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U.S. job growth likely picked up; unemployment rate seen at 20-month low

Washington, U.S. employers likely stepped up hiring in November as they scrambled to meet strong demand for goods and services, giving the economy a strong boost as another challenging year draws to a close, though worker shortages remained a constrain…

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Surge in Cooking Gas Prices in Nigeria Worries Suppliers, Environmentalists

ABUJA, NIGERIA — Abuja resident Freda Igri was preparing to make her native afang soup for her family, but her cooking gas tank was empty.The price to refill a 12.5 kg tank with gas — about $25 U.S. — was nearly triple the normal price, and she said sh…

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UN Chief Denounces COVID ‘Travel Apartheid’ Against Southern Africa

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that southern African nations that first detected the omicron COVID-19 variant are being collectively punished with travel restrictions, and he urged “common sense” to respond to t…

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UNESCO approves UAE-led decision to consolidate action for protection of cultural and creative ecosystem

Abu Dhabi, The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted a decision led by the United Arab Emirates, a member of the Executive Board of the Organization, to consolidate action for the p…

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Refugees in Kenya Welcome New Law Allowing Them to Integrate into Economy, Society

NAIROBI — In Kenya, refugees and their supporters have welcomed a new law that gives the country’s half a million refugees better access to education and work. The law comes as Kenya plans to close two of the region’s largest refugee camps, which are h…

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Yemen: Shocks, agricultural livelihoods and food security, Monitoring report, December 2021

This report shares an analysis of the effects of natural and man-made shocks in Yemen’s agri-food system. It analyses the results of a field assessment conducted from November 2020 to February 2021 .The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United N…

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UN: Pandemic to Cost Global Tourism $2.0 Trillion in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic will cost the global tourism sector $2.0 trillion in lost revenue in 2021, the U.N.’s tourism body said Monday, calling the sector’s recovery “fragile” and “slow.”The forecast from the Madrid-based World Tourism Organization co…

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As Gas Prices Spike, Americans Give Electric Cars a Closer Look

Persistently high prices for gasoline are frustrating many Americans and causing a political headache for the administration of President Joe Biden, but they also might be accelerating the process of transitioning the country to more widespread use of …

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Einstein notes with sketches of relativity theory sold in Paris auction for $13 million

Paris, A manuscript co-authored by Albert Einstein, offering a rare insight into the legendary physicist’s thinking leading up to his general theory of relativity, was sold in an auction on Tuesday for 11.7 million euros ($13.17 million).   Auction house…

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Cameroonian Fishermen Harvest Invasive Aquatic Fern to Create Energy Source

DIZANGUÉ, CAMEROON — Cameroon’s largest lake, Lake Ossa, has been invaded by Salvinia molesta, an aquatic fern native to Brazil that hinders navigation, makes fishing impossible and blocks water access. To combat the spreading plant, a local aid group is training fishermen…