Africa 

‘Large, likely long-lasting’ crisis looms over Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, UNICEF warns

The region has been plagued by insecurity since 2017. The situation, however, deteriorated dramatically last month as militant extremists attacked and reportedly overran the town of Pemba, killing dozens of people and uprooting thousands, many of whom had fled violence elsewhere.   In #CaboDelgado, Mozambique: ⚠️Horrific stories of kidnap and gender-based violence ⚠️One third of the population is displaced ⚠️A serious risk of cholera and malnutrition We need access and funding to help families and children. @UNICEF_Moz https://t.co/Dj1ZEDcBlA — UNICEF (@UNICEF) April 13, 2021 Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s Director of Emergency…

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Africa 

Nigerians flee to Niger after third devastating attack in northeast

Civilians are fleeing into Niger Republic after gunmen attacked Damasak town, Borno state in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday. Reports on the ground say this is the third attack in a week and the second in 24 hours — as dozens of jihadist fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa Province have been launching sporadic offensives since last weekend. The assault comes just days after the militants set ablaze several aid worker facilities in the same town including the United Nations humanitarian hub housing several international agencies. The government is…

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Africa 

Malawi to destroy thousands of expired Covid vaccines – Minister

More than 16,000 doses of vaccine have reached their expiration date and will be destroyed in Malawi, after arriving in the southern African country three weeks ago, the health minister said Wednesday. Of the 102,000 doses sent by the African Union (AU), some 16,400 were not used and expired on Tuesday, Charles Mwansambo told AFP. Of the total 530,000 doses received in the country via the Covax program, the Indian government, and the AU, all of which are AstraZeneca vaccine, 46% have been used so far, he said. “We have…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Google Doodle’s posthumous birthday celebration for Nigerian music legend Oliver de Coque

Google on Wednesday unveiled a Doodle to posthumously mark the 74th birthday of Nigerian music legend and highlife maestro, Oliver de Coque, one of Africa’s most prolific recording artists of all time. The Doodle, created by Lagos-based graphic artist and illustrator, Ohab TBJ, pays tribute to the guitarist who died in June 2008 at the age of 61, following a heart attack. The creative inspiration was drawn from De Coque’s love for the guitar, his energetic performance style, his unique music brand, and his love of tradition and culture. “Oliver…

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Sports 

Wang: The Chinese players ran 10km per day to qualify

Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Women (FIFA.com) 14 Apr 2021 © imago images China PR dramatically pipped Korea Republic for an Olympic place Wang Shuang was the extra-time hero The 26-year-old discusses their qualification and Tokyo targets The scene of a weeping Wang Shuang, hugging team-mates after 120 minutes in Suzhou yesterday, told its own story. It had been a year since China PR were due to face Korea Republic in a winner-takes-all showdown for a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 place. Due to the COVID-19, however, the two…

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Africa 

Supporters of re-elected Benin president Patrice Talon celebrate

Patrice Talon’s supporters celebrate with singing and dancing outside his headquarters over the victory of their candidate in the first round of the presidential elections in Cotonou, Benin. A few hours earlier, the president of the Autonomous National Electoral Commission had announced his victory with 86% of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential election Talon, 62, a cotton tycoon first elected to lead the West African state in 2016, faced two little-known rivals in Sunday’s vote with most of his key opponents in exile or disqualified…

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Africa 

At least 20 people killed, 3 injured in road carnage in Southern Egypt

At least 20 people have been killed and three others injured in a road accident in southern Egypt Tuesday. Authorities said a bus overturned while trying to overtake a truck on a highway causing a collision that lead to the casualties. The bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over. It was hit by the truck on a road in the southern province of Assiut, some 320 kilometers south of Cairo. In a statement, Assiut Governor Essam Saad said both vehicles caught fire. Photos released by the governor’s office…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Peruzzi speaks his truth on sleeping with Davido’s Chioma

  Nigerian singer Tobechukwu Victor Okoh popularly known as Peruzzi has slammed rumour mongers who alleged that he had a sexual relationship… Nigerian singer Tobechukwu Victor Okoh popularly known as Peruzzi has slammed rumour mongers who alleged that he had a sexual relationship with Davido’s baby mama Chioma. The singer said he still gets shocked once in a while when such an absurd story is shared on social media. Speaking on the latest episode #WithChude, Peruzzi said: “Someone said I had sex with the wife of the man who helped…

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Africa 

Burkina Faso: Ex-president Compaoré to be tried in Sankara murder case

Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré, now in exile in Ivory Coast, will stand trial for the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, a pan-African icon, during the 1987 coup in which he took power, lawyers told AFP on Tuesday. The case was referred Tuesday to the military court in Ouagadougou, after the confirmation of charges against the main defendants, including Blaise Compaoré, 34 years after the death of the “father of the revolution” Burkinabé, according to defence lawyers and civil parties. After Gilbert Diendere — his former right-hand man…

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Africa 

Spanish hotel shelters migrants amid virus crisis

A hotel in the Canary Islands has opened its doors to migrants seeking a new life. When hotel director Calvin Lucock and restaurant owner Unn Tove Saetran said goodbye to one of the last groups of migrants staying in one of the seaside resorts they manage in Spain’s Canary Islands, the British-Norwegian couple didn’t know when they would have guests again. They had initially lost their tourism clientele to the coronavirus pandemic, but then things took an unexpected turn. A humanitarian crisis was unfolding on the archipelago where tens of…

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