astonishing wherein it has witnessed exponential and geometric growth across the states.

The fear factor being expressed by the other political parties which has pushed them into resorting to obstructing and in some cases manhandling of otherwise, Labour party supporters who have been embarking on peaceful rallies, is a threat to our democracy.

He urged all the ruling parties in their states and at the national level not to militarise the campaign process but give a level playing ground for all parties involved.

We seize this opportunity to call on the incumbent political office holders to ensure that the political terrain is demilitarised and a level playing ground provided for all political activities. This will ensure that the choice of the people on who represents them at whatever level is respected.

As a political party, we promised Nigerians that the party would run an issue based campaign.

We have also put our house in order, and we will be coming up with a formidable team that will run the campaign and that will deliver power to the real owners, the people.

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Ukrainians frightened hearing the buzzing noise of Iranian drones in Odessa.

In Ukraine’s port city of Odessa, residents have recently found themselves hiding not from the thunder of rocket attacks but from the whir of buzzing Iranian drones in the sky.

The machines have been playing an important role since Russia invaded seven months ago forming part of reconnaissance operations, missile firings, or bomb drops.

Awakened with a start on Saturday morning by a roar from the sky, Maryna Kondratieva ran to hide in the cellar with her two young children, fearing the worst.

I understand now that everything can change in five minutes, Kondratieva, who lives in a well-to-do part of the city and whose terrace overlooks the Black Sea, told AFP.

Odessa the ‘capital’ of the southwest and Ukraine’s main port had seemed largely safe from Moscow, whose troops failed to take it at the beginning of the war.

The sandbags and other checkpoints that had blighted the old town have largely been removed and bombings became less frequent.

But an increasing number of drones taking to the sky has made city residents fear a return to darker days.

In a video filmed by Kondratieva’s husband, shown to AFP, a drone continues its flight around their home, accompanied by the sound of heavy gunfire.

Kondratieva only recently returned to Ukraine from Cyprus after taking her five– and six-year olds to seek refuge with her in-laws.

The successful counter-offensive by Kyiv forces in the northeast, more sluggish in the south, had restored hope.

Hearing the buzzing noise around the house of the drone made her feel that the war had once again come extremely close to home.

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Poland foreign minister Zbigbiew Rau said NATO will retaliate any use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Zbigniew Rau, the foreign minister of Poland, has stated that Nato’s response to any use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine should be non-nuclear but overwhelming.

Rau ruled out nuclear retaliation but asserts that the alliance is making its intentions known to Russia.

The foreign minister of Poland has stated that any use of nuclear arms in Ukraine should be met with overpower non-nuclear retaliation from NATO.

Rau stated that the alliance was in the process of conveying that message to Moscow while visiting Washington.

Concerns about Vladimir Putin’s seriousness, to use a nuclear means, possibly a lower-yield tactical warhead, to shock Ukraine into ceasing its resistance to his invasion have grown as a result of the Russian military disaster in Ukraine, where its forces are being driven back into the country’s east.

As far as we are aware, Putin is threatening to use tactical nuclear arms on Ukrainian territory rather than to attack NATO, thus Nato should react conventionally, said Rau on the NBC News program Meet the Press.

However, the answer ought to be terrible. And I believe that the NATO alliance is currently delivering Russia a very clear message in this regard.

The use of nuclear arms by the Kremlin would have “catastrophic consequences for Russia,” according to Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, who made the warning on Sunday. He claimed that this had been “spelled out” in private conversations with Russian officials.

The official goal of the Russian military’s increased conscription is to send 300,000 extra men to Ukraine, but there are allegations that the true target is much higher. Unrest and an exodus across Russia’s borders, particularly among men of draft age, have been brought on by the mobilization.

It is clear that President Putin is losing in the conflict in Ukraine, Rau remarked. “Consequently, his response is to begin mobilizing. But he doesn’t seem to be winning the fight after the mobilization.

The new conscripts, who were inadequately trained and poorly equipped, the foreign minister of Poland claimed, were unlikely to alter the course of the war because Ukraine’s armed forces had already destroyed Russia’s professional warriors.

If the mobilization did result in a breakthrough, according to Rau, it would be in Russian public opinion.

According to him, up to 80% of the Russian populace found the war to be popular thus far. Every Russian family will now need to decide how they feel about the conflict, knowing that their loved ones could be deployed there or not return from the war.

Rau won’t be meeting any officials from the Biden administration during his visit to Washington, but he will meet with congressional leaders and John Bolton, who served as Sullivan’s predecessor as national security adviser.

He will also visit a newly opened museum honoring the victims of communism in the nation’s capital.

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