Voting underway in DR Congo after two-year delay

02 January 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 37 Views
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Voting has begun in Democratic Republic of Congo in long-delayed elections amid concerns over violence and technical issues. Voting has been postponed further in Beni, Butembo and Yumbi, and 1,000 polling stations were yet to open in Kinshasa.

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A Chadian entrepreneur who believes in female empowerment

02 January 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 42 Views
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Although Chad, a poor landlocked country in the Sahel region of Africa, has been primarily reliant on its oil and extractive industries, one N’djamena-based entrepreneur believes that enabling women and promoting Chadian goods would be beneficial not only for the people, but to promote a healthier country as well.

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Attack on UN compound in Somalia may be 'violation of international humanitarian law'

02 January 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 23 Views
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned Tuesday’s attacks against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, saying that intentionally attacking UN personnel may constitute "a violation of international humanitarian law.”

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US passes first anti-lynching law after Senate vote

20 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 63 Views
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The United States Senate has unanimously approved a bill to make lynching a federal crime in the country. Three black senators introduced the bill in June to allow lynching to be charged as a hate crime alongside existing crimes such as murder.

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At COP24, countries agree concrete way forward to bring the Paris climate deal to life

20 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 70 Views
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After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted on Saturday a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

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Crime and drugs in West and Central Africa: Security Council highlights 'new alarming trends’

20 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 91 Views
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West and Central Africa faces “disruptive and destabilising” new trends regarding drug trafficking, drug use and other crimes, according to Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

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Bid to raise $5.5 billion for millions of Syrians and their host communities

12 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 57 Views
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 Some 5.6 million Syrians need help outside the war-torn country and one million of them are children born in exile, UN agencies and partners said on Tuesday, in an appeal for $5.5 billion to cover humanitarian needs for 2019.
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Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech

12 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 45 Views
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The adoption by more than 160 governments of the first-ever global migration pact is a triumph of multilateralism and highlights the importance of dispelling “myths” and fear-mongering over the issue, said the UN’s senior migration official on Tuesday, bringing the key two-day Marrakech conference to a close.

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Central Africa: Nobel Laureate Calls for Sanctions Against Leaders Who Tolerate Sexual Violence

11 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 91 Views
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Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Congolese obstetrician and gynaecologist who operates a hospital in Bukavu and who campaigns against the use of rape and sexualized violence as a weapon of war received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 in Oslo on Human Rights Day, December 10. He was the co-winner with Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq who became a human rights activist after being abducted and held as a sex slave by so-called "Islamic State".

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Governments adopt UN global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’

11 December 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 74 Views
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The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”.

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