EU calls for negotiated settlement in Afghanistan

Brussels, April 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has called for “firm commitment and constructive engagement by all parties” in the peace talks in Afghanistan, after the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) announced the pullout of their troops from the country. European Commission spokesperson Nabila Massrali told a press briefing on Thursday […]

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EU’s von der Leyen gets 1st Covid jab

Brussels, April 16 (IANS) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “After we passed 100 million vaccinations in the EU, I’m very glad I got my first shot of Covid-19 vaccine today,” she said in a tweet on Thursday. “Vaccinations will further gather pace, as deliveries […]

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EU to borrow 800bn euros to fund recovery

Brussels, April 15 (IANS) The European Commission announced that it would borrow 800 billion euros from the capital market in current prices until 2026 to fund the European Union’s (EU) massive plan to bail out its Covid-stricken economy. A diversified funding strategy was created to ensure that the ember states of the bloc would receive […]

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NATO initiates full withdrawal from Afghanistan

Brussels, April 15 (IANS) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies on Wednesday agreed to pull out all of their armed forces from Afghanistan after the United States announced that all US troops would leave the country by September 11. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks, with other NATO members also deploying […]

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Benin’s Prez Talon wins reelection

Lome, April 14 (IANS) Incumbent President Patrice Talon has won reelection in the West African nation of Benin with 86.4 per cent of the votes, according to provisional results announced by the Electoral Commission. He was followed respectively by rivals Alassane Soumanou of the Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) party with 11.3 per […]

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Suez Canal celebrates arrival of large dredger

Cairo, April 13 (IANS) Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) celebrated the recent arrival of a cutter suction dredger (CSD), the largest in the Middle East. “We celebrate together CSD Mohab Mameesh, the largest in the Middle East and Africa, joining the SCA’s fleet,” Xinhua news agency SCA Chairman Osama Rabie as saying during a ceremony […]

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Largest dredge in M-E arrives in Suez Canal

Cairo, April 10 (IANS) The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced the arrival of a giant dredge, the largest in the Middle East, in te vital waterway. “After finishing all the naval experiments, the 48,000-tonne, 216.7-metre-long, 43-metre-wide dredge, which is dubbed Mohab Mamish, has joined the SCA fleet today,” Chairman of the SCA Osama Rabie said […]

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African countries receive over 33.8 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses

Addis Ababa, April 10 (IANS) African countries have received over 33.8 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX facility and through bilateral agreements outside COVAX, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said, approximately 12.9 million doses have been administered, […]

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EU condemns violence in Northern Ireland

Brussels, April 9 (IANS) The European Commission has strongly condemned the violence in Northern Ireland which erupted last week over a post-Brexit trading arrangement. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the acts of violence that have occurred in Northern Ireland over the past days. Nobody has anything to gain from this. We call on […]

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Morocco, France discuss bilateral ties, regional issues

Rabat, April 9 (IANS) Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita discussed bilateral ties and regional issues with his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian during a teleconference. The two Ministers on Thursday lauded the excellent relations between Rabat and Paris, and their will to consolidate this exceptional partnership, the official news agency MAP reported. […]

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132 killed in West Darfur clashes

Khartoum, April 9 (IANS) West Darfur Governor Mohamed Abdalla Al Doma announced that 132 people were killed in the recent armed clashes in El Geneina, the conflict-hit Sudanese state’s capital city. “According to the medical reports, so far, the number of the people killed is 132,” Al Doma said at a press conference here on […]

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Africa’s Covid-19 cases pass 4.3 mn

Addis Ababa, April 9 (IANS) The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,301,375, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), on Thursday said the death toll from the pandemic stood at 114,598 while 3,868,129 patients across […]

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All options open regarding Nile dam: Sudan

Khartoum, April 8 (IANS) Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas said Khartoum is open to all options, including resorting to the UN Security Council, regarding the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile river following the failure of the latest round of talks. “All options are open before Sudan, including resorting […]

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Morocco helps France thwart terror attack

