Zambia deploys army to curb violence ahead of elections

At least two people have been killed in pre-election violence in the Southern African country ahead of polls this month. Zambia deployed the military to curb escalating political violence ahead of elections on August 12, President Edgar Lungu said on Sunday. Pockets of violence have been reported in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, as well as […]

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Ethiopian parents living in agony as students stranded in Tigray

Parents call on the government and the United Nations to help bring to safety their children studying in the conflict-torn region. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – For nearly nine months, thousands of Ethiopian parents have been living in agony over the fate of their children who remain stranded in various universities across the conflict-hit Tigray region. Several […]

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Six civilians killed, several wounded in CAR rebel attack

UN peacekeeping mission says casualties resulted from ‘large-scale attack’ by 3R armed group against army positions in a northeastern village. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) says six civilians were killed in a rebel attack in the country’s northeast. “This morning at dawn elements from the 3R (Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation) […]

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Charity alone will not end the calamity of COVID-19 in Africa

Last year, American billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, was roundly condemned by many for peddling racist stereotypes of African helplessness after he warned that the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm public health services within the continent and lead to 10 million deaths. And as the pandemic seemed to bypass the continent, Western media puzzlement […]

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Nigeria’s Okagbare fails drugs test, suspended from Olympics

Sprinter provisionally suspended hours before she was due to run in the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres. Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended for doping just hours before the former World Championships silver medallist was due to run in Saturday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres at the Olympics. Okagbare tested positive […]

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Kenya bans in-person meetings, public gatherings as COVID surges

Hospitals becoming overwhelmed as East African country witnesses a jump in cases from the Delta variant. Kenya said it is extending a nighttime curfew and banning public gatherings and in-person meetings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, warning that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed. The East African country has in recent days witnessed a jump […]

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New push for Tigray access as UN, US aid officials visit Ethiopia

Hundreds of thousands of people in war-battered region face the world’s worst famine crisis in 10 years. The United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths and US aid head Samantha Power will hold talks in Ethiopia this week to push for urgent access into the conflict-hit Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people there face […]

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Eritrean refugees rally against ‘dire situation’ in Tigray

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Eritrean refugees have organised a protest in front of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) office in the capital Addis Ababa, demanding the relocation of thousands of refugees from camps in the war-torn Tigray region. About 300 protesters blocked a road that led to the UNHCR office, holding signs that said “Stop […]

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