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Niger’s outgoing President Issoufou wins African leadership prize

– Advertisement – Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou has won the 2020 edition of the Ibrahim prize for African leadership. Issoufou was announced as winner of the $5m prize on Monday for his leadership qualities in transforming Niger. Mahamadou Issoufou has served two five-year terms as president from 2011 to 2020. He announced his decision to step down after the two five-year terms, a move that has hailed by many and considered significant in promoting democracy in the West African nation. Issoufou had said that “Handing over power in 2021 to…

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Meghan says she “didn’t want to be alive any more”

She said that she attended the event with Harry that night because she felt she could not be “left alone” and recalled Harry gripping her hand tightly while in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall. Oprah also asked the duchess why she thought the Royal Family did not make her son Archie a prince – which Meghan said she wanted so that he would get police protection. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children do not automatically become princes or princesses because of a rule that has been in place…

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Fire kills African migrants at detention centre in Yemen

Several African migrants were killed in a fire at a overcrowded migrant detention centre in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a over the weekend. The centre housed migrants mostly from Ethiopia, according to officials with the UN Migration Agency (IOM) who say as many as 30 people died and some 170 reported injured. Migrants and guards are reported to be among the dead. The fire started shortly after renewed Saudi airstrikes in Yemen as UN officials say conditions at the detention facility have been in bad state even before the strike. IOM’s…

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The Ghanaian-born who led Pfizer team to develop Covid-19 vaccine

– Advertisement – Ghanaian-born Paul Mensah is a chemical engineer and the vice president of the bioprocess research and development group at Pfizer in St. Louis, in the USA. He led the team based in St. Louis and Andover, Massachusetts to develop the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to fight the Coronavirus. Mensah was responsible for developing and manufacturing the vaccine’s DNA starting material and the messenger RNA drug substance that ultimately becomes the vaccine. His role is significant especially in restoring trust and easing the concerns about the vaccine to people in…

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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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Okonjo-Iweala officially begins work as WTO Director-General

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday took over officially as the new director-general of the World Trade Organization. Ngozi was last month elected the first woman and also first African to lead the institution. Her appointment was made shortly after WTO held a special general council meeting after receiving the backing of the US government. Okonjo-Iweala is now succeeding Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who unexpectedly left the WTO at the end of August 2020, a year early than expected. Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala on her first day…

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Cockerel detained by police after killing owner during cockfight

Police say they have launched a manhunt for some 15 people who took part in the illegal cockfight. According to police those involved in the event face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight. In 2020 another man in Andhra Pradesh also died from similar incident when his neck was slashed by a blade attached to his bird. Cockfighting has been illegal in India since 1960. However, animal fighting continues to be a problem in the country. Gauri Maulekhi, trustee for India’s People for Animals foundation, told the CNN…

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Pope Francis expects to remain pontiff until his death in Rome

– Advertisement – Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled The Health of Popes. In an interview granted to Argentinian journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in February 2019, the pope said he thinks about death, but does not fear it. Extracts from the book were published Saturday in Argentinian daily La Nacion. Asked how he sees his final days, Francis, who is 84, responded: “I will…

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Saudi crown prince ‘approved’ Khashoggi murder, US report says

A US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The declassified report released by the Biden administration says the prince approved a plan to either capture or kill the US-based Saudi exile. It is the first time America has publicly named the crown prince, who denies ordering the death. Khashoggi was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He had been known for his criticism of the Saudi authorities. – Advertisement – “We assess that…

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Covid-19: Poor countries without vaccines could face grave death toll

– Advertisement – Poorer countries will most likely “bear the brunt of hundreds of thousands of needless deaths” from inequalities in access to Covid-19 vaccines. This dire warning was given by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland in a video address to the High-Level Segment at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 February. More than 130 high-level dignitaries, including heads of state, foreign ministers and heads of international organisations, spoke during the High-Level Segment. The Commonwealth Secretary-General said: “Covid-19 has shone a harsh light…

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