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Scientists confirm new HIV strain from DR Congo

Scientists confirm new HIV strain from DR Congo

Scientists working with Abbott Laboratories in the United States say they’ve discovered a new strain of HIV, one that took nearly four decades to confirm. That’s because researchers needed to verify three occurrences of the unusual strain before they were able to report that it was, indeed, a separate HIV…

Ethiopian dam talks to continue into January

Ethiopian dam talks to continue into January

By all accounts, the talks over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hosted by the United States were positive, with the parties agreeing to a series of four future meetings to work out their disputes over impacts to the Nile River – a sticking point for Egypt and Sudan. Those meetings,…

Report: Country pledges aren’t enough to hit climate targets

Report: Country pledges aren’t enough to hit climate targets

Morocco has increased its climate change commitments linked to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Eritrea and Benin have decreased theirs, and they represent half of just six nations globally that have reviewed these commitments since – commitments that aren’t delivering fast enough on climate action. That’s according to a report released…

Somali aid workers warn of flood-related health crisis

Recent flooding has brought disaster to parts of Somalia, with heavy Deyr-season rains sending the Shabelle and Juba rivers over their banks and forcing some 273,000 people from their homes in the southern part of the nation. That’s raised fears of malaria and other disease outbreaks in the affected regions….

In Djibouti, opposition protests met with force

Opposition leaders in Djibouti are condemning the “scorched earth” policies of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and his regime, following a second day of street protests on the outskirts of the capital. Adan Mohamed Abdou, president of the USN alliance covering four opposition groups, said the protests in Arhiba followed the…

Uganda’s Byanyima takes the helm at UNAIDS

Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima begins her role today as the new executive director for UNAIDS, overseeing the efforts of some 11 different United Nations agencies and their global partners united in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Byanyima said she’s pleased to accept the position at such a critical time for UNAIDS,…

Trump ends Cameroon’s trade status over human rights record

The United States has removed Cameroon from its preferred trade status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) because of its human rights record. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision late Thursday in a directive to lawmakers, citing “gross violations” of internationally recognized human rights, which violate provisions of…

Cyclone Kyarr heads for Socotra, Horn of Africa

Forecasters are calling for Tropical Cyclone Kyarr, now spinning in the Arabian Sea, to travel the southern edge of the Gulf of Aden before making landfall on the Horn of Africa. That’s posing a wind and potential flooding threat to Puntland and Somaliland, with rains pushing into Ethiopia and Kenya…

Three Ebola workers are dead – this time, in South Sudan

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says three of its aid workers were killed earlier this week in South Sudan, where they were assisting with Ebola health screenings in the border area with Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The three volunteers, two men and a woman, were caught in…

Kenyatta talks investment in Saudi Arabia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said it was time for Middle Eastern nations to renew the historic investment interest in African economies, one that dated back to the ancient days of maritime trade depending on dhows and monsoon winds. “Here we…

Twitter, Facebook announce new moves to limit political abuses

Both Twitter and Facebook made big announcements on Wednesday, as the social media companies seek to curb fake accounts, abuse in political ads, and the potential to spread fake news or incite violence through hate speech. Facebook announced it removed three Russia-linked networks of accounts, pages and groups that targeted…

African heads front and center for ‘Davos in the Desert’

Four African presidents will lead the discussion Wednesday on “what’s next for Africa” as global government and corporate leaders in Riyadh meet this week at Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, often known as “Davos in the Desert.” The four – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou and…

Lupita Nyong’o tapped for wildlife advocacy award

Lupita Nyong’o has met with plenty of accolades, and now the Kenyan-Mexican actor is receiving a new one for her commitment to wildlife protection. Nyong’o was named this year’s Wildlife Champion on Monday by WildAid, a global conservation organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade and a…