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via voanews08/14/2020

Malnutrition Soars in DR Congo as Acute Hunger Grips Millions - Voice of America

At least 15.6 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering from acute food shortages, sending malnutrition rates among children soaring, the U.N. World Food Program warns. United Nations officials worry that the DRC might overtake Yemen as the biggest hunger emergency in the world. The WFP says it needs $172 million to support short-term food requirements in Congo.

via voanews08/13/2020

WHO: Congo Facing Growing Ebola Crisis - Voice of America

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing a growing Ebola outbreak in its northwest Equateur province in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.  At his COVID-19 news briefing in Geneva on Thursday, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the outbreak is a “worrying” development, with 86 cases confirmed in the province.

via arabnews08/12/2020

Over half of Beirut health facilities 'non-functional': WHO - Arab News

CAIRO: More than half of Beirut’s health care facilities evaluated by the World Health Organization are “non-functional” following last week’s deadly portside explosion, the organization said Wednesday. Following an assessment of 55 clinics and health centers in the Lebanese capital, “we know now that just over 50 percent are non-functional,” said WHO’s regional emergency

via arabnews08/12/2020

Civilians, soldiers clash leaving 127 dead in South Sudan - Arab News

JUBA: Clashes between soldiers and civilians during a disarmament exercise in the central South Sudanese town of Tonj have left 127 dead, the army spokesman said Wednesday. Major General Lul Ruai Koang told AFP that the fighting erupted on Saturday as security forces carried out an operation to disarm civilians in the area which has seen deadly inter-communal clashes.

via voanews08/11/2020

Mauritius Must Prepare for 'Worst-Case Scenario' After Oil Spill, Prime Minister Says - Voice of America

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth told the Indian Ocean island nation to prepare for the “worst-case scenario” after a crippled Japanese ship leaked oil off the coast.  Jugnauth said Monday that the MV Wakashio has stopped leaking oil, but “the salvage team has observed several cracks in the ship hull, which means that we are facing a very serious situation,” according to televised remarks.  “It is clear that at some point the ship will fall apart,” the prime minister said, according to Reuters.

via voanews08/10/2020

Algerian Reporter Sentenced for Protest Reporting - Voice of America

A court in Algeria Monday sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in prison after finding him guilty of inciting unauthorized demonstrations and endangering national unity. Drareni reported on many of the pro-democracy protests that took place in the country over the last two years. Two co-defendants who were part of the protest movement known as “Hirak” also received four-month terms.  Drareni disputed the charges against him during his trial, which was conducted through video conferencing due to concerns over COVID-19.

via arabnews08/09/2020

Starvation looms for Morocco's horses as tourism collapses - Arab News

MARRAKECH: Abdenabi Nouidi sold his favorite horse for $150 to help feed the others on the team that pulls tourists in carriages through the buzzing streets of Marrakech, and he is still scared about the future for the others. The prospect of starvation looms for carriage horses and other animals normally used in Morocco’s tourist mecca., since visitors have vanished during

via arabnews08/14/2020

Saudi health service gets nearly 3m calls in one month - Arab News

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health’s 937 Service Center received 2,903,676 calls in the past month amid growing concern over the coronavirus pandemic. According to the center, the calls included 898,039 medical consultations, 179,267 appointment requests and 287,836 coronavirus inquiries. The service center answers health queries as well as questions on the coronavirus.

via voanews08/13/2020

Islamist Insurgents Capture Strategic Port in Northern Mozambique - Voice of America

Islamist insurgents have captured a strategic port in the restive province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique, local military officials told VOA.       The takeover of the port of Mocimboa da Praia on Wednesday came after five days of fierce clashes between the insurgents and Mozambican security forces.  The insurgents still held the port on Thursday, according to Mozambican officials.     Since 2017, Islamist militants, some of which are affiliated with the Islamic State terror group, have been carrying out attacks against civilians and Mozambican armed forces.

via arabnews08/11/2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights 'is bogus' - Arab News

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA. On Tuesday, the authority

via arabnews08/11/2020

Russia's coronavirus case tally nears 900000 - Arab News

MOSCOW: Russian registered 4,945 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing its national case tally to 897,599, the fourth largest in the world. The official death toll rose to 15,131 after authorities said in their daily coronavirus report that 130 people had died in the previous 24 hours.

