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Egypt Plans To Amend Controversial Law On NGOs

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Egypt Plans To Amend Controversial Law On NGOs

Egypt is planning to amend a controversial law passed last year that places tight controls on Non-Governmental Organisations. The law has sparked fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s office said a committee would be formed to work with civil society groups to help achieve their goals.

Rights groups have regularly accused Abdul Fattah Alsisi`s government of human rights violations and repression of dissidents since he took power in 2014.

The law provides Egypt’s intelligence and security services with strict controls over the activities of Non-Governmental Organisations, especially groups that receive foreign funding.

Those that violate the law could receive up to five years in jail, and fines of more than $55 000.

The law has been the target of strong criticism from the United Nations and international watchdogs, including Human Rights Watch.

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Gabon Amends Constitution To Fill Vacuum Left By Ailing President

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Gabon Amends Constitution To Fill Vacuum Left By Ailing President

Gabon has amended the constitution to allow the Vice-president or Prime Minister to run cabinet meetings if the President is temporarily unavailable. In a move to avert a political crisis brought about by the ill health of President Ali Bongo, who remains in hospital in Saudi Arabia, after suffering what is rumored to be a stroke last month.

Although his cabinet has earlier said he only suffered fatigue. His office finally admitted on Sunday he was recovering from surgery.

The fifty-nine year old president has not been seen in public since, and the state of his health is unknown.  Some are even now questioning whether he was still alive.

The decision by the constitutional court, which the opposition says is illegal, is the first move to fill the vacuum.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Africans Die Each Year Due To Fake Drugs – Report

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Tens Of Thousands Of Africans Die Each Year Due To Fake Drugs - Report

An E.U. funded report released this week says, tens of thousands of people in Africa die each year because of fake and counterfeit medication.

Manufacturers of the fake drugs are said to prey on poorer countries more than their richer counterparts, with up to 30 times greater penetration of fakes in the supply chain.

It added that the drugs are mainly made in China but also in India, Paraguay, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

The report says almost half the fake and low-quality medicines reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2013 and last year were found to be in sub-Saharan Africa. The report was also backed by Interpol and the institute for security studies.

Substandard or fake anti-malarials cause the deaths of between 64,000 and 158,000 persons per year in sub-Saharan Africa.

W.H.O. Says, the counterfeit drug market is worth around $200 billion worldwide annually, making it the most lucrative trade of illegally copied goods, and its impact has been devastating.

Nigeria said more than 80 children were killed in 2009 by a teething syrup tainted with a chemical normally used in engine coolant and blamed for causing kidney failure.

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Medical Team Of Chinese Peacekeeping Force Gives Emergency Treatment To UN Employees In Mali

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Medical Team Of Chinese Peacekeeping Force Gives Emergency Treatment To UN Employees In Mali

The medical team of the sixth batch of Chinese Peacekeeping force in Mali gave emergency treatment on Monday to nine United Nations employees who were injured in a suicidal car bomb attack in the Gao region.

Four UN employees were brought to the Chinese Medical Team by the United Nations multi-dimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

After a preliminary check, Chinese medical workers found one suffered from a rib fracture, and head injury. One with injuries at his right heel and rupture, and the other two with some health condition.

The Chinese medical workers helped the injured to stop bleeding, clean wounds and suture the wounds.

As they were treating the four, another five injured UN employees arrived 20 minutes later. Seven patients with slight injuries have been discharged.

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