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WHO recommends COVID-19 remains public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee for COVID-19 has advised that COVID-19 continue to be categorized a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Committee, which is established under the International Health Regulations (IHR) and convened by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, cited the continued detrimental impact of SARS-CoV-2 on health and health systems around the… Read More
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Kenya to reduce the number of pubs to fight alcoholism

Government administrators in Kenya have been ordered to enforce a one-pub-per-town directive to fight alcoholism. Kenya’s deputy president, Rigathi Gachagua ordered administrators especially in the country’s central region to enforce the new directive issued last week. Gachagua also wants entertainment joints to only operate between 17:00 to 23:00 local time in the new measures meant to deal with alcoholism. There… Read More
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Woman to refund $80k for not marrying lover who paid her fees

For refusing to marry her lover who had sponsored her education, a woman has now been ordered to refund shillings 9.4 million (about $80,000). A court in Uganda gave the order for Fortunate Kyarikunda to refund the money when she backed out of marrying Richard Tumwine who had paid her school fees. Kyarikunda is also expected to pay legal costs… Read More
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Zambians asked to stop spying on phones of their spouses

Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema has asked citizens to stop spying on the phones of their spouses. The country recorded over 22,000 divorce cases last year alone, statistics that President Hichilema is unhappy with. Statistics from the last 12 months showed the shortest marriage in the country lasted for 30 days while the longest was 65 years. Leading the reasons for… Read More
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Africa’s economic growth to outpace global forecast in 2023-2024

Africa is set to outperform the rest of the world in economic growth over the next two years, with real gross domestic product (GDP) averaging around 4% in 2023 and 2024. This is higher than projected global averages of 2.7% and 3.2%, the African Development Bank Group said in Africa’s Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook report for the region, released in… Read More
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Plants on Lunar Soil

Scientists have for the first-time grown plants on lunar surface material known as regolith which had been collected 50 years before by Apollo astronauts. Researchers used three of those samples to experiment. This comes just at the beginning of the Artemis era and the return of astronauts to the moon. During the research, scientists grew Arabidopsis thaliana, a plant in… Read More
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Benin opposition returns to parliament after wins in polls

The opposition in Benin has made a comeback to the country’s parliament after winning 28 seats, provisional results from Sunday’s poll showed. Benin’s opposition was absent from the parliament for four years. The 2019 legislative polls were marred by controversy after the country’s electoral commission blocked all opposition parties from contesting. Not having an opposition party in parliament meant no… Read More
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Chad foils military attempt to destabilise country

Chadian security forces have said they foiled an attempt by a group of army officers to destabilize the country and undermine constitutional order. The government said in a statement on Thursday that arrests have been taking place linked to the plot since Dec. 8. Authorities have been able to seized military equipment, the statement said. “This plan was devised by… Read More
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Former Pope Benedict XVI very ill

Pope Francis has said former Pope Benedict XVI is very ill and he has asked pilgrims at the Vatican to pray for him. Benedict, 95, became the first leader of the Catholic Church to stand down in 600 years in 2013, citing advanced age. At the end of the Pope’s final audience of the year, he asked people to “pray a… Read More
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Ghana’s President asks African leaders to stop ‘begging’ the West

– – Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo says African countries must wean themselves off “begging” the West. This will earn earn them global respect and change poor perceptions about the continent. He made the remarks during the opening of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “If we stop being beggars and spend African money inside the continent, Africa will not… Read More