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Nigeria: Bishop Kukah Gets New Appointment At Vatican City

[This Day] The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, His Lordship, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a Member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development at the Vatican City in Rome.

Nigeria: Air Force Loses Airman, Kills 30 Bandits in Zamfara - Official

[Premium Times] The NAF personnel who lost his life in the encounter is Sunday Enwa, an Aircraftman.

Uganda: Museveni Joins Africa's Longest Serving Leaders

[Monitor] When President Museveni is sworn in on May 12, he will take the first step towards joining the club of longest serving African leaders who have led their countries for 40 years and are still in the bidding.

Central African Republic President's Election Win Confirmed

Central African Republic president begins second term after election win confirmed

South Africa: Higher Education Dept Puts U.S.$4.7 Million Into Covid-19 Research, Vaccine Development

[Daily Maverick] The Department of Higher Education has invested more than R68m into Covid-19 research and vaccine development. A further R25m has been allocated to the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) to combat SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Kenya: Covid-19 Robs Kenya of Top Medical Brains

[Nation] The Covid-19 scourge has robbed Kenya of big medical brains, with reports indicating several top specialists are currently battling for their lives at various health facilities.

Tunisia’s anger boils over as Covid batters economy

Nightly riots underscore frustration with poverty and high unemployment

Powerful 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Western Argentina

Earthquake strikes San Juan Province, Argentina, no warning of a Tsunami

Tanzania: Two to Three Accidents Occur Daily in Lake Victoria - Officer

[Daily News] AN average of two to three accidents occur daily in Lake Victoria (Tanzania) every day and cost lives, a rescue officer has said.

Africa: Can Crypto-Currency Compete With Gold?

[Daily Maverick] There can be no doubting the phenomenal run enjoyed by Bitcoin and other crypto devotees over the past twelve months.

Biden, Harris to Honor US Coronavirus Dead Ahead of Inauguration

Calling event in Washington, other cities, 'a national moment of unity'

Southern Africa: Dialogue Could Have Averted Covid-19 Border Chaos

[ISS] The festive season was marked by dramatic scenes of tens of thousands of people amassing at border posts between South Africa and its neighbours where procedures had slowed down due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Egyptian woman arrested for baking 'indecent' cakes

Photos of the cakes, some topped with genitalia fashioned out of fondant icing, went viral online.

Tanzania: Hip Hop Star CPwaa Dies

[Nairobi News] Award-winning Tanzanian rapper Ilunga Khalifa popularly known as CPwaa is dead.

Angola: Could Isabel Dos Santos Make a Comeback?

[DW] The billionaire daughter of Angola's ex-president was considered the richest woman in Africa. But the Luanda Leaks scandal brought Isabel dos Santos' house of cards crashing down a year ago.

Researchers Detect Coronavirus Variant in Southern California

Cedars-Sinai says it is 'believed to be highly transmissible'

Malawi: Cyclone Eloise On the Loose, Malawi to Have Heavy Rains - - MET

[Nyasa Times] Weather experts are warning of heavy rains in the country in what they say will be caused by Cyclone Eloise.

Nigeria: Nigerian Newest Crude Grade, Anyala, to Arrive Europe

[Premium Times] Anyala is Nigeria's newest oil development since the start-up of the giant Egina field in late 2018.

Mexico Temporarily Suspends Pfizer Vaccine Purchases to Help Supply Doses to Poor Countries

Mexico to receive 200,000 of Pfizer vaccine doses before temporarily suspending shipments  

Ethiopia: Ministry Writes Digital Literacy Plan

[Addis Fortune] The Ministry of Science & Higher Education, with the support of three consulting firms hired by the World Bank, has prepared the Plan, which passed consultative stages.

Ethiopia: Education Ministry Cancels Mask Orders

[Addis Fortune] The Ministry of Education has cancelled the contract it gave to five plants at industrial parks to supply 50 million face masks to be disbursed to schools after the plants supplied a little over half of the order. Regional education bureaus were informed about sourcing the face ...

Botswana: Covid Vaccine On the Pipeline

[The Patriot] Chairperson, Botswana is pleased to deliver this report on behalf of the Africa Region Member States. We thank the Director General for the detailed and informative report on the COVID-19 Response. The Africa Region commend the WHO's leadership and coordination role across all ...