Rabat, April 7 (IANS) Morocco has provided key intelligence about a planned attack on a church in France and helped the latter country stop to foil it, the Rabat-based General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) said. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DGST passed on information of a French woman of Moroccan origin on […]

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State of emergency imposed in West Darfur

Khartoum, April 6 (IANS) Sudan’s Security and Defence Council has declared a state of emergency in West Darfur state and authorised forces to adopt all necessary measures to end armed clashes which led to the killing of 18 people, while 54 others were injured. The declaration came after Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah […]

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Ukraine assured of ‘unwavering EU support’

Brussels, April 5 (IANS) Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has assured the Ukrainian government of “unwavering support” in the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country. “Talked to Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Following with severe concern the Russian military activity surrounding […]

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Main hall of Egypt’s NMEC open for visitors

Cairo, April 5 (IANS) The main hall of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, which contains 1,500 artefacts, has opened for visitors. On Saturday evening, Egyptian authorities moved 22 Pharaonic mummies from the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to the NMEC in a festive, remarkable parade known as “The […]

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2.1 mn people in Ethiopia in need of humanitarian assistance: UN

Addis Ababa, April 5 (IANS) The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) disclosed on Sunday that around 2.1 million people in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali regional state are in need of humanitarian assistance. In a bi-weekly humanitarian bulletin report, the UNOCHA disclosed 2.1 million drought-affected people in the Somali regional state need […]

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Egypt moves 22 Pharaonic mummies to new museum

Cairo, April 4 (IANS) Authorities have moved 22 Pharaonic mummies from the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in a festive parade known as “The Pharaoh’s Golden Parade”. The festivity started on Saturday evening with 22 ancient-styled vehicles especially designed for the event, each carrying […]

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90 inmates escape from Liberia jail

Monrovia, April 2 (IANS) Police in Liberia confirmed that a search operation was underway to located the 90 inmates who escaped from a prison in Maryland county. National Police spokesperson Moses Carter told reporters here on Thursday that the inmates escaped from the Harper Central correctional facility on Wednesday evening, reports Xinhua news agency. “We’re […]

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S.Africa to clamp down on alcohol during Easter

Johannesburg, April 2 (IANS) With the Easter weekend approaching, a South African Minister warned that police would be deployed in the streets to deal with people not adhering to Covid-19 regulations, especially those regarding alcohol. Briefing the media on the updated regulations in Pretoria on Thursday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said […]

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Tanzanian Prez announces Cabinet reshuffle

Dodoma, April 1 (IANS) Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced the appointment of new Finance Minister and Foreign Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle. Announcing the reshuffle shortly after the swearing-in of Vice President Philip Mpango at Chamwino State House in the capital Dodoma, Hassan on Wednesday appointed Mwigulu Nchemba as the Minister of Finance […]

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World leaders call for new int’l pandemic treaty

Brussels, March 30 (IANS) Twenty-five world leaders have supported a proposal from European Council President Charles Michel to draw up a new international treaty on pandemic preparedness in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Leaders including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signed an opinion […]

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EU chief warns of Covid crisis’ domino effect

Brussels, March 30 (IANS) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned of the “domino effect” of the health crisis brought about by the raging Covid-19 pandemic. “We risk that the Covid crisis sets off a number of other crises, especially in developing countries,” she said while addressing a high-level meeting on international debt […]

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EU chiefs to visit Turkey on April 6

Brussels, March 30 (IANS) The Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council will visit Turkey on April 6, a spokesperson for the European Union (EU) announced. Taking to Twitter on Monday, the spokesman Barend Leyts said that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council President Charles Michel will hold talks […]

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Egyptian, French Presidents discuss Nile dam

Cairo, March 29 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the controversial Ethiopian grand dam built on the Nile river, the recent developments in Libya, and counter-terrorism efforts. During a phone conversation on Sunday, the two leaders also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in many fields, especially at the […]

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Massive container ship freed from Suez Canal

