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SUNS # 9131 Thursday 4 June 2020

Trade : US to target countries that impose digital services taxes (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The United States appears intent on triggering another tariff war by targeting countries that impose "digital services taxes" on American digital behemoths, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft among others.

COVID-19 : Prioritizing life or economy will determine focus in urban areas (PRIV)
(IPS, Rio de Janeiro)
The first priority in the COVID-19 pandemic was to save lives, in an effort to avoid even more devastating economic losses if strict lockdown and isolation were not put in place.

Africa : COVID-19, flooding & locusts make Somalia susceptible to trafficking (PRIV)
(IPS, Mogadishu)
While simultaneously suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, flooding and a locust crisis, Somalia could well see a rise in the number of people who are susceptible to human trafficking.

Kenya : Debate over women's rights to matrimonial property (PRIV)
(IPS, Nairobi)
Ida Njeri was a civil servant with access to a Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCO) through her employer, and her husband a private consultant in the information and communication sector, when she began taking low-interest loans from the cooperative so they could buy up land in Ruiru, Central Kenya.

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