Glencore sells Zambia copper unit to state in $1.5bn deal

Miner also pulls out of Tanzania nickel project as it moves to trim long tail of assets

Uganda: Govt to Combine HIV Treatment With Non-Communicable Diseases

[Monitor] The Health Ministry has said it is running pilot projects in some health facilities to determine ways of including treatment for non-communicable diseases to usual HIV/Aids treatment so as to curb deaths among the patients.

Mozambique: Cyclone Eloise Likely to Hit Inhambane Coast

[AIM] Maputo -- Tropical cyclone Eloise is now on a course that will take it towards the coast of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, according to the forecast of the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC), operated by the United States Navy.

Uganda: Uganda's Museveni Clings to Power - but Trouble Lies Ahead

[ICG] Official results indicate that President Yoweri Museveni will extend his 35-year rule in Uganda. But the contested election, marred by fraud claims, illustrated many citizens' frustration with his administration. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Murithi Mutiga explains why the path ahead ...

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Dims Hopes of a Long-Sought Peace

The deadly unrest comes just weeks after United Nations and African Union peacekeepers said they would end their mission in the region.

Uganda: Security Agencies Arrest 223 During Elections

[Monitor] Police and other security agencies arrested a total of 223 suspects on allegations of violating the electoral process during the just concluded presidential and parliamentary polls.

Mozambique: New Record for Covid-19 Cases

[AIM] Maputo -- The Mozambican health authorities on Monday announced a record number of cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease - 895 cases in a 24 hour period.

Nigeria: Buhari, Beninese President Meet At Aso Rock

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic at the State House, Abuja.

Pakistan Builds Fence Along Border with Pakistan

The fencing began going up in 2017 in an effort to control militant infiltration, illegal crossing, and smuggling

Biden Picks Transgender Woman as Assistant Health Secretary

A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Rachel Levine is one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide

Hundreds Arrested After 3rd Night of Rioting Across Parts of Tunisia 

President Qais Said urges young people to demonstrate peacefully after going for a walk in the capital, Tunis 

US Classifies China's Policies Toward Uighurs as 'Genocide' 

Designation, coming in final hours of Trump presidency, may lead to broader US policy reviews

Mozambique: UN to Shine Urgent Spotlight On Cabo Delgado Crisis

[allAfrica] Geneva -- After developing under the radar for a number of years, what has been described as a humanitarian disaster in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado region is now grabbing the United Nations' attention.

Uganda Opposition Leader Bobi Wine Calls for Rejection of Presidential Election Results

In exclusive VOA interview, opposition candidate says military, not electoral commission, oversaw January 14 vote

Serbia Becomes First European Country to Use Chinese COVID Vaccine for Mass Rollout

Belgrade maintains close ties with Beijing and Chinese companies have invested billions of Euros in Serbia, mainly in infrastructure and energy projects

Snow Storm Strands about 130 Vehicles on Northern Japan Highway; One Dead

Officials say 200 people trapped in the pile up in Miyagi Prefecture

Vedanta mine settles Zambian villagers' pollution claim

The claimants allege a toxic discharge poisoned water sources and destroyed farmland.

Madagascar COVID, Hunger Crisis Sparks Urgent UN Appeal

Call to action aims to raise $76 million in life-saving assistance for more than one million people in African country

Africa's fears over Covid-19 vaccine shortage

We need timely and equitable access to the vaccines, one of Africa's top health officials says.

Russia Dismisses Calls for Sanctions After Navalny Arrest

Kremlin spokesman calls the case an ‘absolutely domestic matter’

Southampton: Ghana's Asante Kotoko link up with English Premier League club

Ghana's Asante Kotoko links up with Southampton as one of the Premier League side's International Club Partners.

US Sanctions 23 Actors With Ties to Venezuelan Oil

US Treasury Department extends sanctions to Mexico-based network involved in sale of Venezuelan oil

Biden’s Homeland Security Nominee Vows to Follow US Immigration Law

If confirmed, Mayorkas would be the first Latino and first immigrant to lead that Department of Homeland Security

State Media: Iraq to Postpone General Elections by Four Months

Iraqi officials decided to postpone the vote until October following a request

South Africa Coronavirus Cases Decline, But New Variant Spreading Quickly

The government expects 1.5 million vaccine doses to land in South Africa by February

Border Crossings: 24kGoldn

Rapper 24kGoldn, Landis Von Jones, dropped out of college in October 2019 to focus on his music. His debut album, “El Dorado” will be released in early 2021. The hit song "Mood," featuring Iann Dior, adds an eighth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Can US Halt Homicide Spike in 2021?

