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    Jail for spreading fake coronavirus news in S Africa

    Agence France-Presse . Johannesburg | Updated at 11:16pm on March 20, 2020

    Peddling fake news on the deadly coronavirus in South Africa will attract up to six months in jail under emergency laws aimed at curbing growing...

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    First COVID-19 death reported in Burkina Faso

    Agence France-Presse . Ouagadougou | Updated at 03:05pm on March 19, 2020

    Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first COVID-19 death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent...

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    Cruise ship stranded off S Africa coast over virus fears

    Agence France-Presse . Cape Town | Updated at 10:45pm on March 18, 2020

    More than 1,700 people are stranded on a cruise and a cargo ship off the coast of South Africa’s Cape Town over fears that some...

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    50 Boko Haram jihadists killed in Niger

    Agence-France-Presse . Niger | Updated at 11:54pm on March 17, 2020

    Fifty fighters of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram were ‘neutralised’ during an overnight clash in the southeast of neighbouring Niger, the government said on Monday....

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    At least 15 people killed in Nigeria gas explosion

    Agence France-Presse . Lagos | Updated at 04:33pm on March 16, 2020

    A gas explosion in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Sunday killed at least 15 people, injured many more and destroyed around 50 buildings, emergency services...

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    Virus ‘God’s punishment’ of west: Zimbabwe minister

    Agence France-Presse . Harare | Updated at 01:43am on March 16, 2020

    Zimbabwe’s defence minister has called the coronavirus pandemic a ‘punishment’ of the US and Europe for imposing sanctions against members of the ruling regime over...

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    Virus ‘God’s punishment’ of west: Zimbabwe minister

    Agence France-Presse . Harare | Updated at 01:43am on March 16, 2020

    Zimbabwe’s defence minister has called the coronavirus pandemic a ‘punishment’ of the US and Europe for imposing sanctions against members of the ruling regime over...

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    Land borders shut, flights stopped in western Libya over virus

    Agence France-Presse . Tripoli | Updated at 11:45pm on March 15, 2020

    The UN-recognised government in divided and war-torn Libya has said it will close from Monday land borders under its control in the west to keep...

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    Sudan’s PM unharmed in assassination bid

    Agence France-Presse . Khartoum | Updated at 12:24am on March 10, 2020

    Sudan’s post-uprising prime minister Abdalla Hamdok survived unharmed after a bomb and gun attack targeted his convoy Monday on the way to work in the...

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    Sudan women decry slow progress on rights since Bashir’s fall

    Agence France-Presse . Khartoum | Updated at 01:05am on March 09, 2020

    Sudanese women were at the forefront of the protests that toppled autocrat Omar al-Bashir but 11 months on, activists are disappointed at a lack of...

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