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Libya talks set December date for national elections

Conference in Berlin also calls for phased withdrawal of all foreign forces from the countryForeign powers and Libya’s new interim government of national unity have called for nationwide elections on 24 December and the phased withdrawal of all foreign forces, starting with some mercenaries in a matter of days.There are thought to be as many as 20,000 foreign fighters in the country on both sides of its civil war, including Syrians under Turkish control, Turkish government forces, Russians in th...
Tags: Berlin, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Libya, Wagner

Sadia Hussein: the FGM survivor who is saving girls from the knife

Being cut, aged 10, led to extraordinary pain and complications in childbirth. Now Hussein’s campaign to end mutilation has led to a staggering change in attitudesSadia Hussein had been in labour for three days when she felt she could take no more. She could hear her mother crying in the distance, pleading with God to save her daughter’s life.But even though things were clearly not progressing as they should have been, the women in her small Kenyan village were resistant to the idea of sending h...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Islam, Kenya, Fgm, Hussein, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Women's rights and gender equality, Sadia Hussein

S.Africa's Old Mutual Says Too Early to Say if More COVID-19 Provisions Needed

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Old Mutual said on Wednesday it was too early to determine whether additional provisions related to COVID-...
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Endangered Species review – bizarrely perky safari thriller deserves a mauling

The serious anti-poaching message of this savanna-set family drama gets lost in the comic register of a US sitcomThe days of Africa-set films featuring white protagonists using glowing savannas as set dressing for first-world problems seemed to be numbered, but hold on: here is a fist-bitingly self-regarding family drama with Philip Winchester and X-Men’s Rebecca Romijn as Jack and Lauren Halsey, a seemingly dream couple off on a dream safari with son Noah and daughter Zoe, and her pothead boyfr...
Tags: Film, Africa, US, World news, Noah, Culture, Thrillers, Jack, Rebecca Romijn, Billy, Cessna, Lauren, Zoe, Philip Winchester, Lauren Halsey, Drama films

A British army email mishap publicly mentioned a military intel unit so secretive its members are banned from social media

A British SAS member, right, enters a building in Nairobi during a terrorist attack, January 15, 2019. KABIR DHANJI/AFP via Getty Images A recent email error publicly revealed the names of British commandos, including members of the SAS's E Squadron. E Squadron is a secretive unit in the secretive world of British special operations, tasked with high-risk operations overseas. See more stories on Insider's business page. The British Ministry of Defense had an unusual security breach...
Tags: UK, London, Gchq, Nsa, Africa, US, International, Trends, Getty Images, Fbi, British Army, Graham, Jamaica, Cia, SBS, South Wales

Hungary’s classrooms have become the new battleground for the war on ‘LGBT ideology’ | Mark Gevisser

Viktor Orban has used a new law to equate gay people with paedophiles. He’s not the first to use this tacticLast week, the Hungarian parliament banned any portrayal of homosexuality or transgenderism to minors, in educational material or on television. Appending this to a law protecting children from child abuse, the country’s president, Viktor Orbán, drew an explicit connection between homosexuality and paedophilia. In so doing, he resorted to a canard that much of the world has long dispensed ...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Russia, Africa, Americas, Society, World news, Transgender, Hungary, United States, LGBT rights, Poland, Brazil, Ethiopia, Zambia

Congo’s latest killer is the climate crisis. Doing nothing is unthinkable | Vava Tampa

Lake Tanganyika sustains life for millions but ever more erratic weather threatens the entire CongoFor thousands of years, Lake Tanganyika was an exquisite sight that soothed and supported generations of Congolese people. Those living by its shores in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have snoozed in hammocks under the tropical sun, watching their children splash in Africa’s oldest, deepest and longest lake. In the evenings, when boats head out for fishing trips, local people would ligh...
Tags: MOBA, Climate Change, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Biodiversity, Rivers, Paul Kagame, Drc, Lake Tanganyika, Climate aid

Vaccine technology transfer hub a win for South Africa

The first batch of locally manufactured jabs could be expected in the next nine to 12 months The post Vaccine technology transfer hub a win for South Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, Africa, South Africa, World Health Organisation, Vaccines, Trips, Cyril Ramaphosa, Top Six, Coronavirus, COVID-19, National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Biovac, Afrigen, mRNA-technology, Vaccine Technology Hub

Kenneth Kaunda: The man behind the statesman

Zambia’s founding father left a lasting legacy The post Kenneth Kaunda: The man behind the statesman appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Africa, Nelson Mandela, Obituary, Zambia, Openaccess, Biafra, Lusaka, Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyerere, Top Six, Frederick Chiluba, UNIP, Zambian humanism

The real urban jungle: how ancient societies reimagined what cities could be

They may be vine-smothered ruins today, but the lost cities of the ancient tropics still have a lot to teach us about how to live alongside natureVisions of “lost cities” in the jungle have consumed western imaginations since Europeans first visited the tropics of Asia, Africa and the Americas. From the Lost City of Z to El Dorado, a thirst for finding ancient civilisations and their treasures in perilous tropical forest settings has driven innumerable ill-fated expeditions. This obsession has s...
Tags: Asia, Africa, Environment, Americas, Cities, Wildlife, Trees and forests, Anthropology, Archaeology, El Dorado, Asia Africa, Urban Wildlife

