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  • Nonprofit works with veterinarians and farmers to protect rhinos from poachers in South Africa

    October 25, 2017 11:09 PM 10

    Christine Romo/ABC News(SOUTH AFRICA) — It may seem like a jarring scene — a rhinoceros, sedated, as veterinary staff saw off its horn — but this is now becoming increasingly common across South Africa as farmers and others desperately try to save the animals from extinction. “It’s the lesser of two evils. Do you leave the horn and let someone poach

  • UN representatives praise Jordan's progress towards SDGs

    October 25, 2017 9:31 PM 12

    AMMAN — Representatives of the UN agencies operating in Jordan on Wednesday gathered to discuss the next strategic planning framework of cooperation between the government and the UN for 2018-2022. Held on the occasion of the UN Day, marked annually on October 24, the press conference provided an overview of the 17 UN agencies' work in Jordan, focusing

  • Three people die in bomb and gun attacks in Somalia

    October 25, 2017 7:29 PM 6

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Three people died in Somalia on Wednesday in different attacks, one of which targeted a patrol of peacekeepers near the country’s capital, Mogadishu, officials told Reuters. A roadside bomb killed one African Union peacekeeper and wounded another as they patrolled Arbis, a village about 23 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu, according

  • Somali-American father killed in bombing dreamed of building a place that was more than 'war and guns'

    October 25, 2017 5:04 PM 6

    ABC News(BLOOMINGTON, Minn.) — After putting their three children to bed in Bloomington, Minnesota, Ruun Abdi and her husband would stay up late, just to talk. He was the first man she met when she came to America and the two had been married nearly 17 years, but they never tired of laughing together. “We’d drink tea together in the middle of the night

  • Widow of American dad killed in Somalia terror attack: 'He was my best friend'

    October 25, 2017 3:19 PM 11

    After putting their three children to bed in Bloomington, Minnesota, Ruun Abdi and her husband would stay up late, just to talk. He was the first man she met when she came to America and the two had been married nearly 17 years, but they never tired of laughing together. "We’d drink tea together in the middle of the night, talking and laughing," Abdi, 45, told ABC News. "He was my best friend

  • Congo-Kinshasa: Congolese Refugees Population Doubles

    October 25, 2017 10:23 AM 5

    Kinshasa — THE number people displaced internally by the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo has doubled to 3,9 million in the past two years. Some 428 000 of these having been displaced in the past three months alone while over the past year, some 100 000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees. With widespread militia activities

  • In hope of saving battered image, spokesman says Mugabe never officially appointed as WHO ambassador

    October 25, 2017 7:36 AM 5

    George Charamba, spokesman for Africa’s longest serving leader, Robert Mugabe, insisted during an interview that his boss was never officially asked to take up the controversial ambassadorial role. Charamba also told The Herald, a state-run newspaper, during the interview that Mugabe would have turned down the role anyway days after the 93-year-old president

  • Count Dracula and the WHO

    October 25, 2017 5:16 AM 10

    IT WAS a bit like appointing Count Dracula as the goodwill ambassador for the blood donor service. Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be plausible. Reality is under no such constraint, and regularly produces events that would never be credible in a novel. Like the decision last Thursday to appoint Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as the World

  • World Health Organization Chief Now ‘Rethinking’ Mugabe ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ Post

    October 25, 2017 5:16 AM 6

    After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday he is “rethinking” his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador.” In a new tweet, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus said that “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values

  • Making Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe WHO goodwill ambassador is ‘insult’

    October 25, 2017 5:16 AM 5

    The WHO’s new director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the move at a conference in Uruguay, praising the African country for its commitment to public health. Critics say Mr Mugabe’s policy and his long record of alleged human rights abuses have had a disastrous impact on the health system – with medicine shortages and staff going unpaid