SA Mobile Giant MTN Exits Middle East to Focus on Africa

Focus on Africa Africa's largest mobile operator, and South African telecom giant MTN, announced Thursday it would pull out of the Middle East the medium term to concentrate on its pan-African strategy resolving to simplify its portfolio and exit its Middle Eastern assets in an orderly fashion. The group will scrap its interim dividend under a blueprint to navigate the
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Africa: Who Ramps Up Covid-19 Support to Hotspot Countries in Africa

[WHO] Brazzaville -- The first members of a surge team of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa to bolster the country's response to COVID-19. As the continent nears one million cases, WHO is expanding support to countries experiencing a significant uptick in cases.
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Do Not Reach for the Sky Just to Surrender

Greta Acosta Reyes (Cuba),  Neoliberalism , 2020. Those shattered mirrors once were The smiling eyes of children, Now are star-lit. This city’s nights are bright. and luminous is Lebanon. Beirut, ornament of our world. Faces decorated with blood Dazzling, beyond beauty. Their elegant splendor Lights up the city’s lanes. And radiant is Lebanon. Beirut, ornament of our world. Every charred house, every ruin Is equal to Darius’ citadels. Every warrior brings envy to Alexander. Every
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Bashar al-Assad is Criminally Responsible for Syria’s COVID-19 Crisis

Image: A member of the Syrian Civil Defence (The White Helmet) checks the rubble and debris at a medical centre following reported shelling by the Syrian government, in the Syrian town of Hbeit in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on April 30, 2019. Photo: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images
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Kenya: Will U.S.-Kenya Trade Negotiations Succeed?

[Brookings] Washington, DC -- Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration and Kenyan government launched trade negotiations in early July. Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, which were held virtually, the trade agreement could be the most significant development in U.S-Africa trade relations since the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) passed Congress in 2000. Indeed, according to the
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How Panasonic is making Olympics history immersive

New and interactive ways to immerse museum visitors are developed with emerging technology Museums and public exhibition face additional challenges to enforce social distancing amid the global pandemic READ NEXT What tech management can learn from Mark Cuban Early engagement is key YOU MIGHT LIKE Digital showrooms – future-proofing the fashion industry?
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COVID-19: Workers and Employers Show No Great Enthusiasm for Returning to the Office to Revive “Business As Usual”

An almost entirely deserted Liverpool Street station on April 2, 2020 – a previously unpublished photo from Andy Worthington’s photo-journalism project ‘ The State of London .’ Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal. An almost entirely deserted Oxford
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The New Poor Post-pandemic: Time for Cushioning the Most Vulnerable in Southeast Asia

After decades of impressive growth, for the first time, Southeast Asia is experiencing a drop in measured human development. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely take months to reveal itself and years to put right. Yet, a legacy of mobilizing under constraints is leading Southeast Asia’s pandemic response. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau
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Beyond Big Meat

Iowa State University has a hotline to help farmers cope with PTSD and depression as the logic of the food supply chain turns against them. Hogs on Bernie Herickhoff’s Minnesota farm lost value as they gained weight during Covid-related delivery delays. Photograph by Ackerman + Gruber for The New Republic Even as the number of positive workers continued to
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Address Malnutrition with Food Insecurity

The 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World , issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization and its United Nations partners in mid-July, reports that chronic hunger continued to increase to 690 million worldwide in 2019, 60 million more than in 2014. Some two billion people worldwide were already experiencing some food insecurity during 2019, a
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How the Failures of Great Powers at the Versailles Peace Conference Set the Stage for Today’s anti-racist Uprisings

NAACP leader W.E.B. Du Bois went to Paris to try to ensure that racist laws like the U.S. had would not be imposed in Africa to the detriment of African rights. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Journey to Paris Claiming rights The Japanese delegation, shown here, proposed a racial equality clause for the charter of the new League
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The WEF Knows Best: The Great Global Reset

According to author Matthew Ehret-Kump, the gathering included elites from “the IMF, World Bank, UK, USA, corporate and banking sector” all looking “to take advantage of COVID-19 to shut down and “reset” the world economy under a new operating system entitled the Green New Deal.” Gary Barnett writes on July 16, 2020: The WEF calls
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As Schools Reopen, Teachers, Parents, and Students Are Pushing Back

