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"Stop comparing me with Magufuli," Suluhu rants at Tanzania's MPs
Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan took a bold step to demand members of parliament to stop comparing her with the former leader John Pombe Magufuli.
Drones are delivering COVID-19 vaccines in Africa through ‘highways in the sky’
Zipline, a medical delivery drone system, is working to deliver millions of COVID-19 vaccines across Africa. To overcome this pandemic, new infrastructure must be utilized to ensure that the global distribution of vaccines is both effective and equitable.
ISIL-linked group in Egypt claims execution of Copt, 2 tribesmen
A 13-minute video released by [name of the group] showed three men from Sinai being shot dead by armed men.
Rangers battle human encroachment in Sudan's biggest park
Tucked away by the Ethiopian border, Sudan's Dinder National Park boasts the country's most diverse wildlife, but rangers face a daily battle to protect it as human encroachment mounts.
Somalia President Calls for African Union Mediation
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said he was willing to negotiate with stakeholders in Somalia's political crisis in order to find a solution.
Table Mountain fire: Residents evacuated in Cape Town suburb
South African emergency workers have evacuated three 17-storey residential buildings overlooking Cape Town as a huge fire burns along Table Mountain.
A Central African health organisation on the cards
Like all other parts of the world, the Economic Community of Central African States (Eccas) has been affected by the Covid-19 since March 6, last year and all 11 member countries had registered their first cases by April 6, 2020.
Nineteen civilians killed in new west Niger attack
Nineteen civilians were killed when armed men raided a village in west Niger close to the border with Mali, a local official told AFP on Sunday, in the latest bloodshed in the troubled region.
US: Uganda’s elections were not free and fair
The United States says Uganda’s general elections held in January were marred by ‘illegalities and irregularities.
Benin court approves Talon’s election victory
Benin’s constitutional court on Thursday approved the provisional results of this week’s election giving President Patrice Talon a landslide victory after he faced only two little-known opponents.
Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray; women blame soldiers
The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded.
Mali post-coup govt says elections set for February 2022
Presidential and legislative elections in Mali will take place next February, the country’s post-coup government announced Thursday, saying it was honouring the timetable it promised to the international community.
Somali president signs law extending mandate for two years
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate for another two years, despite threats of sanctions from the international community.
Thousands flee after Nigeria jihadist attack kills 10 in northeast town
At least 10 people were killed when jihadists attacked a northeast Nigerian town, torching a UN office and triggering an exodus into neighbouring Niger, local officials and the UN said Thursday.
USAID to finance training of 2,500 Senegalese youngsters
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will finance the vocational training of some 2,500 young Seegalese as part of an educational project called Passerelles.
WHO fears a spike in Covid-19 during Ramadaan in North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean
On Wednesday, The World Health Organization (WHO) raised their concerns on the Covid-19 pandemic infection rate during the fasting month of Ramadaan. They WHO warned that we may see a spike in infections with North Africa, with the Middle East seeming most vulnerable.
Sudan invites Ethiopia, Egypt to Nile Dam summit
Egypt regards the dam as an existential threat to its water supplies, while Khartoum fears its own dams would be harmed.
At Least 20 Niger Preschool Children Die in School Blaze
At least 20 nursery-school children died in Niger on Tuesday in a fire that trapped them in straw-hut classrooms in a school in a poor neighborhood of the west African nation's capital, government officials said.
BREAKING: Talon re-elected as Benin Republic president
Benin’s President Patrice Talon was easily re-elected to a second term, provisional results showed Tuesday, after a weekend election critics said was already stacked in his favour following a crackdown on his opponents.
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USAID and key agriculture partners launch consortium to combat the threat of infectious diseases
A five-year animal agriculture program launched by USAID and led by Cargill, Ausvet, Heifer International and International Poultry Council will increase capacity of farmers, governments and other stakeholders to prevent and quickly respond to growing human health security risks.
3,000-year-old city discovered and looks like it was 'left as if it were yesterday'
Brick walls, pottery, jewelry, and even a bakery. The ancient Egyptian city "Rise of Aten" dates back more than 3,000 years, but archaeologists say it looks like it was left "as if it were yesterday."
Somalia's parliament extends president's term after election dispute
Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted on Monday to extend the president’s term by two years.
Zimbabwe Pin Economic Hopes on Tobacco, Despite Anti-Smoking Campaigns
Tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe, Africa's largest tobacco producer, are pinning their economic hopes on the addictive plant. Despite anti-smoking campaigns ahead of the World Health Organization's No Tobacco Day on May 31, farmers say the crop is one of their biggest sources of income.
Benin begins counting votes in presidential election after week of violent protests
Vote counting began in Benin on Sunday after a presidential poll that was boycotted by some opposition parties over pre-election violence and their objection to President Patrice Talon’s quest for a second term.