‘A lurking beast’: polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day

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Sunday should be a day of celebration but the outbreak has brought anger at a lack of health funding while millions are spent on the Apec summit At a waiting room in Port Moresbys Gerehu general hospital red, gold and black balloons the colours of the countrys flag deck the walls in the build-up to […]

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Convicted trafficker leaves Bulgaria’s Celebrity Big Brother after protests

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Rapper Ivan Glavchev departs show for personal reasons, amid complaints over his jail term for coercing women and a child into prostitution A Bulgarian rapper who was convicted of trafficking multiple women and a child into prostitution has announced his sudden departure from Bulgarias Celebrity Big Brother following protests from womens rights campaigners. The sight […]

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Zimbabwe declares state of emergency after cholera outbreak claims 20 lives

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Burst sewers prompt closure of schools and ban on meat and fish sales in Harare as council requests fresh water supplies Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency after a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare killed 20 people and left more than 2,000 infected from contaminated drinking water. The government has also shut schools […]

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Ugandas brutal treatment of MPs is enabled by global indifference | Robert Amsterdam

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MPs including the Afropop musician turned politician Bobi Wine are allegedly being tortured. The Magnitsky Act can curb this shocking abuse, says lawyer Robert Amsterdam In a country with such a complex and often conflict-prone history, acts of political violence and intimidation are common enough to be unremarkable. But this past week in Uganda has […]

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UNAids chief refuses to quit over handling of sexual misconduct claims

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Michel Sidib tells the Guardian the HIV epidemic could rebound without adequate funding The head of UNAids, who has been under pressure to resign over his handling of sexual harassment allegations within the agency, has told the Guardian he will not quit, saying that the United Nations agency that purports to champion the rights of […]

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‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

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A year after Vietnams worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the countrys fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Before the […]

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‘They don’t care’: Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people

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Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the

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Fury over arrest of academic who called Uganda’s president a pair of buttocks

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Human rights groups denounce charge of cyber harassment against Stella Nyanzi for posting Facebook criticism of Yoweri Museveni and first lady Janet The detention of a prominent feminist academic for criticising the Ugandan president on Facebook has been widely condemned by human rights groups. a pair of buttocks and his wife, Janet, who is education […]

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