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Boko Haram insurgents have waged a violent campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 to impose the group’s version of Islamic law on Nigeria(REUTERS)

Nigeria says war crimes probe hampers fight against insurgents

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:03 PM IST
The International Criminal Court is acting like “another ‘fighting force’ against Nigeria, constantly harassing our security forces and threatening them with investigation and possible prosecution,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement emailed January 4.
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FILE PHOTO: John Nkengasong, Africa's Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), speaks during an interview with Reuters at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: John Nkengasong, Africa's Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), speaks during an interview with Reuters at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Africa envisages most of its countries will receive Covid-19 vaccines in 2021

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 01:26 PM IST
“Through collaborative efforts and global solidarity, we can turn the corner on the disease in Africa,” John Nkengasong, director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said on Thursday.
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South Africa remains the worst-affected African country with 912,477 cases and 24,539 deaths. The country has seen a sharp spike in infections since the start of December.(Reuters Photo)
South Africa remains the worst-affected African country with 912,477 cases and 24,539 deaths. The country has seen a sharp spike in infections since the start of December.(Reuters Photo)

Covid cases cross 2.5 mn in Africa, virus rages globally

By Agencies | Nairobi/Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 09:06 AM IST
Quick measures including travel restrictions and border closures enabled countries in Africa to limit the spread when first cases were reported in March. But the economic impact of the measures prompted governments to ease them.
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HT reviewer Lamat R Hasan picks her best read of 2020

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:16 PM IST
A study of the pandemic states that it is not unprecedented and will be as easily forgotten as the ones that went before
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Facebook’s move came ahead of elections in the Central African Republic, which Facebook identified as the main target of the disinformation.(AP)
Facebook’s move came ahead of elections in the Central African Republic, which Facebook identified as the main target of the disinformation.(AP)

Facebook removes French, Russian accounts active in Africa

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Paris
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:35 PM IST
Facebook said it took down hundreds of accounts and groups linked to France and Russia accused of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” in the Central African Republic as well as other countries in Africa and the Middle East.
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives a statement to the media about the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.(AP)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives a statement to the media about the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.(AP)

WHO vaccine scheme may leave poor countries with no Covid-19 shots until 2024

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | Brussels
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 06:46 PM IST
The World Health Organization’s COVAX programme is the main global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries around the world against the coronavirus.
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In most cases, needy parents receive a dowry for their daughter — a bit of land or livestock that can provide income, or cash and a promise to take over financial responsibility for the young bride.(File photo)
In most cases, needy parents receive a dowry for their daughter — a bit of land or livestock that can provide income, or cash and a promise to take over financial responsibility for the young bride.(File photo)

Families marry off daughters to ease finances amid Covid-19

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Sierra Leone
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Many countries had made progress against such traditional and transactional marriages of girls in recent decades, but Covid-19’s economic havoc has caused significant backsliding: The United Nations estimates that hardships resulting from Covid-19 will drive 13 million more girls to marry before the age of 18.
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Africa’s 54 countries now have a total of more than 2.3 million confirmed infections, including 100,000 in the past week.(AP)
Africa’s 54 countries now have a total of more than 2.3 million confirmed infections, including 100,000 in the past week.(AP)

African health official slams vaccine inequality, calls it ‘moral inequality’

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Nairobi, Kenya
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 04:54 PM IST
As the world watches mass vaccinations begin in Britain, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director John Nkengasong has warned that Africa might not see vaccines until after the second quarter of 2021.
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In 2019, total funding reached $3 billion against a global target of $5.6 billion, but the Covid-19 pandemic burden on health systems and global economy is expected to be a further set back.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
In 2019, total funding reached $3 billion against a global target of $5.6 billion, but the Covid-19 pandemic burden on health systems and global economy is expected to be a further set back.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

Covid-19 may set back progress made in eradicating malaria

By Sanchita Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 02:51 AM IST
Covid-19 deaths crossed 1.5 million worldwide on December 3, which is close to four times the 411,000 malaria deaths, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Malaria Report 2020 released on November 30.
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Ethiopian military sitting on an armored personnel carrier next to a national flag, in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia.(AP)
Ethiopian military sitting on an armored personnel carrier next to a national flag, in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia.(AP)

US reports several explosions heard in Eritrea’s capital amidst Tigray conflict

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Nairobi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 01:57 PM IST
The fighting has threatened to destabilise Ethiopia, which has been described as the linchpin of the strategic Horn of Africa, and its neighbours.
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The International Monetary Fund forecasts Nigerian GDP will contract by 4.3% this year, the biggest drop nearly four decades.(File photo)
The International Monetary Fund forecasts Nigerian GDP will contract by 4.3% this year, the biggest drop nearly four decades.(File photo)

