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Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

New York: Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies at 61

Moscow/Sputnik: Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was due to take part in the October presidential elections as a candidate from the ruling RHDP (Houphouetist Rally for Democracy and Peace) party, passed away at the age of 61 on Wednesday after a government meeting, the country’s incumbent president and leader of the RHDP party, Alassane Ouattara, announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief

New York/IBNS: The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.

Covid-19 to escalate hunger, malnutrition in Africa: WHO

Geneva/UNI: The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its apprehensions that the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to severely impact food security in many African nations as agricultural activities have become a casualty of the pandemic.

Economic impact of coronavirus threatens hard-won progress across Africa’s Great Lakes region

New York/IBNS: Sweeping preventative measures seem to be curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but the economic impact of the global pandemic threatens hard-won gains made along the long road back to peace and stability, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the region said on Wednesday.

Xi Jinping govt faces diplomatic crisis after reports of mistreatment of Africans in China surfaces

Beijing/IBNS: China is facing a major diplomatic crisis in Africa as several nations have now voiced their concerns amid reports that African nationals are facing COVID-19 related racial discrimination in the East Asian country.

Rwanda reports four new COVID-19 cases

Kigali/Xinhua: Rwanda's Ministry of Health on Sunday announced four new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing its confirmed total to five.

Five killed in three-vehicle collision in South Africa

Johannesburg/Xinhua: Five killed, two others sustained serious injuries in a three-vehicle collision in Vanderbiljpark in Gauteng on Sunday night, according to paramedics.

AU Summit: Guterres calls for ‘collective, comprehensive, coordinated’ response to challenges facing Africa

New York/IBNS: The challenges facing African nations are “complex, multi-faceted and far-reaching" but a “collective, comprehensive and coordinated” response by the global community will build on the momentum that already exists to help the continent thrive, the UN chief told the African Union Summit on Sunday.

Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

New York/IBNS: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes.

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

New York/IBNS: A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday.

Sub-Saharan Africa faces grave hunger challenges in 2020: UN food relief agency

New York/IBNS: At the dawn of the next decade, a new World Food Programme (WFP) forecast of global hunger hotspots has revealed that escalating hunger will challenge sub-Saharan Africa in the first half of 2020.

State Dept launches anti-terror training to protect US embassies in Africa: Statement

Washington/Sputnik/UNI: The United States and Senegal launched a five-day antiterrorism training event for law enforcement teams throughout Africa assigned to protect embassies, the State Department announced in a press release.

Unity, regional cooperation and international support needed for Horn of Africa to develop sustainably

New York/IBNS: The road ahead “will not be easy” for the Horn of Africa, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Monday, briefing the Security Council on her Joint Solidarity Mission with the African Union (AU) at the end of October.

From ‘strength to strength’ UN-African Union security partnership growing, Security Council hears

New York/IBNS: The Security Council highlighted the growing partnership on matters of peace and security between the United Nations and African Union (AU) on Wednesday amidst calls to bolster overall effectiveness.