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Fake drugs: How bad is Africa’s counterfeit medicine problem?

Fake drugs: How bad is Africa’s counterfeit medicine problem?

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
The proliferation of fake medicines in Africa is a public health crisis that can no longer be ignored, according to a UK charity. There's a meeting of seven African countries, in Togo, this week, to combat the problem. Congo, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Ghana and The Gambia will discuss measures to clamp down on trafficking in fake medicines, says the Brazzaville Foundation. But how big a problem is counterfeit medicine in Africa, and what impact does it have? How many counterfeit drugs are there? Globally, the trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals is worth up to $200bn (£150bn) annually, with Africa among the regions most affected, according to industry estimates. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 42% of all fake medicines reported to them between 2013 and ...
China’s economic growth hits 30-year low

China’s economic growth hits 30-year low

Business, INTERNATIONAL
China's economy grew last year at the slowest pace in almost three decades. Official figures show that the world's second largest economy expanded by 6.1% in 2019 from the year before - the worst figure in 29 years. The country has faced weak domestic demand and the impact of the bitter trade war with the US. The government has been rolling out measures over the past two years in an attempt to boost growth. It comes after almost two years of trade tensions with the US - although hopes of a better relationship with America have seen improvements in manufacturing and business confidence data. In response to the lower growth rate, Beijing is now widely expected to roll out yet more stimulus measures. The government has used a combination of measures aimed at easing th...

US Congress Wrestles With Deterring China

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Days after China’s navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, on a path to an estimated 420 ships by 2035, key experts told Congress the U.S. must form a new and creative strategy to deter China, beyond nuclear weapons. Addressing the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, former Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell Director Andrew Hunter and retired Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt warned that China is on track to outpace America technologically and at sea. The three witnesses offered a number of concrete recommendations to preserve a credible security guarantee from America to its allies in the Pacific. “The No. 1 military objective for the United States today should be to re-es...
Trump impeachment: Senators sworn in for historic trial

Trump impeachment: Senators sworn in for historic trial

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The 100 lawmakers of the US Senate were sworn in on Thursday as jurors for the impending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts administered the oath to the senators to "do impartial justice". In the coming weeks, the senators will decide whether Mr Trump should be removed from office over charges brought by the House of Representatives. The trial is scheduled to begin on 21 January. Justice Roberts asked the senators, "Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws, so help you God?" The lawmakers responded with "I do" before each sign...
Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt agree preliminary deal in Washington

Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt agree preliminary deal in Washington

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three days of meetings in Washington on Wednesday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass. The project, called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is around 70% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity for Ethiopia’s more than 100 million people. However, Egyptian officials are concerned that filing the reservoir behind the dam too quickly could significantly reduce the amount of Nile water available to Egypt. The joint statement late Wednesday d...
President receives outgoing US Ambassador Deborah Malac

President receives outgoing US Ambassador Deborah Malac

INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has received the outgoing American Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, who called on him today at State House, Entebbe to take leave of him after her 4-year tour of duties in Uganda. Ambassador Malac said that she enjoyed her stay in Uganda and called for further strengthening of the bonds of bilateral cooperation between Uganda and the United States of America. She informed the President that she is retiring to private work in America following 39 years of service as her country’s envoy in a number of countries including Cameroon, South Africa, Senegal, Liberia, Ethiopia and Uganda, she will return to Africa focusing on issues of investment for development particularly in Uganda because of the country’s conducive climate, plenty of sunshine and the good politic...
PRESS RELEASE Highlights of the Noon Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for Secretary-General António Guterres – Central African Republic

PRESS RELEASE Highlights of the Noon Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for Secretary-General António Guterres – Central African Republic

