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South Africa’s ANC blasts ‘divisive’ Trump over Mandela

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has called US President Donald Trump “divisive, misogynistic and disrespectful” in response to reports that he was dismissive about Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black president. Mr Trump said the Nobel Peace Prize winner was “no leader”, according to his former lawyer Michael …

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Buhari condemns third-term bids by West African leaders

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has called on West African leaders to stick to their constitutional term limits. “It is important that as leaders of our individual member-states of Ecowas, we need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits. This is one area that generates …

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Coronavirus cases begin to fall in Africa

There are signs of hope on the African continent as cases of COVID-19 begin to fall in some worst hit countries. The continent-wide daily average was 10,300 last week, down from 11,000 the week before. Africa has recorded 1,147,369 cases, more than half of which are in South Africa, and …

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South Korea finds new ‘mutated’ coronavirus

Reporting 28 more coronavirus infections on Monday, South Korea also said it had found three new cases of “mutated genome sequences” of the virus. “Genetic mutations were detected to spike protein, the major surface protein of the virus, from the three COVID-19 imported cases – two from Pakistan and one …

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Top Nigerian banker cleared after corruption probe

The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has been cleared of corruption charges after a review by an independent panel. The US, one of the bank’s biggest shareholders, insisted on a new inquiry in April after an internal review cleared Akinwumi Adesina. Whistleblowers had accused the Nigerian of giving …

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Chengdu: US leaves consulate amid row with China

American diplomatic staff have left their consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu, after a 72-hour deadline expired. China ordered the closure in response to the US closing the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, last week. Before Monday’s deadline, staff were seen leaving the building, a plaque was removed, and …

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