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Nairobi’s slum residents pay a high price for low quality services

About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in a slum. Shutterstock/John Wollwerth Debabrata Talukdar, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in slums. Nairobi even hosts one of the largest slums in Africa, Kibera. In Kenya, settlements are classified into two types: informal (or, slum) and formal (or, regular) ...

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Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing. EPA-EFE/Andy Wong (Pool) Yu-Shan Wu, University of the Witwatersrand; Chris Alden, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Cobus van Staden, South African Institute of International Affairs The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was ...

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How the Ugandan media has borne the brunt of censorship for decades

Uganda has a long history of media censorship under President Yoweri Museveni. Ian Langsdon/EPA Geoffrey Ssenoga, Uganda Christian University The world watched in outrage recently as Reuters photojournalist, James Akena, was clobbered by three soldiers on the streets of Uganda’s capital Kampala in full view of television cameras. Akena was covering the demonstrations for the release of Robert Kyagulanyi, a ...

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Wedding Limousine Crash Leaves 20 Dead

Twenty people were killed in a limousine crash in Schoharie County, New York, police have confirmed. According to local media, the vehicle sped down a hill and crashed into bystanders in the rural county; however two vehicles are said to be involved. Witnesses at the scene said several bodies could be seen on the ground. The Times Union reports that ...

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Plane Crashes Into Sea After Overshooting Runway

A plane carrying dozens of people sunk into the sea after the aircraft came off the end of the runway at Chuuk Airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia. The Air Niugini passenger aircraft overshot the runway as it came into land and crashed into the water. Dramatic pictures shared on social media show the Boeing 737 partially submerged with ...

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The world’s major powers must not ignore Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

Cameroon is in crisis. It needs an intervention. Shutterstock Julius A. Amin, University of Dayton Cameroon’s Anglophone region is rapidly becoming a no-go zone. Thousands of residents fled to the country’s French speaking cities of Douala, Yaoundé, and Bafoussam, during August and September, anticipating more bloodshed before the country’s October presidential elections. English-speaking Cameroon makes up roughly 20% of the ...

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The next cold war? US-China trade war risks something worse

There’s a chill in the air these days. AP Photo/Andy Wong Charles Hankla, Georgia State University President Donald Trump is making good on his pledge to escalate the trade war with China by imposing tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese goods. The Chinese government, for its part, is already retaliating with new taxes on $60 billion of American imports. If ...

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UN Laughs At Donald Trump

United Nations delegates openly laughed at Donald Trump during his keynote speech to the General Assembly. The humiliating moment came just moments into his big speech in New York City. He claimed: “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” As laughter started to bubble through the crowd, ...

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Trade War: China Says U.S. Putting ‘Knife To Its Neck’

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday it is difficult to proceed with trade talks with the United States while Washington is putting “a knife to China’s neck”, a day after both sides heaped fresh tariffs on each other’s goods. When the talks can restart would depend on the “will” of the United States, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said ...

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When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry – and baby girl survival rates in India fall

Gold jewellery has traditionally been central to dowries in India. witty234/Shutterstock Sonia Bhalotra, University of Essex When world gold prices go up, fewer girl babies in India survive the first month of life, according to our new research. My colleagues and I suggest that this is linked to gold often being part of bridal dowries in India – so when ...

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