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Angola: Covid-19 - Angola Reports 399 New Infections, 5 Deaths and 46 Recoveries

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[ANGOP] Luanda -- The Angolan health authorities announced this Saturday the record of 399 new cases, 5 deaths and the recovery of 46 patients, in the last 24 hours.

Zambia: New Zambian President to Make First Trip Abroad for UN Meet

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[Independent (Kampala)] Lusaka, Zambia -- Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema will make his first trip outside the country since winning last month's elections by attending the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, his office said Saturday.

Uganda: Entebbe Hospital Gets Shs250 Icu Equipment

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[Monitor] The Medical Research Council (MRC) has donated an assortment of medical equipment worth Shs250m to Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital.

Nigeria: Nigeria Exported N41.9bn Sesame, N13.7bn Cashew in 1q 2021, Says Facan

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[This Day] Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria (FACAN) has said Nigeria's agricultural export stood at N127 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

Nigeria: The Rumblings Over Vat Judgement

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[This Day] Any tax regime that is served arbitrarily cannot endure

Nigeria: How the Vat War Triggered Restructuring

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[This Day] The decision of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on the collection of Value Added Tax has obviously signalled the beginning of restructuring of the Nigerian federation, Gboyega Akinsanmi writes

Nigeria: Appeal Court Order As Game Changer in FIRS, States' Tax War

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[This Day] Last Friday's order of the Court of Appeal on Rivers and Lagos State governments to stay action on their bids to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) pending the resolution of the legal dispute on the matter is bound to slow down agitation by state governments to take charge of VAT matters in their domains, but whether the judicial intervention is capable of tackling the restiveness over the prevailing flawed revenue sharing formula is a different ball game, writes Festus Akanbi

Africa: Scientists Call for Research Into Effects of Parasitic Infections on Vaccines

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[The Conversation Africa] Over a year since the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, fast advances in vaccine development have given the world a fighting chance against the coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 vaccines have become leading instruments against severe health effects associated with COVID-19 disease.

Nigeria: Gbajabiamila Defends Budget of National Assembly

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[This Day] - Varsity Don Recommends Antidotes to Rescue Nigeria

Nigeria: Jigawa to Establish 200 Nomadic Schools, Employ 270 Herdsmen

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[This Day] Ibrahim Shuaibu in Dutse

Nigeria: Okowa Salutes Amusan, Says It's a New Dawn for Nigerian Athletics

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[This Day] The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa has said that Tobi Amusan's historic feat at the Diamond League final in Zurich last Thursday is the perfect way to close what has been a glorious year for Nigerian track and field.

Nigeria: Re - Relocation of Edo State Library

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[This Day] On behalf of the board and management of the Civil Empowerment and Rule of Law Support Initiative, we write to thank the Edo State government for relocating the decrepit Edo State library from its former location at Sapele Road to its present location at the Civic Centre at the Secretariat building.

Tanzania: Trio Arrested for Possession of 1,500 Ammunitions

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[Daily News] POLICE in Rukwa Region have apprehended 37 people for allegedly committing various crimes including three suspects in possession of 1,500 live ammunitions.

Tanzania: Tanzania, U.S. Commandos Enhance Counter-Terrorism Skills

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[Daily News] THE Head of Armed Forces training for Land Forces Command (LFC), Brigadier General Iddi Nkambi has urged the Tanzania and US commandos to appropriately utilise the skills gained from a joint training in their work.

Guinea: Opposition leader returns home from exile

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"I am very happy to come and contribute to the recovery of our country. I think it is the job of every Guinean who loves his country to come when there are opportunities like this to work and raise Guinea, that is our goal. Guinea first." Sidya Touré, leader of the Union of Republican Forces

South Africa: Taxi and Truck Collide, Leaving One Dead Seventeen Injured

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[ER24] Bapsfontein -- A woman was killed and seventeen others injured last night when a taxi and a truck collided on the R50 In Bapsfontein.

Somalia: A Broken Healthcare System Has Hampered Somalia's Efforts to Cope With Covid-19

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[The Conversation Africa] A recent report by the global advocacy organisation Amnesty International painted a dire picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia. Based on interviews with health workers, government officials, and finance and debt relief experts, the report concludes that the government's response to the pandemic has been "wholly inadequate". But how bad is the situation really? Dr Mohammed A. M. Ahmed answers some questions.

Guinea: Marburg in Guinea - the Value of Lessons From Managing Other Haemorrhagic Outbreaks

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[The Conversation Africa] As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in Africa amid insufficient vaccination rollout, viral haemorrhagic fever has again raised its head. This adds to public health turmoil on the continent where resources to respond to emerging and re-emerging epidemic prone zoonotic diseases remain limited.

Kenya: Pasha 124 - How Nairobi's Informal Settlements Got Their Names

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[The Conversation Africa] Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, started as a railway depot in 1899 and developed into a colonial administration centre, then into a commercial and regional hub. Informal settlements in the city grew in parallel, arising from colonial policies that excluded local people from permanent residence, and driven by demand for housing.

Morocco: Why Algeria Cut Diplomatic Ties With Morocco - and Implications for the Future

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[The Conversation Africa] The breakup of diplomatic relations between Algeria and Morocco in August is the product of a long history of tension. The two nations have never had long periods of friendship, notwithstanding the many factors that bring them together. Indeed, they belong to the same Maghreb region, share the same religion (Sunni Islam and Maleki rite) and identity, and speak a similar dialect. They also share a 1,550km common border.

South Africa: Rethinking Ukuthwala, the South African 'Bride Abduction' Custom

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[The Conversation Africa] Just over a decade ago in South Africa, a flurry of media reports surfaced about a customary practice known as ukuthwala. The reports described a rise in ukuthwala characterised by the kidnapping, assault and rape of young girls by older men, forcing them into customary marriages. Girls as young as 13 and 14 in the rural areas of provinces such as Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal were affected by this violence. In some cases, the girls' families accepted and arranged the marriages.

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