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UN chief says race to reach SDGs ‘can and must’ be turned around

The COVID pandemic has taken four million lives, devastated the global economy, pushed a further 124 million people into extreme poverty and continues to inflict profound suffering dramatically impacting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN chief said on Tuesday at a key international forum.   “Nearly one person in three around the world could not access adequate food in 2020 – an increase of nearly 320 million ...

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UNICEF chief resigns

The head of the UN Children’s Fund, Henrietta Fore, announced her resignation on Tuesday, in order to devote herself full-time to caring for her husband, who is suffering from what she described as a serious health issue. Ms. Fore said it had been “a difficult decision”, and in a message to staff, described holding the office of Executive Director as “a tremendous honour”. ...

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Akufo-Addo apologises to Wa residents over military brutalities

President Nana Akufo-Addo has apologised to the overlord of the Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, and the people of Wa for the brutalities meted out to some residents by some soldiers earlier this month. Addressing Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV on Tuesday, 13th July 2021, at the beginning of his 2-day working visit to the Upper West ...

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Moroccan court sentences striking dissident journalist to five years in jail

A Moroccan court in Casablanca on Friday handed a five-year jail sentence to Moroccan dissident journalist Soulimane Raisouni on sexual assault charges, which he denies, in a case that outraged human rights advocates in the country. Raisouni has been on a hunger strike for over 80 days to protest his pre-trial detention since May 2020. The plaintiff and witnesses were ...

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Kidnapped Nigerian students freed after ransom paid – school, parent

 Six students and two officials who were kidnapped last month from a school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state were released after relatives paid ransom money, a school official and parent said on Friday. Kidnappings by armed men, commonly referred to in Nigeria as “bandits”, have become endemic in northern Nigeria, disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children. Gunmen attacked ...

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Don’t use philanthropic activities of wives as reason to benefit under Article 71 — Prof.Gatsi

Prof. John Gatsi says Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution does not recognize wives of officeholders outlined to receive salaries including allowances, facilities and privileges. Prof. Gatsi is of the view that the matter should be discussed based on grounded legal principles empathetic point of view and some historical lessons learnt. He was speaking to Dzifa Bampoe on an Accra-based ...

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Soldiers punished for beating civilians in Wa

All military personnel in Wa barracks who were on duty on July 1, when some of them brutalised residents, with the exception of the Duty Officer, have been punished. This was revealed after a 4-member committee tasked to investigate the assault in the Upper West Regional capital submitted its preliminary findings. Three of them have been demoted.   They are; the ...

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U.S. Supports Women, Peace, and Security Initiatives throughout West Africa and the Sahel

Nearly one hundred advocates for women, peace, and security initiatives in West Africa gathered, in person and virtually, to craft a future agenda for stronger security outreach in the region.  Supported by the United States Government, the Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel (SEG5S), and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Regional Conference took ...

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Jacob Zuma becomes SA’s first democratic President to be arrested

It’s taken months of legal wrangling and some bold threats – but former President Jacob Zuma is finally behind bars. He is now a resident of the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. After a number of dramatic days leading up to his imprisonment, Zuma’s speeding convoy left his Nkandla homestead before the midnight deadline set by the Constitutional Court. He ...

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WHO urges countries ‘not to lose gains’ by prematurely lifting COVID-19 measures

 World Health Organization emergencies programme head Michael Ryan urged countries on Wednesday to use extreme caution when reopening their economies from COVID-19 restrictions so as “not to lose the gains you have made”. The WHO also urged countries either considering or beginning to vaccinate 12- to 15-year-old children to reconsider and instead donate doses to the vaccine sharing programme COVAX ...

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