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UK bans travellers from Tanzania and DRC

– Advertisement – The UK has banned all arrivals from Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo from Friday January 22. It follows the earlier ban on passengers from 11 other Southern African countries to enter the UK. The latest ban is aimed at stopping the spread of the South Africa variant of Covid-19. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a tweet that British and Irish nationals will be exempted. “All passengers from these countries except British & Irish Nationals and third country nationals with residents’ rights will be denied entry,” he said in…

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Ghana: Six health workers arrested for baby harvesting

– Advertisement – Six health care workers and five others have been arrested for baby harvesting and child trafficking in Ghana. They were arrested in a joint operation by the country’s Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and the Medical and Dental Council. A team of experts from the two institutions commenced investigations into allegations of baby harvesting after a case of a missing baby was reported at the Konfo Anokye Teaching hospital in 2014. Executive Director of EOCO COP Frank Adu-Poku (RTD) told a news conference in Accra that…

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Joe Biden takes the helm as 46th US president

– Advertisement – Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago. The chilly Washington morning was dotted with snow flurries, but the…

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Amanda Gorman: The 22-year-old poet at Biden’s inauguration

Amanda Gorman “screamed and danced her head off” when she found out she had been chosen to read one of her poems at Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. At the age of 22, the Los Angeles-born writer and performer is the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration. She told the BBC’s World Service she felt “excitement, joy, honour and humility” when she was asked to take part in the ceremony, “and also at the same time terror”. Her poem, The Hill We Climb, is a new composition she said…

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Uganda: Renowned Archbishop suspended for adultery

– Advertisement – The Anglican Church in Uganda has suspended its former Archbishop, Stanley Ntagali for allegedly committing adultery. The Archbishop who retired last year after 43 years in the priesthood has been banned from conducting priestly duties. In a statement on its website, the Anglican Church which has over 13 million followers said Mr Ntagali had been involved in an extra -marital affair with a married woman which he had acknowledged. “He betrayed the office of Archbishop, his ordination vows, and the moral commitments he championed,” the statement said. It called for…

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Covid-19: The stories of 300 global Black doctors’ and nurses’

– Advertisement – A project called the THE BLACK FRONTLINE has been launched and aimed at framing the pandemic through the stories of 300 global black doctors and nurses in 3 cities on 3 continents. In what founders of the project call the oral history project, 100 doctors and nurses in Accra, another 100 in New York City and similar number in London will be sharing their stories through the pandemic. The project is the vision of The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice, led by Executive Director and international award-winning…

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Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs minister dies from Covid-19

– Advertisement – Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sibusiso Moyo, has died from Covid-19, according to a statement from the government. The minister died from the virus at a local hospital with President Emmerson Mnangagwa eulogising him in a statement. President Mnangagwa said Mr. Moyo was a “devoted public servant and a true hero”. “He fought his entire life so that Zimbabwe could be free,” the president added. It is with a heavy heart that I announce Foreign Minister Dr SB Moyo has died. Zimbabwe has lost a devoted public servant and…

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Uganda: Bobi Wine says he and his family are under house arrest

Uganda’s 2021 defeated presidential candidate Bobi Wine has said that he and his family are “under house arrest and stuck with an 18-month-old baby”. Since last weekend, soldiers have surrounded the musician-turned politician’s house preventing him from leaving the compound. There have been instances where visitors to his house were also prevented from entering. Soldiers claim that he could incite his supporters if he leaves the house. Bobi Wine came second in the presidential election won by incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni this month. Final results announced by the Electoral Commission…

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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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Tunisia: Over 600 people arrested as protesters clash with police

– Advertisement – Police in Tunisia have arrested more than 600 people as violent protesters returned to the streets for the fourth consecutive night. On Monday, thousands of the protesters gathered in the centre of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police. The police fired tear gas and water cannon to quell the violent protests. Outside Tunis, clashes were also reported on Monday in the cities of Kasserine, Gafsa, Sousse and Monastir. The protesters are peeved over worsening economic conditions with a third of its young people being unemployed. – Advertisement –…

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