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COVAX Supplied Coronavirus Vaccinations Underway in Africa

A mass vaccination effort against COVID-19 is getting underway in Africa this week through the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative. The Ivory Coast and Ghana on Monday began vaccinating health care and essential workers with the AstraZeneca v…

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UN Appeals for $266M to End Food Cuts to Millions of Refugees in Eastern Africa

The World Food Program and the U.N. Refugee Agency are appealing for $266 million to restore full food rations for more than 3 million refugees in Eastern Africa. Millions of refugees in camps across East Africa are not getting enough to eat. U.N. agen…

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Diplomats: UN Security Council to Meet Thursday on Ethiopia’s Tigray

The U.N. Security Council will meet Thursday to discuss the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, diplomats told AFP Tuesday. The meeting, requested by Ireland, will be held behind closed doors at midday and is not guaranteed to lead to t…

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In 1st Day on Job, New WTO Chief Pushes for Fisheries Deal

The new head of the World Trade Organization threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts among member countries to agree on fisheries subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling the efforts a top priority as she took office on Monday. Director…

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Refugees’ Frustration Drives Renewed Western Sahara Conflict

Generations of young Sahrawis have grown up in Algeria’s remote desert refugee camps largely forgotten by the outside world and now see no prospect of an independent homeland in Western Sahara except through a new war their leaders say has already beg…

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Thousands Flee Rebel Violence in Central African Republic

Monique Moukidje fled her home in Central African Republic’s town of Bangassou in January when rebels attacked with heavy weapons, the fighting killing more than a dozen people.“I ran away because the bullets have no eyes,” the 34-year-old said sittin…

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Human Rights Violations Eroding Fundamental Freedoms Globally, Bachelet Says

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet warns a proliferation of human rights violations around the world is eroding fundamental freedoms and heightening grievances that are destabilizing.Presenting a global update Friday to the U.N. H…

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Rwanda Paid for Flight That Brought Hotel Rwanda ‘Hero’ to Kigali

Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said in an interview broadcast Friday that Kigali had paid for the plane that brought the hero of the hit movie Hotel Rwanda to his home country to be arrested and tried.A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kaga…

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