Central African Republic says allied forces killed 44 rebels in counter-offensive

BANGUI, Jan 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Central African Republic troops killed 44 rebel fighters participating in a push to encircle the capital Bangui and overturn newly-reelected President Faustin Archange Touadera, the government said. Together with “allied forces”, the CAR army launched an offensive in the village of Boyali, around 90 kilometres from the capital, with no casualties on the government side and “44 dead including several mercenaries from Chad, Sudan and the Fulani” ethnic group, the government posted on Facebook. When the government says “allies” it usually refers to Rwandan troops…

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UN Gears Up Operations to Help Mozambicans Battered by Cyclone Eloise

GENEVA – Humanitarian operations are underway to provide life-saving assistance to tens of thousands of people in Mozambique devastated by Tropical Cyclone Eloise. At least six people reportedly have died and more than 176,000 have been affected. Tropical Cyclone Eloise made landfall Saturday, dumping torrents of rain in areas already affected by Tropical Storm Chalane, which flooded large areas of Mozambique three weeks ago. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports 32 accommodation centers have been opened up in the heavily affected Sofala province. The centers are…

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To Benefit from Aid, Sudan Must Enact Tough Economic Reforms Quickly, Economist Says

WASHINGTON – Sudan’s transitional government must start moving quickly on tough, economic reforms to stabilize the economy if it wants to benefit from pledges of support offered by its international partners, said one U.S.-based analyst. On Thursday, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State Dominic Raab said the UK would provide a $453 million bridge loan to help Sudan clear its arrears with the Africa Development Bank. While visiting Khartoum last week, Raab also agreed Britain will provide $54 million to support the Sudan Family program, which provides cash transfers to…

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Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review

Surge in court cases over climate change shows increasing role of litigation in addressing the climate crisis Nairobi, 26 January 2021 – Climate litigation cases have spiked in recent years, making the courtroom increasingly relevant to efforts to address climate change around the world. A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today finds that climate cases have nearly doubled over the last three years and are increasingly compelling governments and corporate actors to implement their climate commitments, as well as pursue more ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation goals. The…

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EU boosts humanitarian aid budget for 2021 as needs rise

As global humanitarian needs worsen further due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of climate change, the European Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.4 billion for 2021. This represents an increase of more than 60% compared with the initial humanitarian budget of €900 million adopted last year. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “Humanitarian needs are growing globally and we need a budget to match. Our increased budget will allow the EU to continue to play a leading global role in…

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Relief for Cyclone Eloise battered communities

With Cyclone Eloise having subsided on Monday evening, the national and provincial governments in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal have activated relief interventions to assist communities left devastated by the cyclone. The tropical rains experienced in the three provinces over the weekend were a culmination of Cyclone Eloise, which began in the Indian Ocean in Mozambique last week. Before the storm battered the eastern provinces, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said national and provincial emergency services and emergency centres were activated by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC)…

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On the road to slowing COVID-19 in South Africa

As the pandemic continues, communities are getting reminders about how they can keep themselves – and each other – safe. By Toby Fricker KROONSTAD, South Africa – It’s early morning on the outskirts of Kroonstad, about 200 kilometres south of Johannesburg. Three young boys are sitting by the side of the road chatting, but their heads turn quickly to watch a large truck displaying three giant LED screens as it passes slowly by. “I realized this thing [COVID-19] was real when it took my husband’s life,” says a woman in…

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New African Development Bank-GCA initiative will galvanize $25 billion to scale up African climate adaptation

African Development Bank President Akinwuma A. Adesina announced the launch on Monday of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) to mobilize $25 billion to scale up and accelerate climate change adaptation actions across Africa. The announcement came during the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, hosted by the government of the Netherlands and the Global Center on Adaptation. The AAAP, a joint initiative between the African Development Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation, is expected to scale up innovative and transformative actions on climate adaptation across Africa, Adesina said during…

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