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Coronavirus force Ethiopia to shift election

Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of current coronavirus pandemic.A new schedule would be announced once the threat of the pandemic was over, the board said.Much of its planning had been hit by the...

Boy 13, shot dead in Kenya by police enforcing curfew

The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the crowded neighborhood, enforcing Kenya’s new coronavirus curfew.Go upstairs, the children’s mother had shouted minutes earlier,...

Foreigners in East Africa face hostility over coronavirus

Panic over the global coronavirus pandemic has led to reports of discrimination against foreign nationals in East Africa.From Ethiopia, to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Westerners have been verbally and physically abused over fears that they may...

Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over coronavirus

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, a presidency statement said.Tunisia has declared a general lockdown to slow infection rates, and has...

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus may require the sale to be done in smaller chunks than anticipated.The impact of the...

Effort to combat coronavirus force Kenya to restore internet to opposition hotspot

Ethiopia is restoring the internet in western parts of the country in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.Services have been blocked for the past three months following an outbreak of violence in western Oromia. In some areas...

Water crisis may sabotage Zimbabwe’s coronavirus lockdown

Dozens of Zimbabweans stand close to each other in a long queue, patiently waiting at a borehole in Harare's middle-class Mabelreign suburb to collect water.While this is a daily sight, this week things are different.The water-short southern African country...

Sierra Leone ex-minister charged with treason after taking a gun to State house

A Sierra Leonean former minister has been charged with treason for walking into the president's house with a gun ahead of a meeting on coronavirus preparedness.Ex-Defence Minister Paolo Conteh was charged with 16 counts of treason in a Freetown...

Zimbabwe sets aside $600m to mitigate impact of covid-19 on the poor

Zimbabwe said it has set aside over $600 million to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer programme for the next three months, to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, which has seen Government ordering a 21-day total...

Millions enter lockdown in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, as Africa steps up virus fight

More than 20 million Nigerians on Monday went into lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus.President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week “cessation of all movements”...
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Ethiopia blames border row with Sudan on ‘third party’

Ethiopia military has accused an unnamed "third party" of being behind border dispute with Sudan, according to state-owned Ethiopian...

Libya rivals agree steps for interim government

Libya political Dialogue team have adopted a mechanism to select and appoint the next executive authority that will rule...

Tunisia youths clash with police days after revolution anniversary

Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in...
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