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[WHO] Brazzaville -- The roll-out of new, World Health Organization (WHO) approved antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus in Africa will significantly boost testing capacity and marks a game changer in the continent's fight against COVID-19.

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[The Conversation Africa] "End the wars" and "peace in our land" were the rallying cries for the protests that ultimately ousted Sudan's long-ruling strongman Omar al-Bashir in 2019. The country had been afflicted by a 40-year war with South Sudan, which resulted in South Sudan's secession.

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[DW] A preliminary count has shown Guinean President Alpha Conde will win a third term in office following a bitterly fought election that has led to deadly violence. Conde's opposition says the count was rigged.

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[allAfrica] Washington DC -- The killings by security authorities of Nigerian citizens peacefully protesting against brutality is a travesty and a tragedy.

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[IMF] The regional outlook is broadly unchanged since the June 2020 Regional Economic Outlook Update. In 2020, economic activity is expected to contract by 3.0 percent, but then recover by 3.1 percent in 2021. This represents a drop in real per capita income of 4.6 percent over 2020-21, which is larger than in other regions. This outlook is subject to significant downside risks, particularly regarding the path of the pandemic, the resilience of the region's health systems, and the availability of external finan

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[The Herald] WITHOUT the bane of punitive economic sanctions, which must be lifted now, the Second Republic under the leadership of President Mnangagwa could have achieved more for its people, Sadc executive secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax has said.

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[HRW] Beirut -- Egyptian authorities executed 15 men convicted for alleged involvement in three cases of political violence as well as 2 women and 25 men convicted in criminal cases between October 3 and 13, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately halt executions, and re-try those sentenced to death in grossly unfair trials.

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[Monitor] Four -- time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has asked the Constitutional Court to reinstate his nine-year-old petition that was recently dismissed for non-appearance in which he was challenging terrorism charges.

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[Namibian] THOUSANDS of Cape fur seals have aborted their unborn pups, worrying marine scientists in Namibia and South Africa.

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[New Era] Land reform minister Calle Schlettwein has on Tuesday confirmed in parliament that Farm Ebenhauezer and portion 1 of the Farm Guinas in the Oshikoto region is owned by former president Hifikepunye Pohamba and his wife Penehupifo.

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[allAfrica] As of October 22, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries have reached 1,676,284. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 40,482, and recoveries 1,376,878. To date, 258,922 cases are active and 15,866,858 tests have been administered.

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[New Zimbabwe] Zanu-PF has suspended, indefinitely, its Annual People's Conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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[New Zimbabwe] The World Health Organisation representative to Zimbabwe Alex Gasasira has urged Zimbabweans to comply with Covid-19 preventive measures in order to avoid a resurgence in the pandemic.

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[The Conversation Africa] Recently a South African radio show asked, "If you had to choose between your mobile phone and your pet, which would choose?" Think about that for a moment. Many callers responded they would choose their phone. I was shocked... But to be honest, I give more attention to my phone than to my beloved dogs!

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