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WHO now says it first heard of Covid-19 on the internet, not from China

The World Health Organisation (WHO) changed its coronavirus timeline to say it first heard about the coronavirus from a press release online, rather than a report from Chinese authorities according to Business Insider.In the revision, published June 30, the...

Echo of Bill Gates conspiracy theories reverberate across Africa

As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation.While Gates's vaccine programmes...

Report suspects China uses construction projects to spy on African leaders

A new report by a United State's firm, Heritage Foundation is warning that China may be spying on African government officials from within their own buildings.The report found that Chinese companies built at least 186 government buildings in Africa...

Over 500 test positive to coronavirus at a factory in Ghana

More than 500 workers at an industrial facility in Ghana have tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s health service said on Friday, as total cases jumped by nearly 30% in a single day.The health service did not name...

Chinese man blames government cover ups for father’s coronavirus death

A Chinese man whose father died of coronavirus on February 1, cites Wuhan governments lies and cover ups as the main reason for his father's death, Zhang Hai made the claim in an interview Al Jazeera this week.Zhang Hai’s...

Tanzania questions coronavirus kits after goat and pawpaw test positive

Coronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.Magufuli, whose government has already drawn criticism...

Tanzania opposition MPs to boycott sitting after 3 MPs deaths

Tanzania's leading opposition party has called for a suspension of Parliament after three legislators died of unknown causes in the past 11 days.Freeman Mbowe, chairperson of the opposition Chadema party, has repeatedly accused the government of covering up the...

Over 300 prison inmates in Morocco test positive for covid-19

Some 313 coronavirus cases have been reported in Moroccan jails following mass testing for Covid-19 in several of the north African country's detention centres.The authorities say Ouarzazate prison in central Morocco recorded 303 cases, while 10 other cases were...

Madagascar president promotes locally made herbal drink against Covid-19

Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has promoted an herbal extract, called Covid Organics, on national television saying it will change the course of history.There are no approved drugs for COVID-19 and numerous treatments and vaccines are currently being tested around...

Group accuse Rwandan officers of rapes and killings during lockdown

An international pressure group has accused the Rwandan security forces of killing, raping and arresting people since a coronavirus lockdown came into force, according to the BBC.Human Rights Watch says at least two people have been shot dead in...
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Congolese govt gives mines a month to end Covid restrictions

The Democratic Republic of Congo has given copper and cobalt mining companies a month to stop confining workers on...
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Seventeen injured in Egyptian oil pipeline fire

A major fire broke out after a leak of oil from the Shuqair-Mostorod pipeline next to a busy highway in a Cairo suburb on...

Malian rebel accused of Timbuktu war crimes refuses to enter plea

Mali Islamist rebel leader accused of masterminding the “persecution” of Timbuktu residents and the destruction of the city’s holy grounds refused to enter a...

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia deadlocked again in Nile dam talks

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have failed to reach agreement at a new round of talks hosted by the African Union to regulate the flow...

Tunisian lady gets 6 months jail term for Q’uran-Covid social media post

A young Tunisian woman was sentenced to six months in jail by a Tunis court on Tuesday over a parody posted on Facebook linking...