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Egypt: US visa lottery winners frustrated by Trump’s ban extension

US President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend the 2020 US Diversity Visa Lottery could have dramatic consequences on thousands of winners. On the shores of the Mediterranean in Alexandria, many Egyptian winners feel cheated. This is the case of this teacher. Islam Elrweny had to abandon his post in Saudi Arabia. I was shocked by […]

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Why does Emirati entrepreneur Sara Al Madani say no to female empowerment & yes to failure?

From a very early age, Emirati entrepreneur Dr. Sara Al Madani believed her ideas could turn a tidy profit. “I started my first business at the age of fifteen with only Dh20,000 ($5,445), and I’ve been financially independent ever since,” she told Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham, anchor of Inspire Middle East. Since then, Her Excellency has made […]

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Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

The mysterious deaths of several hundred elephants in northern Botswana within a short period of time is raising deep concerns. Question over these deaths remain unanswered several days after the publication of a report by the NGO Elephants Without Borders and its confirmation by Director of National Parks and Wildlife. At least 275, carcasses have […]

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Botswana coronavirus: Ministry temporarily closed over exposure

Botswana remains one of Africa’s least impacted countries, one of a handful with less than 100 cases of COVID-19. Government has in the past month taken drastic measures including a strict lockdown. President Eric Masisi tested negative for the third time on June 1. The wholes parliament was quarantined at a point when a health […]

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Normalcy returning to Ethiopia capital, AU speaks, net still blocked

Four days since the murder of famed Oromo entertainer Hachalu Hundessa, normalcy is returning to the Ethiopian capital after last few days of deadly protests, bomb blasts and deployment of the army to curb rising violence. The BBC reports that many businesses and offices in Addis Ababa have reopened as of Friday morning. The city […]

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Should African countries prolong border closure to EU? [Morning Call]

The European Union says travelers from the United States and most other countries would not be able to enter Europe beyond July 1, citing epidemiological factors for the decision. Other countries whose travel restrictions were extended include Brazil, Russia and India, which have seen their number of positive cases surge in recent weeks. The US, […]

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Ivory Coast Prime Minister returns after overseas medical check

Ivorian Prime minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, returned home on Thursday after a two-month absence for medical treatment in France. The presidential candidate of the ruling Rally of Republicans party addressed the media upon his arrival at the airport saying he was ready to resume his duties alongside President Alassane Ouattara. “I am back home to […]

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Ghanaian minister resigns over COVID-19 protocol breach

A sitting Ghanaian lawmaker and deputy minister has resigned his ministerial post after admitting to openly flouting COVID-19 protocols at a time he had tested positive. The presidency confirmed in a July 3 statement that Carlos Ahenkorah’s resignation as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry had been accepted by the president. “This follows the admission […]

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Africa’s tourism gears up for comeback [Interview]

At the beginning of 2020, Africa, the world’s second fastest growing tourism industry, was projected to rake in billions of dollars. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought travel and tourism to a near-standstill. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation estimates that the pandemic will cost up to 2 million direct and indirect jobs in tourism […]

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Africa COVID-19 stats: 432,421 cases; 10,646 deaths; 207,148 recoveries

There are now more than over 400,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the […]

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Somalia at 60: prez restates need for unity, solidarity

Somalis on Wednesday (July 1) celebrated the country’s 60th independence anniversary amid calls for solidarity despite the challenges facing the Horn of Africa nation. In his message, President Mohamed Farmajo underscored the commitment of Somalis to remain focused, noting that despite the many hardships they continue to face, Somalis can take pride in the progress […]

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Senegal bans EU travellers in retaliation for flight blacklist

After a snub on the list of 15 nations deemed ‘safe’ for their citizens to travel to the European Union, Senegal has reacted to the announcement. On Wednesday, Dakar announced that it would not reopen its air space to travellers from EU countries. The announcement was made by the Senegalese air transport minister without further […]

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Russian referendum allows Putin to stay in power till 2036

Nearly 78% of Russian voters officially approved the amendments to the country’s constitution that will allow Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. The Russian Electoral Commission announced this Thursday after all the ballots were counted. According to the commission, there was no case of fraud reported. But the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is […]

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Burundi at 58: Bujumbura hosts first post-Nkurunziza celebrations

Burundi on Wednesday (July 1) marked its 58th independence anniversary. The official ceremony in the capital Bujumbura featured colorful parades by security personnel and civilians. Presiding over the event was President Evariste Ndayishimiye who ascended to power in June following the death of President Pierre Nkuruzinza. He cautioned the nation against being used as “instruments […]