Disadvantaged communities in nation’s capital looking for effective ways to prevent new tragedies in 2021

Namibia SGBV: Shannon Wasserfal's death sparks protests against femicide

The death of Shannon Wasserfal sparked protests in Namibia against sex and gender based violence.

Biden, Harris Honor US Coronavirus Dead Ahead of Inauguration

The event in Washington and other cities is being called 'a national moment of unity'

US Soldier Arrested in Plot to Blow Up 9/11 Memorial

The Army soldier, identified as Cole James Bridges, is also charged with passing along information that would have helped the Islamic State terror group kill US soldiers

Trump Sends New Administration ‘Best Wishes’

In a farewell video, outgoing US president doesn’t mention his successor by name

Africa: Outgoing U.S State Department's Top Africa Official Cites 'Significant' Achievements

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -- At the end of his tenure as the top Africa policymaker in the State Department, Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy says the legacy of the outgoing administration includes a number of 'concrete achievements' that have strengthened U.S. ties to Africa. Nagy, who assumed ...

Coronavirus: Why South Africa has yet to roll out vaccines

South Africa is the worst-hit country in Africa, but has not yet started doing Covid-19 vaccinations.

Biden Intelligence Pick Promises Return of Speaking Truth to Power

Avril Haines tells lawmakers there is ‘no place for politics, ever,’ as US faces threats from China, Iran and more

Defense Secretary Nominee: US Faces Enemies Both at Home and Abroad

Retired General Lloyd Austin appeared before lawmakers during his confirmation hearing to serve as the next US defense secretary

Palestinian High-Tech Sector Takes Off

Palestinians say they can provide digital solutions as COVID-19 encourages more remote employment

Biden to Seek Quick Senate Approval of $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan

US Treasury Secretary Nominee Yellen disclosed plans at Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing

Senate Republican Leader: Trump ‘Provoked’ US Capitol Rampage

'The mob was fed lies' that Trump had been cheated out of reelection, Mitch McConnell tells Senate a day ahead of Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th president

Zimbabwe: U.S. Has 'No Moral Right to Levy Sanctions' On Zimbabwe - Mnangagwa

[RFI] As the United States gears up for the swearing in of Joe Biden on Wednesday, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for the lifting of US sanctions against his country. He reasoned that the US has no right to punish other nations in the name of democracy after the insurrection ...

Africa: Over 3.3 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 Across Continent

[allAfrica] As of January 20, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,307,910. Reported deaths in Africa reached 80,834 and 2,743,464 people have recovered.

Tanzania: Trump Imposes Visa Restrictions on Officials Over Vote

[East African] The US government has imposed visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials for "undermining" a free and fair election.

US Death Toll from COVID-19 Pandemic Reaches 400,000

Nation observes tragic milestone as new variant of coronavirus discovered in California  

Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility for Deadly Somalia Explosion  

Four killed in Somalia explosion days after US troop withdrawal   

The Times's 24-Hour Global Relay: New York to Hong Kong and Seoul to London

From New York to Hong Kong/Seoul to London, journalists can collaborate around the clock to report on a breaking story.

Kenya: Yes, I Instigated Governor Sonko's Removal From Office - Kenyatta

[Nairobi News] President Uhuru Kenyatta has, for the first time, publicly addressed the fallout between him and impeached Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Biden to Propose 8-year Path to Citizenship for Immigrants

It would provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the US without legal status

Rwanda: Kigali Placed Under Lockdown in New Tougher Covid-19 Restrictions

[New Times] President Paul Kagame chaired a Cabinet meeting on Monday, January 18, 2021, where strict guidelines were put in place to slow the spread of new Covid-19 infections.

Nigeria: Govt Releases U.S.$25 Million for Covid-19 Vaccine Production

[Premium Times] Nigeria has witnessed a surge in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks and increased mortality.

Kenya: Anne Kananu Takes Over Running of Nairobi County From Mutura

[Nairobi News] Acting Nairobi Governor Benson Mutura has today vacated the office of the governor of Nairobi, paving the way for Deputy Governor Anne Mwenda to take over.

Cease-Fire Is Top Priority for Afghan Government Negotiators in Doha

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council says an immediate cease-fire is a top priority for the Afghan government negotiators in the second round of the intra-Afghan talks in Doha

Kenya: Senator Sues KQ for Downgrading Her to Economy Class

[Nairobi News] A nominated senator has sued Kenya Airways for placing her in economy class despite booking a business class flight from Nairobi to Mombasa.

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