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Ghana, Russia collaborate on nuclear education

Ghana, Russia collaborate on nuclear education

By Wallace Mawire In 2020, three key Ghana universities and Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) will start working together to help Ghanaians train to become engineers, physicists, doctors and researchers. The nuclear education programs are supported by Russia’s ROSATOM, with the Russian Ministry of Higher Education and Science managing the…

Erdogan arrives for visit in troubled The Gambia

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey arrived in Banjul on Monday, as part of a three-nation tour that follows a stop in Algeria and will continue in Senegal. This is Erdoğan’s first official visit to the West African nation, which comes amid The Gambia’s recent struggle over President Adama Barrow’s…

Tears, tributes as NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in crash

The last Twitter message in Kobe Bryant’s account was sent to LeBron James on Saturday, when his fellow Los Angeles Laker star moved past Bryant’s own all-time NBA scoring record and replaced him at third place. “Continuing to move the game forward,” Bryant said. “Much respect my brother.” By Sunday…

TI report finds ‘bleak picture’ on Africa’s corruption

Sub-Saharan Africa again was the world’s lowest-ranking region in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday by the Transparency International (TI) organization based in Berlin, Germany. The report painted “a bleak picture of inaction against corruption,” the NGO said, with some countries –  Liberia, Madagascar and Malawi among them –…

Amnesty pressures Tshisekedi over DR Congo human rights abuses

In the year since he took office in a bitterly contested election, President Felix Tshisekedi hasn’t done enough to advance human rights in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said Friday. The international NGO cited last week’s ban on meetings called by opposition leader Martin Fayulu, the Engagement for…

Locust crisis escalates in Kenya, Horn of Africa

UNOCHA, the United Nations humanitarian agency, has released US$10 million to support an emergency response to the desert locust outbreak in East Africa – the worst Kenya has seen since 1950, and the worst for parts of the Horn of Africa in 25 years. The impacts in affected Red Sea…

WHO holds off on PHEIC designation as global virus concern spreads

As China’s coronavirus spreads across the nation and into other countries, The World Health Organization said Thursday it has again postponed a decision on a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) while awaiting additional information. The PHEIC is a designation for an “extraordinary event” with the potential for international…

Climate change, tech access drive global income inequality

People living in the European Union have an average income that’s 11 times higher than that of sub-Saharan Africa, and the disparity grows to 16 times higher when compared with North Americans. That’s according to the new World Social Report, presented Tuesday by United Nations Chief Economist Elliot Harris and…