South Africa tourism sector cautiously hopeful as borders set to reopen on Oct 1

CAPE TOWN (REUTERS) – South Africa’s pandemic-battered tourism sector on Thursday (Sept 17) welcomed a government decision to allow international travel from Oct 1, but officials are worried restrictions on key markets facing high infection rates could curtail any recovery. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday (Sept 16) eased lockdown restrictions, among the world’s strictest at the height of South Africa’s […]

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Africa climate need may be $271 billion a year by 2070, says former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) – Africa may need as much as US$200 billion (S$271.68 billion) every year by 2070 to adapt to climate change, about the same as the once-off amount needed to respond to the coronavirus. The continent most vulnerable to environmental shifts will require the annual funding for early warning systems and climate-resilient infrastructure, according to Mr Ban Ki-Moon, […]

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West Africa bloc fails to reach agreement with Mali military

Leaders of ECOWAS met heads of Mali’s military in the latest attempt to quicken the transition from military leadership. West African mediators have failed to persuade leaders of a military coup in Mali to immediately hand over power to a civilian government. On Tuesday, leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met the heads of a military government […]

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Protests against President Ouattara's third-term bid turn violent

Demonstrators set fire to vehicles in Bangolo while police forces dispersed them with tear gas, according to witnesses. Protests against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s contentious plan to run for a third term have turned violent in several cities as fears grow of a repeat of a conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago. […]

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Governing party in Ethiopia's Tigray sweeps regional polls

PM Abiy dismissed Tigray polls as a ‘shanty election’, federal officials said polls have ‘no legal basis’. The governing party in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has won all contested seats in elections that have further affected an already hostile relationship with the federal government. “The total seats for all the regional constituencies were won by the TPLF,” regional election commissioner Muluwork […]

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Arrest of Hotel Rwanda hero an 'enforced disappearance': HRW

Rights group says the lack of lawful proceedings to arrest Paul Rusesabagina suggests lack of evidence against him. The shadowy arrest of a Rwandan government critic who inspired the Hollywood film Hotel Rwanda amounted to an “enforced disappearance”, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said, demanding a full account of how he returned to the country. Paul Rusesabagina became famous globally […]

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Sierra Leone ex-rebel leader Augustine Gbao granted early release

Gbao, 72, was given a 25-year sentence for acts including terrorism, extermination, murder, rape and sexual slavery. A former rebel leader in Sierra Leone, imprisoned for crimes against humanity committed during the country’s civil war, has been granted conditional early release, the country’s UN-backed tribunal said. Augustine Gbao, 72, a former leader of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), was given a 25-year […]

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Clicks stores to remove TRESemme products after backlash over ad

Advertisement showed Black woman’s hair described as ‘frizzy and dull’, and a white woman’s hair described as ‘normal’. South Africa’s Clicks Group has said it will remove all TRESemme products from its shelves after an advertisement posted on the retailer’s website was accused of being racist. The advertisement, commissioned by the TRESemme hair company and carried on the Clicks pharmacies’ […]

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Malian soldiers killed in attack near Mauritania border

At least 10 soldiers killed in the attack in the country’s west, according to the Malian military’s Twitter account. At least 10 Malian soldiers have been killed in a night-time attack in the country’s west near its border with Mauritania. In Thursday’s attack, the biggest on the military since it staged a coup on August 18, the Malian army mission […]

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