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Zimbabwe: Health Ministry Launches Covid-19 App

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[The Herald] Thandeka Moyo -- THE Ministry of Health and Child Care has launched the ZimCovidSafe App, which was created to help members of the public ascertain if they have been exposed to the deadly virus and when they should seek health care.

South Africa: President Ramaphosa to Participate in Summit On Climate Change

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[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted an invitation from President Joe Biden of the United States of America to participate in a Summit on Climate Change that will be convened on a virtual platform on 22 and 23 April 2021.

South Africa: Date Set for Local Govt Elections

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[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced Wednesday, 27 October 2021, as the date on which local government elections will take place.

Chad's opposition slams 'coup' as major powers quiet on army takeover

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The transitional military council has since dissolved the country's parliament and suspended the constitution, effectively ending any semblance of civilian rule

Chad: Idriss Déby's Death and Son's Leadership - the Making of a New African Dynasty

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[Vanguard] Tuesday's death announcement of Idriss Déby, the president of Chad just after news came that he had won a sixth term, by 79.3%, in the latest provisional results on Monday sent shock waves around the world.

Chad: Interim President Faces Power Struggle in the Military

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[VOA] N'djamena, Chad -- In Chad, factionalism is creating uncertainty over the central African nation's leadership following this week's sudden death of longtime President Idriss Deby Itno.

West Africa: Chad Leader's Death Means Uncertainty for French Operations in Sahel

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[VOA] Paris -- Few countries are feeling the loss of Chad's President Idriss Deby more keenly than former colonial power France. Paris has long seen Deby as a key ally in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. Now some observers say his death brings uncertainty to this campaign -- and France's hopes for an eventual drawdown of its Barkhane force in the region.

Africa: 34 Million People Threatened With Famine - Migration Commission

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[Agenzia Fides] Rome -- "This year there are around 270 million people in 79 countries without access to adequate food supplies. Of these, 34 million face acute food insecurity in emergency situations and are at high risk of hunger", said a report by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). To address this emergency, the ICMC, along with over 260 civil society organizations, is calling for an additional $ 5.5 billion in funding and a global ceasefire to prevent famine and further deaths around the world.

Mali: Climate Change Hinders Peacebuilding - Research Institute

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[DW] Research group SIPRI has identified a link between climate change and extremism in the West African country. As the region reels from the sudden death of Western-backed strongman Idriss Deby, instability is rife.

Gambia: Govt Eliminates Trachoma, a Leading Cause of Blindness Worldwide

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Addis Ababa -- Small West African nation follows Ghana in successfully eradicating the painful eye disease, which still affects people in more than 40 countries

Kenya's Olunga nets second hat-trick for al Duhail

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Olunga who left Japan's Kashiwa Reysol to join Al Duhail earlier this year was the difference-maker as the Qataris beat Iran's Esteghlal 4-3 in the Asian Champions League

Benin: Booming Illicit Fuel Trade Calls for New Responses

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[ISS] The illegal industry is a major source of jobs, making structural solutions as necessary as law enforcement.

Africa: Earth Day 2021 - Passing On a Cleaner World

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[IPS] Midway, Utah Usa -- Preserving the beauty and wonder of our natural world for future generations should certainly be a goal everyone can get behind. While progress is often stymied by polarizing debates, clean air and water should be a priority for everyone.

Kenya: Kenya's Fastest Man Omanyala Ranked Ninth in the World

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[Nation] Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala, who is now ranked ninth in the world in 100m, has secured more sponsorship from betting company Odibets.

Kenya: Junta Allows Slain Leader's Cabinet to Continue Working

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[Nation] Chad's Transitional Military Council is backing down and is reviewing the measures it took just a day ago by allowing ministers in the government of slain leader Idriss Deby to continue working.

Chad: Anger, Uncertainty As Slain President's Son Named Interim Leader

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[DW] In the wake of Idriss Deby's death on the battlefield Monday, the military has consolidated behind the longtime leader's son. He will assume broad powers but not everyone thinks that's a good thing.

Capturing Africa’s Architectural Flair

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An ambitious seven-volume encyclopedia captures the wealth of architectural wonders in 49 sub-Saharan African countries....

Nigerian Banks’ Dominance of their Home Turf Makes Services Outdated

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Largely protected by regulators from foreign competition, Nigerian lenders control 94% of their domestic market,...

A Seed Fund to Grow African Firms

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Africa-focused venture capital (VC) firm Atlantica Ventures is raising a US$50 million fund that will...

Gunning for a Peaceful Central Africa

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The political and security situation in the Central African Republic was the focus for Heads...

Nigeria: Nigeria Is Neglecting Social Workers in the Fight Against Covid-19. Why It Shouldn't

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[The Conversation Africa] In current debates about managing and defeating COVID-19 in Nigeria, an issue that's missing is the role that social workers should play.

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