Ethiopia boosts health screening measures in airports

Addis Ababa, Jan 14 (IANS) Ethiopia is boosting health screening measures in airports to prevent transmission of new Covid-19 strains, an Ethiopian official has said. Sahrela Abdullahi, State Minister of Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), said on Tuesday the new health screening measures which will mainly apply to travelers coming from foreign destinations aims […]

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S. African ICASA warns against 5G Covid-19 conspiracy theory

Johannesburg, Jan 13 (IANS) The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has warned people not to fall prey to the myths that link Covid-19 spreading to 5G. “We all need to rely on scientifically-based evidence and refrain from these baseless theories,” said ICASA chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng in a statement released on Monday, urging people […]

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Sudan, US ink Abraham Accords

Khartoum, Jan 7 (IANS) Sudan signed the Abraham Accords with the US, paving the way for the African nation to normalise relations with Israel after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The document, signed by Sudanese Justice Minister Nasreddin Abdel Bari and visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday, highlights “tolerance, dialogue and co-existence […]

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Egyptian, Israeli FMs discuss efforts to resume Palestinian peace talks

Cairo, Jan 7 (IANS) Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi discussed efforts to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. During the phone conversation on Wednesday, the two Ministers discussed the ongoing preparations for the meeting of the quartet group comprising Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany, which is supposed to […]

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Central African Republic opposition calls for cancellation of polls

Bangui, Dec 31 (IANS) The Democratic Opposition Coalition 2020 (COD-2020), a platform of opposition parties of Central African Republic (CAR), has called for the cancellation and rerun of the recently-held presidential and legislative elections. In a statement, the COD-2020 cited low voter turnout in provinces under threat from armed rebels and electoral irregularities linked to […]

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EU leaders sign post-Brexit trade deal with UK

Brussels, Dec 30 (IANS) Leaders of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday formally signed the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. Taking to Twitter, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that she and European Council President Charles Michel “signed the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” in Brussels. “(UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson will […]

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Egypt announces new restrictive measures

Cairo, Dec 28 (IANS) The Egyptian government has announced a series of new restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures will come into force on January 3, Xinhua news agency quoted the Egyptian cabinet as saying in a statement on statement. It added that business establishments and people who violate […]

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Niger holds presidential, legislative elections

Niamey, Dec 28 (IANS) More than 7.4 million Nigerien people voted on Sunday in the presidential and legislative elections. The first round of Niger’s presidential and legislative elections started around 8 a.m. at about 26,000 polling stations nationwide, Xinhua news agency reported. Voters will choose among 30 candidates the successor of the incumbent President Mahamadou […]

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Africa CDC urges enhanced anti-coronavirus measures

Addis Ababa, Dec 26 (IANS) The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged enhanced anti-coronavirus public health measures as New Year festivities have started across the continent. The continental disease control and prevention agency said that African people who are celebrating Christmas and the imminent start of the New Year should adhere […]

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Egyptian army intensifies military exercises

Cairo, Dec 25 (IANS) The Egyptian Armed Forces have recently intensified military exercises and drills as a “deterrent message” to some regional powers, and an assurance of their readiness against any threats, according to political and defence experts. “The four strategic directions of Egypt, the Mediterranean at north, Sinai at east, Libya at west and […]

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EU nations welcome trade deal with UK

Brussels, Dec 25 (IANS) Seven days before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) announced the reaching of an agreement that will govern the EU-UK trade and security relationship starting from January 1, 2021. The European Parliament and EU member states hailed the last-minute deal […]

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5 countries ban flights from S. Africa over Covid-19 variant (Lead)

Johannesburg, Dec 22 (IANS) At least five countries have suspended flights from South Africa after a coronavirus variant was recently discovered in the country. Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that have announced the ban in an effort to prevent the spread of the new strain currently termed 501.V2 Variant, […]

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Algeria to start Covid-19 vaccination from January

