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In an ambitious mission to cut plastic pollution in the top 30 most affected countries, the Plastic Odyssey is ready to set sail from Marseille on 1 October. It will be a three-year expedition to South-East Asia, Africa and South America; training hundreds of people to recycle waste into useful objects Simon Bernard is a co-founder of Plastic Odyssey. “We’ll be making 30 stops in Africa, South America and South-East Asia,” he says. “And the aim is to train 300 recycling entrepreneurs who will be able to set up micro-factories and process waste before it ends up in the ocean.”…

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A strike by air traffic controllers at several African airports, has been suspended after unions said they had received guarantees on their demands. The planned 48-hour action was initiated by the Union of Air Traffic Controllers’ Unions of Asecna (USYCAA). The Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (Asecna) has 18 member states, mainly from French-speaking Africa. The strike began on Friday and has caused massive disruption. Ethiopian Airlines’ station manager in Abidjan, Narcisse Lagou, said: “We are forced to divert our planes, cancel flights, and [inform] our passengers. All commercial operations are suspended. The inconvenience is…

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Mali’s interim prime minister poured damning criticism on France at the UN on Saturday, saying they were “stabbed in the back” when the French military withdrew from the country. Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga said Mali felt abandoned in its fight against terrorism. “The world will remember that, after being abandoned in mid-air on 10 June 2021 by France’s unilateral decision to withdraw the Barkhane force from Mali, my country was then stabbed in the back by the French authorities,” said Maïga. “In view of the seriousness of the acts committed by the French junta, Mali, in its letter dated 15 August 2022,…

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Viola Davis brought her empowering drama “The Woman King” to the Toronto International Film Festival, Friday (9 September 2022), for the film’s world premiere. Davis stars as an African warrior named Nanisca, with Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and Sheila Atim co-starring as fellow soldiers. As she was walking into the screening, Davis spoke briefly about taking on the role. “It feels right. It feels like it made my life. It feels like my coming feels like it’s my coming out party. It’s my debutante ball. I always knew I was Nanisca,” Davis said. Drawing from the real history of the…

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Two days after his mother’s death elevated him to the throne, King Charles III was officially proclaimed Britain’s monarch Saturday in a pomp-filled ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism – and, for the first time, broadcast live online and on air. Charles, who spent seven decades as heir apparent, automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday. But the accession ceremony was a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country, a relic of a time before mass communications. This is the first time the accession ceremony has been…

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A court on Friday quashed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s suspension of South Africa’s public protector a day after she launched a probe into a burglary at his farmhouse, calling the move “improper”. The Western Cape High Court said the “hurried nature” of the suspension of Busisiwe Mkhwebane suggested it “may have been retaliatory” and thus unlawful. “The decision of the applicant to investigate the President … prompted the President not to wait a day more and to immediately suspend her,” the judges wrote. Rampahosa suspended Mkhwebane in June shortly after she sent him questions over the alleged cover up of a…

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https://youtu.be/NX98mbAbrqk Credit to AFP. Around 730 children have died in nutrition centers across Somalia since January, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning the true figure could be much higher, with the country nearing famine. Millions of people are at risk of starvation across the Horn of Africa, which is in the grip of the worst drought in four decades after four failed rainy seasons wiped out livestock and crops. “Malnutrition has reached an unprecedented level,” said Wafaa Saeed, the Somalia representative for the UN children’s agency UNICEF. “Around 730 children are reported to have died in nutrition centers across the…

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https://youtu.be/hM9rMWOizC0 The most powerful typhoon to hit South Korea in years battered its southern region Tuesday, dumping almost a meter (3 feet) of rain, destroying roads and felling power lines, leaving 20,000 homes without electricity as thousands of people fled to safer ground. AMN Reporters.

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At least one person was killed in the eastern Congolese city of Beni on Tuesday when shots were fired during another protest against the United Nations’ MONUSCO peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a police spokesperson said. In a climate of anti-UN sentiment in the country, motorcyclists pelted a column of peacekeepers’ vehicles and prevented their progress. The peacekeepers returned fire to clear a path. “Unfortunately, a stray bullet hit a driver who died,” police spokesman Nasson Murara in Beni (North Kivu, east) told AFP. An investigation is being conducted by officers of the judicial police to “identify…

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