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Government’s free water for all relief faces a serious threat – ASTOWAS

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s COVID-19 “free water for all intervention” faces a serious threat as some service providers in rural areas begin to sell water to sustain their economic activities. According to the Association of Small Towns Water Supply Systems-Ghana (ASTOWAS), many service providers in the rural communities could not continue to provide water relief because they were financially bankrupt. Addressing a ...

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FULL TEXT: Nigeria urges Ghana to revisit law on US$1 million business capital

The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Femi Gbajabiamila, has made some far-reaching proposals in a hope to bring an end to the current retail trade war between Nigerian traders doing business in Ghana and their Ghanaian counterparts. During a ‘Legislative Diplomacy’ bilateral meeting with Ghanaian lawmakers and some top government officials, as part ...

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Why do stories of fatherless Chinese kids in Africa disempower African women?

As trade and development between Africa and China expands, another layer of relations is growing into uncovered territory. Afro-Chinese children in both Africa and China are increasing in number as a product of various circumstances. The concerns around their status in society and the origin of their identity will need to be addressed sooner or later. African women and fatherless ...

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Chadwick Boseman’s hometown working on statue to honour him

Chadwick Boseman’s hometown is already hard at work on a statue that’ll pay tribute to the “Black Panther” star … but those who want it to replace a Confederate memorial shouldn’t hold their breath. A spokesperson for Mayor Terence Roberts’ Office in Anderson, SC tells TMZ … the city is enthusiastically working on a permanent public tribute to honour the ...

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Mali turmoil: How China could clean up a mess it helped create

Amid COVID-19, Mali has been in international news for months in a row. The issue is not an uptick in COVID cases, as most people would expect. Rather, popular protests against the Malian government, which started in May, kept growing until it culminated in a military coup on the 18th of August that deposed the incumbent President – Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. ...

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Africa to get 220 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, Africa will get at least 220 million initial doses. The first batch will prioritise front-line healthcare workers and vulnerable groups, according to the WHO Africa Program Area Manager Richard Mihigo. He said distribution will be based on the population of each country. Mr Mihigo said all 54 countries ...

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IS-linked militants ‘kill’ Nigerian troops

The jihadist group Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) has said its fighters killed at least 10 Nigerian soldiers in the town of Magumeri in the north-east. Security sources have confirmed the attack, but not the death toll. Reports suggest the militants arrived in several trucks fitted with machine-guns and overran the army’s positions. Iswap also said 10 Nigerian troops ...

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WHO aiming for 20% of Africa to get initial COVID jabs from access plan

The World Health Organization wants to secure an initial 230 million doses of any COVID-19 vaccine for Africa, officials said Thursday, while emphasising that any vaccine in development should also be tested on the continent. The global vaccine allocation plan, called COVAX, aims to help buy and fairly distribute deliver 2 billion doses of approved vaccines by the end of 2021. “This ...

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US asks for ‘humane treatment’ for Hotel Rwanda hero

The US assistant secretary for African affairs, Tibor Nagy, has held talks with Rwandan ambassador to the US over the arrest of Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in a Hollywood film about the Rwandan genocide. Rwandan officials said Mr Rusesabagina, 66, was arrested under an international warrant for leading “terrorist movements”. But his daughter told the BBC the allegation was ...

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Charity says 70,000 African children facing starvation

The charity Save the Children is warning that nearly 70,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of dying from extreme hunger before the end of the year. It says that the Covid-19 lockdown measures have meant families are facing a serious decline in their livelihoods, and nutritious food is becoming increasingly hard to find, or expensive. The charity says ...

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