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By Michelle Gavin _____ As the crisis persists in Ethiopia, the government in Addis Ababa aims to draw clear lines for the international community, positioning itself as a cooperative partner (after months of obstruction) in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, but also deeming any mention of Amhara forces in Tigray inappropriate interference in its internal affairs while continuing to largely ignore the issue of Eritrean troops in Ethiopian territory. These delineations are unpersuasive, but for now it appears...

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Addis Ababa —  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 3.91 million as of Wednesday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said. The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), said the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 104,382, while some 3.50 million patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. The Africa CDC noted that the most affected countries...

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Fourteen people were brutally murdered on Feb. 16 in an apparent attack on a religious site in a Central African Republic town, a human rights group said on Thursday. “Testimonies, satellite imagery and photographic analysis confirm the killing of 14 people last week in a religious site in Bambari,” Amnesty International said in a  statement. Violence escalated ahead of the Dec. 27 elections after a coalition of six militant groups, which control two-thirds of the...

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CAPE TOWN —  More than 61,000 people have fled Ethiopia’s restive Tigray region and lived under appalling conditions in neighbouring Sudan, medical aid organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Friday. Up to 12,000 refugees were currently scattered in and around the Hamdayet transit camp near the border without proper shelter and access to water, food, blankets, and sanitation, the group said. Some had been in Hamdayet for months, with new people arriving every day,...

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Addis Ababa — The African Union (AU) Commission on Wednesday emphasised a double burden on health systems across Africa due to a new Ebola outbreak and the still-raging Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The AU Commission, through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has started discussions with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on how to support its response to the 12th Ebola outbreak declared by the DRC on Sunday in Butembo Area of...

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ABUJA —  African finance ministers have called for 500 billion U.S. dollars in Special Drawing Right (SDR) and an extension in the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The call was made during a virtual meeting convened by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Feb. 6, according to a statement from ECA on Tuesday. According to an IMF Factsheet, the SDR is an international...

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ABUJA — The 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards ceremony which was scheduled to be held in the Ugandan capital Kampala has been postponed, organisers have announced. The awards ceremony, which was being organised through a partnership between MTV Base and Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, was scheduled to take place on Feb. 20, with performances from leading African and international artists. MTV Base Africa postponing the award ceremony on Thursday night tweeted on its official Twitter...

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Venezuelans on Sunday protested the continued detention of Alex Saab, the country’s special envoy and ambassador to the African Union (AU) by the Cape Verde government, on the instruction of the United States. The protest, organized through a social media campaign, saw over 200,000 protesters holding placards with messages declaring solidarity for the embattled envoy. Some said the arrest and continuous detention of Mr. Saab is a politically motivated action being pushed by the United...

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DOUALA (Cameroon)  —  The Atlas Lions of Morocco are through to the semi-final stage of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after a convincing 3-1 win against Zambian on Sunday. Morocco started on a high, finding the net within a minute at the Reunification Stadium in Douala, Cameroon. Soufiane Rahimi found space to slot the ball past Zambia’s goalkeeper Allan Chibwe. It was a case of poor defending by the Zambian backline, giving Rahimi space...

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ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia registered 771 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 136,365, the country’s Ministry of Health said on Friday. The death toll from COVID-19 in the country reached 2,087 as of Friday evening after two new deaths were reported, the ministry said. The ministry added that 127 more recoveries were logged during the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 121,987. Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most...

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