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Feeling the brunt of the pandemic

International | Countries begin to count the economic and social cost of the coronavirus on their poorest communities
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/20, 03:49 pm

A clothier in Zambia said her family has felt the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic since the country confirmed its first cases in March. “COVID-19 has led to increased poverty levels in our homes because we are having less income to purchase food items, [and] even the prices of foodstuffs have risen,” Lucy Sunga told a team from World Vision serving in the country.

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Africa’s swarming threat

International | Responders seek solutions to a worsening locust outbreak
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/10/20, 02:54 pm

In the county of Turkana in northwestern Kenya, one of the worst-hit areas in Africa’s locust outbreak, people serve as scouts using an app called e-Locust to report sightings of the pests in real time. They upload photos and videos with information about the location and size of locusts to a shared database. Another team uses the information to deploy pesticides to the area to prevent the insects from forming a moving swarm.

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“Huge win” for 1998 embassy bombing victims

International | Plus, more news and notes from around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/18/20, 04:29 pm

SUDAN: In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed what representatives for the plaintiffs called “a huge win” to victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, ruling that Sudan owes victims both compensatory and punitive damages. The decision in Opati v. Republic of Sudan vacates a lower court ruling and goes against arguments from the U.S.

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