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UN Study Shows Poor Urban Children Are More Likely To Die Earlier Than Rural Children

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UN Study Shows Poor Urban Children Are More Likely To Die Earlier Than Rural Children

A U.N. study released on Tuesday says millions of poor urban children are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than those living in rural areas. It says this challenges popular assumptions behind global urbanization trend.

The United Nations Children Education Fund says not all children in cities benefit from the so-called urban advantage. That is the idea that higher incomes, better infrastructure, and proximity to services make for better lives.

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The report says although most urban children benefit from living in cities, more than four million globally were more likely to die before age five than their rural counterparts. The report also says more than thirteen million were less likely to complete primary school.

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The UNICEF report also estimates that at least one billion persons globally live in slums, hundreds of millions of them children.

UNICEF says the world became majority urban a decade ago, and two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050.

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Omar Daf Extends Contract With Sochaux

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Sochaux Coach, Daf Extends Contract With Club

Forty one year-old former Senegal international defender Omar Daf has extended his contact as coach of French club Sochaux until June 2021.

Daf was appointed coach of the second division side last November.

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The former French champions are currently just two points above the relegation zone in Ligue 2 with 17 games left this season.

Earlier this week Sochaux signed former Liverpool and Mali midfielder, Momo Sissoko.

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Daf played 14 seasons for Sochaux across two spells, previously coached the club in an interim capacity in 2013 and 2015.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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Ethiopia Arrests Former Minister Over Corruption Allegations

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Ethiopia Arrests Former Minister For Corruption Allegations

Ethiopian Former Minister, Bereket Simon has been arrested at his residence on suspicion of mismanagement of public funds.

Simon was a former Communication Minister, and was also a former head of a regional public investment fund. Simon was a member of Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Zigale Gebeyehu, head of the regional anti-corruption bureau told local journalists that Bereket was detained on suspicion of corruption and now held in police custody in Bahir Dar city, the capital of the region.

Also arrested was a former civil servant, Tadesse Kassa, who was also a former board member of TIRET.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been pursuing a nationwide crackdown on graft in the public sector since taking office last year

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