UN launches campaign to tackle land degradation

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] This year’s UN World Day to Combat Desertification will be celebrated on 17 June and the UN has launched a programme to combat land degradation to help create jobs and boost food security. Africa has some of the most degraded lands in the world, and is only second to Asia in …

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Africa News Headlines – Crisis in the Gambia – 19 January 2017

This is a compilation of recent news headlines about the electoral and political crisis in the Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down despite having been defeated at the polls on December 1 by challenger Adama Barrow, who was sworn in today as the Gambia’s legitimate head of state at the Gambian Embassy …

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Exiting the ICC: South Africa betrays world, its own history

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Once upon a time there was a country the majority of whose people were oppressed and systematically discriminated against by a minority regime. The violation of human rights was a structural feature of its system, euphemistically called “separate development”. The execution of power claimed to be based on the rule …

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Malawians keep guessing why their president disappeared

Jimmy Kainja, University of Malawi The President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika (76), finally returned home after a month-long absence. His still unexplained absence led to speculation that he had either gone awol or was hiding debilitating illness. The failure by his government to explain his whereabouts only served to fuel the speculation. Mutharika landed in …

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South Sudan News Headlines for 12 July 2016

A selection of news headlines about South Sudan published during the period July 8 through July 12, 2016. South Sudan’s former rebel leader Machar says attacked by president’s Salva Kiir forces, urges calm Source: The Star A ruthless general called ‘King Paul’ may be behind South Sudan’s recent conflict Source: Quartz South Sudan: More than …

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