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Kenya’s former AG Amos Wako speaks out after US travel ban

NAIROBI, Nov 20 (NNN-KBC) — Senator Amos Wako has denied any involvement in a corruption-related case during his 10-year tenure as Kenya’s Attorney General.

This comes after the United States on Monday imposed sanctions on him, his wife and son, accusing him of involvement in significant corruption.

Wako, who was Attorney General during Kenya’s rocky transition from one-party rule to democracy, has been barred from entering the United States under the sanctions.

Climate impacts 'to cost world $7.9 trillion' by 2050

20 November 2019; AFP: Climate change could directly cost the world economy $7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Climate Change Resilience Index measured the preparedness of the world's 82 largest economies and found that based on current trends the fallout of warming temperatures would shave off three percent of global GDP by 2050.

Calls emerge for privatizing South African national carrier amid intensified strike

CAPE TOWN, Nov 19 (NNN-Xinhua) — Calls emerged for privatizing debt-ridden South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier being hard hit by a strike.

The airline must be placed under business rescue in order to mitigate any further loss of revenue and to ensure that the entity is a going concern, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said.

Without business rescue, the only viable option would be to partially or fully privatize the national carrier, the party said.

Botswana to start issuing trophy hunting licences in December

GABORONE, Nov 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Botswana’s president announced the government will by December start issuing trophy hunting licences after it controversially scrapped a five-year ban on the practice, and angered international conservationists.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s government in May removed the moratorium, just a year after he suceeded Ian Khama, an avid environmentalist, who had introduced a blanket hunting ban in 2014 to reverse a decline in the population of wild animals.

115 Elephants Die In Zimbabwe’s Largest Game Park Due To Drought

HARARE, Nov 12 (NNN-AGENCIES) – At least 115 elephants died, at the country’s largest game reserve, since Sept this year, due to shortage of food and water.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said, water reservoirs were drying up, in the Hwange National Park, following a drought this year, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported.

Myanmar Sued For Genocide

BANJUL, The Gambia, Nov 12 (NNN-ANN) – On behalf of OIC, the Gambia files the case with International Court of Justice, seeking orders to stop atrocities on Rohingyas, immediately.

The Gambia filed a case with the top court, accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, more than two years, after some 750,000 Rohingyas fled a military crackdown in the Rakhine State.

Four armed separatists arrested over murder of Cameroonian army officer

YAOUNDE, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Four armed separatists suspected of murdering an officer of the Cameroon armed forces were captured on Monday in Muyuka, a locality in the troubled English-speaking region of Southwest, according to the army.

They were ambushed and arrested in their camp by the military who also seized their weapons. The operation was successful thanks to the collaboration of the public, the army said.

The officer Jean Noel Ndongo was kidnapped by the separatists and then buried alive in the locality last week, according to security reports.

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta rejects gay agenda in global population conference

NAIROBI, Nov 11 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta rejected any gay agenda to be tabled in a global population conference to be held in Nairobi starting tomorrow.

Kenya will host the Nov 12-14 population conference “but will not accept practices that are at conflict with our cultures,” President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Kenyatta reiterated Kenya’s stand to protect cultural norms by not allowing any practices that will be seen devaluing traditions of various local communities.

WHO calls for inclusive platforms to global health targets

NAIROBI, Nov.10 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an inclusive platform of social participation in order to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) health targets.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO told a health forum in Nairobi via a video conference call that for the international community to achieve universal health coverage, it must prioritize the needs of those left furthest behind, including women, children and adolescents.

UN, Tanzania in partnership to fight gender-based violence: official

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, is working in partnership with the government of Tanzania in the fight against gender-based violence, a senior official said on Sunday.

"Since this collaboration has started to be implemented cases of gender-based violence have started to drop down significantly," said Faustine Ndugulile, Tanzania's Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

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