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Climate change risk transmuting into climate emergencies – Dr Savadogo

Dr Moumini Savadogo, Executive Director of West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) on Thursday said projections have revealed that climate change effects are metamorphosing from climate risks to an emergency. “Over the years we have been talking about climate risk but per scientific …

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AU urges African businesses to take lead in continental free trade area

The African Union Commission (AUC) on Wednesday urged African businesses to take the lead in exploiting trade and economic opportunities in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which entered into force in May. A senior official in the AUC, Khauhelo Mawana, said multinational businesses were already positioning themselves for …

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How sand mafias silence ​journalists in India

Up to 50 billion metric tons of sand and gravel are extracted every year worldwide.The inexhaustible need for sand from this rapidly-developing country is the breeding ground for illegal activities by what has come to be known as the ​“sand mafias.” ​ It takes nearly four hours by car from …

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2.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water globally – UN report

Billions of people around the world did not have access to water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2017, according to a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization on Tuesday. Some 2.2 billion people around the world did not have safely managed drinking water …

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Zimbabwean businesses adjust working hours to cope with persistent power shortage

Zimbabwean businesses have been forced to adjust working hours due to sustained power outages lasting hours a day. With a rationing from the Power utility Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), others in the chicken business are also running losses as eggs fail to hatch because of erratic power …

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African countries urged to adopt favourable regulatory frameworks to boost intra-African trade

African countries must work towards a more favourable regulatory frameworks and also improve processes to promote trade among the respective countries. Mr Alain Raes, Chief Executive, EMEA & APAC, SWIFT, who made the call in an interview, said the elimination of various barriers to trade would ensure effective regional integration …

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Green Blood: A photo holds Swiss-Russian mine accountable in Guatemala fisherman’s death

A group of fishermen from an indigenous community in Guatemala demanded to know more about the environmental impact of a ferronickel mine established on their ancestral land. One of them was killed, and a local reporter was criminalized for covering the story. If it were not for a journalist taking …

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ECOWAS partners EU on combating piracy and maritime criminality

The Commission of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has developed measures to intensify effort towards combating piracy and other maritime criminality with the support of development partners. A statement from the Commission and copied to the Ghana News Agency said development partners such as the European Union (EU), …

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Russia and Africa ready for Inter-Parliamentary Conference

Russian legislators plan to use the forthcoming Russia-Africa inter-parliamentary conference scheduled for July 3, this year, to discuss effective ways of strengthening Russia-African relations – focusing on business opportunities. More than 30 African countries would be attending the conference in Moscow, signaling African governments renewed interest in developing business ties …

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Green Blood: A Tanzanian gold mine that silences journalists

In Tanzania, reporters trying to investigate violence, environmental damage and other wrongdoing connected to a gold mine in the north of the country are trapped between the silence of a mining giant and the lies of a repressive government. At least a dozen reporters – local and international – who …

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