Libya:Evacuation of Migrants to Start ‘Within Days’ – France’s Macron

[Deutsche Welle] Evacuations of migrants stranded and abused in Libya are to begin within “days,” says French President Emmanuel Macron. He says Tripoli, African and EU leaders have agreed on an emergency plan at their summit in Abidjan.

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Africa:The Role of African Media in Regional Integration

[allAfrica] Most of the founding leaders of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), today’s African Union (AU), are not remembered for their support of free press and democratic rule. Yet, they had a strong vision for the integral role that media should play in the liberation and integration of the continent.

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Madagascar:Red Cross Warns Stigma Could Worsen Madagascar Plague Outbreak

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -The death toll from the plague which is spreading in Madagascar has risen close to 100, and the Red Cross has warned that growing stigma attached to the disease could undermine efforts to contain the outbreak.

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Africa:Mega-Mergers Will Squeeze Farmers, Push Up Food Prices, Experts Warn

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -If the world’s major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive to buy, a panel of experts said on Friday.

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East Africa: World Hunger Increases for First Time in a Decade, Topping 800 Million in 2016

[Deutsche Welle] After steady progress fighting hunger, the United Nations announced an increase in the number of chronically hungry people for the first time in over 10 years. Some 11 percent of the world’s population is affected.

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