South Africa's minister of health Dr. Zweli Mkhize has contracted COVID-19, the presidency confirmed in a statement on Monday.The Minister of Health announced at the weekend that he and Dr May Mkhize had tested positive and the Minister described the symptoms affecting them."President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife, Dr May Mkhize, a...

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Mauritania should free activists held on charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam: HRW

Mauritania’s government should drop charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam against eight political activists and release the five held in pretrial detention since February 26, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The Nouakchott West Criminal Court is due to hear the case on October 20.

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South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years."We are undertaking a far-reaching and ambitious public investment in human capital, with the state as both a...

Maduro’s ally Alex Morán asks West African regional court to halt extradition to U.S.

A Special Envoy to the Government of Venezuela, Alex Nain Saab Morán, has urged the West African regional court, the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, to halt plans to extradite him from Cape Verde to the United States of...

Africa shocked U.S. under Trump has worst coronavirus response in the world

President Donald Trump has "failed in his basic duty to protect Americans", world's renowned journalist Bob Woodward told Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, referring to the deadly coronavirus that has killed close to 220,000 people in the United States under...

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Mass convictions for homosexuality in Algeria as police raid alleged ‘gay wedding’

An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay wedding,” Human Rights Watch said on October 15.The rights group said the authorities should void the charges and release them immediately.On July 24, 2020, police raided a private residence and...

GLOBAL

Russian authorities seek to end three-month protests in Khabarovsk

Police in Khabarovsk, in Russia’s Far East, on October 10, 2020 beat peaceful protesters and arbitrarily detained over 20 people, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Alexander Prikhodko,...

NYTimes Editorial Board urges Americans to dump Trump

The New York Times Editorial Board has urged Americans to sack Donald Trump from office, saying he is "unworthy of the office he holds.""Donald Trump’s re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War...

Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now highly unlikely amid COVID-19 – Report

Prospects for fully eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now appear highly unlikely, even under the most optimistic scenarios, according to a new policy brief issued by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, even as the world is set to...

Human Rights Watch outraged over killings of Nigerians protesting police brutality

Nigerian security forces have responded to overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality with more violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.Nationwide protests began on October 8, 2020, calling on the authorities to abolish an abusive police...

Technology

Rights group urges AU to denounce crackdown on Cameroon’s opposition

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and other regional and...

Mauritania should free activists held on charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam: HRW

Mauritania’s government should drop charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam against eight political activists and release the five held in pretrial detention since February 26, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The Nouakchott West Criminal Court is due to hear the case on October 20.

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South Africa’s minister of health Zweli Mkhize contracts COVID-19

South Africa's minister of health Dr. Zweli Mkhize has contracted COVID-19, the presidency confirmed in a statement on Monday.The Minister of Health announced at the weekend that he and Dr May Mkhize had tested positive and the...

Mass convictions for homosexuality in Algeria as police raid alleged ‘gay wedding’

An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay wedding,” Human Rights Watch said on October 15.The...

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years."We are undertaking a far-reaching and ambitious public investment in human capital, with the state as both a...

Maduro’s ally Alex Morán asks West African regional court to halt extradition to U.S.

A Special Envoy to the Government of Venezuela, Alex Nain Saab Morán, has urged the West African regional court, the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, to halt plans to extradite him from Cape Verde to the United States of...

Africa shocked U.S. under Trump has worst coronavirus response in the world

President Donald Trump has "failed in his basic duty to protect Americans", world's renowned journalist Bob Woodward told Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, referring to the deadly coronavirus that has killed close to 220,000 people in the United States under...

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Mauritania should free activists held on charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam: HRW

Mauritania’s government should drop charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam against eight political activists and release the five held in pretrial detention since February 26, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The Nouakchott West Criminal Court is due to hear the case on October 20.The prosecution accused the eight defendants of “mocking God, his messenger and the Holy Book,” and “creating, recording...

GLOBAL

Turkmen activist faces deportation from Turkey

The Turkish government should halt plans to deport the Turkmen activist Dursoltan Taganova to Turkmenistan, where she will be at grave risk of arbitrary arrest and torture, a group...

Nigerian activists sue President over electricity tariff and fuel price hike

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 302 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly, asking the court to “declare illegal, unconstitutional and unfair the recent hike in electricity tariff...

NYTimes Editorial Board urges Americans to dump Trump

The New York Times Editorial Board has urged Americans to sack Donald Trump from office, saying he is "unworthy of the office he holds.""Donald Trump’s re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War...

Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now highly unlikely amid COVID-19 – Report

Prospects for fully eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now appear highly unlikely, even under the most optimistic scenarios, according to a new policy brief issued by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, even as the world is set to...

