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Union’s call for strike unless Nigeria reverses pump price increase

By Camillus Eboh and Ulf Laessing| 05-15-2016

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s two main labour unions have called for a general strike from Wednesday unless the government reverses a plan to increase petrol prices by up to 67 percent, a joint statement said on Saturday.   Last week, the government announced it was scrapping a costly fuel subsidy scheme and raising the price … Continue reading “Union’s call for strike unless Nigeria reverses pump price increase”


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Africa’s Great Green Wall could halt youth migration and extremism

By Kieran Guilbert| 05-05-2016

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A project to plant a wall of trees stretching across Africa aims not only to halt desertification, but also to improve food security, create jobs, and offer young people an alternative to migration and extremism, environmental experts said on Thursday. The planned Great Green Wall would see a 7,000 km … Continue reading “Africa’s Great Green Wall could halt youth migration and extremism”


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Atlas Mara says it is considering bid for Barclays’ Africa Unit

By Andrew MacAskill| 04-26-2016

LONDON (Reuters) – Atlas Mara, the African investment vehicle of former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, said on Tuesday it had held discussions with investors with a view to making a bid for Barclays’ African business. Atlas said its board supported exploration of a possible acquisition, “given the expected positive impact on accelerating the company’s strategy … Continue reading “Atlas Mara says it is considering bid for Barclays’ Africa Unit”


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Laws fail victims of forced, early marriage in “chauvinistic” Burkino Faso – Amnesty

By Kieran Guilbert| 

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Burkina Faso’s marriage laws are failing girls who are forced into early marriage by their families and threatened, abused and beaten by their partners for seeking contraception, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Forced marriage is illegal in the West African nation, but the law applies only to state-registered marriages, rather … Continue reading “Laws fail victims of forced, early marriage in “chauvinistic” Burkino Faso – Amnesty”


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Countries on the verge of beating malaria face new threat, study says

By Sebastien Malo| 04-22-2016

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nations on the verge of eliminating malaria risk falling short of their goal, just as it lies within reach, due to funding being shifted elsewhere, researchers said on Thursday. Global aid has moved to areas where malaria remains widespread, while internal domestic funding gets diverted to fighting other diseases … Continue reading “Countries on the verge of beating malaria face new threat, study says”


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What lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies

By Peter Penar| 04-18-2016

Peter Penar, Michigan State University Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, recently released a report highlighting Africa’s electricity challenges. Power shortages can hamper socioeconomic development, but they also have implications for health and education. The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel spoke to Peter Penar, one of the researchers. How serious is the … Continue reading “What lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies”


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Fears spread as child suicide bombings surge in west Africa

By Katy Migiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation)| 04-12-2016

Boko Haram child suicide bombings have surged 11-fold in West Africa over the last year, with children as young as 8, mostly girls, detonating bombs in schools and markets, a leading charity said on Tuesday. Suicide bombings have spread beyond Nigeria’s borders, with an increasing number of deadly attacks carried out by children with explosives … Continue reading “Fears spread as child suicide bombings surge in west Africa”


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AID sector reform must not be clouded by self-interest – Report

By Tom Esslemont (Thomson Reuters Foundation)| 

The world’s “self-interested” international aid system must give local charities a greater role in shaping responses to humanitarian disasters or it will fail to assist those most in need, aid experts warned on Tuesday. The remarks by a London-based think tank, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), were targeted at United Nations agencies, governments and private … Continue reading “AID sector reform must not be clouded by self-interest – Report”


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