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Kristi Pelzel is a Senior White House correspondent for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Kristi also covers the US Department of State and the United Nations. She holds a master's degree from Georgetown University.
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Human rights abuses intensifying scarily under President Edgar Lungu of Zambia

Human rights violations are intensifying scarily in Zambia under President Edgar Lungu, Amnesty International’s campaigner for Southern Africa Vongai Chikwanda told Today News Africa's Kristi Pelzel in an interview on Tuesday.

World’s most dangerous place to go to school: More than 1,000 students abducted in Nigeria this year

An estimated 70 students along with teachers were abducted in Kebbi state, Nigeria from the Federal Government College on Thursday, June 17. Eyewitnesses say roughly 100 gunmen stormed the school, shooting, killing one security officer, and injuring students.

In rare in-person interview, World Health Organization expert Maria Van Kerkhove tells Today News Africa why people die from COVID-19, even as cases rise...

"We know that infection of the SARS COV2 virus, the virus that causes COVID 19 is a dangerous virus, and it does kill some people that it infects. We know that the number of deaths that have been reported to WHO today is truly an underestimate," she said. "There are a number of reasons for this, first, and foremost, we know that people with underlying conditions are at increased risk for death and these include people with liver disease, kidney disease, and HIV. But there are other factors like getting early care, early clinical care."

Biden, Putin meet in Geneva for much-anticipated summit, shake hands

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Russia's leader Vladimir Putin on Wednesday afternoon arrived at the Villa La Grange, an 18th century villa located in a park, for their much-anticipated summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

U.S. Mission in DRC raises red alert over volcanic eruptions of Mount Nyiragongo

Multiple volcanic eruptions at Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo have created a smoldering ghost town in Goma, the once-bustling city of just under 700,000 people.

Top American official reveals successes and challenges of US food systems and efforts to increase projects in Africa

In January, the USDA held its first national food summit dialogue based on a United Nations Food Systems Summit template, bringing together stakeholders from across the nation to better understand the challenges the US faces. They found three main areas of contention, but also many successes.

UN special envoy Agnes Kalibata thrilled by Biden administration’s engagement ahead of 2021 Food Systems Summit

Dr. Kalibata, who is from the central African country of Rwanda, said it was a good development "a major economy like the US is recognizing the importance of agriculture to the whole food systems summit."

International Maritime Organization head of emissions standards on shipping and climate change: global cooperation needed

“[The zero emissions goal] has already created a positive momentum,” Roel Hoenders, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said Thursday in an interview with Kristi Pelzel and Henry Kohn of Today News Africa. “We are focused on that goal, but we don’t want that to be to the detriment of other countries.”

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In Ethiopia, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announces $720 million for COVID-19 response and recovery worldwide

. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power on Wednesday announced approximately $720 million in new funding from the American Rescue Plan to expand and intensify the fight against COVID-19 abroad, respond to humanitarian crises exacerbated by COVID-19, and support a global recovery while preparing for future pandemic threats.

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