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OPEC raises 2021 oil demand growth forecast on hope pandemic wanes

Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) -OPEC on Tuesday raised its forecast for growth in world oil demand this year on expectations the pandemic will subside, providing help for the group and its allies in their efforts to support the market. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed......

Sudan’s annual inflation rate rises to 341% in March

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s annual inflation rate climbed to 341% in March from 330% in February, the country’s statistics agency said on Monday. Sudan, which has one of the highest rates of inflation in the world, sharply devalued its currency in February in an attempt to overcome a crippling economic......

Mogadishu police chief suspends Somali parliament, gets fired moments later

Reuters
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Mogadishu’s police chief announced he had suspended parliament on Monday, saying he was acting unilaterally to prevent lawmakers from extending the president’s term, only to be fired moments later by the police commissioner. “We have stopped the parliament session today. We have a responsibility bigger than a......

Covid variant from South Africa was able to ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine in Israeli study

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here An Israeli health worker of the Maccabi Healthcare Services prepares to administer a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine on February 24, 2021 in Tel Aviv. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images The coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa......

Qatar National Bank’s Q1 net profit falls 7% as provisions climb

Reuters
DUBAI, April 11 (Reuters) – Qatar National Bank (QNB) , the biggest lender in the Gulf, said on Sunday its first quarter net profit fell by 7% from a year earlier to 3.3 billion riyals ($906 million) as it booked 1.4 billion riyals in “precautionary” loan loss provisions. The bank’s......

Voting starts in Chad presidential election

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Chad’s President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau//File Photo N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Polling stations opened in Chad on Sunday for a presidential election in which incumbent Idriss......

Voting starts in Chad presidential election

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Chad’s President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau//File Photo N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Polling stations opened in Chad on Sunday for a presidential election in which incumbent Idriss......

Illegal driftnet use widespread in Indian Ocean, Greenpeace says

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FILE PHOTO: Seagrass are seen in the Indian Ocean above the world’s largest seagrass meadow and one of the biggest carbon sinks in the high seas, at the Saya de Malha Bank within the Mascarene plateau, Mauritius March 20, 2021. Picture taken March 20, 2021. Tommy Trenchard/Greenpeace/Handout via REUTERS NAIROBI......

Activist Greta Thunberg to skip U.N. climate conference in Scotland

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Climate activist Greta Thunberg said she will not go to the United Nations climate conference due to be held in Scotland in November over concerns that inequality of access to COVID-19 vaccines will leave many countries unable to attend. FILE PHOTO: Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg......

Djibouti president seen winning fifth term in election

Reuters
NAIROBI, April 9 (Reuters) – Voters head to the polls on Friday in the tiny but strategically important Horn of Africa nation Djibouti, with President Ismael Omar Guelleh widely expected to win a fifth term and extend his 21-year-long rule. Djibouti lies on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes,......

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

New York Times
“Saying ‘Oh, there’s locusts in northern Kenya’ doesn’t help at all,” Mr. Cressman said. “We need longitude and latitude coordinates in real time.” Rather than try to rewrite the locust-tracking software for newer tablets, Mr. Cressman thought it would be more efficient to create a simple smartphone app that would......

Morocco will keep coronavirus night curfew during Ramadan

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: People wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, during a national coronavirus vaccination campaign, in Sale, Morocco January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Shereen Talaat RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco will keep its nightly curfew in place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when people gather after breaking their fast at sunset,......

Protests spread in Benin as president readies for re-election bid

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COTONOU (Reuters) – Opponents of Benin’s President Patrice Talon protested in several cities and towns on Monday night and Tuesday morning, denouncing his decision to stand for re-election next week. FILE PHOTO: Benin’s president, Patrice Talon, attends a joint declaration with French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France,......

U.S. looks into reports of atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price takes questions from reporters at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2021. Carolyn Kaster/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is looking into reports of human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the U.S. State......

UPDATE 1-Kenya Airways suspends flights to United Kingdom

Reuters
(Adds detail, background) NAIROBI, April 5 (Reuters) – Kenya Airways will suspend flights to the United Kingdom effective April 9, the airline said in a statement. The announcement comes days after Britain said it would add Kenya to its travel “red list”. Those arriving in the United Kingdom from countries......

Clashes in Sudanese city of El Geneina kill 18: medics

Reuters
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Medics said on Monday that 18 people have been killed and 54 injured in clashes in the western Sudanese city of El Geneina. The clashes between militiamen and members of the Masalit tribe began on Sunday and escalated on Monday morning throughout the city, sources said. Reporting......

Libya PM hails COVID vaccine delivery as “first drop of rain”

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Libya’s new Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, speaks during a news conference in Tripoli, Libya February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed/File Photo TRIPOLI (Reuters) – More than 100,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport on Sunday, Libya’s ministry of health said, the first shipment......

Ethiopia says Eritrean troops have started withdrawing from Tigray

Reuters
A burned tank stands near the town of Adwa, Tigray region, Ethiopia, on March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eritrean forces have started withdrawing from Ethiopia’s Tigray region in the north, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said. The United States, Germany, France and other G7 countries called on Friday......

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