Photo: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP “Standardized testing alone costs millions of dollars, and we need that money for PPE, ventilation, and sanitation.” Do you have a coronavirus story you want to share? Email us at or use one of these secure methods to contact a reporter.
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Africa: COVID-19 Emergency Committee Highlights Need for Response Efforts Over Long Term

[WHO] The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July. In its statement following the meeting, published today, it expressed "appreciation for WHO and partners' COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the importance of sustained community,
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Remote Work Won’t Save Us

A hallway room in the back of my childhood home contained the sewing machine and, beginning in the mid-1990s, a succession of computers. The first computer wasn’t even a computer; it was a monochrome word processor and printer.  Then an uncle gave us a Macintosh 128k, a small boxy Apple personal computer with a floppy disk drive on the front. After that, we
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Coronavirus Has Made Things Even Worse for Migrant Workers on Spain’s Fruit Farms

The supply chains of supermarkets like Tesco and Marks and Spencer trace back to Huelva, in southern Spain, a region responsible for 85% of the country’s strawberry exports . The local economy in Huelva is built around fruit farms, run by multinational companies that have for decades relied on labour exploitation and systematic abuse to meet high export targets.
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Gabon: IMF Executive Board Approves a U.S.$152.61 Million Disbursement Under the Rapid Financing Instrument to Gabon to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic

[IMF] WASHINGTON DC - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a purchase of SDR108 million (about US$152.61 million) under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). This is the second purchase under the RFI to Gabon since the onset of the pandemic. It aims at helping Gabon in meeting its urgent balance of payments needs. This follows
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Africa: UN Expert Welcomes Landmark Protection for Online Assembly

[OHCHR] Geneva -- "I am excited by this truly landmark affirmation that protection of the right to peaceful assembly extends to remote participation, including online assemblies," said Clément N. Voule, reacting to a document released by the UN Human Rights Committee today. "It is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many peaceful gatherings have moved online."
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Africa: Covid-19 Emergency Committee Highlights Need for Response Efforts Over Long Term

[WHO] The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July. In its statement following the meeting, published today, it expressed "appreciation for WHO and partners' COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the importance of sustained community,
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What Joe Biden Wants

After a weekend of oppo dumps and Twitter battles over the leading vice presidential possibilities, Joe Biden could well want to throw up his hands and tell someone else to choose his running mate. It’s happened once before: In 1956, Adlai Stevenson let the delegates at the Democratic National Convention pick his running mate without so much as whispering his true preference to the party
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Lesotho: IMF Executive Board Approves U.S.$49.1 Million in Emergency Support to Lesotho to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic

[IMF] Washington, DC: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) equivalent to SDR 11.7 million (about US$16.5 million, or 16.7 percent of quota), and a purchase under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) equivalent to SDR 23.2 million (about US$32.6 million or 33.3 percent of quota), to a total
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Madagascar: IMF Executive Board Approves an Additional U.S$171.9 Million Disbursement Under the RCF to Madagascar to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic

[IMF] Washington, DC - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved the disbursement of $171.9 million (SDR122.2 million, 50 percent of quota) to the Republic of Madagascar under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). This is the second emergency disbursement since the onset of the pandemic and will help finance the country's urgent balance of payments and
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Britain’s biggest defense company reports robust performance in second quarter

Sales increased by 4% on a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of acquisitions, to £9.9bn. Underlying EBITA of £895m decreased by 11% on a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of acquisitions. Underlying earnings per share decreased by 15% to 18.7p, excluding the impact in 2019 of the one-off tax benefit. The Group’s underlying effective tax rate

Honest Government Ad | A message from the White House

The US Government has made an ad about its response to the pandemic, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative. CREDITS Produced by Patrons of The Juice Media Written and directed by Giordano for The Juice Media Guest-writer: JamesFromTheInternet Acted by Zoë Amanda Wilson Voice by Lucy Research by Dbot and Adso Goya animation by Brent Cataldo Graph animations by
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COVID-19: I want my life back, the life before coronavirus

see more COVID-19: Bollywood stars and their brush with the virus COVID-19: See how Dubai airport handles international tourists and passengers COVID -19: Spike in infections prompt lockdown in certain key spots in India and South East Asia Pictures: How India's largest slum, Dharavi, beat back COVID-19 pandemic read more Can you take toilet breaks at home? The Summer of
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3,000 Days of My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

