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Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Graduates Its First Class  

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2014

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  •  The ceremony awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT)

KIGALI, Rwanda, July 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda (http://www.cmu.edu)  is proud to announce that its first class in Africa graduated on 24 July, 2014. The ceremony, which took place at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT).

The graduation underscores Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to educating engineers and entrepreneurs who are striving to make an economic impact in East Africa. Many of the students have ambitions to be the next technical innovators and business leaders responsible for ushering the region’s economic and social growth into the future.

In 2007, the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, recommended establishing Centres of Excellence throughout Africa to cultivate the science and technological…

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Mr. Djinnit condemns the renewal of heinous attacks in Nigeria

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2014

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DAKAR, Sénégal, July 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for West Africa and High Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Nigeria, Mr. Said Djinnit, strongly condemns the killing of civilians perpetrated over the week-end and yesterday reportedly by the Boko Haram group in the town of Damboa, in Borno State, and in Kaduna, in Kaduna State.

Mr. Djinnit expresses his profound outrage at the attacks, which resulted, according to initial reports, in the death of more than 130 people and forced a score number of about 15000 people to move to the Borno State capital of Maiduguri, or to neighbour towns of Biu and Goniri.

Mr. Djinnit expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and renews his solidarity and sympathy to the victims, as well as to the Government and the people of Nigeria.

He encourages the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost…

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Threat of Famine Looms in South Sudan  

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry, Secretary of State

Washington, DC

July 25, 2014

South Sudan now faces the worst food security crisis in the world. Violence has forced over 1.5 million people from their homes since mid-December, while more than 50,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition this year. This is not a crisis caused by drought or flood: it is a calamity created by conflict. Unless the fighting ends and a peace agreement is concluded, the number of those at risk of starvation — now as many as 3.9 million people, fully one-third of the population – will reach even more catastrophic levels.

South Sudan’s leaders need to make choices and they need to make them now if they’re going to pull their country back from the brink of famine. In the last months, I’ve traveled to Juba and Ethiopia to press on the cease-fire. I’ve had call after call with both leaders in South Sudan, pressing them to work closely with regional partners in support of mediation efforts. The United States has spoken out against ongoing fighting, obstruction of humanitarian access and failures to resolve the conflict.

But in the end, the leaders have to make decisions. President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar share responsibility for triggering this man-made crisis and they share responsibility for ending it. I call on them to end the fighting immediately and negotiate in good faith under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

The Government of South Sudan and the opposition must put the safety and wellbeing of the South Sudanese people first by immediately implementing the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, ensuring the security of humanitarian workers and goods, and dismantling unofficial checkpoints that impede the delivery of aid. International and South Sudanese humanitarian workers have saved lives at great personal risk. They must be able to do their jobs without the threat of violence, informal “taxation” or other arbitrary impediments.

The United States remains committed to the people of South Sudan and has provided more than $456 million in humanitarian aid this year alone. We call on fellow donor countries to make additional contributions. The people of South Sudan deserve the opportunity to begin rebuilding their country, and to develop the national and local institutions they need to put South Sudan on a path towards stability.

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US Department of State

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