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UN says aid needs will surge in 2022 amid pandemic, conflict

The UN warned that the need for humanitarian aid was skyrocketing worldwide, as the pandemic continues to rage, and climate change and conflicts push more people to the brink of famine. The United Nations’ humanitarian agency OCHA estimated that 274 …

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Covid-19: Countries agree to negotiate WHO pandemic accord

World Health Organization member states agreed to start building a new international accord on how to handle future pandemics and ensure there can be no repeat of Covid-19. The economic turmoil and millions of lives lost during the coronavirus crisis…

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Zimbabwe Says It’s Prepared for Omicron Variant

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s government says the country is very prepared to handle the new COVID-19 variant – omicron – first reported in neighboring South Africa. The World Health Organization says a fourth wave of the pandemic is most likely to hit Africa.Zi…

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Logistical Challenges Hampering Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drives

NAIROBI, KENYA — As deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa finally pick up, many nations are struggling with the logistics of accelerating their inoculation campaigns, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday. Only 6.6% of Africa’s population of 1.2 billion is fully vaccinated, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease […]

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Facing New COVID Surge, Europe Examines Mitigation Steps

Three European countries have broken records for new COVID-19 cases, prompting calls for urgent measures to slow the spread. Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, all of which have vaccine rates below 60%, hit new highs for infection rates Wednesday. In the face of surging cases, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, or […]

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Surge in Cooking Gas Prices in Nigeria Worries Suppliers, Environmentalists

ABUJA, NIGERIA — Abuja resident Freda Igri was preparing to make her native afang soup for her family, but her cooking gas tank was empty.The price to refill a 12.5 kg tank with gas — about $25 U.S. — was nearly triple the normal price, and she said sh…

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UN Chief Denounces COVID ‘Travel Apartheid’ Against Southern Africa

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that southern African nations that first detected the omicron COVID-19 variant are being collectively punished with travel restrictions, and he urged “common sense” to respond to t…

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Yemen: Shocks, agricultural livelihoods and food security, Monitoring report, December 2021

This report shares an analysis of the effects of natural and man-made shocks in Yemen’s agri-food system. It analyses the results of a field assessment conducted from November 2020 to February 2021 .The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United N…

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US Rhodes Scholars for 2022 Includes More Women, Immigrants

The class of U.S. Rhodes scholars for 2022 includes the largest number of women ever selected for the scholarship in one year, the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday. Of the 32 students chosen to study at the University of Oxford in England, 22 are women, the office of the American secretary of the trust said in […]

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Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon condemning the killing of school children in the South-West region

Yaoundé The Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon, Mr. Matthias Z. Naab is deeply saddened and shocked by another attack against a school, leading the death of four children and a teacher in the South-West region. On 24 November, unidentified gunmen attacked a Government Bilingual High School in Ekondo Titi, South-West region. Four students aged 12 to […]

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Pandemic Dents Turnout at Brazil University Entrance Exams

RIO DE JANEIRO — Turnout for Brazil’s standardized university admission exam on Sunday appeared to be the lowest in 15 years, in large part reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s education, according to experts.Just over 3 milli…

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