Africa

Two African authors shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize

Two African authors including Zimbabwean Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ethiopian-American Maaza Mengiste have both made the six-book shortlist for the prestigious Booker Prize. The development was announced on Tuesday, September 15, via the organisation’s Twitter account. According to the...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 10:44am

Tanzania school fire claims lives of ten students, owner arrested

Police in Tanzania on Tuesday, September 15 arrested the owner of Islamic Byamungu English Medium Primary School where 10 pupils died in a dormitory fire outbreak. According to BBC, at least 10 children in north-western Tanzania died in a dormitory fire early on Monday after they...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 6:53pm

Tunisia re-opens schools

The government of Tunisia Tuesday, September 15, reopened schools following a six months closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Africanews, the move followed approval of the country’s scientific committee for the fight against coronavirus which called for social distancing...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 3:35pm

COVID-19 pushes 37 million people into extreme poverty: report

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed some 37 million people into extreme poverty, a majority of them in developing countries, a report released on Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shows. The Goalkeepers 2020 report shows that after 20 straight years of poverty numbers coming down,...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 11:20am

Côte d'Ivoire parties nominate former president, ex-PM for election

Ivorian ex-president Henri Konan Bedie and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro were officially nominated on the weekend as the candidates of their opposition parties for next month's tense presidential election. According to AFP, the vote in the country with a recent history of post-election...

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 3:18pm

Kenyan candidate for WTO top job pledges to double intra-Africa trade

Amina Mohamed, the Kenyan candidate for the position of Director General at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has promised to advance an open trading system once given the mandate. She made this promise while addressing a virtual meeting with East African Community business leaders this week...

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:25pm

Covid-19 infections in Africa on downward trend – report

The number of Covid-19 cases in Africa shrank by 17 percent in the past week, maintaining a continued decrease in the past seven weeks, according to the WHO African Region situation report. Between September 2 and 8, a total of 34,564 new cases were reported from 45 African countries, marking a...

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:22pm

Ugandan militia kill 58 civilians in eastern DR Congo

Uganda's Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia have killed 58 people in Ituri Province in the DR Congo, authorities there said on Thursday. According to the Province's interior minister, Adjio Gidi, 23 people were killed in Irumu territory in southern Ituri on Tuesday, followed by...

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 10:48am

Cameroon kicks off drive for women participation in regional elections

Cameroon's electoral body Elections Cameroon (Elecam) in collaboration with UN Women Cameroon on Wednesday kicked off an awareness campaign to have women participate in the upcoming pioneer regional elections in the country. Essousse Erik, director-general of Elecam, said, the campaign will...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 9:17pm

African executives say cyber threats rise during Covid-19 era

The threat of attack on digital infrastructure owned by Africa-based enterprises has increased during the Covid-19 era, executives said during a virtual briefing on Wednesday. Sizwe Zikhali, Senior Solution Architect at Microsoft, said that cybercriminals escalated attacks on Africa-based...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 11:43am

Anti-apartheid lawyer who defended Mandela dies aged 92

A top South African human rights lawyer George Bizos, best known for defending Nelson Mandela at his trials died Wednesday aged 92. According to media reports, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his death, saying Bizos had "contributed immensely to our democracy". Ramaphosa went on...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 10:43am

AfDB approves $27.33 million for Africa’s Covid-19 response

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, September 9, approved $27.33 million in grants to boost the African Union’s efforts to mobilise a continental response against Covid-19. According to a statement from the AfDB, the approval results from a meeting of the extended Bureau of...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 10:34am

Somalia appoints prosecutor for crimes against journalists

Somalia's Attorney General Suleiman Mohamed Mohamud has appointed a special prosecutor for crimes against the country’s journalists. The Attorney General said in a statement that the elected prosecutor will sue and probe those who carried out killings and ‘maiming’ of...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 9:26pm

Floods threaten pyramid sites in Sudan

The Director of Sudan’s antiquities and museums authority, Hatem al-Nour, has announced that the recent record floods in the country have threatened sites guarding the royal pyramids of Meroe and Nuri, two of the country’s most important archaeological areas. The royal bath at Meroe...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 6:49pm

South Africa’s economy shrinks by 51% in second quarter

The South African government statistics body on Tuesday, September 8, announced that the country’s Gross Domestic Product contracted by 51% in the second quarter of this year. The decline in GDP, according to the statistics body, results from the impact of Covid-19. “Notably, this...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 6:39pm

Kenya to scrutinize locally produced anti-virus medical supplies

Kenya's health ministry said Monday it will undertake rigorous scrutiny on anti-virus medical supplies produced locally in order to minimize risks to patients and frontline healthcare workers. Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that personal...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 1:16pm

Egypt discovers 2,500-year-old intact coffins

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Egypt announced on Sunday the discovery of a collection of more than 13 intact sealed coffins dating back to 2,500 years ago. The coffins were found at an archeological site in Saqqara necropolis in Giza, said the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in a...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 1:34pm

British court grants Nigeria more time to appeal $10 billion ruling

A British court has granted the Nigerian government more time to appeal against the 9.6 billion U.S. dollars arbitral award delivered in favor of the engineering firm Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID). An appeal court in London has granted Nigeria's application for an extension...

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 7:32pm

Sudan declares three-month state of emergency over deadly floods

The Sudanese Security and Defence Council declared a national state of emergency for three months as a result of floods that have killed 99 people, and damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes, state news agency SUNA reported on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The Council also designated Sudan...

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 7:23pm

Zimbabwean teachers say students not ready for exams due to Covid-19

At least two teacher representative bodies have expressed concern over the Zimbabwean government's plans to reopen schools for examinations this month, saying that students have not yet completed their syllabus. They said they were also worried about the safety of both students and teachers...

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:27pm

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