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February 16, 2017

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One of Africa’s largest art collections is under threat

No one would store a Rodin, Monet, Picasso or Goya under a leaky roof, and yet the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s impressive art collection has had to do just that. The landmark museum has fallen victim to neglect and crime, despite the efforts of art lovers to keep the more than a century-old institution relevant in an ever-changing city.

The museum was closed temporarily this month, after heavy rain damaged the roof that has leaked since 1989."...

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February 15, 2017

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Togo’s Former Prime Minister to Succeed Nwanze at IFAD

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

Houngbo was among eight candidates including three women vying for the organization’s top leadership position. He succeeds Kanayo"...

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February 14, 2017

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Nepad-IPPF Sustains Key Role in Africa’s Infrastructure Development

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) has continued to play a leading role in supporting African countries to strengthen regional infrastructure connectivity, promote Africa’s integration and industrialization efforts.

in 2016 NEPAD-IPPF sustained the provision of grants for project preparation and development for complex, cross-border regional infrastructure projects in energy,"...

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February 12, 2017

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Venezuela maintains coordination with Algeria to “rebalance” oil market

Venezuela maintains its coordination with Algeria to “rebalance” the oil market and obtain “fair and sustainable” prices said Saturday, in Algiers, the Venezuelan minister of Foreign Affairs, Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez.

“We maintain our coordination to rebalance the market and obtain just and sustainable prices,” which take into account “the interests of producer countries and the overall functioning of global"...

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February 8, 2017

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Tebboune warns against any rise in price of subsidized products

Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, and Interim Minister of Trade Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday warned against any increase in the prices of subsidized products, adding that speculators will get the maximum penalties.

Tebboune, who was chairing a meeting with the executives of the Trade Ministry, the first since its appointment as interim minister, underlined that any increase in the prices of products subsidized by the State is"...

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February 6, 2017

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Patient Safety Movement Announces 69,519 Lives Saved

(ME NewsWire)-- The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced today, at the 5th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, that 69,519 lives were saved in 2016, thanks to the efforts of more than 3526 hospitals committing to patient safety and the 70 healthcare technology companies who have signed an open data pledge.

During his keynote address on the first day of the Summit, former Vice President Joe Biden noted"......

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February 1, 2017

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People’s National Assembly adopts bill on metrology

The bill relating to the national system of metrology was adopted Tuesday in a plenary session by the People’s National Assembly, in the presence notably of Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, the speaker of this parliamentary institution, and Minister of Industry and Mining Abdesslam Bouchouareb.

This bill is one of the new measures of a comprehensive mechanism contributing to raising local products to the level of quality requirements with the"...

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January 31, 2017

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New Legislation grants more Powers to Standards Agency

The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma has given thumbs up to the National Assembly for empowering the agency to combat the influx, production and distribution of substandard products in the country.

According to him, the passage of the SON Act 14 of 2015 has provided the leeway for the organisation to prevent suspected substandard products from circulation even while investigations to ascertain the compliance"...

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January 30, 2017

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Budget Cuts Threaten Algeria’s Fragile Social Peace

Plummeting oil prices and dwindling revenues prompted the Algerian government to adopt austerity measures including tax hikes and subsidies cuts leading to protests, notably in the restive south and northeast of the country.

Algeria, which has nurtured a system based on generous handouts to the population taking the form of subsidies to fuel, electricity, housing and foodstuff, is no longer able to maintain the same public spending pace as its budget deficit grows wider since the fall in oil prices from about 119 dollars a"...

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January 28, 2017

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Algerian-French relations are backed by “very close” political dialogue

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Tahar Hadjar affirmed Wednesday, in Paris, that the relations between Algeria and France are backed by a “very close” political dialogue, underlining intense activities between the two countries.

“This 4th conference takes place at an important time in the development of relations between our two countries. Relations which have been marked, over the past few years, by intense"...

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