Africa 

More than 300,000 flee Congo violence, complicating Ebola fight – UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 300,000 people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, complicating the tracing and treatment of patients at risk from Ebola, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. At least 161 people have been killed in a northeastern province of Democratic Republic of Congo in the past week, local officials said on Monday, in an apparent resurgence of ethnic clashes between farming and herding communities. “Violence in northeastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to have displaced more…

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Africa 

[SciTech] Governments,citizens battle over access to the internet

Over the past one week, governments in Sudan, Ethiopia, Algeria, Liberia, Venezuela and Kazakhstan have disrupted internet access for their citizens, continuing what is fast becoming a popular tool for repressing dissenting voices. Somaliland on Tuesday became the latest African nation to direct internet service providers to switch off the internet, arguing that the move was designed to curb exam leakages. Over 188 shutdowns were recorded globally by Access Now in 2018, up from 108 in 2017 and 75 in 2016. Why do countries block the internet? Ethiopia, The Republic…

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Africa 

Campaign highlights ahead of Mauritania presidential elections

Mauritania’s leading presidential candidates are hoping they have done enough to convince voters that they are the right successor to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is standing down after a decade in power. The frontrunner among the six candidates is former general Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a longtime ally of Abdel Aziz, whose two elected five-year terms were preceded by a military coup in 2008. The candidates His main challenger is Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, who hopes to win enough support to secure a runoff vote on July 6. He…

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Africa 

News24.com | Can Ramaphosa’s SONA say what everyone wants it to say?

2019-06-18 09:10 The president will use the SONA to drive the message that he is in charge and will not allow experimentation with the SARB. This may help in the short term but won’t solve his problems with the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) – to be delivered on Thursday – comes at a time when anxiety regarding policy uncertainty in government is quite palpable. With a 3.2% GDP contraction and business confidence remaining quite low, the president is expected to signal…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Condolences to the families of 15 murdered South Africans who did not get a message from Ramaphosa

2019-06-18 06:59 Surely the Presidency has the capacity to collate the names of all those murdered from the police and issue collective condolences on a weekly basis, writes Adriaan Basson. How does President Cyril Ramaphosa decide which grieving families he should send a message of condolence to after a death or a murder? It struck me this week, as I read a media statement issued by his office after the death of a South African, that the president inadvertently signals which deaths are more deserving of a statement than others…

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Africa 

Malawi opposition chief takes MP seat despite disputing presidential vote

Local media in Malawi reported on Monday that opposition chief, Lazarus Chakwera, has been sworn in as a member of parliament in the capital Lilongwe following the May 21 elections. The 64-year-old Chakwera who leads the Malawi Congress Party, MCP, was sworn in along with over 60 others at the Parliament Building. The swearing in for other lawmakers is set to continue today. The Nation newspaper said Chakwera “took his oath of allegiance and office … amid cheers from scores of party supporters who accompanied him.” He is official the…

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Africa 

2019 WWC: Online fury as VAR threatens Nigeria’s progression

People on Twitter strongly remonstrated with a Video Assistant Referee, VAR, decision that denied Nigeria a point in their final group game against France at the ongoing Women’s World Cup. Many people slammed a VAR decision for the retake of a penalty which had been missed on first attempt. The retake was converted and could effectively cost Nigeria – an Africa – a place in the Round of 16 stage. Some called it a farcical decision, others said it was unfair. At half time, the Super Falcons were on their…

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Development Health Advice 

Billions globally lack ‘water, sanitation and hygiene’, new UN report spells out

“Mere access is not enough” said UNICEF’s Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). “If the water isn’t clean, isn’t safe to drink or is far away, and if toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we’re not delivering for the world’s children”. The Joint Monitoring Programme report, “Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities”, finds that while significant progress has been made toward achieving universal access to WASH, there are huge gaps in the quality of services provided. “Children and their…

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Pacific 

UN chief accepts independent report on Myanmar, highlighting ‘systemic’ failure surrounding Rohingya crisis

The report by former Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Gert Rosenthal, a former UN Ambassador and top executive at the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), said that the UN System overall had been “relatively impotent to effectively work with the authorities of Myanmar, to reverse the negative trends in the areas of human rights, and consolidate the positive trends in other areas.” The review, published on Monday, covers the period 2010-2018, encompassing the UN’s response to the systematic and brutal abuse of hundreds-of-thousands of mainly-Muslim Rohingya…

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Africa 

Let’s tackle global temperature rise – UN

United Nations climate chief, Patricia Espinosa on Monday declared a climate emergency at a climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. She stressed the need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, fearing ‘troubling times’ ahead. ‘’This is a climate emergency and we need action now, we cannot wait any longer and therefore these subsidiary meetings provides excellent opportunities to make progress,‘’ she said. The climate chief called on institutions and stakeholders to speed-up and scale-up action towards achieving the set global temperature limit of 1.5. ‘’We need to get…

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