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South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

Worried scientists in South Africa are scrambling to combat the lightning spread across the country of the new and highly transmissible omicron COVID-19 variant as the world grapples with its emergence.

Police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in Burkina

Police in Burkina Faso fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters at an unsanctioned anti-government rally in the capital on Saturday, an AFP journalist reported.

Thailand bans travellers from 8 African countries over variant

Thailand said Saturday it will ban travellers from eight southern African countries where a new Covid-19 strain has emerged.

New virus variant emerges in Africa, stokes worldwide fears

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown.

Over nine million face hunger in war-torn northern Ethiopia: UN

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday that the number of people requiring food aid in war-torn northern Ethiopia had surged to more than nine million.

Ethiopia imposes new restrictions on sharing information on war

War-hit Ethiopia has announced new rules against sharing information on battlefield outcomes in the war against Tigrayan rebels, a move that could bring sanctions against journalists.

EU wants to stop flights from southern Africa over variant

The European Union said Friday it is planning to stop air travel from southern Africa to counter the spread of a new COVID-19 variant as the 27-nation bloc is battling a massive spike in cases.

WHO says just 1 in 4 African health workers Covid jabbed

Only a quarter of health workers in Africa are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the World Health Organization said Thursday warning that majority of the continent's frontline medical workforce were dangerously exposed.

South Africa detects new Covid variant with many mutations

Scientists in South Africa said Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers.

43 killed in clashes in Sudan's restive Darfur: UN

At least 43 people have been killed in days of fighting between herders in Sudan's western Darfur region that has also seen more than 1,000 homes set on fire, the United Nations said Thursday.

Sudanese security forces fire tear gas at anti-military deal protests

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Thursday at thousands of protesters who rallied against a deal that saw the prime minister reinstated after his ouster in a military takeover last month, witnesses said.

Despite deal, Sudanese rally to demand military rulers leave

Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets on Thursday in the capital of Khartoum, renewing their demand for a fully civilian government and denouncing the country's military rulers who were behind the October military takeover.

Three soldiers, 11 jihadists killed in Burkina: army

Three soldiers and 11 suspected jihadists were killed when an army unit came under fire in northern Burkina Faso, the military said on Thursday.

War-hit Ethiopia admonishes US over security warnings

Ethiopia on Thursday accused the United States of spreading false information about security conditions in the war-hit country and warned such statements could harm ties.

Eight killed in Al-Shabaab-claimed bombing in Somalia capital

Eight people were killed in a car bombing near a school in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, the latest attack claimed by Al-Shabaab jihadists in the troubled country.

US warns 'no military solution' to Ethiopia war

The United States on Wednesday warned "there is no military solution" to Ethiopia's civil war and said diplomacy was the "first, last, and only option" after state-affiliated media said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was at the front line.

'New waves' of displacement reported in western Tigray: UN

The United Nations on Wednesday expressed worry over reports of large-scale displacement from western Tigray, part of the war-hit Ethiopian region where the US has previously warned of ethnic cleansing.

Ethiopia expels Irish diplomats over Ireland's stance on war

Ethiopia has ordered four of six Irish diplomats working in Addis Ababa to leave the country because of Ireland's outspoken stance over the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia, Ireland's government said Wednesday.

UK govt urges all nationals to leave Ethiopia immediately

Britain on Wednesday urged its nationals to leave Ethiopia as soon as possible, citing the potential for fighting to move closer to the capital.

Ethiopia says PM, a Nobel Peace laureate, is at battlefront

Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has gone to the battlefront to take charge in a yearlong war as rival fighters approach the capital, his government announced Wednesday.

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