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Rwanda reimposes lockdown over ‘unprecedented’ Covid-19 infections

– Advertisement – Rwanda has reimposed a lockdown in its capital, Kigali, as it battles a second wave of coronavirus cases. In a statement, the Rwandan government said it has been compelled to take the action due to   “unprecedented deaths and transmission rates”. The statement said all movements outside homes in the capital will require an approved permit from the police, except for essential service providers. Travel between Kigali and other provinces and districts will not be permitted, except for essential services and tourism. Tourists must have Covid-19 negative certificates.…

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Over 20 people feared dead after a barge sank on Congo River

– Advertisement – Up to 25 people are feared to have died after a barge sank on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) northeastern province of Tshopo said six bodies have been recovered. Overloading and the poor state of the vessel are believed to be the cause of the accident. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank on Friday evening. The toll today is six bodies which have been recovered, 237 survivors and 19 missing,” Tshopo’s…

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President of Central African Republic wins re-election

– Advertisement – The president of the Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadéra has won re-election in last month’s presidential election. He secured almost 54% of the votes in the December 27 first round of voting, according to results from electoral commission. Mathias Morouba, president of the National Election Authority (ANE) told journalists in the capital, Bangui that the president won an “absolute majority”. Former Prime Minister, Anicet George Pologuele, finished in second with just 21% of the votes, while Martin Ziguele finished third with 7% of the votes.…

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UN says it has retaken CAR town from rebels

– Advertisement – The United Nations has said that it has retaken the town of Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR) from rebels. The rebels had seized the town on Tuesday with the government alleging an attempted coup. The government accused the former president, François Bozizé, of joining up with armed groups in an attempt to stage a coup – something he has denied. Three of the powerful armed groups that control most of the country’s territory began advancing towards the capital along critical main roads on Tuesday ahead…

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Central Africa Republic: Rebel push ‘under control’

– Advertisement – Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is “under control”, a spokesman for UN peacekeeping forces said Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections. The government had alleged an attempted coup when three of the powerful armed groups that control most of the country’s territory began advancing towards the capital along critical main roads, ahead of presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 27. Earlier Sunday, the Coalition of the Democratic Opposition (COD-2020) called for…

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DR Congo declares end to recent Ebola outbreak

– Advertisement – The Democratic Republic of Congo has again declared an end to the recent Ebola outbreak that claimed 55 lives. The country is free from the deadly disease after more than 40 days without a case. DR Congo’s health minister said “Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling Covid-19.” The 11th #Ebola outbreak in #DRC🇨🇩 has officially been declared over by DRC health minister @LongondoEteni! Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling #COVID19!🥳 End…

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Rebels kill more than 20 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

– Advertisement – More than 20 civilians have been killed in an attack on a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the DRC have blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group for the attack. Reports say the rebels first attacked a rival group of Congolese militia members before killing inhabitants in the village of Lisasa. Local administrator Donat Kibwana, from the Beni territory in North Kivu province, put the “preliminary death toll” at 21. In a statement a local NGO Cepadho said 15 out of the 21 people…

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Armed groups kill Ebola workers in DR Congo

Three health workers fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed. They were killed in an attack launched by armed groups in the restive Ituri province. Four others were also critically injured in the attack. Such attacks have surged in recent months as local militias doubt the seriousness of the virus and how the vaccine is administered. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), tweeted about the incidents. He said “Attacks by armed groups…

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DR Congo: Protesters torch U.N. buildings, at least 4 killed

Protesters in eastern Congo on Monday clashed with security agencies resulting in reported deaths of at least four people. Several others are also reported injured in the protest which took place in the town of Beni after civilians torched U.N. buildings. They were expressing anger over renewed violence by suspected Islamist rebels, accusing the UN and government troops of doing little to prevent attacks. Over the weekend the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), one of many militia groups operating in eastern DR Congo killed eight people during a raid on the…

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More African refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

More African migrants trapped in Libya and seeking refuge have arrived in Rwanda as part of a resettlement program. Those who arrived over the weekend are part of the third batch of refugees, who have been held in detention centres in Libya. The third group had 116 refugees and asylum seekers who were safely evacuated from Libya. Rwanda’s government said the migrants will be staying at Gashura transit centre, about 55km (34 miles) south of the capital, Kigali. That is the same place were the previous 189 refugees and asylum…

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