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African countries urged to develop child online protection policies

– Advertisement – Speakers at the just ended first ever Africa Week of Action for Child Online Protection (AWA4COP) symposium have urged African countries to take seriously the issue of protecting children online. The symposium was part of the inaugural campaign aimed at urging African countries to consider Child Online Protection Guidelines to develop inclusive, multi-stakeholder national strategies for online child protection. The campaign was held under theme, Make Child Online Protection Visible. One of the lead speakers for the event held on June 11, Burkina Faso’s minister for digital economy…

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Why Patrice Lumumba’s tooth is yet to return to DR Congo

In September 2020, the family of the Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba received news of taking in the tooth taken from his corpse. A court in Belgium had ruled that the tooth should be returned to Lumumba’s family. Lumumba’s tooth was believed to have been taken by a Belgian policeman who was helping to dispose of the body. The tooth was seized by authorities in 2016 as part of an investigation by federal public prosecutors on Lumumba’s death. The court in Belgium said that the tooth should be given to Lumumba’s…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

21 LGBT activists arrested in Ghana granted bail by court

– Advertisement – A high Court in Ghana on Friday granted bail to some 21 activists of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender society. They have been denied bail multiple times since their arrest on May 20, 2021 at a meeting in Ghana’s Volta region. The UN asked the government of Ghana to release the suspects including 16 females and 5 males, arguing that their detention was a violation of international human rights. The suspects who were said to have been at a conference in the Ho Municipality where the arrest…

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Ghana’s Green project targets planting over 5 million trees

– Advertisement – Ghana on Friday launched a green project called Green Ghana Day aimed at getting citizens to plant over 5 million trees. The project is expected to mobilize efforts to preserve and protect the country’s forest cover and the environment. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo lead the event on Friday which was replicated across the country. Friday, 11th June, 2021 is #GreenGhanaDay. Let’s plant a tree for future generations. #GreenGhanaProject #LetsGoPlanting 🌳 pic.twitter.com/fL90yEAllz — Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 8, 2021 Thousands of people participated in the project, planting trees…

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Pacific 

UN rights chief urges accountability for escalating ‘catastrophe’ in Myanmar

Ms. Bachelet’s appeal follows reports of a continuing military build-up in various parts of the country including Kayah State in the east – where more than 108,000 people have fled their homes in the last three weeks – and in Chin State in the west. This runs contrary to commitments made in April by Myanmar’s military leaders to regional powers ASEAN, to cease brutal violence against civilians which has followed the 1 February coup. Rising toll “As I had feared, armed conflict and other violence are intensifying in many parts…

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Ghana’s ‘inflated’ Covid-19 vaccine price sparks calls for probe

– Advertisement – Ghana’s minority lawmakers and anti-corruption campaigners are demanding a probe into the award of a contract for the supply of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines. It follows a publication by a Norwegian newspaper that the government of Ghana bought the vaccines at a price which is 90 percent more than the factory price. The report revealed that the government purchased the Sputnik V vaccine from an Emirati official and a Norwegian citizen charged with money laundering. Although Ghana’s parliament gave approval for the purchase of a dose of…

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Europe 

Security Council urged to bring multilateralism ‘alive’, to tackle serious global challenges 

Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that without “global cooperation based on agreed rules” we risk “the law of the jungle, where problems don’t get solved”.  “Every day we see the cost of the absence of multilateral action: reduced access to vaccines, insufficient climate action, peace and security crises that fester”, he said.   Every day we see the cost of the absence of multilateral action — EU High Representative Prevention, peace building  According to the EU envoy, the world’s “biggest changes” stem from new technologies,…

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IMF says Tanzania must publish Covid-19 data to get $574 mln loan

– Advertisement – The International Monetary Fund has asked Tanzania to publish data on the spread of Covid-19 before getting approval for a $574 million emergency loan. Since last year May, Tanzania has not published any data on the extend of spread of Covid-19. The country’s previous president, John Magufuli was a critic and doubter of the pandemic and stopped the publication of the data. The then-President John Magufuli’s administration played down the threat from the disease and little was known about the infection rate and deaths. New president Samia…

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Europe 

First Person: Owner of first ‘vegan football club’ scoring sustainable goals

“Forest Green Rovers began as a rescue mission for me in 2010. This 120-year-old club was facing closure and it happened to be located close to the town, Stroud, where I built Ecotricity, an energy company which aims to replace fossil fuels with sustainable green energy.  I’m a football fan so I thought I’d help out and just a day or so into owning the club, I started to recognize issues which really conflicted with my outlook and the way I lived. The first thing was red meat; we were…

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Pacific 

‘Mass deaths’ alert in Myanmar as 100,000 flee junta’s heavy weapons

“Mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure could occur in Kayah State after many of the 100,000 forced to flee into forests from junta bombs are now cut off from food, water and medicine by the junta. The international community must act”, UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar, Tom Andrews, tweeted late on Monday. Mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure could occur in Kayah State after many of the 100,000 forced to flee into forests from junta bombs are now cut off from food, water and medicine by the junta.…

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