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Actor Clooney, NGO co-founder appeal for action on Sudan

Actor Clooney, NGO co-founder appeal for action on Sudan

Prominent actor George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast are the co-founders of The Sentry, an organization that tracks corruption and conflict. Now they’ve appealed to the United States government to act on the Sudan crisis with sanctions and anti-money laundering measures. The two wrote an appeal in a…

African officials to attend follow-up FOCAC meeting in Beijing

African officials to attend follow-up FOCAC meeting in Beijing

China will host the next step in achieving the goals of last September’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, with a coordinators’ meeting planned for June 24 and 25 in Beijing. The meeting, announced Monday by spokesman Geng Shuang of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will see ministerial officials from…

Dutch seed developer awarded 2019 World Food Prize

Dutch seed developer awarded 2019 World Food Prize

The Dutch founder of a global seed company that’s helped to transform agriculture for smallholder farmers across the globe has been awarded the 2019 World Food Prize. Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands is the founder of East-West Seed, which now has a presence in 60 countries across Africa, Asia…

MINUSMA responds to Mali attack that claimed 100 lives

MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, has confirmed that some 100 civilians including women and children were killed in the village of Sobanou-Kou in the Mopti region during an attack by armed men on Sunday night. Witnesses and local officials say there are many wounded as well in this…

Equatorial Guinea set to host AfDB annual meeting

Equatorial Guinea is set to host the African Development Bank’s annual meeting, which begins Tuesday in Malabo and runs through the week. “Equatorial Guinea is one of the most developed countries in Africa, but not many people know that,” said Vincent Nmehielle, the secretary general for AfDB, at a press…

Study: Raise Ghana’s cocoa prices to reduce child labor

What would it cost to totally eliminate child labor from cocoa production in Ghana? An increase in cocoa price of nearly 47 percent, according to the authors of a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study, from three scientists at the University of Arkansas and Kansas State University…

New app will help to reunite families in South Sudan

In April, partner agencies Save the Children and UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, marked a milestone in South Sudan as they reached 6,000 children reunited with their families – families torn apart for years by the ongoing civil war and displacement. Now, they have a new digital tool to continue…

Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

The nations of Niger and Tunisia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday. They join the 10-nation roster of nonpermanent members to the council, along with incoming nations Estonia, Vietnam and – in a first for the smallest country to ever hold a…

Amnesty honors Fridays for Future youth activists with top award

Young climate change activists from across the globe have received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019, for their work in the Fridays for Future movement spearheaded by Greta Thunberg of Sweden. “We are humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging…

WHO focuses on food safety to reduce preventable deaths

The World Health Organization is promoting the first-ever World Food Safety Day, a United Nations initiative rooted in the theme that “food safety is everyone’s business.” Every year, an estimated 600 million people become ill after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Unsafe food also hinders…

In the UK, Togo’s Gnassingbé makes case for investment

President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo was joined by former British prime minister Tony Blair on Thursday to talk economic development at the Togo-UK Investment Summit in London. Gnassingbé made his pitch to investors while announcing a new deal for a logistics hub in Lomé, after meeting with CEO Geoffrey White…

AU suspends Sudan as protests, violent crackdown continue

The African Union made good on its threat to suspend Sudan from AU participation on Thursday, insisting on a civilian-led transitional government denied by a Transitional Military Council in acting authority since the April ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir. A communique followed the AU Peace and Security Council meeting…

Africa’s air pollution is a deadly and growing problem

As the United Nations marks World Environment Day, this year’s theme focuses on air pollution – and that’s a significant challenge on the African continent. A recent study from NASA in the United States found some 780,000 premature African deaths per year were linked to air pollution from different causes….

Report: Another 350 opposition members arrested in Cameroon

At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon’s main opposition party, including its leaders, were arrested at the weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations, according to Human Rights Watch. That’s drawn new criticism from the organization, which joined other groups in appealing to the United Nations Security Council for…