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29 Apr 2021, 16:18 GMT+10

ACCRA -- Food and nutrition insecurity in the West African sub-region remains a worrying concern for stakeholders, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said here on Wednesday.

The minister made the remarks in her keynote speech at the opening of the International Conference on West African Food Security, Storage System in Accra, capital of Ghana. (Ghana-Africa-Food)

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JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande on Wednesday called on the private sector to cooperate with the government in developing needed technology and technical skills.

"The focus on skills is wide-ranging and entails optimizing the regulatory environment, structural reforms to boost education and skills development," Nzimande said at the launch of the "Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA)-Microsoft-Afrika Tikkun Global Skills Initiative." (S Africa-Skills Training-Cooperation)

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PHNOM PENH -- A plane carrying the third batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the capital of Cambodia Wednesday night.

"The arrival of the vaccine today is another testament to the unbreakable iron-clad friendship between Cambodia and China," Cambodia's Health Ministry secretary of state Yok Sambath told reporters while receiving the vaccine at the Phnom Penh International Airport. (Cambodia-Sinopharm Vaccine)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 18 million, reaching 18,376,524 on Thursday, as a fresh high of 379,257 new cases were recorded during the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

As many as 3,645 deaths have been reported across the country since Wednesday morning, also the highest daily spike, taking the death toll to 204,832. (India-COVID-19)

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