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Tunisia orders lockdown amid ‘worst’ ever health crisis
Tunisia ordered a partial lockdown from Sunday for the week-long Eid al-Fitr holidays, warning that any further increase in coronavirus infections could overwhelm specialist care facilities.
China's Africa Outreach Poses Growing Threat, US General Warns
The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well.
Congo govt resigns as veteran ruler starts fourth term
The Republic of Congo’s government has resigned, public television announced on Thursday, a procedural move three weeks after the central African nation’s veteran leader began a new term as president.
ICC sentences Ugandan rebel leader Ongwen to 25 years in prison
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday sentenced Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan child soldier turned commander of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, to 25 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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Third wave of pandemic ’appears to be broken’ – German health minister
The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be broken, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday, as social distancing measures and an accelerating vaccination campaign help lower the infection rate.
Big Chinese rocket segment set to fall to Earth
Debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry this weekend.
All-time high reached in daily coronavirus deaths in India
India has recorded more coronavirus-related deaths in one day than ever before as 3,780 people died in the past 24 hours, India’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday.