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China engaged in massive theft of US technology, analysts reveal

China engaged in massive theft of US technology, analysts reveal

AMERICA, ASIA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
Washington D.C , United States of America China is engaged in large-scale theft of American research and technology from universities, using spies, students, and researchers as collectors, experts told Congress on Wednesday. Compounding the technology theft, the administration of President Barack Obama weakened U.S. counterintelligence efforts against foreign spies by curbing national-level counterspy efforts, a former counterintelligence official disclosed during a House hearing. Michelle Van Cleave, former national counterintelligence executive, said shortly after the creation of the office of the director of national intelligence in 2004, a national counterspy program against foreign spies was restricted during the administration of President George W. Bush. "Unfortunately, ...
EU Continues to support women and children affected by prolonged drought in Somalia

EU Continues to support women and children affected by prolonged drought in Somalia

AFRICA, EUROPE
MOGADISHU, Somalia The European Union, through the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department, has provided €3 million euro toward UNICEF’s humanitarian response for children and women caught in Somalia’s prolonged drought. After several failed rainy seasons and a massive loss of crops, livestock and livelihoods, on 2 February 2017, a pre-famine alert was issued for Somalia by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator. With early, scaled-up response led by the authorities and supported by the international community, famine was successfully averted. However, some 5.4 million people continue to require humanitarian assistance, including 2.8 million children. "The crisis triggered measles and cholera outbreaks, affecting 20,000 and 78,000
UNHCR and Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese

UNHCR and Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese

AFRICA, EUROPE, REST OF THE WORLD
NIAMEY, Niger United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the State of Israel  signed a Framework of Common Understanding to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. A joint working group will be set up with a series of objectives and a timetable to implement solutions for some 39,000 people over five years. As a result of the Framework of Common Understanding signed today, the Government of Israel will not pursue its non-voluntary relocation policy. UNHCR appreciates the collaboration with the Government of Israel to find a way out for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese "UNHCR appreciates the collaboration with the Government of Israel to find a way out for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese. This agreement will ensur
United Kingdom to support solar energy industry in Uganda

United Kingdom to support solar energy industry in Uganda

EUROPE, UGANDA
KAMPALA, Uganda: On 6 February, the British High Commissioner to Uganda, HE Peter West announced a new partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Uganda. The partnership aims to support universal energy access in Uganda by providing assistance to the Uganda Solar Energy Association. Head of DFID Uganda, Jennie Barugh said: I am proud that the UK is at the forefront of this energy transformation that enables the less privileged to access clean energy to improve their lives "I am proud that the UK is at the forefront of this energy transformation that enables the less privileged to access clean energy to improve their lives. A well-functioning USEA will lead to an incr
GREAT British Infrastructure Forum brings the best of the UK Private Sector to Ghana

GREAT British Infrastructure Forum brings the best of the UK Private Sector to Ghana

AFRICA, EUROPE
LONDON, United Kingdom: The UK is committed to supporting His Excellency President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Beyond Aid’ vision to transform Ghana’s economy, create jobs through industrialisation and add value to goods. The UK is proud to have played a part in driving Ghana’s development gains through tens of millions of pounds worth of UK Aid, but as Ghana Changes, so do we. The UK is transitioning its development support to focus squarely on Ghana’s long-term economic development. Building the nation’s infrastructure through private sector investment is the key to unlocking this potential and it is an area where the UK has much to offer. Through the Department of International Trade, the UK has brought together over 15 of the UK’s top blue-chip infrastructure companies to f
Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa

Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa

AFRICA, EUROPE
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today. In doing so, our country is demonstrating the importance it attaches to its relations with these countries, as well as to the situation in the region. The current upgrade reinforces all fields of the Belgian foreign policy in a comprehensive approach: bilateral cooperation, diplomacy, development cooperation, defence, security and justice. It will make it easier to align all these polici...

UN expert on internally displaced people set for first official visit to Libya

EUROPE
GENEVA, Switzerland: United Nations human rights expert Cecilia Jimenez-Damary will conduct her first official visit to Libya from 25 to 31 January 2018, to assess the human rights situation of people who have fled their homes. “An estimated 192,762 Libyans have been displaced from their homes but remain within the country,” said Jimenez-Damary, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).” “This visit provides an important and timely opportunity for me to engage with the Government of Libya and others on the challenges they face and to discuss legal, policy and practical measures required to respond effectively to the current displacement situation.” “I will visit displaced communities to assess their immediate human
Council adopts conclusions in light of ongoing political transition

Council adopts conclusions in light of ongoing political transition

EUROPE
BRUSSELS, Belgium: On 22 January 2018, the Council adopted the following conclusions on Zimbabwe: The ongoing political transition in Zimbabwe creates high expectations among all Zimbabweans. It can open the way to a full return to the Rule of Law, within a constitutional framework and under civilian rule, allowing for the preparation and implementation of much-needed political and economic reforms. The EU reaffirms its availability to engage constructively with the new authorities including through a structured political dialogue, with political actors across the spectrum, and with civil society, on the basis of a mutual commitment to shared values focused on human rights, democratic principles and the Rule of Law. It will do so in coordination with African an...
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