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Report: WHO roots for rapid diagnostic tests to fight Covid-19 in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged African countries to scale up adoption of rapid diagnostic tests in order to boost the war against Covid-19 pandemic in the continent. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said the continent's ability to minimize the...

Friday, October 23, 2020, 12:07 PM

South African gov't urged to clarify list of Covid-19 high-risk countries

The opposition on Tuesday requested clarity on the criteria used by the government to draw up the Covid-19 red list comprising countries South Africa considers as high risk for international travel. This came after the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Monday revised the list of Covid-19 high-...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 1:18 PM

Kenya's resurgent Covid-19 transmission raises fear of second wave

The sudden increase in Covid-19 positive cases and fatalities that has been witnessed in Kenya lately has raised concern amid a looming second wave. Ministry of Health officials said East Africa's largest economy was staring at a potential crisis given the consistent spike in the virus...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 4:50 PM

UN expresses hope for permanent cease-fire in Libya

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday expressed hope to reach a permanent cease-fire in the country through a solution reached by delegations of the fourth round of the Libyan (5+5) Joint Military Commission (JMC) talks in Geneva. The talks kicked off on Monday morning...

Monday, October 19, 2020, 3:29 PM

EU leaders call on Britain to step up negotiation for future relations

European Union (EU) leaders on Thursday called on Britain to make necessary moves so that the two sides can reach an agreement on their future partnership supposed to start in 2021. According to a press release issued following the first part of the EU summit in Brussels, the European Council...

Friday, October 16, 2020, 11:08 AM

South Sudan gov't, opposition groups recommit to ceasefire in Rome talks

South Sudan government and hold-out opposition groups have recommitted to observe the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) at the just-concluded round of peace talks in Rome that commenced on Oct. 9. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, head of government's delegation said they agreed with the...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:39 PM

World Bank: Debt of poorest countries climbed to $744b before pandemic

The total external debt of the world's poorest countries climbed 9.5 percent to a record $744 billion in 2019, according to the World Bank Group's latest International Debt Statistics (IDS) report. "Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, rising public debt levels were already a...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 3:37 PM

Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial over patient illness

U.S. pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson said Monday it had paused its Covid-19 vaccine trial because one of its participants had become sick. "We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 3:34 PM

Nigerian leader vows extensive police reforms amid protests against brutality

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to reform the police amid citizen protests across the country calling on the government to end cases of police brutality. Speaking at an event in Abuja on Monday, Buhari said the disbanding of a special crime-fighting unit on Sunday was the first...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 12:40 PM

Let China-Africa cooperation shine as example of multilateralism -- Chinese, Senegalese presidents

BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- China and Africa are ready to uphold the spirit of solidarity and cooperation, jointly cope with various risks and challenges, and let their cooperation shine as an example of multilateralism and mutual benefits, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Senegalese President...

Monday, October 12, 2020, 4:30 PM

Commentary: China-Africa cooperation sets model for int'l win-win cooperation

Unfazed by the ravaging and disruptive novel coronavirus pandemic, a new international air cargo route linking the central Chinese city of Wuhan and Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa was launched at the end of last month. The new air route, whose maiden flight brought testing kits, face masks...

Monday, October 12, 2020, 10:14 AM

WFP condemns attack on food convoy in South Sudan

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned an armed attack on its boat convoy transporting food assistance around Shambe North area in South Sudan. Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Country Director, said the boat convoy consisted of three cargo vessels and one speed-boat that were carrying food...

Friday, October 9, 2020, 11:35 AM

Sub-Saharan market for mini-grids energy is worth $3.6bn: AfDB

The market size for electricity mini-grids in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be worth $3.6 billion driven by improved policy and regulatory frameworks and technological innovations, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said. Wale Shonibare, director, energy finance solutions, policy and...

Friday, October 9, 2020, 11:29 AM

Kenya to host pan-African conference of chief justices on climate change

Kenya's Judiciary said on Wednesday it will host a three-day pan-African conference for chief justices in December on the role of courts in combating climate change in the continent. The Dec. 1-3 conference, whose theme is Greening Judiciary 2020, is a continent-wide initiative that focuses...

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:15 AM

Italy reimposes anti-COVID-19 restrictions, extends state of emergency until Jan. 31

ROME, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Strict anti-COVID-19 measures including the mandatory use of face masks everywhere will be reintroduced in Italy, starting on Thursday, in an effort to curb a rising trend in infections registered in the latest weeks. The decision was announced on Wednesday by Prime...

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:10 AM

Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases pass 1.5-million mark

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases in Africa reached 1,506,185 as of Sunday, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll due to illnesses related to Covid...

Monday, October 5, 2020, 12:23 PM

Covid-19: WHO calls for protection of elderly persons in Africa

LAGOS, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- African countries should prioritize safety for the elderly population, whose vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic is higher compared to other population groups, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday on the occasion of the International Day...

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:34 PM

UN chief calls for greater ambition to reverse biodiversity loss

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for greater ambition to reverse biodiversity loss. Biodiversity and ecosystems are essential for human progress and prosperity. They are central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and implementing the Paris Agreement on...

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 8:55 AM

Kuwaiti emir passes away at 91, new emir named

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday. "With great sadness and sorrow, the Amiri Diwan mourns the passing of his Highness, the late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah," the Amiri Diwan, which serves as the royal...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 10:28 AM

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass one million

Global COVID-19 deaths reached the grim milestone of 1 million on Monday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll rose to 1,000,555, with a total of more than 33.2 million cases worldwide as of 8:23 p.m. (0023 GMT...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 11:54 AM

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