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Libyan sides agree plan on implementing ceasefire deal

Military officers from Libya’s warring parties have agreed practical steps towards implementing a ceasefire agreement, following the signing of an historic accord in Geneva in October, the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL, has reported.  The two-day meeting of the Joint Military Commission (JMC)—which comprises five members each from the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA)—concluded...

Campaign demands: Get out of Cuba’s way and let their doctors help treat Covid-19 in U.S.!

While billion-dollar deals are being made with biotech companies speculating on untested Covid-19 vaccines and political banter promising results in a short few months, tried and proven treatments for Covid-19 is only 90-miles away from the U.S. southern border in Cuba. The Latin-American country has effectively treated cases in Cuba and worldwide as far away as China.  However, because of...

Guterres pledges support for sustainable industrial development in Africa

The Covid-19 crisis was impacting Africa “well before the pandemic spread across the continent”, the UN chief said recently on Nov. 20, marking Africa Industrialization Day, arriving at a point when many economies were expanding and “poverty was in decline.”   “Technology and innovation were being embraced across the continent, and progress had been made in unity and economic integration,”...

Europol arrests nearly 400 in child trafficking raids

The European Union (EU)’s police agency, Europol, has arrested nearly 400 people during raids targeting child trafficking suspects in a number of European countries. Europol said in a statement on Nov. 4 that during the raids—coordinated with Britain, Portugal, Spain, and nine other EU countries—at least 388 people were arrested and 249 potential victims were identified, of whom 61 were...

Global chaos, confusion and uncertainty

When Bob Marley sang the prophetic “So Much Trouble in the World” in 1979, the lyrics are just as prophetic for 2020. As the year concludes, the United States has a new regime, and lingering trouble on the world stage. Although incoming President Joseph Biden is espousing an “America must lead again” position, contrasting his predecessor Donald J. Trump’s “America...

India rejects high status of dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir

An Indian official has rejected an assertion by Pakistan’s foreign minister that the dispute over the Kashmir region is a global matter high on the agenda of the United Nations (UN). Vidisha Maitra, the first secretary of India’s permanent mission to the UN, said in a statement on Sept. 22 that the disputed Himalayan region was an integral part of...

Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition—an unprecedented level.  Among them, some 156,500 children are “severely” malnourished, leaving them nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children, according to UNICEF.  “The aggravating factors causing the nutritional situation...

Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic

FUERTEVENTURA, Spain—The only person who wasn’t crying on the boat was two-year-old Noura. Noura’s mother, Hawa Diabaté, was fleeing her native Ivory Coast to what she believed was continental Europe. Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an overcrowded rubber dinghy. As the waves quickly...

UN releases $100 million to guard against famine

The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Nov. 17 to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic. Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said $80 million would be split between Afghanistan, Burkina...

The toll of binge drinking on South Africa

The South African Alcohol Alliance (SAAPA), is a collaborative initiative of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years the group has reported on the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. Its reporting included the fact that even though over 60 percent of South Africans do not consume alcohol, the population that does...