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Lebanon is expected to run out of bread in 2½ weeks. Pics: GettyImages/alefbet/Mo Semsem

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Humanitarian aid scrambles to circumvent Lebanon’s bread crisis

By Gill Hyslop

The head of the United Nations’ food agency said the beleaguered country – which is battling economic and political woes, the COVID-19 pandemic and a major blast that tore through its capital city – could run out of bread in about 2½ weeks.

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Australia finds 1/2m new weekly bread shoppers in a year

By RJ Whitehead

Australia’s ultra-competitive bread market has picked up nearly half a million new customers in the last year, with almost 11m shoppers now spending an average of A$8.20 (US$6.16) each on their weekly loaves, buns and baguettes—though specialist shops...

Egypt’s wheat import dispute continues, with mixed messages on fungal infection rates sparking panic about cancer-causing bread, as a currency devaluation puts strain on food prices.(© iStock.com)

Egypt wheat row turns toxic

By Will Chu

Egypt’s wheat import dispute continues, with mixed messages on fungal infection rates sparking panic about cancer-causing bread, as a currency devaluation puts strain on food prices.

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