Some of the most recent photos from ‘The State of London’ on Facebook, where I post a photo a day from eight years of photos taken on bike rides around the capital. Check out all ‘The State of London’ photos here ! Please feel free to  support my work on ‘The State of London’, for which I have no
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South Africa: We Are Not Alone - U.S. Courts Are Also Grappling With Challenges to Lockdown Regulations

[Daily Maverick] As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak global havoc, courts in South Africa, the US and elsewhere have to weigh up delicate balances between constitutional rights, individual freedoms and the public good. In the US, the Supreme Court has narrowly rejected a bid by a church to hold services for more than 50 congregants.
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Why England was hit harder by Covid-19 than any other country in Europe

Spain had the highest peak relative age-standardised mortality rate of all European countries Relative age-standardised mortality rates Source: ONS England had the highest overall excess mortality rate Cumulative excess age-standardised mortality rate Source: ONS Madrid had the highest excess mortality rate Top ten cities for cumulative age-standardised excess mortality ONS NEIL HALL / Getty Images
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Sierra Leone – Why Everyone is Not Celebrating the New Media Law

Blyden, a prominent journalist and activist, is presently facing charges brought by the government for defamatory libel, publishing false news and seditious libel — charges that existed under the repealed Part V of the POA. But Blyden told IPS that there are many protective caveats of that act, which made it not as bad as some people believed it to be.
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Turkey may have reclaimed the leadership of Sunni Islam from Saudi Arabia

While the wearing of facemasks was mandatory due to the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing at the momentous event last Friday was practically non-existent; this was unsurprising given the sheer number of people there, including many foreigners like myself. It is safe to say that for the first time in many a long year, Istanbul’s iconic Blue Mosque was overshadowed by
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Preventing a global education disaster

Comment: We must act now to ensure a perfect storm of lost schooling, increased child poverty, and deep budget cuts don't lead to unprecedented reversals in education, writes Kevin Watkins. "The beautiful thing about learning," the great blues guitarist B.B. King once wrote, "is that no one can take it away from you." Born and raised in poverty, King understood
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Pandemic money. Investigative journalists at ‘Proekt’ calculate who won big and came up short in Russia’s coronavirus government contracts

The Russian state spent 210 billion rubles ($2.9 billion) to procure the goods and services needed to contain the spread of coronavirus, estimates the investigative news website Proekt. Reporters analyzed 90,000 government contracts concluded between March and June 2020. This amount of spending was 88 billion rubles ($1.2 billion) greater than the federal subsidies issued to state agencies and regions
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No restrictions on travel to Egypt from UK: Ambassador

Britain’s Ambassador to Cairo, Geoffrey Adams, hailed the precautionary measures Egypt has taken to resume tourism and assured there are no restrictions on traveling to Egypt from the UK. During their meeting, Anany reviewed the measures Egypt’s government has taken to ensure the maximum protection for tourists, which has seen positive results since airports reopened on July 1.
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Eritrea defends decision to sit out Africa free trade pact - for now

Eritrea on Tuesday explained why it has not signed up for the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA. The Horn of Africa nation remains the only country yet to sign the agreement let alone deposit instruments of ratification as of July 2020. According to Information Minister, the country’s posture is ingrained in the government of Eritrea, GOE’s historic stance in
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Returning to the workplace with wearable tech, robots and QR codes

Organizations are preparing to adjust workplaces for the safe return of workers Next-gen tech could help companies abide by safety regulations. Here are three examples… READ NEXT Robotics in research – freeing up time for socially-distanced innovation? Wearable tech Robotics YOU MIGHT LIKE Is it time for your business to plan its teleworking framework? QR codes Touchless technology
| Latest, Apps, COVID-19 |

South Africa: The IMF's $4bn Loan for South Africa - the Pros, Cons and Potential Pitfalls

[The Conversation Africa] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a R70 billion (US$4.3 billion) loan for South Africa to help the country manage the immediate consequences of the fallout from COVID-19. The Conversation Africa's editor, Caroline Southey, asked Danny Bradlow to shed some light on what South Africans should expect.
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Virus fears force animal sellers online for Muslim festival

