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Gates gives away $4.6bn and unveils malaria initiative

Bill Gates, the world’s richest person, has given $4.6bn to his personal charity and promises a mosquito net for everyone who reads his latest blog and takes a subsequent quiz.
from Forbes on Aug 16, 2017.
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Odinga to take election grievances to Kenya's Supreme Court

Kenya's opposition is to challenge the result of Kenya’s presidential election in court, with leader Raila Odinga claiming a glaring fraud had occurred.
from The Standard on Aug 16, 2017.

‘That’s good,’ says Duterte after Philippines police kill 32 people

“Maganda ‘yun (That’s good)” - that is how Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte today described the police killing of 32 people.
from Philippines Inquirer on Aug 16, 2017.

Convention curbing mercury use is now legally binding

The Minamata Convention — a treaty on mercury use, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force on 16 August.
from IPS on Aug 16, 2017.

Sierra Leone appeals for help as mudslide death toll rises

Sierra Leone's president has appealed for urgent help after torrential rain triggered massive mudslides in the capital, where rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies.
from DPA on Aug 16, 2017.
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Colombia’s peace process enters second phase

The UN’s first mission as peace observers in Colombia ended today with the removal of containers full of arms from FARC camps. Next challenge: reintegrating fighters.
from Colombia Reports on Aug 15, 2017.

Is water the new drug for Mexico’s cartels?

What it's like when narcos run your privatised water system.
from New Internationalist on Aug 15, 2017.
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The Bengaluru flood

The Indian city of Bengaluru experienced its heaviest rain in 127 years and flooding on 15 August. The urban flood has been in the making for years.
from Down to Earth on Aug 16, 2017.
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