via arabnews08/10/2020

Sudan says Nile dam talks delayed for 'consultations' - Arab News

KHARTOUM: Sudan on Monday said that negotiations over Ethiopia’s massive and controversial dam construction on the Blue Nile have been postponed for a week. Talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan were suspended last week after Addis Ababa insisted on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile. “A meeting at the level of ministers of the three

via voanews08/10/2020

South African Innovators Tackle COVID Risks in Minibus Taxis - Voice of America

As South Africa continues to ease coronavirus restrictions, technical and public health experts are working on plans to protect the health of the 14 million South Africans who rely on a network of minibus taxis to get to work, school and other destinations. Innovators and investors say this could be an African solution to a problem that affects millions of others in Africa, and beyond.   The humble minibus taxi is a lifeline for more than 70 percent of South Africa’s workforce.

via voanews08/09/2020

Japanese Ship Operator Apologizes for Oil Spill off Mauritius - Voice of America

The owner of the Japanese ship that ran aground off Mauritius spilling 1,000 metric tons of oil apologized for what environmentalists are calling a major ecological disaster. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Akihiko Ono, the head of Mitsui OSK Lines, said Sunday in Tokyo. Ono promised the company will “do everything in its power to resolve the issue.” The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced it is sending a disaster-relief team to Mauritius “We hope that this assistance will contribute to recovery of the environment of Mauritius and

via menafn08/12/2020

Egypt's Health Minister pledges medical support for South Sudan to combat Hepatitis C, B viruses, COVID-19 - MENAFN.COM

Egypt's Minister of Health, Hala Zayed,met her South Sudanese counterpart, Elizabeth Achuei, in the capital of South Sudan Juba on Wednesday.

During the meeting, and under the under the directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Zayed pledged further medical support for South Sudan. The medical aid will be used to combat the Hepatitis C and B viru

via arabnews08/12/2020

Saudi Arabia announces 36 more deaths from COVID-19 - Arab News

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 36 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,569 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 78 were recorded in the capital Riyadh, 75 in Hail, 68 in Makkah and 66 in Jeddah. The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 257,269 after 2,151 more patients recovered from the virus. A total of 3,269 people have succumbed to the

via arabnews08/11/2020

Peanut traders baffled by Sudan export ban on key cash crop - Arab News

KHARTOUM: Sudan has been a top producer of peanuts for so long that the nutritious variety is called the “Sudani” — but a government export ban has left traders reeling. Rimaz Ahmed, commercial director of Abnaa Sayed Elobeid, one of Sudan’s major agricultural export companies, was stunned by the sudden decision of the Trade Ministry to ban the export of raw peanuts. The

via passblue08/11/2020

Sudan May Have Banned FGM, but the Harsh Practice Continues - PassBlue

Just four months ago, Sudan took the monumental step to ban female genital mutilation, a painful, unnecessary and dangerous procedure that leaves lasting scars. Generally carried out on girls before they reach puberty, genital mutilation is now punishable in Sudan by up to three years in prison and subject to a fine. In a country ... Read more

via cnbcafrica08/10/2020

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 10 August 2020, 6 pm EAT -

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,048,600) deaths (23,278), and recoveries (734,235) by region: Central (50,353 cases; 961 deaths; 37,589 recoveries): Burundi (408; 1; 315), Cameroon (17,586; 393; 16,060), CAR (4,641; 60; 1,721), Chad (944; 76; 839), Congo (3,664; 58; 1,605), DRC (9,488; 224; 8,363), Equatorial Guinea (4,821; 83; 2,182), Gabon (7,923; 51; 5,704), Sao Tome & Principe (878; 15; 800) Eastern (91,045; 2,007; 52,796): Comoros (399; 7; 369), Djibouti (

via arabnews08/10/2020

Trial of Sudan's ousted Bashir delayed - Arab News

KHARTOUM: The trial of Sudan’s ousted ex-president Omar Al-Bashir was delayed Monday at the request of his defense, a prosecution lawyer said. The trial of Bashir over the military coup that brought him to power more than three decades ago, as well as of 27 other defendants, opened with a brief hearing in July. The second hearing had been set for August 11. But defense lawyers