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Ethiopia’s Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

By Stephen Nebehay and Tom Miles| 05-25-2017

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the Geneva-based United Nations agency. The former health minister and foreign minister, who vowed to make universal health care his priority, won over half the votes … Continue reading “Ethiopia’s Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job”


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82 Chibok girls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects

By Sotunde Afolabi| 05-08-2017

A group of girls released by Boko Haram jihadists after kidnapping them in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok arrived on Sunday in the capital Abuja, a Reuters witness said. The girls arrived at Abuja airport and were driven away in a military convoy. Nigeria said on Saturday it had secured the release … Continue reading “82 Chibok girls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects”


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On May Day, workers of the world unite and protest

By Larry King| 05-02-2017

Europeans took to the streets on Monday, celebrating the international workers’ holiday of May Day with an assortment of rallies and demonstrations, which in France turned violent as protesters threw petrol bombs at police. One Paris police officer was seriously burnt and two others injured in confrontations with protesters. In Turkey, police fired tear gas … Continue reading “On May Day, workers of the world unite and protest”


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Celebrated African women hope to inspire girls to narrow gender gap

By Kieran Guilbert| 04-17-2017

Celebrating successful African women in fields ranging from politics and business to agriculture and the arts could inspire girls across the continent to strive towards closing the gender gap, winners of the New African Woman Awards said on Thursday. Twelve women from Mali, Morocco and Zimbabwe among other countries, were honoured at the ceremony hosted … Continue reading “Celebrated African women hope to inspire girls to narrow gender gap”


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Beyond light, solar startup seeks to plugin rural homes in Africa

By Kieran Guilbert| 04-10-2017

Access to off-grid solar energy in rural areas of Africa goes beyond lighting up homes, it also enables people to connect to the wider world and boosts their economic prospects, said the head of one of the continent’s biggest solar companies. Azuri Technologies’ entry level solar system – for which customers pay a one-off installation … Continue reading “Beyond light, solar startup seeks to plugin rural homes in Africa”


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Governments must recognise wastewater as resource – U.N.

By Magdalena Mis| 03-22-2017

Wastewater from households, industries and agriculture should not be seen as a problem but a valuable resource which could help meet the demands for water, energy and nutrients from a growing global population, a U.N. water expert said. Globally, more than 80 percent of wastewater is released into rivers and lakes without treatment with a … Continue reading “Governments must recognise wastewater as resource – U.N.”


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Aid workers in famine-hit South Sudan should not pay $10,000 to help, says UN

By Daniel Wesangula| 03-14-2017

Aid workers in South Sudan should be exempt from a 100-fold hike in work permit fees so they can respond to famine in the country, the United Nations said as humanitarian agencies struggle to reach those in need amid fighting and looting. The world’s youngest nation, which relies on international aid to feed a third … Continue reading “Aid workers in famine-hit South Sudan should not pay $10,000 to help, says UN”


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Death toll in Ethiopian garbage dump land-slide rises to 65

By Aaron Maasho| 

Parents scrabbled through a towering pile of fetid garbage on Monday, screaming the names of children buried when a mountain of trash collapsed on makeshift homes and killed at least 65 people. “My babies, my babies, my little daughter,” cried one man wandering through the garbage dump in the Ethiopian capital, tears streaming down his … Continue reading “Death toll in Ethiopian garbage dump land-slide rises to 65”


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