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Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless mediaeval manuscripts

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | They recount tales of Viking raids, Norse history, kings and gods: a priceless collection of mediaeval manuscripts, bequeathed by an Icelandic scholar to the University of Copenhagen in the 18th century, that Iceland now wants back. The UN cultural organisation UNESCO has called them “the single …

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King Oyo calls for an end to teenage pregnancy

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The King of Tooro Kingdom, Oyo Nyimba Rukidi IV, has warned that Uganda’s future is lost due to teenage pregnancies.  Oyo, who was speaking at Reach a Hand Uganda –RAHU’s fifth Inter-Generational Dialogue –IGD on Tuesday at Serena Hotel, called for an end to teenage …

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High-stakes conflict threatens DR Congo gorillas

KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK, DR Congo | AFP | Aged almost 17 years, Bonane is an eastern lowland gorilla, a survivor in a critically endangered species reduced to about 250 members in DR Congo’s Kahuzi-Biega National Park. For an hour each day, the gorilla and his dozen-strong family host a handful of …

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Teenager struggling to raise baby conceived through rape

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | It is a bright Saturday afternoon; Elian Asio (not real names) sits under a tree holding her nine-month old-baby. The baby is shivering with fever and cough. The 16-year-old, Asio says she doesn’t have money to take her to hospital for treatment. Asked why the …

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UNESCO urges govt’s to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers

Sandton, South Africa | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations Cultural Organization-UNESCO has urged countries to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers because it is not practical.   The agency’s HIV and Health Education Advisor for Eastern and Southern African (ESA) Patricia Machawira, said a majority of the teenagers are sexually active, adding …

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Swiss specialities: chocolate, cheese and … wine?

Rivaz, Switzerland | AFP |  When foreigners think of Swiss specialities that might excite their taste buds, world-renowned chocolate and cheese likely come to mind. Swiss wine? Not so much. But the global reputation of Switzerland’s winemakers may be set for a boost, backed by a new export promotion strategy …

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Birthplace of Jesus removed from list of heritage sites in danger

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations’ cultural agency-UNESCO, has announced that it was removing the place that is officially recognized as the Birthplace of Jesus, from its List of World Heritage in Danger – crediting extensive restorative work on Bethlehem’s Nativity Church, in Palestine. The World Heritage …

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Uganda becomes member of Folklore festivals and arts organisation

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has officially become a member of International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts – CIOFF. This was announced by CIOFF Africa President, Prince Isaac Yamekue from Cameroon on Sunday during the showcasing and filming representatives of Uganda’s folklore heritage at Gardens …

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Behind the Good Country Index

Simon Anholt the co-founder of the Good Country Index has since 2014 been challenging governments around the world to harmonize their domestic with international responsibilities by cooperating and collaborating more without necessarily losing their competitive edge. He shared his views with The Independent’s Ronald Musoke in an email interview What …

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