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Congo agrees $100 mln solar-hybrid power deal for three cities

  KINSHASA, June 3 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday signed a $100 million solar-hybrid power deal with a consortium led by Gridworks, to provide electricity to half a million people across three cities that have no grid connection. Solar-hybrid systems combine solar power with another electricity generating energy source. For this 22-year […]

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LGBT+ conversion therapy: banned on Facebook, but thriving elsewhere

June 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When he was growing up in a small Egyptian town outside Cairo, Omar began feeling sexually attracted to other men. Too afraid to talk to family or friends, he turned to Facebook for help, shielding his identity with a false name. Scouring social media for information and advice is […]

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To conserve nature, protect human rights

John Knox, a professor at Wake Forest University, was the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment from 2012 to 2018. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who is a member of the Kankana-ey-Igorot people in the Philippines, was the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples from 2014 to 2020.  Governments are currently discussing an international […]

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Uganda drive to certify customary land runs into culture clash

  By Liam Taylor PADER, Uganda, June 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When the residents of a northern Ugandan village heard about a plan to document their land, they worried it was going to be stolen. But after photographing the land in Owele and taking coordinates, government officials gave people there something they never had […]

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Nollywood: how professionalism – and a new elite audience – is affecting it

The Nigerian film industry, fondly called Nollywood, became popular in the early 1990s, although with more negative attributes than positives. Over the years, the industry has attracted a lot of criticism. Some critics believe that the industry is quantity driven, while shunning quality. Others slated the industry for its budget restrictions, weak plots and repetitive dialogue. […]

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Sauti sol graces the New York time Billboard

East African boys reopen 2021 on a winning streak, The Kenyan Afropop sensation made Africa proud once more by taking the tripping melanin to  The New York Times Square Billboard displaying visuals from their first hit single ‘Suzanna’  from their album ‘Midnight Train’ Sauti Sol follows just a hand full of African prominent music names […]



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