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President Biden has pledged to fight the coronavirus pandemic by making the United States the “arsenal of vaccines” for the world. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyProtests against Italy’s health pass fizzle. Credit Credit... Massimo Percossi/EPA, via Shutterstock Demonstrators gathered in Milan and Rome on Saturday evening to protest Italy’s coronavirus health pass on the 18th consecutive weekend of such rallies. Italy Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 10,000 20,000 30,000 cases Feb. 2020 Mar. South Sudan Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 50 100 150 cases May 2020 Jun.
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The vaccination campaign team from UNICEF arrived in a small motorboat last month in the flooded village of Wernyol, not far from the capital of South Sudan, and met with elders under a tree on a small patch of dry land. The team ran point by point through a briefing sheet of facts about coronavirus and the vaccine, hoping to pre-empt what they assumed would be a flurry of questions from the elders about the shot and its side effects. But first and foremost, what the elders wanted to know was: when will the rains stop? In recent years, it has sometimes felt as if rain is the only thing some South Sudanese have ever known. The result is the worst flooding in parts of South Sudan in six decades, affecting about a third of the country.
Organizations: UNICEF, Sudanese Locations: Wernyol, South Sudan, Africa
Kenya's KCB Group 9-month profit doubles as economy recovers
  + stars: | 2021-11-17 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Customers wait to be served in the banking hall at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Kencom branch in Nairobi, Kenya July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas MukoyaNov 17 (Reuters) - Kenya's biggest lender by assets, KCB Group (KCB.NR), said on Wednesday its pre-tax profit for the first nine months of the year doubled compared to the same period last year as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bank's pre-tax profit hit 35.8 billion Kenyan shillings ($320 million) from 17.14 billion shillings in the same period of last year. The bank, which also operates in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi, said loan loss provisions fell to 9.3 billion shillings compared to 20.0 billion shillings last year. Net interest income was 56.4 billion shillings, compared to 47.9 billion in 2020.
Persons: Thomas Mukoya, Joshua Oigara, KCB, Ayenat Mersie, Jan Harvey, Edmund Blair, Emelia Organizations: Kenya Commercial Bank, KCB, REUTERS, Group, Kenyan, Thomson Locations: Nairobi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi
When a group of self-described "rebels" captured two American missionaries and three other Westerners in Sudan, Delta Force deployed. Delta Force: America's 911Graduates of one of Delta Force's Operator Training Courses in 1978. The Pentagon explicitly ordered that no Delta Force operators be directly involved in the operation. So instead, two Delta Force operators — an officer and a senior enlisted operator — flew to Africa and joined the Sudanese counterterrorism unit of about 30 operators. The Delta Force operators had trained the Sudanese special operators the previous year.
Persons: didn't, , Jacques Pavlovsky, Eric Haney, Sean Naylor's, Delta, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: Delta Force, Service, Sudanese, US, British Special Air Service, SAS, Operations Command, Warfare Development Group, Getty, Southern Sudan Liberation, Pentagon, British SAS, American, CIA, US Army Delta Force, Counterterrorist, Delta, Team, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Delta, Sudan, Tehran, Iraqi, Baghdad, Southern Sudan, South Sudan, Africa, Sudanese, Khartoum, Juba, Peru, Waco , Texas
It took 1,458 flights and 1,117 buses and trains for Drew Binsky to reach his goal of traveling to every country in the world. CNBC spoke with Binsky nine hours after he touched down in his last country — Saudi Arabia — about how he financed his 10-year travel spree. Most of the time I arrive in a country I don't know where I'm sleeping that night. I handpicked my last six countries because I'm shooting a docuseries, and I wanted the last six to be different. Drew Binsky Travel bloggerI was also using my travel blog to reduce travel costs by working with hostels and budget airlines.
