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China pledges medical reinforcements as virus toll hits 81

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will “inspect and direct” efforts to control a virus outbreak in the central city of Wuhan and promised reinforcements, as provincial authorities faced accusations from the public of a failure to respond in time. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo credit: Li, clad in a blue protective suit and mask, thanked medical workers in Wuhan, the ...

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2nd Hackathon competition: UN partners Facebook, Andela

Yury Fedotov

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says it is partnering Facebook and Andela to organise the second edition of Hackathon4Justice, a global programing contest. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) The partnership is aimed at finding technological solutions to stem crime, uphold justice and promote the rule of law. Mr Sylvester Atere, ...

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Water hyacinth: Unwanted but with problem-solving potential

Water Hyacinth

It is a bright morning in Sejo Village, a coastal community in Lagos, Nigeria, where fishing is the number one occupation. The aroma of roasted fish fills the air and the cold breeze from the lagoon can be felt. While standing on the old and dangerously-looking wooden jetty, surrounded by shacks – constructed with wood and metal roofing sheets – ...

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What Nigeria stands to benefit from UK-Africa summit fallout


Nigeria appears to be in a good stead to reap bountifully from outcomes of the UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London on Monday, January 20, 2020. Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, with the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills, Andrea Leadsom, at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London Ahead of the 26th ...

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Coronavirus: WHO advises countries to prepare for detection as death toll hits 56

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised Member States to be ready for timely detection and management of any outbreak, especially coronavirus, as the death toll in China hit 56. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images China has confirmed 1,975 cases of patients infected with the new ...

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Coronavirus: Europe, Australia report first cases; more deaths, cases in China, US


France confirmed three cases of coronavirus Friday, January 24, 2020 marking the first confirmed diagnoses in Europe, as China expanded its efforts to control its outbreak and announced 15 new deaths. Australia also confirmed its first case of coronavirus, and a second case was confirmed in the United States. An health official attends to a coronavirus patient in China Travel ...

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China locks down 33m people in 10 cities to stop spread of coronavirus

Xi Jinping

China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday, January 24, 2020 as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest, most festive holiday. Chinese President, Xi Jinping The number of confirmed cases around the world climbed sharply to ...

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Uganda, partners prepare for Africa Climate Week 2020


Preparations are underway for Africa Climate Week 2020, which will be convened in Kampala, Uganda, from March 9 to 13, 2020. Kampala, Uganda Holding at the Speke Conference Centre, the event will be the first Regional Climate Week to be hosted this year and will be followed by Climate Weeks in the Asia-Pacific (AP), Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), and Middle ...

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The fierce urgency of COP26


With a US administration under Donald Trump, European unity and leadership is the only hope for driving China’s climate ambitions, writes Adam Tooze in the International Politics & Society (IPS) Journal Glasgow, Scotland There are turning points in history. Moments that matter, that mark beginnings and ends. As Martin Luther King reminded us, ‘There is such a thing as being too ...

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Why Nigeria must go beyond rhetoric in addressing climate issues

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

Responding to the realities of climate change has been more of political rhetoric than real-life action in Nigeria. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar While this continues to build into a disastrous future for the country, the government appears to be ignoring the early warning signs. Severe weather has been affecting most states and causing severe flooding, farm destruction, ...

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