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World: Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic
BEIRUT - At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Africa: The Gambia’s Democratic Space ‘Constricted, Restricted and Shrinking’ Ahead of 2016 Polls
BANJUL - With the approach of the Gambia’s 2016 presidential elections, which will see President Yahya Jammeh seek re-election for a fifth, five- year tenure, more than a dozen opposition activists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted in the past eight months.

World: Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance
AMMAN - Jordan’s lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community fears, against the backdrop of violence in the region, that new instability could lead to increased intolerance towards the community.

World: U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

Africa: Helping Uganda’s HIV positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies
KAMPALA - Contraception is the second pillar of preventing mother to child HIV transmission but one that is often neglected in Uganda, although, at an average of six children per woman, the country has one of the world’s highest fertility rates.

Africa: Recurrent Cholera Outbreak in Far North Cameroon Highlights Development Gaps
YAOUNDE - The protracted droughts in Cameroon’s Far North Region have triggered a sharp increase in cholera cases, the current outbreak has already resulted in more than 200 deaths out of the 1,500 cholera cases reported here since June.

Africa: Children, the Biggest Losers in Senegal’s Fight Against AIDS
DAKAR - Children living with HIV in Senegal suffer because of the taboo associated with this disease in a country which is, however, praised for its fight against the pandemic.

Africa: U.S. Summit Seeks to Play Catch-Up in Africa
WASHINGTON - Despite worsening crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and elsewhere in the Middle East, the administration of President Barack Obama hopes this week to focus at least some more positive attention on Africa.

Africa: Nigeria Wakes Up to its AIDS Threat
LAGOS - The Nigerian government has taken bold steps to reduce HIV transmission from mothers to children in a country where 3.4 million out a of 173 million people are living with HIV.

World: Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea
SYDNEY - New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS.

Africa: Oil Lubricates Equatorial Guinea’s Entry into Portuguese Language Community
LISBON - The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) admitted Equatorial Guinea as a full member, in spite of the CPLP’s ban on dictatorial regimes and the death penalty.

Africa: Social Protection Needed to Reduce Africa’s Inequalities
YAOUNDE - While countries in Africa are enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being, the latest annual Human Development Report by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) says that countries on the continent need to intensify their fight against deprivation.

World: Amid Scepticism, U.N. Trumpets Successes in Cutting Poverty
UNITED NATIONS - With 17 months before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their targets by the December 2015 deadline, the United Nations is trumpeting its limited successes – but with guarded optimism.

World: Child Migrants Flee Central American Crisis
MEXICO - A growing number of Central American children are leaving their countries and immigrating to neighbouring countries in South America or the United States of America.

World: At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy
PORT OF SPAIN - According to World Bank official Daryl Fields, understanding the water- energy nexus is critical for addressing growth and human development, urbanisation and climate change, but says that many policy-makers are finding it challenging to transform this concept into a reality.

Africa: Burundian Women Want a Greater Say in Running of Country
BUJUMBURA - With the build up to 2015 general elections, women in Burundi still face discrimination in occupying positions of power.

Africa: Shoe making saves Zimbabwe’s Jobless Youth
HARARE - Establishing an unlicensed, backyard home-made shoe business has become a way to escape poverty in Zimbabwe.

Africa: Senegal Walks a Fine Line Between Development and Environmental Protection
DAKAR - While the cement factories in Senegal fight over the environmental impact one company will have on the country, experts have cautioned that as the government plans to radically develop and industrialise the country, striking a balance between environmental protection and development will be key.

World: Red Card for Exploitation of Children at Brazil’s World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO - The FIFA World Cup being played in Brazil has sounded a warning for organisations fighting exploitation of children and adolescents, during an event that has attracted 3.7 million tourists to the 12 host cities.

Africa: ARV shortage hit Mozambique HIV treatment programme
MAPUTO - Chronic shortages of antiretrovirals across Mozambique are endangering the health and the lives of tens of thousands of HIV positive people on treatment.

 

 

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