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Uganda’s Byanyima to lead UNAIDS

Uganda’s Byanyima to lead UNAIDS

Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima will serve 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.  “The end…

Botswana’s Masisi seeks to woo former members back to BDP

Botswana’s Masisi seeks to woo former members back to BDP

Botswana’s President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, seeking to maintain his position in an election year, is campaigning in the southern African nation with an invitation for opposition leaders who have left the ruling though splintered Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to return. Masisi, speaking in Gaborone alongside a candidate for the October…

Facebook adds African languages to better monitor fake news

Facebook adds African languages to better monitor fake news

Social media giant Facebook says it has added new African language capabilities in its effort to curb misinformation and “fake news” on political issues. That means that posts shared on Facebook can now be checked for accuracy in Yoruba and Igbo in Nigeria, where Hausa fact-checking already exists. It also…

Report: U.S. concerned about broader Russian influence in Africa

The Russian presence on the African continent may be broader than publicly acknowledged, and alongside a rising China remains a critical concern for the United States, according to a new report from investigative news outlet The Intercept in the U.S. The report from award-winning author Nick Turse, published Tuesday, is…

Opinion: Africa does not need a single currency

By Piotr Arak AT Contributor The process of increasing international trade in Africa and decreasing barriers that can foster growth resembles the goals and policies introduced successfully in Europe. This year Africa will take a big step towards tackling entrenched economic problems including a dearth of intra-regional trade as the…

Death toll reaches 75 in Tanzania fuel tanker explosion

The death toll has risen to 75 in Tanzania, following the explosion of a fuel tanker Saturday that attracted dozens of villagers to the scene of its crash. That’s according to the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, which said the four new fatalities came from among the 43…

Ebola drugs narrowed to 2 in DR Congo trial

The World Health Organization says that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs tested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are performing better than the others, and will be the only drugs used on future patients as the country moves forward in its yearlong outbreak. The decision to…

Amnesty issues ‘travel warning’ for U.S. because of gun violence

The global human rights organization Amnesty International has issued a travel warning calling for anyone considering travel to the United States to “exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence, which has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis.”…

ICRC suspends Timbuktu work after yet another vehicle theft

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is suspending operations in the Timbuktu region of Mali after yet another attack by an armed group on Monday, this time again stealing one of the organization’s vehicles. The humanitarian aid organization said the clearly marked Red Cross vehicle was…