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8th Climate Change, Devt Conference Begins With Calls For Action

The eighth edition of the Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference – CCDA-8 opened Thursday in Addis Ababa with strong calls to reverse the current lackluster approach to implementing the Paris Agreement and tackle climate change. Co-organised by the Economic Commission for Africa of ECA, the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance, the three-day special meeting has as its theme: “Stepping Up Climate Action for a Resilient Africa: a Race We Can and Must Win”. “Many African countries have submitted…

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Brexit: Protests Rock London Over Parliament Suspension

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s  decision to suspend Parliament has prompted an angry backlash from MPs and campaigners. Hundreds of people protested in London on Wednesday and a petition against the move gained a million signatures. Earlier the Queen approved Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament for 23 days in September – just weeks before the UK plans to leave the EU. Opponents say it will leave MPs with little time to stop a no-deal Brexit. But cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted the suspension was “certainly not” a political move…

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Macron Calls Brazilian President Rude For Comment About French First Lady

French President Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for endorsing “rude” remarks about his wife. A supporter of the Brazilian president mocked Mr Macron’s wife, Brigitte, 66, in a Facebook post. The post contained a photo contrasting the French first lady’s appearance with that of Mr Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, 37. “Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?” its reads. In response to the comment, Mr Bolsonaro wrote (in Portuguese): “Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha.” Asked about Mr Bolsonaro’s remarks, Mr Macron said it…

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Catholic Priest Arrested For Stealing From Church To Enjoy Sex

A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been arrested for stealing nearly $100,000 from his church and spending it on a beach house, travel, dining and “men with whom he maintained sexual relationships,” according to authorities. Father Joseph McLoone, 56, was charged with felony theft and related crimes after diverting parish funds into a secret account, the Chester County District Attorney’s office said in a news release. “Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church,” said District Attorney Chief…

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UN Economic Commission For Africa Rates Rwanda High In Data-Driven Economy

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, through its African Centre for Statistics works with its member States to improve the production, dissemination and use of quality statistics for evidence-based planning and policy-making in support of Africa’s structural transformation, the sustainable development agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, the Africa we want. Over the years we have witnessed Rwanda’s consistent efforts in developing and strengthening its statistical system and improving the quality of official statistics. Using international principles and recommendations, the country has formulated the National Strategy for Development of Statistics for the period of 2014/15-2018/19 in its determination to improve data and statistics. In economic…

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South African Man Mauled To Death By His Own Lions

Leon van Biljon, a beloved lion keeper at the Mahala View Lion Lodge in South Africa, was reportedly fatally mauled by one of his lions on Tuesday. Local news  platform Netwerk24 said that van Biljon was killed as he was mending a broken fence in a lion enclosure, according toreports. According to the Mahala View Lion Lodge’s website, three lions — named Rambo, Nakita and Katryn — were kept on the property of the safari lodge, located near Cullinan, South Africa, for tourists and guests to observe. Cullinan is a…

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Sudan’s Ex-Leader al-Bashir In Court For Corruption Trial

Sudan’s deposed military leader Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for 30 years, arrived in court Monday in Khartoum for the start of his trial on corruption charges. Bashir, 75, was forced from power on April 11, after months of protest against his regime and appeared before a prosecutor for the first time on June 16. Now detained, the Islamist general was informed by the prosecutor’s office that he faced charges of “possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally”. Outside the Judicial and Legal Science Institute where the trial…

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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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