Nigeria, the biggest African economy now in recession as oil output drops

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 07:29 PM IST
The twin impact of coronavirus lockdowns and the plunge in the price of oil hit the west African economy harder than most on the continent.
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Yemen, South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria and Burkina Faso are some areas that “have reached a critical hunger situation following years of conflict or other shocks(PTI)
Yemen, South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria and Burkina Faso are some areas that “have reached a critical hunger situation following years of conflict or other shocks(PTI)

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Beasley recalled his warning to the UN Security Council in April that as the world was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it was also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action wasn’t taken.
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According to the Financial Times, China has transferred nearly $150 billion to governments and state-owned firms in Africa alone to secure commodity supplies and fund its global network of infrastructure projects, President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.(Reuters image)
According to the Financial Times, China has transferred nearly $150 billion to governments and state-owned firms in Africa alone to secure commodity supplies and fund its global network of infrastructure projects, President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.(Reuters image)

Kenya walked into the dragon’s trap. It holds a message for South Asia | Opinion

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:21 AM IST
Like in Kenya, one of China’s largest trade partners in Africa that owes $6.5 billion to China, 22 percent of its total external debt. China’s interest payments represent 87 per cent of the cash used to service debt expenditure in 2019.
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Even in the best-case scenario, a vaccine will not be available in much of the developing world before the second half of 2021.(Pixabay)
Even in the best-case scenario, a vaccine will not be available in much of the developing world before the second half of 2021.(Pixabay)

Developing nations can’t ease up on Covid-19 now

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 12:36 PM IST
In India, which has the world’s second-highest total of Covid-19 cases, the number of new infections has been trending downwards since September.
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Poor people around the world are likely to be the last to emerge from the pandemic.(AP file photo)
Poor people around the world are likely to be the last to emerge from the pandemic.(AP file photo)

Covid-19 vaccine storage issues could leave 3 billion people without access

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Gampela
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 04:39 PM IST
The goal of Covax is to place orders for multiple promising candidates with the aim of distributing successful ones equitably.
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A woman veteran of the Italo-Ethiopian war in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 30, 2019.(Eric Lafforgue/Corbis via Getty Images)
A woman veteran of the Italo-Ethiopian war in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 30, 2019.(Eric Lafforgue/Corbis via Getty Images)

Interview: Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

By Nawaid Anjum | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Maaza Mengiste talks about her Booker-nominated novel, The Shadow King, a story about women at the forefront of war during Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935
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In this file picture, Chinese boats fish at the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Malaysia has detained 60 Chinese fishermen for entering territorial waters.(REUTERS)
In this file picture, Chinese boats fish at the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Malaysia has detained 60 Chinese fishermen for entering territorial waters.(REUTERS)

Malaysia detains 60 Chinese citizens for trespassing into territorial waters

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 03:25 PM IST
All were arrested after failing to produce permits from authorities to conduct activities or anchor in Malaysian waters, the agency said. It added the vessels, which didn’t have any cargo, were seized.
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A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.(REUTERS)
A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.(REUTERS)

World Bank sees sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP rebounding

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 11:02 PM IST
The pandemic has put “a decade of hard-won economic progress at risk,” the Washington-based lender said Thursday in its outlook for the region.
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As a whole, Africa’s epidemiological situation has so far fallen short of the dire predictions posited at the beginning of the pandemic.(Reuters file photo)
As a whole, Africa’s epidemiological situation has so far fallen short of the dire predictions posited at the beginning of the pandemic.(Reuters file photo)

Africa’s Covid-19 tally crosses 1.5 million, says WHO

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Geneva
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 06:42 AM IST
Sunday’s daily coronavirus update showed that 1,505,244 cases of infection have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic and led to 36,319 established fatalities.
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With over USD 26 billion Chinese investments and USD 38 billion dollars funding commitments, Bangladesh is one of the largest recipients of China’s massive infrastructure project.(Bloomberg)
With over USD 26 billion Chinese investments and USD 38 billion dollars funding commitments, Bangladesh is one of the largest recipients of China’s massive infrastructure project.(Bloomberg)

Xi pitches for closer ties with Bangladesh, calls for joint promotion of Belt Road Initiative

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 12:33 PM IST
Xi Jinping made the remarks in an exchange of congratulatory messages with his Bangladesh counterpart, Mohammad Abdul Hamid, on the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relationship on Sunday.
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A group of women dressed in traditional clothing pose for a selfie as they celebrate South Africa's Heritage Day at Zoo Lake park in Johannesburg.(AP)
A group of women dressed in traditional clothing pose for a selfie as they celebrate South Africa's Heritage Day at Zoo Lake park in Johannesburg.(AP)

