Saturday, 30th September 2023


Namibia suspends imports of South African chickens due to Avian flu outbreak

Namibia has suspended imports of chickens and eggs from neighboring South Africa, which is experiencing the most serious outbreak of bird flu in its history, the Namibian government announced on Wednesday (Sep. 28).

The decision, with immediate effect, comes after an "alarming" increase in cases of "highly pathogenic avian influenza", said the…

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Mali: Junta in power evokes crash of military aircraft

On Wednesday, Mali's ruling junta referred to the loss of a lieutenant-colonel killed, according to relatives, aboard the plane that crashed in Gao (north) on Saturday, claiming a high but unknown number of victims.

This is the first mention of an apparent link with this event from the Malian authorities, who have been completely silent since the…

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Ahead of a vote in Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, some lack hope

Eswatini will hold on Friday (Sep. 29) parliamentary elections in which political parties cannot directly take part.

About 585,000 registered voters will be called to choose 59 members of the lower house of parliament, which plays only an advisory role to the monarch.

In addition to elected lawmakers, 10 are directly appointed by King Mswati III.…

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Putin's talks with the head of South Sudan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said relations between Russia and South Sudan were developing "intensively".

Speaking at a meeting with the South Sudan President Salva Kiir in Moscow, Putin noted Russia was one of the first countries to recognise the sovereignty and independence of South Sudan.

"I must say we believe that we have a lot…

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UN expert urges Algeria to pardon pro-democracy convicts

A United Nations expert on Tuesday urged Algeria to pardon people convicted or detained over their involvement in the pro-democracy protests of 2019-20 and to ease restrictions on gatherings.

The Hirak protests broke out in February 2019, forcing longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down two months later.

The movement continued to press…

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