Ramaphosa says three million South Africans fully vaccinated against coronavirus, 7.5 million shots administered and 5.66 million doses received from U.S.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday disclosed that around three million South Africans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from about 7.5 million shots administered nationwide. An average of 220,000 people are vaccinated in South Africa every day, he said.

US aid chief Samantha Power meets with Sudanese leaders, democracy activists in Khartoum

US aid chief Samantha Power on Sunday met with Sudanese leaders and democracy activists in Khartoum on the second day of her visit to Sudan.

Biden dispatches top diplomat Victoria Nuland to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Niger to meet with 3 presidents, strengthen ties

U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger from July 31 to August 6, the department announced on Sunday.

In an hour-long phone call, Biden’s National Security Advisor tells President of Tunisia to “rapidly” form new government led by “capable” prime minister

President Joseph R. Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Saturday spoke with President Kais Saied of Tunisia and urged him to "rapidly" form a new government led by a "capable" prime minister.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power visits Sudan ahead of tumultuous stop in Ethiopia

Power on Saturday began a multi-day trip to Sudan to strengthen the U.S. Government’s partnership with Sudan’s transitional leaders and the Sudanese people in building a new government and forging democratic institutions following the 2019 revolution that overthrew the regime led by former President Omar Al Bashir—a government responsible for nearly three decades of atrocities against the Sudanese people and systematic corruption.

Ramaphosa says three million South Africans fully vaccinated against coronavirus, 7.5 million shots administered and 5.66 million doses received from U.S.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday disclosed that around three million South Africans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from about 7.5 million shots administered nationwide. An average of 220,000 people are vaccinated in South Africa every day, he said.

US aid chief Samantha Power meets with Sudanese leaders, democracy activists in Khartoum

US aid chief Samantha Power on Sunday met with Sudanese leaders and democracy activists in Khartoum on the second day of her visit to Sudan.

Biden dispatches top diplomat Victoria Nuland to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Niger to meet with 3 presidents, strengthen ties

U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger from July 31 to August 6, the department announced on Sunday.

In an hour-long phone call, Biden’s National Security Advisor tells President of Tunisia to “rapidly” form new government led by “capable” prime minister

President Joseph R. Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Saturday spoke with President Kais Saied of Tunisia and urged him to "rapidly" form a new government led by a "capable" prime minister.

Biden dispatches top diplomat Victoria Nuland to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Niger to meet with 3 presidents, strengthen ties

U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger from July 31 to August 6, the department announced on Sunday.

Commonwealth “closely monitoring” Twitter ban and allegations of “repression in Nigeria”

Commonwealth is “closely monitoring developments around suspension of Twitter, and allegations of repression of the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, media freedom, as well as disregard for the rule of law in Nigeria.”

In an hour-long phone call, Biden’s National Security Advisor tells President of Tunisia to “rapidly” form new government led by “capable” prime minister

President Joseph R. Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Saturday spoke with President Kais Saied of Tunisia and urged him to "rapidly" form a new government led by a "capable" prime minister.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power visits Sudan ahead of tumultuous stop in Ethiopia

Power on Saturday began a multi-day trip to Sudan to strengthen the U.S. Government’s partnership with Sudan’s transitional leaders and the Sudanese people in building a new government and forging democratic institutions following the 2019 revolution that overthrew the regime led by former President Omar Al Bashir—a government responsible for nearly three decades of atrocities against the Sudanese people and systematic corruption.

As COVID-19 deaths skyrocket in Africa by 80 percent, global anxiety and outrage surge over unfair distribution of vaccines to developing nations

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Mali girls’ basketball coach Amadou Bamba indicted for sexual assault

Human Rights Watch said on Friday that the Malian authorities’ arrest and indictment of a coach accused of sexual harassment and assault of teenage female basketball players is an important step for protecting children and women athletes from abuse.

Remarks by Administrator Samantha Power at the Swearing-in Ceremony for Incoming USAID Mission Director for Liberia Jim Wright

Our Mission Directors enthusiastically apply for demanding jobs and I know personally that the demands fall on family as well, so I’m glad I was able to meet Jim’s family who is here with us this morning. 

Remarks by President Biden at Meeting with Cuban American Leaders

community, and Senator Menendez, Senator [Congressman] Meeks to discuss how the United States is going to continue to stand with the Cuban people, who have suffered for decades and decades under a failed communist regime.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: First Flight of Operations Allies Refugee

families relocated as part of Operation Allies Refuge who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV). The first flight arrived on Friday morning, continuing to deliver the U.S. promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan. 

Biden administration strengthens efforts to fight famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray region with more than $149 million in additional humanitarian Assistance

The Biden administration said on Friday evening that "in response to growing needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United States is providing more than $149 million in additional humanitarian assistance, including more than $105 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "

Biden administration strengthens efforts to fight famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray region with more than $149 million in additional humanitarian Assistance

The Biden administration said on Friday evening that "in response to growing needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United States is providing more than $149 million in additional humanitarian assistance, including more than $105 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "

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Biden administration expands U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday announced a Priority 2 (P-2) designation granting U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members.

