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95 African migrants rescued off Libya’s coast

International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that its officials have rescued 95 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday. IOM officials however revealed that many of those rescued suffered from burns and hypothermia. 15 others died at sea with most of those rescued on Sunday are African migrants from Cameroon, Sudan and Mali. Last week IOM officials in Libya also disclosed that more than over 150 migrants were intercepted and returned to the country by its coast guard. 🚨 Tragic news from #Libya as 15 lives were lost…

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Flights grounded at Ghana’s main airport as staff begin strike

– Advertisement – Passengers are stranded at the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana as airport staff embark on strike. The strike had disrupted domestic and international flights as the airport workers demand the dismissal of their Managing Director Yaw Kwakwa over allegations of mismanagement. The irate workers also locked out the embattled MD who had earlier denied allegations levelled against him by the aggrieved staff. The strike follows a statement issued by the union directing all general staff to withdraw their services at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) from 06:00hrs…

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Ghana’s PassionAir makes history with first ever all-female flight crew

Ghanaian local airline, PassionAir has announced that it successfully operated its first ever all-female crewed flight on Saturday, 20 February 2021. In a statement the airline said “the flight, OP 178 from Accra to Tamale, was entirely “womanned” by women from the flight deck to the cabin.” The pilot-in-command of the flight, Captain Eva Gichuru said “This flight indicates that, whatever men can do, women can do and even better when given equal opportunities.” PassionAir said it “hopes this historic moment for them empowers and inspires women all over the…

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Africa World 

The 17 African countries placed on UK’s travel ‘red list’

– Advertisement – The United Kingdom has placed 17 African countries on what it calls a ‘red list’, with travelers from these countries hit with new travel measures. Travelers from these countries are to quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels and will have to take care of their bills during their stay. The cost for travelers from the African countries on the ‘red -list’ will not be less than $100 per night. The African countries affected by this latest travel measures are: • Angola – Advertisement – • Botswana…

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‘World’s oldest’ mass-production brewery unearthed in Egypt

A high-production brewery believed to be more than 5,000 years old has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at a funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said Saturday. The site containing several “units” consisting of about 40 earthenware pots arranged in two rows was uncovered at North Abydos, Sohag, by a joint Egyptian-American team, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. The brewery likely dates back to the era of King Narmer, it quoted the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa…

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Covid-19: RwandAir suspends flights to southern Africa

– Advertisement – Rwanda’s national carrier Rwandair has announced temporarily suspension of flights to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In a statement posted on Twitter, the airline said the suspension was due to the new Covid-19 variants reported in southern African countries. It said all flights to and from the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka and Harare have been suspended effective February 8, 2021. But the airline said there arrangements for customers to request for refunds or reschedule travel to the destinations. Travel update: temporary suspension of RwandAir flights…

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Zookeeper killed after tigers escaped from cage

A zookeeper has been killed after two critically endangered Sumatran tigers escaped from a zoo on Borneo island. The female tigers, both aged about 18 months, escaped the Sinka Zoo after a landslide caused by days of torrential rain damaged their enclosure. On Saturday, one of the animals was captured after it was hit with a tranquiliser dart. But the other tiger was shot dead after it behaved aggressively and attempts to tranquilise it failed. The 47-year-old zookeeper was found dead close to the tigers’ enclosure after the animals escaped…

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Mummies with golden tongues found by archaeologists

– Advertisement – An Egyptian-Dominican archaeological mission working near Alexandria has discovered mummies from around 2,000 years ago bearing golden-tongued amulets, the Egyptian authorities said on Wednesday. “The mission discovered 16 tombs cut into the rock… in the temple of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria” in northern Egypt, the antiquities ministry said in a statement, adding that the burial technique was widespread in the Greek and Roman periods. The tombs contained several mummies that were “poorly preserved” but bore “gold-leafed amulets in the shape of a tongue”. The amulets were…

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Here are Africa’s top ten most developed countries

– Advertisement – Every year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranks countries through its Human Development Index (HDI) project. The Human Development Report (HDR) by the UNDP measures a country’s health, education, and standard of living as part of the index. The agency also ascertains a nations’ average achievement in three basic scales of human development – education, life expectancy, and per capita income. The Human Development Report (HDR) covered a new experimental index on human progress that takes into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprint. According…

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Nigeria repatriates hundreds of stranded citizens from Saudi Arabia

– Advertisement – Nigeria on Thursday repatriated nearly 400 of its citizens stranded by the Covid-19 pandemic for months in Saudi Arabia, flying them back to the capital, Abuja, an aviation ministry official said. The Nigerians were economic migrants stuck in Saudi Arabia after being caught up in the Covid-19 restrictions and needed assistance returning home. The repatriation came after one group made a video that circulated on social media showing them in squalid conditions and calling for help. “Many of you travelled expecting to return at a particular time but…

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