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  1. In northern Mozambique, the United States is funding a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, potentially opening up a new front in the US-China rivalry in Africa.The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exim) has approved a US$4.7 billion loan, the largest direct loan in the bank’s history in Sub-Saharan Africa, to support exports of US goods and services to construct an LNG facility on Mozambique’s Afungi peninsula. The financing entails providing a loan guarantee for the supply of…
  2. South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry announced on Saturday, making it by far the hardest hit country in Africa.The country has become the epicentre of the deadly pandemic on the continent, accounting for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed infections.“Today South Africa has exceeded the half-a-million mark with a cumulative total of 503,290 confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded,” Heath Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.South…
  3. Zhu Bowen was excited about the possibility of landing an IT job when she travelled to Tokyo in December. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic having completely upended her life, the 24-year-old is out of options and looking to return to China.After graduating from college in the northeast Chinese city of Dalian last year, Zhu took a six-month training course in computer science and then went to Tokyo to receive language training in business Japanese at an IT outsourcing company, which offered IT…
  4. Africa’s fragile health care systems are coming under increased pressure, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the continent passed 893,000 cases on Thursday and the death toll edged towards 19,000.In the two weeks through Thursday, the number of new cases increased by 50 per cent and the death toll by 22 per cent – to 4,376 – from the previous fortnight, and both figures are set to rise as countries relax travel restrictions and reopen their…
  5. Kenya has joined South Africa in banning the sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries until further notice to curb the spread of the coronavirus after cases more than doubled in three weeks.President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the 30-day nationwide ban on Monday and ordered bars to remain closed. He also amended the closing time for restaurants and eateries from 8pm to 7pm for the next 30 days and extended the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew by a further 30 days.This came after Covid-19…
  6. UN officials on Sunday reported a fresh massacre of more than 60 people in Sudan’s West Darfur, as the country’s prime minister promised fresh troops for the conflict-stricken region.Attackers targeted members of the local Masalit community, looting and burning houses and part of the local market, a statement said. Nearly 60 other people were wounded.Around 500 armed men attacked Masteri Town, north of Beida, in Darfur on Saturday afternoon, said the statement from the UN Office for the…
  7. Somalia’s parliament removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire from his post in a vote of no confidence on Saturday for failing to pave the way towards fully democratic elections, the speaker said.A whopping 170 of parliament’s 178 MPs backed the no confidence motion, and the ouster was immediately endorsed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who appointed Khaire as prime minister in February 2017.The deputies had arrived at the National Assembly on Saturday to work on the organisation of…
  8. More than 10,000 health workers in 40 African countries have been infected with Covid-19, putting a further strain on fragile health care systems, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.The continent, which was initially spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, has now recorded more than 770,000 cases and more than 16,000 deaths, according to the WHO. Some countries are approaching a critical number of infections that can place stress on health systems, with countries such as South…
  9. Ethiopia’s prime minister said on Tuesday that his country, Egypt and Sudan have reached a “major common understanding which paves the way for a breakthrough agreement” on a massive dam project that has led to sharp regional tensions and led some to fear military conflict.The statement by Abiy Ahmed’s office came as new satellite images show the water level in the reservoir behind the nearly completed US$4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is at its highest in at least four years…
  10. African leaders are turning on their citizens as efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus fall short and already fragile health care systems struggle to cope with an influx of patients.The message from governments in several nations that initially praised their citizenry for supporting efforts to contain the pandemic has shifted, with some officials now chastising them for not doing enough.The change in tone marks an attempt by the continent’s leaders to absolve themselves of some of the…