Business Connect Partners with Government of Burundi to Bring Clean Water to Every Citizen

Business Connect, in partnership with Amazi Water and the country of Burundi, funds testing for VF100 Home Filter GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Business Connect, a social enterprise committed to providing citizens in the Global South affordable and easy access to clean and safe water, recently received global certification from the World Health […]

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Africa Spared Worst of Pandemic by ‘Coordinated, Collaborative’ Approach

JOHANNESBURG – As COVID-19 infections soar in the United States, the African continent is bracing for a smaller surge, defying predictions that it would be hardest hit. According to Africa’s top medical official, that’s because the continent behaved as one indivisible unit in fighting the virus, with leaders working together to impose lockdowns, enforce mask requirements and work with continental officials to improve testing and treatment. “The key, unifying leadership of the continent very early on in February has been a very critical factor in moderating the spread of the…

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UN Releases $100M in Bid to Prevent Famine in 7 Countries

NEW YORK – The United Nations released $100 million from an emergency fund Tuesday in a bid to avert famine in seven at-risk countries. “Famine can be prevented, but we have to act in time to make a difference,” U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said in a statement announcing the disbursement, which is to-date the single largest allocation from the Central Emergency Relief Fund. Before the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, bringing socio-economic shocks with it, there were already 135 million people facing serious food insecurity in 55 countries, according…

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Al-Qaida ‘On the Ropes’ After 2 Decades of War

WASHINGTON – Key U.S. officials are not backing down from their assessment that core al-Qaida, while still a threat, is in decline, brushing aside intelligence suggesting the terror organization remains entrenched in Afghanistan and may be growing stronger. For months, tensions have been growing between the United States and its allies over the status of al-Qaida, with some counterterrorism officials arguing Washington is in danger of underestimating the threat posed by the terror group. But the State Department’s top counterterrorism official on Tuesday said al-Qaida has been significantly degraded as…

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