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Pandemic Poses Double Challenges for African Pastoralists

In Africa, slowly rising numbers of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have surpassed 100,000, according to the World Health Organization. The coronavirus has spread to every country on the continent.

Researchers fear the virus will hit …

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South Africa Eases Restrictions on Religious Gatherings

South Africa has softened its coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing Tuesday night that religious gatherings will now be allowed under strict conditions. Ramaphosa also announced a national day of prayer for Sunday, the day …

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Cameroonian Villagers Flee Military Base at Site of Civilian Massacre

Cameroonians are fleeing the northwestern village of Ngarr-buh after the military began building a base this week near where troops in February massacred at least 13 civilians.  Cameroon says the base is needed to stop separatists from getting supplies in …

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AFRICOM: Russia Deploys Fighter Jets to Libya

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says Russia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored, private military contractors, who are helping forces fighting the U.N.-supported Libyan government.

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Suriname’s Strongman Seeks 3rd Term

Suriname’s president Desi Bouterse is looking to win a third term despite being convicted of murder last year and a separate drug smuggling conviction from the Netherlands.

Voters went to the polls in the former South American Dutch colony Monday …

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Muslims in Cameroon Defy Eid-al Fitr Prayer Ban

Thousands of Muslims in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, have defied Sunday’s ban of Eid-al Fitr public prayers, ordered as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.  There have been 4,400 confirmed cases and 197 deaths in the central African …

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Zimbabwe Detains 2 Journalists for Breaking COVID Lockdown Rules

A court in Zimbabwe has jailed two journalists who are charged with breaking the country’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations. Rights lawyers say the arrests confirm their fears that freedom of the press in Zimbabwe remains in dire jeopardy.

Paidamoyo Saurombe of …

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Burundi Hopes to Usher In Democratic Transition After 15 Years of Nkurunziza’s Rule

Burundi is holding its first competitive presidential election since a 1993 civil war, with President Pierre Nkurunziza stepping down after 15 years in power. But political analysts and rights groups say few Burundians expect the vote, which has already been …

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