Human Rights Watch outraged over killings of Nigerians protesting police brutality

Nigerian security forces have responded to overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality with more violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.Nationwide protests began on October 8, 2020, calling on the authorities to abolish an abusive police...

U.S. arrests former Mexican defense minister General Salvador Cienfuegos on drugs, money charges

Former Mexican defense minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested on Thursday at Los Angeles international airport, California, United States, on drugs and money charges.Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard made the announcement in a tweet.

Joe Biden beats Donald Trump in town hall performance

President Donald Trump appeared in Miami, Florida, angry, yelling and unable to answer even basic questions at his town hall event.Joe Biden appeared in the battle ground state of Pennsylvania calm, compassionate, empathetic, and with ready to...

World’s largest randomized control trial concludes remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir not effective in treating COVID-19 patients

In just six months, the world’s largest randomized control trial on COVID-19 therapeutics has generated conclusive evidence on the effectiveness of repurposed drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.Interim results from the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial, coordinated by the World Health Organization, indicate...
Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 302 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly, asking the court to “declare illegal, unconstitutional and unfair the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price because top level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries and allowances and spend public money to finance a life of...

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years.

Principality of Andorra becomes IMF’s 190th Member

The Principality of Andorra joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday, becoming the Fund's 190th member.Ambassador...

Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now highly unlikely amid COVID-19 – Report

Prospects for fully eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now appear highly unlikely, even under the most optimistic scenarios, according to a...

IMF’s Georgieva says second round of support coming to Africa but Oxfam argues debt cancelation the only way out of COVID-19 turmoil

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ms. Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday that the Washington DC-based institution is...

World economic outlook improving amid COVID-19 pandemic, IMF says

The global economy is recovering faster than was anticipated in June, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday in its...

Finance ministers reaffirm commitment to climate action amid COVID-19 pandemic

A coalition of finance ministers from around the world on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to climate action amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology

Rights group urges AU to denounce crackdown on Cameroon’s opposition

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and other regional and...

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BUSINESS

MTN named most valuable African brand worth $3.3 billion

MTN Group has been named the most valuable African brand with a value of $3.3 billion.Brand value...

Renewables are Africa’s path for a green recovery

“Now is be the best time to move towards green economy. It is time to shift towards a more sustainable and...

Trump admin announces new reforms aimed at making it more difficult for skilled foreign workers to acquire H-1B visas

The United States Departments of Labor and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced additional immigration reforms that would make it more difficult...

Congo basin member states ban timber exports to stimulate economic growth

In a bid to stimulate the production of timber to the GDP of Central African States, members countries of the Congo...

African entrepreneur Tony Elumelu features in Time 100 most influential people in 2020

Nigerian entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has featured in Time 100 most influential people in 2020. Elumelu is the chairman of...

How the African Continental Free Trade Agreement can succeed

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, seems to know exactly how the African Continental Free Trade Agreement can succeed....

NIGERIA

Criminals disguised as EndSARS protesters free prisoners in Benin

Suspected criminals disguised as EndSARS protesters and freed prison inmates at the correctional center in Benin, Edo state.

Nigerian activists sue President over electricity tariff and fuel price hike

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 302 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the...

EndSARS: Aisha Buhari tweets music video appealing to president over insecurity in Northern Nigeria

Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has created a Twitter Hashtag #Achechijamaa with literally means ‘save the people’ and shared it...

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari missing in action, fails to address nation as anger boils over police brutality

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been missing in action for more than a week since hundreds of thousands of protesters took...

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years.

Official funeral declared for fearless South African human rights and anti apartheid lawyer Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday declared the funeral of the late South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla...

Ramaphosa calls on South Africans to rise against crime and racism after white farmer’s murder by blacks triggers protests

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called on all South Africans to rise against crime and racism, a week after Brendin Horner,...

South Africa’s icon and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrates 89th birthday

South Africa’s icon and the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is celebrating his 89th birthday today October...

ETHIOPIA

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass introduces resolution calling for respect for human rights in Ethiopia

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, on Friday, introduced a resolution calling for...

“This is worse than COVID-19”, Ethiopian migrants describe “hell” in Saudi prisons

An investigation by Amnesty International has exposed horrifying new details about the treatment of Ethiopian migrants detained in Saudi Arabia. Since...

South Africa seeks to generate 11,800 megawatts of additional electricity from renewable sources to add to 30,000 megawatts available

South Africa is seeking to generate 11,800 megawatts of additional electricity from renewable sources to add to the 30,000 megawatts of...

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure Jawar Mohammed with terrorism

As human rights organizations continue to warn that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is turning Ethiopia into a dictatorship, his administration on...

