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Surge of African migrants brave Latin America jungle trek for U.S dream

By Anastasia Moloney| 01-16-2017

Using a stone, Ahmed Ali Hassan scraped away at the side of the container truck until he made a small hole, and putting his parched mouth to it, gasped for air. The overcrowded truck carrying nearly 100 migrants, many from Africa, took turns to breathe in pockets of dry air as the truck rattled through … Continue reading “Surge of African migrants brave Latin America jungle trek for U.S dream”


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South Africa’s Zuma faces no-confidence vote by party’s executive panel

By TJ Strydom| 11-28-2016

South Africa’s scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma is facing a vote of no confidence by the ruling party’s executive committee, media reported on Monday. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) extended its scheduled meeting into a third day on Monday, after Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom proposed the motion of no-confidence on Saturday, said Beeld, an Afrikaans-language … Continue reading “South Africa’s Zuma faces no-confidence vote by party’s executive panel”


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Foundations laid to roll out Paris accord but poor short-changed

By Megan Rowling| 11-21-2016

Governments have plenty of unfinished business to hammer out a rulebook for the new Paris Agreement on climate change by 2018, experts said as U.N. negotiations wound up early on Saturday. Many environment and development groups welcomed the united front presented by some 195 nations as they faced a campaign threat to quit the accord … Continue reading “Foundations laid to roll out Paris accord but poor short-changed”


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WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine

By Kate Kelland| 11-18-2016

Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world’s first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The vaccine, known as RTS,S or Mosquirix and developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, is only partially effective and needs to be … Continue reading “WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine”


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Managing water is key to adapting African agriculture to climate change

By Jenny Bird, International Water Management Institute| 11-15-2016

A unanimous decision on how to take action on climate change is incredibly rare. Yet, African nations have overwhelmingly included climate resilient agriculture in their indicative pledges to the United Nations. And agriculture is seen as a major focus through a common position of the African Union on climate adaptation. Agriculture employs more than 60% … Continue reading “Managing water is key to adapting African agriculture to climate change”


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New U.N. role needed to fight human trafficking in conflict

By Umberto Bacci| 11-14-2016

People displaced by war across the world are at heightened risk of human trafficking due to gaps in the United Nations’ response, campaigners said on Monday, calling for the creation of a new U.N. office to fight modern slavery. Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, … Continue reading “New U.N. role needed to fight human trafficking in conflict”


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Why a Trump victory bodes ill for Africa

By David J Hornsby, University of Witwatersrand| 11-09-2016

Like many, I didn’t think it could be true. President Donald J Trump just seemed so implausible given the many profoundly concerning revelations about the Republican Party nominee’s personal views on women, the state, migration and migrants, Muslims, and even taxes. How, in 2016, could an individual who thinks it’s okay to grope women, build … Continue reading “Why a Trump victory bodes ill for Africa”


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Rich states urged to dig deeper to help poor respond to ‘climate crisis’

By Megan Rowling| 11-08-2016

From hurricane-ravaged Haiti to drought-parched southern Africa, the world’s poorest countries are battling increasingly extreme weather being thrown their way as the planet warms. But the aid on offer globally to help them cope is still a pittance compared with what they need, experts say. When ministers gather at the two-week U.N. climate change talks … Continue reading “Rich states urged to dig deeper to help poor respond to ‘climate crisis’”


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