Fest Trailer for African Drama 'The Gravedigger's Wife' About a Family

"I'm forty-five years old, and I hunt dead bodies for a living." ScreenDaily has revealed an official promo trailer for an indie film from Africa titled The Gravedigger's Wife, marking the feature directorial debut of a Somalian filmmaker named Khadar Ahmed. This is premiering at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the sidebar known as Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique), where they often premiere a lot of great under-the-radar films. The Gravedigger's Wife is set in the East Africa country ...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Africa, Cannes film festival, Djibouti, East Africa, Indies, Djibouti City, Guled, To Watch, Foreign Film, Nasra, Khadar Ahmed, Omar Abdi, Awa Ali Nour

4 ways to solve the problem of Pablo Escobar's hippos

A herd of hippos in a muddy lake at the abandoned country home of Pablo Escobar in central Colombia. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera Before his death, Pablo Escobar brought hippos to Colombia, stocking a private zoo with them. In the decades since, the herd has grown, developing specific characteristics and defying attempts to control or elminate them. See more stories on Insider's business page. Colombia's hippos are a well-documented problem. Growing astonishingly fast in number, potentia...
Tags: Africa, Trends, Colombia, Medellin, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Bogota, Pepe, Hippopotamus, Escobar, Pablo Escobar, Vanessa, Hippo, Getty Images Another, El Viejo, El Tiempo, Getty Images According

Africa Cup of Nations: Local coaches set to redress the balance in Cameroon

For the first time in more than 50 years there is set to be a significant majority of African coaches at January's Africa Cup of Nations finals.
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Ethiopians cast ballots in delayed election against backdrop of war and famine

Frontrunner Abiy Ahmed needs popular mandate to bolster his grip on power amid growing criticismVoters have begun casting their ballots in delayed elections in Ethiopia that supporters of the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, say are proof of his commitment to democracy and critics warn could be the launchpad for consolidation of an increasingly authoritarian rule.The national and regional polls take place against a background of a gruelling military conflict in the northern Tigray region, the looming...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Governance, Ethiopia, Tigray, Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopians cast ballots in delayed election against backdrop of Tigray conflict

Frontrunner Abiy Ahmed needs popular mandate to bolster his grip on power amid growing criticismVoters have begun casting their ballots in delayed elections in Ethiopia that supporters of the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, say are proof of his commitment to democracy and critics warn could be the launchpad for consolidation of an increasingly authoritarian rule.The national and regional polls take place against a background of a gruelling military conflict in the northern Tigray region, the looming...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Governance, Ethiopia, Tigray, Abiy Ahmed

Half of Zimbabweans fell into extreme poverty during Covid

Poor families cannot afford healthcare and schooling but good harvests offer some hope, World Bank findsThe number of Zimbabweans in extreme poverty has reached 7.9 million as the pandemic has delivered another economic shock to the country.According to the World Bank’s economic and social update report, almost half of Zimbabwe’s population fell into extreme poverty between 2011 and last year, with children bearing the brunt of the misery. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Africa, Economics, World news, Poverty, Global Economy, Global development, Zimbabwe, World Bank, Food Security, Global Education, Global Health, Children's Health, Coronavirus

Documenting violence against migrants in South Africa | a photo essay

More than 12 years have passed since xenophobic violence swept unexpectedly through South Africa’s townships, leaving more than 60 people dead, hundreds injured and tens of thousands displaced from their homes. Photojournalists James Oatway and Alon Skuy document the unrest in a new book, [BR]OTHERIn May 2008, a series of xenophobic attacks accompanied by widespread looting and vandalism left at least 62 people dead, 1,700 injured and 100,000 displaced in South Africa. The violence began in Alex...
Tags: Photography, Africa, World news, South Africa, Johannesburg, Alexandra, Ramaphosa, East Rand, James Oatway, Alon Skuy

Farm plan poses ‘catastrophic’ threat to Zambian park vital for fruit bats

Conservationists warn of impact on world’s largest mammal migration, key to seed dispersal across AfricaPlans to create a huge commercial farm next to a national park in Zambia could have a “catastrophic” impact on wildlife, conservationists have warned, threatening vital habitat for bats undertaking the world’s biggest mammal migration.Every October, about 10 million straw-coloured fruit bats descend on the evergreen swamps of Kasanka national park in central Zambia from across Africa, feasting...
Tags: Food, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Conservation, Zambia, Mammals, Kasanka

‘Mistakes need to be dealt with’: anger in South Africa as third wave hits

Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has been criticised for its slow reaction and faltering vaccination programmeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments across Africa are scrambling to reinforce health systems and accelerate vaccine drives as a third wave of Covid-19 infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals and kill tens of thousands of people.South Africa, the worst-hit country in the continent, has reported a doubling of new daily cases over the past two weeks, with...
Tags: Africa, World news, South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Coronavirus

