Category: Africa

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Covid-19 in Madagascar: The president’s controversial ‘miracle cure’

Issued on: 05/05/2020 – 18:42Modified: 05/05/2020 – 18:42 Last month, the president of Madagascar and the country’s Institute for Applied Research launched Covid-Organics (CVO), a drink derived from the artemisia plant they claim can treat and prevent Covid-19. Now other countries in the region are beginning to import the herbal remedy, despite a lack of scientific […]

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‘Today is wonderful’: Relief in Lagos as Nigeria emerges from Covid-19 lockdown

Issued on: 05/05/2020 – 10:17Modified: 05/05/2020 – 10:17 Africa’s biggest city, Lagos, returned to work on Monday at the end of a five-week coronavirus lockdown. In the metropolis of 20 million, where exuberance and poverty live side by side, relief at being able to earn money once again was almost palpable, despite Nigeria’s mounting Covid-19 toll.All […]

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French Foreign Legion soldier dies in combat in Mali

Issued on: 04/05/2020 – 23:13Modified: 04/05/2020 – 23:13 A French Foreign Legion soldier was killed in combat in Mali, the Élysée presidential palace announced in a press release on Monday. First Class Legionnaire Kévin Clement was killed in action on  Monday during an operation against armed terrorist groups in Mali, the French presidential office said. Ce lundi […]

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‘We can’t afford to scale back’: S. Africa faces poaching threat amid Covid-19 lockdown

Issued on: 04/05/2020 – 18:03Modified: 04/05/2020 – 18:03 Despite a country-wide lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa’s anti-poaching rangers remain on patrol, protecting one of the country’s most valuable resources at a time when conservationists fear a lack of tourists may be putting rare animals at greater risk from illegal hunting. Though most South […]

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Covid-19: In Cameroon, a chloroquine therapy hailed by French expert becomes state protocol

While debate rages in France over Professor Didier Raoult’s recommendation of a mixture of chloroquine (an antimalarial) and azithromycin (an antibiotic) to treat patients with Covid-19, some African countries have taken it very seriously. Such is the case in Cameroon, which has embraced the French professor’s method of treatment. Despite having authorised treatment in a […]

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WHO calls on Africa to remain vigilant as some countries ease lockdowns

Issued on: 01/05/2020 – 10:26Modified: 01/05/2020 – 10:26 The World Health Organization (WHO) called on African countries Thursday to maintain tough measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus as some countries began easing lockdowns including South Africa, which has recorded Africa’s highest Covid-19 death toll. Faced with Covid-19, many African countries have implemented partial or […]

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Libya strongman Haftar agrees to Ramadan ceasefire

Issued on: 30/04/2020 – 10:07Modified: 30/04/2020 – 10:07 Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar said Wednesday his forces would cease hostilities for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following international calls for a truce in the war-torn country. “The commander general announces the halting of military operations from his side,” a spokesman for Haftar, who controls swathes […]

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Without naming Haftar, France condemns unilateral action in Libya

France said on Tuesday that the Libyan conflict could not be solved through unilateral decisions, but only under U.N.-backed dialogue after Libya’s eastern-based military leader Khalifa Haftar’s move to seize control of the country. “The solution to the Libyan conflict can only go through dialogue between the parties under the aegis of the United Nations, not through unilateral […]

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Nigeria to ease Covid-19 lockdown for millions in key cities on 4 May

Issued on: 28/04/2020 – 02:44Modified: 28/04/2020 – 02:44 Nigeria will start easing a coronavirus lockdown covering its largest city Lagos and capital Abuja from May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.  “I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures,” Buhari said in a televised broadcast.He unveiled new measures including a nationwide night-time […]

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Algeria allows more businesses to-reopen amid fears of Covid-19 endangering economy

Issued on: 26/04/2020 – 02:14Modified: 26/04/2020 – 02:14 Algeria has taken further steps to ease restrictions over the novel coronavirus by allowing several businesses to reopen “to reduce the economic and social impact of the health crisis” caused by the pandemic, the prime minister’s office said on Saturday. It said shops to be reopened including […]

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Burkina Faso security forces ‘kill dozens of unarmed civilians’, says HRW

Issued on: 20/04/2020 – 07:29Modified: 20/04/2020 – 07:29 Burkina Faso’s security forces allegedly executed 31 unarmed detainees in the northern town of Djibo, Human Rights Watch said Monday, calling for an immediate investigation. The men, all from the Fulani ethnic group, were allegedly killed just hours after being arrested on April 9 during a government […]

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Nigerian president’s top aide and ‘de facto head of govt’ dies of Covid-19

Issued on: 19/04/2020 – 10:54Modified: 19/04/2020 – 10:54 The powerful chief of staff to Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, the presidency said Saturday.  In a statement, the Nigerian presidential office said it “regrets to announce the passage” of Abba Kyari, who acted as gatekeeper to the leader of Africa’s […]

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Covid-19: G20 endorses temporary debt standstill for the poorest countries

Issued on: 15/04/2020 – 16:52Modified: 15/04/2020 – 16:53 The Group of 20 nations announced support Wednesday for a temporary halt to debt payments by the world’s poorest nations as they struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. “We support a time-bound suspension of debt service payments for the poorest countries that request forbearance,” the G20 […]

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Macron pushes Africa debt relief, seeks Putin’s backing for UN truce plea

Issued on: 15/04/2020 – 07:26Modified: 15/04/2020 – 07:26 International creditors must relieve African countries of debt payments this year to help them deal with the coronavirus pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a wide-ranging interview with RFI on Wednesday in which he also urged Russia to get behind UN calls for a global ceasefire.  A moratorium […]

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