Cairo, March 29 (IANS) A massive container ship which had blocked the Suez Canal since March 23 has been freed and re-floated, maritime service provider Inchcape Shipping said on Monday. The Panama-flagged ship, Ever Given, had veered off its course in a single-lane stretch of the canal during a sandstorm, reports dpa news agency. Dredgers […]

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Ugandan Prez receives 1st Covid jab

Kampala, March 28 (IANS) Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni have received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines at State House in the capital, Kampala. “I encourage all Ugandans who qualify for this vaccination to go to health facilities and get it,” Xinhua news agency quoted the President as saying in […]

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321 vessels jammed around Suez Canal

Cairo, March 28 (IANS) At least 321 vessels are currently jammed around Egypt’s Suez Canal as efforts are underway to refloat a giant cargo ship that has run aground and disrupted traffic on one of the world’s busiest trade routes, according to a top official. “The number of ships waiting now, whether in the north, […]

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EU leaders agree to relaunch cooperation with Turkey

Brussels, March 26 (IANS) European Union (EU) leaders have agreed to relaunch cooperation with Turkey in a “phased, proportionate and reversible” manner in the fields of trade and migration. They decided to launch high-level dialogues with Turkey on issues of mutual concern such as public health, climate, counter-terrorism, as well as regional issues, Xinhua news […]

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Suez Canal halts shipping

Cairo, March 25 (IANS) Egypt on Thursday announced the full suspension of shipping in the Suez Canal, where efforts are underway to refloat a giant container ship that has run aground and disrupted traffic on one of the world’s busiest trade routes. The Panama-flagged ship, Ever Given, ran aground in the man-made canal on Tuesday […]

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S.African Prez to appear before state capture inquiry

Johannesburg, March 25 (IANS) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa would appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (Zondo Commission) in April, it was announced. In an announcement on Wednesday, Commission Chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said Ramaphosa would appear before the inquiry wearing his current African National Congress (ANC) […]

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EU tightens Covid-19 vaccine export rules

Brussels, March 25 (IANS) The European Commission presented a revised version of its export transparency mechanism for Covid-19 vaccines, with Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis claiming that it does not constitute an export ban. The mechanism takes aim at vaccines produced in European Union (EU)-based facilities of pharmaceutical companies that are bound by an advance […]

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15 aid workers killed in Somalia last year: UN

Mogadishu, March 24 (IANS) The UN humanitarian agency on Wednesday said attacks on aid workers delivering humanitarian supplies in Somalia resulted in the 15 deaths last year. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 12 workers were injured, 24 abducted and 14 arrested in 2020 in which 56 incidents involving aid […]

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Niger border attack toll climbs to 137

Niamey, March 23 (IANS) The death toll in an attack by armed assailants on several villages in Niger near the border with Mali has increased to 137, according to a government spokesperson. The villages in the Tahoua region were overrun on Sunday by unknown assailants, reports dpa news agency. An earlier tally had placed the […]

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Uganda offers bounty on lion killers

Kampala, March 23 (IANS) Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has offered cash rewards for information leading to the killers of six lions in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. A bounty of 10 million shillings ($2,857) has been offered to any individual with information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the people behind the […]

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40 killed in Niger border attack

Niamey, March 22 (IANS) At least 40 people were killed when a group of armed assailants attacked several villages in Niger’s Tahoua region near the border with Mali, a government spokesperson said on Monday. Spokesperson Abdoulraman Zakaria said that soldiers were sent to the region and fought the attackers, reports dpa news agency. It was […]

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EU to sanction 11 involved in Myanmar coup

Brussels, March 22 (IANS) The European Union (EU) is set to sanction 11 individuals involved in the Myanmar military coup, as well as for the repression of the demonstrators in the country, the bloc’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday. The situation is deteriorating in the country, Borell […]

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EU Ministers to issue sanctions for rights abuses

Brussels, March 22 (IANS) The European Union’s (EU) 27 Foreign Affairs Ministers are expected to endorse sanctions against various individuals and entities for human rights abuses on Monday. At a meeting in Brussels, the Ministers are likely to agree on sanctioning four individuals and one entity from China for their involvement in human rights abuses […]