Progress against coronavirus brings complacency in parts of Africa

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Harare
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2020 03:10 PM IST
The threat has eased so much that many people see no need to be cautious. With his face mask stuffed into his pocket, Omega Chibanda said he’s not worried about Covid-19.
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. On Tuesday, Antonio Guterres appealed for a 100-day push by the international community, led by the Security Council, “to make this a reality by the end of the year”.(AP)
. On Tuesday, Antonio Guterres appealed for a 100-day push by the international community, led by the Security Council, “to make this a reality by the end of the year”.(AP)

UN chief to world leaders: We’re facing epochal crisis

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | United Nations
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 04:39 AM IST
In his appeal for a global ceasefire, Guterres said ending wars in West Asia and Africa is critical to defeating the virus.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar described maritime security as the new frontier in cooperation between India and Africa.(HT PHOTO.)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar described maritime security as the new frontier in cooperation between India and Africa.(HT PHOTO.)

India’s projects in Africa ‘empower rather than extract’: Jaishankar

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 07:39 PM IST
The minister didn’t refer to other countries involved in the development of Africa in his remarks, made during a virtual event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, but it appeared he was comparing India’s track record to that of China.
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While the US nears 200,000 Covid-19 deaths and the world approaches 1 million, Africa’s surge has been leveling off.(AP file photo)
While the US nears 200,000 Covid-19 deaths and the world approaches 1 million, Africa’s surge has been leveling off.(AP file photo)

As rich nations struggle, Africa’s coronavirus response is praised

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Johannesburg
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 02:32 PM IST
The coronavirus pandemic has fractured global relationships. But as director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nkengasong has helped to steer Africa’s 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer countries, including the United States.
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The stunning picture has impressed many on Instagram.(Instagram/@sheldricktrust)
The stunning picture has impressed many on Instagram.(Instagram/@sheldricktrust)

Why did the lion cross the river? Forget the answer, first see its stunning pic doing that

By Amrita Kohli | Hindsutan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2020 02:57 PM IST
“Think cats dislike water? Think again!” says the caption shared by Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
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Pied cuckoo, Megh, fitted with a satellite tag before the bird went off the radar.(PHOTOS: ABDUS SHAKUR)
Pied cuckoo, Megh, fitted with a satellite tag before the bird went off the radar.(PHOTOS: ABDUS SHAKUR)

Wildbuzz: Pied cuckoo Megh goes off satellite’s radar

By Vikram Jit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Scientists are worried about the disappearance of a Pied cuckoo named Megh and in Srinagar snakes are surfacing in the unlikeliest of places
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Africa's tourism sector is struggling to cope with the drop in international travel caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.(AP photo)
Africa's tourism sector is struggling to cope with the drop in international travel caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.(AP photo)

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh | Cape Town
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 11:06 PM IST
Africa will lose between $53 billion and $120 billion in contributions to its GDP in 2020 because of the crash in tourism, the World Travel and Tourism Council estimates
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A church usher sprays disinfectant on pews to curb the spread of the coronavirus before a Sunday mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, Nigeria on August 30, 2020.(AP Photo)
A church usher sprays disinfectant on pews to curb the spread of the coronavirus before a Sunday mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, Nigeria on August 30, 2020.(AP Photo)

Amid Covid-19 crisis, religious figures worry about losing followers, funding

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Kampala, Uganda
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 06:40 PM IST
Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal phrase of protest: “I can’t breathe.”
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During the event, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said India’s growth “has to be a lifting tide for the entire region” and there is a need to invest in the country’s neighbourhood and build more connectivity projects.(ANI PHOTO.)
During the event, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said India’s growth “has to be a lifting tide for the entire region” and there is a need to invest in the country’s neighbourhood and build more connectivity projects.(ANI PHOTO.)

‘Important for India and China to reach some kind of equilibrium’: Jaishankar

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 11:52 PM IST
Jaishankar participated in the online event hours after the Indian Army said it had pre-empted China’s “provocative military movements” to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the southern bank of Pangong Lake. However, he didn’t directly refer to the fresh tensions.
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In this file photo taken on April 22, 2017 A Health worker administers a vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign against polio.(AFP photo)
In this file photo taken on April 22, 2017 A Health worker administers a vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign against polio.(AFP photo)

Africa now free of wild poliovirus, but polio threat remains

By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh | Johannesburg
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 09:06 PM IST
Health authorities on Tuesday declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort, though cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the paralyzing disease in more than a dozen countries.
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