The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

The coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed more than 1,500 people and spread around the world. The latest figures from China show there are more than 66,000 people infected in the country. Outside mainland China, there have been about 600 infections reported in around 30 locations.
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Pompeo Makes First Africa Trip, Skips Nigeria

Ignatius Igwe

  The United States is discussing military cuts in  Africa, has tightened visa rules for Africans and President Donald Trump notoriously was quoted as disparaging the continent with a vulgar epithet. But in his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa in his nearly two years in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek to lay out a positive … Continue reading Pompeo Makes First Africa Trip, Skips Nigeria

BREAKING: Egypt Records First Coronavirus Case In Africa

Ignatius Igwe

  Egypt’s health ministry on Friday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, making it the first in Africa. The nationality of the person was not given in the joint statement with the population ministry, which added that they had shown no “symptoms”. Authorities have notified the World Health Organization and the patient has … Continue reading BREAKING: Egypt Records First Coronavirus Case In Africa

Big Brother Nigeria still a toddler in African politics

By Owei Lakemfa TWO overriding ironies marked the 33rd Summit of  African leaders held this week from February 9-10 with  the theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.” The first is that its Chairperson, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, was a serving general who contrary to the African Union, AU, rules,
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Protest Disrupts South Africa President’s Speech

Ignatius Igwe

  South Africa’s far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lawmakers protested rowdily in parliament on Thursday, forcing President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his annual state of the nation address. After nearly an hour of disruption, the National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise temporarily suspended proceedings, telling the EFF “when you think you have unlimited freedom of speech … Continue reading Protest Disrupts South Africa President’s Speech

US Military Begins Adjusting Presence In Africa

  The United States announced Wednesday an initial plan for adjusting its military presence in Africa amid concerns the country will reduce forces fighting radical jihadists on the continent. The first change will see part of one infantry unit, around 800 troops, replaced with a similar number of military trainers and advisors to support local … Continue reading US Military Begins Adjusting Presence In Africa

Hunger Stalks Southern Africa As Climate Crisis Deepens

Ignatius Igwe

  The spectre of want is haunting Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa as they grapple with a long and devastating drought. AFP reporters who travelled across the three countries saw widespread suffering in rural areas where successive harvests have been hit by lack of rain or shortened rainfall seasons. Across the 16-nation southern African region, … Continue reading Hunger Stalks Southern Africa As Climate Crisis Deepens

Dangote remains Africa’s wealthiest person for 9th consecutive year

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By Peter Egwuatu For the ninth year in a row, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria has been declared as the wealthiest person in Africa, with an estimated net worth of $10.1billion. In the latest ranking of the world’s billionaires by Forbes, the American global media company, focusing on business, investment, technology, entrepreneurship and leadership, Dangote’s present
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War Dominates Africa Summit As Leaders Vow Libya Support

Ignatius Igwe

  African Union leaders vowed on Monday to push peace efforts in Libya, a sign of the bloc’s desire to play a bigger role in resolving the continent’s conflicts. The AU leadership has complained about being overlooked in Libya-related peacemaking efforts, which have been led primarily by the UN and heavily involved European nations. As … Continue reading War Dominates Africa Summit As Leaders Vow Libya Support

Guinea’s Conde Leaves Door Open To Running For Third Term

Ignatius Igwe

  Guinea’s President Alpha Conde on Monday left the door open to running for a third term, saying there was “nothing more democratic” than his planned constitutional referendum, which the opposition calls a ploy for him to retain power. The West African country’s current constitution prohibits Conde from running for a third term, but asked if he would stand … Continue reading Guinea’s Conde Leaves Door Open To Running For Third Term

Algeria Court Upholds 15-Year Sentence For Bouteflika’s Brother

Ignatius Igwe

  An Algerian military court on Monday upheld a 15-year prison term for the brother of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and two ex-intelligence chiefs convicted of conspiracy against the state, a lawyer said. The once-mighty Said Bouteflika, 62, was long seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother suffered a debilitating stroke … Continue reading Algeria Court Upholds 15-Year Sentence For Bouteflika’s Brother

Egypt Court Bans Teacher For Harassing 120 Pupils

Ignatius Igwe

  An Egyptian court has upheld a teaching ban against an elementary school teacher accused of sexually harassing 120 female pupils, the education ministry said Monday.  The incidents date to 2013, when complaints were lodged against the maths teacher at a school in Alexandria, said the ministry’s undersecretary Youssef al-Deeb. “The teacher was fired from … Continue reading Egypt Court Bans Teacher For Harassing 120 Pupils