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ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections. The World Health Organization wants to secure an initial 230 million doses of any COVID-19…

Ethiopia’s Tigray region to holds poll, defying federal government

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections.

Thousands rally to support Congo’s threatened Nobel Laureate

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A city in eastern Congo has rallied in support of Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Nobel Laureate who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations.

WHO aiming for 20% of Africa to get initial COVID jabs from access plan

The World Health Organization wants to secure an initial 230 million doses of any COVID-19 vaccine for Africa, officials said Thursday, while emphasising that any vaccine in development should also be tested on the continent.

Kenyans fear ‘ecological disaster’ if two swollen lakes merge

BARINGO, Kenya (Reuters) – The fresh waters of Kenya’s Lake Baringo teem with birds, fish, hippopotamuses and crocodiles and sustain tens of thousands of people. But none of them can survive in the alkaline Lake Bogoria nearby.

UK court gives Nigeria more time to appeal in $10 billion dispute

LAGOS (Reuters) – A London court on Friday gave Nigeria more time to appeal in a $10 billion arbitration case, although the Commercial Court ruling did not specify the length of the extension in the long-running dispute.

Shepherd-turned-singer mixes Lesotho folk music with techno, rap

MASERU (Reuters) – He looks every bit the traditional Lesotho sheep herder, wrapped in a blanket to ward off the mountain kingdom’s cold and swinging an ornate walking stick while he sings in the local Sesotho language.

Macron to meet Ivory Coast President on Friday in Paris-Elysee

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Friday at the Elysee Palace in Paris, his office said on Thursday.

Elderly Guinea president confirms 3rd term bid, vows to represent young people

Guinea’s octogenarian President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would be the candidate of young people and women in October’s election, confirming his party’s announcement that he would seek a third term.

U.S. to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia over dam dispute

The United States has decided to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia amid a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, a congressional source told Reuters on Wednesday.

South Africa ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique, if asked

South Africa is ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique with support from its intelligence services or military, but its neighbour would first need to request that help, South Africa’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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