Thoughts About Living with Sadness

    Thank you for sharing with me that some of you have felt the same way, that the uneven paths life have brought us have been difficult to get around and at times crawling has been the method.  There it is the struggle, the overload of emotion, and the questions that age puts before us. Annie uses to say, "It takes courage to get old." How the words haunt me. She wasn't kidding she was in her nineties when she said that ah the living ahead, the living now, the journey as is. Sadness is like ...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Annie, Don, French la Vie

Arizona reports spike in cases and deaths; 'full blown third wave' surges in Africa: Latest COVID-19 updates

Arizona reported new COVID-19 cases and additional deaths, the second-highest single-day total since June 2. The latest COVID updates.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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The Guardian view on famine in Ethiopia: food must not be a weapon | Editorial

People are starving in the Tigray region. The culprit is the devastating warIn the early 1980s, as a terrible famine claimed between 400,000 and 1 million lives in Ethiopia, the international community responded to what was widely misunderstood and misreported as a natural disaster. Famines are never just a matter of drought. Human Rights Watch later noted that Ethiopia’s repeated crises – especially the devastating one of 1983-85 – “were in large part created by government policies, especially ...
Tags: Africa, Famine, Society, World news, United Nations, War Crimes, Ethiopia, Somalia, Human Rights Watch, Tigray, Rape and sexual assault, Tigray People 's Liberation Front

'Full blown third wave' surges in Africa; same mRNA tech used in vaccines may help treat cancer: Latest COVID-19 updates

More than 500,000 have died from coronavirus in Brazil. Mass public viewings of the Olympics have been canceled at six sites. Latest COVID-19 updates.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Africa, Brazil, Usa Today

Stones that sparked a ‘diamond rush’ are just quartz, tests reveal

Up to 3,000 people flocked to remote South African village, but experts say value of the crystals is very lowUnidentified stones that lured thousands of fortune seekers to a rural South African village were not diamonds as hoped, officials said on Sunday, but quartz stones with relatively low, if any, value.People from across South Africa travelled to KwaHlathi in the country’s eastern KwaZulu-Natal province where villagers had been digging with picks and shovels since 12 June after a herder dis...
Tags: Africa, World news, Mining, South Africa, Kwazulu Natal, KwaHlathi

Motsepe says Africa will learn from Europe and launch Super League

Johannesburg (AFP) – CAF president Patrice Motsepe believes Africa can succeed where Europe failed and launch a Super League, according to a statement released by the continental organisation on Sunday.   “We have been following... Visit for the rest of the story.
Tags: Europe, Africa, Sport, Soccer, Johannesburg, Super League, Afp, Motsepe, Patrice Motsepe, AFP CAF

Third coronavirus wave surges in Africa with 'sobering trajectory': Latest COVID-19 updates

More than 500,000 have died from coronavirus in Brazil. Mass public viewings of the Olympics have been canceled at six sites. Latest...
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Mrs Livingstone, I presume? Museum to feature role of explorer’s wife

Revamped gallery to reveal the importance – and presence – of Mary Moffat in missionary’s life and travelsDr Livingstone, the Scottish explorer and Christian missionary in Africa, was a hero for Victorian schoolboys, his reputation enhanced by exuberant biographies. But next month the reopening of a museum on the banks of the River Clyde, following a £9.1m investment, is to set his famous story in a broader context.The cliche runs that behind every great man stands a great woman. In Livingstone’...
Tags: Education, Scotland, Africa, UK News, History, Culture, Feminism, Museums, Colonialism, Christian, Exploration, Livingstone, Mary Moffat

New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants

Exploratory project in Botswana and Namibia is threat to ecosystems, local communities and wildlife, conservationists sayTens of thousands of African elephants are under threat from plans for a massive new oilfield in one of the continent’s last great wildernesses, experts have warned.Campaigners and conservationists fear the proposed oilfield stretching across Namibia and Botswana would devastate regional ecosystems and wildlife as well as local communities. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Climate Change, Animals, Africa, Environment, Oil, Oil and gas companies, Conservation, Fossil Fuels, Zoology, Namibia, Botswana

He pledged unity. But now PM hopes to tighten grip on war-torn Ethiopia

Elections this week could give PM even greater power, despite a regional conflict and a ‘man-made’ humanitarian crisisTens of millions of Ethiopians are expected to vote on Monday in crucial elections that could provide a launchpad for controversial prime minister Abiy Ahmed to consolidate his increasingly authoritarian rule.Abiy, who won the Nobel peace prize two years ago after concluding a peace deal with neighbouring Eritrea, will face voters at the ballot box for the first time in Africa’s ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy

Uganda Olympic athlete arriving in Tokyo tests positive for coronavirus

Infection in team that had been fully vaccinated is first Covid-19 case detected among athletes visiting for next month’s GamesSee all our coronavirus coverageA member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among athletes arriving for the Tokyo Games, due to open in five weeks.The athletes, who arrived on Saturday night at Tokyo’s Narita airport, were all fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca and had negative PCR ...
Tags: Japan, Africa, Sport, World news, Uganda, Astrazeneca, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Narita, Asahi, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus