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War-ravaged South Sudan Struggles to Contain AIDS
By November 23, 2014 Read More →

War-ravaged South Sudan Struggles to Contain AIDS

JUBA  – Dressed in a flowered African print kitenge and a blue head scarf, Sabur Samson, 27, sits pensively at the HIV centre at Maridi Civil Hospital in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.

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West African Women Disproportionately Affected by Ebola
By November 15, 2014 Read More →

West African Women Disproportionately Affected by Ebola

DAKAR — More than half of all Ebola cases in West Africa have been adult women. But aid agencies say women are also the most affected by border closures and travel restrictions, as they carry out most of the commercial cross-border trade.

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Is The Islamic State’s Ideology Grounded in Saudi Education?
By November 3, 2014 Read More →

Is The Islamic State’s Ideology Grounded in Saudi Education?

WASHINGTON – According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines, which carried the imprimatur of the group’s “Amir al-Mu’minin,” presumably leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is to “eradicate ignorance and disseminate Sharia sciences.”

Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief
By November 3, 2014 Read More →

Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief

UNITED NATIONS – After eight weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point “in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more dangerous crisis.”

Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence
By October 26, 2014 Read More →

Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence

(Kingston) – LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed. The 86-page report, “Not Safe at Home: Violence […]

Acid Oceans Could Deal Heavy Blow to Fishing-Dependant Nations
By October 19, 2014 Read More →

Acid Oceans Could Deal Heavy Blow to Fishing-Dependant Nations

Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.

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Boko Haram Truce Reached; Girls to be Freed
By October 17, 2014 Read More →

Boko Haram Truce Reached; Girls to be Freed

The Nigerian government says militant group Boko Haram has agreed to a cease-fire and the release of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants in April from the town of Chibok. The two sides reached the cease-fire deal Friday, after talks in Saudi Arabia that involved President Idriss Deby of Chad and high-level officials from Cameroon. […]

US Seizes More Than $30M From Guinean Official
By October 15, 2014 Read More →

US Seizes More Than $30M From Guinean Official

DAKAR, SENEGAL— Equatorial Guinea’s second vice president Teodorin Nguema Obiang has been ordered by the U.S. Justice Department to sell more than $30 million worth of property it believes was bought using illegally obtained assets from corrupt business deals.

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Nigerians Mark 6 Months Since Schoolgirl Abductions
By October 15, 2014 Read More →

Nigerians Mark 6 Months Since Schoolgirl Abductions

Parents and supporters in Nigeria have marked six months since Islamists abducted more than 200 girls from a secondary school. Nigerian police on Tuesday blocked protesters demanding the release of the schoolgirls from marching on the president’s official residence in the capital, Abuja. On April 14, dozens of fighters from Islamist militant group Boko Haram […]

No Formal State Funeral Planned for ‘Baby Doc’ in Haiti
By October 10, 2014 Read More →

No Formal State Funeral Planned for ‘Baby Doc’ in Haiti

Former Haitian self-proclaimed president-for-life Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” will receive no formal state funeral. Instead. the brutal and corrupt Caribbean dictator will be remembered during a private ceremony Saturday at the chapel of a Catholic school he once attended in Port-au-Prince. Duvalier’s lawyer, Reynold Georges, said until recently the government of Haiti under […]