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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

UK cannot question Hong Kong security law

The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was passed unanimously at the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress, China's top legislature, on June 30. This prompted some...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 4:45 PM

What’s false and what’s true on China-related human rights matters

Prologue Full of ignorance of and bias against China, some people from the US and other Western countries have recently made groundless accusations against and disseminated many fallacies about China’s human rights conditions concerning Hong Kong, COVID-19, and Xinjiang. Even a small...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:41 AM

Covid-19: Kenya lifts travel restrictions in Nairobi, other cities

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced that an order that that entry into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties would be lifted on Tuesday at 4 am. Mombasa is Kenya’s coastal town which is a port city and a major tourism hub, while Mandera is in the north eastern...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 4:08 PM

Three economic topics to watch out for during China's Two Sessions

China's top legislature and political advisory body will hold the annual Two Sessions this week, after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What topics will be discussed at this year's Two Sessions as the country works to offset the economic shock of COVID-19 while...

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4:11 PM

Don’t ignore corona-stress

News channels are the source of anxiety. Aren’t they? Whatever information you have till now is quite enough for you. Watching news channels all day long won’t help you in any way except build tension in your mind. Death toll is not a score you need to keep updated with. There is no...

Monday, May 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Trump speaks to Ramaphosa, Kenyatta on Covid-19 response

US President Donald Trump held telephone conversations with two African leaders about their responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Trump spoke with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday. He offered assistance to South Africa to support...

Friday, April 24, 2020, 10:10 AM

Trump suspends U.S. funding for World Health Organization

US President Trump said Tuesday that he is suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization pending an administration review of its early response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The suspension threatens to undermine the WHO, the United Nations agency for international public...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:51 AM

Somalia's ex Prime Minister dies of corona virus

Somalia's former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, popularly know as Nur-Adde, has died of Covid 19. Hussein died just five days after he tested positive for Covid19 after which he was hospitalised at a London hospital. He was 83 and held office between November 2007 and February 2009...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 3:15 PM

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf dies from coronavirus

Pape Diouf, a former president of Olympique de Marseille has died. Earlier on Tuesday the French club revealed the 68-year-old had been suffering from coronavirus. L’Olympique de Marseille a appris avec beaucoup de tristesse le décès de Pape Diouf. Pape restera à...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:31 AM

Spanish army finds bodies in nursing homes among residents

MADRID -- Spanish army troops disinfecting nursing homes have found, to their horror, some residents living in squalor among the infectious bodies of people that authorities suspect have died from the new coronavirus. Prosecutors have launched a judicial probe. Defense Minister Margarita Robles...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 6:43 PM

COVID-19: Actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia. Hanks and Wilson, both 63, sought medical advice after experiencing the symptoms of a cold in Queensland, the actor wrote on Instagram. They are now isolated and...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 3:27 PM

Weinstein gets 23-year sentence, expresses sympathy for men in #MeToo era

 Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape after giving a rambling court statement sympathising with men accused of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo era. The sentence was handed down in Manhattan criminal court by...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:43 PM

Coronavirus: All sport in Italy suspended because of outbreak

Juventus had no fans to celebrate with when they scored against Inter Milan at the weekend All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, the country's prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced. This includes Serie A but not Italian clubs or...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:52 AM

Oscars 2020: How the show went down Sunday night

The Oscars 2020 are in the books! The 92nd Oscars were held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and were televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Taika Waititi clutches his adapted screenplay...

Monday, February 10, 2020, 11:45 AM

Xi tells Trump China is confident and capable of defeating virus outbreak

Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump that China is confident and capable of overcoming the novel coronavirus outbreak in a phone call on Friday. Xi said China has taken comprehensive measures and responded swiftly to the epidemic. The Chinese president also assured...

Friday, February 7, 2020, 6:28 PM

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