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Angelique Kidjo, Peter Buffett Release Song to Support African Girls

New York, N.Y.  I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years.  I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo following the U.N. Day Concert back in October of last year (here).  Both musicians have been on my radar because I cover Thought Leaders and Global Citizens – and they represent everything […]

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Ebola: WHO Announces Possible ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Washington, D.C.  Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to […]

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Obama Seeks to Empower Youth, Strengthen Partnerships in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama is in East Africa for his fourth trip to the continent.  This week-end, he’ll meet with the leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia, and will address the African Union. Kenyans holding U.S. flag celebrate in the streets after hearing President Barack Obama has arrived in Nairobi, July 24, 2015. Photo: Aru Pande / […]

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Post-Ebola Liberia’s School Systems Recover with UNICEF Learning Kits

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing the first batches of 700,000 teaching and learning kits to thousands of schools across Liberia, where last year’s Ebola outbreak disrupted the education of over one million children. UNICEF will be distributing these teaching and learning materials to over 700,000 children across Liberia […]

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U.N. Urges Kenya to Reconsider Displacing 350,000 Refugees

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency today urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camps, a decision that would require some 350,000 Somalis to return to their country and would cause “extreme” humanitarian consequences. A group of displaced Somali women residing at the Ifo […]

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As Ebola Slows, Social Life in Liberia Ramps Up

Monrovia, Liberia.  Five months ago at the height of the Ebola crisis, social life in Liberia was at a standstill, as people tried to avoid touching to keep themselves from catching the deadly virus.  With new Ebola cases now down to zero, Liberians have returned to popular beaches and nightclubs. People are glad social life […]

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Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Monrovia, Liberia.  A Liberian health ministry official said the country will continue to observe all Ebola preventive protocols and regulations until it achieves “zero infections.” This came as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Sunday ordered the lifting of the nationwide Ebola curfew put in place in August to prevent the further spread of the virus. Liberian […]

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Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

New York, N.Y.  People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the world body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons […]

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Herba-Lite: Pot for the Middle Aged!

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China Plans for Mainland Police in H.K. Rail Station Spark Controversy

European Border Restrictions on Refugees Violate Human Rights