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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia

Zimbabwe faces malaria outbreak as it locks down to counter coronavirus

At least 131 people have died from malaria in Zimbabwe in a new outbreak, adding pressure to a country already struggling to deal with Covid-19. According to the Ministry of Health, the fatalities occurred in 201 outbreak clusters, mostly from malarious provinces such as Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East. Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s lockdown has been extended […]

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Footballers support communities face COVID-19 challenge in Africa

As coronavirus pandemic is spreading in Africa, governments take various measures including curfew and lockdown in some big cities to stop the disease. Thousands of people are affected by these measures and needs for food and medical supports become urgent. In order to help populations in Africa, banks, NGOs, governments as well as individuals are […]

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COVID-19: Tunisia tourism could lose $1.4bln

In Tunisia, the tourism sector could lose $1.4 billion and 400,000 jobs this year due to the new coronavirus pandemic, local media reported. In a letter sent to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Tunisia’s central bank governor and finance minister said the country’s economy would shrink by up to 4.3%. “We are working with partner […]

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COVID-19: Major relief airlift reaches ‘most vulnerable’ African nations

The World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have dispatched aboard an Ethiopian Airlines charter one million facemasks, along with gloves, goggles, ventilators and many other essentials destined to most vulnerable African countries. In addition to face masks, gloves and goggles, other vitally needed personal protective equipment being transported includes face shields, […]

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Corruption: DR Congo president’s chief of staff arrested

The chief of staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Wednesday in the capital, Kinshasa, after hours of questioning into the alleged misappropriation of funds. According to local media, Vital Kamerhe was arrested over his role following allegations of corruption in infrastructure projects that fell under his remit during […]

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African leaders back WHO and Tedros Ghebreyesus after Trump’s attacks

African leaders on Wednesday rallied behind the World Health Organization (WHO) and its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following an attack on the world health body by American president Donald Trump. “The WHO really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good […]

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Chad: President Idriss Deby joins new operation against Boko Haram

Chad’s President, Idriss Deby Itno has joined the country’s soldiers in the frontline of the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the country. The Central African nation has launched a new anti-terror operation in the Lake Chad region against Boko Haram last week. “We launched the “Wrath of Bomo” operation. We must defeat terrorism to […]

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Paleontology: Ancient Flying Reptiles Discovered in Morocco

A team of international scientists have discovered lately the fossils of three new species of toothed pterosaurs in the South-eastern Morocco 100 million years ago. These flying reptiles, which lived in the Moroccan Saharan region, roamed the skies with a wingspan of around four meters and would prey on fish using large spike-like teeth on […]

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UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa with a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).   This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which is threatening to […]

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Burundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation – UN

Two months ahead of Burundi’s planned local and presidential elections, senior UN-appointed independent rights investigators have urged the Government to reopen the “democratic, civil and political space” there. “These are not only basic human rights, they are also an absolute requirement for the holding of free, transparent and credible elections in a peaceful climate”, said […]

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