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Namibia celebrates 31st independence anniversary amid poverty reduction

Windhoek, March 22 (IANS) Namibia has in the past 31 years significantly reduced extreme poverty among its citizens, President Hage Geingob said while commemorating the country’s 31st independence anniversary in a low-key affair at the State House in line with Covid-19 guidelines. The Namibian President said they will continue to prioritize funding health, education, social […]

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EU leaders’ summit moves entirely online

Brussels, March 21 (IANS) A summit of European Union (EU) heads of state and government planned for later this week has been moved exclusively online as much of the continent faces a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of meeting in person Brussels, as originally planned, the leaders will meet via video conference, a […]

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EU threatens to restrict vax exports

Brussels, March 18 (IANS) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned that the European Union (EU) might restrict vaccine exports to countries who have higher inoculation rates, stressing the necessity to ensure reciprocity and proportionality of the vaccine exports. “We are in the crisis of the century, and I’m not ruling out anything […]

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EU proposes Covid-19 certificate to boost travel

Brussels, March 18 (IANS) The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a Digital Green Certificate covering Covid-19 vaccination, testing and recovery, in a bid to reopen the European Union (EU) “in a safe, sustainable and predictable way.” “This is an EU level approach to issuing, verifying and accepting certificates to facilitate free movement within the EU,” […]

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Rwanda to continue using AstraZeneca vaccines: Minister

Kigali, March 17 (IANS) Rwanda will continue administering the AstraZeneca vaccines as the reported side effects have not been confirmed, the country’s Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said. Some European countries have suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of blood clots in some recipients. The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting safety review of […]

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S.African students continue protests

Johannesburg, March 16 (IANS) South African students have continued their protests for free and quality education. In a statement issued on Monday, the South African Students Congress (SASCO) said some students barricaded the road on Jorisson street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, chanting slogans, Xinhua news agency. Police used water cannons to try and disperse the crowd. […]

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EU tourism halved in 2020: Eurostat

Brussels, March 16 (IANS) The European tourism industry was hit dramatically due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 as accommodation in tourist establishments decreased by half compared to the previous year, the bloc’s statistical office Eurostat said. Eurostat said on Monday that the figure was a 52 per cent drop compared to 2019, reports Xinhua […]

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More European nations halt AstraZeneca vax

Brussels, March 16 (IANS) An additional number of European countries — France Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Cyprus, Portugal — have also suspended the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns. The countries on Monday described the move as a precautionary measure pending a decision by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which had […]

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Ethiopia rejects US allegations of ethnic cleansing

Addis Ababa, March 14 (IANS) The Ethiopian government has rejected US allegations of ethnic cleansing in the conflic-ridden Tigray regional state as “completely unfounded”. “(The accusation) is a completely unfounded and spurious verdict against the Ethiopian government,” the Foreign Ministry here said in a statement on Saturday, referring to allegations made by US Secretary of […]

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Egypt announces new archaeological discovery

Cairo, March 14 (IANS) Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry has announced the discovery of a number of ancient churches and rooms in the Bahariya Oasis, southwest of Cairo. In a statement, the Ministry said on Saturday that a Norwegian-French archaeological mission working at the Tal site in the Bahariya Oasis discovered a number of buildings […]

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Date set for Algerian parliamentary polls

Algiers, March 12 (IANS) Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has signed a decree that set June 12 as the date of the parliamentary elections, according to an official statement issued by his office The statement said that Tebboune on Thursday also signed the new election law that guarantees “fair and fair polls”, Xinhua news agency reported. […]

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EU authorises Covid vax produced by J&J

Brussels, March 12 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has authorised the use of a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, only hours after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) made a positive recommendation based on scientific assessment of its efficacy and safety. Developed by Janssen, the pharmaceutical arm of Johnson & Johnson, it is the […]

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One dead in student protest in South Africa

