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GOVERNMENT CLAMPDOWNS ON NGOs ON THE INCREASE

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By Donnelly McCleland Parliament in Kyrgyzstan on 22 May resumed formal scrutiny of a draft law that experts believe is designed to hobble the work of independent civic activists. And with coronavirus-related restrictions on their side, the legislature’s largely government-loyal members were able to hear discussions at the public forum with almost no interventions from…

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CORONAVIRUS THREATENS TO TURN AID CRISES INTO ‘HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHES’

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By Donnelly McCleland Stringent new international restrictions on movement introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic are threatening the lives of millions of people across the world already caught up in humanitarian emergencies. UN agencies, aid groups and international experts have warned that the new restrictions, which have closed borders and ports, and severely limited the…

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RWANDA OFFERS TO HOST REFUGEES TRAPPED IN LIBYA

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By Alex Pollock   Hundreds of refugees trapped in Libyan detention centres will be evacuated to Rwanda as conflict rages in the north African nation, the United Nations said on Tuesday [10 September]. Vincent Cochetel, special envoy for the central Mediterranean for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), said 500 refugees would be evacuated to Rwanda…

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WHO DECLARES EBOLA OUTBREAK AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

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18 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries. Despite a highly effective vaccine and a swift international response after it was declared 11 months ago,…

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ANC WINS SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTION BUT WITH SMALLER MAJORITY

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The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s parliamentary elections with 57.5 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said, announcing the official results. The win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC. But the result was the worst-ever electoral showing for the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of…

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EGYPT’S SISI TO CHAIR AFRICAN UNION

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By Hannes Bosman and Donnelly McCleland Rwandan President Paul Kagame Sunday [on 10 February] handed over the African Union chairmanship to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The ceremony was the climax of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia….

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