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Africa Focus

Concern on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

Fears grew on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.The virus has killed...

Freed Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi faints amid supporters, police scuffle

Freed Ugandan academic and activist Stella Nyanzi, fainted after a scuffle ensued between her supporters and police officers after her acquittal.Ms Nyanzi, who was ordered to be released immediately by a judge on Thursday, fainted after the trouble between...

Clinical evidence shows antimalaria drug chloroquine can cure coronavirus

Chloroquine phosphate, an antimalarial drug that has been on the market for years, has proved to be effective against the novel coronavirus, according to Sun Yanrong, deputy director of the biological center under China's Ministry of Science and Technology...

WHO says man with coronavirus in Egypt is recovering, no longer a carrier

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the person previously confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus in Egypt is on his way to recovery, after latest tests showed he was “no longer carrying the virus”.“He will remain...

I do not want to take the virus to Africa – Cameroon student recovering from Coronavirus

When Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, contracted the coronavirus he had no intention of leaving China, even if that were possible."No matter what happens I don't want to take...

Shock, skepticism trail alleged suicide in police cell by Rwandan musician Kizito Mihigo

Rwandan musician Kizito Mihigo who was taken into custody last week after he reportedly attempted to flee the country has allegedly taken his own life, police say.Kizito Mihigo was found dead in a police cell at Remera police station...

Ugandan girl who featured in a Disney chess film dies at 15

A Ugandan student. Nikita Pearl Waligwa who played a memorable role in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy has died at the age of 15.Waligwa died on Saturday at a hospital near the Ugandan capital, Kampala....

Tributes, condolences pour in for renowned South African singer Joseph Shabalala

Condolences and well wishes have been pouring in following the death of South African Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala, who died at the age of 78.The musician died on Tuesday at the Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria.The...

Coronavirus alert: Health workers warn Africa not prepared for new virus

At a Chinese-run hospital in Zambia, some employees watched as people who recently returned from China showed up with coughs but were not placed in isolation.A doctor tending to those patients has stopped coming to work, and health workers...

US custom officials damage Mali musician’s irreplaceable kora

A renowned Malian musician, Ballaké Sissoko that visited the United States says the US customs officials have damaged his one-of-kind instrument beyond repair.“Ballaké had just finished a two-week successful tour of the USA (LA, Berkeley, Miami, Chicago and NY)...
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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, dies at 91

Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak who was ousted during the famous Arab spring, has died at the age of...
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Guinea-Bissau to recount votes just days before inauguration

Guinea-Bissau’s National Electoral Commission is to recount the votes from the second round of the presidential election that took place on 29 December.The commission...

Malawi parliament sets new date for fresh elections after annulment

Malawi parliament passed a law that sets 19 May 2020 as the date for fresh presidential elections, this follows the order of the court...

Erdogan says 2 Turkish troops killed in Libya

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday two Turkish troops were killed in Libya where they back the internationally-recognized government in the north African state’s...

Tanzanian journalist freed after pleading guilty to economic crimes

Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera, who was held in jail for seven months in a case that prompted international concern, was freed on Tuesday after...