World religions to share values and knowledge at COP28
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by Irene Lamunu
1d ago
Pope Francis met privately with Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, and Ambassador Majid Al-Suwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of the UAE Presidency for COP28 to discuss preparations and the involvement of faith-based groups in the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28). A statement said that during the Audience that took place on Monday, 29 May, “they shared the possibility of launching a joint initiative on climate change in preparation for and on the occasion of the upcoming COP28, in order to involve religious instit ..read more
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CAR plan to scrap term limits goes to referendum
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by Irene Lamunu
1d ago
The president the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, has said that his country will hold a constitutional referendum in July that would potentially allow him to seek re-election in 2025. In an address to the nation on Tuesday, President Touadéra said he had consulted the Speaker of the national assembly and the president of the constitutional court before announcing the plan for a referendum. Mr Touadéra said he had decided “to submit this project for a new constitution to a referendum”. The current constitution contained “provisions that could compromise [CAR’s] development ..read more
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Pope’s June prayer intention: for an abolition of torture
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by Irene Lamunu
2d ago
The Pope Video message, entrusted to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, is an appeal for “the abolition of torture in all of its forms throughout the world.” Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention for June is for the abolition of torture in all of its forms throughout the world. The Pope made this appeal to eradicate the phenomenon in his Pope Video message, entrusted to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. The Holy Father decried torture as a scourge that is not just a thing of the past, but is still presen ..read more
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Cost of new anti-gay law
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by Irene Lamunu
2d ago
Although President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2023, the consequences of this law are expected to have a significant impact on the economy and access to health-care for people living with HIV/Aids in Uganda. In a statement published on Twitter on May 29, 2023, speaker of parliament Anita Annet Among announced that Museveni had assented to the bill. The executive director of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), Julius Mukunda, expressed concerns about the detrimental effects of the law on the economy. Mukunda highlighted its potential impact on the ..read more
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Forty killed in Burkina Faso attacks – reports
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by Irene Lamunu
2d ago
Reports from Burkina Faso say around 40 people were killed in two separate attacks by alleged jihadists at the weekend. Around 20 army volunteers died near Bourasso close to the Malian border on Saturday. A similar number of people died in another attack in the same area on Sunday. Sources say that following Saturday’s violence, tens of insurgents were “neutralised” in an airborne operation by government forces. Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister, Apollinaire Kyelem de Tambela, told parliament that his government would never negotiate with the jihadists. The BBC News ..read more
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NCHE to abandon ‘expired’ tag on university courses
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by Irene Lamunu
3d ago
Following a public outcry, the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) will henceforth cease to use the term “expired” to describe programmes that are due or overdue for re-assessment at universities and higher institutions of learning.  According to the executive director of NCHE Prof Mary Okwakol, the term “expired” has been misinterpreted and not used in accordance with the defined regulations of quality assurance for higher education universities and other tertiary institutions issued in 2008.   Okwakol explained that the term was used to indicate programmes that have reache ..read more
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US to consider visa restrictions over Uganda anti-gay law
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by Irene Lamunu
3d ago
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States may consider restricting visas for some Ugandan officials after the country adopted one of the world’s toughest anti-LGBTQ laws. Blinken said the US was “deeply troubled” by Uganda’s  Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. While same-sex relations were already illegal in Uganda, the new law imposes capital punishment for some behaviours including “aggravated homosexuality”, and 20 years in prison for “promoting” homosexuality. Museveni had previously urged lawmakers to delete the pr ..read more
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Angry Museveni blames ‘panicky’ commanders, nepotism for al-Shabaab attack
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by Irene Lamunu
4d ago
President Yoweri Museveni has blamed the humiliating attack by al-Shabaab militants on a Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) base in Somalia on the field commanders.  A UPDF base in Lower Shebeele region was overrun by al-Shabaab on Friday at about 0530hrs. The militants released a statement, saying they killed at least 137 soldiers and captured several others. They also released footage showing captured Ugandan soldiers. Now, Museveni in a statement condoled with families that lost dear ones and warned the field commanders that they are not in Somalia to earn UN allowances but rather t ..read more
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Pope appeals for solidarity for communities affected by Cyclone Mocha
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by Irene Lamunu
4d ago
Pope Francis appealed to authorities handling the access of humanitarian assistance to facilitate the delivery of aid to peoples struck by Cyclone Mocha in the Bay of Bengal. Speaking during the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, the Pope noted that “more than 800.000 people,” in addition to the many Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar and who arrive in Bangladesh in “precarious conditions” are in need of help. “I invite you to pray for the people living on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border who have been hard hit by a cyclone,” he said. Death and destruction 41 people were killed and around ..read more
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African leaders arrive in Nigeria for Tinubu’s inauguration
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by Irene Lamunu
4d ago
Several African presidents and other foreign dignitaries have arrived in Nigeria for the inauguration of Bola Tinubu as the 16th president of the continent’s most populous nation. Movements around Eagle Square in Abuja, the venue of the handover and inauguration parade, have been restricted until Tuesday. Local media say about 20 African leaders are expected in Abuja. Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune are among leaders who arrived on Sunday. Also in Abuja is the president of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, the president o ..read more
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