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Man shot dead in South Africa over coronavirus lockdown

A policeman and security guard has been arrested in South Africa, for killing a man during the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, South African police are quoted as saying to Reuters news agency.Police officers had encountered some men drinking in...

Tunisia prints new banknote featuring first female doctor in North Africa

The Central Bank of Tunisia announced on Thursday that the new 10 Tunisian dinar note would feature female doctor Tewhida ben Sheikh, a first for the country.Ben Sheikh (1909-2010) was the first Muslim woman to become a physician in...

Liberia deploy riot police against angry hawkers

Riot police have been deployed in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, to maintain order as thousands of angry roadside sellers took to the streets to protest the demolition of their stalls.The demolition was part of government’s measures to discourage gatherings in...

UNDP warns that half of jobs in Africa could be lost to coronavirus

The United Nations Development Programme has issued a call to action from the international community to assist developing countries with the enormous fallout they are expected to face due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The UNDP said in...

Civil society groups press US drug firm Gilead over potential coronavirus drug

More than 150 organisations and individuals on Monday urged US biotechnology firm Gilead not to enforce exclusivity over a drug that might be used to treat COVID-19 patients.In an open letter, 145 non-governmental organisations, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF)...

Mozambicans in hundreds flee Islamist militants in the north

Hundreds of people are arriving in the Mozamican city of Pemba, mostly by boat, from areas attacked by Islamist militants last week, reports the independent TV station STV.Residents' houses were destroyed in attacks in Mocimboa da Praia and Quissinga...

Cameroonian muslims defy government’s coronavirus prayer restrictions

Muslims in Cameroon have defied and are protesting government restrictions on prayer attendance at mosques, imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which has so far been confirmed in 92 people in less than a month.The Muslims say the...

Zimbabweans fear starving to death at home as 21-day coronavirus lockdown looms

Zimbabweans braced on Sunday for a three-week lock-down to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has killed one person so far and infected six others, and for many the lockdown means tough times ahead.President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared a...

UN says Africa 2 to 3 weeks from major coronavirus storm

Africa is two to three weeks away from the worst of the coronavirus storm and needs an emergency economic stimulus of $100 billion to bolster preventative measures and support its fragile healthcare systems, according to the United Nations Economic...

Nigeria’s Buhari orders restriction of movements in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun for 14 days

Nigeria president, Mohammadu Buhari has ordered restriction of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the capital Abuja for 14 days in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.Nigeria has 97 confirmed coronavirus cases, most of which have been in...
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French firm Bollore group fined €12m in Togo corruption case

French firm Bollore group on Friday reached a settlement over a decade-old corruption case in Togo, prosecutors said, but...

Eritrea throws shade on Aksum massacre accusations

Eritrea government has "categorically rejected’’ accusations that its troops fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region killed hundreds of people...

HRW says Cameroon soldiers raped women in revenge raid

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has gathered evidence of a revenge attack nearly a year ago by Cameroonian...
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