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Sudan's attempted military coup looks increasingly frail as tens of thousands of civilians continue to protest the ousting of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. However, the scale and duration of the civilian resistance appears to have caught the armed forces by surprise, placing strain on relations within the military infrastructure. The U.S. and the World Bank swiftly suspended aid disbursements to Sudan following the coup, while foreign leaders called for the military to release Hamdok and other detained officials. Robert Besseling, CEO of political risk consultancy Pangea-Risk, said in a research note Monday that France may also retract its offer of a bridge loan to settle Sudan's huge arrears. The civilian-military transitional government had been in place since April 2019, following the popular overthrow of long-reigning dictator Omar al-Bashir.
Persons: Sudan's, Abdalla Hamdok, General Abdel, Fattah Burhan, Hamdok, disbursements, Robert Besseling, Besseling, Omar al, Bashir Organizations: World Bank Locations: Khartoum, Sudan, U.S, France, South Sudan, Ethiopia
The military arrested civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and dissolved the country's transitional government on Monday, sparking protests in several cities. KHARTOUM, Sudan - Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok chairs an emergency cabinet session in the capital Khartoum, on October 18, 2021. After a number of coups and a protracted civil war, the south of the country voted for independence and became the separate state of South Sudan in 2011. Wider implications Located in northeast Africa, Sudan is politically important for stability in the Horn of Africa, North Africa and the Sahel. KHARTOUM, Sudan - Sudanese demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Khartoum to demand the government's transition to civilian rule, on October 21, 2021.
Persons: Abdalla Hamdok, Zaynab Mohamed, Mohamed, Omar al, Bashir, Edward Hobey, Verisk, General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Mausi, ASHRAF SHAZLY Organizations: AFP, Getty, Reuters, Sudan's, Getty Images Telecommunications, Oxford Economics, Sovereignty, Port Sudan, IMF, Sovereign Council, Human Rights, UAE, Russian Ministry of Defense Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Shajara, Khartoum, Oxford Economics Africa, Khartoum's, Africa, Port, Juba, OMDURMAN, Omdurman, AFP, Democratic, South Sudan, Mausi Segun, Horn of Africa, North Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Saudi Arabia, U.S, Israel, Russia, Port Sudan
Factbox: What is happening in Sudan?
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( )   time to read: +4 min
Another is an investigation into the killings of pro-democracy protesters on June 3, 2019, in which military forces are implicated. Activists and civilian groups have been angered by delays in making the investigation's findings public. Sudan is in a volatile region, bordering the Red Sea, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa. Several of its neighbours, including Ethiopia, Chad and South Sudan have been affected by political upheavals and conflict. Sudan is pushing, with Egypt, for a binding deal over the operation of a giant hydropower dam that Ethiopia is building near the Sudanese border.
Persons: Omar al, Bashir, Nafisa Eltahir, Aidan Lewis, Nick Tattersall, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, WHO, West, Sovereign Council, Authorities, Criminal Court, Rapid Support Forces, International Monetary Fund, Thomson Locations: Kartoum, Sudan, SUDAN, Darfur, of Africa, Ethiopia, Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia's Tigray, Egypt
Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan addresses delegates in Juba, South Sudan March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jok Solomun/File PhotoCAIRO, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Sudan's ruling council head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced on Monday a state of emergency across the country and the dissolution of the transitional sovereign council and the government. Reporting by Aidan Lewis and Nafisa Eltahir; writing by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Jok, Abdel Fattah al, Aidan Lewis, Nafisa, Maher Chmaytelli, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Sovereign, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Juba, South Sudan, CAIRO
Sudan had been ruled by an uneasy alliance between the military and civilian groups since 2019, but on Monday, the military effectively took control. February 22, 2019 Bashir declares a year-long state of emergency in response to months of protests nationwide and calls for his resignation. April 11, 2019 Bashir is ousted in a military coup. July 5, 2019 Sudan's military leadership and the country's pro-democracy movement announce a power-sharing agreement. When Bashir was ousted in a 2019 coup, ending his brutal three-decade-long rule, Sudan's military leadership assumed control to oversee the transition of power, forming the Transitional Military Council.
