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Burundi shrugs off pandemic, citing ‘God’s protection’

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP |  In Burundi, the delayed arrival of coronavirus was attributed to “God’s protection”. Now that the country has three cases, authorities again see divine intervention at work and little reason to interrupt everyday life. The ruling party has sought to reassure Burundians they need not worry about …

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UN chief calls for Security Council unity over pandemic

United Nations, United States | AFP |  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the Security Council on Thursday to display unity as it met to discuss what he called the “fight of a generation” — the global coronavirus pandemic. “A signal of unity and resolve from the Council would count for …

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Crime preventer remanded for unlawful possession of police handcuffs

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Buganda Road Magistrates Court has today remanded Francis Nayebare, a former member of National Crime Preventers Forum to prison on charges of illegal possession of government stores. It is alleged that between April 5-6th, 2020 Nayebare was found in possession of a pair of handcuffs …

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Strays feel the bite as pandemic spreads

Athens, Greece | AFP |  As coronavirus forces billions of people around the world into lockdown, another sizeable population has also been hard hit — stray animals. While pet owners in many countries are still allowed to walk their dogs, thousands of other animals — the exact numbers are unknown — …

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Sudan still in crisis a year after Bashir’s ouster

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  A year after one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, Omar al-Bashir, was ousted from power in the face of mass street protests, Sudan is still reeling from daunting crises including deep economic woes. Bashir was overthrown on April 11, 2019 by the military, which was responding …

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Locked-down Spain celebrates Holy Week with music and humour

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  In the week leading to Easter Sunday, hundreds of colourful processions featuring penitents in cone-shaped hoods and centuries-old religious floats traditionally flood the streets of villages and cities across Spain. But with a nationwide lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Spaniards are finding …

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Sudan’s Bashir, veteran strongman turned inmate

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Since his ouster last year, Sudan’s veteran leader Omar al-Bashir has been detained and convicted of corruption, becoming the Middle East’s latest fallen strongman. The 76-year-old, held in Khartoum’s Kober prison where many of his opponents were detained during his rule, had ruthlessly crushed dissent after …

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WHO urges virus unity after Trump attack

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  The World Health Organization on Wednesday pleaded for global unity in fighting the coronavirus, following US President Donald Trump’s stinging attack on its handling of the pandemic. As the WHO prepares to mark 100 days on Thursday since it was first notified of the outbreak in …

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