Johannesburg, March 11 (IANS) A 35-year-old man died on Wednesday during a student protest in the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Braamfontein, a central suburb of Johannesburg, said the university in a statement. Initial reports suggested that the civilian was caught in clashes between protesters and local police, the statement […]

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Over 131,000 displaced in Ethiopia: IOM

Addis Ababa, March 10 (IANS) More than 131,000 people are displaced in 39 accessible locations in Ethiopia’s conflict-affected Tigray and the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. The UN migration agency, in its latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) survey released on Tuesday, said almost 70 per cent of the […]

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S.African economy shrunk by 7% in 2020

Johannesburg, March 10 (IANS) South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) recorded a 1.5 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of 2020, and expanded 6.3 per cent quarter on quarter on a seasonally adjusted and annualised basis in the same quarter, official data revealed. Data published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Tuesday revealed […]

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Morocco registers 508 new Covid cases

Rabat, March 10 (IANS) Morocco announced on Tuesday 508 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally in the North African country to 486,833. The total number of recoveries from Covid-19 in Morocco increased to 473,208 after 644 more were added, Xinhua news agency reported. The death toll rose to 8,695 with 12 new fatalities during the […]

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Int’l support for Sudan during transitional phase

Khartoum, March 9 (IANS) A UN mission has said that it would work to mobilise international support and resources to support the transitional period in Sudan. Head of the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan, Volker Perthes, made the remarks after meeting Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan at the presidential palace […]

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Africa reports nearly 3.95mn Covid cases

Addis Ababa, March 7 (IANS) The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa has reached 3,948,029, health authorities said. In an update on Saturday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said the death toll stood at 105,275, while some 3,526,325 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease, reports Xinhua […]

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20 killed in Egypt road accident

Cairo, March 7 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and five injured when a microbus and a truck collided on Egypt’s El-Kureimat highway in Giza province. The accident took place on Saturday after the truck’s tire exploded, leading it to crash into the microbus that was travelling in the opposite direction, Xinhua news agency […]

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Turkey reports 11,770 new Covid-19 cases

Cairo, March 7 (IANS) Turkey reported 11,770 new Covid-19 cases, while Iran’s total infections exceeded 1.68 million after 8,212 daily cases were registered. Among the new cases confirmed in Turkey, 702 were symptomatic patients, as the total number of positive cases in the country reached 2,769,230, according to Turkish health ministry, Xinhua news agency reported […]

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10 dead, 30 hurt in Mogadishu suicide blast

Mogadishu, March 6 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured in a suicide car bombing outside a popular restaurant in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, a police official said. Those injured in the attack that targeted the Lul Yemeni restaurant near the seaport on Friday evening are mainly civilians, Xinhua news […]

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21 African nations’ Covid fatality rates higher than global average

Addis Ababa, March 6 (IANS) Twenty-one African countries are reporting Covid-19 fatality rates higher than the global average, according to health authorities. In a statement on Friday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of Covid-19-related deaths in the continent now stood at 105,001, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the […]

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Egypt starts vaccination for elderly, patients with chronic diseases

Cairo, March 5 (IANS) Egypt started vaccinating elderly people and patients with chronic diseases against Covid-19, the Egyptian cabinet said in a statement. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Health Minister Hala Zayed were present at one of Cairo medical centres to witness the two categories of citizens receiving their first shots of the anti-coronavirus vaccine, […]

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Ethiopia reports 1,161 new Covid-19 cases

Addis Ababa, March 4 (IANS) Ethiopia registered 1,161 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 161,974 as of Wednesday evening, the country’s Ministry of Health said. The ministry said five new deaths from the coronavirus were reported across the country during the same period, bringing the national death toll […]

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Ghana begins mass vaccination program against Covid-19

Accra, March 4 (IANS) The government of Ghana has rolled out a program to commence the mass vaccination of people living in some 43 epicenter-districts in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central regions against the Covid-19 pandemic. Among eligible persons for the vaccination program includes healthcare workers, frontline security personnel, persons with underlying medical conditions, […]

