Aug 072014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is shocked and dismayed by reports of the killing of at least six humanitarian workers from various non-governmental organizations in Maban County, South Sudan, since 4 August. “The targeting of humanitarian workers in Bunj, the county capital, must [...]

Aug 072014
 
Freelance journalist in hiding over reports on South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety of a freelance journalist who has been in hiding since late July. Abraham Agoth told CPJ that he fled his home in the northern state of Bahr el Ghazal on July [...]

Aug 072014
 
Freelance journalist in hiding over reports on South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety of a freelance journalist who has been in hiding since late July. Abraham Agoth told CPJ that he fled his home in the northern state of Bahr el Ghazal on July [...]

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Aug 072014
 
FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July / Falling grain, oilseed and dairy prices push index to lowest level since January 2014

ROME, Italy, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The FAO Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities. Based on the prices of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities, the [...]

Aug 072014
 
Bags2Bulk Project Will Enhance Zambia's Food Security Through Improved Grain Storage and Reduced Post-Harvest Losses

LUSAKA, Zambia, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — AGCO (Your Agriculture Company, NYSE:AGCO) (http://www.agcocorp.com), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has launched a partnership with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation (a US Agency for International Development-funded program) to reduce post-maize harvest losses and improve grain handling in Zambia. Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/agco.jpg Photo [...]

Aug 072014
 
MALAWI TO HOST VISIT BY SECURITY COUNCIL'S 1540 COMMITTEE, 6-8 AUGUST

NEW YORK, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In May 2014, Malawi invited the Security Council’s 1540 Committee and the 1540 Experts to a country visit to discuss the implementation of resolution 1540 and to receive assistance in the drafting of its national 1540 report. The country visit follows the United Nations Regional Centre [...]

Aug 072014
 
Infrastructure spending to more than double to $9 trillion annually by 2025

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Global capital project and infrastructure spending is expected to grow to more than $9 trillion annually by 2025, up from $4 trillion in 2012, according to a new report issued by PwC (http://www.pwc.com), ‘Capital project and infrastructure spending: Outlook to 2025′. Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/pwc.png Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1280 (Jonathan [...]

Aug 072014
 
Attack against Aid Workers in Maban County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan

WASHINGTON, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 6, 2014 The United States strongly condemns the recent reports of targeted and deliberate killings of six humanitarian aid workers in Maban County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. The people of South Sudan are paying a horrific [...]

Aug 072014
 
IPU calls for respect of parliamentary immunity and freedom of expression of DRC MPs

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is deeply concerned by the arrest and detention of DRC opposition MP, Mr. Jean-Bertrand Ewanga, in light of serious allegations that they violate his parliamentary immunity and freedom of expression. IPU is calling for the DRC authorities and the newly established Constitutional [...]

Aug 072014
 
Uganda : The Anti-Homosexuality act declared illegal / An important first step but rights protection must be guaranteed

PARIS, France, August 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On Friday 1 August 2014 , Uganda’s Constitutional Court annulled the discriminatory Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 20 December 2013 and signed into law by President Museveni on 24 February 2014. The judges ruled on procedural grounds, finding that the text had [...]

Aug 062014
 
WHO to convene ethical review of experimental treatment for Ebola

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 6, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Early next week, the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Currently there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but there are several experimental [...]

Aug 062014
 
UN Representative for Somalia welcomes Himan and Heeb signing of intent to form new administration in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 6, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, welcomed the addition of Himan and Heeb as a signatory to an agreement in principle to form a regional administration in central Somalia. Parties to the agreement, initially signed by other stakeholders on 30 [...]