CAMEROON

Rights group urges AU to denounce crackdown on Cameroon’s opposition

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic...

Amnesty International USA urges Trump not to deport thousands of African migrants from Cameroon

Amnesty International USA on Friday urged the Trump administration to refrain from deporting African migrants from Cameroon....

Cameroon opposition figure Maurice Kamto placed under ‘house arrest’

Cameroon opposition figure Maurice Kamto has been placed under what seems like a house arrest at his residence in the capital...

Cameroon to hold first Regional Council elections amid petitions and boycott

Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), the electoral body in Cameroon, says about 10 political parties have provided required documents for the regional elections...

KENYA

Cybercriminals target South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria with millions of attacks in 2020, and the year is not over

South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria have already seen millions of cyberattacks in 2020 with three months to the end of the...

Condemnation, outrage over arrest of Amnesty International Kenya’s chairperson Renee Ngamau

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that its Kenya Chairperson Renee Ngamau was arrested on Monday night for rallying her neighbors to...

The world celebrated changes in Ethiopia under Abiy Ahmed a little bit early, released Kenyan journalist tells Voice of America

A Kenyan journalist who was arrested and detained in Ethiopia for two months before he was released after he contracted the...

Coronavirus has killed nearly 27,000 people in Africa

Coronavirus has killed nearly 27,000 people in Africa so far, according to the latest data from the Ethiopia-based Africa Center for...

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma freed in Ethiopia but dozens of opposition leaders and journalists still locked up

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma has been released from detention in Ethiopia but dozens of prominent opposition leaders and journalists remain locked...

Mau forest evictees’ plight intensifies as Kenyan authorities fail to provide vital assistance

Police violence and property destruction during evictions in Kenya’s Rift Valley and a lack of support afterward has caused deaths and desperation...

GHANA

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo elected as new chairman of ECOWAS, a regional body of 15 countries in West Africa

The President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States...

Ghana to reopen international air borders from September 1

Ghana will reopen its international air borders on September 1, six months after closing them in March to curb the spread...

Africa’s economic transformation will not come from aid but trade says Ghanaian president

At a ceremony on Monday to commission the permanent secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ghana’s President Nana...

11 human rights groups call for justice for 44 Ghanaians, 9 Nigerians, 2 Togolese, 1 Gambian and 1 Ivorian massacred in Gambia and Senegal...

The families of more than 50 Ghanaian and other West African migrants killed in Gambia and Senegal 15 years ago have yet to learn the full truth...

UNITED STATES

Pompeo: U.S. remains the envy of the entire world

The United States' way of life remains "the envy for the entire the world", Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said at...

Maduro’s ally Alex Morán asks West African regional court to halt extradition to U.S.

A Special Envoy to the Government of Venezuela, Alex Nain Saab Morán, has urged the West African regional court, the ECOWAS...

Africa shocked U.S. under Trump has worst coronavirus response in the world

President Donald Trump has "failed in his basic duty to protect Americans", world's renowned journalist Bob Woodward told Fox News Sunday...

U.S. arrests former Mexican defense minister General Salvador Cienfuegos on drugs, money charges

Former Mexican defense minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested on Thursday at Los Angeles international airport, California, United States, on drugs...

CHINA

U.S. says China’s militarization of South China sea unacceptable and dangerous

The United States said on Sunday that China's militarization of the South China sea was unacceptable."We...

12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists held incommunicado and denied basic rights by China

At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, including one child, who have been held incommunicado in Shenzhen’s Yantian Detention Center since August 23,...

How two Chinese tried to bribe Nigeria’s anti-corruption staff with N50 million

The Sokoto Zonal Head of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC),  Abdullahi Lawal,  on Wednesday,  July 15,  2020, told...

EXCLUSIVE: IMF economist details how COVID-19 economic turmoil in Asia will affect Sub-Saharan Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic is battering economies in Asia with a contraction expected for the first time in many decades. The economic...

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Rights group urges AU to denounce crackdown on Cameroon’s opposition

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic...

Pompeo: U.S. remains the envy of the entire world

The United States' way of life remains "the envy for the entire the world", Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said at...

Criminals disguised as EndSARS protesters free prisoners in Benin

Suspected criminals disguised as EndSARS protesters and freed prison inmates at the correctional center in Benin, Edo state.

Mauritania should free activists held on charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam: HRW

Mauritania’s government should drop charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam against eight political activists and release the five held in pretrial detention...

South Africa’s minister of health Zweli Mkhize contracts COVID-19

South Africa's minister of health Dr. Zweli Mkhize has contracted COVID-19, the presidency confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Mass convictions for homosexuality in Algeria as police raid alleged ‘gay wedding’

An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at...