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OPEC meets as Trump calls for oil taps to be kept on

6 December 2018 

OPEC members and other oil-producing countries gather in Vienna on Thursday to discuss cutting output to prop up prices, as United States President Donald Trump urged them to keep the faucets open.

Oil ministers from 20 or so countries busily criss-crossed the Austrian capital on Wednesday for preparatory negotiations ahead of the two-day meet at the headquarters of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

6 December 2018 

The French government, under pressure from weeks of “yellow vest” protests over rising living costs, on Wednesday scrapped all planned fuel tax hikes for 2019 and appealed for calm.

An increase scheduled for January 1, was “scrapped for the year 2019” in its entirety, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy announced on BFM TV, in an about-turn for the government.

The presidency, meanwhile, warned of possible violence during a new round of protests planned for Saturday in Paris and elsewhere in the country.
 

NGOs Continue Adopting Technological Approaches in their Duties

The latest 2018 Global NGO Technology Report indicates that Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have increased to employ different technological approaches in their operations.

A Non-profit Tech for Good and non-profit operator of the .org domain, Public Interest Registry released the report. Public Interest Registry surveyed 164 different countries from Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and North America.

25 Global Trends in Giving That Nonprofits Need to Know

6,057 donors completed the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey and based on their responses, the donor community worldwide is made up of primarily women (65%) who have a liberal ideology (53%), characterize themselves as religious (72%), and give between ($101-$1,000 USD) annually (43%). These donors are most likely to support the causes of children and youth (15%), health and wellness (11%), and animals and wildlife (11%).
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Zim doctors on strike for better work conditions and foreign cash

3 December 2018 

Doctors in Zimbabwe went on strike on Monday in protest over poor working conditions and have also demanded that the government pay their salaries in foreign currency.

The strike is the second in as many months by junior doctors, with the latest strike coming against the backdrop of a recent cholera outbreak. The latest case of cholera was recorded last week in Mount Darwin, with at least three deaths confirmed by health officials.

Libya to launch vaccine campaign after shortages

6 December 2018 

Libya is set to launch a campaign overseen by the World Health Organisation to vaccinate more than 2.7 million children after months of shortages, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The "national immunisation campaign", organised with the United Nations children fund Unicef, is expected to begin on Saturday, Libya's WHO representative Jaafar Hassan told a press conference.

The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has faced major difficulties with its vaccine supply, over which the state has a monopoly.
 

Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

6 December 2018 

A defiant Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened to develop nuclear missiles banned under a treaty with the United States after Washington gave Moscow a deadline to comply with the key arms control agreement.

The latest spike in tensions came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would withdraw from a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms within 60 days if Russia does not dismantle missiles that the US claims breach the deal.

Angola president holds unprecedented talks with civic groups

5 November 2018 

Angolan President Joao Lourenco, elected last year as the country's first new leader in nearly four decades, met civic groups on Tuesday in unprecedented talks as part of his reforms.

The meeting was marred by presidential staff refusing entry of investigative journalist Rafael Marques who was critical of Lourenco's predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos during his 38-year rule.

Marques said later he been invited to a private meeting with Lourenco on Wednesday in what he called a sign of "good will".

Receding Malawi lake lays bare cost of climate change

27 November 2018 

Just four months ago, the fishing harbour at Kachulu on the western shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi was bustling with fishermen and traders haggling over the catch of the day.

Today hundreds of fishing boats sit marooned on cracked, dry mud as vultures fly above the shores of the once productive fishing zone 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of the southern African country's old capital Zomba.

Regional SADC force ends Lesotho mission

28 November 2018 

At least 200 soldiers deployed a year ago to bolster security in Lesotho after the killing of the country's top army commander have left the landlocked kingdom, an official said on Wednesday.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional bloc, deployed a force after Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead in barracks by officers from a perceived rival faction.

The shootout occurred two months after elections and rocked hopes of ushering in a new era of stability in the volatile country.

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