Persons: Omar al, Bashir, Abdalla Hamdok, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Anya, Sadiq al, Mahdi, Bashir's, Hamdok, Sudan's, Adam Hireika, Hireika, General António Guterres, Biden, Jeffrey Feltman, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo Organizations: CNN, Sovereign Council, Sudan's, Revolutionary Command, UN, Criminal Court, ICC, Troops, Transitional Military, Information Ministry, Forces of Freedom, United Nations, House, United, US, Sudanese, Sudanese Central Doctors Committee, Facebook, military's, Command, Ministry of Information Locations: Sudan, Egypt, Khartoum, Darfur, Hague, South Sudan, United Kingdom, United States
National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovMOSCOW, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking U.S. visas to a list of "homeless nationals" who can apply for visas in third countries. The U.S. State Department lists as "homeless" applicants from countries in which the United States has no consular representation, or where consular staff cannot issue visas due to the political or security situation. Russia became the 10th nation on the list, after Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. At the talks, Moscow said it was willing to lift all the restrictions imposed in recent years, and Washington said it wanted parity on diplomatic staff numbers and visa reciprocity.
Persons: Maxim Shemetov, Maria Zakharova, Maria Tsvetkova, Matthias Williams, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Vnukovo, REUTERS, Sunday, American Embassy, The U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: Russia, U.S, Moscow, Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW, United States, Warsaw, The, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Washington
Children play in floodwaters at the airstrip after the River Nile broke the dykes in Pibor, Greater Pibor Administrative Area, South Sudan October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Andreea CampeanuGENEVA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - More than 700,000 people have been affected by flooding in South Sudan, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday, blaming climate change for the worst floods in some parts of the African country in nearly 60 years. "The country is on the front line of the climate emergency, where the people are the collateral damage of a battle they did not pick," Arafat Jamal, UNHCR representative in South Sudan, told a U.N. briefing in Geneva via video link from the capital, Juba. The UNHCR said the floods mainly affected four states, and in some areas were the worst since 1962, with people's ability to cope eroded by three years of consecutive flooding. Nearly a decade after South Sudan gained independence following a war, it faces the threat of conflict, climate change and COVID-19, the outgoing head of the U.N. mission in the country said in March.
Persons: Arafat Jamal, Jamal, Emma Thomasson Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Pibor, Pibor Administrative, South Sudan, GENEVA, Geneva, Juba, UNHCR, Sudan
WASHINGTON — President Biden will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday amid an unfolding humanitarian disaster in neighboring Ethiopia that has prompted calls for the United States to put more resources toward the East African region. The two presidents are expected to discuss the situation in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where some fighters have been accused of atrocities against civilians, including sexual violence, massacres and ethnic cleansing. Last month, Ethiopia expelled several senior United Nations officials amid accusations that Ethiopian officials were blocking aid deliveries to the region, even as at least five million people there are in need of help during a catastrophic famine. The decision to expel the United Nations officials was also seen as a rebuke to Mr. Biden, who last month threatened to issue sweeping sanctions against both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, as well as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Amhara regional government, to stop the escalating violence. But the administration has yet to carry out the financial penalties against the strategic ally.
Persons: Biden, Uhuru Kenyatta, Biden’s, Mr Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, United Nations, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Locations: Kenya, Ethiopia, United States, African, Somalia, South Sudan, Tigray
Malagasy climate refugees are seen in the camp located in Ambovombe, capital of Androy region in southern Madagascar September 29, 2021. This is the fourth year that drought has devastated Aly's home in southern Madagascar. Now more than one million people, or two out of five residents, of his Grand Sud region require emergency food aid in what the United Nations is calling a "climate change famine." Climate change is battering the Indian Ocean island and several U.N. agencies have warned in the past few months of a "climate change famine" here. "Climate change strongly impacts and strongly accentuates the famine in Madagascar," President Andry Rajoelina said while visiting the worst-affected areas earlier this month.
