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via iaea.org10/23/2020

African National Liaison Officers Discuss IAEA's Technical Cooperation Priorities, COVID-19 Assistance to Africa - International Atomic Energy Agency

National Liaison Officers (NLOs) from across Africa met virtually on 6 and 7 October to exchange experiences and to discuss pertinent issues related to the development of the 2022-2023 TC programme, as well as to the implementation of the ongoing TC programme in the Africa region against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

via arabnews10/22/2020

US officials: Iran sent emails intimidating American voters - Arab News

WASHINGTON: US officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump. The announcement at a rare, hastily called news conference just two weeks before the election underscored the concern within the US government about

via arabnews10/21/2020

UAE reports new record high of 1538 coronavirus infections - Arab News

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 1,538 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours after conducting 105,740 tests, state news agency WAM reported. The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began has reached 119,132. The country has also confirmed two deaths, raising the number of COVID-19-linked deaths to 472. The ministry also said 1,501

via voanews10/20/2020

Emergency Food Needs Surge as COVID-19 Continues to Spread - Voice of America

The World Food Program reports food insecurity is increasing worldwide because of the devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19, with tens of millions of people on the verge of famine. Hunger is on the rise as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world.

via developingtels10/19/2020

South Sudan gains its first international fibre cable link - Developing Telecoms

Following a referendum, oil-rich South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 and became an independent nation. Having been deprived of investment for decades, it inherited one of the least developed telecommunications and internet markets in the world, while other infrastructure is also lamentably poor.

via arabnews10/17/2020

UAE's culture minister becomes latest govt official to receive coronavirus trial vaccine - Arab News

DUBAI: The UAE’s Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura Al-Kaabi, has become the latest official in the country to receive the COVID-19 trial vaccine. In her latest Instagram post, Al-Kaabi appears to be receiving the jab, with a message praising the nurse who administered the vaccination. “Thank you Nurse Ozma, from Lahore! She’s been working in the UAE for the past 18 years.”

via voanews10/16/2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens Hunger, Malnutrition in Parts of Africa - Voice of America

Hunger and malnutrition are worsening in parts of the African continent because of the coronavirus pandemic, especially in low-income communities or those already stricken by continued conflict, according to a survey of 2,400 people in 10 African countries by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The survey, conducted from June to August, shows the pandemic has caused job losses and curtailed people’s ability to farm or access markets. Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. Download File

via rescue.org10/22/2020

As COVID-19 increases global food insecurity, less children are receiving nutrition support across conflict-affected states - International Rescue Committee

A new analysis by the International Rescue Committee finds that the number of children receiving treatment for malnutrition has decreased across conflict-affected countries, despite increasing food insecurity reported globally, indicating that life-saving treatments have been less accessible to families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of patients seeking care for

via voanews10/21/2020

Senegal Campaigners Urge Breast Cancer Screening Despite COVID-19 Fears - Voice of America

A Senegalese anti-cancer group is encouraging women to get mammograms after a drop in the number of women getting screened because of coronavirus concerns.  Senegal’s Anti-Cancer League says fewer women are getting breast cancer screenings because of concerns they might contract COVID-19. To boost screenings for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, the league partnered with medical centers and hospitals to give discounted prices. For those unable or scared to visit hospitals, the Pink October truck sets up in public spaces and offers free consultations. 30-year-old Damien Konkobo is one of

via voanews10/20/2020

Trump: US to Remove Sudan from Terror List - Voice of America

U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States will remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism after the country follows through on an agreement to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to U.S. terror victims and families.       Trump tweeted Monday: “GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

via voanews10/19/2020

UN Shines Spotlight on Sahel Suffering - Voice of America

The United Nations is warning that Africa’s Sahel region is facing a confluence of factors that are pushing the region deeper into poverty, hunger and the hands of extremists. The U.N. says that if the international community does not invest attention and money to stop the problem now, the consequences could spread beyond the region in the coming years.   “We may be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will be much, much, more difficult and expensive to change the trajectory,” U.N.

