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Empowering Teenage Girls in a Traditional Village and Across Morocco

DOUAR LAADAM, Morocco — In a tiny Moroccan village on the outskirts of Marrakesh, dozens of teenage girls wrapped up a session of after-school activities by shouting affirmations: “I am strong! I am smart! I am capable!” they cried out. “I am a leader! I am a feminist!” Such a scene might be unremarkable in the West. But it is extraordinary for this Muslim-majority country in North Africa, especially in Douar Laadam, a poor, semirural village where many teenage girls…

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Sadc demands end to sanctions on Zimbabwe

The 38th Sadc Summit of Heads of State and Government ended yesterday with a call for the international community to lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe. The call by Sadc, contained in a communique, comes after the United States renewed its economic embargo on Zimbabwe on August 8, despite significant strides by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration to entrench democracy, open up the economy, respect human rights, and hold free, fair, transparent and credible elections. SADC said: “Summit urged the international community…

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Robot wars: China shows off automated doctors, teachers…

By 2020, China is aiming for half of the industrial robots sold in the country to be made by Chinese companies, up from 27 percent currently — with a target of 70 percent by 2025 Robots that can diagnose diseases, play badminton and wow audiences with their musical skills are among the machines China hopes could revolutionise its economy, with visitors to a Beijing exhibition offered a glimpse of an automated future. The popular stars of this year’s World Robot…

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Sierra Leone launches Free Quality Education for School going children

Freetown, 20 August 2018: Over 1.5 million school children are expected to benefit from the Free Quality School Education initiative at the start of the school year September. This flagship initiative, launched today as part of the new Government’s initiative under the leadership of HE President Julius Maada Bio, will ensure increased access to government-assisted schools for all children from pre-primary to senior secondary levels across the country. With support from donor partners including UK Aid, World Bank, Irish Aid,…

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India battered by fresh storms after days of rain left more than 300 people dead and 300k homeless

India battered by fresh storms after days of rain left more than 300 people dead and 300,000 homeless Prime Minster Narendra Modi yesterday flew over the most severely hit areas 300,000 have been left homeless and more than 300 have died in the floods Troops have been brought in to aid the rescue effort, with helicopters and boats helping to evacuate victims By Jonathan Bucks For The Mail On Sunday Published: 19:56 EDT, 18 August 2018 | Updated: 19:57 EDT, 18…

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2019 will be walkover for APC – Lai Mohammed :: Bestnaira.com

  Sat Aug 18th, 2018 – Benue   … Explains why he’ll not contest election in Kwara…gives reason herdsmen/farmers clash has reduced…says fake news, hate speech threat to 2019 polls Lai Mohammed By Emanuel Elebeke Ilorin – Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed has boasted that 2019 general elections would be a walkover for the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. The minister made the claim at a live programme when he visited the NTA network station, ilorin on…

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Sierra Leone: A honeymoon or challenging times? The new government of President Julius Maada Bio

President Julius Maada Bio [Commentary] In a country where the 2018 Parliamentary and Presidential elections were considered the “most consequential elections in the history of Sierra Leone”, no one could have guessed what the outcome would be after swearing-in of the new President, H.E. Julius Maada Bio, moments after the final results were announced as a result of extreme and unprecedented pressures from the peoples of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Diaspora and their friends, as well as foreign election…

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Use AI to fight poverty, hunger and displacement

This applies to any technology that brings with it a degree of freedom that is swaddled in new kinds of malaise. Artificial Intelligence (AI) notoriously evokes extreme reactions. The skeptics’ camp conjures up a dark vision of the human race outdone by an army of intelligent droids in auto-cruise mode, eventually programing themselves to seize control of planet Earth. The opposing camp consists of AI radicals who paint a rosy picture of humanity attaining enlightenment once it is…

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Man regains freedom two years after being in prison custody

A young man said to be in his late thirties identified as Mr. Chidiebere Onwumere, an indigene of Osisioma LGA has reportedly regained his freedom after two years of being behind bars at the Afara Prison facility in Umuahia, the Abia State capital. Our correspondent gathered that Onwumere who regained freedom within the week was accused of killing his neighbor, late Uzochi Chinyere who lives in same compound with the accused. Narrating his ordeal after his release from Nigerian prisons…

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Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Islamabad – Pakistan’s new government led by prime minister Imran Khan faces myriad challenges. The cricketing icon turned politician will have to make hard choices, and quickly. Here is a rundown of the biggest hurdles Pakistan is facing: Economy Analysts have warned the new government will have to act fast as the country teeters on the verge of a balance-of-payments crisis. Khan’s likely new finance minister, Asad Umar, has said they will decide by the end of September whether or…

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EFCC Goes After Saraki, Gov. Ahmed Over N7Billion Bond

<!– –> <!– –> The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and the Accountant-General of the state over how a N17billion bond secured by the State Government was spent. The anti-graft agency suspects that part of the funds may have been diverted into private use.The bond was intended to cover 13 projects and loan refinancing package during the tenures of Saraki as governor and Ahmed, his successor. The…

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Five Biggest Challenges New Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Faces

Islamabad, Pakistan:  Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician, today took oath as Pakistan’s Prime Minister at the swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad. Pakistan’s new government led by their new prime minister faces myriad challenges. The World Cup winning captain will have to make hard choices, and quickly. Here is a rundown of the biggest hurdles Pakistan is facing: Economy Analysts have warned the new government will have to act fast as the country teeters on the verge of a balance-of-payments crisis. Khan’s likely new…

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When will the youth internship programmes be implemented?

The promise:More than eight years ago as the ruling NRM sought to earn the party chairman, Mr Museveni, a fourth term in office, the party released a manifesto in which it committed itself to partially addressing the unemployment question by enabling youth internship programmes to come into play.“The NRM government shall encourage internships for youth at various tertiary institutions. The main objective of this programme is to enable students acquire hands-on experience and make them more relevant to potential employers,”…

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Railways moot freight corridor between Vijayawada and Kharagpur | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Indian Railways has mooted a plan for a third freight corridor in the country, linking Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh with Kharagpur in West Bengal. The proposed corridor, if it gets a go ahead from the Union finance ministry in next budget, is likely to give an impetus to export of petroleum products, food grain and other commodities from the capital region of AP. Comparing with other modes of transport, railways is cheaper per unit (every 10 km) for bulk…

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N17b bond: EFCC probes Saraki, Kwara gov, AG

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and the Accountant-General of the state over how a N17billion bond secured by the State Government was spent. The anti-graft agency suspects that part of the funds may have been diverted  into private use. The bond was intended to cover 13 projects and loan refinancing package during the tenures of Saraki as governor and Ahmed,his successor. The investigation is digging into what has become…

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