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Pandemic Poses Double Challenges for African Pastoralists

In Africa, slowly rising numbers of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have surpassed 100,000, according to the World Health Organization. The coronavirus has spread to every country on the continent.

Researchers …

South Africa Eases Restrictions on Religious Gatherings

South Africa has softened its coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing Tuesday night that religious gatherings will now be allowed under strict conditions. Ramaphosa also announced a national day of …

Cameroonian Villagers Flee Military Base at Site of Civilian Massacre

Cameroonians are fleeing the northwestern village of Ngarr-buh after the military began building a base this week near where troops in February massacred at least 13 civilians.  Cameroon says the base is needed to stop …

AFRICOM: Russia Deploys Fighter Jets to Libya

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says Russia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored, private military contractors, who are helping forces fighting the U.N.-supported Libyan government.

The Russian fighter aircraft arrived at …

Suriname’s Strongman Seeks 3rd Term

Suriname’s president Desi Bouterse is looking to win a third term despite being convicted of murder last year and a separate drug smuggling conviction from the Netherlands.

Voters went to the polls in the former …

Muslims in Cameroon Defy Eid-al Fitr Prayer Ban

Thousands of Muslims in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, have defied Sunday’s ban of Eid-al Fitr public prayers, ordered as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.  There have been 4,400 confirmed cases and 197 …

US Seeks Creative Solutions to Prepare African Nations Against Viral Threat

Field hospitals, ambulances, ventilators, masks and even personnel are among the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of assistance the U.S. has recently diverted to African nations in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. VOA’s …