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Coronavirus: Rwanda’s health minister fired for lying about testing kits

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports.…

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Inside Congo’s plan to tackle power shortages, secure IMF deal [Interview]

In an exclusive interview with Africanews, Congo’s communications minister Thierry Moungalla highlighted the government’s efforts to solve the country’s pressing issues including electricity shortages, negotiations with the IMF and corruption allegations against the First Family. He also reiterated the government’s commitment to championing media freedom and excellence in the country, including at Africanews. Africanews: Good morning, Mr. Minister. Thierry Moungalla: Good morning! *Africanews: The President of the Republic of Congo has inaugurated a turbine of the Congo Power Plant here in Pointe Noire. In a country like yours, with a…

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As Libya talks resume in Geneva, UN negotiator seeks to overcome sticking points

Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Salamé, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, said that the port of Tripoli had been attacked earlier on Tuesday.  “As long as these violations are frequent, it’s very, very hard to think of quiet negotiations between the two parties on any one of the three tracks we are trying to push forward.”  The UN envoy, who is facilitating discussions of the parties to the Libyan Joint Military Commission, or the 5+5 talks, added that an arms embargo on Libya has continued to be violated in the North African nation.  Since last…

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South Africa’s rugby team wins World Sports Award

A big win for South Africa’s ruby team as it was named World sports team of the year in Berlin, Monday. The Laureus Worlds Sports award follows the triumph of the Springboks at the world cup in Japan last year. “Winning the World Cup obviously, and winning the Laureus Award mean so much and I think the big thing for us is just to continue where we left off and not drop off at all”, said ruby player, Faf De Klerk. Winning the Laureus Award mean so much and I…

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Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over deadly assault in northwest Cameroon

Almost two dozen villagers, including 15 children, were found dead in the anglophone village of Ngarbuh after an incident on Friday linked to separatist clashes that began in late 2017 on alleged discrimination against the francophone country’s English-speaking regions. While the opposition party are blaming the killings on the army, no one has claimed responsibility. In a statement issued on Monday, a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres was “deeply concerned” over reports about the killing of civilians, including children, in the attack on 14 February.  The UN chief called on…

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‘Great deal of work’ ahead on Ethio-Egypt dam dispute-Pompeo

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has said a ‘‘great deal of work remains’‘ to resolve a dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over a massive dam on the Nile River. Pompeo also pledged his country’s financial support to strengthen East African allies as he made a stopover in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. “Our mission set is not impose a solution on this but rather to get the three countries to come together around a solution that each of them acknowledges works for the concerns of all three nations. (Egypt,…

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Coronavirus: Chinese national quarantined in Kenya

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports.…

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Trial of Lesotho’s first lady for rival’s alleged murder adjourns

The trial of Lesotho’s first lady for the alleged killing of Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane’s ex-wife has been adjourned to March 17. Maesaiah Thabane appeared in court in Maseru on Tuesday as the court seeks further investigations. “Your case is still under investigation and is still awaiting direction from the Attorney General with regard to your co-accused being charged. Your case will be heard next on 17 March 2020”, said magistrate, Thamae Thamae. Your case is still under investigation and is still awaiting direction from the Attorney General with regard…

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Protesters in Bangui call for expulsion of MINUSCA staff [Morning Call]

Over a thousand people took to a popular UN roundabout on the streets of Bangui, capital of the Central African republic CAR on Monday to demand the expulsion of 3 members of staff of MINUSCA, the United Nations mission in the country. The three MINUSCA staff are accused of sabotaging the CAR’s peace agreement between rebels and the government. Follow and like us:0 0

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