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Egypt increases gas prices by 75%, part of austerity measures

The Egyptian government on Saturday raised gas prices for households and businesses by between 33.3 and 75 percent, the latest move in an IMF-backed austerity program signed in 2016 to revamp the North African nation’s ailing economy. The tough austerity measures have won praise from economists and business leaders but have come as a heavy […]

Sudan: appeals court overturns death sentence of Noura Hussein

A Sudanese court on Tuesday overturned a death sentence on a teenager who killed her husband who, she alleged, had tried to rape her. Noura Hussein, 19, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said. Sudanese teenager Noura was sentenced to death by hanging by an Islamic religious court for killing […]

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Nine lions poisoned in Tanzania, 17 since 2015

Tanzania’s National Parks spokesman Pascal Shelutete on Tuesday said about nine lions at the world famous Serengeti National Park have been poisoned. Officials of the park discovered the carcasses of the lions over the weekend, but the motive for the poisoning is unclear. This is the third poisoning incident since 2015. A total of 19 […]

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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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Ghana: A dancehall musician wins Artist of the Year

Ghana’s late dancehall musician Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng with stage name Ebony Reigns made history on Saturday by being the first female and the first artist to win the Artist of the Year award posthumously in Ghana. Her album Bonyfield also won “Album of the Year”, and her song Sponsor won “Afro Pop song of the […]

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Kenya: World’s last male northern white rhino dies

Sudan, The world’s last male northern white rhino, died on Monday after “age-related complications,” Kenyan authorities said on Tuesday. According to Old Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly” and he was no longer able to stand. The 45-year-old muscles and bones had degenerated and his […]

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Climate Change: Zambia raises over $84 million from Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved $84.5 million to support two projects in Zambia in the energy and agriculture sectors, state media reported. The southern African nation will spend $52.2 million out of the 84.5 million for the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) while 32.3 million dollars […]

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Malawi leads typhoid conjugate vaccine in Africa

The Malawian government has launched a new generation of typhoid vaccines making it the first country in Africa using the vaccines, Reuters reports. According to the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust, which is running the program, the clinical trials are meant to test the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV). About 24,000 children aged […]

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Algeria: French movie star Gerard Depardieu proclaims love, chides French colonization

French movie longstanding star Gerard Depardieu has proclaimed his love for Algeria and said he wants to live in the North African country in comments in which he lashed out at France’s colonization. “Algeria is a wonderful country, I am interested in the history of Algeria. Its people are intelligent and not as described in […]

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British-born Ugandan Black Panther star wins major award at BAFTAs

Daniel Kaluuya, a British actor of Ugandan origin, has won the Rising Star award at the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs), at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday. Kaluuya first attracted public attention in the early 2000s playing Posh Kenneth for the first two series of Skins. He proved his writing talents when […]

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