World Cities Day: Cities lead the way in protecting forcibly displaced against impact of COVID-19

With more than 60 per cent of the world’s refugees and 80 per cent of internally displaced people sheltering in cities around the world, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, salutes the great efforts many urban centers have taken in protecting those forced to flee, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether ensuring the inclusion of refugees and displaced people in COVID-19 prevention and response activities, providing shelter, health care, food and cash assistance, or halting forced evictions through moratoriums, a number of cities have been at the forefront in helping those forcibly…

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Cameroon declares Saturday day of national mourning to honour killed children

YAOUNDE, Saturday will be a day of national mourning in Cameroon after unknown gunmen killed seven children during a school attack, President Paul Biya has declared. At least 13 other children were seriously injured when heavily armed fighters stormed the Mother Francisca School in the town of Kumba in Cameroon’s English-speaking region on Oct 24 and opened fire on the children. Biya said that he was saddened by the “horrific murder” and had ordered a full investigation into the crime. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but government…

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Cameroon Mourns 7 Children Killed at School

YAOUNDE – Cameroon observed a day of national mourning Sunday, with the central African state’s flag flying at half-staff and millions of people taking to the streets, mosques, and churches to condemn barbarism and killing. People are also asking for investigations to be opened and for suspected killers and those promoting the separatist crisis that has killed 3,000 people in four years to face justice. Oumarou Mallam Djibril, a Muslim cleric, leads prayers at an ecumenical service at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé. Among the nearly 1,000…

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Guess & Co. Corporation Shareholders Elect Directors

Guess & Co. Corporation Shareholders Elect Directors Directors Elected at 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders MIAMI, Oct. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Guess & Co. Corporation is pleased to announce its Board of Directors following their election at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors is responsible for overall governance of Guess & […]

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South African tourist gets one-day jail for stealing cosmetics

KUALA LUMPUR, A South African male tourist was sentenced to one day in jail and fined RM800 by the Magistrate’s Court here, today, for stealing beauty products from a supermarket two weeks ago. Magistrate Tawfiq Affandy Chin ordered Siphe Mzayiduem, 31, to serve the sentence from today and imposed another month’s jail if he failed to pay the fine. According to the charge, Siphe is accused of stealing various beauty items including lipstick, estimated to be worth RM337.20 at Aeon Wellness Quill City Mall, here, at 5 pm on Oct…

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Rapid COVID-19 Tests for Kenyan Truckers Revive African Economies

GENEVA – The International Organization for Migration is providing rapid COVID-19 tests to thousands of truck drivers across Kenya as part of an effort to reinvigorate regional economies in Eastern and Central Africa. Much of Africa’s multibillion-dollar cross-border trade has been halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Truck drivers identified as a high-risk group for spreading the virus have to be tested for coronavirus before they can deliver their goods. That has resulted in thousands of truckers being stuck at Kenya’s sprawling port in Mombasa, awaiting test results that could…

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Global Price Watch: September 2020 Prices (October 30, 2020)

• In West Africa, market supplies in cereals and legumes started to increase in September ahead of the 2020/21 marketing year. At the same time, market demand began to decrease seasonally. Persisting insecurity continued to affect market functioning and access in the Greater Lake Chad basin, the Liptako-Gourma region, the Tibesti region. Coarse grain prices decreased seasonally between August and September, notably in the Sahel. Food prices in Nigeria also decreased from August levels but remained above average due to the macroeconomic downturn. Livestock market activity was limited due to…

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UNHCR West & Central Africa COVID-19 Emergency Response, 29 October 2020

21 Countries covered by the Regional Bureau: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The downward trend in the number of new coronavirus cases continues across West and Central Africa and the number of active cases keeps declining to reach 15,293 as of 26 October 2020. UNHCR has started the construction of a new blood bank in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso as…

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