London Metal exchange is getting serious about child labour and conflict

London Metal exchange is getting serious about child labour and conflict

London (CNN Business)The world’s biggest metal exchange is changing its rules to combat child labor, money laundering, bribery and corruption.

The London Metal Exchange will require producers that operate in high-risk and conflict zones to demonstrate that their products are responsibly sourced by 2022.
It’s a major policy shift for the 142-year-old exchange, which until now certified metals for trade only by evaluating qualities such as their shape, weight and chemical composition. Now it’s trying to ensure that the metal that ends up in cars or electronic devices is ethically sourced. Continue reading London Metal exchange is getting serious about child labour and conflict

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Congo: Militiamen kill senior WHO official in an attack on Congo Ebola centre

Congo: Militiamen kill senior WHO official in an attack on Congo Ebola centre

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (Reuters) – Heavily armed militiamen attacked a hospital treating Ebola patients in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, killing a senior World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist and injuring two others, officials said.

Three assailants from a local self-defense militia attacked the hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the epicenters of the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history, said Patrick Kambale, the city’s deputy mayor.

The outbreak is now spreading at its fastest rate since being declared last August, due largely to a spate of attacks by militiamen and others distrustful of the international response.

Continue reading Congo: Militiamen kill senior WHO official in an attack on Congo Ebola centre

American kidnapped in Uganda rescued unharmed along with driver after 5-day ordeal

American kidnapped in Uganda rescued unharmed along with driver after 5-day ordeal

An American who was kidnapped along with her driver in Uganda last week has been recovered unharmed, a spokesman for the Ugandan government said Sunday. The pair were recovered along the border with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Continue reading American kidnapped in Uganda rescued unharmed along with driver after 5-day ordeal

AFRICA: CONGO’s latest power-sharing deal shakey – just like previous ones; Dr Julie Norman and Dr Drew Mikhael

AFRICA: CONGO’s latest power-sharing deal shakey – just like previous ones; Dr Julie Norman and Dr Drew Mikhael

A power-sharing agreement might be Felix Tshisekedi’s only option as he tries to form a government following the recent disputed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo says Dr Julie Norman and Dr Drew Mikhael; AIWA! NO! Continue reading AFRICA: CONGO’s latest power-sharing deal shakey – just like previous ones; Dr Julie Norman and Dr Drew Mikhael

Congo presidential loser rejects surprise result as ‘coup’

Congo presidential loser rejects surprise result as ‘coup’

Supporters of Congo’s president-elect celebrated an unlikely win on Thursday, but the runner-up denounced a fix and France, Belgium and the Catholic Church all cast doubt on the results.

A chaotic vote in the vast and volatile nation of 80 million people has raised fears of renewed violence, and at least two people were killed in clashes at one town in the west.

But most parts of the country were calm.

The electoral commission (CENI) announced around 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, 55, had won the Dec. 30 vote, edging out another opposition candidate, businessman Martin Fayulu.

Fayulu called the results an “electoral coup” engineered by outgoing President Joseph Kabila to deny him the presidency.

France said the outcome was at odds with tallies provided by observers from the Catholic Church. These showed Fayulu winning, according to three diplomats briefed on the findings. Continue reading Congo presidential loser rejects surprise result as ‘coup’