09 Sep 2021

Tanzania secures nearly $600M from IMF for COVID relief

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to provide Tanzania with $567 million in emergency support to help the country finance a Covid-19 vaccination campaign and deal with the health and social costs of the pandemic. The IMF board approved the disbursement on Tuesday under its Rapid Credit Facility and

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24 Aug 2021

Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema sworn in as President in rare victory for an African opposition leader

On Tuesday morning, Zambia’s newly-elected president Hakainde Hichilema was sworn into office after a stunning victory for the opposition leader. The ceremony was attended by other African leaders such as Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the leader of Malawi Lazarus Chakwera. Mutale Nalumango, Zambia’s second female Vice President, was

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10 Aug 2021

Guinea confirms West Africa’s first case of rare, Ebola-like Marburg virus disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday that a patient in Guinea with a highly infectious Marburg virus disease has passed away. This marks the first case of the Ebola-like virus in West Africa. Samples of the virus were taken from the patient, who was treated in Gueckedou. The disease

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03 Aug 2021

Delta variant has spiked Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 80% in one month, WHO says

The Delta variant has caused Covid-19 related deaths in Africa to spike by 80% in just one month, according to reports released by the World Health Organization. Africa is currently experiencing its worst death rates throughout the course of the pandemic, with unprecedented rises in fatalities. Africa reported its highest

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28 Jul 2021

Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan gets Covid jab in policy reverse

In a sudden and dramatic change of policy, Tanzanians are being actively encouraged to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. Tanzania represents one of Africa’s most populous countries and was led by former President John Magufuli, who downplayed the virus and called for prayer instead of vaccines and masks. Mr. Magufuli also introduced

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23 Jul 2021

As the West winds down its ‘war on terror,’ jihadists are filling the vacuum, UN warns

The United Nations warns that the threat from terror groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS is expanding. A report to the Security Council Thursday warned that both groups are in Afghanistan and are a growing threat in Africa as well. The growth of the two groups is connected to

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26 Mar 2021

Germany presses on with deportations despite pandemic

In 2020, more than 750 people were deported from Germany to Africa. Corona virus makes the countries in Africa even more ill prepared to accept asylum seekers than before. Coronavirus is not stopping German authorities from deporting people with people being deported to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, among other countries

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26 Mar 2021

Abiy Ahmed: Eritrea ‘will withdraw’ troops from Ethiopia in Tigray conflict

Almost five months after a conflict started in the Tigray region, Ethiopia’s prime minister has said Eritrea will remove its troops from the border with Ethiopia. The soldiers at the border are supporting the Ethiopia government fighting a group that challenged the government’s rule. Eritrea has not confirmed the troop

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16 Mar 2021

U.S. Sanctions Islamic State’s Central African Franchise for First Time

On Wednesday, the US imposed sanctions on two of the Islamic State’s associates, both located in Central Africa. The move marks the first time the US has imposed sanctions on the terrorist organization’s Central African affiliates, highlighting the rising threat posed by the jihadist group outside of the Middle East.

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17 Nov 2020

Ethiopia says it has seized another Tigray town as conflict embroils Eritrea

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has provided an update on the ongoing conflict between Ethiopian rebels in the Tigray region and the government forces as the conflict recently spilled over to include Eritrea. Ahmed stated that they had captured another town within the Tigray region in an attempt to fight

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