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Pope Francis will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from Sept. 4-10. Following are some of the highlights of his second trip to sub-Saharan Africa:


In Mozambique the pope’s theme for his Africa trip, as a “pilgrim of …

Alliance Seeks $7.4B to Immunize 300M Children

GENEVA – Gavi, the global vaccine alliance that targets developing countries, said Friday that it was appealing for $7.4 billion to immunize 300 million children in 2021-25.

Gavi’s latest fundraising drive is its most ambitious to date. Officials said they …

Report: Conflict Rising Among South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

KAMPALA – A report by the International Refugee Rights Initiative reveals a mix of frustration, unemployment, post-traumatic stress and alcohol abuse escalating quarrels among refugee communities in northern Uganda.

Uganda is home to 1.3 million refugees � 833,000 of them …

Sudan PM Seeks End toCountry’s Pariah Status

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – Sudan’s new prime minister says in an interview that ending his country’s international pariah status and drastically cutting military spending are prerequisites for rescuing a faltering economy.

Abdalla Hamdok, a well-known economist, told The Associated Press on …

54 Dead, Tens of Thousands Displaced in Heavy Sudan Flooding

GENEVA – The United Nations reports nearly two months of heavy rains and flooding in Sudan have wiped out livelihoods, rendered tens of thousands of people homeless and created a humanitarian emergency that needs a swift international response.

At least …

Ebola Virus Spreads to New Areas in Eastern DRC, WHO Reports

GENEVA – The World Health Organization said Friday that the deadly Ebola virus had spread to new areas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The number of cases was 2,934, including 1,965 deaths, it said.

Since mid-June, the WHO …