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Equatorial Guinea’s PM and government resign

The government and prime minister of Equatorial Guinea tendered their resignation on Friday to President Teodoro Obiang, who said they had not done enough to help the country at a time of crisis, authorities said in a statement.The Central...

Nigeria, 6 other African nations to start testing for COVID-19 antibodies

Nigeria is among 7 African countries that will start administering coronavirus antibody tests from next week, a regional body said on Thursday, as part of efforts to understand the extent of the outbreak on the continent.“Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia,...

Gambia records highest daily jump in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases continues to surge in Gambia, as the country reported a 17% rise on Thursday, its biggest ever daily jump, according to the data from the health ministry.The ministry said 136 new infections were recorded, around 30% of...

24,000 health workers in S. Africa have contracted coronavirus

Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March, the health minister announced on Wednesday.South Africa is the hardest-hit country in Africa with at...

Gambia government officials ravaged by Covid-19

Three ministers in Gambia's government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation's president went into self-isolation.President Adama Barrow said last week he would self-isolate for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray...

South Africa anti-corruption watchdog probes Covid-19 tenders

South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in government tenders during the coronavirus crisis.The inquiries by the Public Protector come after the Special Investigating Unit launched a separate probe into tenders for personal protective equipment...

Zimbabwe general, who helped plot Mugabe ouster, dies at 65

Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years until he joined...

Covid-19 vaccine goes on final test with thousands of volunteers

The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race.There’s...

Bill Gates reject claims that he created virus outbreak

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday pushed back against some of the conspiracy theories spreading online accusing him of creating the coronavirus outbreak."It's a bad combination of pandemic and social media and people looking for a very simple explanation,"...

South Africa to halt lenders blacklisting borrowers during pandemic

South Africa’s government may temporarily ban lenders from blacklisting consumers whose credit records have been hit by the coronavirus crisis, a consultation document published by the main opposition party showed.The Department of Trade (DTI) document said it was considering...
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Suicide bomber kills at least 7 at Mogadishu ice-cream shop

A suicide bomber blew himself up in an ice-cream parlour in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing seven...
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Burkina Faso main opposition leader concedes defeat in election

Burkina Faso’s main opposition leader has conceded defeat in Sunday’s presidential election after initial results showed a comfortable victory for President Roch Kabore, ending...

Ethiopian PM again rejects Tigray conflict talks at AU meeting

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday but said he was willing to...

German warship intercepts and searches Libya-bound Turkish freighter

Associated PressTurkey and Germany were at loggerheads on Monday after a German frigate enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in...

FIFA bans CAF president Ahmad Ahmad for 5 years

The head of Confederation of African football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has been suspended by FIFA for five years for corruption, the global governing body...