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Biden edges forward as Trump claims fraud in U.S. election

Biden edges forward as Trump claims fraud in U.S. election

All eyes remain on the United States following Tuesday’s presidential election, which remained too close too call late Wednesday even as President Donald Trump claimed a premature victory and prepared to challenge the results. Trump, the Republican Party candidate, said in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that he had…

Africa’s health tech takes flight in the fight against COVID

Africa’s health tech takes flight in the fight against COVID

The Urumuri robot helping to screen passengers at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport is just one of more than 120 health technology innovations that Africans are using in the fight against COVID-19. That’s according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of 1,000 new or modified technologies developed around the…

Migrant shipwreck off Senegal claims at least 140 lives

At least 140 people died after a vessel carrying some 200 migrants sank off the Senegalese coast, along an increasingly common West African route that takes them to the Canary Islands, an autonomous region claimed by Spain. It was the deadliest shipwreck so far this year, according to the International…

U.S. seeks to block Nigerian leader’s bid for WTO chief

The World Trade Organization says it is standing by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the most likely selection for the director general position, but that support comes as the United States seeks to block the accomplished Nigerian from becoming the first African woman to lead the WTO. “The candidate that had…

Malawi judges awarded Chatham House Prize

This year’s Chatham House Prize, awarded by the London-based policy institute, goes to the constitutional court judges of Malawi who overturned the 2019 re-election of former president Peter Mutharika and called for new elections that put President Lazarus Chakwera in office instead. The honor is awarded to those who made…

Guinea opposition says leaders detained after ECOWAS, AU meeting

A defiant Cellou Dalein Diallo, the opposition candidate in Guinea who rejects the official victory of President Alpha Condé in the October 18 election, has announced that two opposition leaders – Kalémodou Yansané and Fodé Oussou Fofana – were detained by security forces late Monday. Diallo said the incident happened…

Namibians mystified by thousands of seal pup deaths

Conservationists in Namibia are concerned over what they say is the unusual loss of Cape fur seals – sometimes called the South African seal – after thousands of seal pups born prematurely have died along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Naude Dreyer, a Walvis Bay resident and volunteer with Ocean Conservation…

Pope Francis calls for civil unions for same-sex couples

For the first time, Pope Francis has said that civil unions should be approved for same-sex couples to ensure they have legal protection. His remarks came with the release of “Francesco,” a documentary film about the pope that was screened for the first time Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival….

2 dead in ethnic clashes as Ivorian presidential campaigns begin

Even as the polls closed Sunday in Guinea, where tensions ran high ahead of the contest between President Alpha Condé and challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo, neighboring Côte d’Ivoire saw fatal ethnic clashes ahead of its own bitterly disputed presidential elections. At least two people died in Bongouanou, where members of…

ICRC: Nigeria’s food prices spike because of pandemic

Humanitarian aid workers in Nigeria say that food prices have soared because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cost is driving hunger in parts of the country that can ill afford yet another challenge. “Everywhere we work the food prices have gone up, in some places they doubled. It means…

Military chief killed ahead of Guinea elections

Authorities in Guinea confirmed on Friday the death of Colonel Mamady Condé, the head of a special forces battalion who was fatally wounded in an overnight attack on the Samoreyah military camp in Kindia. The statement from Guinea’s Defense Forces said Condé died when a group of armed men opened…