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The African nation which became the basis for the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther is in a miraculous position during the COVID-19 pandemic as the rest of the continent battles the virus. The Kingdom of Lesotho is a small country within the borders of South Africa, with a population of more than 2 million people. As the rest of Africa faces the prospect of the coronavirus pandemic getting worse before it gets any better, Lesotho has...

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Unlike the victims of Ebola, the tragedies of coronavirus victims are demonstrated in numbers. Let us try a little thought experiment. Imagine, if you will, that rather than Europe and North America, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus pandemic was Africa, and the disease was killing many tens of thousands of people there. What images and storylines would be used to tell the story on TV screens and newspaper front pages in the West? Would they...

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It actually started late February in Aba – a major commercial town in the eastern part of Nigeria known for product innovation and creativity. Individual tailors competed on production of unique designer masks and face caps. By the end of March, designer facemask became a trend in major African countries. Currently in this continent, fashion designers are agog with commendably striking styles of masks for use against the coronavirus pandemic. With Love from Algeria Tackling...

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With Covid-19 cases on a sharp rise in Tanzania, there is now widespread speculation that three of its lawmakers who died in a space of 11 days might have contracted the virus. It’s a concern which has prompted the country’s leading opposition party Chadema to call for a suspension of parliament. Chadema told its MPs to self-isolate for two weeks and stay away from parliamentary buildings in the capital Dodoma and main commercial City of...

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U.S. President Donald Trump says Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota are going to cut their oil production, without giving specifics on numbers, amid a glut in energy supplies and shortages of storage that led to massive drops in prices on the market. “They gotta cut,” Trump said, speaking to reporters at the White House. He also said Canada would make cuts. “I want to help that industry,” Trump said, calling himself an “energy person.” He...

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Seventeen people, including 12 rangers from Virunga National Park, died in an armed attack by an unidentified armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local authorities said on Friday. According to a statement by Nzanzu Kasivita Carly, governor of the eastern province of North Kivu where the attack took place, four passengers and a driver were also killed in a jeep burned by the attackers. The attack was also confirmed by the...

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Eleven crew men onboard a Portuguese flagged container ship, MV TOMMI RITSCHER, have been rescued from a pirate attack by operatives of Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service (NN SBS) and Benin Navy in Beninoius territorial waters. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, Defence Headquarters Spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday that the pirate attack was foiled under the auspices of ECOWAS Maritime Zone E Naval operation comprising Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Niger Republic Gendarmerie. “The vessel was...

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China has spent the last few days trying to manage a damaging story about how local authorities in the city of Guangzhou have been targeting black African migrants for eviction and forced coronavirus testing. The story rapidly went global after numerous videos and images of Africans being evicted, blocked from hotels or even being barred from a local McDonald’s went viral on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Beijing had tried to downplay...

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N’Djamena (AFP) – The Chadian army said Thursday it had wound up an offensive against Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad border region in which 52 troops and 1,000 jihadists were killed. Army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna told AFP that the operation, launched after nearly 100 soldiers were killed last month, ended Wednesday after the Nigerian jihadists were forced out of the country. “A thousand terrorists have been killed, 50 motorised canoes have...

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COVID-19 pandemic, which first occurred in China and turned into a global disaster spreading across the whole world, poses a great danger to African countries that do not have proper and robust health infrastructure. The outbreak, which was seen in Algeria for the first time Africa, has spread almost to the whole continent in a very short time. Kaan Devecioglu writes from Istanbul As a result of the limited sharing of transparent information and the...