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A new Covid-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn

“Initially it looked like some cluster outbreaks, but from yesterday, the indication came from our scientists from the Network of Genomic Surveillance that they were observing a new variant,” Minister of Health Joe Phaahla said, stressing that it is currently unclear where the variant — currently dubbed B.1.1.529 — first emerged. It has so far been detected in South Africa, Botswana and in a traveler to Hong Kong from South…
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Kenyan and South African presidents call for peace in Africa | Africanews

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have called for increased cooperation to bring peace to conflict-ridden regions in Africa. This was at the start of Kenyatta’s two-day state visit to South Africa. In a meeting in Pretoria on Tuesday (November 23), the two leaders discussed the “grave situation in Ethiopia” and agreed that there is an urgent need for all parties to commit to an immediate,…
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In Africa, Blinken learns there’s no appetite for China bashing | Africanews

Traveling across Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saw firsthand the limits of America’s influence abroad. Blinken confronted authoritarianism, growing threats from newly energized extremists, and persistent challenges posed by COVID-19 and climate change, all of which have stubbornly resisted various U.S. interventions. And, nowhere on his three-nation tour last week — to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal — was he able to escape obvious signs of the intense competition…
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Africa in the news: COP26 concludes, African repo bond market established, and Secretary of State Blinken goes to Africa

COP26 concludes with financing commitments falling short of Africa’s request The 26th Conference of Parties (COP) climate summit closed late last week, with few of Africa’s requests present in the conference’s final agreement. For example, instead of including specific funding for climate adaptation and mitigation, which African negotiators had called for, the final agreement suggests plans to fund the Santiago network, which specializes in technical assistance on loss and damage.…
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Biden to hold Africa summit to boost cooperation: Blinken

The announcement comes during the US secretary of state’s first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa. United States President Joe Biden plans to hold a summit with African leaders to show Washington’s commitment to the continent, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. Blinken made the announcement on Friday from the Nigerian capital of Abuja, his second stop on a three-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa that began in Nairobi, Kenya and…
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Scientists Mystified, Wary, as Africa Avoids COVID Disaster – U.S. News & World Report

Scientists Mystified, Wary, as Africa Avoids COVID Disaster  U.S. News & World ReportView Full Coverage on Google News…
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Digital transformation: the way for job creation in Africa | Africanews

The importance of digital transformation in creating quality jobs and the economic recovery of post-pandemic African countries: this is the main focus of the report “Development Dynamics in Africa 2021”, the result of a partnership between the African Union and the OECD Development Centre, whose Portuguese edition – funded by the Camões Institute – was presented this Wednesday in Lisbon. “The report being launched today in its Portuguese version tells…
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Blinken warns of global “democratic recession” as he visits Africa amid simmering crises in Ethiopia and Sudan

Nairobi, Kenya — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken opened his first official visit to Africa on Wednesday in Kenya, with an appeal for the preservation of democracy and inclusion in politically and ethnically fractured societies. His message was delivered amid worsening crises in neighboring Ethiopia and Sudan. With insecurity wracking both of those countries, Blinken began a three-nation African tour in a country with its own turbulent history of…
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Blinken Heads to Africa as U.S. Tries to Avert Ethiopia Disaster

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken departed early Tuesday for a five-day swing to Africa, where he will lend support for democratic principles and seek to advance diplomacy aimed at preventing Ethiopia from descending into a catastrophic civil war. Mr. Blinken plans to begin his trip with a stop in Kenya, which borders Ethiopia and which has played a key role in diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful…
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Blinken expected in Kenya on first Africa trip | Africanews

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was expected in Kenya on Monday as he begins his first visit to Africa as Washington’s top diplomat. Blinken will also travel to Nigeria before ending his trip in Senegal later this week. In Nairobi, he’s expected to discuss with President Uhuru Kenyatta the crisis in Sudan and Ethiopia. American diplomacy has so far failed to achieve results in Khartoum, where the army overthrew…
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