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Security Council Extends Sanctions on Central African Republic, Panel of Experts’ Mandate, Adopting Resolution 2454…


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The Security Council today decided to extend its sanctions regime on the Central African Republic — including an arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze — until 31 January 2020, while also extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the Central African Republic Sanctions Committee until 29 February 2020.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2454 (2019) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the 15-member entity expressed its intention to establish, no later than 30 April, clear and well‑identified key benchmarks concerning security sector reform; disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation; and the management of weapons and ammunition, which could help guide the Council in reviewing the arms embargo…

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UN extends Central African Republic arms embargo

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend an arms embargo on Central African Republic for a year but also raised the possibility that it could be lifted earlier as the government has urged.

The French-drafted resolution says the council intends to establish benchmarks by April 30 on security sector reform, the demobilization and reintegration of combatants, and the management of weapons and ammunition that could guide a review of the arms embargo.

It asks the panel of experts monitoring the arms embargo and sanctions against individuals, which were also extended, to assess progress on the benchmarks by July 31, and says the council will review the arms embargo measures by Sept. 30.

France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said the government’s “message was heard…

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The diversity of rural African populations extends to their microbiomes

A nurse from the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, works in the field with a study participant in Tanzania. Credit: Alessia Ranciaro/Tishkoff Lab

Our microbiome, the complex community of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other microorganisms in and on our bodies, reflects the way we live. If we own a pet, we likely share microbes with them. If we eat meat, the microbiome in our intestines may look different from that of a vegan.

In a growing field of study to determine how we acquire the microbes we carry within us and their influence on our health, most analyses have focused on people living in developed…

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S/African minister extends condolences to drowned victims’ families

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21.01.2019 at 05h21
APA News

South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has extended her condolences to four South African families whose four members died after drowning in the waters of Mozambique’s Portuguese Islands.The deceased’s remains return home on Monday, according to officials from Limpopo Province, the home of the four men.

The minister’s condolences follow the recovery of the four men’s bodies after a protracted recovery mission last week. The deceased had travelled on holiday in a group of eight to Mozambique on 12 January.

Sisulu said on Sunday that she also conveyed South Africa’s appreciation to the government of Mozambique for…

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UPDATE 1-South African rand extends gains versus sliding dollar

(Updates to reflect afternoon trading)

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The South African rand strengthened against the dollar on Monday, adding to strong gains last week as dovish comments by the Federal Reserve chair hurt the U.S. currency.

At 1445 GMT the rand was more than 0.6 percent firmer at 13.8650 to the dollar after earlier striking a session best of 13.8325.

The rand fell more than 14 percent in 2018, partly weakened by U.S. interest rate hikes which boosted the dollar, but it is up 3.5 percent since the start of 2019.

“The rand’s gains are mostly a weaker dollar story,” said Gerrit van Rooyen, economist at NKC African Economics.

Fed chair Jerome Powell said late last week that the U.S. central bank would be sensitive to the downside risks that markets are pricing in,…

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Illinois Equal Pay Act amendment extends protections to African Americans

CARBONDALE, IL — Illinois is ringing in the new year with new state laws. An amendment to an existing law will make it illegal for employers to discriminate against African Americans by paying them lower wages.

That change has Carbondale NAACP President Linda Flowers saying it’s about time.

“We are still fighting the same old fight that our forefathers fought. The long history of discrimination in terms of employment opportunities and equal salaries has a big impact on families” said Flowers.

The Center for Empowerment and Justice in Carbondale is an organization that seeks to better the community and empower people who live there. Outreach Coordinator Penny Smith said wage discrimination is an injustice that cannot be ignored.

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