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Malian authorities ready to create war college

Mali’s National Transitional Council passed a bill Thursday to create a War College. The CNT, which acts as a legislative assembly during the transition period, voted to create the school to strengthen the country’s national security arsenal, iand in particular by training future Malian army officers. The EGM, Mali War College, will “provide high-level training for senior officers of the defense and security forces” -army, police, gendarmerie- but also for certain civilian executives. It will also be a place for research on defense and security strategies, in collaboration with the…

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WHO says Covid-19 third wave easing in Africa

The World Health Organization’s Africa regional body says the current wave of COVID-19 on the continent is easing off, but warned that the “fight is far from over”. WHO Africa’s director for communicable disease response Dr. Benido Impouma said that a fourth wave spreading throughout the continent during the festive season could be the “most brutal yet”. The WHO is telling countries in Africa to use the intervening time of the relative dip in cases to get prepared by strengthening their capacities for a vaccine rollout. Impouma also mentioned that…

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Oldest bone tools for clothesmaking found in Morocco

Archaeologists in Morocco have identified clothesmaking tools fashioned from bone dating back 120,000 years, the oldest ever found, one of the researchers said. “It’s a major discovery because while older bone tools have been found elsewhere, it’s the first time we have identified bone tools (this old) that were used to make clothing,” Moroccan archaeologist Abdeljalil El Hajraoui said. The international team discovered more than 60 tools in Contrebandiers (Smugglers) Cave, less than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the North African country’s capital. They had been “intentionally shaped for specific…

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Uganda: an electric anti-poaching initiative succeeds in preserving wildlife

Zikulabe Isaac is a local farmer with a 3-acre onions, cotton and coffee plantation, which shares the fence with the park. Before it was erected in 2018, they used to sleep outside their homes guarding the crops against game, uncertain of their harvests but now he can count foreseen profits from his produce. “It is as if we not bordering the park. The government helped us with this electric fence. When these wild animals attempt to enter our gardens, they run back” The line runs for 43.8 kilometers and it…

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Nigeria arrests members of kidnapping gang

Three people suspected of abducting more than 100 students from a Christian school in northwestern Nigeria two months ago have been arrested, police said Thursday night. On July 5, gunmen invaded the Bethel Baptist Secondary School on the outskirts of Kaduna and abducted 121 students who were sleeping in their rooms. “Three of the key suspects involved in the kidnapping of the Bethel Baptist High School students have been arrested,” a spokesman for the Nigerian police, Frank Mba, said in a statement. He said one of the three suspects “was…

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Anthony Joshua: I will knock out Usyk and I’d fight King Kong if I could

A relaxed and slimmed down world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said he’s aiming for a crowd pleasing knockout win over Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk when he puts his titles on the line in front of 67,000 fans at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. The reigning WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion last fought in front of just 1,000 spectators, at London’s Wembley Arena as the UK was under a series of Covid-19 restrictions last December. “Let’s keep it real, right! People are out to see knockouts, you know, and I…

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African countries unite to build resilient food systems {Business Africa}

– Building resilient food systems in Africa – Africa remains a net food importer, meaning that its food import bill is higher than its food export revenues .According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI), 282 million people went hungry in Africa in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic effects could exacerbate the hunger situation on the continent and globally. In the following story, we explore conversations on developing Africa’s food systems. On this episode, Jennifer Baarn, the new Director of the African Green Revolution Forum spoke…

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South Africa discontent over its inclusion in Britain’s coronavirus “red list”

South Africa is seething over Britain’s decision to keep the country on its coronavirus “red list,” a move that means travellers must pay for pricey hotel quarantine on their return to the UK. Renowned for its wildlife and breathtaking scenery, South Africa is struggling to recover from the crippling blow coronavirus dealt to a tourism industry that directly accounts for three percent of the nation’s economy and — prior to the pandemic — was one of the few employment bright spots, providing more than 700,000 jobs. Shut off from the…

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“Africa is a priority for the U.S.” (Marissa Scott)

US President Joe Biden delivered his first speech at the UN a few days ago. He talked about the issue of climate change, Covid-19 and the role of the United States on the international scene. To discuss the impact of this speech on US policy in Africa, the French language spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State, Marissa Scott, spoke to Africanews. Sourced from Africanews

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A medieval scroll in the Israel Museum

A unique medieval scroll is going on display for the first time in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum. The scroll, about 11 meters (36 feet) long, is a one-of-a-kind illustrated travelogue depicting the pilgrimage of an Egyptian-Jew during the 14th century to the Land of Israel. Written in Hebrew, the travelogue documents religious sites through some 130 illustrations. “All the travelogues we know today are written travelogues,” says Dr. Rachel Sarfati, Chief Curator of the Israel Museum’s Wing for Jewish Art and Life. “This is the only painted travelogue we…

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