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via voanews08/28/2020

Fans Attempt to Lure Iconic Footballer Lionel Messi Back to his Native Argentina - Voice of America

Hundreds of fans of Argentinean football (soccer) superstar Lionel Messi held a car caravan rally through the player’s hometown Thursday in hopes of persuading him to return to the organization where he began his career. After five months without football due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fans of the Newell's Old Boys football club dusted off flags, donned the club’s symbolic red and black jerseys and staged a noisy and colorful caravan from the "Marcelo Bielsa" stadium to the Flag Monument in Rosario, well north of Buenos Aires. The initiative is based on the premise that the arrival of

via reuters08/22/2020

Climate fund for poor nations vows to drive green COVID recovery - Reuters

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Green Climate Fund has promised developing nations it will ramp up efforts to help them tackle climate challenges as they strive to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, approving $879 million in backing for 15 new projects around the world.

via gzeromedia08/19/2020

Hard Numbers: Rwanda's mass grave, Iran's grim COVID milestone, Mexico's obesity crackdown, Australia's free vaccines - GZERO Media

100: Remains of over 100 victims of the Rwandan genocide were discovered this week in the backyard of a home in the Nyarugenge district. Six people have so far been arrested for their role in hiding the remains of the victims — ethnic Tutsis— including at least one person who has remained active in ...

via sfchronicle08/15/2020

Lyon 'team spirit' good enough to knock out rich Man City - San Francisco Chronicle

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Lyon and its group of mostly unknown players proved good enough to knock out Pep Guardiola and his rich Manchester City squad on Saturday. The modest French team pulled off its latest Champions League upset by defeating Man City and its high-profile players 3-1 in the quarterfinals, keeping alive its surprising title run in Europe’s top club competition. It took another impressive collective performance, similar to the one that eliminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the round of 16, for Lyon to advance to its first Champions League semifinal in a decade. It matched City throughout the first half and held strong in the second when the English club pressed harder. Lyon successfully took advantage of its opponent's mistakes, and capitalized on its late breakaways, to secure its spot in the last four. “I’m proud of my players. We believed in ourselves,” Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said. “We knew we weren’t favorites and we were playing a top team. Above all our success was down to our team spirit. Everyone worked for each other and the substitutes helped a lot.” The team that finished only seventh in the French league will now face yet another powerhouse, Bayern Munich, which is coming off a stunning 8-2 rout of Barcelona. Lyon was eliminated by Bayern in the 2010 semifinals, when it lost 4-0 on aggregate to the German club, after the French team had beaten Real Madrid in the round of 16. Moussa Dembélé was man of the match for Lyon on Saturday, scoring two late goals to seal the team’s return to the semifinals. Ivory Coast forward Maxwel Cornet had opened the scoring in the first half to give Lyon the lead going into the break. Kevin De Bruyne equalized for Man City in the 69th before Dembélé got his double. “If we’re...

via agriculture07/29/2020

REUTERS NEWS SCHEDULE AT 10 A.M. GMT/6 A.M. ET - Successful Farming

Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 10 A.M. GMT/6 A.M. ET For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.TOP STORIESGLOBALUSA-CHINA-TIKTOK/U.S. Republicans worry China might use TikTok to meddle in election

via voanews07/09/2020

Morocco to Start Reopening Borders After Strict Lockdown - Voice of America

Morocco will start gradually reopening its air and maritime borders next week after one of the world's strictest border lockdowns, which trapped tourists inside the country and left thousands of Moroccans stranded abroad and unable to come home. Only Moroccan citizens and expatriates living in Morocco will be allowed to travel in the first stage of the reopening starting July 14, according to a government statement Thursday. National airlines will schedule as many flights as necessary to return Moroccans living abroad as well as foreigners living in Morocco.

via journalducameroun06/25/2020

COVID-19 and W/Africa: 2184 new cases, 12 new deaths in 24 hours - Journalducameroun.com - English

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has recorded 2,184 new cases and 12 new deaths of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.The new cases were recorded in Benin (115), Burkina Faso (15), Cape Verde (21), Ivory Coast (260), Ghana (905), Guinea (70), Liberia (29), Mali (4), Niger (5), Nigeria (649), Senegal (104) and […]

via gzeromedia08/24/2020

What We're Watching: Uproar in the Ivory Coast, AMLO's brother in hot water, Pompeo's roadtrip - GZERO Media

Ivory Coast president sparks uproar: Violence has broken out across major cities in the Ivory Coast in recent days after President Alassane Ouattara announced that he would seek a third presidential term, a move that would involve challenging the constitution, which does not allow for three consecut...

