Libya’s Sarraj heads to Sudan for state visit

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), begins a two-day state visit Sunday to Sudan. Sarraj visits Khartoum at the invitation of President Omar Al-Bashir, and will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and Libyan officials to discuss issues shared by…

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution has increased significantly in the last 25 years, and that’s having health consequences especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers found that air pollution – specifically, the small particles measured as less…

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Sudan: Environmental activist questioned by state security

An environmental activist in Sudan was questioned by security services this week in connection with ongoing protests over the use of dangerous cyanide in the gold industry in and around South Kordofan state. Radio Dabanga reports that Ibrahim Naima was taken to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) offices…