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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Weak economic recovery was down to flawed policies, not secular stagnation | Joseph Stiglitz

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Lesson to be learned from 2008 financial crisis is that the challenge was and is – political In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, some economists argued that the US, and perhaps the global economy, was suffering from secular stagnation an idea first conceived in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Economies had always […]

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Elon Musk and Tesla sued over ‘fraudulent scheme’ to go private

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Lawsuits say funding secured tweet broke securities laws and aimed to punish short-sellers Tesla and Elon Musk were sued twice on Friday by investors who say they fraudulently engineered a scheme to squeeze short-sellers, including through Musks proposal to take the electric car company private. The lawsuits were filed three days after Musk stunned investors […]

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EU acts to protect firms from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran

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Companies told to ignore White House demands to drop all business with Iran The EU has launched an attempt to protect European businesses from Donald Trumps sanctions against Iran as the US administration voiced its intent to apply maximum pressure on Tehran by vigorously applying its punitive measures. The sanctions are to enter into force […]

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Kofi Annan: tributes pour in for an outstanding human being

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World leaders honour the former UN secretary-general, who has died aged 80, as a rare breed of diplomat Tributes poured in from around the world for Kofi Annan, the first sub-Saharan African to lead the United Nations, whose work revitalising the organisation and putting human rights at the core of its mission was recognised with […]

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Chicken meatballs and masala boxes: Ikea comes to India

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Hyderabad opening, complete with military band, is Swedish firms first in country of 1.25bn Curious customers lay on beds and nestled into armchairs as Ikea opened its first Indian store, hoping to attract a burgeoning middle class with offerings tweaked to local tastes, including a variation on its famous meatballs. With an opening that featured […]

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Zika epidemic sheds light on Brazil’s ‘invisible children’

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Exclusive: families of thousands of babies born with neurodevelopmental disorders may get help for first time Brazils invisible children, the thousands of babies born with neurodevelopmental disorders, have been brought out of the shadows by the Zika virus epidemic and their families may get help for the first time. Almost 4,000 babies were born in […]

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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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