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  1. China has once again come to the rescue of the Republic of Congo, with President Xi Jinping agreeing to restructure the central African country’s US$2.4 billion worth of loans amid a debt crisis.In a call with Xi on Monday, President Denis Sassou Nguesso asked China to restructure the loans, according to officials in Brazzaville. Finance Minister Rigobert Roger Andely told a media briefing Xi had approved the request “and thanked him for this proposition”.Andely said a team would be appointed…
  2. Ethiopia’s elections chief said complaints by the opposition of irregularities in two regions risked tarnishing polls on Monday billed by the government as the country’s first free and fair vote after decades of repression.Election board chief Birtukan Midekssa said several opposition parties had complained their agents were beaten and their badges confiscated in two regions.Opposition leader Berhanu Nega said his Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party (Ezema) had filed 207 complaints…
  3. In Africa’s feature phone market, one company leaves every other in its wake.Shenzhen-based manufacturer Transsion accounted for more than three-quarters of all the phones in the category sold on the continent in the first quarter of the year, well ahead of Nokia with 8.1 per cent and Stylo with 1.7 per cent.Feature phones are cheaper handsets with basic functions, and they dominate the African market. In the first three months of this year 96.9 per cent of the mobile phones sold were low-end…
  4. Brazil’s health ministry is working to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations as the death toll rose to more than 500,000 since the start of the pandemic.The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 2,000 daily deaths in recent days. Brazil’s reported death toll is second only to that of the US, where the number of lives lost has topped 600,000.Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga confirmed that the official death toll had passed 500,000.“I am working tirelessly to vaccinate…
  5. China has paid tribute to Zambia’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda as a liberation hero and “old friend of the Chinese people”.Kaunda, one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, succumbed to pneumonia while in a hospital in Lusaka on Thursday aged 97. Kaunda led Zambia to independence from Britain, ruling from 1964 until 1991.Kaunda was highly regarded in China because of his role as one of the African leaders who helped China regain its seat at the United…
  6. A huge diamond weighing 1,098 carats, which could be the third-largest mined in history, has been discovered in the southern African country of Botswana.The high-quality gemstone was unearthed earlier this month in the Jwaneng mine owned by Debswana, the mining company jointly owned by the Botswanan government and the De Beers Group.The stone was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi this week by Debswana Diamond Company’s acting managing director Lynette Armstrong.Hong Kong customs seize…
  7. Highly contagious coronavirus variants are fuelling a surge in infections in Africa, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday, while in Europe more governments eased their pandemic restrictions.France savoured a fresh sense of freedom as people were allowed to remove face masks while outside for the first time since last autumn, and Disneyland Paris welcomed visitors after an eight-month hiatus.Austria, meanwhile, announced that partygoers will be allowed to hit the dance floor again in…
  8. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, has died, aged 97, at a military hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia, his son Kambarage said on Wednesday.Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards become one of Africa’s most committed activists against HIV/Aids.“I am sad to inform [members] we have lost Mzee. Let’s pray for him,” Kambarage said on the late president’s…
  9. Former president Laurent Gbagbo was returning to Ivory Coast on Thursday for the first time in nearly a decade, after he was cleared of crimes against humanity and his once-bitter rival welcomed him back in the name of reconciliation.Gbagbo left the country in humiliation in 2011, after his refusal to accept electoral defeat sparked a conflict that ended in his arrest and transfer to The Hague.The 76-year-old’s homecoming will be a key test of stability in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest cocoa…
  10. Water scarcity and drought are set to wreak damage on a scale to rival the Covid-19 pandemic with risks growing rapidly as global temperatures rise, according to the United Nations.“Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic – and there is no vaccine to cure it,” Mami Mizutori, the UN’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, told an online press briefing ahead of the report’s release.Already, droughts have triggered economic losses of at least US$124 billion and hit more…