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US Official: Sub-Saharan Africa Food Security Hardest Hit by Russia’s War

A senior U.S. official said Friday that sub-Saharan Africa is the region hardest hit by disruptions to the global food supply due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  "Food prices worldwide are 23% higher than a year ago, but they hit the hardest in sub-Saharan Africa where food consumes 40% of household budgets," Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told an audience at the University of Ghana in Accra. "Regardless of how you feel about Russia, we all have a powerful common interest in mitigating the impact of the war on Ukraine on food security."  Thomas-Greenfield, who is the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and a member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet, is
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08/08/2022
A senior U.S. official said Friday that sub-Saharan Africa is the region hardest hit by disruptions to the global food supply due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  "Food prices worldwide are 23% higher than a year ago, but they hit the hardest in sub-Saharan Africa where food consumes 40% of household budgets," Ambassador Linda Thomas- [Read more]
08/08/2022
U.S. Senate Democrats, over uniform Republican opposition, Sunday approved sweeping legislation to combat climate change, trim health care costs and raise taxes on highly profitable corporations. The measure, a scaled-down version of President Joe Biden's long-stalled economic legislative plan, was narrowly approved 51-50, with the tie- [Read more]
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Congressional Democrats appear to be on the cusp of passing legislation that would dedicate $369 billion to combat climate change through a combination of grants, tax cuts, subsidies and other measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In addition to its climate-related elements, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) makes it poss [Read more]
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The Senate parliamentarian Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden's top domestic goals.  Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber's nonpartisan rules arbiter, [Read more]
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Kenyan ministers said the government has no intention of banning Facebook despite a watchdog last week accusing the social media platform of failing to stop hate speech ahead of Aug. 9 elections. Kenya's National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) last week gave Facebook one week to comply with regulations against ethnic hate sp [Read more]
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08/08/2022
Congressional Democrats appear to be on the cusp of passing legislation that would dedicate $369 billion to combat climate change through a combination of grants, tax cuts, subsidies and other measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In addition to its climate-related elements, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) makes it poss [Read more]
08/08/2022
U.S. Senate Democrats, over uniform Republican opposition, Sunday approved sweeping legislation to combat climate change, trim health care costs and raise taxes on highly profitable corporations. The measure, a scaled-down version of President Joe Biden's long-stalled economic legislative plan, was narrowly approved 51-50, with the tie- [Read more]
08/08/2022
The evenly split U.S. Senate has passed sweeping climate and tax legislation, which Democrats also dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. With Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote and all Democrats on board, lawmakers worked late Saturday into Sunday debating the measure. As VOA's Arash Arabasadi reports, Senate [Read more]