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Scientist hunt for Covid-19 hotspots to test vaccine, may head to Africa and South America

Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social distancing policies in some areas and countries means...

Burundi 1st lady Denise Nkurunziza airlifted to Kenya after contracting Covid-19

The outgoing Burundi President's wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, has been airlifted to Kenya, where she is being treated at Aga Khan University Hospital for...

Appeal courts revokes bail granted to ex-Lesotho PM’s wife

Lesotho’s Appeal Court on Friday revoked bail which had been granted to former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, who is accused of murdering his...

Why every African woman 18+ should take folic acid daily

By Lydia OkolieIf you're capable of reproducing, I am talking to you—even if you're not planning to get pregnant. If you ever wish to...

Report says Nigerians paid $18.434m as ransom to kidnappers in 9 years

A new report by Nigeria leading geopolitical platform, SBM Intelligence, has shown that between year 2011 and April 2020, Nigerians have lost at least...

Covid-19: Parents in rejects plan to re-open schools in Nigeria

Some parents in Lagos State, Nigeria have kicked against reopening of schools in view of the continued rise in the number of the novel...
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West Africa

Report says Nigerians paid $18.434m as ransom to kidnappers in 9 years

A new report by Nigeria leading geopolitical platform, SBM Intelligence, has shown that between year 2011 and April 2020,...

North Africa

Libya coast guard intercepts 400 migrants off coast

Libya’s coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital...

Libya’s GNA says targeting retreating Haftar forces

Libya's internationally recognised government has launched air strikes against forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar after his forces announced they were pulling...

Both sides in the Syrian conflict now fight in Libya

While a ceasefire in Syria has reduced combat between rebels and government forces, mercenaries from the two sides are still fighting in Libya on...

Tribal clashes between Arabs, non-Arabs claim 30 in Sudan

Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s South Darfur province left at least 30 people dead and a dozen wounded, authorities said Wednesday.The...

Central Africa

Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 7 in Cameroon

Seven people were killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group, attacked a village in northern Cameroon...

East Africa

Covid-19: Parents in rejects plan to re-open schools in Nigeria

Some parents in Lagos State, Nigeria have kicked against reopening of schools in view of the continued rise in the number of the novel...

Rwanda signs a new military deal with United States

Rwanda has signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States as part of broader efforts to strengthen military cooperation between the...

Namibia’s president admits breaching lockdown rule, pays fine

Namibia's president Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark his party's 60th anniversary and...

Buhari submits a revised 2020 budget to the senate

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday submitted a revised 2020 budget of 10.51 trillion naira ($29.19 billion) to the senate for approval.The coronavirus pandemic...

Southern Africa

Appeal courts revokes bail granted to ex-Lesotho PM’s wife

Lesotho’s Appeal Court on Friday revoked bail which had been granted to former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, who...

Namibia’s president admits breaching lockdown rule, pays fine

Namibia's president Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark...

Police hunt for hundreds who fled quarantine in Zimbabwe and Malawi

Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while...

Government bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate in South Africa

South Africans of all classes, from downtown Soweto to posh suburbs in Capetown, are finding surreptitious ways to bypass...

Malawi electoral commission boss, Jane Ansah resigns

Under pressure chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Jane Ansah, bows to pressure, as she resigns a month before...

Entertainment

Nigerian film producer Tonye Princewill, breaks more records with the Movie 76’

Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill's soon to be released (Nov 25th) Nollywood production, "76" has once again made headlines. “The highly anticipated movie had it's...

Davido and Chioma hold introduction, marriage set for 2020

Nigerian Music Super Star Davido is set to marry his heartthrob and has held an introduction with Chioma’s family. The would-be husband announced this via...

Women ‘better at hiding infidelity’ than men

You can't hide your lying eyes: scientists have revealed that women can judge whether a man is likely to be unfaithful...

Must Read

S. A. police launch investigation into Zuma son, Guptas graft allegation

South Africa has launched a corruption probe into President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane and the Guptas, a family of businessmen accused of wielding improper...

Two suspected looters shot dead in South African capital as looters ransack shops

South African police said on Wednesday that two suspected looters were shot dead in the capital in continued violence triggered by the ruling party's...

Liberia, Morocco, eSwatini in top 10 tourist destinations

Liberian economy set to receive a new boost from tourism as it has been named in the top 10 tourist destinations in the world...

Opposition leader Maurice Kamto say wanted an inclusive Cameroon

The leader of Cameroon opposition MRC party that boycotted the parliamentary and local elections said that the Anglophone crisis was "a major reason" for...

