AU leaders adopt key reforms [The Morning Call]

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The eleventh extraordinary summit of the African union (AU) which ended Sunday in Addis Ababa has been hailed as fruitful. At the meeting, 55 members of the continental body agreed to some proposed reforms for the Commission.

The meeting had been seen as a frantic attempt to push through reforms that have been in the pipelines for nearly two years. In 2016, the AU charged its chairperson, Rwandan President Paul Kagame with getting reforms passed. And one of those key reforms that has now being adopted is that designed to make the institution less dependent on foreign donors by making members pay their dues.

Although not all his reforms were passed, the Rwandan leader Paul Kagame has welcomed the progress made at the two-day summit.

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DRC: Kabila's candidate unveils manifesto ahead of Dec. polls

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The candidate of the ruling coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary on Monday launched his manifesto ahead of next month’s general elections.

Shadary, who was handpicked by president Joseph Kabila as his potential successor, set out an $86 billion (75 billion euro) five-year development plan for the sprawling central African country.

He will be contesting against several opposition politicians including a coalition candidate, Martin Fayulu, who was picked by several opposition leaders.

READ MORE: DRC’s unity opposition candidate asks Tshisekedi, Kamerhe to reconsider

Shadary’s campaign promises

Making his first public remarks since longstanding leader Kabila anointed him in early August, Shadary told supporters that he would reinforce the authority of the state, diversify the economy, create jobs, combat poverty and guarantee access to public services.

Shadary made the pledges three days ahead of the official start of campaigning for the December 23 poll to succeed Kabila, who has been in power since January 2001.

The election is critical for the future of the DR Congo, a mineral-rich country that has never known a peaceful transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.

Kabila’s second and final elected term in office ended nearly two years ago, but he stayed in office thanks to a caretaker clause in the constitution.

Months of speculation over Kabila’s intentions, marked by protests that were repressed at a cost of dozens of lives, ended in August when he threw his weight behind Shadary, a hardline former interior minister and loyalist.

ALSO READ: Kabila’s pick Ramazani Shadary backs voting machines at rally to ‘meet’ people

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Mali: MyAgro's mobile payment platform to go fully digital [Sci tech]

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On Sci tech this week, Ignatius Annor introduces you to MyAgro, an organization operating in Mali and Senegal with the vision to get rural farmers out of poverty.

MyAgro’s unique mobile layaway platform is allowing farmers to save money for seeds and fertilizers using their own mobile phones. ‘MyAgro’ uses scratch cards, just similar to mobile phone credit cards.

So, instead of farmers paying for seeds and fertilizers in lump sums, they buy these scratch cards just as they do their daily shopping, thus preventing them from squandering the meager revenue they make.

@IgnatiusAnnor

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WFP seeks $4.2 mln to feed refugees, asylum seekers in Malawi

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday made a passionate appealing to the international community for $4.2 million to feed 35,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi.

Beneficiaries are based in Dzaleka refugee camp, approximately 50 km from the capital, Lilongwe.

“For 2019, we need $ 4.2 million to cover the needs of the 35,000 refugees with their daily food rations”, said WFP Country Director to Malawi, Benoit Thiry.

The World Food Programme Director Country to Malawi said children and pregnant women are most at risk.

“These people who live in camps, I think, have no other way to feed themselves. they are not allowed to work outside, which means that they rely heavily on WFP food distribution, which means that the risk of child malnutrition, the first to be affected, will be children, pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding”, Thiry added.

The WFP and the UN Refugee Agency help government to take care of refugees in Malawi. Currently, there are 35,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the East African nation.

AFP

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European Union agrees to establish joint intelligence training school

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Twenty-five members of the European Union have agreed to establish a joint intelligence training academy, a move interpreted by some as a concrete effort to deepen inter-European security cooperation following Brexit. The announcement came just hours after leading EU heads of state spoke in favor of establishing a joint EU defense force.

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In A Speech Any Autocrat Would Love, French President Macron Insists The Internet Must Be Regulated

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Regulation that gives someone the power to decide which values are the good ones and which are the bad is regulation that gives someone the power to suppress any values, including the ones you prefer. Indeed, that's the very point of the very values he champions, to ensure that no one gets that power. You simply can't create that power and expect it not to be used badly.

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6 Charts That Show The Collapse Of Traditional TV, With Streaming Close Behind

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The Wall Street Journal reports that more than 1 million consumers canceled their cable TV or satellite subscriptions over the last quarter, marking one of the largest seasonal drops ever.This ratchets up the pressure on traditional pay-TV providers to find new ways to generate revenue and it continues to shine a focus on streaming services and "skinny" content bundles being offered by traditional cable companies.

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Bloomberg's role-playing workshops convince the public to accept self-guided police drones equipped with microphones

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Bloomberg is spending six million dollars on a "Mayors Challenge" that will put microphones in police drones. According to an article in WPFL 89.3, Bloomberg Philanthropies wants the Louisville Kentucky Police Department to send out self-guided aerial drones equipped with ShotSpotter microphones across the city.

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Cop Tasked With Helping Child Sex Crime Victims Arrested for Raping a Child Victim he was 'Helping'

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A disturbing case of police rape has surfaced out of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department this week as a detective assigned to handle victims of child molestation cases was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl. The girl was a victim in a case the officer was investigating and had already been raped by someone else.

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Russian military introduces obligatory courses to protect state secrets

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The Russian Defense Ministry is set to educate officers and soldiers on how to behave online in order to protect state-level secrets. The military also intends to tighten legislation punishing leakers of sensitive data. The military will launch obligatory courses on the protection of state secrets starting next year, Izvestia newspaper reported, citing the ministry’s press service. The servicemen are set to get insights into what they are allowed to post on the internet, how to use social media safely, what should – and should not – be told to strangers, and other guidance.

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