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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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Morocco closes schools & universities over coronavirus fears

Morocco’s Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research has decided to close schools and universities starting from Monday March 16.   In a press release issued, Friday, the Ministry said that the decision includes «kindergarten, educational institutions, vocational training schools, universities and other institutions that are affiliated to the Ministry of […]

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Tanzania’s tourism hit hard by coronavirus

In Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, the tourism-dominated economy has been hard hit by tourists’ fears over the Coronavirus pandemic, with reports of hotel cancellations after the government suspended direct flights from Italy. The East African nation has not had any confirmed case of the coronavirus. According to the BBC, at least 80% of Zanzibar’s […]

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Liberia strengthens its diplomatic presence in Morocco, opens consulate general in Dakhla

As announced last week, Liberia has strengthened its diplomatic presence in Morocco with the official opening this Thursday of a consulate in the southern city of Dakhla.   The opening ceremony was chaired by Liberian Foreign minister, Gbehzohngar Findley, in the presence of his Moroccan peer, Nasser Bourita.   In addition to the embassy in […]

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