Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Nomads and farmers in fight for Nigeria's heartland
A Reuters analysis of land use data shows how a massive expansion of farming in Nigeria's Middle Belt has cut access to grazing land for nomadic herders and fueled persistent violence. If the coming dry season in Nigeria follows the pattern of previous years, violence will soon erupt between herders in search of water for their cattle and farmers determined to protect their land.
Yemen's warring sides trade blame for truce breach, swap prisoner lists
Yemen's warring parties blamed each other for violations of a U.N.-mediated ceasefire in Hodeidah meant to avert an all-out battle for a port city vital for emergency aid supplies and pave the way to peace negotiations. Residents reported shelling late on Tuesday, the first day of the truce, for nearly one hour on the eastern and southern outskirts of the Houthi-held Red Sea city, a lifeline for millions at risk of famine. Calm prevailed on Wednesday.
100 days to Brexit, businesses and EU ramp up no-deal planning
With just 100 days until Brexit, businesses and the European Union ramped up planning for the risk that the United Kingdom will leave without a divorce deal, the nightmare scenario for many companies which are now planning for an economic shock. Prime Minister Theresa May's failure to find a deal the British parliament will approve means the world's fifth largest economy now faces three main choices: agreeing a last-minute deal, halting Brexit or leaving the EU without a deal.
Congo election campaigning stopped in Kinshasa
The governor of Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday ordered a halt to campaigning in the city ahead of Sunday's presidential vote for security reasons. The decision by Governor Andre Kimbuta, a member of the ruling coalition, follows crackdowns by security forces on opposition supporters last week that killed at least seven people and a fire that destroyed thousands of voting machines.
U.N. WFP to cut back food assistance in Gaza, West Bank
The World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Wednesday cuts in food aid affecting about 190,000 impoverished Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank - half of all its recipients there, citing a severe funding shortfall. The U.N. agency said it would, as of Jan. 1, suspend food assistance to 27,000 people in the West Bank. In addition, food aid to 165,000 people in the Israeli-occupied territory and in the Gaza Strip would be reduced by 20 percent.
Russia says it won't let U.S. see missile at heart of nuclear dispute
Russia said on Wednesday it would not let the United States inspect a new nuclear-capable cruise missile at the heart of a dispute between Washington and Moscow that risks unraveling a landmark arms control treaty. Washington has threatened to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), alleging that the new Russian missile, the Novator 9M729 (called SSC-8 by NATO), violates the pact, which bans either side from stationing short and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe.
South Africa issues arrest warrant for Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe
South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe over an alleged assault in an upmarket district of Johannesburg last year, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. After the alleged assault with an electric cable came to light in August 2017, the South African government granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.
Lebanon foreign minister to retain post in new cabinet: senior official
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is set to retain his position in the country's new national unity government, a senior Lebanese official said on Wednesday. Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil is also due to keep his post the official told Reuters earlier. Lebanon is on track to form a new cabinet in days, politicians said after months of wrangling hurt the outlook for its struggling economy.
Merkel not planning reshuffle after Merz eyes cabinet job
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to reshuffle her cabinet, a government spokesman said, when asked about the prospects of conservative Friedrich Merz becoming a minister after losing the race to succeed her as conservative CDU leader. "The chancellor is not planning a cabinet reshuffle," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. He had been asked about a newspaper interview in which Merz said he was ready to re-enter politics full time and possibly become a minister.
Third Canadian detained in China, Canadian media says, citing ministry
A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Canada's National Post newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the Canadian foreign ministry. China's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, told a daily news briefing in Beijing that she was unaware of the report.
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