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‘Digital Divide’ hits rural Black Americans hardest

‘Digital Divide’ hits rural Black Americans hardest

The lack of internet access in the United States is particularly pronounced in rural, southern areas with higher Black populations, researchers said Wednesday amid a battle in Congress over how to close the digital divide. African Americans across rural counties in 10 mostly southern states were nearly twice as likely to report not having home internet […]

EU Court Annuls Morocco Trade Agreement Over Western Sahara

EU Court Annuls Morocco Trade Agreement Over Western Sahara

The EU Court ruled the North African country did not have the consent of the people of Western Sahara required for the now-cancelled fisheries and agricultural treaties. The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday said it has cancelled two agricultural trade agreements with Morocco concerning the disputed Western Sahara region, saying the […]

In Indian Mining Hub, Farmers Bring Polluted Land Back To Life

In Indian Mining Hub, Farmers Bring Polluted Land Back To Life

For years, Indian farmer Chape Hanumaiya struggled to grow anything on his tiny plot of land – it was caked in the thick, red dust drifting from the iron ore mines that surrounded it. But today, Hanumaiya and his wife are about to harvest pearl millet and sesame crops thanks to a pilot project that […]

‘Unprecedented Funding Gap’ for 7 Million Facing Hunger in Ethiopia

‘Unprecedented Funding Gap’ for 7 Million Facing Hunger in Ethiopia

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing an unprecedented funding gap of $426 million for its operation in Ethiopia, as the UN agency ramps up delivery to meet the needs of up to 12 million people this year. This month, WFP started delivering emergency assistance to communities in regions bordering war-torn Tigray. So far, the […]

New Law Will Make Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Attractive to Investors

New Law Will Make Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Attractive to Investors

Nigeria’s journey to the Petroleum Industry Act started in 2000 under President Olusegun Obasanjo, who inaugurated an oil and gas sector reform implementation committee. The committee’s report formed the basis of the first Petroleum Industry Bill eight years later. It was submitted to the National Assembly but not passed. Nor was it passed under the next president, Goodluck Jonathan. […]

FDA Authorizes Extra Covid-19 Vaccine Dose For Those With Weakened Immune Systems

FDA Authorizes Extra Covid-19 Vaccine Dose For Those With Weakened Immune Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday night approved a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna for people with compromised immune systems, in a move that will likely enhance protection for vulnerable individuals at a time when the more infectious delta variant continues to spread all over the […]

Are Digital Health Passports A Good Idea?

Are Digital Health Passports A Good Idea?

The European Union launched on Thursday a COVID-19 vaccine passport system to ease travel across the 27-nation bloc and kickstart tourism at the start of the summer season. As vaccination campaigns progress across the continent, governments have been exploring how documents, mostly digital, could help reopen borders by identifying people who are protected against the […]

Women Find Helping Hand To Break Into Tech Jobs In Germany

Women Find Helping Hand To Break Into Tech Jobs In Germany

If you’re a woman from an ethnic minority group hoping to land a job in Germany’s tech sector, you might want to rethink your CV. As firms use Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to filter job applications, the mention of a foreign school or maternity leave could trigger automatic rejection, according to FrauenLoop, a non-profit aiming to […]

Migrant Workers Face Tough Quarantine In Thailand As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Migrant Workers Face Tough Quarantine In Thailand As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Forced to quarantine at his factory as COVID-19 cases surge in Thailand, migrant worker Hein Thet Zaw has spent the last 10 days sleeping in a tent, trying to ward off hunger with meagre supplies of rice and boiled eggs. “Burmese workers eat a lot of rice, but what we get here is a small […]

Pandemic Surge In European House Prices Raises Fears Of New Bubble

Pandemic Surge In European House Prices Raises Fears Of New Bubble

If Sweden’s government gets its way, Bromma airport on the western edge of Stockholm will shut down and be used to build around 30,000 new homes, helping to ease a housing shortage that has sent prices in the capital soaring. Sweden is not alone in seeking innovative ways to boost the supply of housing and, […]

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