Africa

Suicide bombing kills six in central Somalia

MOGADISHU (AFP) — Six people including three senior military officials were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a stadium in the Somali city of Galkayo on Friday ahead of the planned arrival of the country’s prime minister, police said. The …

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Humanitarian situation ‘critical’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray: UN

  GENEVA (AFP) — The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is “increasingly critical”, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday, warning that access to deliver aid was desperately needed. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered troops into Tigray on November …

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37 die in violent start to Uganda’s election season

  By Grace Matsiko Agence France-Presse KAMPALA, UGANDA (AFP) — At least thirty-seven people died in violent clashes between Ugandan security forces and supporters of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine this week, marking a particularly violent start to the country’s …

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Police arrest 100 over Angola anti-government demos

  LUANDA, ANGOLA (AFP) — At least 100 people were held following violent weekend anti-government protests in the Angolan capital Luanda, a senior government official announced Sunday. Anti-riot police fired teargas and beat protesters to break up the demonstrations that …

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Deadly under-the-radar heatwaves ravaging Africa

  By Marlowe Hood PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — The impacts of extreme heatwaves amplified by climate change are going unrecorded in sub-Saharan Africa, making it nearly impossible to detect patterns and set up early warning systems, researchers said Monday. While …

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25 virus cases on Egypt Nile cruise boat test negative

LUXOR, Egypt (AFP) — Egyptian authorities said Tuesday that 25 people who had intially tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a Nile River cruise had since tested negative. Health Minister Hala Zayed told journalists in Cairo that tests for …

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Suicide attackers hit outside US embassy in Tunis

By Kaouther Larbi TUNIS, TUNISIA (AFP) — Suicide attackers struck outside the US embassy in the Tunisian capital on Friday, killing a police officer, wounding six other people and once again shaking a city repeatedly hit by jihadist violence. The …

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Senegal confirms first coronavirus case

DAKAR, Senegal (AFP) — Senegal confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking just the second infection in sub-Saharan Africa amid concerns over the continent’s vulnerability to outbreaks of contagious diseases. A French man who lives in …

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58 quarantined in Nigeria over coronavirus contacts

ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria is monitoring 58 people who had contact with an Italian man infected with the new coronavirus, the health minister said Monday, as officials scrambled to stop the disease spreading. Africa’s most populous country on Friday …

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Egypt detects second coronavirus case

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egypt on Monday reported its second case of a novel coronavirus, more than two weeks after announcing the first confirmed infection in Africa. The foreigner is showing “minor symptoms” and has been quarantined, the ministry and …

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Nigeria confirms first coronavirus case, first in sub-Saharan Africa: minister

LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa. “The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th …

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Virus enigma: Experts ask why Africa seems to have few cases

by Susan NJANJI with African bureaux JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — The coronavirus is spreading fast beyond its China birthplace but sub-Saharan Africa, one of the world’s most vulnerable regions, has so far been almost spared — and experts want …

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