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Aid Must Go Where It Is Most Needed, Even Amid War and Disease

The Nuba Mountains in southern Sudan is a rugged region the size of Austria and home to 750,00 men, women and children. It is also a conflict zone. …

Kenyan Ruling Party Reattempts Primary Elections After Chaos

Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party will try again to select candidates for August elections after abandoning a chaotic process last week that analysts said …

Former child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect Congo's wildlife

<b>(CNN) —</b> He has been beaten, threatened and imprisoned. But the former child soldier and winner of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize says he will not stop until those wanting to destroy the Democratic Republic of Congo's protected wildlife "are held responsible for their actions."<p>"Even if I or …

National Parks

Kenya's hunger crisis fueled by history of rural neglect

War-torn South Sudan and Somalia are being badly hit by East Africa's hunger crisis. But in Kenya, which is at peace, millions also need food aid. …

Kuki Gallmann, ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author, Is Shot in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kuki Gallmann could feel the ring of danger tightening around her.<p>Over the past few days, Mrs. Gallmann, one of Kenya’s most famous conservationists and the author of the best-selling book “I Dreamed of Africa,” sent me a flurry of increasingly distressed text messages. Heavily …

In pictures: Kenyans share their dinner to save livestock

<b>Kenyan farmers have started feeding their own meals to their livestock to save them from a drought which has affected as much as half the country.</b><p><b>Gallery by BBC Africa's Anthony Irungu</b>

'Unprecedented' numbers face severe hunger in South Sudan: U.N.

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages - the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time - and the crisis is likely to worsen when food from the current harvest runs out next year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.<p>The country’s …

Africa

China’s model of economic development is becoming more popular in Africa than America’s

More African countries are looking East for inspiration on how to grow and manage their economies. According to a survey by Afrobarometer, China is the second-most popular international presence on the continent, only slightly behind the United States. “China rivals the United States in influence …

Economic Development

Which is the world's kindest country?

It's World Kindness Day! Introduced in 1998, it is a celebration of kindness in all its forms. How can you contribute? "Make a vegetable patch and grow your own produce," says the Kindness Day UK website. "Say good morning to everyone on your way into work, bring in treats for your colleagues, or …

Missed Opportunity in South Sudan

On the eve of the International Day of Non-Violence, I find myself ruminating on the latter part of the convention which states the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence." Just before South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, I embarked on two trips …

From independence to starvation in the world's newest nation, South Sudan

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of people in conflict-ridden South Sudan are at risk of dying from starvation with many living in swamps and surviving on water lilies following renewed violence, a senior aid worker has warned.<p>An estimated 4.8 million people from a population …

Africa

Capturing disappearing cultures: Stunning images show the lives of Kenyan tribe as their customs die out

Their lives have not changed for hundreds of years but time is catching up with the tribespeople in one of Kenya's most remote regions.<p>Modern …

Photography

Here Is the Proof that Foreigners Are Not Stealing American Jobs

Politicians who blame foreigners for the poor state of labor markets in the United States are profoundly misinformed.<p>There are many popular myths …

This town in South Sudan has no name. It was never supposed to exist. Now 21,000 people live there

It is a throbbing, jostling town with no name. Wander down the dirt street, and you'll see a hubbub of boys playing ball, women selling small bags of sugar or charcoal, children selling plastic bottles of milk and cooks dropping dough balls into hot oil.<p>There are dogs on every corner, and hardware …

Africa

Kenya softens its position on Dadaab refugee camp closures and refugees repatriation to Somalia

Camp said to be economic burden and breeding ground for terrorism but will stay open until Somalia stabilises.<p>Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) …

AP EXPLAINS: What flight of South Sudan's rebel leader means

South Sudan, the world's newest country, was in political limbo Friday after rebel leader Riek Machar fled earlier this week. His whereabouts remained unclear, as a spokesman for Machar and the United Nations said he was in neighboring Congo but the Congo government said it had no knowledge of him …

South Sudan's Machar Flees to DRC

South Sudan’s former first Vice President Riek Machar has fled to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where he may be ill or injured.<p>U.N. …

Rampaging South Sudan troops raped foreigners, killed local

The soldier pointed his AK-47 at the female aid worker and gave her a choice.<p>"Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in the head," she remembers him saying.<p>She didn't really have a choice. By the end of the evening, she had been raped by 15 South …

The Great Productivity Puzzle

I was going to start this column with some new productivity figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but I realized that at least half of the readers would quit right there. Productivity is one of those subjects that fascinates economists and bores, or mystifies, almost everyone else.<p>Instead, …

Economics

Women face "unspeakable" sexual violence in South Sudan

<b>JUBA, South Sudan –</b> “I never felt so empty and helpless,” Tabitha* told UNFPA. She is one of at least a hundred civilians to be sexually assaulted in …

South Sudan: UNICEF sounds alarm on ‘catastrophic' food insecurity in country - ENGLISH NEWS - Yaşam için Gıda

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it is responding to a growing food security emergency causing malnutrition in children in …

Ethiopia Protest August 2016: Amid Internet Ban, Rally Against Government Leaves At Least 33 Dead

The two largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia took part in a massive anti-government protest over the weekend that has claimed dozens of lives. The …

The Olympic Refugee Team: A beacon of hope in Rio

For the first time ever, an entire refugee team made up of athletes of different nationalities is taking part in the Olympics.<p>The team’s appearance in the competitors’ parade was one of the highlights of Friday’s Opening Ceremony in Rio.<p>From South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and …