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Africa: Virus cases pass 1.55M, deaths near 38,000

ADDIS ABABA Coronavirus cases in Africa are now over 1.55 million (1,556,262), the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said in an update on Saturday. At least 37,922...

Libyan delegations meet in Malta for peace talks

ANKARA Delegations from the Libyan Supreme Council of State and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives met Friday in Malta as part of ongoing Libyan talks, according to Maltese media.  Libyan politicians...

Protesters shut Sudanese port in protest of peace deal

KHARTOUM Sudanese protesters shut the Southern Port of Sudan on Sunday in protest of a recently-signed peace deal with rebel groups. On Saturday, the Sudanese transitional government signed a power-sharing deal...

Libya: Russian plane brings Syrian fighters to Sirte

TRIPOLI, Libya A Russian cargo plane carrying Syrian fighters landed in Libya's Sirte province, controlled by warlord Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan army said on Saturday. The aircraft arrived at 11.00 a.m....

Sudan government, rebel groups sign peace deal

JUBA, South Sudan Sudan's transitional government signed a peace deal with several rebel groups on Saturday, amid high hopes for an end to years of conflict in regions across the...

Ethiopia: Oromo celebrates thanksgiving holiday

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Oromo ethnic people in Ethiopia on Saturday celebrated Irreecha, or thanksgiving holiday, in the country’s capital. Thousands of Oromo people, clad in colorful traditional clothes, were seen flocking...

Madagascar opens first herbal medicine factory

ANKARA  Madagascar's president on Friday launched the country's first non-chemical herbal medicine factory that will boost the production of COVID-19 preventive drugs. "We are proud to inaugurate PHARMALAGASY, the first national...

Ghannouchi calls for unity amid crisis in Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia The Tunisian parliament speaker on Friday said that his country is facing a "delicate national circumstance" that requires calm and consensus among governing institutions. This came during Rached Ghannouchi's...

Zimbabwe faces rise of 1-party state

HARARE, Zimbabwe  After casting his vote two years ago for Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC), now Benard Mhere has grown bitter, accusing the ruling party of trying to...

Death toll from floods in Nigeria climbs to 95

ABUJA  The death toll from floods in Nigeria has risen to 95, according to local media reports.  Sixteen more people were killed in floods caused by heavy rains in 19 regions...

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Ireland to enter highest level of COVID-19 restrictions

LONDON Ireland will impose Level 5 coronavirus restrictions nationwide for six weeks, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Monday, becoming the first EU country to return...

Thai anti-government rallies widen beyond Bangkok

JAKARTA, Indonesia Thousands of people across Thailand joined protests Monday demanding that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha step down.    The rallies, organized by the pro-democracy group...

Boat accidents kill over 70 in DR Congo in 2 weeks

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo More than 70 people have died in boat accidents in two weeks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local...

US imposes Iran sanctions on Chinese firms, individuals

WASHINGTON The US imposed Monday sanctions on six Chinese entities and two individuals for doing business with Iran's Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines.   "The international...

Somali premier announces new cabinet

GAROWE, Somalia  Somalia's new prime minister announced his new Cabinet on Monday evening in the capital Mogadishu.  Speaking at the presidential palace flanked by his new...