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Kenya Announces $314M Plan To Tackle Drought, Food Shortages

The government of Kenya on Wednesday announced a $314 million plan to “tackle a drought which has hit food crop-growing regions, reduced hydro-electricity production and led to widespread water shortages,” Bloomberg reports.

Clinton Visits Democratic Republic Of Congo

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo said the U.S. is “very concerned about civilian casualties, both deaths and rapes, and other injuries from the military action” in the country, Reuters reports (Pleming, 8/11).

Clinton To Meet With South African Leaders

After arriving in South Africa on Thursday as part of her 11-day African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “encouraged South Africa to take a leadership role on the political crisis in neighboring Zimbabwe,” Bloomberg reports (Zacharia, 8/7).

Clinton Heads To Kenya As Africa Visit Begins

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off a seven country 11-day trip — “her longest overseas journey to date as the top U.S. diplomat — by flying Monday night to Kenya where she will address an African trade and development forum, meet top Kenyan officials and see the beleaguered president of lawless Somalia’s interim government,” the Associated Press reports.

Nigeria, UNICEF Launch First National Child Health Week

UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, who visited Nigeria to launch the country’s first ever National Child Health Week, said an unacceptably high number of children in the country are dying from preventable diseases, and she called on Nigerian government officials to provide integrated healthcare, Xinhua reports.