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Nigerian Elections 2015: Have you ever wondered what an official election observing looks like? Check out U.S. Embassy Nigeria’s photos from earlier today where Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs LindaThomas-Greenfield is leading an observer mission. 

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Some of the unsung heroes in the ‪#‎Ebola‬ response are the health care workers and volunteers on the frontline. Many have contracted the virus and some have lost their lives to Ebola. Hear first-hand accounts from health care workers in West Africa on the continued struggle to fight Ebola. Learn more: http://goo.gl/3oHTD6

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It’s a fact of life in Nepal that having access to power lines..

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"It’s a fact of life in Nepal that having access to power lines does not mean that you always have power. What’s more, about 24 percent of the population still has no access to electricity at all, whether on-grid or off-grid…Creating new sources of electricity is part of the solution, and distributing it throughout the country will require infrastructure and reform." Learn More: http://go.usa.gov/3YDed

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“The future of Pemba, and of Mozambique, depends on its residents’ ability to adapt to climate change. Mozambique is among the African countries most vulnerable to climate change, with over 1,550 miles of coastline, more than half of its population living along the ocean, and cities that function as the nation’s economic hubs. Floods, droughts and tropical cyclones are all common. In places like Pemba, floods will likely become less predictable and more severe, magnified by sea level rise.” - USAID Climate Change Advisor Colin Quinn. Read his blog entry A City in Need: A Case Study of Climate Change Adaptation from Mozambique

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Earlier this month the Department of State hosted a TechCamp for women entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In support of President Obama’s Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas initiative (WEAmericas), this TechCamp provided technology training to 100 Bolivian entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses. Learn More: http://go.usa.gov/3Yb8R

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Re-writing the dollar rules

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : Yesterday was a strong indicator of the changing dynamic in FX markets, in that we saw the dollar weaker even when stocks were on the back-foot and political tensions in the Middle East were escalating. We moved away from the “risk-on/risk-off” world seen in the wake of the global financial crisis and the dollar was weaker despite these twin forces that in the past would have propelled the dollar higher. Since then, we’ve seen the dollar recover, with the dollar index bouncing off trend line…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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More sustained dollar weakness

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : The dollar is on the defensive in the early part of the European session. This is most noticeable on USDJPY, which is now below the 118.50 level. The price action is not more indicative of a dollar correction after the volatility seen in the wake of the Fed decision, rather than a pause in the up-trend. This could well serve to increase FX volatility into the end of the month as longer-term players are forced to re-consider their positioning. Elsewhere, the dollar correction is also apparent…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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“As a country with armed conflict in its own recent past, El Salvador appreciates the importance of international peacekeeping.  Today, El Salvador is doing its part to help other countries around the world get on the path to peace.  El Salvador is a founding partner in the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) — a U.S. Government-funded security assistance program working to meet the growing global demand for peacekeepers. This month, with support from the GPOI program, El Salvador took a major step with its first independent deployment of 90 Salvadoran peacekeepers in support of the United Nations-led stabilization effort in Mali.”Learn More: http://go.usa.gov/3r6HF

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