Africa South Africa World 

European Union lifts flight suspension to Southern Africa

– – The European Union has announced the lifting of suspension on flights to and from Southern Africa, a restriction that was put in place amid the outbreak of the omicron variant. When the restriction was imposed last year, the African Union and United Nations strongly criticized it. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Nigerian counterpart asked the EU countries to reverse the travel ban. Th French presidency of the EU however said on Monday that after a meeting of the bloc’s Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) team, member…

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Africa Southern Africa US World 

United States lifts travel restrictions on Southern African countries

– – The United States government has announced the lifting of travel restrictions on southern Africa countries effective 31st of December, 2021. The travel restrictions were imposed a month ago when all flights from the region were suspended amid the outbreak of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi are amongst the eight countries that will be allowed to resume travels to the US from the start of the New Year. When these travel restrictions were first imposed by the USA and European countries, the United…

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Africa World 

Record high number of journalists jailed globally in 2021

– – A record high number of journalists were jailed in 2021, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. In a report released on Thursday, the group said the high numbers showed how bleak the year was for defenders of press freedom. According to CPJ’s 2021 prison census found the number of reporters jailed for their work hit a new global record of 293, up from a revised total of 280 in 2020. “At least 24 journalists were killed because of their coverage so far this year; 18 others died in circumstances…

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Africa South Africa World 

Omicron: AU, UN criticize travel restrictions on African countries

– – The African Union and United Nations have strongly criticized travel restrictions placed on several Southern African countries following the confirmation of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the restrictions could lead to “travel apartheid”, describing them as “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective” in stopping the spread of the variant. He said Africans should not be collectively punished for sharing health information with the world. The AU chairperson Chairperson Mahamat Faki said wealthier nations should help the continent increase its vaccination rates…

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Africa Ghana World 

Anglican Archbishops oppose Ghana’s anti–LGBTQ+ bill

– – Several church leaders particularly those in the UK have strongly criticised Ghanaian bishops over their support for a draconian anti-LGBTQ+ law. These include Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the global Anglican Church, Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, and other Church of England bishops have in numerous tweets. In an earlier statement, the archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana, Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith backed the anti-gay bill, saying that the practice is unbiblical, ungodly and unrighteousness in the sight of God. But in a tweet Archbishop Welby…

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Africa Featured World 

Majority across G20 countries see Climate change as crisis

– – A major poll of public opinion on climate change in the G20 countries published today by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Oxford, shows how public support for climate action is set to strengthen in the near future as climate-aware teenagers become of voting age, enter the workforce, and move into positions of greater influence. The new survey, called the ‘G20 Peoples’ Climate Vote’ polled over 689,000 people, including over 302,000 people under the age of 18, and has been published ahead of a crucial…

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Africa World 

World leaders urged to protect most vulnerable against climate change

– – More than 2,000 young leaders and youth-led organisations from across the Commonwealth have urged governments to respect the needs and contributions of the world’s most vulnerable groups, in the lead up to global climate talks in Glasgow in November. The Commonwealth Youth Statement on Climate Change, appealed to governments to include youth, women, the elderly and people with disabilities in decision-making on climate change-related policies. Noting that 1.5 billion people in the Commonwealth are under the age of 30, young people call on leaders to ensure additional, predictable finance…

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Africa Business China World 

China’s trade with Africa grows to record highs

– – According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, trade between China and Africa increased by 40.5 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2021, and was valued at a record high of USD 139.1 billion. The Ministry noted that African products were increasingly being recognised in the Chinese market, and that imports from Africa into China increased by 46.3% between January and July 2021. Further, the import of agricultural products, such as rubber, cotton and coffee from Africa into China doubled when compared to the first seven months of…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s President Buhari orders lifting of ban on Twitter

– – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the ban on social media giant Twitter can now be lifted. In a speech on Friday to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence day celebration, President Buhari said he had directed that the ban on the operations of Twitter, in Nigeria be lifted conditionally. That condition includes meeting demands from the Nigerian government related to National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content. He said “Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

UNESCO names Ghana’s Accra as World Book Capital for 2023

– – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Ghana’s capital, Accra as its World Book Capital for 2023. The West African nation will host the World Book Capital after Mexico’s Guadalajara in 2022. In a statement UNESCO said “the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.” It said picking Accra was because of its proposed programme that “seeks to use the power of books to engage these young…

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