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António Guterres welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel

António Guterres welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region. In a statement issued late last night by his spokesman, the Secretary-General welcomed […]

Plastic Bag Bans in Africa – Reality or Fantasy?

Plastic Bag Bans in Africa – Reality or Fantasy?

Tunisia and Kenya recently joined the ranks of African countries banning the use of plastic bags – but poor waste management and a mentality of littering make the prospect of a plastic waste-free society unrealistic. Plastic bags are used daily across Africa – the bans are hoped to tackle the pervasive problem of waste. In […]

United Nations and Mauritania discuss slavery

United Nations and Mauritania discuss slavery

A UN mission yesterday discussed slavery and means to fight it with the Mauritanian government in Nouakchott, the Anadolu Agency reported. The UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmila Bhoola, met with the Mauritanian Human Rights and Women Issues Commissioner, Sheikh Altrad Ould Abdel-Malik. According to the official Mauritanian news agency, UN reports about this issue published in May […]

Zimbabweans Poorest, Survey Finds, But Who’s the Wealthiest?

Zimbabweans Poorest, Survey Finds, But Who’s the Wealthiest?

NAMIBIANS are the third wealthiest people in Africa, according to an April 2017 report by Mauritius’ AfrAsia Bank and Johannesburg-based market research firm New World Wealth. According to the report, the average wealth of a person living in Namibia (wealth per capita) was US$10 800 (about N$142 500) in 2016, up from US$10 200 (about […]

Wife-Beating a Source of Pride for Some in Mauritania

Wife-Beating a Source of Pride for Some in Mauritania

“A Fulani woman always takes pride in being beaten by her husband. This is one of our traditions.” Salimata was always told she should be proud to come from a family of wife beaters. “You’re the daughter of a woman whose husband broke her hands. Your grandmother’s legs were fractured by her husband. You must […]

The African Development Bank appoints MCB Investment Management as Fund Manager for its first Fixed Income Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in Africa

The African Development Bank appoints MCB Investment Management as Fund Manager for its first Fixed Income Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB)has appointed MCB Investment Management (MCBIM) , a subsidiary of MCB Capital Markets, as Fund Manager for its first multi-jurisdictional Fixed Income Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in Africa. The Board of Directors of the AfDB has also approved a seed equity capital investment of USD 25 million for the ADBF. The […]

Anti-Slavery Activists Win Partial Court Appeal in Mauritania

Anti-Slavery Activists Win Partial Court Appeal in Mauritania

An appeals court in Mauritania overturned three convictions and reduced the sentences of 10 other anti-slavery activists in their alleged role in a riot in June. Three still remain in prison. A Mauritanian appeals court overturned three convictions and reduced the sentences of 10 other anti-slavery activists Friday for their alleged role in a riot […]

Humans are destroying the world; wildlife populations plunge 60% in just two generations

Humans are destroying the world; wildlife populations plunge 60% in just two generations

When you take a look at the Earth as a whole, people are responsible for the vast majority of its problems. From all of the pollution, to the terrorism and destruction, human beings do not treat our planet with the respect that it deserves. While it is easy to pass off these issues as not […]

A Cure For AIDS? New Drug Gammora Is ‘The Death Of HIV Cells,’ Israel Doctor Says

A Cure For AIDS? New Drug Gammora Is ‘The Death Of HIV Cells,’ Israel Doctor Says

A new drug could soon lead to a cure for AIDS, according to evidence gleaned from recent experiments in Israel. The drug, which is named Gammora, has been effectively killing high amounts of the cells that cause the debilitating disease that breaks down the body’s immune system, the Jewish Press reported Tuesday. Gammora was credited […]

Top 10 Ways Governments and Companies Can Create Digital Economies

Top 10 Ways Governments and Companies Can Create Digital Economies

A new report from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance unveils ten tangible steps governments and companies can take to leave behind a cash-dominant economy and embrace digitization of payments. The new report comes just as McKinsey Global Institute released projections that digital finance could lead to a $3.7 trillion GDP boost by 2025, […]

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