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Internal Emails Reveal WHO Knew of Sex Abuse Claims in Congo

When Shekinah was working as a nurse's aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, she was offered a job from a World Health Organization doctor at double her salary — in exchange for sex. "Given the financial difficulties of my family … I ac...
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Two Highly Contagious Coronavirus Variants Appear in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - South African officials say two highly contagious variants of coronavirus are now present in the country, as Africa’s worst-hit nation prepares for a possible new onslaught of cases.Officials from the National Institute for Communicable ...
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Fifteen Killed in Landslide at Guinea Gold Mine

A landslide at an artisanal gold mine has killed at least 15 people in northeastern Guinea, the government said on Sunday. The disaster took place on Saturday in remote Siguiri province, 800 km (500 miles) from the capital Conakry. The zone holds some ...
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EU Calls on US, Others to Export Their COVID-19 Vaccines

PORTO, PORTUGAL - The European Commission called on the United States and other major COVID-19 vaccine producers Friday to export what they make, as the European Union does, rather than talk about waiving intellectual property (IP) rights to the shots....
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African Activists Welcome US Support of COVID Vaccine Waiver

JOHANNESBURG - African nations have welcomed news that the U.S. supports a proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines. But, they warn, the road ahead is long and full of obstacles.Health experts and activists say the deci...
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UN Gives $65 Million in Aid to Ethiopia, Tigray

The United Nations is disbursing $65 million for humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, $40 million of which will go to the aid operation in the northern Tigray region.“Ethiopian lives and livelihoods are being destroyed by drought, and children are suffering...
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Africa Risks Resurgence of Coronavirus, WHO Warns

African countries risk a new wave of coronavirus infections because of the slow rollout of life-saving vaccines and the circulation of new variants, the World Health Organization warns. The WHO reports the epidemic curve in Africa has plateaued for six...
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Mali Woman Gives Birth to 9 Babies, Government Says

A Malian woman gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco on Tuesday, and all nine babies are "doing well," her government said, although Moroccan authorities had yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case. Mali's government flew 25-year-old Halima...
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US Weighs Loosening Vaccine Patents to Help Global COVID Fight

WASHINGTON - Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in India and other parts of the world, the United States remains noncommittal on an October 2020 proposal by India and South Africa to waive certain provisions of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on T...
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