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    • Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base April 17, 2014
      Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says.
    • French troops free Mali aid workers April 17, 2014
      French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.
    • Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls April 17, 2014
      The parents of some of the girls abducted from their school in north-east Nigeria head into the forests in a dangerous search for their daughters.
    • Pistorius forensic tests challenged April 17, 2014
      The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.
    • Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future April 18, 2014
      Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
    • Senegal's Karim Wade 'to face trial' April 17, 2014
      A Senegalese court rules that Karim Wade, the ex-president's son, should stand trial on corruption charges over his wealth, an official says.
    • Guinea-Bissau run-off to pick leader April 17, 2014
      Officials in Guinea-Bissau say a run-off vote will be held next month after no candidate won an outright victory in Sunday's presidential election.
    • Remittance fees 'hurt Africans' April 16, 2014
      Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.
    • UN mulls medal for peacekeepers April 16, 2014
      The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.
    • Head of oldest African park shot April 16, 2014
      The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.
    • 'Last' Chadian soldier leaves CAR April 16, 2014
      Chad has withdrawn all its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic, an official confirms, after accusations they sided with Muslim rebels.
    • South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub April 15, 2014
      Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.
    • Elite marathon runner misses flight April 15, 2014
      A London Marathon runner from Sierra Leone is missing after she disappeared and failed to catch a flight home.
    • VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria April 16, 2014
      Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
    • AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya April 15, 2014
      Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.
    • VIDEO: At site of Nigeria bus station blast April 14, 2014
      A powerful bomb blast has ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 71 people.
    • VIDEO: Cleaning up Cairo's waste system April 14, 2014
      The Egyptian government is turning to its traditional rubbish collectors - the Zabaleen - to revolutionise Cario's waste disposal industry.
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs April 16, 2014
      The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.
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      The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg April 17, 2014
      The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.
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    • Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm' April 18, 2014
      The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea, investigators say, as divers work to access the sunken hull.
    • Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed April 18, 2014
      A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.
    • East Ukraine militants snub deal April 18, 2014
      Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine refuse to leave official buildings, just hours after an international deal was reached to defuse the crisis.
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      Six people are reported to have been killed after an early-morning avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest.
    • Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies April 17, 2014
      The Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, dies in Mexico aged 87, his family says.
    • Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod April 18, 2014
      David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.
    • Teachers' unions meet amid disputes April 17, 2014
      Calls for more action over pay and pensions are expected this weekend when the two biggest teachers' unions meet for their annual conferences.
    • Bullied children still suffer at 50 April 17, 2014
      Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.
    • Channel Tunnel due back to normal April 18, 2014
      Channel Tunnel rail services are expected to return to normal on Good Friday morning after being hit by severe disruption.
    • British teenager killed in Syria April 18, 2014
      An 18-year-old British man has died in Syria, the Foreign Office confirms.
    • Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base April 17, 2014
      Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says.
    • Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy April 17, 2014
      The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces she is pregnant with her first child.
    • Foreign doctor 'safety fears' - front pages April 18, 2014
      Some papers focus on suggestions foreign-trained doctors are less skilled than British counterparts, while others report on a child said to have caught meningitis from a cat.
    • Female cave insects have 'penises' April 18, 2014
      Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
    • Chick knit plea response 'fantastic' April 18, 2014
      An online appeal by a Manchester children's hospice for knitted chicks boosts its flock to an "unexpected" more than 6,300.
    • Hamilton top in second practice April 18, 2014
      Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.
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      Record buy Juan Mata is confident Manchester United will become a force under David Moyes with the addition of new signings.
    • Trott to take break from cricket April 17, 2014
      England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.
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      BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former snooker world champion Ken Doherty in this week's predictions
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      In his regular BBC Sport column, Lewis Hamilton talks about his thrilling Bahrain battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg
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    • Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November.
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      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities.
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      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.
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      (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
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  • RSS CNN.com – Africa

    • Luxury shoes made in Ghana April 15, 2014
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Eminent African leaders will meet to ensure that the rights and wellbeing of children are at the heart of the post-2015 development framework

Posted by African Press International on May 7, 2013

As the African Union (AU) prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a time when consultations on the post-2015 development agenda are gathering pace, a High Level Dialogue will focus the debate and the spotlight on the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa to ensure they are at the heart of any new development framework.

Chaired by H.E. Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique (1986-2005) and Chairman of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), the High Level Dialogue will bring eminent African leaders and thinkers together to discuss and agree the critical priorities for children on the continent. Children make up as much as 60% of the population in some African countries. The discussion will focus around four thematic areas:

1. Children’s survival and development;

2. Protection of the children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect;

3. Ensuring children’s social inclusiveness and equality;

4. Building capacities, voices and commitments for children.

The High Level Dialogue will take place a few days ahead of the AU Summit (26-27 May 2013) which will mark the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU, and where Africa’s Common Position on the post-2015 agenda will be adopted by Heads of State; it will reinforce and build on recommendations from the consultations previously held as part of building a common voice on children in Africa. Organised by ACPF – a Pan-African policy research and advocacy organisation – it aims to contribute to ensuring children’s rights and their realisation are reflected in a strong framework and a common set of accountable goals for governments and the international community.

The global community has been intensely discussing what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. The MDGs galvanised development efforts and guided global and national development priorities. The High-level Panel of Eminent Persons established by the UN Secretary General will publish its report and recommendations in May.

The ACPF High Level Dialogue will take place on Tuesday 21 May 2013, 10am (Ethiopian time) at  The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kazanchis Business District, Kirkos Subcity Kebele 17/18, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

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