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Uhuru Kenyatta endorses Raila Odinga for presidency

Nairobi, Kenya | XINHUA |  Raila Odinga, the 77-year-old Kenyan veteran opposition leader was on Saturday endorsed by an alliance of more than 20 political parties to contest for presidency during the country’s August polls. Among the parties that pledged support for Odinga’s quest for presidency in the East Africa’s …

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Sudanese currency collapse paralyses major markets in Khartoum

  Central Bank of Sudan announced unification of the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound against the dollar Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | The markets in the Sudanese capital are witnessing a state of confusion and paralysis due to the ongoing depreciation of the Sudanese pound against foreign currencies. A tour …

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Vaccination key to keeping Africa polio free: WHO

Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Total eradication of polio in sub-Saharan Africa will be within reach if governments and multilateral lenders intensify routine immunization targeting children in the continent’s high-risk outposts, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday. Modjirom Ndoutabe, coordinator of polio eradication program at the WHO Regional …

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Former Zambian president Rupiah Banda dies aged 85

Lusaka, Zambia | Xinhua | Zambia’s fourth President Rupiah Banda, 85, died on Friday, the government said. President Hakainde Hichilema said he learned with great sadness the death of the former president. “His life of service to our country, and to our continent, represents the highest form of patriotism,” he said …

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UN voices concern over military mobilization in Libya’s Tripoli

Mobilization of forces and movement of large convoys of armed groups have increased tensions in and around Tripoli Tripoli, Libya | Xinhua | The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday expressed concern over the mobilization of armed groups that led to rising tensions in the capital Tripoli. “UNSMIL …

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FAO to champion sustainable charcoal production

Kampala, Uganda | Isaac Khisa | Uganda’s urban households have relied on charcoal as their source of energy for decades but there has been no deliberate efforts to facilitate sustainable production practices and technologies to conserve forests. The good news now is that the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United …

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Obesity rising in Africa

In many African households, carrying a pot belly is a sign that this person is wealthy and well-fed but that is false | THE INDEPENDENT | One in five adults and one in 10 children and teenagers are projected to be obese by December 2023 in 10 high-burden African countries if …

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Kenya urges world to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe

Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on the international community to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying the restrictions were hurting the southern African nation. Kenyatta, who spoke in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, when he hosted visiting Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, termed the sanctions as illegal, …

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