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Swarms of locusts devastate parts of Kenya

The branches on trees around Kenya’s northern town of Lodwar have been stripped bare of leaves, bending downwards under the weight of voracious young locusts.Numbers of locusts exploded in East Africa and the Red Sea region in late 2019,...

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 Covid-19 reports Kenya's Daily Nation.A source at the hospital said Mrs Nkurunziza is receiving treatment...

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 fight swarms of desert locusts that are eating their way across vast swaths of crops...

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 minister said on Friday, saying the terms of the deal were too restrictive.Minister Ukur Yatani...

How Africa beat the rest of the world in fighting Covid-19…so far

Three months ago, Africa recorded its first case of coronavirus, sparking predictions that the world's poorest and least-equipped continent faced a catastrophe.But so far, the virus has not come anywhere close to wreaking the same damage in Africa as...

Coronavirus hairstyle’ spikes in popularity in Kenya

The coronavirus has revived a hairstyle in Kenyan suburbs and other East African cities, one with braided spikes that echo the virus’ distinctive shape.The style’s growing popularity is in part due to economic hardships linked to virus restrictions —...

About 200 killed by floods in Kenya, thousands evacuated from risk areas

Floods and landslides have killed nearly 200 in Kenya, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, with unprecedentedly high water levels at two dams forcing the evacuation of villagers at risk, officials said on Wednesday.The heavy rain, which accelerated in...

Kenya queries deadly crash that killed 6 in Somalia

Kenyan authorities are looking into the deadly crash of a plane carrying medical supplies in Somalia, while one Somali official asserts that the aircraft was shot down. Six people on board were killed.The Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday...

Kenya quarantine escapees arrested in bar

Police in Kenya have arrested two people seen in a viral video climbing through a fence to escaped from a coronavirus quarantine centre in the capital, Nairobi.They were among dozens of others who were filmed jumping over a wall...

Kenyan gospel singer quizzed by police over her Nigerian husband’s death

Kenyan gospel artiste Ruth Matete Amoyi on Thursday recorded a statement with detectives over the death of her Nigerian husband John Apewajoye, reports Kenyan Daily NationApewajoye, a pastor, died on April 11, two weeks after he suffered burn wounds...
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Death of Ivory Coast PM: Is Ouattara set to run for third term?

Ivory Coast’s ruling party may ask President Alassane Ouattara to rethink his decision not to stand for a third term, after the sudden death...

S/Sudan diplomat sparks uproar after urinating during live panel discussion

A South Sudanese diplomat in the United States, Gordon Buay has sparked an online uproar when he was seen urinating during a live Facebook...

Ragtag Burkina Faso’s volunteer fighters no match for jihadists

Issa Tamboure, 63, a member of local defense fighters was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in...

Ivory Coast PM and ruling RHDP candidate for presidency in next election dies at 61

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the ruling party’s candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, President Alassane Ouattara said.The...