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South Africa to ease lockdown restrictions from June 1

With nearly 25,000 confirmed cases and more than 500 deaths, South Africa is the worst affected country on the continent. However, at a press conference on Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the country will move to ‘level 3’ from June 1, while identifying ‘hot spots’, which will remain at ‘level 4’. In these spots, […]

Togo: Archbishop Philippe Kpodzro interrogated for several hours in Kodjo’s case

Archbishop Philippe Kpodzro, come to visit his foal, former Prime Minister Gabriel Agbéyomé Kodjo who was arrested Tuesday (April 21) was subjected to several hours of interrogation. The former Archbishop of Lomé returned home shortly before curfew began. Meanwhile, Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have, in a collective statement, lamented the “brutality […]

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Over $330 million needed to cope with ‘worst-ever’ hunger crisis in Zimbabwe – WFP

With Zimbabwe now experiencing its “worst-ever hunger crisis”, the UN food relief agency has revised its humanitarian appeal to step up food assistance to people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic stagnation, saying that $331.5 million are needed.   The revised humanitarian appeal covers January 2019 through to April 2020, with a total requirement […]

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Saudi crown prince visits Algeria

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived Monday in Algeria, where hundreds of people have been protesting the visit over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The powerful prince and his large delegation were seen being greeted on a red carpet at Algiers airport by Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and members of his […]

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China pledges to build a 650-seat parliament in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s information minister on Friday said Chinese officials have pledged $46 million for a new parliament building, to be built on a plot of farmland outside the capital Harare. The building, extending over a total floor area of 33,000 square meters, will replace the current parliament building, built in the colonial era. An artist’s impression […]

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Côte d’Ivoire-local elections: Ouattara’s ruling coalition wins Majority

With 92 mayors and 18 regional councilors, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling alliance won a majority in local elections that were contested by its former coalition ally Henri Konan Bédié. The PDCI, led by Henri Konan Bédié, alleged electoral fraud and filed appeals before the country’s Supreme Court, challenging the results in several constituencies. Violence […]

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UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted, abused in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release. The development reportedly happened in April, ahead of the signing in August of a new peace agreement […]

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Kenyan government unveils next year’s budget

Kenyan Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich has unveiled the 2018/2019 budget in Parliament, local media reported. The expenditure will help finance President Uhuru Kenyatta’s so-called Big Four agenda, which seeks to boost agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and home building to drive economic growth. The record budget of 3.07 trillion shillings is expected to be financed through […]

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Billions of dollars in remittances flowed to Africa in 2017 – Report

The World Bank and other development partners have revealed that the total money transfers by African migrants to their region or country of origin surged from $34 billion in 2016 to $38 billion, in 2017. The amount includes intra-African transfers. According the Word Bank’s report “Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Prospects”, released on April […]

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UN, AU voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau

The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference. “The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United […]

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