Chad President Idriss Deby killed on frontline

Chad’s President Idriss Déby has died suddenly in clashes with rebels within the north of the country at the weekend, the military has said on state TV. On Monday, provisional results from the election on 11 April projected he would win a sixth term in office, with 80% of the vote. The government and parliament are dissolved. A military council will govern for subsequent 18 months. Mr Déby, 68, was one among Africa’s longest-serving leaders. He first came to power in an armed uprising in 1990. Africa Live: Updates on…

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Beirut deadly explosions rock city

Lebanon is in mourning after a massive explosion ripped through the city’s port and surrounding areas killing at least 78 people and injuring 4,000 others on Tuesday. The blasts sent shock waves across the city damaging buildings up to 10 kilometers away shuttering windows, collapsing roofs and rendering homes inhabitable. The blast happened at 6.08pm local time on Tuesday, was so powerful it was felt in Cyprus, 120 miles away. A woman in the city center on Tuesday told AFP. ” It felt like an earthquake……I felt it was bigger…

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Africa receives IMF aid to fight COVID19

African finance ministers met yesterday to discuss debt-relief proposals, according to a top United Nations official. “As we move forward and as we talk about the debt service we’re going to need to talk about governance on the other side, and transparency in terms of how we then use the proceeds from the debt-service standstill,” UN Economic Commission for Africa Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. African countries are discussing a special-purpose vehicle to exchange their sovereign debt for new concessional paper to avoid using…

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UK to human test COVID 19 vaccine.

State Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the United Kingdom announced during  a press conference that human tests of the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford would begin on Thursday. He believes that the best way to defeat coronavirus” is through a vaccine. The process will be a “trial and error”, he said, but the UK was at the “front of the global effort” and had invested more money than any other country. He said two leading vaccine developments at UK universities – Imperial College London and the University of Oxford…

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Trump to halt WHO funding over its ‘mismanaging’ of coronavirus.

U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic while a review of its response to the global crisis is undertaken. Trump, at a White House news conference on Tuesday, said the WHO had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable.” Calling the UN body “China-centric,” Trump said the WHO had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus and claimed that likely led to a wider outbreak than otherwise would have occurred.…

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WHO Chief warns against politicising the Corona Virus Pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged unity, as the agency comes under continued fire from US President Donald Trump. Speaking on Wednesday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the WHO’s work and called for an end to the politicisation of Covid-19. Mr Trump said he would consider ending US funding for the UN agency. He accused the WHO of being “very China-centric” and said they “really blew” their pandemic response. Dr Tedros has now dismissed the comments, insisting: “We are close to every nation, we are colour-blind.”…

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US election 2020: Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential campaign, clearing the way for former Vice-President Joe Biden to become the Democratic party’s nominee. Mr Sanders, 78, told supporters on Wednesday he saw no feasible path to get enough votes to win the nomination. An early front-runner, the Vermont senator found success with young voters, but slipped behind Mr Biden in recent weeks. He helped make healthcare and income inequalities key election issues. Among the most left-leaning candidates during this year’s election cycle, the self-described “Democratic socialist” campaigned on policies including healthcare…

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Corona pandemic could push half a billion people into poverty

The economic fallout from the coronavirus could increase global poverty by as much a half a billion. This bleak warning comes from a United Nations (UN) study into the financial and human cost of the pandemic. It will be the first time that poverty has increased globally in 30 years, according to the report. The findings come ahead of key meetings of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and G20 finance ministers next week. The United Nations University study was written by experts at King’s College London and Australian…

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President Museveni proudly boasts about the Pearl of Africa at the UK-Africa Investment Summit

The president of the republic of Uganda attended the UK–Africa Investment summit in London hosted by Boris Johnson the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom While at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in London yesterday, he addressed the Business Forum, graced by chief executives of over 70 British companies where he made the case for them to come and invest in Uganda. “The government of Uganda has greatly upgraded the infrastructure to support investment, with sufficient electricity, skilled labour force, and good roads among others. More opportunities do exist in…

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Fast killing virus outbreak in China.

There was a recent Ebola outbreak in the country and the neighboring countries causing major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption, unfortunately there is a strange virus that’s on the outbreak in China, Wuhan. The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. Sources have confirmed that the new virus that has killed nine people could mutate and spread further, Chinese health officials have warned, as they step up containment and prevention measures. There are now…

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