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Joint cooperation with Cuba in coronavirus vaccine production ‘among priorities’: Iran official

An Iranian Health Ministry official says the production of coronavirus vaccine in cooperation with Cuba is one of Tehran’s priorities after such other alternatives as purchasing from a foreign country and participation in the World Health Organization’s COVAX program. Kianoush Jahanpour, spokesman of the Iran Food and Drug Administration (IFDA), made the comment Jan. 8 as he explained the country’s...

Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP

By UN News The World Food Program (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on July 30. In an appeal for an additional $250 million to support emergency relief for millions of vulnerable people, the World Food...

Poverty, corruption, conflict are factors in Nigeria’s SARS protest movement

What may be worse than law enforcement officers in U.S. cities receiving police training in Israel? Nigeria’s recently disbanded notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS receiving police training from the United Kingdom College of Policing. According to the African program director for the International Crisis Group, Dr. Comfort Ero, “We should acknowledge that SARS was part of the UK...

Number of fires more than doubles in Brazil’s Pantanal

BRASILIA, Brazil—The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by a state institute. Officials said it was the largest number of fires in a six-month period in the last two decades. The sharp increase in fires...

UN chief to Indigenous forum: ‘Prioritize inclusion and sustainable development’

Although they represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity and speak the major share of its languages, indigenous people are three times more likely to live in extreme poverty, the UN chief told the opening session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on April 19.  And as their languages and cultures remain under constant threat, indigenous peoples have...

New head of African Union faces daunting challenges from day one

(GIN)—He’s been described as a “master strategist,” but can the incoming chair of the African Union beat the daunting challenges ahead? That is the difficult question facing Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, president of the Democratic Republic (DRC) as he assumes the post just relinquished by South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa. Skeptics are already circling President Tshisekedi who has ambitious goals for the...

Wreckage of slave ship that held captured Mayans discovered near Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Archaeologists in Mexico said Sept. 15 they have identified a ship that carried Mayan people into virtual slavery in the 1850s, the first time such a ship has been found. The wreck of the Cuban-based paddle-wheel steamboat was found in 2017 but wasn’t identified until researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History checked contemporary documents and found...

Thousands of refugee deaths linked to EU’s illegal expulsion: Report

Several European states used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the death of over 2,000 people, a report has revealed. The Guardian’s probe, which is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organizations, describes the pushbacks as...

W. Africa’s legendary Dahomey female warriors

No story about Africa’s kingdom of Dahomey, now the Republic of Benin, would be complete without chronicling the history of their fearless female warriors. In fact, in the history of the world these fearless women warriors called “Agojie” or Dahomey Amazons by the French literally left European colonialists “shaking in theirs boots.” The Agojie warriors are called the only documented frontline...

Blacks and Whites clash at South African school incident

JOHANNESBURG—South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has called for restraint Nov. 10 following clashes at an anti-racism protest outside a school in Cape Town. Members of the leftist opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters protested in front of the Brackenfell High School over allegations that a school graduation event was attended only by White pupils. The protest turned violent when the Black demonstrators...