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The toxic cocktail that fuels South Africa’s xenophobia

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A witch’s brew of unemployment, inequality and poverty, mixed with South Africa’s violent past, are to blame for attacks on foreigners that so tarnished the country’s image last month, experts say. The deadly assaults rocked South Africa’s relations with its neighbours but especially with Nigeria, …

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Five things to watch for in Russian polls

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russians vote in local and regional elections on Sunday. Here are five things to watch for during the elections that will take place in each of the country’s 85 regions. – How the Kremlin fares  –  Gubernatorial elections will take place in 16 regions. Elections to …

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13.8 million Ugandans at risk of old age poverty-URBRA

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority-URBRA says up to 13.8 million people in Uganda are at risks of old age poverty in Uganda. The authority based its computation on the 2014 census data. The census found that there are 935,000 older persons in Uganda. …

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Museveni faults leaders over biting poverty in Karamoja

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has challenged the leadership of Karamoja over the biting poverty in the region. While commissioning Moroto Bus Terminal this afternoon, Museveni tasked the leaders to wake up the population to adopt to new technologies like modern agriculture to get out of poverty. …

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Kabaka Mutebi decries poverty levels

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has challenged leaders in the country to bring an end to poverty. This is contained in his Easter message to Ugandans. “Whenever we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we remember our deliverance in every situation. This …

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Deaths highlight children’s plight in migrant surge to US

Nentón, Guatemala | AFP | The death of two Guatemalan children in the United States within weeks of each other has highlighted why there are so many children among Central American migrants heading north: smugglers tell them families have a better chance of being allowed in by US border guards, …

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Zimbabwe’s economic crisis wipes out Christmas cheer

Chinamhora, Zimbabwe | AFP | At Solomon Chakauya’s grocery store in Zimbabwe’s Chinamhora district outside Harare, there’s no sign of the seasonal Christmas rush that he needs to keep his business afloat. Even in the country’s toughest times, sales rocketed in the days before Christmas, but this year few people …

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Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | One of Nigeria’s leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence. More than 27,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in the country’s remote northeast …

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