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Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic but not cancelled

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic spreads worldwide, an unprecedented shifting of the world’s largest sporting event that casts a universe of athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and sports organizations into a period of protracted uncertainty. The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after phone discussions between […]

Sudanese Defense Minister died during peace talks with rebels

Sudanese Defense Minister Lieutenant General Jamal al-Din Omar died of an unspecified illness Wednesday while in neighboring South Sudan for peace talks with his country’s main rebel groups, the military announced. Omar had “suffered from a number of chronic illnesses,” armed forces spokesman Amer Mohamed al-Hassan said without elaborating. The government delegation in the South […]

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Coronavirus: Morocco’s Police Arrest 122 People for Violating Lockdown

Coronavirus: Morocco’s Police Arrest 122 People for Violating Lockdown

Moroccan police of the city of Salé (Rabat’s twin city) arrested on Monday 122 people including (nine minors) for breaking the rules of the public health emergency enforced in the country from March 20 until April 20 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.   The offenders were captured while they were on a public road […]

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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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South Africa to build 40km fence along Zimbabwe border

South Africa will build a 40km fence along its border with Zimbabwe to prevent undocumented migrants from entering and spreading coronavirus – even though the neighboring country has no confirmed cases. The planned fence is to be erected on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry to “ensure that no undocumented or infected […]

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COVID-19: Morocco declares health emergency, unveils rescue package to impacted workers & businesses

COVID-19: Morocco declares health emergency, unveils rescue package to impacted workers & businesses

Morocco has declared a health emergency and asked citizens not to leave home unless they receive an authorization from local authorities to buy essentials or go to work, an interior ministry statement said Thursday.   Movement will be restricted starting from Friday March 20 at 18:00 as a necessary measure after coronavirus cases started transmitting […]

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Sudan: Former FM under Bashir charged with connection with 1989 military coup

Sudan’s top prosecution office has ordered the arrest of former Foreign Minister Ali Karti for allegedly playing a role in the ascension to power of ousted leader Omar Bashir during the 1989 military coup. The top prosecution office said in a statement that Karti’s assets would be frozen and that arrest warrants had been issued […]

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Coronavirus: World Bank pledges $60 mln to Kenya

The World Bank on Monday announced a $60 million grant to help Kenya battle the coronavirus outbreak. According to the World Bank, the funding will improve surveillance, laboratory services, isolation units, equipment, supplies and communication to help mitigate the virus in the East African nation. Kenya has confirmed four cases of the COVID-19 disease thus […]

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Coronavirus: King of Morocco takes decisive measures to limit spread of pandemic

At the instructions of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan government took a series of decisive measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. King Mohammed VI thus gave his instructions to the government to create “immediately” a special fund dedicated to the management of the Coronavirus pandemic. The $1 billion fund, to be financed by […]

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African countries ban arrivals from virus-hit regions, close borders

Several African governments last weekend closed borders, canceled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine requirements to contain the spread the coronavirus.   In Southern Africa, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and warned the outbreak could have a “potentially lasting” impact on the southern African nation.   The high-risk […]

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