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WHO employees took part in Congo sex abuse during Ebola crisis: More than 80 aid workers including some employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved in sexual abuse and exploitation during an Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an independent commission said last week. They left behind broken lives, unwanted pregnancies and broken promises, according to the report. „Harrowing“ was the word used by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to describe the accounts. He called it a „dark day“ for the WHO.
UN shocked by Ethiopia’s decision to expel top officials: The United Nations has expressed its shock at the expulsion of seven of its senior officials by the Ethiopian government. Secretary-General António Guterres said it was engaging with the government in the expectation the affected staff could „continue their important work“. Ethiopia earlier declared the seven „persona non grata“ and said they had 72 hours to leave the country.
Nejla Bouden named as Tunisia’s first woman prime minister: Tunisia’s president on Wednesday named the country’s first female prime minister, appointing a 63-year-old professor to lead a transitional government after the head of state sacked the previous prime minister and suspended parliament. Najla Bouden Ramadhane, a professor at a prestigious engineering school, becomes one of the first women in the Arab world to hold such a senior position.
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EU court annuls Morocco trade agreement over Western Sahara: The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday said it has canceled two agricultural trade agreements with Morocco concerning the disputed Western Sahara region, saying the North African country did not have the consent of local inhabitants affected. The EU ruled in favor of the Front Polisario independence movement, which had filed the case in 2019 on behalf of the Sahrawi people who populate the region. The front has been fighting for the Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco.
One person dead in crackdown on migrants in Libya: A major crackdown in western Libya has resulted in the detention of at least 4,000 migrants, including hundreds of women and children, officials said Saturday. The UN said at least one young migrant was shot dead and 15 others injured, including two in serious conditions, in the crackdown.
Blue helmet soldier killed by explosive device in Mali: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned an attack against peacekeepers in Mali on Saturday which left one Egyptian „blue helmet“ dead, and four others seriously injured. Guterres expressed his deep condolences to the family of the victim, as well as the government and people of Egypt, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA).
Mamady Doumbouya: Guinea coup leader sworn in as president bbc.com
Covid pandemic exacerbates child poverty in Ghana dw.com
Nearly 60 Reported Dead in Effort to Reach Canary Islands nytimes.com
Merkel calls for withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya dpa-international.com
Nigeria delays launch of central bank-backed eNaira digital currency france24.com
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Alarming oil drilling in southern Africa: At the beginning of the year, the Canadian oil company Reconaissance Energy Africa (Recon Africa) began its oil and gas exploration in northeastern Namibia, and conservationists have been up in arms ever since. The main concern of scientists is that the almost 35,000 square kilometer area in Namibia and Botswana licensed by Recon Africa borders directly on the Okavango River, which feeds one of Africa’s largest wetlands, the Okavango Delta. The wetland is located in the Kalahari Desert and provides a habitat for countless animal and plant species, some of which are endangered. Due to its outstanding ecological importance, the Okavango Delta was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2014. Recon Africa’s drilling areas also overlap with the Kavango Zambezi project, the world’s largest transnational nature reserve, which covers 520,000 square kilometers in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe and seeks primarily to restore elephants‘ natural migration routes. „The biggest problem with the Recon project is the potential impact on water resources,“ says Surina Esterhuyse, a geohydrologist at Free State University in South Africa. Besides possible water pollution, conservationists and scientists also fear a massive increase in water consumption if the oil is extracted by fracking. The Namibian Ministry of Energy stated that the planned oil exploration activities would not harm the Okavango ecosystem in any way and would not take place in national parks. Both Namibia and Botswana are concerned about „misleading“ information about fracking plans „as this is not part of the approved exploration program“.
The traveling showmen of Nigeria and their animals: In Nigeria, traveling showmen perform shows with wild animals. Visitors and residents are curious and fearful at the same time. Abdullahi Jahun and his hyena have been traveling around the country for two years together with snake charmers, drummers and other artists at fairs, parades and festivals of all kinds to earn money. With Jahun, children can sit on the hyena’s back if they dare. In society, hyenas are often considered sinister and repulsive, and many Nigerians are uncomfortable with them because of their wild hunting methods. Although the animals are rooted in the culture, especially in northern Nigeria, the hyena population is dwindling from year to year. Photographer Afolabi Sotunde accompanied the „hyena men“ and documented them in impressive pictures.
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500,000 people are to be vaccinated in South Africa within two days to revive the vaccination campaign.
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„The election is more of a formality than a legitimate process, you cannot hold free and fair elections under these conditions.“
Hassan Khannenje of the HORN Institute for Strategic Studies in Nairobi on the renewed elections in Ethiopia.
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Ancient African pottery and ivory comb discovered in northern Swabia: Archaeologists excavating in northern Swabia have discovered precious objects such as an ornate ivory comb and a bowl from Africa in two graves from the 6th century. These two finds are so far unique north of the Alps, said the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments. The archaeologists assume that they might be gifts from a ruler to an important retainer or loot from a war campaign in the area of present-day Italy.