AMERICA

US Launches Program to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Zimbabwe

US Launches Program to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Zimbabwe

AFRICA, AMERICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
HARARE, Zimbabwe The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the launch of Pathways, a five-year $35 million program that will offer services to 250,000 HIV-affected orphans and vulnerable children, 59,500 households, and 15,000 vulnerable youth. Operating in nine districts in Zimbabwe with high HIV burden, Pathways will put communities on a path to self-reliance by building capacity in local institutions to provide a comprehensive set of services that improve health, nutrition, and psycho-social well being of HIV-affected and infected children. Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through USAID, Pathways will be implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in collaboration with key stakeholders, including th
President Museveni lauds Sudan’s Bashir over peace in South Sudan

President Museveni lauds Sudan’s Bashir over peace in South Sudan

AFRICA, AMERICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA
GOMBA, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has saluted President Omar al Bashir of Sudan for the tremendous initiative and role played in the peace process in neighbouring South Sudan. “The course for the stability of South Sudan seems to be moving. This time, Bashir has played a very big role,” he said. The President was meeting the US Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Deborah Malac, who led a delegation that comprised, among others, the US-AFRICOM Force, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser. During the meeting that took place yesterday at the President's farm in Kisozi, Gomba district, the President discussed regional issues. Mr. Museveni observed that once South Sudan political leaders comprehensively agree on the peace process, over one million South Sudan refugees would return to the
Stephanie T. Williams appointed as the United States as Deputy Special Representative (Political) in Libya

Stephanie T. Williams appointed as the United States as Deputy Special Representative (Political) in Libya

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL
NEW YORK, United States of AmericaThe Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Stephanie T. Williams of the United States of America as his Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Ms. Williams was formerly Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the United States Embassy in Tripoli (Libya External Office). She brings more than 24 years of experience in Government and International Affairs, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Missions in Iraq (2016-2017), Jordan (2013-2015) and Bahrain (2010-2013), where she led the Embassy as Chargé d’Affaires for 10 months. She also served as a Senior Adviser on Syria and at the U.S. Embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Pakistan.
Ghana Improves to Tier 2 Ranking in 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Ghana Improves to Tier 2 Ranking in 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

AFRICA, AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL
ACCRA, Ghana U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has released the eighteenth annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The report assesses the efforts of governments around the world to fight human trafficking, including in the United States. This year’s TIP Report notes the Government of Ghana’s increased efforts to combat human trafficking in 2017, including implementing a national anti-trafficking plan, prosecuting and convicting an increased number of labor and sex traffickers, and increasing cooperation across anti-trafficking government agencies. Additionally, Ghana adopted procedures to identify and refer trafficking victims to necessary services and supported a range of anti-trafficking awareness raising activities. Although Ghana does not meet the minimum stan
Lt Gen Mbadi roots for the formation of synergies that create peace and stability

Lt Gen Mbadi roots for the formation of synergies that create peace and stability

AFRICA, AMERICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
JINJA, Uganda Participants at this year’s Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 have been urged to continue working together to strengthen their mandate in peace keeping missions, most especially the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). “Uniting for a purpose and creating partnerships will create and sustain peace and stability in Somalia and beyond,” said Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi. These remarks were made by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Deputy Chief of Defence Forces and Inspector General of UPDF, Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, while officiating at the closure of the military Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018, at Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC), Gadaffi Barracks in Jinja Dis
UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

AFRICA, AMERICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
GENEVA, Switzerland President Salva Kiir, and his rival and former deputy, Riek Machar, reached an agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, which according to reports, includes a ceasefire between government and opposition forces that is due to begin within 72 hours. Previous efforts to end fighting between the rival forces since 2013 around South Sudan have failed, leaving tens of thousands dead, and around four million either internally-displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries. The humanitarian crisis has left millions without enough to eat, and led to famine in parts of the country. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, UN chief António Guterres said that Wednesday’s agreement had been signed “at a time when the security situation in parts of South Sudan conti
US ISSUES TRAVEL BAN ON MUSLIMS

US ISSUES TRAVEL BAN ON MUSLIMS

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL
Washington, DC, United States of America  American-Muslims have decried a US Supreme Court ruling that upheld a controversial travel ban on five Muslim-majority countries Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen., expressing anger and fear over what it will mean for them and their families. Following the court ruling, hundreds of citizens have gathered outside the court building, holding banners and shouting slogans such as "No ban, no wall" to protest against the decision on a policy Donald Trump has fought for since his first week in office in January 2017. "I'm very disappointed; I did not expect this," Arwa al-Iryani, an American of Yemeni origin living in Connecticut, told Al Jazeera. She said her in-laws would no longer be able to visit he