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Northern Ireland reveals 5-step plan to ease lockdown

Belfast, March 3 (IANS) The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to a five-step plan for easing the coronavirus lockdown, local media reported. Unlike plans announced in England and Scotland, Northern Ireland’s proposal does not include a timetable and progression will depend on certain public health criteria being met, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the […]

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Africa faces first recession in 25 years

Addis Ababa, March 3 (IANS) The African continent has faced its first economic recession in 25 years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) report. The report, entitled “Building Forward for an African Green Recovery Report”, that was published late Monday highlighted the continent’s bold […]

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AU urges member states to ensure safe polls

Addis Ababa, March 3 (IANS) The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has called on member states to ensure safe situations while holding elections amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In its latest meeting, the Council dwelt upon the elections held across Africa during the period from July to December 2020 and those […]

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Egypt, Sudan voice concern over Nile dam filling

Cairo, March 3 (IANS) Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi stressed that Ethiopia’s possible second phase filling of the Nile dam unilaterally would pose a direct threat to water security of the two nations. The remarks came during the two Ministers meeting here on Tuesday, where they tackled a […]

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EU to introduce health passport system

Brussels, March 2 (IANS) The European Commission’s Vice President Margaritis Schinas said that it is set to introduce a Digital Green Pass that will enable the continent’s safe opening “while preserving the sacrifices done so far”. Addressing an online press conference following an informal meeting of European Union (EU) health ministers, Schinas said on Monday […]

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3 new Ebola cases confirmed in DRC

Kinshasa, March 2 (IANS) Three new cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province, a senior health official told the media. The three new cases which were reported in Butembo health zone raised the overall tally in the country to 11 since the resurgence of […]

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Ugandan schools, tertiary institutions reopen in phased manner

Kampala, March 2 (IANS) Schools and tertiary institutions in Uganda reopened in a phased manner as the east African country grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a government directive, semi-candidate learners and all tertiary institutions and universities would resume on Monday while the rest of the students await further instruction, Xinhua news agency reported. […]

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South Africa eases lockdown restrictions

Johannesburg, March 1 (IANS) As Covid-19 cases decline, the South African cabinet has eased lockdown restrictions from alert level three to one, allowing political and religious gatherings, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced. “In the week that has just passed, the country recorded just under 10,000 new infections,” Ramaphosa said late Sunday night. “A month ago, in […]

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Egypt, Pakistan eye further security, economic cooperation

Cairo, Feb 18 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi held talks with visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on boosting security and economic cooperation between the two countries, said the Egyptian presidency in a statement. Sisi and Qureshi discussed bolstering ties between Egypt and Pakistan “especially in terms of security and economic cooperation, and trade […]

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Ex-football chief on trial for war crimes

Bangui, Feb 16 (IANS) Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, the former head of the Central African Republic (CAR) football federation is set to go on trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. Ngaissona, who led a mainly Christian anti-Balaka group, also faces crimes against humanity charges, which he denies, the BBC reported on Tuesday. He and […]

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Sudan PM issues decision to dissolve govt

Khartoum, Feb 8 (IANS) Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has issued a decision to dissolve the government, the Council of Ministers said in a statement. “In accordance with the provisions of the constitutional document for the transitional period, the Prime Minister issued a decision today to relieve the ministers and ministers of state in the […]

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AU, UNDP launch year-long project

Addis Ababa, Jan 31 (IANS) The African Union (AU) Commission and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have kicked off a year-long project to mark the 20th anniversary since the establishment of the bloc. The year-long initiative, dubbed “AU at 20: A Renewed Call to Action for the 21st Century”, envisaged to mark the 20th anniversary […]

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Morocco, Israel set up working groups to foster cooperation

Rabat, Jan 30 (IANS) Morocco and Israel have agreed to set up inter-governmental working groups to foster cooperation, after the two countries agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rabat said in a statement. Such inter-governmental groups will work in cooperation in fields, including investment, agriculture, water, environment, tourism, science, […]

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