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World mourns Maradona — reaction and tributes

Pele paid tribute to his fellow all-time great Diego Maradona after the Argentina legend's death at the age of 60, saying: "One day, I hope we can play football together in the sky". The Brazilian three-time World Cup winner has consistently been compared as Maradona'...

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 10:13 AM

Football icon Diego Maradona dies at 60 following heart attack

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.  The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.  Tests at the La...

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 8:13 AM

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows promising results in old population

The Oxford coronavirus vaccine has shown a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk of illness from the virus. Researchers say the Lancet phase two findings, based on 560 healthy adult volunteers, are "encouraging...

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:22 AM

Trump fires election security official who contradicted him

Donald Trump says he has fired a top election official who contradicted the US president's claims of voter fraud. President Trump said he "terminated" Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) chief Chris Krebs for his "highly inaccurate" remarks on vote...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:26 PM

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective - company data

The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against coronavirus, according to early data released Monday by the company, making it the second vaccine in the United States to have a stunningly high success rate. "These are obviously very exciting results," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 3:34 PM

Major trial for Covid-19 vaccine begins in UK

A major trial of a vaccine to protect against Covid-19 has launched in the UK - the third such trial in the country, according to agencies. The jab that is designed by the Belgian company Janssen, uses a genetically modified common cold virus to train the immune system. It comes a week after...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 12:45 PM

Syria's veteran top diplomat dies

Syria’s top diplomat and long-time foreign minister Walid al-Moalem, a staunch defender of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's crackdown on peaceful protesters that sparked a decade old conflict, died on Monday, the government said. There were no details on the cause of death, but the...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:12 AM

Ex-Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings dies

The former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, has died at the age of 73, according to media reports on Thursday. The former leader who seized power twice via military coups was admitted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana's capital, Accra, last week after...

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 5:00 PM

Major mining firm faces mass lawsuit in Zambia over poisoning

A group of Zambian women and children have filed a class-action lawsuit against a subsidiary of the mining company Anglo American for alleged mass lead poisoning. The lawsuit claims that more than 100,000 people may have been poisoned, over generations, by exposure to toxins from a lead mine in...

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 5:02 PM

Sheikh Meshaal is new crown prince of Kuwait

Kuwait’s new ruler Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday named Sheikh Meshaal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, currently the deputy head of the National Guard, as crown prince of the Gulf state. The selection of Sheikh Meshaal, which must be approved by the Gulf Arab state...

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:18 AM

Johnny Nash: ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ singer dies aged 80

American reggae and pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, best known for the 1972 hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, has died aged 80, his family has said. Nash, whose health had been in decline, died at his home of natural causes on Tuesday, his son told US media. The musician began...

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 2:31 PM

Medics criticize Trump for leaving hospital to greet supporters

President Donald Trump on Sunday briefly left his hospital room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for Covid-19, to drive past a group of supporters, a move medical experts and Democrats swiftly criticized as "insanity." He is among...

Monday, October 5, 2020, 9:34 AM

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from Covid-19

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, famous for creating the world-renowned Kenzo brand, has died from complications linked to Covid-19 at the age of 81, according to his spokesman. Takada was hospitalised at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the...

Sunday, October 4, 2020, 11:00 PM

Togo gets first female prime minister

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has appointed the country's first female prime minister. According to CNN, Victoire Tomegah Dogbe, 60, became the first female prime minister of the tiny West African nation of about eight million people. Dogbe, whose appointment was confirmed by...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 2:50 PM

Ghana extends COVID-19 restrictions for 3 months

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced late Sunday a three-month extension of multiple restrictions to strengthen the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. During a live TV broadcast, Akufo-Addo said the restrictions include the wearing of face masks, the...

Monday, September 21, 2020, 10:25 AM

Angola to benefit from debt relief initiative, Paris Club says

Paris Club creditors have agreed to give Angola debt service relief until the end of 2020, the group said. Relying heavily on oil revenues and saddled with debts that exceed its economic output, the third-largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa has been reeling from the fallout of the coronavirus...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 7:05 PM

Mali President announces resignation after reported arrest in suspected coup

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his immediate resignation on state television late Tuesday, hours after he and the Prime Minister were reportedly arrested by mutinous soldiers in a suspected coup. Tuesday's events sparked international condemnation and are likely to...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:44 AM

Twitter lets everyone limit replies to their tweets

Twitter is making its reply-limiting feature available to all users starting today, and it’s for real this time: You can finally say goodbye to the reply guys. The company’s director of product management, Suzanne Xie, writes in a blog post published Tuesday that the feature is part...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 6:30 AM

No sale of alcohol in Kenya’s bars and restaurants for 30 days

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced immediate stop of sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants for the next 30 days. This is in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus after reports emerged that people were visiting bars in the dead of the night way past curfew hours....

Monday, July 27, 2020, 7:19 PM

Barack Obama, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creators quite a bit of money. We don’t know how the hack...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:32 AM

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