Persons: Joel Kouam AMBOASARY, Aly, Alice Rahmoun, Andry Rajoelina, Ayenat Mersie, Katharine Houreld, Susan Fenton Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, University of California, Cyclones, Carbon, Children's, Thomson Locations: Ambovombe, Androy, Madagascar, Joel Kouam AMBOASARY SUD, United, Santa Barbara, Africa, U.S, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, French
Around one million doses of Moderna's vaccines have been sent to low-income countries. Data from Airfinity, a firm that tracks vaccine shipments, showed only about a million of Moderna's vaccine doses have gone to low-income countries compared to 8.4 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine and around 25 million of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. Moderna's vaccine appears to offer better protection compared to Pfizer's and Johnson & Johnson's over time, Insider previously reported. Data collected from hospitals in 20 cities showed that after four months, Moderna's vaccine was 92% effective at preventing hospitalizations. There's been a disparity overall in vaccination rates between wealthy countries and low-income countries.
Persons: Moderna, Johnson, Johnson's, Dr, Tom Frieden, COVAX, There's Organizations: New York Times, Service, The New York Times, Times, Moderna, Centers for Disease Control, United Arab Locations: United States, Botswana, Tunisia, Africa, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Singapore, South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia
The first malaria vaccine has been approved. A health care worker stepped away from the patient he had been attending to and checked the child's vital signs. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved the first-ever malaria vaccine for widespread use. The malaria vaccine did not generate nearly as much fanfare as the advent of the Covid19 vaccine earlier this year. Back at the health care center where Atony had been brought, I again came upon Atony's grandmother.
Persons: She's, Atony, Atony's, falciparum, Adhanom, Ghebreyesus, Northern Bahr, Ghazal, Chuor, Diana Zeyneb, Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi, Akuoc, Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, , Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi Abdifatah Mohamed, Yel, Atiel, John Mayen, Abuk's Organizations: Malaria, World Health Organization, WHO, GlaxoSmithKline, South Sudan's Ministry of Health Locations: Saharan Africa, South Sudan, Aweil, Africa, Sudan, Northern, Aweil city, Panthou, Bentiu, Northern Bahr el Ghazar, Aquem, Malithbuol
CAIRO, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Sudan is about to run out of essential medicine, fuel and wheat after political protests forced the closure of Port Sudan, the main port in the east of the country, the cabinet said on Sunday. The cabinet acknowledged eastern Sudan's "just cause" and stressed the right to peaceful protest, but warned that the closure of Port Sudan and highways connecting the east with the rest of the country was "harming the interests of all Sudanese". In a statement, it pledged to work on a political solution to the problems of eastern Sudan and called on the protesters to start a dialogue with the government. The demonstrators agreed last month to allow the resumption of exports of crude oil from landlocked South Sudan via a terminal on the Red Sea. read moreThey had also forced the closure of a pipeline that carries imported crude to the capital Khartoum.
Persons: Mahmoud Mourad, Catherine Evans Organizations: Thomson Locations: CAIRO, Sudan, Port Sudan, Beja, South Sudan, Khartoum
General view of the United Nations Security Council meeting during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 23, 2021. Russia is working to expand its influence in Africa, specifically challenging traditional French sway in Mali and CAR. Russia is also delaying a replacement appointment of one expert to the panel monitoring sanctions on Somalia, diplomats said. They monitor and report to the Security Council on violations and recommend further action. Each year the Security Council renews the various sanctions regimes and the mandates for the panels.
Persons: John Minchillo, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Polyanskiy, Michelle Nichols, Jonathan Saul, Grant McCool Organizations: United Nations Security, General Assembly, REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, Democratic, Central African Republic, Reuters, Security, United Nations, Thomson Locations: New York City, U.S, Russia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African, Mali, Africa, Somalia, Russian, London
KHARTOUM, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Sudan's government reached an agreement with tribal protesters on Sunday to allow the resumption of exports of landlocked South Sudan's crude oil via a terminal on the Red Sea, Sudanese officials said. A government delegation headed by a member of the ruling sovereign council met tribal elders on Sunday and secured a deal to allow oil exports from the Bashayer port, the ruling council said. The Sudanese energy and oil ministry warned on Saturday that the port's oil depots would become full up in 10 days' time if the blockage continued. That would in turn force South Sudanese oil fields to halt production. The protesters have also forced the closure of a pipeline that carries imported crude to the capital Khartoum.
