Kenya extends COVID curfew for two months but reduces hours

28 September 2020, 7:21 PM
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta extended for two months on Monday a nationwide curfew intended to curb the coronavirus, but relaxed the starting time by two hours until 11 p.m.
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Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic 29 September 2020, 5:20 AM

Africa’s overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent in February. The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300 […]

Illegal money flowing from Africa near $90 billion: UN study 28 September 2020, 9:12 PM

Africa is losing nearly $89billion a year in illicit financial flows such as tax evasion and theft, amounting to more than it receives in development aid, a United Nations study showed on Monday.

‘Music is not a crime’: U.N. experts urge Nigeria to lift singer’s death sentence 28 September 2020, 2:35 PM

U.N. rights experts asked Nigeria on Monday to release a 22-year-old singer who was condemned to death over an allegedly blasphemous song, and said the sentence broke international law.

VIDEO | International News Day Webinar 28 September 2020, 12:09 PM

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, Media Institute of Southern Africa, Transparency International, and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa are hosting a webinar on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information. The event focuses on the role of […]

FEATURE: Surviving COVID-19 and fighting stigma in Uganda 28 September 2020, 11:17 AM

When 30-year-old Ugandan entrepreneur Laura Nagasha returned from a holiday in Dubai in March, Uganda was yet to register any confirmed cases of COVID-19, and Dubai was not on the list of high-risk countries for the virus.

Diplomat named Mali PM, meeting regional bloc demand for civilian 28 September 2020, 5:00 AM

Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane named as Mali’s interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, a move likely to trigger the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West Africa regional bloc in the aftermath of the military coup in August.

Mali president names diplomat Moctar Ouane as interim prime minister 27 September 2020, 8:08 PM

Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane was named as Mali's interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, a move likely to trigger the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West Africa regional bloc in the aftermath of the military coup last month.

Central African Republic President Touadera announces second term bid 27 September 2020, 5:33 AM

Central African Republic’s president Faustin-Archange Touadera said on Saturday he would stand for a second term in the December election, pressing on with preparations for a vote that the opposition wants delayed due to concerns over voter registrations.

Ivory Coast president says new West African currency launch may take five years 26 September 2020, 7:50 PM

A planned new West African currency to replace the France-backed CFA franc this year has been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic and its launch could now be up to five years away, Ivory Coast’s President, Alassane Ouattara, said on Saturday.

Sudan rejects linking removal from US terrorism list with Israel ties 26 September 2020, 3:57 PM

Sudan does not want to link its removal from a US terrorism list that is hindering access to foreign funding for the country's economy with a normalisation of relations with Israel, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday.

WHO warns Africa of complacency amid coronavirus 26 September 2020, 11:36 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned Africa against being complacent as the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging some countries.

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Armed militia kill at least 15 people in western Ethiopia 26 September 2020, 11:00 AM

An armed militia killed at least 15 people in a pre-dawn attack on Friday in western Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said in a statement late on Friday, the latest security challenge for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government.

Ethiopia tells U.N. ‘no intention’ of using dam to harm Egypt, Sudan 26 September 2020, 4:08 AM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the United Nations on Friday that his country has "no intention" of harming Sudan and Egypt with a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter water dispute between the three countries.

Togo’s prime minister and government resign, presidency says 26 September 2020, 2:00 AM

Togolese Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government tendered their resignation on Friday, the presidency said in a statement, congratulating the Cabinet for its work in office.

Retired colonel sworn in as Mali interim president after coup 25 September 2020, 8:31 PM

Retired colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in as Mali's interim president on Friday, tasked with presiding over an 18-month transition back to civilian rule after a military coup.

For Ugandan activist, COVID-19 curbs set new hurdle in climate fight 25 September 2020, 6:00 PM

In a run-down residential compound in Kampala, Vanessa Nakate thrusts her fist in the air as she rallies 30 young demonstrators to defend their planet against climate change.

Shell books tanker to load crude at Libya’s Zueitina oil port 25 September 2020, 4:42 PM

Royal Dutch Shell has provisionally booked a tanker to load crude cargo at Libya's Zueitina terminal on October 3, potentially the first since January at the recently reopened port.

Digital economy to grow in Africa post-COVID-19 25 September 2020, 3:21 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that the African continent's GDP could contract by 3.4% according to the African Development Bank Group.

Israel becomes new obstacle for Sudan in quest to leave US terrorism list 25 September 2020, 2:45 PM

Despite over a year of negotiations, Sudan is facing a fresh obstacle to its removal from a U.S. terrorism list that has hindered its economy: a demand that it normalize relations with Israel, three sources familiar with the matter said.

Severe flooding in South Sudan displaces more than 600 000: UN 25 September 2020, 2:04 PM

Severe flooding in South Sudan has forced more than 600 000 people to flee their homes since July, the United Nations said, after months of torrential rains caused the Nile to burst its banks.

Down but not out, Haftar still looms over Libya peace process 25 September 2020, 8:51 AM

His assault on Libya’s capital has collapsed. Foreign powers have tried to sideline him. But military commander Khalifa Haftar still sits astride oil terminals, with enough fire power and political sway to thwart any plans for peace.

Zimbabwean professor emphasises need for SA to safeguard its democracy 24 September 2020, 9:40 PM

Zimbabwean Professor Ibbo Mandaza has emphasised the need for South Africa to safeguard democracy, the independence of institutions and to ensure that the military conforms to the constitution.

Committee hopes phase-3 of clinical trials of herbal COVID-19 treatment can start in October 24 September 2020, 8:07 PM

The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 hopes that the phase-3 clinical trials of herbal medicines will begin in October.

Could Egypt’s #MeToo movement be the tinder for a ‘feminist revolution’? 24 September 2020, 2:16 PM

In just two months, Egypt’s burgeoning #MeToo movement has exposed sexual assaults, spurred legal reform and emboldened hundreds of abuse victims including celebrities to speak out, sparking a long-overdue debate about gender inequality.

Gambia MPs reject retroactive bill curbing term limits as unlawful 23 September 2020, 9:49 PM

Gambian lawmakers loyal to President Adama Barrow on Wednesday said they had voted against a new constitution that would have barred him from serving two more terms because the charter's retroactive provision was unlawful.

Kenya’s Maasai gather for once-in-a-decade ceremony to turn warriors into elders 23 September 2020, 9:34 PM

Thousands of Maasai men clad in red and purple shawls and with their heads coated in red ochre gathered this week for a ceremony that transforms them from Moran (warriors) to Mzee (elders).

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2020 Goalkeeper Awards set to come to Africa 23 September 2020, 8:06 PM

The 2020 GoalKeepers Award by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has come to Africa.

Insurgency in Mozambique threatens food security: World Food Programme 23 September 2020, 6:37 PM

Worsening violence by militants with links to Islamic State in northern Mozambique are causing thousands to go hungry as they flee their homes and abandon farms, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday.

Kenyan harnesses fly larvae’s appetite to process food waste 23 September 2020, 3:07 PM

A Kenyan insect-rearing farm started two years ago is using larvae to consume 20 to 30 tonnes a day of fruit waste collected from factories and markets in the capital Nairobi, and expects this to triple by the year's end, its chief executive said.

‘COVID-19 will inevitably set back Africa’s development aspirations’ 23 September 2020, 12:53 PM

African Union (AU) Chair and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly that COVID-19 will inevitably set back the continent's development aspirations.