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Thousands of expired Covid vaccines to be destroyed in Africa

– – Several African countries are set to destroy Covid-19 vaccines currently in circular as they have expired this week. The vaccines were donated to these countries under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) with the support of the African Union. Malawian health officials have signaled they will destroy over 16,000 of the expired coronavirus vaccines. 102,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs were donated to Malawi last month but 16,400 were not administered before they expired. “We have used most of the vaccines sent by the AU. On Tuesday,…

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Africa Business Ghana Nigeria West Africa World 

Twitter office in Ghana sparks anger among Nigerians

– – Some Nigerians have not been happy with the decision to pick Ghana as host of the Africa headquarters of social media giant Twitter. Making the announcement on Monday, the US based social media company cited Ghana’s role as a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech and online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate as reasons for choosing Ghana. The company also said Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with its overarching goal…

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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

Mozambique: Looking to its past for lasting peace

– – The government of Mozambique has taken many approaches to end conflict and encourage economic development in the past fifty years. Colonial independence, nationalization, villagization, and Marxism were all tried, with accompanying political upheavals, civil war, and massacres. Peace and economic stability was finally reached in the 1990’s, under the newly elected democratic government. Former Mozambique President Alberto Joachim Chissano credited the sustained peace and resulting economic development to the implementation of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) under the Mozambique military and police. IDT is a brain based technology which…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghanaian actor convicted for posting her nudes online

– – A popular Ghanaian actor Rosemond Brown known as Akuapem Poloo has been convicted by a court for posting her nudes online. State prosecutors say the actor on June 30, 2020, celebrated her son’s seventh birthday by taking her nude pictures together with him. Akuapem Poloo took the pictures with her son who was also half-naked and posted them on her Instagram page. The said post went viral on social media and after several complaints she removed the post and apologized. – – Akuapem Poloo, admitted when she was…

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Africa West Africa World 

Niger: Fire kills 20 school children trapped in classrooms

– – At least 20 children have died after fire gutted their classrooms in Niger. The fire started around the entrance of the school, which has a population of 800 students. It spread to 21 classrooms built with straw and trapped the children inside, as they did not have an alternative escape route. The cause of the fire in the school, located in the Pays Bas area of the capital Niamey, has not yet been established. “Without an emergency exit, many were trapped and students were forced to scale the wall to escape.…

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Africa West Africa World 

Burkina Faso: Ex-leader Compaoré to stand trial for Sankara murder

– – The former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré is to face charges of murder of Thomas Sankara. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. A military tribunal in Burkina Faso on Tuesday indicted the former president for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpse”. Thirteen other people were among those charged along with the former president. The warrants “to bring defendants not yet detained” were issued early Tuesday,…

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Africa West Africa World 

Benin’s President Talon wins re-election to serve 5 more years

– – Benin’s President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with 86% of the votes, provisional results released by the national electoral commission shows. His closest rival, Allasane Soumanou secured about 11.3% while Corentin Kohou came in third with 2.3%, with a voter turnout of 50%. The final results would have to be announced by the Beninese Constitutional Court. The election could not be held in 13 of the country’s 546 districts, because of security problems in some areas in the country’s northern and central regions. President Patrice Talon had previously…

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Africa West Africa World 

Sierra Leonean author projects African words with English alphabet

– – Vickie Remoe is a Sierra Leonean, journalist and activist who recently decided to launch a project to project African words with the English Alphabet. Inspired by her son, she launched a book this year called ‘Adama Loves Akara’. Remoe explained recently that she “bought my son’s first reader the same day I bought his first pair of pampers. It wasn’t until we started to actively focus on developing his phoneme awareness that I noticed the absence of African culture in the early readers.” She added that “Everything from…

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Europe 

Kosovo: Expectations high following elections, UN envoy tells Security Council

Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, reported on the results of the 14 February legislative election, where the winning party, Vetëvendosje, received more than half the vote, amid high turnout.   SRSG Tanin at #UNSC: “The voters in #Kosovo raised their voices for breaking with the past, and I hope that the members of this Council will add their clear support for the realisation of a more peaceful, more prosperous future in Kosovo and the region.” — UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo) (@UNMIKosovo) April 13, 2021 “The expectations expressed…

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Pacific 

UN atomic energy agency to work with Japan on Fukushima water disposal

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that Japan’s solution was both “technically feasible and in line with international practice” – and that the agency was also ready “to provide technical support in monitoring and reviewing the plan’s safe and transparent implementation”. ‘Unique and complex case’ Controlled water discharges into the sea are routine practice for operating nuclear power plants in the world after safety and environmental impact assessments, the IAEA chief explained. “Today’s decision by the Government of Japan is a milestone that will help pave the way for continued progress…

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