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UN says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines

By Tom Miles| 02-22-2017

Nearly 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk” of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. People are already starving to death in all four countries, and the World Food Programme says more than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six … Continue reading “UN says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines”


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As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers’ profits heat up

By Leopold Obi| 

It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu moves along rows of fruiting mango trees with a long pole in his hand, harvesting the mature fruits. The succulent green mangoes drop inside a net tied to the tip of the pole which prevents … Continue reading “As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers’ profits heat up”


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Army worms are wreaking havoc in South Africa. Why it’s a big deal

By Prof. Kenneth Wilson| 02-13-2017

Kenneth Wilson, Lancaster University A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms from the Americas are ravaging staple crops across southern Africa. If uncontrolled, they have the potential to cause major food shortages. The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel asked Kenneth Wilson to explain the threat and what can be done … Continue reading “Army worms are wreaking havoc in South Africa. Why it’s a big deal”


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Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants

By Yeganeh Torbati, Jeff Mason and Mica Rosenberg| 01-30-2017

President Donald Trump’s order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States sparked confusion and anger on Saturday after immigrants and refugees were kept off flights and left stranded in airports. In his most sweeping decision since taking office a week ago, Trump, a Republican, put a four-month hold on allowing … Continue reading “Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants”


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Education offers hopes of healing rifts sown by Nigeria’s Boko Haram

By Kieran Guilbert| 01-27-2017

When Boko Haram militants stormed his home in northeast Nigeria three years ago, 13-year-old Grema Mohammed was forced to watch as they killed his father. Now, sitting in a classroom where the pupils are practising their greetings in English, Mohammed quietly works alongside children of the jihadist group which shot dead his father. “I am … Continue reading “Education offers hopes of healing rifts sown by Nigeria’s Boko Haram”


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Deadly backstreet abortions to rise with Trump restrictions, say activists

By Neha Wadekar| 01-25-2017

Thousands of women will die from unsafe abortions and millions will have unwanted pregnancies following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban U.S.-funded groups from discussing abortion, activists said on Tuesday. Trump reinstated the so-called global gag rule on Monday, affecting American non-governmental organizations working abroad, to signal his opposition to abortion, which is difficult … Continue reading “Deadly backstreet abortions to rise with Trump restrictions, say activists”


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Gambia’s vice-president quits after two decades in the role

By Tim Cocks| 01-19-2017

Gambia’s Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, who has been in the role since 1997, has quit, a government source and a family member told Reuters on Thursday. Saidy is the highest level official to abandon President Yahya Jammeh’s camp in his stand-off with opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election in December. Abubakar Senghore, … Continue reading “Gambia’s vice-president quits after two decades in the role”


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Davos elite faces evaporating trust in ‘post-truth’ era

By Ben Hirschler| 01-16-2017

Trust in governments, companies and the media plunged last year as ballots from the United States to Britain to the Philippines rocked political establishments and scandals hit business. The majority of people now believe the economic and political system is failing them, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, released on Monday ahead of the … Continue reading “Davos elite faces evaporating trust in ‘post-truth’ era”


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