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South African minister dies after Covid-19 battle

Prominent South African politician, Jackson Mthembu, has died of Covid-related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced. Mr Mthembu, who since 2019 had been serving as the minister in the presidency, was a parliamentarian and long-serving member of the governing African National Congress (ANC). He had worked his way up the …

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Sibusiso Moyo: Zimbabwe foreign minister dies from Covid-19

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo has died after succumbing to Covid-19, the government says. Born in 1960, the former army general gained international prominence in 2017, when he announced the military takeover that ousted long-serving President Robert Mugabe from power. Zimbabwe has recorded a surge in Covid-19 cases since the …

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Nigerian man arrested in Thailand for bank fraud

A 44-year-old Nigerian national identified as Chuks has been arrested in Bangkok for allegedly committing banking fraud against three Thai victims, Immigration Police chief, Lieutenant General SompongChingduang said on Tuesday, January 19. The arrest follows several complaints from citizens and officials from the Siam Commercial Bank and TMB Bank that there …

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Trump imposes visa restrictions on un-named Tanzanians

The US has imposed visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials it says were responsible for undermining the general elections last October. The outgoing Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, said those targeted subverted the electoral process and violated human rights. He said the intimidation and arrest of opposition candidates, widespread voting irregularities …

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Burna Boy’s song featured on official inauguration playlist of Joe Biden & Kamala Harris

Grammy-nominated Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy has scored another bragging right. His song ‘Destiny’ off the 2019 Grammy-nominated ‘African Giant’ album is featured on the official inauguration playlist of the incoming United States President and Vice-President, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The swearing-in of Biden and Harris as the 46th administration …

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More than 48 people killed in Darfur clashes

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 48 people in the latest bout of violence, according to state media. “The death toll from militia attacks in al-Geneina yesterday reached 48,” the SUNA news agency said on Sunday, referring to the capital of West Darfur state and quoting …

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Mother, 4 children killed in home fire

A mother and her four children died in a house fire suspected to be an act of arson in Katooke Village, Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District on Saturday. Police identified the deceased as Darren Namutebi, 30, Aisha Birungi, 13, Jennifer Nanyonjo, 8, Mugenyi Seguya, 7, and Israel Ntulume, 6. Kampala …

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