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In many countries the willingness of global institutions, like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to beef up the state coffers with a loan is seen as a sign of approval. It shows that the economists in far-away Washington have confidence that the country can afford and properly manage the interest payments. But this is not […]

Malawi beat Uganda 1-0 in their final Group B qualifying match for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations – putting themselves through and sending the Cranes out. Uganda only needed a draw from the game in Blantyre, but came away defeated thanks to Richard Mbulu’s 15th minute goal. Instead it is Malawi who are celebrating […]

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has said he’s ready to be jailed should the courts decide so. In a lengthy statement on Thursday, Mr Zuma explained why he has not appeared before a commission of inquiry looking into corruption allegations against him. He denies any wrongdoing. Mr Zuma says he has lost trust in […]

Kenya’s Finance Minister Ukur Yatani has denied reports that the country risks losing its main port to China should it fail to pay huge loans advanced for the construction of a new railway line. The new 472km (293 mile) railway cost close to three times the international standard and four times the original estimate. A local […]

Aid agency Save the Children says Islamist militants are beheading children as young as 11 in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado. One mother told the agency she had had to watch as her 12-year-old son was killed in this way close to where she was hiding with her other children. More than 2,500 people […]

Rescuers have retrieved 12 bodies of children who drowned near a popular beach in southern Ghana. They were part of a group aged between 14 and 17 who had gone for a swimming outing on Sunday at Apam town. Parents and locals have gathered at the shore to wait for news of those still missing. […]

Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative. The World Health Organization (WHO) programme aims to ensure that vaccines are shared fairly among all nations. Covax is aiming to deliver about two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines globally by the end of the year. Many rich nations, who […]

The newly-appointed head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has told the BBC that vaccine protectionism must be overcome to solve the pandemic. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said “a phenomenon where rich countries are vaccinating their populations and poor countries have to wait” must be avoided. In recent weeks, several countries have tried to prevent the export […]

Namibia’s national carrier Air Namibia has decided to suspend all operations, cancelling all of its flights and grounding its aircraft with immediate effect. The airline urged all customers to cancel reservations and request refunds. The announcement leaves more than 600 employees without jobs, the state-owned New Era newspaper reported. It had been a cabinet decision […]

The Nigerian military says it does not have in its custody any of the schoolgirls abducted seven years ago in the northern town of Chibok, amid reports that some of the girls had escaped from their abductors. Those who managed to escape are believed to be in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, although there […]


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