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NIGERIA/PFIZER: U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says it has begun paying victims and families affected by a 1996 drug trial that killed and crippled children in northern Nigeria. Pfizer on Thursday said it made payments of $175,000 to the families of four children who died in the study. The payments were made after relatives provided DNA evidence to show that they were related to the deceased individuals.
FIFA/DROUGHT: The world football body, FIFA, says it will donate $1 million to the International Red Cross to help combat the famine in Somalia.
IVORY COAST/KILLINGS: The United Nations says armed forces in Ivory Coast have carried out 26 extrajudicial killings in the past month. The rights representative for the United Nations' mission in Ivory Coast, Guillaume Ngefa, said Thursday his office has documented more than 100 human rights violations in the county between mid-July and mid-August. He said those included 85 illegal arrests.
IVORY COAST/VIOLENCE: This week saw dozens of allies to former Ivorian leader, Laurent Gbagbo, arrested for crimes related to post-electoral violence, but President Alassane Ouattara continues to come under criticism for what appears to be one-sided justice.
HORN OF AFRICA/DROUGHT: The United States has announced an additional $17 million in funding to help Horn of Africa nations deal with drought and famine.
SOMALIA/CHOLERA: The World Health Organization says Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as people deal with unsanitary living conditions and malnutrition.
SOMALIA/MITIGATION: With Somalia's famine spreading, experts are looking at new strategies to address the crisis, which go beyond simply feeding people.
WHO/SOMALIA CHOLERA: World Health Organization officials say in Somalia, cholera was confirmed in 60 percent of laboratory tests of a random sampling of 30 cases of acute watery diarrhea, an indication that an epidemic is going on in . The health officials say this alarming situation is a result of overcrowding and unsanitary living conditions aggravated by malnutrition due to famine.
KENYA: Nairobi city councilors have elected George Aladwa of the Orange Democratic Movement as mayor of Kenya's capital.
SOUTH AFRICA/HEALTH: South Africa’s government is set to propose a national health insurance plan aimed at improving health care services for the poor. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the goal of the plan, known as NHI, is to ensure that everyone in the country receives essential healthcare, regardless of their employment status or ability to make a direct financial contribution.