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COVID-19: Africa passes the 500,000 confirmed cases threshold

Africa has passed the 500,000 confirmed cases threshold. This represents an additional 100,000 cases since July 1. According to the World Health Organization, 22 countries on the continent have seen their number of cases double in one month. With more than 12,000 deaths in five months on the continent, the Covid-19 pandemic is already more […]

Zimbabwe: Health minister fired for alleged corruption

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa finally separated on July 8 from his health minister, who was arrested two weeks ago on corruption charges. Obadiah Moyo, a former hospital director, was alleged to have fraudulently awarded $60 million worth of government contracts for tests and equipment against Covid-19, including to a Hungarian company. His arrest led to […]

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Sudan reopens airports for flights from Egypt, Turkey, UAE

Sudan Thursday said it has re-opened Khartoum international airport for flights from Egypt, Turkey and UAE, after a four-month hiatus because of covid-19 pandemic. Ibrahim Adlan, the general director of Sudan’s Civil Aviation Authority, said air traffic has partially resumed as of Thursday, Anadolu news agency reports. The Sudanese official also indicated that all passengers […]

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DRC: In Kinshasa, the ban on all political demonstrations is going badly

The governor of the capital Kinshasa on Tuesday banned all political demonstrations of support or protest. The reason given is the state of health emergency linked to Covid-19, which prohibits any gathering of more than 20 people. A reason far from convincing the organizers of these demonstrations whether they are to protest or support the […]

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Central African Republic: Parliament passes the law to establish a new National Elections Authority

The draft law on the organization and functioning of the National Elections Authority in the Central African Republic was in the hands of MPs on July 7. New commissioners are expected to take office as soon as the law comes into force. They will be in charge of participating in the conduct of electoral operations. […]

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Negotiations have resumed on the Renaissance dam

Tripartite negotiations have quietly resumed on the Renaissance dam in a rather peculiar context, after a week of violence in Ethiopia. The negotiators had agreed to meet again on Monday 6 July in plenary session, after a weekend in which the three countries concerned maintained their positions. While Ethiopia was still taking stock of the […]

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Madagascar: As number of contaminated cases explodes, government decides total lockdown of Analamanga region

Madagascar Government is strengthening the state of health emergency measures in thev country. An extraordinary Council of Ministers, held Saturday evening by videoconference, decided the total containment of the Analamanga region where the capital, Antananarivo, is located. The confinement is planned for a period of fifteen days, from today, Monday, July 6 to 20. It’s […]

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South Africa: first clinical trial of a vaccine against Covid-19 being conducted

South Africa has just started the first clinical trial of a vaccine against Covid-19 on the continent. This candidate vaccine has been developed by Oxford University and is already being tested in humans in Great Britain. South Africa is approaching 140,000 detected cases of coronavirus and 2,500 deaths and remains the most affected country in […]

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Archbishop of Kinshasa raises his voice against the intransigence of the FCC

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa and Vice-President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) raises his voice against the intransigence of the FCC in relation to the appointment of the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the organic law proposals initiated by national deputies Aubin Minaku and Gary Sakata. […]

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Eighty-one dead in Ethiopia after two days of demonstrations

Two days of protests in Ethiopia, following the death of a famous singer from the Oromo majority ethnic group, have resulted in the deaths of 81 people and increased political and community tensions that threaten the democratic transition, initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The singer Hachalu Hundessa, whose highly political lyrics expressed the frustrations […]

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