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Zimbabwe CPI slows to 761.02% year-on-year in August

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters/Naija247news) - Zimbabwe’s consumer price inflation slowed to 761.02% year-on-year in August compared to 837.53% the previous month, the statistics agency said on Tuesday. On a monthly basis, prices increased by 8.44% compared to 35.53% in July. The ministry of finance has targeted annual inflation...

Kenya’s budget deficit likely to swell, finance minister says

By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s budget deficit for this financial year could increase due to revenue shortfalls and coronavirus-related disruptions, the finance minister said on Tuesday. Ukur Yatani, who set the deficit at 7.5% of GDP when he presented the budget in June, did...

More than 50 prisoners starve to death in east Congo prison

By Erikas Mwisi Kambale BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters/Naija247news) - Fifty-two inmates at a prison in the northeastern Congo city of Bunia have starved to death this year because of insufficient government funding, the United Nations and local authorities said. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s...

At least 24 migrants drowned off Libya – IOM

GENEVA (Reuters) - Two dozen migrants and refugees on board a rubber dinghy trying to cross from Libya to Europe are believed to have drowned after their boat capsized, the UN’s International Organization of Migration said on Tuesday. Three boats were thought to have departed...

Mali must appoint civilian government immediately, says regional bloc

ACCRA (Reuters) - Mali’s military coup leaders must hand over power to a civilian transitional government immediately, the chairman of the West African regional bloc said on Tuesday, as a deadline expired for the ruling junta to appoint interim leaders. The 15-member Economic Community of...

Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid

ABIDJAN (Reuters/Naija247news) - Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council on Monday ruled that President Alassane Ouattara is eligible to run for a third term in the Oct. 31 presidential election, even as opponents said his candidacy jeopardises the West African country’s democracy. Violent protests have rocked Ivory...

UN chief condemns suicide bombing in Cameroon

United Nations, Sept. 15, 2020 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned Saturday’s suicide bombing in the border village of Zeleved in northern Cameroon. About six civilians were killed and 10 others injured in the attack, media reports quoted security sources as saying. Guterres’ reaction...

AfDB tasks African governments on financing nutrition in COVID-19 recovery plan

By Temitope Ponle Abuja, Sept. 15, 2020 The African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) have unveiled a position paper calling on African Heads of State and Governments to ensure that financing for nutrition is included in their country’s COVID-19 response and recovery plans. The call was...

UN agency says 10 refugees missing in Uganda after deadly clash with locals

Kampala, Sept. 15, 2020 (Xinhua/Naija247news) The UN refugee agency in Uganda on Tuesday said 10 refugees were still missing in the Sept. 11 deadly clash with the locals that left 10 refugees dead in the northwestern part of the country. UN High Commissioner for Refugees...

Zambian govt. inaugurates water, sanitation blueprint

Lusaka, Sept. 15, 2020 (Xinhua/Naija247news) The Zambian government on Tuesday launched the water and sanitation policy aimed at facilitating effective and efficient water supply and sanitation services in the southern African nation. Jonas Chanda, Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection said that the...
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