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Central Bank of Kenya suspends Absa Kenya's forex dealer licences

2020-04-09 19:17

The Central Bank of Kenya has suspended Absa Kenya's foreign exchange dealer licence for seven days, over a failure to implement standard checks against money laundering.

Hunger hits 500 000 more Zimbabweans

2020-04-08 20:43

The United Nations World Food Programme says hundreds of thousands more people had slipped into the severely-hungry category in Zimbabwe, where over half of the population faces hunger.

'Everyone looks broken' - Anger as forced coronavirus quarantine extended in Kenya

2020-04-08 10:58

Hundreds of people held under mandatory quarantine in Kenya after returning from abroad are up in arms after the government extended their confinement for another 14 days.

Ex-Chad dictator temporarily released from jail due to coronavirus

2020-04-07 13:37

A Senegal judge has granted Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre two months' leave from prison, as the jail is being used to hold new detainees in coronavirus quarantine.

Guinean president enacts new constitution

2020-04-07 09:48

Guinea's President Alpha Conde has enacted a new constitution following a referendum on changes that critics fear are aimed at extending his time in office.

 
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African Development Bank chief accused of multiple violations, but denies charges

2020-04-07 10:56

The head of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has been accused by bank staff of multiple abuses and breaches of the bank's code of ethics, charges he flatly denied Monday.

20 Mali soldiers killed in jihadist attack

2020-04-07 09:48

Some 20 Malian soldiers have been killed in an apparent jihadist attack, local politicians and a military official have said.

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Nigeria eyes $1.3bn health fund to tackle virus

2020-04-05 10:31

Nigeria is looking to set up a $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euro) fund to boost its fragile healthcare system for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Saturday.

Tunisian parliament grants PM special powers amid pandemic

2020-04-05 10:29

Tunisia's parliament on Saturday gave the prime minister special powers for two months to allow for the accelerated adoption of measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Malawi president takes wage cut to fund virus fight

2020-04-05 09:02

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika said Saturday he was taking a wage cut to help fund the fight against the coronavirus, and ordered his government to the same.

Kidnapped Mali opposition leader 'doing well' as release talks under way

2020-04-04 11:05

Mali's opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is "doing well" a week after his kidnapping, his political movement said on Friday, as negotiations were under way with his captors for his release.

Lesotho PM Thabane says rivals plotting to oust him, orders probe

2020-04-03 16:13

Embattled Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has ordered the security forces and intelligence service to probe his party rivals, whom he accused of plotting to topple his government.

Panic, confusion in DRC amid fears of virus explosion in Kinshasa

2020-04-03 13:45

Lack of resources, a muddle over confinement and incipient panic are hobbling the response to coronavirus in DR Congo, fuelling fears especially for Kinshasa, one of Africa's largest and most chaotic cities.

Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

2020-04-03 09:26

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore has pardoned more than 1 200 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the poor West African country.

Over 250 rescued in Niger desert, put in quarantine

2020-04-02 22:10

More than 250 Europe-bound migrants have been rescued in Niger's arid north and placed in coronavirus quarantine after being abandoned by traffickers, the International Organisation for Migration says.

Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come

2020-04-02 20:56

While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year on Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos.

Botswana’s first Covid-19 victim already buried, infection toll now at four

2020-04-01 08:18

Delayed results led Botswana to believe the three Covid-19 coronavirus cases announced this week were the country’s first, but a life had already been lost to the virus.

Covid-19: Botswana announces ‘extreme’ lockdown days after banning sale of alcohol

2020-03-31 19:16

While South Africans have an idea of when their Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown was likely to end, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced what he described as an “extreme lockdown” that will begin in two days and continue “until further notice”.

Kenyan teen shot during coronavirus curfew

2020-03-31 17:59

Kenyan police ordered a probe into the shooting of a 13-year-old boy on his balcony in Nairobi as officers allegedly opened fire to enforce a nighttime curfew.

Boko Haram bombers kill seven in Cameroon

2020-04-06 11:51

Seven people have been killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group, attacked a village in Cameroon.

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners to slow virus spread

2020-04-05 15:24

Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Sunday pardoned more than 5,600 prisoners and ordered their release in stages to avoid contagion in the country's overcrowded jails.

'True friend' China helps Algeria battle coronavirus

2020-04-05 10:30

As adversity strikes in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, Algeria has found a helping hand in China, an old friend and the top exporter to Africa's largest country.

DR Congo 'prepared' to take part in vaccine testing: official

2020-04-04 12:15

The Democratic Republic of Congo is prepared to take part in testing of any future vaccine against the coronavirus, the head of the country's taskforce against the pandemic said on Frida

Virus crisis shines light on troubled North Africa health care

2020-04-04 09:51

The coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on shortcomings in health care in several North African countries, even as governments moved quickly to announce restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.

Ethiopia races to bolster ventilator stockpile for coronavirus fight

2020-04-03 15:04

In four years as a doctor in Ethiopia, Rediet Libanos has used a mechanical ventilator just once: on a patient who suffered a haemorrhagic stroke a few months ago.

Media watchdog says Algeria using virus to 'settle scores'

2020-04-03 11:09

Reporters Without Borders has accused Algeria's government of taking advantage of the coronavirus epidemic to 'settle scores' with independent journalists, including those covering long-running anti-government protests.

Fury in Kenya over police brutality amid coronavirus curfew

2020-04-02 22:10

There are growing calls for police in Kenya to be held accountable for excessive violence used to enforce Covid-19-related restrictions.

Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: UN launches famine and virus aid plan

2020-04-02 20:56

Authorities in Zimbabwe and the UN have launched an emergency humanitarian plan worth $715 million to help a third of the country's population, threatened by famine and at high risk of the coronavirus epidemic.

As shutdown extended, Rwanda's poor confront further hardship

2020-04-02 19:35

Out of work, with prices soaring and police on the streets, life for many Rwandans has become immeasurably harder under coronavirus lockdown, and the pain looks only set to deepen.

Nigeria announces 'massive' joint offensive on jihadists in region

2020-04-02 14:42

Nigeria has said it had launched a 'massive' joint offensive with troops from Chad and Niger against jihadists waging a decade-long insurgency in the region.

Water crisis could sabotage Zimbabwe's coronavirus lockdown

2020-03-31 18:59

Buckets and jerrycans in hand or in wheelbarrows, dozens of Zimbabweans stand close to each other in a long queue, patiently waiting at a borehole in Harare's middle-class Mabelreign suburb to collect water.

MTN to move ahead on Nigeria stock sale amid market turmoil

2020-03-31 16:57

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus may require the sale to be done in smaller chunks than anticipated.

Millions of Nigerians enter lockdown as Africa tries to halt virus

2020-03-31 14:12

More than 20 million Nigerians on Monday went into lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Former Congo president Yhombi Opango, 81, dies of coronavirus in France

2020-03-31 09:50

Former Republic of Congo president Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango has died in France of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), according to his family. He was 81.

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