Libya’s Bani Walid elders to UN talk to us or you will fail

The U.N. launched a new round of negotiations in September to unite a country that splintered along political, ideological and tribal lines during and...

Ugandan police to residents; equip yourselves with machetes

Increasing acts of house break-ins in Masaka sub-region in Central Uganda, have prompted the police to ask residents to equip themselves with pangas (machetes)...

Africa Focus

Scientist hunt for Covid-19 hotspots to test vaccine, may head to Africa and South America

Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social distancing policies in some areas and countries means virus transmission rates may be at such low levels that there is not enough disease...

Sudanese teen forced into marriage to die for killing husband after rape

Noura Hussein, a 19-year-old Sudanese woman, was sentenced to death by a court for stabbing to death a man she was forced to marry...

Zambia names tobacco as greatest threat to public health

The Zambian government said on Monday that tobacco has remained one of the greatest public health threats the world is currently facing and that...

Actor Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

Renowned British actor with Sierra Leone heritage, Idris Elba just announced that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is quarantining himself.In...

Rwandan family sue Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

A lawsuit against the airplane maker Boeing has been filed in a United States federal court by the family of a...

Video News

Sierra Leone sex worker killed after court testimony on friend’s murder

A post-mortem is being carried out on a sex worker who was murdered in Sierra Leone after giving evidence in the...

Two gold miners dead, 20 trapped in Zimbabwe mine collapse

Some 20 miners are trapped underground after a mine shaft collapsed in Zimbabwe, state media reported Thursday, and a police spokesman said at least...

HRW condemns short sentences for peacekeepers guilty of murder in Congo

Three Congo Republic peacekeepers were given sentences of just three years in jail for murdering civilians and are now already free, Human...

Vote tallying underway after Mozambique general elections

Vote counting continues Wednesday in Mozambique’s presidential and parliamentary elections, after isolated incidents of vandalism and violence tainted a generally peaceful night of tallying...

South African opposition DA in disarray over member’s ‘monkey’ post

A racist Facebook post by a member of South Africa's main opposition party has caused a national furor and left it scrambling to shake...

Ban Ki Moon plans later visit to Western Sahara in 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Western Sahara later this year where the United Nations is seeking to end a 40-year conflict with...

Business & Finance

World Bank approves $500m to battle locust swarms

The World Bank on Thursday approved a record $500 million in grants and low-interest loans to help countries in Africa and the Middle East...

Total halts bid to buy Occidental Petroleum assets in Ghana

Total has called off a plan to acquire Occidental Petroleum’s assets in Ghana, which was conditional on the completion of the acquisition of Occidental’s...

Kenya rejects G20 debt relief initiative over restrictive terms

Kenya will not seek a suspension of debt payments under a G20 initiative aimed at helping poor countries weather the COVID-19 pandemic, its finance...

Massive undersea cable project set to boost internet in Africa

Telecoms and internet giants unveiled on Thursday a mammoth project to lay a subsea cable around Africa to boost internet access to the under...

Leadership betrayal may slowdown Africa’s momentum to combat covid-19

Recent reports by World Bank and International Monetary Fund indicate that sub Saharan Africa could be the hardest hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.Over...

Sport News

Fifa medical chief say matches should not be played till September

FIFA’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe has said football should not be played until at least the start of September to limit the spread...

Chelsea star, Rüdiger buying masks for Sierra Leone traders

Sierra Leone national and Chelsea footballer Antonio Rüdiger has launched a campaign to raise money to buy face masks for market traders in Sierra...

Sadio Mane says would understand’if Liverpool were denied EPL title

Sadio Mane says he would understand if Liverpool were denied the Premier League title even though they were on the brink of glory when...

Pep Guardiola loses 82 years old mother to coronavirus

Pep Guardiola's 82-year-old mother, Dolors Sala Carrio has died in Manresa, Barcelona, after contracting coronavirus, Manchester City announced on Monday."The Manchester City family are...

Massive undersea cable project set to boost internet in Africa

Telecoms and internet giants unveiled on Thursday a mammoth project to lay a subsea cable around Africa to boost internet access to the under...

Leadership betrayal may slowdown Africa’s momentum to combat covid-19

Recent reports by World Bank and International Monetary Fund indicate that sub Saharan Africa could be the hardest hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.Over...

14 workers at Total’s Congo oil operations has coronavirus

French energy major Total said on Sunday that 14 workers including two of its staff have tested positive for the new coronavirus at its...

IMF approves $1B in emergency aid for Ghana, $442M for Senegal

The International Monetary Fund on Monday said its executive board had approved $1 billion in emergency funding for Ghana and $442 million for Senegal...