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UN peacekeepers are now patrolling the city to protect civilians, including some 400 people displaced by the violence who have sought shelter at the UN baseNEW YORK, United States of America, January 16, 2020/ -- By Stephane DujarricTurning to the Central African Republic, following clashes last week in the city of Alindao, the  UN peacekeepers are now patrolling the city to protect civilians, including some 400 people displaced by the violence who have sought shelter at the UN base.The clashes took place on January 9th and involved the country’s armed forces and members of an armed group associated with the ex-Seleka coalition. Two personnel from the Central African Republic’s armed forces died in the violence.Today, the UN Mission says that the situation is calm, despite...
USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

AFRICA, Business, INTERNATIONAL
USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling over $30 billion since 1978, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed populationCAIRO, Egypt, January 16, 2020/ -- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin visited Aswan Governorate to reaffirm USAID’s strong partnership with the Egyptian people and support for Egypt’s development priorities, including higher education and voluntary family planning.In partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, USAID inaugurated the University Center for Career Development at Aswan University, which will prepare Egypt’s youth for—and connect them to—today’s job market. This activity is a vital link between higher education and the private sector in Egypt.“It’s an honor to celebrate the ...

Statement on the End of U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Restrictions in Ghana

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All pending non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States that were received during the visa restrictions will now be processed ACCRA, Ghana, January 16, 2020/APO Group/ -- The United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section 243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.  As of Friday, January 17, 2020, visa processing will return to the normal procedures.  The validity period and number of entries on new tourist and business visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative branch employees, their spouses, and their children under 21 will revert to receiving the norma...
Masindi FDC boss arrested over petition to take Museveni to ICC

Masindi FDC boss arrested over petition to take Museveni to ICC

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
The Budongo Sub County Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) chairperson, Mr Esau Amanio has been arrested after he was allegedly found with petition forms to take President Museveni to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Amanio was picked on Wednesday by police to go and explain why he was allegedly in possession of the forms and why he was registering people’s names without the consent of police. The Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Mr Godfrey Nyakahuma vowed to arrest more of those found registering people without police notice.“It is true we have arrested him and we are going to arrest more who are involved in registering people without police notice,” Mr Nyakahuma said.Mr Innocent Bikorwomuhangi, the Coordinator of the opposition ‘People’s Government’ in Masindi s...
Reason behind Chinese fishermen finding so many ‘submarine spies’?

Reason behind Chinese fishermen finding so many ‘submarine spies’?

INTERNATIONAL
At first it seems like a quirky, what-are-the-chances-of-that headline: "China rewards fishers who netted foreign spy devices." But behind that headline in Chinese state media, there is a different - and more intriguing - story. Firstly, this wasn't two or three fishermen receiving awards. It was 11 - one woman, the rest men - who found seven devices in total. Secondly, this wasn't the first time fishermen from Jiangsu had found "spy drones". In 2018, some 18 were rewarded for finding nine devices. There was also a ceremony a year earlier. And thirdly, the rewards were huge - up to 500,000 yuan ($72,000; £55,000) - around 17 times the average disposable income in China. So where do the "submarine spies" come from? What do they do? Why are they valuable? And why a...
Museveni warns foreigners not to provoke majority about Homosexuality

Museveni warns foreigners not to provoke majority about Homosexuality

INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
The Judicial Service Commission has started inviting applicants for the position of Chief Justice to replace Bart Katureebe who retires in June. Judiciary spokesperson, Solomon Muyita says that  they hope to have a new Chief Justice before Katureebe leaves office. He was speaking at the sidelines of the swearing in of newly appointed Principle Judge and Supreme Court Justices at State House Entebbe
Kenya says its military killed 4 terrorists as al-Shabaab claims attack on US base

Kenya says its military killed 4 terrorists as al-Shabaab claims attack on US base

