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Thousands Protest In Mauritius Over Dolphin Deaths After Oil Spill

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Thousands Protest In Mauritius Over Dolphin Deaths After Oil Spill

Hundreds of thousands of Mauritians took to the streets on Saturday, honking and drumming in protest against government’s handling of the recent oil spill off the country’s coast from a grounded Japanese ship.  The protesters were also alarmed at the discovery of dozens of dead dolphins in recent days.

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With signs such as “you have no shame” and “inaction,” the protesters marched peacefully through the capital, Port Louis.

It has been a month since the ship struck a coral reef off the Indian ocean island nation.  It later cracked under the pounding surf and spilled around one thousand tons of fuel into the marine areas.

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Some speakers at the demonstrations called for the resignation of top officials as another protest is being scheduled for mid-September in one of the country’s most-affected coastal villages, Mahebourg.

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The government has given no immediate reaction or comment.

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Zimbabwe Intercity Travel Resumes

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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Uganda 'To Begin Human Trials' Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.

The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.

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Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.

According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.

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She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.

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WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief

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WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief

Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.

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South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.

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A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.

WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.

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World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.

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