Africa

At least 20 dead as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

(AFP) — At least 20 African migrants, including a baby, died and several others went missing after a boat loaded with migrants headed for Europe sank off Tunisia, the coast guard said Friday. Ali Ayari, spokesman for the coast guard …

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Cybercriminals targeting healthcare organizations during pandemic: report

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Cybercriminals have taken advantage of the pandemic to prey upon healthcare organizations with ransomware, says Palo Alto Networks, a California-based cybersecurity company. Ransomware operators tie up an organization’s computer network, …

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Health workers worldwide face pandemic-related violence: Safeguarding Health in Conflict report

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Pandemic-related violence accounted for one-third of the attacks on health care workers, facilities and transport around the world last year, according to a new report by the Safeguarding Healthcare in …

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Canadian immigration will likely remain low, Royal Back economist

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — It’s unlikely Canada will meet its immigration target to admit 401,000 newcomers this year, according to an economic report from the Royal Bank of Canada. The bank concludes border restrictions …

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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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