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Archive November 2010

Africa: straight talk with Sheila Tlou

JOHANNESBURG – Making the World Aids Day Deceember 1st 2010 Sheila Tlou, former Minister of Health in Botswana, took over as UNAIDS director for East and southern Africa in November, just a month before the deadline for achieving universal access to treatment, prevention, care and support expires.

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Slowly winning fight against FGM in Northern Senegal

PODOR – The harm done by female genital mutilation is still enormous in Podor, a city in the north of Senegal, say officials at the local hospital. While the practice is declining slightly, some religious leaders in the region still support it.

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Four degree rise ‘would scupper African farming’

A widespread farming catastrophe could hit Africa if global temperatures rose by four degrees Celsius or more, according to a study that calls for urgent planning for a much warmer future and investment in technology to avert disaster.

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Kenya: Odinga orders arrest of gay couples

NAIROBI – Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga broke the silence on gay couple intervention in Kenya on sunday by reciprocally ordering the arrest of gay pairs in the country.

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Swiss vote to ease foreign expulsions

ZURICH – Newspapers see the acceptance of an initiative to deport criminal foreigners as a sign of popular uncertainty facing a rapidly changing social landscape.

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Climate Change: don’t look to South Africa for leadership

JOHANNESBURG – A new round of U.N. climate talks opens on Monday with 172 nations meeting in the Mexican coastal resort of Cancun. In this story the corrispondents of Ips Africa looks at the next year’s conference in South Africa, which is the continent’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.

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