Algiers, Dec 21 (IANS) Algeria will kick start the country’s vaccination programme against the novel coronavirus from January 2021, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced. “I ordered Prime Minister (Abdelaziz Djerad) to hold a meeting with the scientific committee in charge of monitoring the pandemic development, in a bid to select the best anti-coronavirus vaccine ahead of […]

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Egyptian Prez discusses M-E peace with Jordanian, Palestinian FMs

Cairo, Dec 20 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi discussed efforts to resume the Middle East peace process with Foreign Ministers of Jordan and Palestine. During a meeting in Cairo on Saturday, Sisi affirmed to the Jordanian and Palestinian foreign ministers that his country will continue its tireless efforts to solve the Palestinian cause, Egyptian Presidential […]

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European leaders quarantine after Macron’s Covid-19 diagnosis (Ld)

Brussels, Dec 18 (IANS) A host of European leaders were self-quaranting after coming in contact with French President Emmanuel Macron who has tested positive the novel coronavirus. In a statement on Thursday, the Elysee Palace confirmed the 42-year-old President’s positive result, saying that he “will isolate himself for seven days” but “will continue to work […]

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EU to start Covid-19 vaccination on Dec 27

Brussels, Dec 18 (IANS) The European Union (EU) will start coronavirus vaccination on December 27, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced. “It’s Europe’s moment. On 27, 28 and 29 December vaccination will start across the EU,” von der Leyen tweeted on Thursday. “We protect our citizens together. We are stronger together,” she […]

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European Council Prez quarantines after Macron’s Covid-19 diagnosis

Brussels, Dec 18 (IANS) European Council President Charles Michel has self-quarantined after French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokesman for the top EU official confirmed. Michel had lunch with Macron on Monday, along with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) […]

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Africa’s coronavirus caseload crosses 2.32mn mark

Addis Ababa, Dec 12 (IANS) The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the African continent has surpassed the 2.32 million mark, according to health authorities. In its latest update on Friday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said the continent’s overall caseload currently stood at 2,323,845, Xinhua news agency reported. The […]

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Morocco agrees to normalise ties with Israel

Rabat, Dec 11 (IANS) Morocco has agreed to resume official contacts and establish diplomatic relations with Israel as soon as possible, a statement by the Moroccan Royal Cabinet said. Moroccan King Mohammed VI has informed US President Donald Trump during a telephonic conversation on Thursday that his country “will also work on developing innovative relationships […]

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Sudan calls for continuing Nile dam talks

Khartoum, Dec 10 (IANS) Sudan has called for continuing negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile river until a satisfactory binding agreement was reached. The call was made on Wednesday by Sudan’s Foreign Ministry during a briefing it held for the ambassadors of the European Union (EU) and North and South […]

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Sudan bans female genital mutilation ,with a three-year jail sentence for offenders

The United Nations Childen’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the landmark move by Sudan’s transitional government this week to criminalize female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), with a three-year jail sentence for offenders “This practice is not only a violation of every girl child’s rights, it is harmful and has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health,” said Abdullah […]

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Sudan: Coronavirus could be tipping point for ‘untold suffering’, Bachelet urges sanctions relief

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday. One year after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was removed from power, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

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MEPs ask to Stop cooperation with and funding to the Libyan coastguard

According to UNHCR, the human rights situation inside Libya is extremely complicated, in the context of intensifying combat, the coronavirus crisis and the high number of economic migrants, refugees and internally displaced people needing material and humanitarian assistance. Around 1,500 people remain in detention centers in appalling conditions, arbitrary detentions continue to take place and […]

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World Bank Group and IMF mobilize partners in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

This pandemic has already had a devastating impact on Africa and its effects will deepen as the rate of infection rises. It is a setback for the progress we have made to eradicate poverty, inequality and underdevelopment,” African Union Chairperson and President of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa said. “While recent announcements from international partners are very welcome, […]

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Niger to Receive $13.95 Million for COVID-19 Response : World Bank

The World Bank approved today a $13.95 million to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Niger. The Niger COVID-19 Emergency Response Project will support the government’s plan by supporting rapid procurement of critical medication and equipment needed for treatment of coronavirus infections. […]

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