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Kenya's military said it killed at least four terrorists Sunday in repelling an attack on an airstrip located near a US military base.A US service member and two civilian contractors working for the Defense Department were killed in the attack, according to US Africa Command. In a statement, Kenya's Defense Forces (KDF) said there had been an attempt to breach security at Manda Airstrip -- which is near the Camp Simba US base -- but it had been "successfully repulsed.""Four terrorists' bodies have so far been found," the KDF said in the statement. "The airstrip is safe."Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in Lamu county, near Kenya's border with Somalia.US Africa Command -- which is responsible for military relations with nations on the continen...
Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar has declared a ceasefire, ending a nine-month campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.The conditional ceasefire in the western region of the country -- including Tripoli -- started at 12:01 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the general's spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari.That's provided that the rival side -- the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) -- abides by it, the statement added."The response will be harsh to any breach of this armistice," said al-Mismari.The GNA said the ceasefire was violated just minutes after going into effect by militias in Salah al-Din and Wadi al-Rabi districts. Despite this, the GNA is still committed to the ceasefire but said if it occurs again the "response will be violent and harsh."Since April, forc...
A majority of Nigerians and Kenyans have confidence in President Trump, according to Pew research

A majority of Nigerians and Kenyans have confidence in President Trump, according to Pew research

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Most Kenyans and Nigerians have confidence in President Donald Trump, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.While international confidence in Trump's handling of world affairs has flagged across Europe and most of the rest of the world, opinions of the US President remained mostly positive in two of Africa's most populous countries, the research finds. Sixty-five percent of Kenyans and 58% of Nigerians believe Trump "will do the right thing regarding world affairs," it finds. By contrast, trust in Trump dips in the other two African countries polled, with just 12% of those in Tunisia -- in the continent's north -- and 42% of South Africans confident of his global decisions, polls show. Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans also fa...
Democratic debate: Warren mocks men for losing elections

Democratic debate: Warren mocks men for losing elections

INTERNATIONAL
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders did not look happy with each other at the end of CNN's Democratic debate in Iowa. The two senators had sparred over the question of whether a woman could beat Donald Trump and win the White House in November's election. Both agreed that a woman could become US president - but disputed whether Mr Sanders had told Ms Warren otherwise in a private conversation in 2018. The Massachusetts senator then used the opportunity to contrast the electoral record of the male and female candidates on the debate stage.
Iran vows to ‘punish’ those responsible for shooting down Ukrainian plane as arrests are made

Iran vows to ‘punish’ those responsible for shooting down Ukrainian plane as arrests are made

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Iran announced Tuesday authorities have arrested those responsible for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane last week as President Hassan Rouhani said that anyone involved in the “painful and unforgivable” mishap “should be punished.” The arrests come as Iran’s judiciary also has taken 30 people into custody over street protests that have erupted inside the Islamic Republic following the plane disaster. The shootdown and the lack of transparency from Iranian officials – who initially claimed the crash was the result of a mechanical failure – has reignited anger at the country’s leadership. "The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts," President Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran. “This is no...
Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill quits Facebook over political ads

Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill quits Facebook over political ads

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Actor Mark Hamill, who played the character Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," has deleted his Facebook account and criticized the company's policy on political ads. Hamill made the announcement Sunday on Twitter. He said he was "disappointed" with Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg. Last week, Facebook announced that it would continue to let politicians run advertisements and it would not police the truthfulness of the messages posted. "Ultimately, we don’t think decisions about political ads should be made by private companies," said Rob Leathern, Facebook's director of product management. "In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other companies are left to design their own policies. We have based ours on the principle that people should be able ...
Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
By Ronald Kabuubi/Kma updates. Ladies hate revealing their age on birthday events but Ms Halima Namakula (middle) is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently.Right is Rechal K and Reft is Rema Namakula. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates This was  not the case for Uganda's Veteran Musician Halima Namakula. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates Infact, she was very happy for it as she organized her 60th birth with young artistes of this new generation together. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Nantume during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates At the event held  at her home at Zebra House Kansanga in Kampala...
“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Uganda,Gulu: The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country. Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU The President was today officiated the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students had been on government sponsorship. “Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water, communication and entertainment. In the c...