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Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s plan for operating dam on the Nile

Talks between Ethiopia and Egypt over how a $4 billion hydropower dam will be operated on the Nile have not ended well. Ethiopia on Wednesday said it rejected a plan proposed by Egypt for operating the dam. The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was announced in 2011. It is could make Ethiopia Africa’s biggest power exporter, generating more than 6,000 megawatts. Egypt and Ethiopia disagree over the annual flow of water that should be guaranteed to Egypt and how to manage flows during droughts. Egypt relies on…

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Human Rights 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hope for Myanmar, UN News sits down with new Assembly President, youth speak out on climate crisis

Justice for Myanmar generals is coming, rights experts insist  Human rights violations against Myanmar’s ethnic minorities are continuing, top UN-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday, insisting that those responsible for abuses would face justice.  Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, cited the involvement of the Myanmar military in operations against Rohingya communities in Rakhine state.  The violence in Rakhine is “escalating” and there are credible reports of Rakhine men being tortured and dying in custody and Rakhine villages “being burned”, she said.  First major…

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Development Health Advice 

Five avoidable deaths per minute shows urgent need for action on patient safety

“Speak up for patient safety!” is the slogan for the first World Patient Safety Day, observed this Tuesday, 17 September. The objective is to prevent and reduce risks, errors and harm, such as dispensing the wrong medication due to a mix-up over similar packaging. “No one should be harmed while receiving health care. And yet globally, at least five patients die every minute because of unsafe care,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said ahead of the day.  “We need a patient safety culture that promotes partnership with patients, encourages reporting…

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Africa Business East Africa World 

Tanzania to extend its gas pipeline network

Tanzania said on Monday it planned to construct a 30-km pipeline to extend the country’s natural gas supply network from the capital Dar es Salaam to the nearby town of Bagamoyo to provide cheaper energy for factories and households there. The country has been eager to expand supplies of natural gas to more towns to allow factories in particular to replace more costly sources of energy such as coal and imported diesel. Evaline Rweikiza, an official at state-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) who is in charge of the expansion…

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ECOWAS leaders pledge $1 bln to fight Islamist militants

Leaders of West African nations on Saturday pledged $1 billion to combat the surge in Islamist militancy threats in the sub-region. The ECOWAS sub-region has become troubled region with militants constantly launching deadly attacks. Al Qaeda and Islamic State aligned groups have strengthened their foothold across West Africa and the Sahel region. This year a lot of ethnic violence and militant attacks have taken place especially in Mali and Burkina Faso. At an extraordinary summit in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou the leaders promised to fight the growing insecurity. ECOWAS Commission…

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Africa Business World 

Nielsen reveals stabilizing prospects in Africa

Africa’s markets are never quite what they seem as revealed by the latest Nielsen Africa Prospect Indicator (APi) which shows that amidst relentless change, country prospects are stabilising on the continent. This is evidenced by the fact that only two markets changed position on the latest APi ranking update, with Kenya remaining in top position, followed by Cote d’Ivoire. According to the latest results Nielsen Executive Director Intelligence Global Markets Ailsa Wingfield comments; “Looking at the broader macro prospects, it is clear that Sub-Saharan Africa’s momentum will take longer than expected to…

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Human Rights 

Annexing Jordan Valley would end ‘illusion’ of a meaningful two-State solution: UN rights expert

Michael Lynk issued a statement on Thursday denouncing comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that he would implement the decision if re-elected. According to news reports, Mr. Netanyahu announced on Tuesday he would annex all Israeli settlements in the West Bank, if he wins on 17 September, and move immediately to annex the Jordan Valley, which is a fertile strip of land along the border with Jordan. He reportedly made a similar pledge prior to the April election, but did not specify which territory would be annexed, or…

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Human Rights 

‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres, launching new plan to ‘counter hate and violence’

“Religious sites are powerful symbols of our collective consciousness”, said the UN chief. “When people are attacked because of their religion or beliefs, all of society is diminished”.  Mr. Guterres underscored that houses of worship must be “safe havens for reflection and peace, not sites of bloodshed and terror” and all people “must be allowed to observe and practice their faiths in peace”. In the aftermath of horrific attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand; the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; three Catholic churches in Sri Lanka on…

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Arrests made in Ghana, Nigeria over money-transfer scams

Police in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have reportedly made dozens of arrests over large-scale money-transfer scams. Suspects arrested reportedly carried out the scams by tricking victims into wiring money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters. More than 250 people were arrested in 10 countries, according to the FBI which added that raids in the US, UK, Turkey, France, Italy, Japan and Malaysia were also carried out. 167 of those arrested in these operations were from Nigeria. The FBI said the various operations resulted in the “seizure of nearly $3.7 million…

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