Covid19 Europe 

How Russia’s Shadowy Wagner Mercenary Group Is Using Coronavirus Aid to Clean Up Its Image

The so-called Wagner Group, a quasi-private Russian military security contractor, has long been deft at finding opportunity amid chaos. Since the group first appeared on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine in 2014, it has become the Swiss Army knife of Russia’s overseas interference efforts and has been linked to activities including election meddling, gold mining, and front-line combat.  Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wagner affiliates have found a new way to burnish their tarnished reputations: delivering coronavirus-related aid. Much as other violent groups have done before them, including Hezbollah, providing…

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Africa Covid19 Healthcare 

MONUSCO seeks UN’s continued support as it aids DR Congo’s COVID-19 fight

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is keen to have the UN Security Council continue offering its support in order to continue its work in the country. Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the plea on Thursday as the Security Council ponders the longer-term future of the mission. Zerrougui informed the 15-member Council that MONUSCO had also added the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do-list, as the DR Congo fights to stop the spread…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

In DR Congo, denial ends up being major challenge for virus project

 Two employee of the Congolese Ministry of Health use personal protective devices to carry out a COVID-19 test at a private home in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP KINSHASA, DR Congo– “Corona is a truth. Secure yourself and protect others,” Mamie Batata, a worker with the Catholic charity Caritas, alerts through a loudspeaker as she proceeds through Kimbanseke, a rundown part of Kinshasa. The reactions are blunt. “Get out of here.” “Leave us in peace.” “The disease does not exist.” Indifference…

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Financial Services Mining 

People Do Not Eat GDP Lumumba Tells Dar es Salaam Mining Forum

Kenya law professor, Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba wants Africa to have a common perspective when it comes to negotiating with investors in the mining sector. All of the continent’s 54 countries must have conditions that are similar when it comes to negotiating with investors in the mining sector, Prof Lumumba, who once served as the director of the anti-corruption commission in Kenya, said at a meeting in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. He told participants to an international forum on investment in minerals that Africa needs conditions that will…

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