Flight Departs UK to Deliver Virus Aid to Africa

JOHANNESBURG – Britain’s Royal Air Force says the first in a series of flights taking coronavirus aid to Africa has departed for Ghana with materials for a field hospital with capacity for nearly 100 people. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement that Britain is the first NATO ally to come forward with an aid flight after NATO agreed to support the United Nations’ appeal for airlift assistance. The pandemic and travel restrictions have severely affected flights to the African continent and the delivery of crucial cargo including medical…

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Cameroon Journalist Filing for VOA Harassed by Police

A Cameroonian journalist who freelances for the Voice of America says he was harassed by police who seized his equipment Saturday in Yaoundé, the capital. Moki Edwin Kindzeka said he was also ordered to speak only in French. In a social media post, Kindzeka said, “These guys should not molest people just because they speak the English language.” The Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists on Twitter condemned “this act in the strongest terms.” The group demanded an apology. Kindzeka is also a journalist with the state broadcaster CRTV. Timescape Magazine…

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Congo PM Threatens Government Resignation Over Minister’s Arrest

KINSHASA – Democratic Republic of Congo’s prime minister protested on Sunday over the brief arrest of the justice minister, saying the coalition government could resign over the issue and calling on the president to guarantee Cabinet members’ legal protections. Justice Minister Celestin Tunda was detained by police on Saturday evening and released following several hours of questioning by prosecutors at the court of cassation, triggering a political storm within the ruling coalition. “This serious and unprecedented incident is likely to weaken the stability and the harmonious functioning of institutions, and…

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Somali Elections Won’t Take Place on Schedule

Somalia’s electoral commission has announced that upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections will not take place on time, as scheduled. The chairperson of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), Halima Ismail Ibrahim, has told the Lower House of the parliament that political differences, insecurity, flooding and COVID-19 have hampered the commission’s work schedule. The parliamentary elections were scheduled for Nov. 27; the president’s term ends on Feb. 8, 2021. Ibrahim says neither deadline can be met. Ibrahim says the biometric registration necessary for holding popular election as stated in the electoral…

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