via arabnews10/17/2020

ICC prosecutor arrives in Sudan to discuss Bashir case - Arab News

CAIRO: The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor arrived in Sudan late Saturday to discuss cooperation with local authorities over bringing to trial those internationally wanted for war crimes and genocide in the country’s Darfur conflict, the Sudanese official news agency said. Prime Minister Abdallla Hamdok’s office said in a statement that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

via voanews10/16/2020

Rise in Malawi Suicide Cases Linked to COVID-19 - Voice of America

Malawi has recorded a 57% increase in suicides since the start the coronavirus pandemic. Psychologists blame loss of hope in dealing with social distancing and economic problems from COVID-19.   Emily Luangwa recalls how her brother was under pressure to repay a loan from his creditors before he took his own life in August.     She says because of COVID-19 his business was not running normally.  Due to pressure from creditors, she says, he tried to sell some farm produce but it was not enough to meet the amount we borrowed.

via pattayamail10/14/2020

Last batch of Thai soldiers joining UN missions in South Sudan returned with Covid-free - Pattaya Mail

Seventy-six army engineers who returned from South Sudan tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019. Please Support Pattaya Mail Gen Paripat Palasin, deputy chief of defense forces, said the 76 soldiers formed the last group of the first batch of army engineers who returned from their missions in South Sudan. They arrived at Don Mueang […]

via pri.org10/21/2020

545 migrant children still separated from families; Nigerian protesters break curfew; Nagorno-Karabakh beset by coronavirus - The World

Immigration lawyers representing families that were separated upon entering the US at the southern border say 545 children remain completely cut off from their parents, protesters in Nigeria’s biggest city appeared to break an around-the-clock curfew amid widespread chaos, and with fresh clashes continuing in Nagorno-Karabakh, the coronavirus is spreading unchecked.

via arabnews10/20/2020

Lebanese spy chief tests positive for coronavirus in US - Arab News

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s security chief has been forced to delay his return from an official visit to the US after testing positive for coronavirus following a series of White House meetings. Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, director-general of the Lebanese Public Security, met with US officials, including David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs; CIA director Gina

via voanews10/19/2020

East African Truckers Pay Bribes for Negative Coronavirus Tests, Official Says - Voice of America

Long-distance truck drivers are paying bribes to evade coronavirus testing at the Uganda-Kenya border, the head of Uganda's Professional Drivers Network said.   Omongo Ndugu, who is also the vice chairperson of the Uganda Long Distance and Heavy Truck Drivers Association, said drivers and their associates pay bribes of between $14 and $40 to get a certificate indicating negative status, or to cross the border without being tested.  Drivers are required to be designated as COVID-19-free before they can cross the border into any east African country.

via voanews10/19/2020

South Sudanese Students Stranded in Cuba, Zimbabwe - Voice of America

Nearly 40 South Sudanese students who went to Cuba and Zimbabwe for higher education say they are stuck in those countries with no money for food, transportation or a plane ticket home.    A South Sudanese Education Ministry official blamed the Finance Ministry for failing to release funds to cover the students' stipends and arrears to universities, but a Finance Ministry official insisted the students are not on government scholarships.  Twenty-eight South Sudanese students are stranded in Zimbabwe and 11 more are stuck in Cuba.

via arabnews10/17/2020

24 million Egyptian students begin school year amid virus precautions - Arab News

CAIRO: Amid measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, 24 million Egyptian students have started their academic year in 56,000 different schools. School leaders spent the first day of school making announcements to students about essential hygiene and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There was generally a high turnout of students in most schools, despite

via voanews10/16/2020

Sahel Humanitarian Crisis Reaches Breaking Point as Funding Dries Up - Voice of America

U.N. agencies are operating on a shoestring budget in the Sahel region. The United Nations reports they will need $2.4 billion through the coming year to provide life-saving assistance to more than 13 million people, over half of them children, in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.  The U.N. children's fund reports multiple crises in the Central Sahel, including a surge in armed violence. The economic fallout from COVID-19 is worsening conditions for children.    UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said more than a million children have been forcibly displaced from their homes.