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All Set For 8th Conference On Climate Change, Devt In Africa, Says ECA

All is set for the Eighth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA VIII) holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28-30 August under the theme; ‘Stepping Up Climate Action for Resilient Economies in Africa’. Chief of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mr. James Murombedzi, says the conference, which will be held at the African Union Conference Centre, will help ensure Africa comes up with a united position to take to the Climate Action Summit that is being convened in…

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Worried Gov Seeks Data To Crackdown On Men Cheating Women

The governor of Tanzania’s largest city wants to set up a database of married men to crackdown on rampant love rats. The governor of Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda,said he wanted a publicly accessible database of men’s marital status after receiving a string of complaints by deceived women. “Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times and they have had enough,” he said at a press conference on Monday. “Our main aim is to relieve pain from these women, who are suffering from these cheaters – as…

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Israeli Billionaire Risks 10 Years Jail For Bribery In Guinea

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and two associates are to stand trial for allegedly bribing Guinean officials to win mining licences, Swiss prosecutors say. The trio allegedly paid $10m (£8.2m) to one of the wives of former Guinean President Lansana Conte. Mr Steinmetz and his mining company Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR) have previously denied any wrongdoing. The prosecution is seeking prison terms of two to 10 years. The prosecutors, who opened an investigation into the alleged bribery six years ago, allege that Mr Steinmetz obtained the mining rights in the…

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Seven Die, 102 Rescued As Boat Capsizes In DR Congo

Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday. Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels. The “total number of deaths is seven,” the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a statement. Authorities rescued 102 survivors, it said.…

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Gov AbdulrAzaq: I ‘ll Not Use Public Fund To Gratify Myself

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says he will not use public fund and resources to enjoy and gratify himself at bthe expense of the masses that brought him to power. AbdulRazaq said this on Monday in Ilorin in a speech delivered at the second edition of the annual Ilorin Grand Durbar. Represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi,  AbdulRazaq declared that public resources will only be applied strictly to public projects and overheads approved and budgeted for. “We will not entertain excesses of any sort. With people’s interest as the…

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Amazing, Village Where No Baby Boy Is Born In Decade

It was during a competition for junior firefighters that somebody first noticed something unusual about the small Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. Every single one of the uniformed children showing off their skills was a girl. The reason is as simple as it is surprising. No boys have been born in Miejsce Odrzanskie for almost a decade, while the village’s women in the rural backwater of 300 souls have given birth to 12 girls. The boy shortage is so acute that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the…

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Activists Begin 3-Day Protests In Hong Kong, Occupy Airport For Awareness

Demonstrators have gathered at Hong Kong’s airport, marking the start of three days of unauthorised rallies in the Chinese territory. Activists dressed in black sat in the arrivals hall waving banners to raise awareness among international visitors. Protests have gripped Hong Kong for weeks, beginning with anger at an extradition bill and morphing into demands for greater freedoms. The former British colony is part of China but enjoys more autonomy. It has a free press and judicial independence under the “one country, two systems” approach – freedoms activists fear are…

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Second Africa CRVS Day Focuses On Importance Of Birth Certificate

Africa on Saturday marks the second Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day under the theme Birth Certificate for All: Fundamental for Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Inclusion, based on the recognition that the right to birth registration, especially to a birth certificate is a fundamental means of safeguarding a person’s rights for the entirety of their life. The fourth Conference of Ministers held in December 2017 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, declared August 10 as the African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day and advised member States to observe the day to reaffirm their…

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Putin’s 20 Years Reign In Russia With No Successor In Sight

Twenty years ago on Friday, Russian president Boris Yeltsin appointed his fourth prime minister in less than 18 months: Vladimir Putin, then a relatively unknown security services chief with scant experience of politics. The departing Yeltsin was casting around for a successor and few could have predicted that two decades later Putin would still be ruling Russia, having taken on a dominant role in world affairs. But the anniversary comes at a time of uncertainty in the leader’s reign. Putin’s approval ratings remain at a level most Western leaders would…

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2 Gambian Soldiers Jailed For Coup Plot Using Whatsapp

Two Gambian soldiers accused of plotting to overthrow the government of President Adama Barrow were sentenced to three years in jail by a court martial, the military said on Wednesday. The pair had used a Whatsapp chat group called “The True Friends” to discuss ways of staging a coup with other members of the Gambian army while on a 2017 peacekeeping mission in Darfur in Sudan, the military court at Yumdum barracks heard during proceedings. “Two soldiers were today convicted and sentenced to three-years imprisonment on various criminal offences,” army…

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