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New report outlines a “Political Agenda for Peace” in Africa

The World Peace Foundation has outlined a bold new vision for the African Union to prevent and resolve armed conflicts. In an independent new report titled “African Politics, African Peace” the foundation argues that the African Union should reinvest in the politics of conflict prevention and mediation and ensure that all military peace support operations are designed with clear political leadership.

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Why the International AIDS Conference still matters

In the lead-up to last week's International AIDS Conference in Durban, Professor Mzi Nduna of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Department of Psychology spoke to The Conversation Africa about why she disagrees with those who criticise such conferences as little more than 'talk shops'.

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Anger, mourning in Afghanistan after Kabul suicide attack

Members of Afghanistan's Hazara minority began the task of burying more than 80 people killed in Saturday's suicide attack in Kabul with many blaming political leaders for security failures that led to the massacre.

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How does South Sudan move forward?

Although a ceasefire between rival forces in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, is largely holding, the underlying tensions that led to five days of deadly violence earlier this month remains unaddressed. So what happens next?

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Fear grows as Turkey introduces state of emergency

Turkey's state of emergency, accompanied by the government's extensive purges, has deepened divisions among government supporters and critics in the wake of the failed coup.

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President Obama takes 'victory lap' at global development summit

Against a background of one of the most divisive US elections in recent memories, President Obama has spoken on the importance of maintaining continuity in US aid throughout the next administration, at a development summit that officials billed as one part “celebration” and one part “recommitment.”

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Deal on cutting greenhouse gases in sight for this year - Vienna delegates

A global agreement on cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - potent greenhouse gases used in aerosols, refrigerants and air conditioning - seems within grasp, delegates said on Sunday after ten days of talks on climate change in Vienna. If successful, it would be the biggest single measure to limit global warming since governments adopted the Paris Agreement last December.

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Press release: Leaders coalition on West Papua is courageous, says PIANGO

Pacific Islands Association of NGOs executive director says that the formation of a Pacific Leaders Coalition on West Papua is indicative of the rising wave of regional support for the aspirations of Papuans for self-determination and ending human rights violations suffered.

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Forests: To farm or not to farm? That is the question

The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world’s steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt - and further revert - the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as it is for ensuring their dietary needs.

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The P20 Initiative: data to leave no one behind

Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals have brought us a global commitment to end extreme poverty and ensure no one is left behind - but to achieve this, we need better data on those who need help the most. The P20 initiative aims to remedy this by focusing on the people who are in the poorest 20% globally, tracking their progress and improving information about their lives.

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