Persons: Mahmoud Mourad Organizations: Red, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, South, Sea, Beja, Sudan, Sudanese, Khartoum
Protesters in eastern Sudan shut oil import pipeline - ministry
  + stars: | 2021-09-25 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
KHARTOUM, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Protesters in eastern Sudan shut a pipeline that carries imported crude oil to the capital Khartoum, but there are enough reserves for the country's needs for up to ten days, the ministry of energy and oil said on Saturday. Khartoum oil refinery, which produces fuel for domestic consumption, is still working normally, the ministry added in a statement. Another pipeline used for exporting crude oil from neighbouring South Sudan is still working but it is vulnerable to freezing and damage because the protesters are blocking a vessel from loading the oil, it said. Oil depots at Bashayer oil terminal port in eastern Sudan will be fully filled after ten days at the most if the blockage of exports continued, the ministry said. Protesters from the Beja tribes in eastern Sudan are shutting ports and blocking roads in protest at what they describe as poor political and economic conditions in the region.
Persons: Khalid Abdelaziz, Mahmoud Mourad, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: Protesters, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Khartoum, South Sudan, Sudanese, Beja
Meanwhile, the healthcare professionals who parachute in for mostly short-term assignments are routinely referred to as "international staff" or "expats." In some projects, international staff members are housed in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in capital cities, with in-house cooks and cleaners. But some MSF staffers say the pay differential can't be explained by fiscal responsibility alone. MSF staff members at one project in the Idlib province in northwestern Syria had no idea what was going on. Sources from Egypt to India describe a segregated medical system for MSF staff members, with expatriates receiving better access to life-saving care.
Persons: Ali N'Simbo, N'Simbo, Lucy Doyle, VALERIE BAERISWYL, It's, — témoignage, spurning, George Floyd, Mara Kardas, David Beversluis, PAU BARRENA, Thomas Nierle, they're, John Moore, Bashar Assad's, Barack Obama, Assad, Al, António Guterres, Kennie Musa, Dr, Sheik Humarr Khan, Khan, Khan wasn't, Khan's, Alhajie Khan, CARL DE SOUZA, Mohammed Hani, Hani, Christopher Stokes, DOMINIQUE FAGET, Black expats, PASCAL GUYOT, , Abby Stoddard, Stoddard, Sam Bumicho, Bumicho, inequity, they've, Sarah Martin, Martin, Munyaradzi, Dhodho, ANNE CHAON, Ali N'Simbo's, Mégo, Terzian, Stewart, Africa Stewart, Thierry Allafort, Duverger, Weeks, N'Simbo's, Sabiti Djaffar Al Katanty, Urshula Edwards, Fatou Organizations: MSF, North, USA Association, Center, Investigative, Martissant, Getty, Red Cross, , Senate, National, Islamic, Workers, USAID, World Health Organization, Sierra Leonean, Kenema Government Hospital, Borders, Aid Worker Security, Decolonise MSF, Liberian, SOS Mediterranee, USA, N'Simbo, Sabiti Djaffar Al Katanty MSF, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam Locations: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Kisangani, North American, American, United States, South Sudan, Haiti, AFP, Africa, Europe, North America, Saharan Africa, Nelson, South Africa, Italy, Tunisia, Paris, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, Kabul, Port, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, MSF Switzerland, Swiss, Congolese, West Africa, Liberian, Syria, Damascus, Russia, Idlib, Turkey, Islamic State, Al Jazeera, Liberia, Egypt, India, Sierra Leone, Germany, Khan, Lesbos, Greece, Cairo, Belgian, Elwa, Monrovia, Venezuela, Mali, Niger, Dakar, Senegal, Sahel, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mancha, Malta, Lampedusa, Johannesburg
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gestures during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon September 17, 2021. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017. The formal appointment is scheduled for May 2022 at the World Health Assembly. One of the sources following the election said several countries outside Africa would be willing to nominate Tedros, if needed.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom, Mohamed Azakir, Tedros, Trump, Billene Seyoum, Dina Mufti, Africa's, Kamau, Okello Oryem, Donald Trump, Biden, Emma Farge, Francesco Guarascio, Giulia Paravicini, Duncan Miriri, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Josephine Mason, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Health, Reuters, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, World Health Assembly, African, U.S, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanon, GENEVA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, China, Tedros, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, African, Kenya, Kampala, Africa, West, Geneva, Brussels, Addis Abbaba, Nairobi