via voanews08/20/2020

Africa Health Officials Call for Children to Return to School - Voice of America

Experts from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund say it's urgent and essential that children across the African continent return to school soon, and safely. To that end, the U.N. agencies have formulated guidelines to make school openings safer on the continent.     Across the African continent, hundreds of millions of children have been shut out of school as governments have imposed coronavirus restrictions by closing educational institutions.

via voanews08/04/2020

UN Ratifies First Unanimous Treaty on Child Labor - Voice of America

A global treaty sponsored by the U.N. International Labor Organization (ILO) calling for greater protection for children against sexual exploitation, forced labor and armed conflict was signed Tuesday by all member nations in the international forum. Tonga, an island nation located in the Pacific, approved the treaty this week, making it the first U.N. labor treaty ratified by all 187 members.

via reuters08/03/2020

Explainer: Cheaper cocoa may not be a recipe for lower chocolate prices - Reuters

Chocolate fans will not necessarily benefit from predictions of a fall in cocoa prices this year. A Reuters poll of London cocoa futures published on Monday forecast cocoa would cost 10% less at the end of the year because of rising production and a hit to demand from the coronavirus crisis.

via passblue07/28/2020

In Mali, the First Death of a UN Peacekeeper From Covid-19 Keeps His Family Guessing - PassBlue

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Fernando Guillén, a 22-year-old gamer and YouTuber, switched on his computer, took a sip of water and a deep breath and thanked God for being alive, before beginning his live stream on video games from his bedroom in San Antonio, Tex. Sitting in a high-backed gaming chair and dressed in a ... Read more

via maltawinds07/02/2020

Increase in child labour in Ivory Coast cocoa farms during COVID-19 pandemic - maltawinds.com

A report released by an industry-backed foundation on Wednesday has confirmed that child labour in Ivory Coast’s cocoa farming sector has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The percentage of children involved in production between mid-March and mid-May increased to 19.4% from 16% in the same period in recent years, a survey of over 1,400 households […]

via gzeromedia08/19/2020

What We're Watching: Brussels vs Belarus, South Africa's COVID corruption, a fresh fix for the WHO? - GZERO Media

The EU's Belarus problem: While Belarus' strongman president Alexander Lukashenko vowed on Wednesday to crack down on the thousands of Belarusians still protesting against the country's recently-rigged elections, EU member states were convening for an emergency session on the country's deepening cri...

via infomigrants.net08/19/2020

Migrant arrivals to Europe increase as COVID-19 restrictions ease - InfoMigrants

Irregular migrant arrivals to Europe are picking up again, after record lows in April due to COVID-19 restrictions. The number of people reaching Italy and Malta by boat more than doubled from June to July.

via voanews08/04/2020

Africa’s COVID-19 Chaos Opens Door for Opportunistic Extremists - Voice of America

As a pandemic rages and weakens fragile societies, terrorists lie in wait to pounce on vulnerable people, especially on the African continent, says a top U.S. military commander.  U.S. military officials say their work on the continent has continued unabated, but that extremists are actively seeking every opportunity to gain a foothold, from Senegal to Somalia. Violent extremist organizations, or VEOs, are seizing on Africa’s coronavirus chaos to advance their goals in vulnerable societies, from Nigeria to Mozambique, says the head of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, Maj. Gen.

via voanews08/02/2020

Former Ivory Coast International Footballer Runs for Football Federation Presidency - Voice of America

Former internationally known Ivory Coast football player Didier Drogba entered the race to be president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) Saturday. Hundreds gathered to cheer the former Chelsea and Marseille striker when he arrived at FIF’s Abidjan headquarters. Members of his team signed paperwork for his candidacy. However, Drogba, the leading goal scorer in Ivory Coast's football history, is not the favored candidate to win the FIF’s presidency. Drogba, twice African player of the year, faces strong competition from current FIF vice president Idriss Diallo, who is now supported by

via voanews07/23/2020

With Shrinking Health Force, Africa Struggles Amid COVID Crisis - Voice of America

Thousands of health care workers across Africa have contracted coronavirus, a fact that worries international health officials who say the continent’s health infrastructure is strained enough without the added threat. In South Africa more than 3,500 health care workers have fallen ill, and at least 34 have died. Nearly 770,000 people have been known to have contracted COVID-19 in the African region. And, says Dr.

via thesierraleonetelegraph06/30/2020

Coronavirus – Africa: UNWTO adapts agenda for Africa to accelerate tourism recovery - Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 June 2020: Yesterday, member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from across Africa, shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. (Photo above: Ivory Coast gears up for billions of dollars investment in tourism).  As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the…