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Ghana coronavirus: 18,134 cases; Accra case load hits 10,000

Ghana is West Africa’s most impacted nation behind Nigeria, at a point in May 2020, Ghana led the regional case load. June has started with progressive lifting of more virus restrictions. President Akufo-Addo in his tenth address announced that whiles borders remained closed, some categories of academic institutions are allowed to resume, religious places can […]

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Funeral held for slain Ethiopian singer

The funeral of Hachalu Hundessa, the slain Ethiopian singer, was held Thursday in his hometown of Ambo, in the Oromia region. The singer, whose highly political lyrics expressed frustrations of the Oromo people, who have long considered themselves marginalised, was shot dead Monday night in Addis Ababa. His death immediately rekindled tensions. Demonstrations resulted in […]

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Rwanda COVID-19: random tests, drive-thru testing at Kigali stadium

July 2: street tests, drive-thru testing Rwanda has began implementing a random testing scheme on the streets of the capital Kigali. There is also a drive through testing scheme at the national stadium. The Rwanda Biomedical Center, RBC; tweeted that the tests at the Kigali Amahoro National Stadium is expected to serve 5000 people in […]

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S. Africa: protest against Africa’s first vaccine trial

Protesters gathered outside the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg Wednesday against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial. With burned face masks, protesters sang and danced carrying banners which read “We’re not guinea pigs… No safe vaccine.” “It goes against all protocols. And even if people are going to consent, there has to be informed consent. […]

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Kenya coronavirus: over 6,600 cases; tourism industry gets big boost

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts. This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. You can […]

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Ethiopia virus updates disrupted by security-linked internet outage

Ethiopia is one of East / Horn of Africa’s least impacted nations as compared to rate of COVID-19 case growth and infection of its neighbours. A state of emergency lasting five-months has been imposed by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led government. All land borders have since been shut as a virus control measure with […]

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Belgian King’s letter of apology to Congo [PRESS REVIEW]

Letter of the Belgian king to Felix Tshisekedi on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the DRC. Nigeria’s Buhari warns his a large percentage of people in his country risks sliding into extreme poverty. Manu Dibango, the most sampled African artist of all time, with more than 125 samples and covers recorded, ‘according to […]

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Botswana coronavirus: president enters fourth quarantine

Botswana remains one of Africa’s least impacted countries, one of a handful with less than 100 cases of COVID-19. Government has in the past month taken drastic measures including a strict lockdown. President Eric Masisi tested negative for the third time on June 1. The wholes parliament was quarantined at a point when a health […]

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Locusts threaten food supplies in Kenya

Desert locusts continue to threaten Kenya’s food supply after invading the north-western part of the country by the millions. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations works with Kenyan logisticians to search for and monitor dense areas of locust invasions in the country’s desert. Among them, Boris Polo and his team are using […]

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Nigeria coronavirus: 26,484 cases; local flights start July 8, recoveries hit 10,000

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, as at end of June 2020 was Africa’s third most impacted country only behind South Africa and Egypt. As Africa’s biggest economy, the federal government has continued to enforce regulations across the board even though most state governments have moved to relax restrictions. The national response is led by the […]

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Africa COVID-19 stats: 418,211 cases; 10,406 deaths; 198,182 recoveries

There are now more than over 400,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the […]

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Ethiopia protest singer buried in Ambo, deadly blasts rock Addis

July 2: Hachalu buried in Ambo, blast rocks Addis The funeral of Oromo protest singer Hachalu Hundessa has been held in his hometown of Ambo in the Oromia regional state, the BBC reports. The event was under heavy security as a sparse crowd joined the final rites for the artist whose killing earlier this week […]

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China rejects Taiwan – Somaliland ‘bilateral, diplomatic’ overtures

Taiwan and Somaliland, Somalia’s northern autonomous region, have agreed to boost diplomatic relations between them. The main feature being the opening of Representative Offices in their respective capitals. “We’ve signed an agreement with Somaliland to establish good relations. A Taiwan Representative Office will be set up in this independent country on the Horn of Africa. […]

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South Africa trains resume amid strict virus control protocols

After almost 100 days of closure, the South African passenger rail service is operating again as the country’s lockdown restrictions ease up. Passenger numbers are limited, masks are mandatory, and the trains are sanitised after each trip. South Africa is still heading towards its COVID-19 outbreak peak, and some passengers worry that more could be […]

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