World

  • April 2, 2020

    Acclaimed South...

    Ramjee was internationally recognised for her work in the field of microbicide research. Ramjee received awards for her work in finding new HIV prevention methods [Facebook]   Gita Ramjee, a world-renowned scientist from South Africa, has died due to the coronavirus. Ramjee died on Tuesday a hospital in Durban on the East...

  • April 2, 2020

    How many...

    The US now has the most coronavirus cases in the world. As testing continues, the number is expected to rapidly climb. Health workers check people in their cars at a new drive-through coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility at the South Beach Psychiatric Center in the Staten Island borough of New...

  • April 2, 2020

    Kenyan president...

    Police accused of using heavy-handed tactics to enforce the dusk to dawn curfew since its introduction on Friday. Relatives carry the body of 13-year-old Yasin Hussein Moyo for burial who was shot and killed by a bullet in the violence [Brian Inganga/AP Photo]   Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised...

  • April 2, 2020

    Tracking Africa’s...

    More than 200 people have died from COVID-19 including former heads of state since first case was confirmed in February. Most countries on the continent have put in place restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus [Rogan Ward/Reuters] Less than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to...

  • April 2, 2020

    COVID-19: British...

    British Airways will today suspend around 36,000 of its 45,000 staff as coronavirus left the airline on its knees. The airline has reached a broad deal with the Unite union that will include the suspension of 80 per cent of its cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and those working at the head...

  • April 1, 2020

    Malian parliamentary...

    Election observers report a series of polling day incidents in volatile north and centre of the country. Voters in the war-torn West African country cast their ballots on Sunday to choose new MPs [Souleymane Ag Anara/AFP]   Mali’s parliamentary elections were marred by kidnappings, ransacked polling stations and a deadly...

  • April 1, 2020

    Where are...

    As New York continues its fight against the deadly virus, officials are concerned about other population centres. The pandemic has stressed healthcare facilities in New York, with officials warning hospitals could be completely full in less than a month [Peter Foley/EPA-EFE]   New York remains the epicentre for coronavirus cases...

  • April 1, 2020

    Ethiopia postpones...

    Ethiopia’s electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of the coronavirus pandemic. A new schedule would be announced once the threat of the pandemic was over, the board said. Much of its planning had been hit by the disruption caused by coronavirus, such as obtaining election materials...

  • March 31, 2020

    Somali governor...

    Abdisalan Hassan, Nugaal region governor, killed after al-Shabab bomber rushed to his vehicle and detonated explosives. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group, wants to overthrow Somalia’s government [File: Al Jazeera]   A local official in northeastern Somalia has been killed in a suicide bomb blast claimed by the al-Shabab armed group, according to police...

  • March 31, 2020

    Congo’s ex-President...

    The former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, has died in Paris from complications related to coronavirus. He was 81 years old. His family said he had been ill before contracting the virus. Mr Yhombi-Opango led Congo-Brazzaville from 1977 until he was toppled in 1979 by the...

  • March 31, 2020

    Coronavirus: Trump...

    Donald Trump has said the US will be in “a very good shape” in terms of the number of ventilators available by the time the coronavirus outbreak peaks. The president said at least 10 US companies were now making the medical devices, and some might be exported. The virus can...

  • March 30, 2020

    Polls close...

    Long-delayed parliamentary elections overshadowed by kidnapping of opposition leader, concerns over coronavirus. Voters stand in queue at a polling station in Gao, Mali [Souleymane Ag Anara/AFP]   Polls have closed in Mali’s long-delayed parliamentary elections which were held despite concerns about security and the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday’s vote came hours...

  • March 30, 2020

    COVID-19: Kenyans...

    Day labourers, informal traders feel the heat as steps against coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa’s largest economy Kenya confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 13 [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]   Nairobi, Kenya – Like many others in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, Gerrard Ogut has decided to send his family to his village in...

  • March 30, 2020

    New front:...

    A severe coronavirus outbreak in camps hosting vulnerable people across the continent will have disastrous consequences.   Scary, distressing, catastrophic: A bleak assessment by experts, humanitarians and epidemiologists on what a severe coronavirus outbreak would look like in countries across Africa sheltering millions of refugees and other vulnerable people. The...

  • March 30, 2020

    Three soldiers...

    A homemade bomb killed three soldiers in north-west Burkina Faso on Sunday. The attack happened after a patrol vehicle drove over a mine in Gomboro in the Sourou province, according to Le Faso news website. Two soldiers died on the spot while the third one succumbed to injuries while being...

  • March 30, 2020

    Trump says...

    President Donald Trump says the US will not foot the bill for Prince Harry and Meghan’s security amid reports that the pair have moved to the US from Canada. Mr Trump tweeted he was “a great friend and admirer of the Queen and the United Kingdom”, but added: “They must...

  • March 30, 2020

    Belarus president...

    BELARUS’ President has claimed vodka and saunas can cure deadly coronavirus as he ignores global health advice amid the pandemic. President Alexander Lukashenko has shrugged off concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and refused to order his citizens into lockdown. In recent weeks, the president has suggested that Belarusians should drink...

  • March 30, 2020

    “Deeply worried”...

    Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday. Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution’s office...

  • March 30, 2020

    Rwanda gives...

    Rwanda has begun the sharing of food and distribution of electricity to all its citizens as they look forward to a Coronavirus lockdown. Rwanda is part of the few African countries that have instituted a complete or partial lockdown to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. These African countries include...

  • March 29, 2020

    Saudi-led coalition...

    A spokesman for the coalition says there are no casualties from the attacks blamed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels.   Saudi Arabia’s air defences have intercepted two ballistic missiles above the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, and the southern city of Jizan, according to a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Turki...

  • March 29, 2020

    Italy’s coronavirus...

    Italy confirms 889 new coronavirus deaths, raising coronavirus fatality toll to 10,023. Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic jumped to 5,690 on Saturday, with 832 patients dying in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The announcement came as the number of people infected with the virus in the...

  • March 29, 2020

    France and...

    ‘Takuba’ will be made of European forces that will fight armed groups in Liptako alongside Malian and Nigerien armies. Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol along a Gorgadji road in the Sahel area of Burkina Faso [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters]   France and several of its European allies have officially set up...

  • March 29, 2020

    Kenya police...

    Police fire tear gas and beat commuters with batons as country imposes dusk-to-dawn measure amid coronavirus fight. Police force ferry passengers to lie down after firing tear gas and detaining them in Mombasa, Kenya [The Associated Press]   Human rights groups have condemned the “unnecessary and excessive use of force”...

  • March 28, 2020

    Nigeria will...

    Zaina Ahmed, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, has said the country will go into recession if the Coronavirus pandemic persists longer than six months. She made this known when she appeared on Channels TV on Friday March 27. “We are hopeful that this pandemic will be limited in time. If it...

  • March 28, 2020

    Guinea voters...

    New constitution would limit presidential terms to two, but potentially enable Alpha Conde to govern for 12 more years. Guinea has voted overwhelmingly for a change in the constitution, according to the provisional results of a referendum, an outcome that the opposition fears will allow President Alpha Conde to govern for...

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