Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Oil production in Pariang district in South Sudan.
JUBA, South Sudan (ViaNews) - Officials are now joining residents in protesting the environmental crisis in South Sudan. The newest cause for concern is the cancer-causing radioactive waste. Plug County is located in the Melut Basin, home to South Sudan’s most productive – and hence polluting - oil fields. In view of this proximity, it is no wonder that Plug...
Elections
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - The Kenyan political sphere is at its fever pitch with the general elections just under two weeks away. As has been the norm, politicians from various divide are in their vintage best as the quest to leave a mark before the August 8 polls continues. Currently, there are two major political affiliations that enjoy massive following....
Ethiopia Renaissance dam
CAIRO, Egypt (Vianews) - The Nile River is the beating heart of all the nations it flows through. It starts in Burundi and finally passes through Egypt to end in the Mediterranean Sea running a total distance of 6,853 km making it the second longest river in the world. Countries have used the river for agriculture, generating electricity, and...
South Sudan girls collected water from a recently opened borehole. Water that, if contaminated, may pose a serious health threat. Photo by: Arsenie Coseac.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - In May 2018, the United Nation‘s Environment Programme published the South Sudan‘s First State of Environment Report and Outlook. From literally its first page on, the report details what such environmental and human rights organizations as Germany‘s Sign of Hope have been saying for many years. The ruthless and reckless practices engaged in by South Sudan‘s...
The centre of Kigali, Rwanda.
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - Rwanda, a small country of about 12 million people that is located in East Africa has risen from the depths of turbulent times forever embedded in history to be a hub of buzzing business, visionary leadership and insatiable quest for progress. The foundation of the current state of affairs has been built on the ashes of...
Kenyatta wins Kenyan elections.
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - There has been widespread unrest in some parts of Kenya following the announcement of the presidential election results, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which essentially granted Uhuru Kenyatta a second term in office. The results announced on Friday night, saw IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declare Kenyatta winner of the August 8 polls with...
Kenya Presidential election result annulled by Supreme Court decision.
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - The Supreme Court of Kenya added a new twist to the election conundrum after nullifying the Kenyan presidential elections held on August 8 during an announcement made on Friday morning in Nairobi. Four judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga, his deputy Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola were on the view that the electoral...
Westgate shopping mall, Kenya.
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - September 21, 2013, is a day that is carved into Kenya’s history as one of the darkest moments. The bright and sunny Saturday afternoon gave the bubbly shoppers at the mall and Kenyans alike no inkling that disaster was to strike. Shortly before midday, four heavily armed men affiliated to the militia group Al-Shabaab opened...
South Sudan oil contamination. Photo by: Courtesy German NGO Sign of Hope.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - “Lundin Petroleum’s chief executive and chairman are set to be charged with aggravated crimes against human rights over the Swedish oil company’s role in causing thousands of deaths in South Sudan,” states the report published in the October 18th edition of the Financial Times. These crimes were allegedly committed in the course of Lundin’s exploration for...
The pipe was repaired, but the contaminant was left in the environment. Photo by: Nile Institute of Environmental Health.
Trigged by an oil spill and subsequent heavy rainfall, waves of oil and contaminants-soaked mud are rolling over South Sudanese villages and farmlands, reports the Nile Institute of Environmental Health (NIE-Health), one of the country’s leading environmental monitoring and reporting institutions. The oil spill resulted from a bursting in December 2017 of a pipeline connecting Paloch and Adar, home to...
NGO Sign of Hope shows, based on scientific research and analysis, that the oil industry in the state of Unity (South Sudan) pollutes the drinking water and people are poisoned with heavy metals. Photo by: Sign of Hope.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - VENRO, a group of 120 Germany-based NGOs providing humanitarian and development assistance around the world, produced a report entitled “Uncomfortable partners – from confrontation to cooperation: NGO’S strategies for dealing with companies”. This is an important report because it covers – in-depth – a key subject: how NGOs – the brave Davids of this world...
Fisht Olympic stadium
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - African football has been on the ascendancy in the last couple of years with Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the heart of driving that change. In 2018, Africa will set on another course of discovery when its five representatives head to Russia for the FIFA World Cup. Prior to the most prestigious competition in...

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Electric transmission lines station in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Photo by Rjcastillo.

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Web Summit opening ceremony. From left to right: Fernando Medina, (Lisbon Mayor), Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit founder), and Antonio Costa (Portuguese Prime-Minister). Photo by: ViaNews.

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Pro-EU march in London on March 25, 2017 to mark 60 years since the Treaty of Rome. Photo by: Ilovetheeu.

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Lecture by Carlos Ghosn (X 1974), Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance at the Ecole Polytechnique

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Eurico Brilhante Dias interview about investing in Portugal at the Web Summit. Photo by: ViaNews.

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Storyteller, Ewan Spence interview. Photo by: ViaNews.

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