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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] A record number of women join Malawi's new cabinet with hopes to push for change

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[ISS] President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration is in the process of pushing through dubious constitutional amendments under the cover of COVID-19, reversing years of effort that gave rise to Zimbabwe's current constitution.

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[GroundUp] The City's Disaster Risk Management says flood kits, sand and milling will be provided to affected informal settlements.

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[The New Humanitarian] Washington D.C. -- After three years of conflict, tentative ceasefire talks are underway between the Cameroon government and secessionist fighters demanding independence for the country's two anglophone regions.

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[Zimbabwe Independent] A fresh wave of farm takeovers facilitated by government has intensified under the guise of trimming farm sizes, sparking fears of a renewed assault on white farmers, who feel besieged and are now rushing to court for legal recourse.

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[DW] Burundi's turnabout in handling the COVID-19 pandemic raised expectations of change in the country. But hopes were dampened by President Evariste Ndayishimiye's appointment of controversial figures to the government.

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[ISS] African countries are increasingly trying to coordinate COVID-19 responses with those of their neighbours. This is done largely through regional economic communities, and is a potentially important response to the pandemic. Yet their efforts have had mixed results.

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[DW] The COVID-19 pandemic brought everyday air traffic to a halt. But African airlines are preparing to take to the skies once more. Many airlines are facing a difficult path ahead to stay competitive.

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[allAfrica] African citizens and local community groups which campaign on environmental issues are increasingly being sued by corporations in what activists regard as attempts to silence them. In South Africa, environmental attorneys and community activists are defending a defamation action in which an Australian mining company is claiming damages totalling more than U.S. $830,000.

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[UNEP] Ebola, SARS, Zika, HIV/AIDS, West Nile fever and now COVID-19. These are some of the highest-profile diseases to emerge in the last several decades. And while they emerged in different parts of the world, they have one thing in common. They are what scientists call "zoonotic diseases," infections that jump between animals and humans, some of which leave illness and death in their wake.

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[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Kenya recorded the first death of a medical doctor to coronavirus on Friday, raising concerns on the safety of healthcare workers in the country.

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[New Zimbabwe] SOUTH African disco queen, Patricia Majalisa has died.

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[ICTJ] Tunis -- The Truth and Dignity Commission's (TDC) final report was at last published on June 24, six year after the TDC began its work. It marks an important milestone in Tunisia's transition, but the journey ahead to justice and democracy is a long one. The policymakers and practitioners leading the country's transitional justice process now have the responsibility to take the next step forward. Using the report's findings and recommendations, they must consult with civil society and the public to shape and adopt

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[allAfrica] As of July 10, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 55 African countries have reached 541,923. Active cases have reached 266,619 after 5,420,815 tests.

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[VOA] In western Cameroon, hundreds of single mothers protested this week against the cultural practice of forced marriage. The women, who say their parents forced them into early marriage, called on authorities to help end the practice, saying it too often ends in broken families.

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[SAnews.gov.za] The devastating reality of COVID-19 continues to batter the country as South Africa reported a record of 13 674 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 238 339 infections.

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[The Conversation Africa] Kenya has witnessed post-election violence in varying degrees since the return of multiparty politics in 1992. The worst was in 2008. Since then the country has had two contested and deeply divisive elections (in 2013 and 2017).

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[Govt of SA] As of today, a cumulative total of 238 339 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been reported with 13 674 new cases identified

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[CPJ] Tanzania's broadcasting regulator should immediately lift its suspension of Kwanza Online TV and stop weaponizing regulations against critical media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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[Nairobi News] Officers attached to the Presidential escort team have been prohibited from chewing miraa and muguka.

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[Nairobi News] Officers attached to the Presidential escort team have been prohibited from chewing miraa and muguka.

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[RFI] Ivorians were in shock Thursday following the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly. The premier died just days after returning from treatment in France for a heart condition. His death has cast uncertainty on the presidential election due in October, for which he was the ruling party's candidate.

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[RFI] A "mafia network" at the heart of the Congolese health ministry is responsible for embezzling funds destined for the fight against Covid-19, according to a letter from the junior health minister Albert M'Peti Biyombo.

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[WHO] WHO Director-General today announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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