Faced with deserted markets, Muslim livestock breeders and traders across South Asia have turned to websites, apps and social media to showcase their animals. Prancing in front of a camera with its blond mane blowing in the wind, "007" is one of thousands of goats being sold online as Muslims prepare for a key religious festival shaken this
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A Relationship Based On Trust: CEOs delve into customer retention strategies

A Relationship Based On Trust: CEOs delve into customer retention strategies "The best way to build trust is to be honest with yourself on what you can deliver and make sure you stick to your promise to your consumers," Spotii founders. July 28th, 8:14 am July 28th, 8:19 am Sarah Trad Illustration by Adamastor Studio for
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Football: Cristiano Ronaldo tees up a fitting farewell for Juventus

SEE MORE Football: Liverpool players receive English Premier League trophy on Kop English Premier League transfer gossip: Jadon Sancho to make Manchester United move? In pictures: Football's Jack Charlton a legend for England and Ireland Football transfer gossip: Chelsea close in on Leverkusen's Kai Havertz Football: Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo dedicates Serie A title win to COVID-19 victims Lionel Messi v
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A Determined Path to the SDGs in 2030 Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear—a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders across the globe to
| Asia-Pacific, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade |

Be careful of the company you keep during Covid-times

There are some friends who make you happy and cheerful. They are not blasé about the seriousness of the present situation, nor do they underplay it. But they don’t keep harping on the number of dead, the high rate of infection, and the state of the world’s plummeting economy. Keep such friends close Padmini Sankar More by the writer Skills
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Keeping pace with changing times and technology

see more Elderly bicycle mechanic in Turin carries out impossible repairs Craftsmen revive famed water wheels on Syria river Philippines: Donated bikes help ease difficulties through pandemic Photos: Russian enthusiast builds his own mini-railway read more Confessions of a hackneyed homeschooling mum COVID-19 kept me too busy mopping When cooking is an adult’s joy Story of a tiny beautiful thing
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Unrecognised HTS-affiliated 'government' seals off Idlib town after coronavirus spreads

The unrecognised Syrian 'National Salvation Government', which is affiliated to the extreme Islamist group HTS, has closed access to the town of Sarmin in rebel-held Idlib province as coronavirus spreads. An unrecognised "government" affiliated to the hardline Islamist group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) , which dominates much of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province , closed off the town of
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INTERVIEW: A Sharjah oilman’s view on the energy world

Sun, 2020-07-26 00:36 BIO BSc chemical engineering, University of Illinois MSc chemical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University Plant engineer, Amoco Chief process engineer, BP-Amoco Technical control manager, SNOC CEO, SNOC Secretary-general, Sharjah Petroleum Council Main category:  Business & Economy Tags:  Sharjah National Oil Co. (SNOC) SNOC Hatem Al-Mosa Oil ADNOC INTERVIEW: L’Oreal brings French beauty to the Middle EastINTERVIEW: Abeer Al-Fouti
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Story of a tiny beautiful thing

see more No masks, no social distancing: Trump's Mount Rushmore celebration US: Storm Fay gains strength on way to New York Photos: St. Louis couple threatens protesters with guns outside their home In pictures: America celebrates Independence day with with fire works and long weekend more off the cuff Confessions of a hackneyed homeschooling mum COVID-19 kept me too busy
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Huge Pacific Exercise Centered On Guam Brings Allies Together Amid Growing China Threat

Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence/Sgt Guy Young EA-18G crews arrive at Andersen AFB. U.S. Navy/MCS2C Codie L. Soule Australian and Japanese ships joined the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea on July 19. Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence/LSIS Kieren Whiteley Australian Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters approach the
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Is it time for your business to plan its teleworking framework?

Seeing the advantages first-hand means many businesses may be ready to adopt flexible working Forward-thinking leaders must be ready to implement workable teleworking operations Benefits include high productivity and a more diverse workforce READ NEXT Does San Francisco rent dip show how remote working could impact cities? Invest in tools, not space Staying connected YOU MIGHT LIKE Workers are adapting
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AMISOM donates second batch of medical supplies to health facilities in Hiran region

Beletweyne (SONNA) -Djiboutian and Ethiopian troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Thursday delivered medical supplies to the Administration of Hiran region to support health facilities and boost healthcare services in the region. This was the second delivery of medical supplies to benefit local communities, following a donation made to Beletweyne General Hospital two weeks ago.
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