Nigeria restarts domestic flights amid easing coronavirus restrictions

8 July 2020, 9:14 PM
Nigeria resumed domestic flights on Wednesday after a hiatus of around three months as Africa’s most populous country relaxes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Malawi’s election cheer dampened by coronavirus surge 4 July 2020, 8:01 PM

Malawi's new President Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday ordered his inauguration ceremony be scaled down amid a surge of coronavirus cases, dampening excitement around his election win.

Lasheen Ibrahim
Egypt sets date for senate elections in August 4 July 2020, 4:46 PM

Egypt will hold inaugural elections for a new second parliamentary chamber on August 11-12,election commissioner Lasheen Ibrahim said on Saturday.

Suicide car bomber hits checkpoint at Somalia’s Mogadishu port 4 July 2020, 9:51 AM

An explosion shook parts of the Somali capital of Mogadishu early on Saturday as a suicide car bomber drove into a checkpoint just outside the port, witnesses said, but police made no immediate comment on casualties.

What could be causing Botswana’s mystery elephant deaths? 3 July 2020, 7:16 PM

Botswana is investigating hundreds of unexplained elephant deaths in one of Africa’s premier tourist destinations.

Suspected jihadist ambush in Mali kills seven soldiers 3 July 2020, 5:59 PM

Seven government soldiers were killed in an ambush in central Mali in an area where at least 32 villagers had been killed the previous day by suspected jihadists, authorities said on Friday.

Ghana minister resigns after breaching coronavirus measures 3 July 2020, 4:48 PM

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah has resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after testing positive for the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Friday.

Botswana investigates mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants 3 July 2020, 7:45 AM

Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday.

Nigeria to restart domestic flights July 8 in easing of coronavirus curbs 2 July 2020, 7:19 PM

Nigeria will resume domestic flights from July 8, the government said on Wednesday, as Africa’s most populous country relaxes novel coronavirus restrictions despite mounting cases and deaths.

Mali opposition seeks to curb president’s authority in reform plan 2 July 2020, 6:35 PM

Opponents of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Wednesday sought to end a political crisis by proposing reforms to neuter his authority and hand executive power to a prime minister, although they abandoned a demand for his resignation.

Why singer’s killing ignited deadly clashes among Ethiopia’s Oromo people? 2 July 2020, 2:57 PM

The Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, have long complained of their exclusion from political power.

Six hurt in scuffles with security forces at Ethiopian singer’s funeral 2 July 2020, 2:22 PM

Six people were injured on Thursday in scuffles between Ethiopian security forces and mourners trying to attend the funeral of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing earlier this week sparked protests that killed more than 80 people, a witness said.

Africa does not have manifold undetected coronavirus infections: WHO 2 July 2020, 2:20 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not think there are manifold undetected coronavirus infections in Africa with people dying unreported, the regional director of the organisation said on Thursday.

The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia.
President Masisi goes into precautionary quarantine 2 July 2020, 1:41 PM

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into precautionary quarantine again after one of his close aids tested positive for the coronavirus.

Egypt reopens airports and welcomes tourists to pyramids after COVID closure 2 July 2020, 5:54 AM

Egypt restarted international flights and reopened major tourist attractions including the Great Pyramids of Giza on Wednesday after over three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In break with predecessor, Burundi’s president vows to tackle coronavirus 1 July 2020, 9:19 PM

Burundi’s new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has promised steps to combat the spread of COVID-19, a shift from the stance of his late predecessor who dismissed the danger posed by the novel coronavirus.

One killed in Sudan as thousands rally for faster reform 1 July 2020, 5:28 PM

One person was killed and several others injured during largely peaceful demonstrations in Sudan on Tuesday, a government spokesman said, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding faster reform and greater civilian rule in the country’s transition towards democracy.

At least 50 killed in Ethiopia protests over singer’s death 1 July 2020, 4:38 PM

At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday, laying bare splits in the prime minister’s political heartland ahead of next year’s polls.

Report outlines human rights violations in Kenya during COVID-19 containment 1 July 2020, 11:33 AM

Police in Kenya have reportedly killed ten people and used "excessive, arbitrary and unjustified force" while enforcing measures put in place by government in March to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Influential Africans, part 3 – Dr Cheikh Anta Diop 30 June 2020, 9:58 PM

This week on Influential Africans, we look at the life of African academic-historian, Dr Cheikh Anta Diop

Nigeria’s WTO nominee says has “strong support” from Africa 30 June 2020, 7:55 PM

Nigeria’s candidate to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) said she feels “strong support” from Africa and expects African leaders to unite behind one candidate as sources following the race said she is gaining broader backing.

Nigeria to ease COVID-19 curbs on inter-state travel and students 30 June 2020, 6:22 PM

Nigeria will let people travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1, a senior official said on Monday as authorities moved to relax some coronavirus restrictions.

More than 150 Nigerians repatriated from South Africa land back home 30 June 2020, 6:22 PM

Over 160 stranded Nigerian nationals in South Africa have been successfully returned to their homeland. The operation saw 45 Nigerian nationals landing in Abuja and 122 others in Lagos.

Thousands of Sudanese rally for faster reform after Bashir ousting 30 June 2020, 5:10 PM

Tens of thousands demonstrated on Tuesday in Sudanese cities despite a coronavirus lockdown to demand greater civilian rule in the transition towards democracy after the ouster of veteran strongman Omar al-Bashir last year.

Kenya’s tourism industry hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic 30 June 2020, 9:09 AM

Kenya has lost 800 million US dollars in tourism revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, the country's tourism.

Senegal lifts COVID-19 state of emergency to protect economy 30 June 2020, 6:39 AM

Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday said he had decided to lift a state of emergency over COVID-19 to support the struggling economy.

AU urges UN Security Council to respect its role in GERD dispute 30 June 2020, 6:11 AM

South Africa has called on the UN Security Council to respect the African Union and continental efforts led by the AU Chairman to find a solution to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt.

Gabon senate votes to decriminalise homosexuality 29 June 2020, 9:49 PM

Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, the president’s office said, in a landslide result that will make the country one of the few in Africa to reverse an earlier ban on same-sex relationships.

Lesotho’s former first lady granted bail in murder case amid escape concerns 29 June 2020, 8:09 PM

Lesotho’s former first lady, charged with the murder of her love rival, was granted bail on Monday, despite objections from the police that she might use it to escape.

Malawi names former insurance executive as finance minister 29 June 2020, 4:10 PM

Former insurance executive Felix Mlusu was named Malawi’s new finance minister on Monday, a week after a re-run presidential election that unseated the incumbent.

West African instability risks gains against militants: French official 29 June 2020, 3:39 PM

Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday.