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Pump or Fump? With Oil in Decline, Africa Ponders its Energy Future

As COVID-19 bashes economies and demand for oil plummets, is this a moment to think green - or pump faster? By Laurie Goering As the COVID-19 pandemic bashes economies and demand for oil, many African nations dependent on exporting fossil fuels are "haemorrhaging" cash, African energy experts warned this week. The crisis - which

At Least 186 Journalists Died in 4 Months from COVID-19

•Latin America remains most affected region, while eight journalists died in Nigeria says Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign More than 186 journalists have died from COVID-19 in four months in 35 countries, the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) announced Wednesday.“The actual figure is certainly higher, as journalists who died during this period

Timeline: Environmental Disasters Across World, Nigeria in June 2020

At least 20 people, including 4 minors, killed in landslides in India's northeastern Assam state; over 100 houses are destroyed and 300 people displaced in Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria. By Burak Bir  The sixth month of 2020 witnessed numerous environmental disasters that impaired climate change and vice versa -- including deadly

Italian Police Seize over $1 billion of ‘ISIS-made’ Captagon Amphetamines

By Jack Guy, Stephanie Halasz, Valentina DiDonato and Gul Tuysuz Police in Italy have confiscated a huge shipment of 14 metric tonnes (15.4 US tons) of amphetamines which they say was produced by ISIS in Syria. Officers tracked three suspect containers to the port of Salerno in southwest Italy and found 84 million pills with

Nigerian-Born Boxer Trafficked as a Child Wins Right to Stay in the UK after 16 Years

By Amber Milne A former England boxer who was trafficked from Nigeria as a child and forced into domestic servitude has won the right to remain in Britain after a 16-year legal battle. Kelvin Bilal Fawaz, 32, was granted the right to live and work in Britain for 30 months, after being

The New World Disorder: Global Leadership is Missing in Action

Seventy-five years ago the world’s leaders designed the peace even as they fought the war. Today’s leaders need to do something similar, says Daniel Franklin Afew weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour, Winston Churchill was a guest at the White House. President Franklin Roosevelt was so eager to tell him he

Unhappy Birthday: Hong Kong Braces Itself for Repression by China’s Communist Party

Even before the details are widely known, a new national-security law has domestic and international consequences Many Hong Kongers still do not know exactly what the new national-security law China is imposing on the territory contains. In May China announced it would enact a bill for Hong Kong covering crimes such

Death, Debt and Opportunity: Cost of COVID-19 in Africa

Press Release Pretoria, South Africa – COVID-19 has created a human development crisis in Africa but is an opportunity to accelerate infrastructure investment and economic reform to boost the continent’s prospects when the pandemic subsides. Crowded informal urban settlements have made physical distancing difficult and may make Africa particularly susceptible to COVID-19.

Jihadists May Gain Upper Hand in W/Africa, Sahel Region If…–France

•France warns W. Africa instability risks reversing gains against jihadists ahead of G5 Sahel summit Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday. Former

Coronavirus Is Battering Africa’s Growing Middle Class

•From Kenya to Nigeria, South Africa to Rwanda, the pandemic is decimating the livelihoods of the once-stable workers who were helping to drive Africa’s economic expansion. A busy street in Nairobi, Kenya, this month. About 170 million of Africa’s 1.3 billion people are classified as middle class.Credit...Khadija Farah for The New