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Health spending pushes 100 million people into extreme poverty each year – WHO

About 100 million people worldwide are pushed into extreme poverty each year by health spending, despite government coverage of an average of 51 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. In its latest report, the WHO reveals that health spending is growing faster worldwide than the rest of …

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First West Africa International Health Summit begins in Accra

A three-day West Africa International Health Summit opened on Wednesday with a call on African nations to team up and raise the quality of health personnel to respond more adequately to the health needs of the people. “Raising the quality of the human factor is very, very important,” Prof Aaron …

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Trump threatens tariffs on EU cars if no trade deal reached

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterated his threat to impose tariffs on cars imported from the European Union (EU) if a trade deal can’t be reached between the two sides. “We’re trying to make a deal, they are very tough to make a deal with,” the president told reporters …

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Analyze migration within context of Africa’s social protection systems – AU

The African Union (AU) has underscored the need to analyze the impact of migration in the countries of origin within the context of the social protection systems in Africa. “The impact of migration in the countries of origin ought to be studied within the context of the social protection systems …

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Some 20 African countries have an outstanding debt of $92b in sovereign Eurobonds

African governments announce the selling of Eurobonds with fanfare, but African countries are becoming increasingly burdened with debt through the sale of international bonds, some with interest rates of about 10 per cent. Between 2008 and 2018,  some 20 African countries have issued Eurobonds. The countries among them have an …

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Harnessing the flow of remittances, key to development – IOM

Mr Jeffrey Labovitz, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Regional Director for East Africa, on Tuesday said improving and harnessing the flow of remittances could have a substantial impact on development. He said international remittances had been taking on increasing weight in the global policy agenda in recent year. Mr Labovitz …

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Merkel delivers barnstorming speech that highlights gulf with Trump 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning on Saturday against abandoning international political structures, calling for treaties rejected by the US to be rescued. “We cannot simply break them down,” she said in a wide-ranging address to the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, observing that there were “a great …

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Russia, Ghana preparing for political consultations

Russia and Ghana are preparing to hold the next political consultation possibly in May, and that, would offer the opportunity to substantially review some aspects of current relations especially bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries. An official of the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency …

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UN says 159 illegal immigrants evacuated from Libya to Niger

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday that 159 illegal immigrants were evacuated on Wednesday night from Libya to Niger. “Detained for months in Libya, yesterday night, these young Eritrean asylum seekers boarded a plane for the first time, to find safety in Niger,” …

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Uganda quarantines 13 over suspected Ebola contact

Ugandan authorities on Tuesday quarantined 13 people who picked up a body of suspected Ebola death in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as hemorrhagic fever tests are carried out. The ministry of health and World Health Organization (WHO) in a joint statement said that the 13 relatives travelled to …

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