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In the aftermath of the financial and debt crises that started in 2007, food prices increased 57% in 2008 and 64 per cent in 2012, leading to ... a global food emergency in which 75 million more people went to bed hungry. The food crisis contributed to major protests and instability across the world, including in Mexico, Bangladesh and Burkina Faso. In the Middle East, it helped trigger the Arab Spring of 2012.
The Gabon National Assembly’s passing of a law decriminalising homosexuality is a triumph for those behind the initiative, but is nevertheless ... just one of several steps. The text is up for a vote in the Senate next, and the debates promise to be heated.
The weekend of 20 June witnessed a sharp escalation in tensions between Egypt and Turkey over Libya. In a speech near the Egyptian-Libyan border, ... President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed his full intentions to fully involve Egypt’s military in Libya. But with each country armed with similar military capabilities, such a scenario would likely lead to a long-lasting standoff.
Too often in human history, access to reliable and affordable energy has been a privilege for the few when it should be a basic right for all. ... This has been especially true in Africa where – despite remarkable progress in recent years – hundreds of millions of people still have no electricity.
The capital of the South West region of Cameroon is gradually losing the ghost town feel it has taken on every Monday for almost four years now, ... an indication of a decline in the intensity of violence in the region, in stark contrast with the tension that continues to grip the neighbouring North West region.
There is no question on how important cotton is to Egypt’s textile industry: it contributes to around 3% of the country’s GDP, employs 2.25 ... million- one third of its industrial labour force - to meet its demand of 180 000 tons. But after years of trade wars between US and China, and now a global pandemic, the cotton industry in Egypt will need time to recover from its losses. In this fourth part of our series on the impact of COVID-19 on Egypt, we see how its prized 'white gold' will fare.
Sudan’s transitional government is being buffeted by dangerous economic headwinds. When Sudan’s international partners meet at a conference ... on Thursday 25 June, they should offer further financial support to Khartoum’s civilian cabinet, or risk reigniting economic frustrations and stoking new instability.