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Africa: Pharmacy Students produce hand sanitizers to fight Covid 19

Since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, sales of hydro-alcoholic disinfectant products have tripled and many pharmacies and shops are out of stock in many African countries. Togo has also suffered this shortage and rise in prices. To address the shortage on the market, the University of Lomé, through a team of students in Pharmacy […]

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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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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Egypt records first coronavirus death in Africa

Africa has recorded its first fatality of the coronavirus outbreak. The victim is a German tourist who was under treatment in Egypt.   The 60-year-old had arrived in Egypt a week ago and complained of a fever. He was taken to a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada for treatment where he was […]

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Africa/Football: Cairo to host CAF headquarters for another decade

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, will remain in the Egyptian capital of Cairo for 10 additional years following an agreement with the Egyptian government. The deal provides the African football governing body several advantages including diplomatic status. “The agreement recognizes the international legal personality of CAF as an international non-governmental organization,” CAF said in […]

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Eritrea, others denounce Trump’s expanded US travel ban

The government of Eritrea has described a US ban on immigrant visas for its citizens as “unacceptable”.   Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed said the government saw the ban as a political move that would hurt the country’s relations with the United States. He however ruled out the expulsion of the US ambassador over […]

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Africa’s economy to grow despite external shocks – AfDB

Africa’s economic growth is forecast to rise to about 4% this year and next year from 3.4% in 2019, driven by infrastructure investments and natural resource exports, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said. The forecast which is roughly at the same level as that estimated by the institution for the year 2018, was driven by […]

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Nigeria announces visas on arrival for all African visitors in 2020

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has announced Nigeria will begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals from next year. Buhari announced the plan while attending a peace and development forum in Egypt. “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people […]

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Forum on peace, security in Africa kicks off in Egypt

The first Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development kicked off on Wednesday in the upper Egyptian city of Aswan. The forum aims to address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions. The initiative is being launched by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in his capacity as the Chairman […]

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COP25:Morocco’s ambitious approach presented at climate summit

The head of the Moroccan government has highlighted the ambitious approach adopted by Morocco to face the challenges of climate change. Addressing the Summit of Heads of State and Government, held Monday in Madrid in the framework of the COP25, Saad Dine El Otmani pointed out that Morocco continues, under the leadership and personal involvement […]

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