Parents, read everything the White House just said about reopening U.S. schools safely amid COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding America with equity

The Administration has taken decisive action to support the safe reopening of schools for in-person instruction and to address the pandemic’s disparate impact on students of color and other underserved students. As families across the country eagerly anticipate a return to school, the Administration is determined to ensure that our schools and students not only recover from the pandemic, but that we Build Back Better for the future.

Ramaphosa says three million South Africans fully vaccinated against coronavirus, 7.5 million shots administered and 5.66 million doses received from U.S.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday disclosed that around three million South Africans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from about 7.5 million shots administered nationwide. An average of 220,000 people are vaccinated in South Africa every day, he said.

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Biden administration expands U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday announced a Priority 2 (P-2) designation granting U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members.

Parents, read everything the White House just said about reopening U.S. schools safely amid COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding America with equity

The Administration has taken decisive action to support the safe reopening of schools for in-person instruction and to address the pandemic’s disparate impact on students of color and other underserved students. As families across the country eagerly anticipate a return to school, the Administration is determined to ensure that our schools and students not only recover from the pandemic, but that we Build Back Better for the future.

Ramaphosa says three million South Africans fully vaccinated against coronavirus, 7.5 million shots administered and 5.66 million doses received from U.S.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday disclosed that around three million South Africans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from about 7.5 million shots administered nationwide. An average of 220,000 people are vaccinated in South Africa every day, he said.

US aid chief Samantha Power meets with Sudanese leaders, democracy activists in Khartoum

US aid chief Samantha Power on Sunday met with Sudanese leaders and democracy activists in Khartoum on the second day of her visit to Sudan.

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Biden administration expands U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday announced a Priority 2 (P-2) designation granting U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members.

Parents, read everything the White House just said about reopening U.S. schools safely amid COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding America with equity

The Administration has taken decisive action to support the safe reopening of schools for in-person instruction and to address the pandemic’s disparate impact on students of color and other underserved students. As families across the country eagerly anticipate a return to school, the Administration is determined to ensure that our schools and students not only recover from the pandemic, but that we Build Back Better for the future.

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Top 10 leading venture capital firms failing to respect human rights, damning report by Amnesty International says

Venture capitalists, who invest in companies with potential growth, play a decisive role in shaping the future of technology, and with it the future of economies, politics, societies and human rights. And yet there is "woefully little effort by VC firms to ensure they are not investing in companies whose products and services may be causing or contributing to human rights abuses," the global human rights organization wrote.
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READ – USAID Administrator Samantha Power on financing new pathways to a stronger U.S.-Africa economic partnership

This year, USAID, the Agency that I have the privilege of running, turns 60. And for those 60 years, the U.S.’ relationship with the continent of Africa has largely been the same. It is a relationship rooted in foreign assistance—in the U.S. working with partner countries to develop their institutions, and investing in education, healthcare, agriculture, and energy, to support Africans’ pursuit of what has been extraordinary progress.  

IMF approves $689.5 million financial arrangements for Cameroon

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday approved three-year arrangements under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Cameroon for about $ 689.5 million to support the country’s economic and financial reform program.

IMF approves fresh $553.2 million financial support for Gabon

xecutive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved a three-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Gabon for about $553.2 million "to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and support the implementation of the authorities’ 2021–23 Economic Recovery Strategy." The board’s approval allows for an immediate disbursement equivalent to US$115.25 million for budget support.

White House says Biden’s economic plan “is working” as consumer confidence hits highest level since February 2020

The White House on Tuesday said President Joseph R. Biden's economic plan is working after the Consumer Confidence Index – a measure of consumers’ assessments of the economy – hit its highest level since February 2020.

IMF approves disbursement of $44.2 million to Sierra Leone to support recovery from COVID-19 economic turmoil

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday approved a new disbursement of $44.2 million to Sierra Leone to support "the government’s policy and reform efforts aimed at reinforcing the country’s recovery from the pandemic, preserving macroeconomic stability, and sustaining inclusive long-term growth."

U.S., World Bank Group agree to “coordinate action” to “alleviate suffering” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

The discussions took place on Thursday when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with World Bank Group (WBG) President David Malpass.

Without urgent action, COVID-19 vaccine inequity will have “lasting and profound impact” on socio-economic recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries, new report warns

In a joint statement on Thursday, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Oxford warned that COVID-19 vaccine inequity will have "a lasting and profound impact on socio-economic recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries without urgent action to boost supply and assure equitable access for every country."

New Moody’s report says Biden’s economic agenda will add almost 2 million jobs per year on average over a decade

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World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund 2021 Annual Meetings to hold in person and online from October 11

The 2021 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place from Monday, October 11, through Sunday, October 17.

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