Pakistan soldiers take part in a multinational U.N. peacekeeping military exercise with troops of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), Mongolia and Thailand, on the outskirts of Zhumadian, Henan province, China September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsQUESHAN, China, Sept 15 (Reuters) - China's armed forces concluded their first multinational peacekeeping exercise on Wednesday, showing off their combat prowess with drones and mine-clearing robots while seeking to project a more benign image. The exercise was based on a 2016 incident in Mali when Chinese peacekeepers were attacked and one of them was killed. China takes prides in being the largest contributor of peacekeeping troops among major powers as represented by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. As the second largest financial contributor, China footed 15% of the total expenses for U.N. peacekeeping operations in 2020.
Persons: Carlos Garcia Rawlins QUESHAN, Lu Jianxin, Collin Koh, Singapore's, Lu, Yew Lun, Ben Blanchard, Robert Birsel Organizations: People's Liberation Army, PLA, REUTERS, Liberation Army, Singapore's Rajaratnam, of International Studies . China, . Security, Thomson Locations: Pakistan, Mongolia, Thailand, Zhumadian, Henan province, China, Queshan county, Henan, Carana, Mali, South Sudan, Taiwan
Among those polled who were registered voters, around 31 percent said they would not support Rubio and Scott if they oppose permanent legal status, and 26 percent said they would, with 19 percent saying they did not know. “Including immigration is so relevant for an economic recovery and for the growth of the country,” said Maria Antonieta Díaz, founder of the Venezuelan American Alliance. She said the poll proves that support among Venezuelans for Scott and Rubio will dwindle if they don’t support permanent legal status for TPS holders. Yet half of them said that Biden's extension of TPS to Venezuelans in March and the promise of a pathway to permanent status increased their support for him. Including permanent residency for TPS holders and other immigrants could allow Democrats to avoid making concessions to Republicans who are divided on immigration policy.
Persons: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Rubio, Scott, , Maria Antonieta Díaz, Eduardo Gamarra, Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Joe Biden, Gamarra, ” Scott, Maduro, Elizabeth MacDonough Organizations: MIAMI, Venezuelan, TPS, Venezuelan American Alliance, Immigration Partnership, Coalition Fund, American Business Immigration Coalition, Integrated Communications & Research, Florida International University, Trump, Republicans, South, Democratic, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Florida, Venezuela, , Afghanistan, U.S, Venezuelan, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen
Why are coups making a comeback in Africa?
  + stars: | 2021-09-12 | by ( Analysis Remi Adekoya | For Cnn | )   time to read: +7 min
Different decade, same problemsIn the early postcolonial decades when coups were rampant, Africa's coup leaders virtually always offered the same reasons for toppling governments: corruption, mismanagement, poverty. Threat to democratic gainsWhat is clear is that these coups pose a serious threat to the democratic gains African countries have made in recent decades. We should, unfortunately, prepare ourselves for the eventuality of more coups in Africa in the coming years. As are Mali, Niger, Chad and now Guinea where coups and coup attempts have recently occurred. This increasing probability of coups will make Africa in general less predictable and stable, a negative for investors that could end up worsening the economic situation.
Persons: Mamady Doumbouya, Alpha Conde, Omar al, Bashir, Robert Mugabe, Guineans, Joseph Sany, I'm, Conde, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, Alassane Ouattara, Rawlings, Ghanaians Organizations: CNN, Sudanese, Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace, African, Democratic Locations: Africa, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Africa's
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